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John Butler


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John Butler
  • Born: 9 May 1734, Newbury MA
  • Marriage (1): Ann Codman on 8 Jul 1763 in Falmouth ME
  • Died: Dec 1827, Westbrook ME

  General notes:

Silversmith and jeweler

  Events in his life were:

  • Flynt & Fales:, . 3 Described by Willis in History of Portland, as "originally a jeweller, but afterwards engaged in trade ... a handsome, gay, and accomplished man, but his misfortunes by losses of property and children, unthroned reason from her seat. . . ." The Journal of Rev. Thomas Smith refers to "John Butler, a silversmith by trade, a very respectable citizen before the Revolution, but later known in modern times as Crazy Butler."
  • He worked circa 1755-1761 as a silversmith and jeweler in Boston MA 3
  • Advertised in the Boston News-Letter (Boston MA), 30 Nov 1758, "John Butler, goldsmith, at the corner of Clark's ship yard, Boston, has been robbed of stone and grape gold rings, silver buckles, etc." 3
  • He was a partner in 1761-1765 with Paul Little in Falmouth ME as BUTLER & LITTLE 3
  • He worked after 1765 as a silversmith in Falmouth ME had shop on India Street at the head of Preble's Wharf. Cumberland County Deeds records Jabez Bradbury of Falmouth selling land to John Butler, goldsmith, in 1772. 3
  • He worked in 1778-1793 as a silversmith in Gorham ME 9
  • He worked in 1793-1800 as a silversmith in Falmouth ME 9
  • Advertised in the Boston Independent Chronicle (Boston MA), 10 Mar 1795, "To be sold at Falmouth, Casco-Bay, a house lot likewise a complete sett of Goldsmith's Tools suitable for large work." Joseph Holt Ingraham bought the proberty for $500 on 01 July 1800. 3
  • He worked in 1801-1813 as a merchant and real estate speculator in North Yarmouth ME

John married Ann Codman on 8 Jul 1763 in Falmouth ME. (Ann Codman was born on 18 Nov 1732 in Charlestown MA, christened on 19 Nov 1732 and died in 1783 in Gorham ME.)

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