Abraham Butts

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Abraham Butts, son of Moses Butts and Alice Lake, was born at Little Compton, Newport Co., Rhode Island, 23 November 1704.1,2 He died say 1775.2

Abraham married Mary Lake, daughter of Joseph Lake and Penelope Case, at Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, 9 June 1735.3

The children listed here may or may not be children of Abraham and Mary. I place them here as they are all married in Dartmouth in the span of 14 years (1759-1773) beginning 24 years after Abraham and Mary were married. All of the Butts principals in these marriages were of Dartmouth and there doesn't appear to be any other Butts of Abraham's generation in the area. Dates of birth are estimated using the assumptions of The Great Migration Study Project: women were usually 20 or under and men 25 or under when first married. Some adjustments were made as the sequence became biologically untenable in the early 1740's. Other interpretations are most certainly possible.4


Mary Lake b. say 1717, d. say 1770
  • Isaac Butts+2 b. say 1736, d. bef. Feb 1817
  • Moses Butts4 b. say 1738
  • Daniel Butts4 b. say 1740
  • Stephen Butts4 b. say 1742
  • Chace Butts4 b. say 1744
  • Abraham Butts4 b. say 1749
  • Alice Butts4 b. say 1751
  • Mary Butts4 b. say 1755
This person was last edited on10 Feb 2020


  1. [S602] James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island. 1636-1850: First Series: Births, Marriages and Deaths. A Family Register for the People, 21 vols. (Providence, Rhode Island: Narragansett Historical Publishing, 1891-1912), 4:6:99, town record 27, further cited as Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island.
  2. [S984] Francis B. Butts and Mrs. Edward S. Moulton, "The Butts Family of Rhode Island: A Genealogy and Biography", Typescript, 1891, Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, Washington DC: 1985, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #1454560 #41, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24, further cited as Butts and Moulton, "The Butts Family."
  3. [S626] G. Andrews Moriarty Jr., "The Early Rhode Island Lakes," The American Genealogist 12 (Jul 1935): 17-24, further cited as Moriarty, "Rhode Island Lakes."
  4. [S983] , Vital Records of Dartmouth Massachusetts to the Year 1850: Volume II-Marriages (Boston, Massachusetts: The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1930), 98-100, further cited as Vital Records of Dartmouth: Vol II.