Thomas F BUTLER Elizabeth A BUTLER Rufus A BUTLER John Benjamin BUTLER William H BUTLER Frances M BUTLER Mary Brown BUTLER Benjamin B BUTLER Robert Harvey BUTLER George Washington BUTLER Elma BUTLER Sarah F BUTLER Martha A BUTLER Dixie BUTLER Thomas David BUTLER Sarah A BROWN Robert James BUTLER Mary Elizabeth INGRAM Mini tree diagram
George Washington BUTLER

George Washington BUTLER1,2,4,6,5,3,7,9,8

23rd Dec 18391,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 - 20th Aug 19078

Life History

23rd Dec 1839

Born in Lauderdale County, Alabama.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

16th Jun 1869

Married Sarah A BROWN in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.17

1st Mar 1870

Birth of daughter Mary Brown BUTLER in Mississippi.4,7,8,5

Sep 1871

Birth of son Benjamin B BUTLER in Mississippi.5,7,8

1st Apr 1873

Birth of son Robert Harvey BUTLER in Mississippi.7,5

22nd Feb 1875

Birth of son George Washington BUTLER in Friars Point, Mississippi.10,11,12,7

7th Sep 1876

Birth of daughter Elma BUTLER.14

28th Sep 1876

Death of daughter Elma BUTLER in Jonestown, Coahoma, Mississippi.13

Jun 1877

Birth of daughter Sarah F BUTLER in Mississippi.7,15

Aug 1879

Birth of daughter Martha A BUTLER in Mississippi.5

2nd Sep 1883

Birth of daughter Dixie BUTLER in Mississippi.5

28th Dec 1885

Birth of son Thomas David BUTLER in Jonestown, Coahoma, Mississippi.8

23rd Aug 1888

Death of Sarah A BROWN in Jonestown, Coahoma, Mississippi.16,13,17

12th Aug 1896

Death of son Thomas David BUTLER in Jonestown, Coahoma, Mississippi.8,13

20th Aug 1907

Died in Jonestown, Coahoma, Mississippi.8

after 20th Aug 1907

Buried in Jonestown Cemetery, Jonestown, Coahoma, Mississippi.8

Notes

  • 1850 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi, 24 October, District13, p 686 (344), Hse/Fam #532
    Thos F Butler 48 M Farmer $2000 Real Estate b North Carolina [born abt1802]
    Mary Butler 40  Virginia [born abt 1810]
    George W Butler 11 M b Alabama [born abt 1839]

    By 1860, both George's parents have died, and he and his three youngerbrothers are in neighboring family homes.  George is working as anOverseer on the farm of W D Kimbrough.

    1860 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi, 10 August, Page 44,House/Fam #289
    W D Kimbrough 40 M Farmer $0 Real or Personal Estate Reported bTennessee [born abt 1820]
    E A Kimbrough 34 F    b Tenn [born abt 1826]
    John Kimbrough 21 M b Miss [born abt 1839]
    James Kimbrough 8 M b Miss [born abt 1852]
    Joseph Kimbrough 6 M b Miss [born abt 1854]
    William Kimbrough 4 M b Miss [born abt 1856]
    Samuel Kimbrough 2 M b Miss [born abt 1858]
    Mary Kimbrough 10 F b Miss [born abt 1850]
    ** G W Butler 21 M Overseer b Tenn [born abt 1839] **
    Samuel C Williamson 28 M Teacher of English $0 Real or Personal Estateb S Carolina [born abt 1832]
    M L Williamson 16 F b Miss [born abt 1844]
    M J Williamson 14 M b Miss [born abt 1846]

    George's younger brothers are in the household of innkeepers, theWells family.  Robert is working as a Merchant's Clerk.

