They settle Thames, in the time of the gold rush there and owned a pub and a theatre. At the other end of the Thames area is Grahamstown where there was a boarding house which was strictly tea totaller which was owned by Charles Stephenson and Elizabeth (Bell). The gold miners used to get off the boats and head to the Bell Hotel, the jail was nearby if needed if they overcelebrated. Needless to say the Butts made more money from booze than did the Stephensons at the other end of town.
John married Mary Ann BELL, daughter of John BELL and Mary Ann APPLETON. (Mary Ann BELL was christened on 3 Jan 1838 in Kirk Levington, , Yorkshire, England, died on 20 Jun 1903 and was buried on 20 Jun 1903 in Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand..)