Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major John Butterfield, Revolutionary War Patriot

This tombstone was photographed at the Hillside Cemetery in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

In memory of
who died
Oct. 10, 1828
Aged 75

John Butterfield, the son of John Butterfield and Phebe Russell, was born 7 September 1753 in Goffstown, New Hampshire and died 10 October 1828 in Goffstown.   He married Naomi Stevens, the daughter of Thomas Stevens and Prudence Merrill.   They had fifteen children born in Goffstown.   All the children are listed on his profile at Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=58804461

John Butterfield served in the American Revolution, and was at the Battle of Bennington, Vermont.  His brother Peter Butterfield was at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  John was the rank of Major when he served in the 1st Battalion of the 9th Regiment.  He served as a selectman in Goffstown between 1784 and 1798, and he was a state representative in 1799, 1800, 1801, 1803, 1804, 1806, and 1807.

Again, I found the letters REV stenciled in black paint on this tombstone in Goffstown. This is a highly controversial practice.  Many of the tombstones in the Hillside Cemetery are stenciled like this. 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major John Butterfield, Revolutionary War Patriot", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 22, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/02/tombstone-tuesday-major-john.html: accessed [access date]).

1 comment:

  1. Do you have any idea when the stenciling occurred?