Early in the ensuing Spring, Butterfield visited & explored the valley of the Great Miami River, the bottom lands of which pleased him very much. He, with a company of others, in the Spring of 1801, made a purchase of two full & as many fractional sections, beginning at the mouth of Indian Creek & extending down the river for about two miles. The land was divided, & Butterfield became the owner of about 800 acres, near where Venice. His friends, who had come on with him, returned to NY, & he remained to make a home for his young wife. After some work, he returned for his wife & sister, & when returning, brought with him the seeds of various fruit trees, from which he afterwards raised fine fruit.
About the year 1805 or 1806, the neighborhood where Mr. Butterfield resided became infested with a band of outlaws, marauders, & horse-thieves. There was no law that could be carried into execution effectually but lynch-law, which was resorted to successfully. He was active in this undertaking & did much in ridding the country of the band.