Thomas Button

Thomas Button

Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Death 6 Apr 1634 (aged 78–79)
Greater London, England
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
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Thomas Button
Birth 1555
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Death April 6, 1634
Greater London, England

NOTE: Thomas Button was in poor health for a number of years before he died and may have died in London while trying to recoup money owned to him.

Thomas Button was the son of Margaret Lewis and Miles Button, of Worlton/Worleton, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Button , Sir Thomas (d. April 1634 )admiral and explorer . He was the fourth son of Miles Button , sheriff of Glamorgan in 1565 , 1571 , 1589 , and Margaret , daughter of Edward Lewis of Van . The Buttons had become possessed of Worleton , in the parish of S. Lythans, Glam. , an alienated manor of the see of Llandaff .
Source: Welsh Biography Online.

Admiral Sir Thomas died APRIL 6, 1634.

Source: Calendar of state papers / Domestic series / Reign of Charles I. : preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office [7] 1634 - 1635. Author: John Bruce; William Douglas Hamilton; Sophia C. Lomas Publisher: London H. M. Stationery Office 1864.
The above book can be found on Google books.

He was buried on APRIL 8, 1634, in St. Margaret's Westminster.

Source: Oxford Dictionary of Natonial Biograhy: In Association With The British Academy: From The Earliest Times To The Year 2000. BY H. C. G. Matthew; Brian Howard Harrison; British Academy.
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Admiral Sir Thomas Button's date of burial can also be found on page 566 in the book:
Memorials of St. Margaret's Church Westminster, comprising The Parish Registers, 1539 - 1660, and other churchwarden's accounts, 1460 - 1603. Edited by Meredyth Burke.
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Admiral Sir Thomas Button probably died in the home he kept in Fulham. Several books mention his living at Fulham. "Fulham Old And New" by Charles James Feret. 1900. This book can be found on

Admiral Sir Thomas Button is also mentioned as keeping a home in Fulham in the following book:
"Historical Manuscripts Commission. Twelfth report, appendix, part I. The manuscripts of the Earl Cowper, K.G., preserved at Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire." Vol. I., 1888.
This information came from a book on Google books.

Fulham is an area in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, SW6 in southwest London. It is an inner London district located 3.7 miles south west of Charing Cross. It lies on the north bank of the Thames, between Putney and Chelsea.

Fulham is on the River Thames.

Thomas Button set out from the Thames in 1612 to find the North-West Passage to India.
Source: North American Exploration. By John Logan Allen. 1997.

Admiral Sir Thomas Button married ELIZABETH RICE, a daughter of SIR WALTER RICE and ELIZABETH MANSELL.

The following is a snippet from the book:
Stewart Williams' Glamorgan historian - Volume 4. By Stewart Williams; R.T.W. Denning. 1967.

In 1596 Thomas Button married Elizabeth, the fifth daughter of Walter Rys (Rice), a gentleman who belonged to the powerful Dynevor family.

In the following letter written by Thomas Button, he states his wife’s name is Elizabeth.

In the year 1604.
[March 25.] 16. Capt. Thomas Button to __ . Annexed is the form of the grant required. Pray draw a bill, and let my man have it to show to my counsel. My wife's name is Elizabeth. Recite that His Majesty granted me an annuity of 6s. 8c?. a day, payable out of the Exchequer of England, until I should enjoy another annuity, granted in reversion after Robert Jenison, payable out of the Exchequer of Ireland; and that as I am content to forego the annuity payable out of the Exchequer of England, His Majesty grants my wife the like annuity of 6s. 8d. a day for life, for the maintenance of herself and children. With draft of the grant requested prefixed. [1 page. See Domestic Papers, James I., Vol. VI., No. 106.]

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the Reigns of Edward VI., Mary, Elizabeth, James I, 1547-[1625]: 1580-1625: Elizabeth and James I., addenda. 1872.
This book can be found on Google books.

Admiral Sir Thomas Button and Elizabeth Rice were the parents of Miles, William, Rice/Rhys, and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth married Col. John Poyer.

Source: Archaeologia Cambrensis: The Journal of the Cambrian Archoeological Association. 1861. Pages 112 and 113.
This information came from a book found on Google books.

Admiral Sir Thomas Button and Elizabeth Rice were also the parents of Anne, she married Rowland Laugharne.

Laugharne m. Anne , daughter of Sir Thomas Button (q.v.) of Cottrell , S. Nicholas, Glam. She survived him, and on 4 Aug. 1677 sought help from the king on the ground of her straitened circumstances.
Source: Welsh Biography Online.

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