Butterfield, Josiah 

Biography

13 Mar. 17951–3 Mar. 1871.2 Farmer, stockman.3 Born at Dunstable, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.4 Son of Abel Butterfield and Mercy Farnsworth.5 Married first Polly Moulton, 30 Oct. 1819.6 Moved to Buxton, York Co., Maine, 1820.7 Baptized into LDS church by John F. Boynton, 1 Oct. 1833, in Maine.8 Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ca. 1834.9 Served missions to Maine and Vermont, 1834, 1836.10 Received elder’s license, 4 Apr. 1836; ordained a seventy, 1836.11 Appointed a president of the Seventy, 6 Apr. 1837.12 Stockholder in Kirtland Safety Society, 1837.13 Assisted in migration of Kirtland Camp to Missouri, 1838.14 Appointed member of committee on removal from Missouri under Brigham Young, 26 Jan. 1839.15 Following expulsion of Mormons from Missouri, settled at Bear Creek, Adams Co., Illinois, 1839.16 Excommunicated, 7 Oct. 1844; rebaptized into LDS church, by Jan. 1846.17 Married second Margaret Lawrence, by Jan. 1846.18 Married third Clarinda, by 1853, possibly in California.19 Moved to California, before 1854.20 Resided at Gilroy, Santa Clara Co., California, by June 1860.21 Baptized into RLDS church by Glaud Rodger, 1 May 1865, at Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co., California.22 By June 1870, moved to Watsonville, where he served as RLDS branch president.23 Died at Watsonville.24