Biography of Erastus G. Butts
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Butts, Erastus Gordon, son of Erastus and Mary A. (Milkin) Butts, was born at Voluntown, Conn., April 9, 1827. He spent his youth on his father's farm and attended the common schools in the winter months. In 1845 he embarked on the whaling ship "Philip Tab," and for seven years followed the sea, a greater part of the time in the capacity of boat steerer. In 1852 he returned home, learned the carpenter's trade, and has since been engaged in carpenter work and farming. March 15, 1849, he married Rose Bowen, a native of Ireland. and they had seven children: Mary A., wife of Samuel W. Hayden; Eliza J., wife of Albert M. Allen; William Erastus; John F.; Andrew Almy; Hannah S., wife of John S. Sanford; and Edward Everett. Mrs. Butts died August 20, 1889. Mr. Butts is a member of the Good Templars and the Society of Friends. He began life a farmer's boy with limited education and no capital save his own indomitable energy and perseverance, and has made his way to high standing in the community. Mr. Butts is a sincere and earnest advocate of the cause of temperance.

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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