    1860 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi, 11 August, Page 45,House/Fam #300
    F M Wells 34 M Hotel Keeper $0 Personal Estate $2200 Personal b Miss[born abt 1826]
    C C Pence 26 F    b SC [born abt 1834]
    E B Wells 60 F b Virginia Cannot read or write [born abt 1800]
    W S Wells 23 M House Carpenter b Alabama [born abt 1837]
    Thos Butler 10 M b Miss [born abt 1850]
    John Butler 8 M b Miss [born abt 1852]
    Robert Butler 17 M Merchant's Clerk b Miss [born abt 1843]

    U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
    North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster
    George Washington Butler
    Occupation: Farmer
    Age at enlistment: 24, Est Birth Date 1838
    Enlistment 7 Oct 1862 Henderson County, NC
    Private, Company D, North Carolina 60th Infantry Regiment on 10 Jul1862
    State Served: North Carolina
    Survived the War?: Yes

    1870 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi, 30 June, PO Friar'sPoint, p 28, Hse #250, Fam #252
    Butler, Geo W 30 M W Farmer $No Real Estate Value Rptd $300 PersonalEstate b Alabama [b abt 1840]
    Butler, Sallie 22 F W  Keeping House b Mississippi [born abt 1848]
    Butler, Baby 4mos [sic] F W b Mississippi born October [sic] [b abt1869]

    The age of the "Baby" is very interesting.  This census reports she is4 months old, yet reports she was born in October!  There is nomistaking either of these very clearly written and preserved entries.This census date was 1 June and actually taken here on 30 June.  Ifshe was born in October 1869 she would have been 7 months old on 1June.

    The baby is Mary,  Later census reports don't help us much onspecifying when she was born.  In 1880 she is reported as 9 years old,which would require her to be born after the census date of June 1870! The 1900 census is also a year late, with birth reported as March1871!  Memory failed in these later cases, reporting her born afterthe 1870 census shows she was already there.  And either theenumerator or the parents were wrong in 1870 on either the age or thebirth month.

    Since March is the commonality to most reports, it seems likely shewas born in March (1 March is suggested by sources) 1870.  This stilldoes not match exactly with the reported age of 4 months for censusdate 1 June or actual date on the page of 30 June.  The grave date ofbirth is 1 March 1870.

    1880 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi, 11 June, Beat 3,District 99, page 14, Hse #88, Fam #99
    Buttler, Geo W  W M  40 Farmer AL TN AL
    Buttler, Sallie A W F 32 Wife Keeping House MS VA MS
    Buttler, Mary B  W F 9 Dau Single School MS AL MS
    Buttler, Ben B  W M 8 Son Single School MS AL MS
    Buttler, Havey [Harvey]  W M 7 Son Single School MS AL MS
    Buttler, Geo W  W M 5 Son Single MS AL MS
    Buttler, Sarah W F 3 Dau Single MS AL MS
    Buttler, Martha A  W F 10 months born Aug 1879  Dau Single MS AL MS

    1900 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi, 20 June, Beat 3,District 23, page 14B, Hse/Fam #307
    Butler, George W Head W M Dec 1889  60 Widowed 7 children/7 living ALTN AL Farmer Owns
    Green, Mary Dau W M Mch 1871  29 Single MS AL AL
    Green, Jack B Son W M Sept 1873 26 Single MS AL AL Farm Laborer
    Green, Robert H Son W M Apr 1875 25 Single MS AL AL Farm Laborer
    Green, Sarah F Dau W F June 1877 22 Single MS AL AL
    Green, Martha Dau W F Aug 1880 19 Single MS AL AL
    Green, Dixie Dau W F Sept 1883 16 Single MS AL AL

    The last child Dixie is reported born in late 1883.  This is two yearsafter the death of George's wife Sarah A.  The date of death on hergravestone is 23 August 1881.  This is an error, corrected when wefind the death record in the family Bible, in the possession of JackDodson.  The date of death there is 23 August 1888.  When Sallie wasreburied from the original grave on the family land to the publiccemetery, the wrong date was inscribed on the monument.  Sallie hadanother child, Thomas David, born in 1885 and died in 1896.

