Thomas BUTTON (1558 Eng-1617 Eng) father of Immigrant Matthias BUTTON (1590 Eng-1672 MA) married first wife Immigrant Lettice TEAGLE (abt 1594-1652 MA) mother of 1 Immigrant Mary BUTTON FRENCH (1633-abt 1665 CT) married 1639 4 Immigrant Thomas FRENCH (abt 1615Eng-aft 1660 CT).
Ancestry Chain provided by Amy S. Isaksen: 11th gr grandfather Matthias BUTTON Immigrant b.1590, 1 Mary BUTTON Immigrant b.1633, Mary FRENCH b.1640, Sarah EVARTS b.1673, Sarah MOODY b.1702, Datus (Datis) ENSIGN b.1729, Isaac ENSIGN Rev.WarVet. b.1756, Horace Datus ENSIGN b.1797, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Camilla SMITH b.1926, Lark WOOD, JR.
Wives of Matthias BUTTON:
married first:1632 Lettice (Lettie) Teagle [SS 1936]
married second: 3 Jun 1639 (Mrs.) Joane Thorton [SS 1992 OGDEN]; Jane Thornton [SS 1978 SLAKE]
married third: 1650 Ann Teagle; A (or Tagall) Teagle [SS 1953 LOGAN]
married forth: 6 Jun 1663 Elizabeth Wheeler [SS 1906 SLAKE]; Elizabeth Dustin or Wheeler [SS 1994 TORON]
More SS: Mrs Matthias Button [SS 2002 PORTL]
Immigrant Matthias BUTTON (1590 Eng-1672 MA) married fourth wife Elizabeth WHEELER the mother of Deborah BUTTON second wife of 4 Immigrant Thomas FRENCH (abt 1615 Eng-aft 1660 CT).
Note: The Parentage for the two wives of 4 Immigrant Thomas FRENCH 1-Mary BUTTON FRENCH and 2-Deborah BUTTON JOY FRENCH has been given as Matthias and first wife Lettice for Mary, Matthias and fourth wife Elizabeth for Deborah - And Or - John BUTTON and Grace for both Mary and Deborah.
Some reports say the Deborah was not a BUTTON but Deborah Wathen Joy, widow of Walter Joy.
The Button Family
Mary and Deborah Button were the wives of Thomas French and the daughters of John Button. John was b. 1599, d. 1681 in Boston, MA. He was a miller and lived near his windmill on in Boston as early as 1633.
John m1. Grace ca. 1618, and most likely all his children were born before he immigrated to New England. Grace d. 9 Mar 1638/39 in Boston, MA. He m2. Mary, who became John’s widow. Children were (not in any particular order):
Mary Button, b. ca. 1619, christened 23 Feb 1634, d. before 1667 in Guilford, CT. Many genealogists are convinced that Mary, who married Thomas French
was the daughter of John Button. In John Hanniford's will he gives legatees as
daughters Sarah, Hannah, son Samuel, "children of my sister Mary French: children of sister Rose Marish..." Therefore, one cannot be sure whether Mary
was the sister-in-law of John's daughter Abigail, or referred to by Hanniford
John Button, Jr., b. ca. 1622
Abigail Button, b. ca. 1625
Deborah Button, b. ca. 1628. If Thomas French m. Deborah ca. 1668, she would have been 40 years old when she had 2 children by him. She d. 19 May 1717.
Thomas French m1. ca. 1639 Mary Button, dau. of John and Grace Button of Boston, MA, born in 1619. John Button is said to have been the son of Sir Thomas Button, English navigator (NEHGR v3 p. 92). John Button was b. in 1599 and is believed to have been from Harrold, Bedford Co., England. John was a miller and lived near his windmill on Copp’s Hill in Boston. He d. 1681 in Boston and his wife Grace d. 9 Mar 1638 in Boston. Proof of the Button line is based on Guilford land records mentioned in the Boston Transcript, 1910, that William Stone Sr. & Jr. of Guilford testified that “Hannah, Mercy, Deliverance, Sarah, Martha, & Ebenezer French are the children of Mary French and Thomas French and the reputed daughter of Lieutenant John Button of Boston. Oath was taken Nov 22, 1682.
Many genealogists are convinced that Mary, who married Thomas French was the daughter of John Button. In John Hanniford's will he gives legatees as daughters Sarah, Hannah, son Samuel, "children of my sister Mary French: children of sister Rose Marish..." Therefore, one cannot be sure whether Mary was the sister-in-law of John's daughter Abigail, or referred to by Hanniford affectionately as his sister, though in fact, his sister-in-law. Therefore, Mary and her sister Deborah will be listed as though they were children of John Button, although we do not know that such is proven.
Mary died ca. 1660 in Guilford, New Haven Co., CT; thereafter Thomas m. Deborah Button.
Thomas French m2. by 1667 Deborah Button, sister of Mary Button  . Some reports say she was Deborah Wathen Joy, widow of Walter Joy of Milton, MA. Deborah was the mother of Thomas’ last two children: Samuel and Abigail. Deborah died May 19, 1717.
Joy, Walter. Walter Joy's wife at Milford was treated by Winthrop, 1657. We are unable to connect him with the Hingham family, and no relationship is known to Peter Joy of Salem. He left little record of himself or family, but for reasons which will presently appear we believe that his wife was Deborah and that she m. (2) Thomas French of Guilford, as his second wife. The first link in the chain of evidence is too the brief record of the estate of Isaac Joy, whose Inv. presented 9 June 1675 showed a small property at Milford and Guilford; he left a mother who lived at Guilford; three brothers and one sister related by the father and mother; and there were two children related by the mother only. A study of Guilford families reveals that Thomas French, between 1660 and 1667, acquired a second wife Deborah, by who he had two children, - Samuel 1667, and Abigail 1669. This answers the requirements of the case perfectly. Furthermore, Thomas French and Deborah his wife, of Guilford, conveyed on 10 Mar. 1678 and also on 21 July 1679, to Joseph Joy of Guilford. ... With regard to the half-brother, Samuel French, Talcott's manuscript history of Guilford families states that he d. young, but nothing to substantiate this has been found except that no record of him after his birth appears in Guilford records. The age of death of Sergt. Samuel French of Strafield agrees with the birth of the Guilford Samuel, and patient search has failed to disclose any other Samuel with whom the Stratfield man can be identified. The eldest dau. of Sergt. Samuel French was named Deborah, as was also the eldest dau. of Jacob Joy; and this is what we should expect if Deborah was their mother. We therefore conclude that Walter Joy m. Deborah _____, who m. (2) Thomas French ( Deborah (_____) (Joy) French perhaps m3. John Jordan and d. in 1677. John Jordan and Deborah his wife of Guilford conveyed to John French [stepson of Mrs. Deborah French], 12 Apr. 1677; Jonathan Pitman witnessed the deed, which states that Deborah died before the ensealing and delivery. [Guilford Deeds]).(http://www.frenchfamilyassoc.com/FFA/CHARTS/Chart009/Gen1.htm)