Butten, William – Mayflower


This William Butten mug is part of our collection of Mayflower history biographical mugs.  An image of William Butten and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Doctor Samuel Fuller took his indentured servant William Butten on the Mayflower. He was called “a youth” by Gov. William Bradford in his passenger list of the Mayflower.  He was the only Mayflower passenger to die during the voyage itself, he died just three days before land was sighted.  There is no evidence beyond his name to support his identification.  The success of Plymouth Colony depended on hard work and cheap labor.  For the Colonists in Plymouth, cheap labor came in the form of indentured servants.  Twenty of the 104 Pilgrims to arrive on the Mayflower were servants.  Within the first year of the settlement, twelve of these servants had died.

The Mayflower

The Mayflower left England in September 1620 with 102 men, women and children bound for Virginia.  After 65 days they arrived far north of their preferred destination.  They created a government on arrival forming the Mayflower Compact, which stated the colonists would create “laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices…,” follow their Christian faith, work together for the common good, and be loyal subjects to King James.

This William Butten history mug is part of our Mayflower history series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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