Thomas BUTTON
Male 1558 - 1617


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  • Birth  1558  Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Jun 1617  Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I25652  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified  5 Jul 2011 

    Father  Miles BUTTON,   b. 1532, Worleton, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1597, Worlington, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret LEWIS,   b. 1540, Worleton, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1575, Worleton, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1557  Worleton, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F8550  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary PRICE,   b. 1562, Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1621, Deventer, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1582  Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Matthias BUTTON,   b. Abt 1607,   d. 13 Aug 1672, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Thomas BUTTON,   b. 1580, Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1634
    >3. Robert BUTTON,   b. Abt 1586, Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1650, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John BUTTON,   b. Abt 1588, Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1628, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William BUTTON,   b. 23 Nov 1600, Harrold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F8547  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • There is some confusion about this Thomas Button and Sir Thomas button. In the Dictionary of National Biography, page 79 we find, Sir Thomas Button died in 1634. He was the 4th son of Miles Button of Worlton in Glamorganshire, Wales. He entered the Naval service of the Crown about the year 1589. In 1610 and 1611 he was second officer in command of Hendrix Hudson's fleet on his last voyage of discovery to the northeast coast of America. During the voyage a mutiny occurred among his crew, and the ill-fated Hudson, with his son, were cast adrift in those northern waters, and nothing further was ever known of their fate. It is said that after this event, Thomas Button piloted the fleet back to England. In 1612 Thomas Button was employed by the merchants of London to re-pursue Hudson's voyage in the interest of commerce; and he accordingly had fitted out a fleet of two ships, the Adnance, and the discovery, and was accompanied by the scientists, Bylott and Picket. He sailed from England by a different route from the pursued by Hudson, making varied discoveries, and giving appropriate names thereto. A group of small islands just north of Labrador bear the name of Button Islands. Also Button Bay, on the west shore of Hudson Bay, lies immediately west of Churchill River. He arrived at Hudson Strait late in the fall of 1612, and passed through the strait by a new channel to the south west coast of Hudson Bay, where he wintered. One record says that he named Nelson River after the Master of the Resolution, who died there, and Button Bay where he wintered and into which the Nelson River flows, but the map of the Geological Survey of Canada shows that the Nelson River goes not flow into Churchill River. This proves an error in the record, and if is possible, if not probable, that he wintered in the bay that bears his name instead of the mouth of the Nelson River.

      During the winter they experienced great hardships from cold and hunger, being reduced to subsist on sailor's usual fare, (salt jerk, etc) the scurvy broke out among the crews, and it is said that Commander Button here exhibited great sagacity and skill in caring for his men through this trying ordeal until spring, when they were able to go on shore and secure water, fish and game, which they found in abundance. His vessel, the Discovery, appears in the lists of vessels employed in the carrying trade to the James River Plantations in Virginia, about 1616. In 1620 he was Rear Admiral of the fleet under the command of his kinsman, Sir Robert Manset, and was later appointed Admiral. In 1624 he was a member of the Council of War, and in 1625 he was commissioned in inquire into the state of the Navy. He was married twice and left a large family. At one time is was thought that this Sir Thomas was father of our ancestor Matthias, the immigrant, but further investigation revealed the fact that Thomas Button of Harrold, father of Matthias and Sir Thomas Button the Navigator, were not the same. The Parish records of Harrold, Bedford County, England, show that Matthias Button, son of Thomas Button of Harrold, was baptized there October 11, 1607, and Thomas Button, his father was buried there in 1617. Sir Thomas Button the Navigator died in 1634, according to the records of Glamorganshire County, Wales.