Nofirstname SPAIN William H SPAIN Bernard S SPAIN William H BUTLER Bernard Benjamin BUTLER George Edward BUTLER Sidney G SPAIN Louisa J SPAIN Pinkney G SPAIN Margaret E NOLASTNAME Mini tree diagram

Frances E SPAIN1,2

about 18341,2 - about 18652

Life History

about 1834

Born in Virginia.1,2

before 1860

Married William H BUTLER

Mar 1860

Birth of son Bernard Benjamin BUTLER in Panola County, Mississippi.3,4,5,2

about 1862

Birth of son George Edward BUTLER in Panola County, Mississippi.3,4,2

about 1865

Died in Panola County, Mississippi.2


  • 1850 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi, 15 September,District 13, p 629 (316), Hse/Fam #117
    William H Spain 27 M Farmer $2000 Real Estate b Virginia [born abt1823]
    Margaret E Spain [Mother] 50  Virginia [born abt 1800]
    Bernard Spain 19 M Laborer Virginia [born abt 1831]
    ** Frances E Spain 16 F b Virginia [born abt 1834] **
    ** Louisa Spain 8 F b Virginia [born abt 1842] **
    Pinkney G Spain 6 M b Virginia [born abt 1844]

    Range of years for death based on date estimates from David Lee on
    1.  birth of Frances' last child, Ross A Butler, Abt 1872 and
    2.  birth of first child to William and second wife India Smith in1875

    However, in the 1870 census, Frances is not the wife of William HButler.  He is already with his second wife India (Smith).  ThusFrances passed away before 1870.  The two older children in the 1870census are 8 and 10.  The youngest, India's son Morgan, is only 6months.

    This long gap correlates with the last birth and the subsequent deathof Frances.  The first two children were Frances' children.  Theapproximate birth years of Frances' children were 1862 (not 1872) forEdward and 1860 for Bernard.  William Morgan and the later childrenare all children of India Smith Butler.

    India Smith married William H Butler when she was about 30 years old.There is no information about a previous marriage or children, but itis a late age to marry, especially in that era.  In the 1870 census,the last child Morgan appears t be India's first child, the older twochildren being sons of Frances E Spain.  The age of the second childBernard indicates that Frances died sometime between 1862 and 1868.India's son, according to this census report, was born in January1870.

    1870 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 7 July, PrairieTownship, PO St Charles, page 26, Hse/Fam #209
    Butler, William G (sic) 36 M W Farmer $500 Real Estate $600 Personal bAlabama Cannot read or write [b abt 1834]
    Butler, India 32 F W  Keeping House  b Virginia Cannot read or write[b abt 1838]
    Butler, Bernard 10 M W b Mississippi Cannot read or write [b abt 1860]
    Butler, Edward 8 M W b Mississippi [No report on literacy] [b abt1862]
    Butler, Morgan 6 mos M W b Mississippi b Jan 1870
    Butler, Robert 26 F W b Tennessee Cannot read or write [b abt 1844]

    Note that, going by the birth state of the children, both children ofFrances were born in Mississippi, as well as the first child of India,indicating that Frances died in (Panola County) Mississippi.  I havenot found Frances' death or burial information.


  • 1. 1850 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi
    • 15 September, District 13, p 629 (316), Hse/Fam #117
  • 2. RootsWeb ID: I201 -- William H Butler
    • Name: Name:;;
  • 3. 1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    • 21 June, Prairie Township, District 2, page 27, Hse #183, Fam #194
  • 4. 1870 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    • 7 July, Prairie Township, PO St Charles, page 26, Hse/Fam #209
  • 5. 1900 Federal Census, Bolivar County, Mississippi
    • 12 June, Alligator Lake, District 2, page 34A, Hse/Fam #764

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