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William Butterworth


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 3 Aug 2005

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Hamilton Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)

Ann Senefeld points out that many of the people mentioned in this article are buried in the H. T. Butterworth Farm Cemetery or are included in the Clarkson Butterwoth Diary Entry such as “Aunt Milly Dyer”, “and Benjamin”, “my father, Moorman Butterworth”, “uncle Henry Thomas Butterworth” match the names from the passage on this page: "Their marriage was celebrated August 31, 1786, and to them were born children as follows: Polly, Betsy, Milly, Mary M., Mormon, Benjamin, Isaac, Samuel, Rachel, William and Henry."


WILLIAM BUTTERWORTH, retired farmer and teacher, P. O. Maineville. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is another of the old and prominent settlers of Warren Co. He was born in Campbell Co., Va., Sept. 27, 1802, and is a son of Benjamin and Rachel (Mormon) Butterworth, natives of the same State. Benjamin was born Feb. 11, 1766; he was a Southern farmer, a member of the Society of Friends, and a near relative of Col. Lynch, the celebrated author of the "Lynch law." Rachel was born Jan. 26, 1765. Their marriage was celebrated August 31, 1786, and to them were born children as follows: Polly, Betsy, Milly, Mary M., Mormon, Benjamin, Isaac, Samuel, Rachel, William and Henry. In 1812 the Butterworth family emigrated to Ohio and settled in Wayne Township, Warren Co., and two years later removed to Hamilton Township in the same count y. Later the father purchased 500 acres of land on a portion of which was afterwards laid out the village of Loveland. This pioneer was a modest and unassuming man, was successful in business, and accumulated considerable property. He died Jan. 20, 1833, and his wife March 10, 1848. Our subject was reared on the farm, and received his education in the district schools, in which be fitted himself to teach, a profession he followed for forty years, becoming a popular and successful educator. On the 21st of June, 1826, Mr. Butterworth was united in marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Nathan and Rachel (Smith) Linton, who was born in Clinton Co., O., July 29, 1807. Her parents were born, the father on the banks of the Delaware River, in Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 17, 1778, and emigrated to Ohio in 1802, settling in what later became Clinton Co., where he was employed as a surveyor in 1803; he was appointed County Surveyor in 1810, on the organization of that county, and held the office for twenty years, and the mother near Greenville, Tenn., Jan. 18, 1790. They were married on the 31st of Jan., 1806, and died in the years 1858 and 1859 respectively. To our subject and wife have been born seven children, five of whom are living, namely: Kalista, the wife of Harry Eastman, Esq., of Maineville, with whom the parents are now residing; Rachel L. Hadley, Susan B. Murdock, Benjamin Butterworth and Elizabeth B. Crowell. The deceased are Nathan and Louisa. Benjamin was born Oct. 22, 1837, and was educated at Athens College. He read law in Cincinnati, O., and was there admitted to the bar. He is now a member of Congress, representing the first district of Ohio, and is a man of ability and sterling worth. Our subject has been successful in life, and is now the possessor of over 400 acres of valuable land.

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