Robert Octavius Butcher
and his wife Eliza were both born at Wellingborough, and came to Rushden in about 1852. His shop was at 22 High Street South, a thatched building, and his nephew, William, came from Wellingboro' to work as his assistant.
In 1861 Robert was listed as a grocer in Melville’s directory, in the census as a grocer, coal merchant and proprietor of brick and tile kilns, employing four men. In 1900 the shop was run by Fanny Butcher, widow of his son Robert Charles.
Robert Octavius Butcher was a successful candidate, for the church, in the first election for a School Board in 1877.
Robert died on October 1st 1897 aged 72 years. His wife Eliza died in 1904 aged 75 years and son Robert Charles died in 1900 aged just 38 years. [Cemetery Grave B877]