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Butterworth, Joseph

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1802
Place of birth Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Flour miller, farmer and storekeeper
Date of death 1875
Place of decease Aldinga, South Australia

Joseph Butterworth (1802-1875) was born in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England in about 1802, the son of James Butterworth (1775-1832) and Anne Cunliffe (1772-1847). Aged about 21 years, he married (1st) Alice Broadbent (1803-1855), aged 20 years, at St. Chad’s Church in Uppermill, Broadbent, Yorkshire, England on 2 Nov 1823. He was Church of England.

Joseph, aged 38 years, was described as a laborer, wool-cleaner and farmer when he arrived with his wife Alice and their seven surviving children (John William 16, James Broadbent 14, Eli 12, Mary 9, Sarah 7, Joseph junior 5 and Bramley 3) on 9 March 1840 aboard Baboo from Liverpool, England. They eventually had ten children (8 boys and 2 girls) - 2 were born in the colony (William and Brant):

  • John William (1824-1900) b. Saddleworth, Yorks, married Isabella MacMillan (1824-1908), daughter of Isabella McMillan, at Christ Church, Yankalilla, on 31 Oct 1850, they had seven children. He became a farmer at Aldinga (1850-59) and, later, at Yankalilla, d. at Normanville, SA.
  • James Broadbent (1826-1893) b. Saddleworth, Yorks, James returned to Yorkshire as a young man and married Elizabeth Thewlis (1834-1907) at Kirkburton, York, England on 16 Dec 1854. They had had thirteen children and he became a farmer at Aldinga and later Minlaton, d. at Adelaide.
  • Eli (or Ely) (1828-1886) b. Saddleworth, Yorks, married Sarah Clover Leonard (1832-1898) at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide on 23 Dec 1852. They had nine children and he was a farmer at Yankalilla, d. at Yankalilla, SA & buried at Yankalilla Cemetery.
  • Mary (1831-1917) b. Saddleworth, Yorks, married Samuel Shore (1825-1901) at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Willunga on 4 June 1850. They had six children, d. at Adelaide & buried in West Terrace Cemetery.
  • Sarah (1833-1889) b. Saddleworth, Yorks, married Richard Hounsell (1823-1866) at the residence of Pickering Lamb, Portland Estate, SA, they had three children and they lived at Port Willunga, d. aged 56 years at Port Willunga.
  • Joseph (1835-1854) unmarried, died, aged 19, and is buried in McLaren Vale Congregational Cemetery.
  • Bramley (1837-1927) married his first wife, Sarah McCallum (1839-1890), at the Free Presbyterian Church, White’s Valley, in 1858. He married his second wife, Jean McCallum (1849-1940) at the Baptist Church, North Adelaide in 1891. He was a flour miller at Aldinga and, later, Burra, d. at St Peters, SA.
  • Jane (1839-1839) b. & d. at sea aboard Baboo, died as an infant
  • William (1841-1912) was born at the Reedbeds in Port Adelaide and married Charlotte Palmer Miller (1844-1914) at St Lukes Church, Adelaide in 1862. They had ten children and he was a flour miller at Aldinga, d. at St Peters, SA & buried at Payneham, SA.
  • Brant (1844-1928) was born at Willunga. He married Mary McGregor Stewart (1844-1928), daughter of Duncan Stewart, at Adelaide on 27 Sept 1880. They had four sons and he was a flour miller at Aldinga. d. at Adelaide Hospital.

Joseph and his family were first resident at the “Reedbeds”, near Port Adelaide. Before 1844 they lived in Aldinga at White’s Valley, possibly on section 240. In December 1845, Joseph purchased section 209 of 80 acres for 80 pounds 1 shilling. In October 1846, he was granted section 240 of 80 acres (CT 80/79). By 1850, Joseph was paying rates on sections 209 and 240, two 80 acre sections that he owned. He also paid rates on 240 acres, comprising sections 269, 270 & 271, owned by the South Australian Company. By 1851, he had already established himself as one of the influential “Men of the South”. By 1853, section 240 was described as having a flour-mill and four cottages. His sons John William, (from before 1850), Bramley (from about 1858) and William (from about 1862) along with Joseph, his wife and their younger children probably lived in these cottages. Joseph was described as a flour miller of Aldinga when he purchased Section 302 of 74 acres for 74 pounds on 2 February 1853.

After the death of his first wife Alice, aged 52 years, on 21 April 1855, Joseph, aged 53, married for the second time to widow Sarah Bradbury (formerly Beresford) (1820-1905), aged 34 years, on 25 September 1855 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. She already had a daughter from her marriage to Thomas Beresford (1830-1854):

  • Sara Ann (1853-1918) b. at Adelaide, m. Thomas Glass Lovelock (1852-1929) on 6 April 1875 at Adelaide, they had six children, d. at Adelaide.

and Jospeh and Sarah had two daughters:

  • Annie (1857-1857) died as an infant.
  • Fanny (1859-1885) b. at Aldinga, m. Charley Addison (1855-1919) on 30 March 1878 at the residence of Mrs. Butterworth, Aldinga, they had five children, d. aged 36 years at Aldinga.

Joseph Butterworth, aged 73 years, died at his residence in Aldinga on 23 December 1875.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Census 1841
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Willunga Ratepayer List
  • Southern Australian 25 Oct 1842:2
  • South Australian Register 28 July 1849:2
  • South Australian Register 25 April 1855:2
  • South Australian Advertiser 29 Dec 1875:4

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