Purser Silas Butler

Silas was born on 14 Sept. 1778 in Wethersfield, CT, to Joseph and Abigail (Boardman) Butler.  The family removed to Pittsfield, Mass.  He grew up learning business and took advantage of a position in the new US Navy – he was appointed purser to the USS CONNECTICUT on July 3, 1799.  He served aboard four vessels until he retires from the Navy in November of 1805, going into private business.

In 1817 he decided to return to the Navy, regaining appointment as a purser and became the purser to the new Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY.  He remained in that position until his death on 9 April 1837.

He descendants have kept artifacts from Silas, handed down through the generations, and by these I have learned a great deal about the man.  I look forward to when I can focus on him and get his biography completed.

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