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Susan Butterfield1615 - 1670 (54 years)
Name Susan Butterfield Born 4 Apr 1615 Ovenden, Halifax Parish, West Ridings, Yorkshire, England Gender Female Died 1670 Hempstead, Queens Co., LI, NY Notes
Elaine Halstead, Charles Frost and Gary Halstead give 1615 for
while Dwight Halstead has it as 1612.
---------------------------------------- Elaine's records state
in New York. Gary and Dwight have it as Hempstead, Nassau Co.,
In reviewing all of the notes in both this record and that of
Halstead, I question all of the information as to dates and
birth and death for the wife of Jonas Halstead. That
information may have
been applicable to Susan Butterfield, the one that is a
doubtful entry as
the wife of Jonas Halstead.
27 Mar 2001 QLE
After hours of pondering I have finally entered Sarah
Butterfield as the
spouse of Jonas Halstead. But I feel like it is like walking
during an earthquake.
28 Apr 2001 QLE
The following material is from the notes in the data sent by
Halstead, but these notes were in the record of Jonas Halstead.
capacity for storage of notes was exceeded in that entry so I
the material here. Much of it applies to the controversy over
of the spouse of Jonas Halstead, so it is appropriate from that
that it be entered here:
Quoting an email of Oct 1999 from John Preston Halstead IV,
to Jonas: for a variety of reasons, Art Wardwell concluded that
Matthew Mitchell and Edmond Wood families emigrated on the
Bristol in 1635 and that Jonas Halstead was a member of the
party. (See letters from Art Wardwell to Herb Seversmith,
sent by snail mail) as well as Matthew Wood's article in the
Jan.1989 - Apr. 1990, "English Origins of Mitchell, Wood, Lum
Families"). Although Matthew Wood does not accept Wardwell's
about Jonas Halstead's emigration, he
doesn't disprove it. In fact, he doesn't even deal with it,
Wardwell's conjecture standing, in my opinion." Jonas, it
appears, came to
New England with the Mitchell, and Wood families, which
included not only
Jonas, but also his half-brother, John Lum. ***Caution***Again
cautioned, this is supposition by Wardwell***Caution***"Jonas
Butterfield girl were already interested in each other. They
on the long trip across the water to N.E. and both families
Springfield then called Agawam." [My atlas shows Agawam
seperate from but
neighboring Springfield, Hampden County, Mass] "They lived
there by May
1636 and were still there in July. There was no minister at
Agawam so the
young couple could not have married there. At Agawam, Matthew
Samuel Butterfield and Edmund Wood were "On the Conneticut" and
"S of Mill River." The two families left Agawam versy soon and
the river to Westersfield, [Hartford County, Conneticut] and I
long before the young couple were married." "In the
is given a list of those who were to remove to Rippowarns (?
there is a
Rippowam river in Connecticut, just west of Stamford) with
included the following:
Edmund Wood, Jeremy Wood, Jonas Wood, "Hal" Jonas Wood Jr.
This perhaps was Jonas Halstead who lived with Wood so long
that he was thought a Wood" - Wardwell to Seversmith 1956
given name of Jonas' spouse - - - Butterfield, Wardwell notes
on page four
of this letter that "What name was given to the Butterfield
girl when she
was born in 1615? Susan Wood [Butterfield-Mitchell] named a
Matthew Mitchell Sarah in 1621. If she had a daughter Sarah
aged about 6 do you
think she would have given Sarah as the name to the Mitchell
am inclined to drop Sarah as the suggested name for the wife of
Halstead. What do you think?" [On the other hand, Susan
Butterfield-Mitchell named her 4th child Susan b. ca 1631when
would have been about 12 years old, so who knows?]
Note: "New Netherland was the name given to the area of Dutch
in North America during the 17th century. In 1621 the Dutch
Company was granted a charter that included the right to
colonies in the New World. The first permanent settlement was
1624. New Netherland was centered along the Hudson River Valley
included parts of what is now New York, New Jersey,
Delaware. From 1626 its capital was at New Amsterdam (now New
An English expedition forced Gov. Peter
Stuyvesant to surrender New Netherland in 1664. The Dutch
retook it in
1673, but it was permanently restored to England the following
year by the
Treaty of Westminster."
The Dutch West India Company, a trading company established in
Republic, was the creator of the 17th-century Dutch trading
the Atlantic coasts of Africa and the Americas. It received its
1621, when the war to preserve Dutch independence from Spain
after a 12-year truce. The company was founded primarily to sap
Spanish war effort by attacking the trade between Spain and its
colonies; the company's most famous success came in 1628, off
the coast of
Cuba, when Piet Hein
captured the Spanish silver fleet with its enormous and
Privateering, however, gave way to building colonies in Brazil,
Guiana (now Surinam), the Antilles, and New Netherland, which
province of the company in 1623. The company also established
on the west coast of Africa from which black slaves were
the Atlantic. In 1654, however, Brazil was lost to Portugal,
and in 1664
England took New Netherland. The company remained in deep
difficulties for the rest of its existence;
its principal activity remained the slave trade. The charter of
West India Company was not renewed in 1791, and its possessions
were taken over by the Dutch government. It disappeared
the 1794 conquest of the Dutch Republic by France.
