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Davenport Democrat & Leader (Davenport, Iowa); Sunday Morning, February 15, 1925:
Butterworths Give up Title to Homestead
Andrew Farm in Family since ‘37 Has Passed to Other Owners
Special to the Democrat; Maquoketa, Ia.; Feb 14 -
The recent sale of the N. A. Butterworth farm near Andrew, Jackson county, to Charles
Gallagher, takes the farm out of the Butterworth name for the first time since it was
secured by the government in 1837.
Nathaniel Butterworth, a stalwart man of 6 feet at 37 years, was thought to be suffering
from tuberculosis, and as Iowa was being newly opened, he shouldered an ax and took a
carpet bag and left Mina, N. Y.
Staking out his claim, he walked back again to New York, and in 1838, he brought his
little family to the new cabin and they became the center of the new line of travel
through this part of the state. It was at Butterworth’s tavern where the stage coaches
stopped en route from Davenport to Dubuque. The business proved good and in 1852, a large
stone building was erected to replace the log cabin and it is in this house, N. A.
Butterworth still lives, a grandson of the first settler there.
The old stone tavern became the popular recreation hall for the north part of the county,
and dances in the huge ballroom were frequent. It, and the Buckhorn tavern, which also
still stands some six miles west of Maquoketa, were the only places of the kind in the
At one time, the place held the first murderer ever hanged in that new territory, as there
was, at that time, no jail, and he had to be kept in safety until time for the execution
which, it is said, took place only a little distance from the present town of Andrew, when
the murderer was hanged from the limb of a tree because the county would not stand the
expense of the erection of a gibbet.
Mr. Butterworth continued in active interest in the county until his death in 1881, at the
age of 81. He was a close friend of the first governor of Iowa, Ansel Briggs, who was a
frequent visitor in the home, and who, in fact being a bachelor, spent much time at the
The Butterworth name is still closely associated with the progress of the community, as
two of his grandsons are now active business men of Maquoketa and others of the family are
also prominent in the county.
This is probably one of the oldest homesteads in Iowa, and is still in the Butterworth
family, as Mrs. Gallagher, whose husband bought the place, is also a grand-daughter of the
original owner of it.
[note: I am not related to this family - just ran across the article while researching