SARAH HILDRETH BUTLER
(1816 – 1876)
Sarah was born on August 17 to Dolly Jones and Dr. Israel Hildreth. With early exposure to great English poets and plays such as Shakespeare, she developed a strong interest in the stage. At the encouragement of her father, Sarah was sent to Boston for formal training at the age of sixteen. To fervent praise, she acted at the Tremont Theatre in Boston, the Park Theatre in New York and other venues throughout the eastern U.S.
While preforming in Cincinnati, Ohio she become engaged to Benjamin Butler, a successful lawyer from Massachusetts. They were married on May 16, 1844. Leaving her career as a stage actress, she and Butler had four children. Their first son died at the age of four. The other children, one daughter and two more sons, lived to adulthood.
Sarah was a loyal, supportive wife, traveling with Butler throughout his assignments during the Civil War. After returning to their home in Lowell, she devoted her life to her children.