Biography of Thomas S. Butman
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Butman, Thomas S., son of Thomas and Mary L. (Lasky) Butman, was born in Marblehead, Mass., August 28, 1822. His father was a butcher and lived in Marblehead from his birth until 1832, when he removed with his family to Fairhaven. Here Thomas S. attended the schools until he was fourteen years of age, and then made his first sea voyage, sailing from New Bedford in a whaleship. This voyage proved to be a long one, for upon the vessel's return he went into another ship without visiting his home, and so continued eleven years, finally becoming a captain. In those days letters were not so frequently written as at the present time, and so during his entire absence he neglected to write to his parents, who believed him lost His account of the homecoming after an absence of eleven years and four months and of the changes which had taken place is most interesting. About the time he returned home gold was discovered in California. and being adventurous he decided to seek his fortune in the gold fields, and after a visit of two months sailed from New Bedford in the bark Winslow. They sailed around the Horn and were six months in making the voyage. He remained in California two years, going through many and varied experiences, and upon leaving again went to sea, sailing from Boston, New York and New Bedford for several years as a captain in the merchant service, and in the mean tlme conducting a ship rigging business in Fairhaven. He later went to Port Huron, Mich., in the interests of a Boston firm and engaged in building ships, which were taken through the Great Lakes and Canada to the ocean and thence to Europe, where they were sold, together with their cargo, which consisted mostly of lumber. At this time Mr. Butman was considered one of the foremost ship riggers in the country. He is now retired and resting, after the labors of an active life. During his residence in Fairhaven he has been repeatedly honored with office and has served at different times as constable, overseer of the poor, truant officer and member of the Board of Health; he has also served for a period of over twenty eight years as deputy sheriff of Bristol county.

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.

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