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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler 4 0 Browse Search
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lvania or Wyoming, or in the western reserve of Ohio. Zephaniah went to Quebec with Wolfe, and I have the powder-horn which he bore, dated April 22, 1758. He went from Connecticut to the town of Nottingham in New Hampshire, and married Abigail, daughter of General Joseph Cilley. They had several children, the youngest of whom was John, my father, who was born May 17, 1782. He married Sarah Batchelder, of Deerfield, New Hampshire, June 5, 1803. By her he was the Powder-Horn of Zephaniah Butler, 1758. father of three girls, Polly True, born June 8, 1804, Sally, born March 11, 1806, and Betsey Morrill, born January 9, 1808. The last of these is now living at Nottingham, New Hampshire, the widow of the late Daniel B. Stevens, Esq. Mrs. Sarah Batchelder Butler died February 23, 1809. John Butler then married Charlotte Ellison, July 21, 1811. She bore him three children. The eldest, Charlotte, born May 13, 1812, died in August, 1839. The second child, Andrew Jackson, was born
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 2: early political action and military training. (search)
g generation in this country had had its war, and in the most important of all his father had taken an active part. The colonies had, in 1758, the French and Indian War, the result of which was the taking of Quebec by Wolfe, and the destruction of the power of France on this continent. Zephaniah, my grandfather, was a soldier under Wolfe's command. There hangs before me, in my library, a powder-horn, such as was worn by every soldier of that day. On it is engraved with his own knife, Zephaniah Butler his horn April ye 22, 1758. And Captain Zephaniah fought with Stark at Bennington. Then followed the Revolution, from 1775 to 1783, and one of my uncles was at Bunker Hill. The next generation saw the war of 1812 with Great Britain. In this war, my father, John Butler, commanded a company of light dragoons in the regular army. Next, in 1830, were the Spanish wars in Florida and the Gulf States, wherein General Taylor and General Jackson--then captains — so distinguished themselve