Nicholas Butler

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Nicholas Butler, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, between 1595 and 1600.1 He died at Martha's Vinyard, Dukes Co., Massachusetts, 13 August 1671.2

Nicholas married (1) Mary Cotterell, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Canterbury, 18 July 1613;1,3 he married (2) Joyce Baker, daughter of Richard Baker and Margaret Merry, at Ashford, Kent, England, 22 January 1623/24.1,3

Nicholas Butler of Eastwell, yeoman, and Joice his wife; children John, Henry and Lidia Butler are on a list of those taking passage from Sandwich, Kent to the American plantations. The name of the ship is not given nor are the ages of the passengers. The list is dated 9 June 1637.

He left a short will, leaving the entirety to his wfe, to dispose of "to hir children and my children as shee shall see good. Joyce was appointed administratrix and Executrix, 26 Jun 1672. The estated amounted to £92-0-6.4,2

Family 1

Mary Cotterell d. aft. 24 Aug 1623
  • Lydia Butler1 b. say 1620, d. bef. 24 Jul 1625
  • Mary Butler1 b. 30 Jun 1622, d. bef. 11 Jul 1622
  • Mary Butler1 b. 24 Aug 1623, d. 1624

Family 2

Joyce Baker b. 30 May 1602, d. bef. 28 Oct 1680
  • John Butler+1 b. 2 Jan 1624/25, d. bef. 21 Jul 1658
  • Henry Butler1 b. 7 Sep 1626, d. bef. 28 Apr 1696
  • Lydia Butler1 b. 23 Feb 1628/29, d. 25 Jan 1667
  • Thomas Butler1 b. 28 Aug 1631, d. bef. 24 Sep 1631
This person was last edited on11 Apr 2022


  1. [S3] Charles Edward Banks, The History of Martha's Vineyard Dukes County Massachusetts in Three Volumes (subtitle varies) (1911; reprint, Edgartown, Massachusetts: Dukes County Historical Society, 1966), 3:47-63, further cited as Banks, History of Martha's Vineyard.
  2. [S3] Banks, History of Martha's Vineyard, 2:56, citing Dukes Co. Deeds 1:313.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 263, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S1492] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 189, further cited as Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660.