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Biography of Josiah Butler
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Josiah Butler, an early settler, located on road 6, where Seymour E. Butler now resides. He early cleared his farm and opened his house as a tavern, being on what was at that time the direct road from Massachusetts to Chesterfield and places north. Frequently, it is said. his house was filled with guests and his yard filled with the conveyances of pioneers who were on their way to their pioneer homes. Here he continued to reside until his death, at an advanced age.. He was the father of two sons and six daughters. His wife survived him and married Major Hubbard, of Chesterfield. Thomas, his eldest son, married a daughter of Philip Barrett, of Hinsdale, and settled near his father as a farmer, but subsequently removed to the Plain, where lie died. He was the father of six sons and six daughters, eight of whom are now living, viz.; Wilson, a farmer residing on the Plain; George, a farmer living in town; Seymour E., residing on the Butler homestead; Caroline (Mrs. Bradley Streeter), residing in Bernardston, Mass.; Amelia (Mrs. Mansfield), residing in Dummerston, Vt.; Bethona (Widow Hastings), residing in the northern part of the town; Olive (Mrs. Crowninshield), residing in Chesterfield; and Mary (Mrs. Chapman), in the northern part of the toJonathan, the youngest son of Josiah, married Gracie, daughter of major Hubbard, of Chesterfield. He first settled in Hinsdale, where he lived a long term of years, as a farmer, but finally removed to Chesterfield, where he lived the remainder of his long life, dying at the great age of ninety-seven years. He was the father of eight children, seven sons, and one daughter. Those living are Erastus, a farmer residing on Riven street; Roswell, a farmer of Chesterfield; Otis, residing on the Major Hubbard farm, in Chesterfield; and Mania (Mrs. Samuel Thomas), near the North Hinsdale postoffice.
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