Silas Butler

Silas Butler

Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 9 Apr 1837 (aged 56–57)
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Lot 405 Sec 119
Memorial ID 99415986 View Source
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Re-interred on 4 Dec 1843.

On Sunday, the 9th instant, Mr. SILAS BUTLER, Purser U. S. Navy, aged 57 years. The officers of the Navy, and friends of the family generally, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral without further notice on Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Procession to move at half past 4 from his late residence No. 44 Sands street, Brooklyn.
Commercial Advertiser, 10 Apr 1837

In N York, Mr. Silas Butler, Purser U S Navy, 57.
Boston Traveler (Boston, MA), 14 Apr 1837

In New York, 9th inst. Mr. Silas Butler, Purser U. S. Navy, aged 57.
Columbian Centinel (Boston, MA), 15 Apr 1837

Silas Butler born on September 14, 1778 to Joseph Butler and Abigail Boardman in Wethersfield, CT. The family removed to Pittsfield, MA, but Silas returned to Wethersfield to study. Silas joined the new US Navy as a purser on July 3, 1799 and was assigned to the US sloop-of-war Connecticut, Captain Moses Tryon of Wethersfield, CT, commanding. Silas served throughout the Quasi-War of the US versus France; at the conclusion of those hostilities he transferred to the USS Enterprise in NY in December 1801. Silas served aboard her in the Mediterranean and returned home in 1803 and requested a furlough, returning to Wethersfield. In 1804 Silas returned from his furlough and reported aboard the USS Constellation, finally retiring in 1805.

Silas became a merchant, traveling often between CT, NY, and Washington, D. C. While in NY he met and soon married Phebe Waldron, daughter of Resolvert Waldron and Elizabeth Godwin (b. December 19, 1790 in Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ) on December 30, 1813 at the Reformed Dutch Church, Manhattan, NY. They removed to Brooklyn where Silas continued his business ventures, later including the steamboats that plied between Brooklyn and Manhattan. In December 1817, Silas rejoined the US Navy, becoming the head or master Purser for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Silas and his family lived for a time at 53 Sands Street in Brooklyn but moved to 44 Sands. It was at this address that Silas died on April 9, 1837. He was originally buried in Ste-Ann's Cemetery, but when this burying ground was dug up for the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, his body was interred at lot 405, section 119, Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, on December 4, 1843.

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