Prue Towers tells us:
John Butterfield had two brothers Thomas and Frank as well as two sisters Hannah and Harriet. His brother Thomas married Alice Townend on 27th November 1877 in Keighley. Together they had four sons John Thomas, Frank, Sam and Fred as well as two daughters Sarah Ellen and Harriet. This haymaking scene from the early 1900s shows John Thomas Butterfield sitting on the far left next to his younger brother Sam holding his dog. Sam worked as a hewer in a stone quarry whilst John T worked in mills near Haworth but both helped out with haymaking. John lost his left leg below the knee in a childhood haymaking incident. The family lived at Oldfield Gate Farm, Haworth where it is likely this photo was taken.
Prue continues the Butterfield family history:
“The Butterfields” have lived in the area surrounding the town of Keighley, West Yorkshire, for many centuries. It appears the Butterfields came from Normandy France, during the Norman invasion in 1066.The name Botevyle occurs in the Battle Abby roll. The estate of Boutevile was near Carentum, in Normandy, a town at the mouth of the River Tante, where yet there are to be seen old fortifications, a castle and a Norman Church. Adam de Butterfield of Newton in Bowland and Robert de Butterfield of Slaytburn (Slaidburn) were both paying the poll tax in 1379. In 1397 Robertus de Butterfield is paying poll tax in Slaytburn in nearby Hammerton, Willelmus de Butterfield and Johannes de Butterfield were also paying poll tax. It is in this area, Ribble Valley some thirty miles from Keighley, that the Butterfields were said to have originally prospered. The area around Slaidburn was originally in Yorkshire, but since boundary changes in 1974, it is now a part of Lancashire. The Butterfields from Keighley, were part of the 47 men Craven contingent which fought in the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. (John, bill and William, bow. In 1846 the Butterfield name was the fifth most common surname in Keighley area over 50 families bearing that name. In the 1891 census for Bingley, next to Keighley, there was over 100 Butterfields listing 55 males.
Prue continues her personal story:
“My grandfather, John Thomas Butterfield, was born to Thomas Butterfield and Alice (Townend) Butterfield. Thomas (my great grandad) was born at a little hamlet known as Bunkers which may be connected with Bunkers Hill, Oakworth or possibly Stanbury. Thomas’s parents were Isaac and Sally (Sarah Sunderland) Butterfield and they lived in 1851 at Buckley Green, Stanbury. In 1861 they are shown as having three children, Harriet, John and Thomas and were then living at Bunkers. In 1881 there is reference to Isaac and Frank living at Oldfield Gate. Initially I thought this was my gt.gt.grandad Isaac but it can’t be and is, in fact, Thomas’s brother, Isaac and his son, Thomas’s nephew, Frank, I think. I also found a reference to an Isaac and Sally Butterfield with a christening being carried out at Lees, so this is again a different couple, not my specific one. Most of my line have come from Two Laws, Stanbury, Oldfield Gate and Haworth but it is quite evident that there are several other little groups dotted around the Worth Valley that aren’t directly related to my family although there is probably a familial connection somewhere down the line. The Butterfields of Cliffe Castle are another example where I can’t find the exact link yet some researchers insist that there is. I know my dad and my grandma Butterfield used to comment that ‘our landed pile’, meaning Cliffe Castle, had been squandered away through high living and gambling when we passed by there from time to time. Just how this connection was (or was not) remains to be seen.”