Button Family in America

A ship similar to the Abigail

Matthias Peter Button SrAge: 65 years16071672

Name
Matthias Peter Button Sr
Type
birth name
Given names
Matthias Peter
Surname
Button
Name suffix
Sr
Birth about 1607 49
Baptism October 11, 1607
Death of a fatherThomas Button
June 23, 1617 (Age 10 years)
Immigration
Type: On ship Abigail w/Gov. John Endicott's party
September 6, 1628 (Age 21 years)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Latitude: N42.5224 Longitude: W70.8958

Note: Set sail in June 1628
MarriageLettyce “Lettuce or Lettysse” View this family
1632 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Mary Button
February 23, 1632 (Age 25 years)
Baptism of a daughterMary Button
February 23, 1633 (Age 26 years)

Baptism of a sonDaniel Button
between February 22, 1634 and February 22, 1635 (Age 27 years)

Death of a wifeLettyce “Lettuce or Lettysse”
before 1639 (Age 32 years)
Reference numberLettyce “Lettuce or Lettysse” View this family
27

MarriageJoane View this family
about 1639 (Age 32 years)

Reference numberJoane View this family
28

MarriageAnn TeagleView this family
between 1648 and 1649 (Age 41 years)

Birth of a daughter
#2
Sarah Button
between 1650 and 1651 (Age 43 years)

Birth of a daughter
#3
Hannah Button
May 11, 1652 (Age 45 years)

Birth of a son
#4
Daniel Button
April 10, 1654 (Age 47 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Abigail Button
June 16, 1656 (Age 49 years)

Birth of a son
#6
Matthias Button II
March 17, 1657/58 CE (March 27, 1658) (Age 51 years)
Birth of a son
#7
Peter Button
July 17, 1660 (Age 53 years)
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Latitude: N42.7818 Longitude: W71.0764

Birth of a daughter
#8
Patience Button
June 1, 1662 (Age 55 years)

Death of a wifeAnn Teagle
between February 4, 1662 and February 4, 1663 (Age 55 years)

Death of a daughterPatience Button
October 30, 1662 (Age 55 years)

Reference numberAnn TeagleView this family
5

MarriageElizabeth WheelerView this family
June 9, 1663 (Age 56 years)

Birth of a daughter
#9
Elizabeth Button
after 1663 (Age 56 years)

Birth of a grandchild
#1
Kingsberry
1664 (Age 57 years)

Death of a daughterAbigail Button
April 1667 (Age 60 years)

Birth of a grandson
#2
John Kingsberry
July 28, 1667 (Age 60 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Elizabeth Kingsberry
August 14, 1669 (Age 62 years)
Death August 13, 1672 (Age 65 years)
Reference numberElizabeth WheelerView this family
29

Family with parents - View this family
father
Marriage: 1584Harrold, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
17 years
elder brother
4 years
elder sister
3 years
himself
Family with Lettyce “Lettuce or Lettysse” - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 1632Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
2 months
daughter
Mary Button
Birth: February 23, 1632 25 38Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: 1708Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
3 years
son
Family with Joane - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: about 1639
Family with Ann Teagle - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: between 1648 and 1649
4 years
daughter
2 years
daughter
23 months
son
Bloody Brook Mass GraveDaniel Button
Birth: April 10, 1654 47 24Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: September 18, 1675South Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
2 years
daughter
21 months
son
2 years
son
22 months
daughter
Family with Elizabeth Wheeler - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: June 9, 1663
7 months
daughter
John Thornton + Lettyce “Lettuce or Lettysse” - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
Marriage: November 1639
Thomas Duston + Elizabeth Wheeler - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
Marriage: about 1606
step-son

