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yt a division of ye estate may be made, this Court orders ye administrator to compute ye estate, and to divide ye remainder into five equal sums, for each child a part, and to deliver as soon as hee can ye shares belonging to ye two daughters, to their sd, husbands, taking their receipts for ye sums, and ye other shares to ye other children, when they come to age, or are married, unless other orders intervene. Nov. 14, 1676. (Ibid.)

The estate of Matthias Button Sr. was inventoried by Henry Kingsbury and Robert Swan, March 9, 1673 at 99:11s:8d. (Norfolk County Deeds, Vol. 2, page 491.)

Elizabeth Button, widow of Matthias Button of Haverhill, to Peter Green, her son-in-law, twenty acres upland hear Hawk's meadow, bounded south on said Green, and Aquilla Chase, north on Thomas Dustin, N. W. on Walnut tree and Hawk's meadow. Dec. 7, 1673. (Norfolk Co. Deeds, Vol. 3, page 107.)

The forgoing transfer is a part of the eighty acres conveyed to his wife Elizabeth by Matthias Button, and formerly a part of his farm, bounded on the northwest by Hawk's meadow, and north by Thomas Dustin, whose wife Hannah was the heroine of Haverhill and who was captured by the Indians in their assault on Haverhill.

Ed. note: This ends the unedited portion of the original book introduction by Alphonso Button and Dr. C. A. Button. The remainder of this introduction is also in large part taken from their notes but has been edited and augmented by information not available to the original writers.

Thomas Button Button, father of Matthias had other children, according to Parish records of Harrold, Bedfordshire, England.

Children: 
    1 William christened Nov. 23, 1600. He married Oct. 12, 1631. 
        Etheldreda Clayton (or Claydon). Children: 
        i Mary, Christened Sept. 2, 1632. 
       ii Ann, Christened May 4, 1634. 
      iii Elizabeth, Christened Oct. 9, 1636. 
       iv Etheldreda, Christened Oct. 13, 1639. 
        v Joan, Christened Mar. 6, 1641. 
    2 Ann, Christened Dec., 1604. She married Nov. 19, 1632 James 
        Hull. 
    3 Matthias, Christened Oct. 11, 1607. 

 
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