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Mary Butler (Drake?)

Also Known As: "Brewer"
Birthplace: St Vendant, London, England
Death: after May 13, 1636
Warwick, VA
Immediate Family:

Wife of John Brewer, of London & Virginia and Rev. Thomas Butler
Mother of Frances Brewer; John L. Brewer II (of VA); Roger Brewer; Margaret Brewer; Ann Holladay and 2 others

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About Mary Butler

Not to be confused with her husband's aunt, Mary Brewer

Mary was born abt 1590 in London, Middlesex, England, and died in Virginia Colony, America. She married

  1. John M. BREWER 12 Feb 1614 in Middlesex Co., England, son of Thomas BREWER and Ann DRAKE. He was born 1594 in Chard, Somerset, England, and died 1635 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia.
  2. She married Thomas BUTLER.


  1. John ll Brewer married Anne Skinner
  2. Roger
  3. Margaret


It is speculated that she was the daughter of Roger Drake, of Bread Street :


Thomas' son John was the Brewer who came to Colonial Va. in the mid 1620's. Earlier Brewer biographies have stated that he came with his father a decade earlier, but the name Thomas Brewer does not appear in any Va. records until the late 1640's and then in connection with another family.

Little is known of his early life, but his later accomplishments suggest he was reasonable well educated. Va. land patents and his will simply identify his wife as "Mary" or "Marie" providing no hint as to her maiden name. Prof. Boyd's Marriage Register of England cites the marriage of John Brewer to Mary Drake in 1615, St. Vedast, London. Earlier biographies of John have confused his marriage with that of his Uncle, John Brewer, who married Mary Grove.. They were married in 1596, the approximate year of the younger John's birth.

John Boodie in his 17th Century Isle of Wight Co, Va. supplies an abstract of John Drake's 1623 London will, in which he makes bequeaths to Margaret Drake, wife of his brother Roger, and to John (John II)and Margaret, the children of john Brewer, grocer of London, and his wife Mary. John Drake was the brother of the Anne Drake who married Thomas Brewer, son of William Brewer the physician. His brother Roger Drake is the same "Uncle Roger Drake" that John Brewer named as guardian to his children in his 1635 will. In all probability, Mary Drake, Brewer was his daughter.


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Mary Butler's Timeline

St Vendant, London, England
Age 9
April 11, 1614
Age 19
London, Middlesex, England
December 16, 1616
Age 21
Virginia, USA
March 30, 1623
Age 28
May 13, 1636
Age 41
Warwick, VA
Age 41
middlesex county, virginia