BaptismParish records of Harrold
DeathHaverhill town records
NoteList of Ships that Brought Many of our Ancestors to America in the Early 17th Century
Publication: http://familysearch.50megs.com/SHIPS.htm
NotePassengers on Three Early Ships to New England
Publication: http://www.suite101.com/content/passengers-on-three-early-ships-to-new-england-a91062
NoteThe Abigail and John Endicott
Publication: http://www.weymouth-dorset.co.uk/abigail.html
SourceButton Families of America
Publication: 1971
Citation details: #1, p.23, p.40
SourceBedfordshire Parish Registers
Publication: 1946 Bedford
Citation details: p.A1, Baptisms, 1598-1646
Text:
"1607 Matthias s Tho Button" where 's' stands for "son of" and "Tho" is "Thomas".
Quality of data: primary evidence
Immigration
Set sail in June 1628
Note
In 1628 the Abigail arrived at a new community in Massachusetts by the name of Naum Kieg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naumkeag). She carried with her the first official governor of the Massachusetts Colony Jon Endecott and his wife. She also carried the charter for the colony. When theyarrived, they found roughly 30 of the Cape Anne people living there, and essentially took over. The community was renamed to Salem and the Cape Anne folks were ignored. They complained to the king and eventually received their due. Our ancestor Capt. William Traske was amongst this Cape Anne group. The King obviously felt favorable toward them as they were granted permission to continue growing tobacco when the others could not. The Cape Anne folks were not puritans as were the Abigail people. There was friction.
Note
The ship Abigail set sail from Weymouth in Dorsetshire, England, in June of 1628, under Henry Gaudens, master. It arrived at Salem, Massachusetts on Sept. 6. This is the ship that brought Governor John Endicott. In addition to John and his wife, Anna, other ship passengers included: - Richard and William Brackenbury of Folke/Holnest, Dorset. - John Elford of Chetnold, Dorset. - Charles Gott of Cambridge, England. - Hugh Laskin of Childhay, Dorset, with his wife and a daughter, Edith, age 6. - Lawrence Leach, who probably had lived in Somersetshire. He and wife Elizabeth had sons Robert, John, Ambrose, Richard and Edmund and daughters Margaret and Rachel. His brother, John Leach, also came to New England. It is not clear whether they all came with Lawrence on this crossing of the Abigail; some or all of them may have come at a later date. - Roger Morey of Drimpton, Dorset. - Thomas Puckett of Upcerne, Dorset.
Note
On 20th June 1628 the ship Abigail set sail from Weymouth with many Dorset emigrants bound for New England. Under Henry Gauden, the master, they arrived in Salem, Massachusetts on 6th September. This particular passage was important as it carried the new government for the London Plantation. The governor was John Endicott. A memorial to two pioneers was unveiled on 2 June 1914 by Mrs Joseph Chamberlain, a direct descendant of John Endicott, in front of a huge crowd. Passengers known to be on board the Abigail from Weymouth 1628 - John Endicott - Mrs Anna Endicott (wife of John) - Charles Gott of Cambridge, England - Richard Brackenbury of Folke or Holnest, Dorset - William Brackenbury of Folke or Holnest, Dorset - Hugh Laskin of Childhay, Dorset - Mrs Laskin - Edith Laskin - Lawrence Leach, possibly from Ash, Martock, Somerset - Roger Morey of Drimpton, Dorset - John Elford of Chetnole, Dorset - Thomas Pucker of Upcerne, Dorset - Captain Richard Davenport - Mathias Button - Humphrey Woodberry with his father - Ralph Sprague of Upwey (son of Edward) - Richard Sprague (brother of Ralph) - William Sprague (brother of Ralph and Richard)
Note
California Mayflower Society http://www.mayflowersociety.com/
Note
Endecott was chosen to lead the first expedition, and sailed for the New World aboard the Abigail with fifty or so "planters and servants" on 20 June 1628. The settlement they organized was first called Naumkeag, after the local Indian tribe, but was eventually renamed Salem in 1629. The area was already occupied by settlers of the failed Dorchester Company, some of whose backers also participated in the New England Company. This group of earlier settlers, led by Roger Conant, had migrated from a settlement on Cape Ann (near present-day Gloucester, Massachusetts) after it was abandoned. Endecott was not formally named governor of the new colony until it was issued a royal charter in 1629. At that time, he was appointed governor by the company's council in London, and Matthew Craddock was named the company's governor in London.
Shared note
