Biography of William P. Butler
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Butler, William Parkinson, was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, January 20, 1846, a son of Robert Higginson and Helen (Parkinson) Butler. He had practically no educational advantages when a boy, the family being large, and when but eight years old he went to work in a printing office and here gained considerable knowledge, although on account of his youth and lack of education his work was largely mechanical labor. In this office was printed the first edition of the "Blackburn Times," and it was he who took the first copy off the press. Later he entered a neighboring cotton mill and learned the weaver's trade, which he followed in England and America for twenty eight years. In May, 1879, he came to this country and at once settled in New Bedford, obtaining employment at his trade for three years and then removed to Manville, R. I. After a few years' employment in the cotton mills in that vicinity he returned to New Bedford, and until 1886 was engaged in the mills. In that year he started a small business in tobacco, cigars and notions, which business finally merged into his present hardware business, which is one of the best establishments of its kind in the southern portion of the city. Mr. Butler's success has been entirely due to his own efforts, for he came to this country to his wife's relations without capital. He is a charter member of Alpha Lodge, I. O. O. F., Manchester Unity, and was prominent in its organization. For some time he served as president of the New Bedford Cooperative Society; he also holds membership in numerous trade and fraternal organizations. In 1868 Mr. Butler married Elizabeth Sherples, also a native of Blackburn, England, and of their eleven children nine survive: Obadiah, Thomas, Robert, William, Jane H., Bertha A., Walter A., Charles H., and Elizabeth A.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

Bristol County, MA Biographies

Names A to B
Names C to D
Names E to H
Names I to L
Names M to O
Names P to R
Names S
Names T to Z




New York

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012