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Ester Wadsworth Butler

The ancestor of the Jefferson County pioneer Butler family was James Butler, a native of Vermont, and served in the Revolutionary War as a soldier in the calvary regiment from Connecticut. He was born in September 8, 1754 and died Vermont November 12, 1813, in Vermont.

     His wife, Esther Wadsworth Butler was born December 25, 1759 in Hartford, Connecticut and died June 29, 1840 in Brookville.  She and their three sons, David, Cyrus, and Nathaniel, first brought the Butler name to Jefferson county.  Esther Wadsworth was the niece of Captain Wadsworth, who is credited with saving the charter of Connecticut in 1685 from Sir Edmund Andros by hiding it in a hollow tree.  A metal flag holder on her grave, placed by the Venango Chapter of DAR, honors her as the wife of a Revolutionary War Soldier.  Cyrus Butler resided in Brookville, David and Nathaniel were residents of Pine Creek Township.  David Butler married Catherine Fey of Clearfield County.  His younger brother, Nathaniel married Rebecca Barnett, the first white child born in Jefferson County, daughter of Joseph Barnett.

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