Samuel Butler, Author of Erewhon (1835-1902): A Memoir - Vol. 1

Samuel Butler, Author of Erewhon (1835-1902): A Memoir - Vol. 1

Samuel Butler, Author of Erewhon (1835-1902): A Memoir - Vol. 1

Samuel Butler, Author of Erewhon (1835-1902): A Memoir - Vol. 1

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SAMUEL BUTLER, author of Erewhon , was born on the 4th December 1835, at Langar Rectory, near Bingham in Nottinghamshire. His father was the Rev. Thomas Butler, F.R.G.S., then Rector of Langar-with-Bramston, and his grandfather was Dr. Samuel Butler, the famous head-master of Shrewsbury School, afterwards Bishop of Lichfield. His mother was Fanny Worsley, daughter of Philip John Worsley of Arno's Vale, Bristol, sugar refiner.

The Butlers come of an old Warwickshire yeoman family. The earliest entry relating to them records the marriage on the 12th April 1580 of Henry Butler of Cawston, near Dunchurch, with Alice West of Toft, also near Dunchurch. The parish registers do not go back earlier than 1580, but after that year many entries relating to the family occur until 1693 when William Butler, whom we may call William Butler I., of Thurlaston, and Alice, his wife, had two children baptized at Dunchurch, namely on the 17th September a daughter, Alice, and on the 14th October a son, William, who had been born in 1690 and whom we may call William Butler II. Then the family moved to Kenilworth where William Butler I., after serving as one of the Surveyors of Highways, as Overseer of the Poor, and as Churchwarden, died in 1709. He was buried at Kenilworth and is described in the register as "Yeoman."

His son, William Butler II., was the grandfather of . . .

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