Jefferson County, NY Pioneers


PIONEER BUTTERFIELD FAMILY



1. ELIJAH BUTTERFIELD (son of NATHANIEL and ESTHER (STEWART) BUTTERFIELD) was born 1793 at Kingsbury, Washington County, NY. Elijah served in the War of 1812 with Captain Asa Grant's Co. 13 Reg't New York Detached Militia and Captain Nicholas Campbell's Co., 121 Reg't New York Militia. He is said to have been in the battle at Sackett's Harbor. Extractions from an indenture made 19 February 1836 in Jefferson Co., NY, it shows that he died while his children were still minors, and that his wife remarried.

The legal document reads, in part:
"STEPHEN SEAMANS* of Alexandria, Jefferson, NY guardian of BETSEY, STEPHEN S., NATHANIEL, and ELIJAH S. BUTTERFIELD infant children and heirs at law of ELIJAH B DEXTER CUSHING and POLLY CUSHING, his wife, the said POLLY CUSHING being the widow of the said ELIJAH BUTTERFIELD deceased of the same place of the first part...
"ELIJAH BUTTERFIELD deceased at the time of his death was seized in fee of all the piece of land in the town of Alexandria, Jefferson, NY.... (detailed description) ".... application was made to the HONORABLE HIRAM DENIS Chancellor of the 5th Circuit for the sale of the said premises ....
" ELIJAH died 10 Feb. 1827 in Theresa, Jefferson, NY and is buried in the Town of Alexandria.

*Stephen Seamans (Simmons) was an uncle of the orphaned children. He was married to Elizabeth Butterfield who was a sister of ELIJAH'S father Nathaniel.



ELIJAH BUTTERFIELD married about 1815
MARY "POLLY" WEBSTER. According to family lore she is a cousin of Noah Webster but no proof of her parentage or connection to Noah has been found in my research. After Elijah's death Mary remarried to Dexter Cushing. She died sometime between 1836 -1840 in Vermilion Co., IL.

Children, BUTTERFIELD:

2 i MARY ELIZABETH "BETSY" BUTTERFIELD married (1) HARPER J. CAMPBELL; (2) FREDERICK RUST.

3 ii STEPHEN SEAMAN BUTTERFIELD married NARCISSUS EMALINE THOMPSON.

4 iii NATHANIEL BUTTERFIELD married ISABELLA JANE BRYARLY

5 iv ELIJAH STEWART BUTTERFIELD married MAHALA HILBORN.

MARY married (2) ELIJAH DEXTER CUSHING

Child, CUSHING:

6 i MINERVA CUSHING married (1) GEORGE WILLEY; (2) JABEZ TABOR; (3) JOSEPH AARON LANE.


For further information, contact:
Sue Butterfield Picard

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