Biography of Theodore Button
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Button, Theodore, was born on the Button homestead, February 24, 1859. He was educated in the common and graded schools and has always followed the occupation of farming. December 23, 1885, he married Minnie Smith of the town of Brunswick. They have three children: Olive J., Arthur P., and Hazel E. Merritt the oldest son of William Pitt Button by a second marriage, was born November 21, 1852. He was educated in the common schools and Middletown Academy in the town of Half Moon, and has served his townspeople as supervisor two terms. He was highway commissioner six years, and is an excellent farmer and is not married at this date, 1896 Mr. Button's father, William Pitt, was born in old Schaghticoke in that part which was set aside for the town of Pittstown, January 22, 1806. He was educated in the schools of that early day and was a farmer by occupation. In 1831 he purchased his first real estate. He married twice, first on February 23, 1832, to Lois, daughter of Jabez Buckley of this town. They had six children: George W., David M., Edwin S., J. Warren, Sabra A., and Sarah J. George W., Edwin S. and J. Warren are dead. Mrs. Button died March 1, 1849. For his second wife, on June 20, 1850, he married Susan Wing, born Lounsbury; they had four children: Emily F., Merritt, Harriet A., and Theodore, William P. Button joined the M. E. church in 1835. He died January 9, 1887, one of the representative men of the town. Mrs. Theodore Button's father, Paul Smith, was born in the town of Brunswick about the year 1839; his education was obtained in the common schools. He is a business man, is a shirt manufacturer and has a saw and grist mill. He married twice, first to Emily J. Button. They had three children, Minnie, Mary and Reuben. Mrs. Smith died in 1868. For his second wife, he married Delia F. Dingman. They have four children: Paul, jr., Harriet, Charlotte and Theodate. Mr. Smith survives at this date, 1896. The ancestry of the Button family goes back to England in 1610. Sir Thomas Button made three voyages of discovery to this continent, viz.: in 1610, 1611, and again in 1612. His son, Mathias, settled in Salem, Mass., in 1628. There was a Robert Button in Salem, also, in 1641, who went to Boston in 1645; next there was a John Button who was an early pioneer in Boston in 1633. Mathias Button came to America with Governor John Endicott and settled in Salem, Mass. He went to Boston as early as 1633, to Ispwich in 1641, to Haverhill in 1646, where he died in 1672. His son Mathias was born in 1657; he moved to Plainfield, Conn., in 1690 and died in 1725. The following are the descendants: Peter, son of Mathias. Joseph was the son of Mathias. Jesse was born in 1747. Richard, the son of Jesse, was born in 1776. Mathias Button third had five wives, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He died in Rutland county, Vt., in 1811, aged eighty four years. John, son of Mathias and Phebe Button, was born in 1754; married twice, first to Mary Burch, whose children were Louis, Harmon, John, Mary, Ransom, Milton, Sarah, Olive, Lucy, Ira, William P., and Eliza; children of second marriage, Horace, Hiram, and Harmon R. John Button died at Schaghticoke in 1832. Elizabeth. daughter of Mathias, married her cousin, Daniel Button, son of Ebenezer Button; their children were John, Hazard, and Daniel. John, son of Daniel and Elizabeth. was born at Groton, Conn.; he married Cynthia Clark; their children were John H., Emily C., Charles B., Orpah M., Olive C., Elisha L., George W., Dancy, Daniel A., and Zydia C. Their father John died in Michigan in 1859. Both Theodore and Merritt Button are staunch Republicans. The ancestry of this family in their several marriages is English, Dutch, and German.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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