Re: [BDF] Harrold parish registers Dear Peter: Your question just hit the spot, so to speak. There is a group of BUTTON researchers who are working together (in the U.S.--I am not sure where you are--England?) on Matthias BUTTON. A few months ago, I wrote St. Peter's Church in Harrold. Below is the answer I received from John Saul, who answers such inquiries for the church. Another BUTTON researcher and I wrote Evelyn Burgess (whose emails are included below) in hopes that she would have more information, but she did not answer either one of us. Perhaps if you email John Saul, he can tell you whether the vital records for Thomas BUTTON and his family are in Latin or English. They were sent to me in English almost 20 years ago by someone in the Bedfordshire County Office. That person said nothing about whether the original record was in English or Latin. John Saul's email address is _johnsaul(a)waitrose.com_ (mailto:johnsaul@waitrose.com) . Jayne _perllan987(a)aol.com_ (mailto:perllan987@aol.com) From: _johnsaul(a)waitrose.com_ (mailto:johnsaul@waitrose.com) Date: July 31, 2010 Dear Jayne Your enquiry [to St. Peter's church] has been forwarded to me. The church records confirm the death of Thomas Button in 1617 and the baptisms of his children - but all we have in the church is a typed transcription made in 1946 of the registers kept in the Bedfordshire County Record Office. There is no possibility of going back any earlier than 1598. You are not the first person to ask us for information about Thomas Button. In 2003 we were visited by a Russ Button of Alameda, California - he is descended from Thomas Button via Thomas's son Matthias, who emigrated to Massachusetts in the 1630s. ... From what he told me I was able to write a short article for the Harrold village magazine - extract included below. Then last year we received an enquiry from a Mrs Burgess: From: _ev burgess_ () To: _janefox_1(a)btinternet.com_ () Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 3:59 AM Subject: St. Peters and the Buttons Rev Fox, I am from Michigan, United States. I am researching my family ancestry with a friend of mine. Three years ago I was fortunate enough to be in Harrold, England, and to visit the church of St. Peters. I had hoped to see my Great Great.....Grandfather's grave. I was only able to wander thru the picturesque cemetery. No one seemed to be about that day, though my family and I were able to enter the church St. Peters. What a thrill!! My ancestor William Button was buried in St. Peter's approximately 1637. That really is about all I know. Would it be possible to look thru the church archives online? Oh, that would be wonderful!! Is there someone who could give me more information? William's Great Great ..... grandson Albert Augustus Button (my Grandfather) was born in Detroit, Michigan approximately 1881. Some time between the mid 1600s and the mid 1800s the Buttons migrated to Canada/United States. I would be happy to discuss any information with any one who can help me. Thank you...........I really do hope to get back to Harrold some time, and wander through my history. Evelyn Burgess _evmb65(a)hotmail.com_ () To: evmb65(a)hotmail.com CC: janefox_1(a)btinternet.com Subject: The Buttons Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 18:21:56 +0100 Dear Mrs Burgess (or may I call you Evelyn). Revd Fox passed your enquiry to me as I am probably the nearest we have to a church historian. I am not surprised that you were unable to find any Button memorials in the churchyard. There are no Button entries in the parish registers after the death of his father Thomas Button, so we must assume that the other Button children had all moved away by that time. We believe that the churchyard contains the remains of some 7000 people, and 98% of them would have been interred in unmarked graves - only the wealthiest would have been able to afford a memorial. Also, I am sure that if there were a memorial, erosion by wind and water over 375 years would have obliterated any inscription. You are not the only descendant of Matthias Button to have made such an enquiry. In 2003 we were visited by Russ Button (_russ(a)button.com_ () ), his wife and son, from Alameda, California. Later that year, I wrote a piece for our parish magazine about Russ's researches, as follows: "Matthias Button, Russ’s direct ancestor, was baptised at St Peters Harrold on 11 October 1611, the fourth child of Thomas Button. Russ already knew that Matthias emigrated to the American colonies in the early 1630s, possibly (like the Pilgrim Fathers) via Holland. He may have married his first wife, Lettyce, before he went to America, but no record of this marriage has yet been found. She died young, and he remarried thrice more, in 1639, 1649 and 1663! He first lived in Salem, then moved to Boston where he was one of the very first settlers. He next moved to Ipswich and finally to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he died in 1672. He accumulated