Zebulon Butler is a descendant of the Dukes of Ormonde in Ireland.
"He was the son of John and Hannah (nee Perkins) BUTLER. He was b. 23 January 1731 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was baptz. at a church in Chebacco in Ipswich, MA on 3 December 1732. He and his parents later moved to Lyme, Connecticut in 1736; whereupon, he grew up. He was the grandson of Liet. William Butler of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Col. Zebulon BUTLER was married 3 times. He m. 1stly, Anne Lord (d. 1773), dau. of John and Hannah (nee ROGERS) Lord and had issue as follows: Lord Butler (b. 11 December 1761), Zebulon Butler (b. 12 November 1767), and Hannah (b. 28 February 1770, m. Roswell WELLES, who was a lawyer, judge, colonel, and a member of the Assembly)
Col. Zebulon's eldest son, Lord BUTLER was a general and m. Mary PIERCE, dau. of Abel PIERCE. Lord Butler and Mary (nee Pierce) BUTLER had issue as follows:
(1) Pierce (2) John (3) Chester (4) Zebulon (5) Lord (6) Sylvina, m. Garrick MALLERY (7) Ruth Ann, m. John N. CONYNGHAM (8) Phoebe, m. Dr. Donalson (Phoebe DONALSON nee BUTLER, later moved to Iowa w/her husband.)
Colonel Zebulon BUTLER m. 2ndly August 1775, Lydia JOHNSON, dau. of Reverend Jacob JOHNSON. Lydia Butler nee Johnson d. 26 June 1781. Col. Zebulon and Lydia nee Johnson BUTLER had an only child together: Zebulon Butler.
Colonel Zebulon Butler, m. 3rdly, Phoebe HAIGHT in November 1781 and had (3) children:
(1) Stuben BUTLER (2) Lydia, m. George GRIFFIN, son of George and Eve (nee DORR) GRIFFIN (3) Nancy, m. John W. ROBINSON, eldest son of Samuel and Priscilla (nee METCALF) ROBINSON. Nancy ROBINSON nee BUTLER and John ROBINSON, her husband's only dau. m. H.B. WRIGHT, Speaker of the Assembly" (Butler, 56-57).
Source: Butler, Elmer Ellsworth. "Butlers and kinsfolk : Butlers of New England and Nova Scotia and related families of other names, including Durkees, descendants of Lieut. William and Sarah (Cross) Butler of Ipswich, Mass., and of Eleazer 1st and Lydia (Durkee) Butler of Ashford, Conn. and Yarmouth, N.S." Milford, New Hampshire: Printed by the Cabinet Press, 1944.