    George's gravestone provides his death date, thanks to the photo byJack Dodson on his Ancestry.com genealogy.

    Gravestone of George Washington Butler Sr, Jonestown Cemetery, CoahomaCounty, Mississippi
    G W Butler Sr
    Born Dec 23, 1839
    Died Aug 20, 1907
    --  12 December 2009, courtesy of Jack Dodson

    Jack Didson shared an article he found in the Clarksdale Library.Neither the source newspaper nor the date is known.

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    George W. Butler has followed the calling of a planter the greaterpart of his life, and as an independent tiller of the soil his careerhas been a successful one. He was born in Lauderdale county, Ala.,December 23, 1839, being the fifth of six children born to Thomas F.and Mary E. (Ingram) Butler, natives of Tennessee and Alabamarespectively.  [Family information indicates Mary E Ingram was born inBrunswick County, Virginia]  The father was a very extensive andsuccessful physician, in connection with which he followed planting.

    He came to Mississippi in 1840 and located near Sardis in Panolacounty, where he became an eminent medical practitioner, and resideduntil his death in 1 51. His paternal ancestors came from England andfirst settled in Virginia, but gradually became scattered throughoutthe South and West. George W. Butler bas been a resident ofMississippi from the time he was one year old, and was given theadvantages of the schools of Sardis. He began making his own way inthe world at the age of eighteen years, and upon the opening of theRebellion, in 1861, he enlisted in company E, Twelfth Mississippiregiment, Sardis Blues, and took an active part in the battles ofRichmond, Seven Pines, second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg,Fredericksburg and many others.

    He was captured just before the close of. the war at Selma, Ala., butmanaged to make his escape and returned home, where he was at thefinal surrender. Soon after the close of the war he came to Coahomacounty and became manager for D. L. Childress, continuing with him forabout six years, after which he began opening up his presentplantation. Although he began the battle of life with no capital hehas done well for himself and family, and is now the owner of eighthundred acres of land, three hundred of which are under cultivation,the most of which he has opened and improved himself.

    He is quiet and unobtrusive in manners, and has aspired to no higherhonor than to be a good citizen, to follow the teachings of the goldenrule and to rear his children to useful citizenship. He has not onlybeen a model citizen but he has also been an exemplary Christian and afaithful and kind husband and father. He was married in 1869 to MissSallie A. Brown, a native of Mississippi and a daughter of J. D. andSarah (Hastings) Brown of Louisiana, by whom he has eight children:Mary B., Benjamin B., Robert H., George W., Sarah F., Martha A., Dixieand Thomas D., all of whom are living and make their home with theirparents.

    Mr. Butler, his wife and two sons are members of the MethodistEpiscopal church, and he is a Mason, a member of the Knights of Honorand Knights of Pythias. Four of his brothers served in the Confederatearmy during the Rebellion, his brother Robert being a flag-bearer inhis company. His father was a soldier during the Mexican war.
    --  Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi.Vol. 1 (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891), 470-71.Courtesy of Jack Dodson, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, August 29,2011
    Jack also found that this work is for sale as an ebook
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    A great obituary and life summary is provided in the Find a Gravememorial for George Washington Butler Sr.

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    George Washington Butler, Sr
    Birth Dec. 23, 1839
    Death Aug. 20, 1907 Coahoma County, Mississippi

    George W. Butler followed the calling of a planter the greater part ofhis life, and as an independent tiller of the soil his career was asuccessful one. He was born in Lauderdale County, Ala., December 23,1839, being the fifth of six children born to Thomas F. and Mary E.(Ingram) Butler, natives of Tennessee and Alabama respectively. Thefather was a very extensive and successful physician, in connectionwith which he followed planting. He came to Mississippi in 1840 andlocated near Sardis in Panola county, where he became an eminentmedical practitioner, and resided until his death in 1851.

