William Button was born in 1845 in England; his parents were Henry and Anna Mathew Button. According to the 1900 Lakefield Federal Census; William had been in the United States since 1863 - 27 years.
William married Emma “Mary” Cody Tolfree. Mary was born in 1845 in Michigan; her parents were William and Nancy Cody. Mary had a son by her first marriage; Joseph Tolfree. Mary died on 17 June 1893 in Saginaw County, Michigan.
William and Mary had the following children:
Franklin born 1863
William M Button was born March 1870 in Brady Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. William Jr. married Nellie E. Badgero. He also married Cynthia Ecker, in Essex, Canada.
Emma Margaret Button was born in 1874. She married William Tester on 31 March 1894 in Lakefield Township.
Bertha was born 1878. She married Herman Brainard. Bertha also married Frank J. Reaume.
William also married Margaret Loteridge on 22 March 1894 by W.C. Galloway, Lakefield Justice of the Peace.
William and Margaret had the following children:
Henry A. Button born December 1895
John Button was born 24 February 1896 in Lakefield Township.
William and Margaret owned and operated 40 acres on the NE corner of Section 15 at the intersection of Merrill and Roosevelt Roads in Lakefield Township.
In 1896, William's neighbors were: step-son - Joseph Tolfree, Abner Graham, Thomas Tester, James Ferris, F.H. Cooper, Edward Miller, George Rigg,
William Button was elected Constable of Lakefield Township on 5 April 1897.
SOURCES: 1870, 1880, 1900 U.S. Federal Census; Lakefield Township Records; 1896 Lakefield Township Platmap; Emma Button's death record; William and Margaret's marriage record; Emma and William Tester's marriage record; William Jr. and Nellie's marriage record; William Jr. and Cynthia's marriage record; Bertha and Herman Brainard's married record; Bertha and Frank J. Reaume's marriage record; John Button's birth record.
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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