Herbert H. Rowen Bibliography: Bachman, V. C., Peltries or
(1969); Boxer, C. R., The Dutch in Brazil, 1624-1654 (1957);
the Hudson (1986).
Unless new information is forthcoming I have entered the name
spouse of Jonas Halstead as Sarah Butterfield and have come to
conclusion that this is highly probable as correct information.
29 Apr 2001 QLE
Date: Monday, April 30, 2001 6:48 AM
Subject: Re: BUTTERFIELD?
I think you are asking two questions: Was Jonas H's wife's
Sarah or Susan, and , was her maiden surname Butterfield?
Let's deal with the second first. We have no record of
marriage, so we have no proof of whom he married. Art Wardwell
letter to Herb Seversmith of 13 Feb. 1936 surmized that her
Butterfield, but Seversmith didn't buy it, and they both
matter at that point. The Susan Butterfield who married Matthew
was the widow of Thomas Butterfield. Her maiden name was Wood.
married Thomas Butterfield about 1612. Butterfield died 1614/15
widow married Matthew Mitchell 21 Aug 1616. They had:
David b.c. 1619
Jonathan b.c. 1623
Susan b.c. 1626/7
These apparently all came over on the "James" of Bristol in
only the parents and Jonathan were listed on the manifest. It
that Mrs. Susan (Wood) Butterfield Mitchell also brought with
her on the
James two children from her previous marriage: Samuel
Butterfield age 22
and _______ Butterfield age 20, the latter being the child with
was pregnant when her first husband died in 1614/15. Wardwell
that this child was a girl and that she got to know Jonas on
the trip over
and married him in America - a great many suppositions piled on
each other. This is all I can say about her surname. We just
As for her given name, your e-mail of 2/11/00 titled "Notes
the latest scholarly conclusion, quoted verbatim from Matthew
article in the NYG&BR. Wood concluded that it is possible that
Sarah. Again, that's all we can say. At the present moment,
discovery of additional documents, there's not much point in
Regards, John P.
Date: Monday, April 30, 2001 7:11 AM
Subject: Re: BUTTERFIELD?
Well put, John.
Obviously a lot of thought has gone into this over the years,
record-keeping will probably keep us from finding the real
One question I have always had about this particular line is:
Susan (Wood) (Butterfield) Mitchell name another daughter
Sarah, if "our"
Sarah had already been born to her in about 1615? Is it at all
that -- if this whole line is correct -- "our" Sarah was Sarah
not Sarah Butterfield? Born in 1620 or 1621 (baptized, as I
early 1621), she could have been old enough in about 1636 or
1637 (15 or
16) to marry Old Jonas. Is this an absurd observation?
I have read Wardwell's theories about Jonas Halstead and Sarah
"Butterfield" (I use the quotes only because of my doubts
above). He had to have gotten his idea from someplace; he was
too good a
researcher to have cavalierly presented such a theory in the
way he did.
Matthew Wood, by the way, has a new article in the NYG&B Record
about Timothy Wood (son of Edmund, and nephew of Sarah
Butterfield-Mitchell?) Halstead) which mentions the Halsteads,
as well as
the Stricklands and many others. Interesting reading!
check your local libraries.
Mark R. Halstead
In view of all the e-mail received to this date I have really
whether Jonas Halstead was married to Susan Butterfield or to
Mitchell. I have left the union as being with Susan
Butterfield for the
30 Apr 2001 QLE
Note from the gedcom sent by Gary on 29 Jul 2001:
The birth of this Butterfield child MUST have taken place at
it was the residence of Thomas Butterfield and his wife Susan
throughout the marriage, and it was after Susan [Wood]
Matthew Mitchell [also of Ovenden] and they "removed to
and data from Wardwell's 13 Feb 1956 letter].
LDS library cites place as "York, York, England" but no
this is noted.
". I have her date of death as 1670 in Hempstead, Queens (now
Gary shows her Christian name as "Sarah (or Susan)."
Person ID I06572 Sammis_Family Last Modified 2 Nov 2002
Father Thomas Butterfield, b. Abt 1590, d. Bef 16 Sep 1614, Ovenden, Halifax Parish, West Ridings, Yorkshire, England (Age ~ 24 years) Mother Susan Wood, b. Abt 1589, Ovenden, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England , d. UNKNOWN Married Abt Dec 1611 Ovenden, Halifax Parish, West Ridings, Yorkshire, England Family ID F2156 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Jonas Halstead, b. 16 Feb 1610/11, Northowram, Halifax Parish, West Ridings, Yorkshire, England , d. 11 Jun 1683, Hempstead, Queens Co., LI, NY (Age 72 years) Married 1636 Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT Children 1. Timothy Halstead, b. 1637, Wethersfield, Connecticut (then New Netherland) , d. Mar 1702/03, Hempstead, Queens Co., LI, NY (Age 66 years) Last Modified 20 Jan 2017 Family ID F2150 Group Sheet | Family Chart