Select Butterfield Miscellany


Here are some Butterfield stories
accounts over the years:


Butterfields in the 1881 Census


County Numbers Percent
Yorkshire    2,190    55
London     390    10
Lancashire     360     9
Elsewhere    1.060    26
Total    4,000   100

The Butterfield name at that time was still concentrated
in the West Ridings of Yorkshire.  The
following towns and villages there had the largest number of
Butterfields – Keighley
(240), Leeds (150), Horton-in-Bradford (128), and Shipley (79).

The Butterfields of Cliffe Castle

The Butterfields of Cliffe Castle were descendants
of John Butterfield, a weaver, and his wife Mary.  They
had married in 1760 and lived at Higher
Scholes near Keighley.

The line from
there went via son Isaac and grandsons Isaac and John.
Isaac became a maker of stuff pieces and John
a wool stapler.  John would go regularly
to the East Riding of Yorkshire and to Lincolnshire to purchase his
buying it principally from farmers in those districts.
The wool was brought in boats to the canal
warehouse at Stocksbridge on the outskirts of Keighley.
John died unmarried at the age of 35.  In
his will he left £25,000 mainly to his
brother Isaac who added John’s wool staple business to his own.  On the death of Isaac in 1833 the business
known as Butterfield Brothers.

Henry and
Frederick of the next generation went to New York to look after the
trade.  This involved not only selling
worsteds, but also acting as merchants for other manufacturers.  By the 1850’s the firm had premises in
Bradford, the centre of the worsted trade, as well as mills in
Haworth and Stanbury.

Henry and his wife
Mary eventually settled in France, buying a home in Paris and a villa
Nice.  However, he had also acquired
Cliffe Hall in Keighley.  He began a
massive building project and in 1878 changed its name to Cliffe Castle.  On Henry’s death his only son Frederick
succeeded to the estate and made it his principal home.
Cliffe Castle was sold to the local authority
when Frederick died in 1943.


Butterfields in
America by Country of Origin


Country Numbers Percent
England    127    63
Bermuda     54    27
Elsewhere     20    10
Total    201   100


Butterfield Canyon

Butterfield Canyon in Utah was named after Thomas
Butterfield, an early settler in the region.
Born in Maine in 1811, he had arrived in Utah with his brother
Jacob and
other early Mormon settlers in 1848.  He
was one of the founders – with Henry Herriman, John Jay Stocking and
Petty – of the Herriman township in Utah.
Thomas built the road up from Herriman to the canyon which now
bears his
name.  He lived on in Herriman until 1890
and is buried in the local cemetery.


Butterfield 8

The old New York telephone listing, which lasted
from the 1920’s until the late 1960’s, had BUckminster 2, 4, and 7, but
one Butterfield, BUtterfield 8.  This
BU-8 or 288 listing did cover some upmarket addresses on Manhattan’s
Upper East
Side.  Why Butterfield was used for this
location is not really known.

Market, on Lexington Avenue between 77th and 78th, took its name from
Butterfield exchange.  Founded in 1915
but under various owners since that time, it still offers high quality
products at that location.

But BUtterfield 8 was also the name of the
John O’Hara Depression-era novel.  A bestseller upon its publication in
1935, BUtterfield
was inspired by a
news account of the discovery of the body of a beautiful young woman
washed up
on a Long Island beach.  Was it an
accident, a murder, a suicide?  The
circumstances of her death were never resolved, yet O’Hara seized upon
tragedy to imagine the woman’s down-and-out life in New York City. 

8 was adapted into a movie
in 1961.  Elizabeth Taylor played the lead
role and won
an Oscar as Best Actress.  This movie is
now Butterfield 8‘s main claim to fame.

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