a fair amount of land during his life in Haverhill. The records also show that he incurred the enmity of a certain John Godfrey when he testified at Godfrey’s trial in 1665 on suspicion of witchcraft. Godfrey was charged with ‘not having the fear of God before his eyes, did or have consulted with a familiar spirit and being instigated by the divil have done much hurt and mischief by several acts of witchcraft to the bodyes and goods of several persons’. Testimony at the trial stated that Godfrey passed through locked doors, appeared in two places at once and kept company with a retinue of strange cats and noisy demons. He was found ‘suspiciously guilty’ but not ‘legally guilty’! Four years later, Godfrey was found guilty - of burning down Matthias Button’s house! All this took place only a few years before the infamous trials of the ‘Witches of Salem’. Could Matthias Button’s journey to Massachusetts have been linked with that of Peter Bulkeley, the Rector of Odell, who was dispossessed of his living by Archbishop Laud because of his Puritan views? Peter Bulkeley emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635, where he founded and became the first minister of the town of Concord. Certainly, large numbers of Englishmen and women followed the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World in the 1630s in search of religious freedom. However, Matthias Button is known to have identified himself with the First Church of England in Boston; at least two of his children were baptised there. So he was probably what we would now describe as an economic migrant rather than an asylum seeker." Odell is less than 2 miles from Harrold, so what went on in Odell would have been well known in Harrold. It is believed that Archbishop Laud actually visited Odell to dispossess Bulkeley - indicating that Bulkeley was regarded as a more serious threat to Laud's vision for the Church of England than his humble position at an obscure parish church would indicate. Mrs Burgess replied as follows: John Saul, oh my goodness, what a wealth of information you passed on! I am grateful....thank you so much. I am going to meet with a cousin next month and will share this information with him. I am amazed the St. Peter's cemetery holds so many people. I was told that the grave stones that were very old and had fallen, were used to fence in the cemetery and to make room for new graves. The story of Matthias is very intriguing. I was told by my cousin that we are direct descendants of Matthias, but we have no stories of the witchcraft trials. The only thing my grandfather told me about ancestors still in England, is that one man (no name, no date) was hung for hunting deer on the kings' land. I also did run across, in some of my ancestry searches, some of the family tree line of Matthias, that was the first I'd seen references to Matthias and Thomas being brothers. Again, thank you so much, Mr. Saul, for sharing this information. I really do hope to visit England again and stay several days in Harrold. My husband's grandmother was born in Dufton, Scotland. Looks like a wonderful visit to the past for us. ............sincerely, Evelyn Burgess I find family history research highly intriguing - I have traced the Saul line back to 1637, and one maternal line to the 1580s. Let me know if there is anything else that I might be able to help you with. Sincerely John Saul In a message dated 1/5/2011 6:00:50 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, ynad93(a)hotmail.com writes: Would anyone have easy access to the Harrold parish register transcripts? I am interested in the entry for the baptism of Matthias son of Thomas Button on 11 October 1607. I would like to know whether the original entry was written in Latin or in English. Thanks if someone can help. Peter Jones The List Guidelines http://bedfordrootsweb.blogspot.com/ The Bedfordshire Surnames List http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~hughw/bedf.html
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Note: Unveiled 2 June 1914 by Mrs Joseph Chamberlain in Weymouth-Dorset, UK
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Note: The inscription: In memory of Richard Clark captain and pilot of Weymouth, who in 1583 sailed thence to join Sir Humphrey Gilbert's voyage of discovery to Newfoundland, and of John Endicott who on June 20, 1628, set forth from Weymouth in the ship"Abigail" on the expedition which led to the establishment of the plantation at Salem, Massachusetts.
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Media objectGenealogical Sketch of the Early Descendants of Matthias Button
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Note: who came to America with governor John Endicott, landing at Salem, Mass., September 6, 1628. Compile…