BUTLER, John & Hannah (Potter)

Cliff McCarthy, 2016

Not much is known of John Butler, except that he was the son of John Butler of Branford, Connecticut and his first wife. There were two distinct, apparently unrelated families named Butler in early Branford. Our John, Jr. was there by 1682 when he was given his division of plow land on March 13. He was appointed one of the surveyors of the highways in Branford in 1684.

In November of that year, John Butler married Hannah Potter, daughter of Sergeant John Potter of New Haven and his wife Hannah Cooper, at Branford. They had only two children.


Children of John & Hannah (Potter) BUTLER

JOHN BUTLER died 1691.  He married HANNAH POTTER 17 November 1684 in Second Church of New Haven, Branford, CT, daughter of JOHN POTTER and HANNAH COOPER.  She was born 26 June 1665 in New Haven, CT, and died 2 June 1694 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT.  The Children of JOHN BUTLER and HANNAH POTTER are:

i.    HANNAH BUTLER, b. 14 October 1685, Branford, CT; d. 27 October 1748, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; m. (1) JOHN TODD, JR., 9 February 1708/09, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; b. 11 May 1679; d. 21 September 1723; m. (2) CALEB TUTTLE, 17 February 1725/26, New Haven, CT; b. 29 August 1674; d. 1751.
ii.    JOHN BUTLER, b. 7 December 1687, Branford, New Haven Co., CT; d. 1709.



  • Anderson, Mary Audentia Smith, Ancestry and Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale,  (Independence, MO: 1929).
  • Branford [CT] Vital Records.
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, 1981), p. 372.
  • Todd, John Edwards, comp., George Iru Todd, ed., Todd Family in America, (Gazette Printing Co., Northampton, MA, 1920).

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