|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1654|
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1675|
Lived in Haverhill and Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Daniel Button, born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was the son of Matthias Button and Teagle ____.
At age 21, Daniel was impressed as a soldier during King Philip's War, a major struggle of the 1670s between Native Americans and European settlers. Just one month later, Daniel was one of some ninety people killed in Deerfield Village in the Battle of Bloody Brook.
On September 18, 1675, Daniel was one of a band of inexperienced soldiers assigned to protect teamsters who were moving grain to storage. The civil authorities of Massachusetts Bay Colony did not provide allied Native Americans to accompany the effort. When the soldiers grew hungry, they laid their weapons against the grain carts and began to pick wild grapes to eat. Hostile Native Americans, who had been shadowing the group, attacked.
Most or all of the dead settlers were buried in a mass grave in Deerfield. The village was swiftly abandoned. Later a stone slab was laid over the grave, and still later a monument was erected nearby to commemorate the battle and the dead men.
Like many of the dead of Bloody Brook, Daniel was childless. His estate was inventoried on September 25, 1677, according to R. G. Nye's book, Button Families of America. See also G. M. Bodge, Soldiers in King Philip's War.
Bloody Brook Mass Grave
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Record added: Mar 20, 2010
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