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Birthplace: Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California, United States
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"...Josiah Butterfield (March 13, 1795 – March 3, 1871) was an early Mormon leader and member of the Presidency of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Butterfield was born in Dunstable, Massachusetts, and married Polly Moulton on October 30, 1819. The couple spent the 1820s in Maine, where John F. Boynton and a missionary companion baptized him in 1833. Butterfield relocated to Kirtland, Ohio, in 1834, where he worked on the Kirtland Temple. There he also became a charter member (and stockholder) of the Kirtland Safety Society. He was set apart as one of the seven presidents of Seventy on April 6, 1837. He functioned simultaneously as a member of the Kirtland High Council.

After Polly died on October 28, 1840, Butterfield married Margaret Lawrence, a mother of two daughters. Shortly after this marriage, a conflict arose between Butterfield and Joseph Smith, Jr. over the Lawrence estate, from which Butterfield was set to benefit. Smith represented the two daughters' position. Smith wrote on March 28, 1843, that Butterfield "came to my house and insulted me so outrageously that I kicked him out of the house, across the yard, and into the street."[1] Butterfield became disaffected and was excommunicated on October 7, 1844. Jedediah M. Grant took his place in the Presidency.

Butterfield was later rebaptized and received his endowment in the Nauvoo Temple on January 20, 1846, although he did not travel west with the Mormon pioneers. By 1853, he was on his way to California when he visited his nephew, Thomas Butterfield (namesake of Butterfield Canyon), at Fort Herriman and affirmed his continuing faith in Mormonism.

On his way to California, he met and married Clarinda Cram Walker in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 27, 1853. They settled near Aromas, California and had six children together. He died March 3, 1871 in Aromas, California..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Josiah Butterfield', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 November 2009, 21:21 UTC, <> [accessed 16 February 2011]

Scriptural Reference:

Doctrine and Covenants 124:138

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Josiah Butterfield's Timeline

March 13, 1795
Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
March 3, 1871
Age 75
Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California, United States
April, 1871
Age 75
October 30, 1819
Age 24
November 10, 1824
Age 29
February 1, 1836
Age 40
Dunstable, Hillsboro, New Hampshire, United States
November 10, 1824
Age 29
Dunstable, Hillsboro, New Hampshire, United States
March 1, 1821
Age 25
Dunstable, Hillsboro, New Hampshire, United States