The Passing of William Butten
On this day in 1620 the only passenger to die on the Mayflower's voyage from England to America passed away, just three days before land was sighted. Little is known about the young man, William Butten, who was a servant of the doctor Samuel Fuller. He is recorded as “a youth” by William Bradford in his list of passengers. He joined the voyage with the Fuller family and was unwell throughout the voyage. His place of rest is unknown and his name is on memorial stone erected by Massachusetts Society of Mayflower descendants.
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16/11/2020 01:50:05 pm
A country lane in my village is named after him "Billy Button", Torworth, Nottinghamshire. Great to see him get some recognition :)
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