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Prescott Butler

Birth of Prescott Hall Butler: March 8, 1848, Connecticut

Schooling: Prescott Hall Butler graduated Harvard class of 1868 and was the lawyer for the firm of McKim Mead and White.

Marriage of Prescott Hall Butler and Cornelia Smith: June 4, 1874 - Butler - Smith - On Tuesday, Jun 2, at St. James' Church, Smithtown, Long Island, by Right Rev, Bishop Littlejohn, assisted by Rev. James H. Lee, of Smithtown, and Rev. Arthur Lawrence, of Stockbridge, Prescott Hall Butler, of New York City, to Cornelia Stewart, eldest daughter of Hon. J. Lawrence Smith, of Smithtown.


  1. Lawrence Butler
    Birth: Lawrence Smith Butler born circa 1874
  2. Charles Steward Butler born circa 1876
  3. Susan Butler
    Birth: Susan circa 1879

    Married Francis Huntington. They also had an estate in St James.

1880 Census: Prescott H. Butler, age 35, lawyer, Cornelia Butler, age 25, Lawrence Butler, age 5, Charles T. Butler age 4, Susan Butler, age 1, Catherine Titcomb, age 55, servant, Susan Riley, age 23 servant

1900 Census: Park Ave. Prescott Butler, head, age 52, March 1846, married 26 years, Lawyer, "Emille" wife, age 54, March 1846, married 26 years 4 children 3 still living, Lawrence, son age 25, May 1875, at school, Charles son age 23, December 1876, Susan daughter age 20, Aug 1879, Mills, Marie servant, kitchen maid, Cooper John, servant, butler.

Death of Prescott Butler: Prescott H Butler, age 53, Manhattan #37131 December 16, 1901

Accoding to his obit in the New York Times Prescott Hall Butler was a lawyer with the firm ofEvarts, Choate & Beaman.

WWIDR Lawrence Butler: Lawrence Smith Butler, St James, Smithtown, Suffolk, NY, age 42, born May 14, 1875, Chairman Local Board Suffolk Co, next of kin, Susan Huntington, St James, tall, Medium build, blue eyes light hair

1910 Census: Cornelia Butler, head, age 63 widowed, own income, Lawrence, S son age 34, architect, Charles S son age 32, lawyer, and five servants, including a cook, butler and parlor maid.

1920 Census: Smithtown, no address, Lawrence Butler, head, age 42, single, architect building

Next listing, Charles Butler, head, age 37, single, real estate lawyer.


1950 Tax Map: Lawrence Butler at the property on the west side of the Harbor across Cord Wood Path from Bessie White.

Bytharbor Today: Bytharbor is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lawrence Butler Gives Musicale

Lawrence Smith Butler entertained at his residence, Bytharbour, at St James, L. I. yesterday with a musicale for about 150 guests. Mrs. Devereux Emmet, Mrs. Francis S. Huntington and Miss Sara W. Osborne received. The program was made up of Miss Ruth Deyo, Mr. Butler himself, with Isadore Luckstone as the accompanist. The guests included Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Potter, Mr. and Mrs. Monson Morris, Mrs. F. S. Witherbee, the Prince and Princess Bospigliosi*, Charles S Butler, Mrs. August Belmont Jr., Mrs. J. West Roosevelt and Dr. Fellowes Davis and Mrs. Davis.

The New York Times May 29, 1922

My thanks to Tyler Okorn for sending me this article, June 2011.

*This should be Rospigliosi.

Mrs. Devereux Emmet and Mrs. Francis S. Huntington were St. James neighbors. Ella Devereus (Mrs. Devereux) was Lawrence Butler's aunt. Susan Butler (Mrs. Huntington) was Lawrence's sister. Sarah W. Osborne was from Chicago and was a niece of Mrs. Stanford White (another aunt of Lawrence Butler and a St James neighbor). Ruth Deyo born in 1884 was piano prodigy and was a well established concert pianist. Isadore Luckstone was a New York City based voice teacher. Alonzo Potter was a NYC investment banker and a Smithtown neighbor of Lawrence Butler. "Maj" Monson Morris was in real estate in New York City and a prominent member of "society". In the 1930 census in the Village of the Landing, Smithtown Branch he was listed as a poultry farmer. Mrs. F. S. Witherbee was the widow of Frank S Witherbee an iron "miner" and manufacturer and a prominent social and civic personality in New York City. Princess Rospigliosi was the former Marie Jennings Reid of Washington, D. C. She was a persona non grata in Italy. She was considered a great beauty. She had been married to and divorced form Frederic Parkshurst of Bangor, Me. Several years after the divorce she went to Rome where she met the Prince. They were both Catholics but could not marry in the Catholic church because of the divorce. They married in a civil ceremony. Annulment was refused by the church. The Princess was snubbed by Italian society. Eleanore Robson born in 1879 in England was a prominent Broadway actress for about 10 years. She retired from the stage in 1910 and wed August Belmont Jr. a financier and builder of the Belmont Park racetrack. Mrs. J West Roosevelt was the former Laura d'Oremieulx, an old New York French family. In 1912 she was described in a New York Times article as "a dowager, with abundant snow shire hair". J. West Roosevelt, a New York physician, died in 1896. He was a cousin of President Teddy Roosevelt. Dr. Fellowes Davis was a prominent New York City physician and the son of New York stock broker Fellowes Davis who was with Davis, Fellowes & Co..

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