    His paternal ancestors came from England and first settled inVirginia, but gradually became scattered throughout the South andWest. George W. Butler bas been a resident of Mississippi from thetime he was one year old, and was given the advantages of the schoolsof Sardis. He began making his own way in the world at the age ofeighteen years, and upon the opening of the Rebellion, in 1861, heenlisted in company E, Twelfth Mississippi regiment, Sardis Blues, andtook an active part in the battles of Richmond, Seven Pines, secondManassas, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg and many others.

    He was captured just before the close of the war at Selma, Ala., butmanaged to make his escape and returned home, where he was at thefinal surrender. Soon after the close of the war he came to Coahomacounty and became manager for D. L. Childress, continuing with him forabout six years, after which he began opening up his own plantation.Although he began the battle of life with no capital he did well forhimself and family, and was the owner of eight hundred acres of land,three hundred of which were under cultivation, the majority of whichhe cleared and improved himself. He was quiet and unobtrusive inmanner, and aspired to no higher honor than to be a good citizen, tofollow the teachings of the golden rule and to rear his children touseful citizenship.

    He not only was a model citizen but he was an exemplary Christian anda faithful and kind husband and father. He was married in 1869 to MissSallie A. Brown, a native of Mississippi and a daughter of J. D. andSarah (Hastings) Brown of Louisiana, by whom he had eight children:Mary B., Benjamin B., Robert H., George W., Sarah F., Martha A., Dixieand Thomas D. Mr. Butler, his wife and two sons were members of theMethodist Episcopal Church, and he was a Mason, a member of theKnights of Honor and Knights of Pythias. Four of his brothers servedin the Confederate army during the Rebellion, his brother Robert was aflag-bearer in his company. His father was a soldier during theMexican war.

    Father Thomas F. Butler (1802 - 1851)
    Spouse Sallie A Brown Butler (1848 - 1881 [should be 1888, accordingto family Bible])
    Children:
    Mary Brown Butler (1870 - 1943)
    Benjamin B. Butler (1871 - 1940)
    Robert Harvey Butler (1873 - 1936)
    George Washington Butler (1875 - 1959)
    Elma Butler (1876 - 1876)
    Sarah Butler Longino (1879 - 1937)
    Dixie Butler King (1883 - 1953)
    Thomas Butler (1885 - 1896)
    Burial Jonestown Cemetery, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    Created by Jack77 Mar 29, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #50414975,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50414975
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Sources

  • 1. 1850 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi
    • 24 October, District 13, p 686 (344), Hse/Fam #532
  • 2. 1860 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi
    • 10 August, Page 44, House/Fam #289
  • 3. One World Tree (sm)
  • 4. 1870 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    • 30 June, PO Friar's Point, p 28, Hse #250, Fam #252
  • 5. 1900 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    • 20 June, Beat 3, District 23, page 14B, Hse/Fam #307
  • 6. RootsWeb ID: I3216 -- Thomas F Butler
    • Location:http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sarahc_ingram&id=I3216;;
  • 7. 1880 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    • 11 June, Beat 3, District 99, page 14, Hse #88, Fam #99
  • 8. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 9. Laurie Lee Myers, email correspondence with Orville Boyd Jenkins,March 2007
  • 10. 1910 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    • 20 April, Jonestown, District 29, p 9A, Hse/Fam #4
  • 11. Ancestry Trees
    • Jack R. Dodson,
  • 12. 1920 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    • 5 May, Jonestown, District 2, page 27A,  Hse #599, Fam #624
  • 13. G W Butler Family Bible Deaths, scan courtesy Jack Dodson, 29 August2011
  • 14. G W Butler Family Bible Births, scan courtesy Jack Dodson, 28 August2011
  • 15. 1900 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    • 20 June, beat 3, District 23, page 14B, Hse/Fam #307
  • 16. Gravestone of Sarah A Brown Butler, Jonestown Cemetery, Jonestown,Coahoma, Missisippi
  • 17. Ancestry Trees
    • Bailey Family,

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