William H BUTLER William Morgan BUTLER Ross Almyr BUTLER John Azari LACOTTS Cecil Andrew LACOTTS Vivian Ruth LACOTTS William James PORTER Imogene PORTER William E PORTER India Lucetta SMITH Mini tree diagram

India A BUTLER1,2,3,4

Aug 18751,2,3,4 - before 19205

Life History

Aug 1875

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4

about 1896

Married John Azari LACOTTS.3

21st Dec 1897

Birth of son Cecil Andrew LACOTTS in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,2,1,9,10

4th Nov 1900

Birth of daughter Vivian Ruth LACOTTS in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.11,10,1,12,13,14


Divorced from John Azari LACOTTS.1

27th Jan 1904

Married William James PORTER in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,2

10th Jun 1912

Birth of daughter Imogene PORTER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.6,7

about 1914

Birth of son William E PORTER in Arkansas.8,6

before 1920

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.5


  • India is recorded in the 1880 census with her parents William H andIndia Butler and her siblings in Prairie Township (Ethel area) ofArkansas County, Arkansas.

    1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 21 June, PrairieTownship, District 2, page 27, Hse #183, Fam #194
    W H Butler Self  M  Male  W 46  Farmer  AL NC VA
    India Butler  Wife M Female W 41  Hsekpg  VA VA VA
    B B Butler  Son  S  Male W  20  On Farm  MS ALVA
    Ned Butler  Son  S  Male W  18  On Farm  MS AL VA
    W M Butler  Son  S  Male  W  11  At School AR AL VA
    R A Butler  Son  S  Male  W    8  At School AR AL VA
    India Butler  Dau  S  Female W    5    AR  AL VA
    L W Smith Bro-in-law S  Male W  28  On Farm MS VA VA

    "Will, as he was called, already had a son and daughter from aprevious marriage before he married Maggie.  Will and Maggie had nochildren together."
    --  Shirley Rowland Mitchell, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, April 07,2015

    A matching marriage record is found in the Arkansas County records forJ W Porter and India (Butler) Lacott in 1904.  This appears to be thesame Will Porter, though I have learned there was a J W Porter inDeWitt.  The residence here is reported as Ethel, and 1910 censusconfirms they are in Ethel among our McSwains, Criswells, Butlers andother related families in this genealogy.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    J W Porter
    Gender Male
    Age 23, Birth Year abt 1881
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name India Lacott
    Spouse's Age 26 [b abt 1882]
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 27 Jan 1904 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 26 Jan 1904

    After a false trail for an India I Parker in that area, I found IndianLacotts (Lacott) with her first husband in DeWitt, Arkansas, in the1900 census.  In the census record for the family below, Cecil isIndia's son, and Clarence is the son of John's first wife Nora E(Maiden name Unknown).

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 1 June, DeWitt,District 1, Page 2A, House #24, Family #26
    LaCotts, John Head W M Apr 1871 29 Married 4 yrs [marr abt 1896] ARDelaware SC [No Occup Stated]
    LaCotts, India Wife W F Aug 1875  24 Married 4 yrs 1 child/1 living ARTN AR
    LaCotts, Clarence Son W F May 1894 6 Single AR AR AR
    LaCotts, Cecil Son W M June 1896  3 Single AR AR AR

    A couple of genealogies report India Lacott as India Parker.  But Inotice that the daughter of Richard is listed as India I Parker,rather than India A Parker, as J W Porter's wife is listed.  India IParker was enumerated in Ethel in the 1900 census, with a sister intheir widowed father's home.  This was 6 years before she married J W(William James) Porter, as reported above.  John LaCotts' wife isIndia Butler.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 1 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, Page 1A, House/Family #1
    Parker, Richard H Head W M Apr 1839 61 Widowed 14 GA GA GA Farmer OwnsFarm
    Parker, Callie D Dau W F May 1872  28 Single AR GA MS Dairy Woman
    Parker, India I Dau W F Mar 1880  20 Single AR GA MS
    Conley, Alexander Servant W F Feb 1883  17 Single AR -- -- Servant
    Crawford, Charley Servant W F Apr 1888  12 Single AR MD AR Servant
    Hooker, Garnett Boarder W F May 1881  19 Single AR MS MS Farm Laborer

    I found the 1910 census before the 1900, and they seemed to representthe same person.  But then I found India in her father's home in 1910also.  So it is uncertain.  There are instances of multipleenumerations in this area in other censuses.  But she is reported asSingle here, and India Lacotts is married to J W Porter in the other,and it is her second marriage.  Three genealogies reprot that Indiaand John Lacott (Oacotts) divorced in 1903, after which she married JW (William James) Porter in 1904.

    I also find that in genealogies that have India I Parker's husband heis reported as George Allen, and they married in 1917 Phillips County,Arkansas (across the river from Arkansas County).

    One undocumented genealogy also reported her middle name as Irene.This seems to be reporting that she was India Irene Parker, daughterof Richard Parker, is not India A Lacott (or Lacotts) who married J WPorter.  The weight of other facts do not support this conclusion.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 15 June, PrairieTownship (Ethel), District 13, Page 1A, Hse/Fam #1
    Porter, James W Head M W 29 1st marriage Married 6 yrs AR US US FarmerOwns [b abt 1881]
    Porter, India A Wife F W 34 2nd marriage Married 6 yrs [mar abt 1904]3 children/2 living AR MS MS [b abt 1876]
    Lacotts, Cecil A Stepson M W 12 Single AR AR AR [b abt 1898]

    I note that the census reports that India has had 3 children, but only2 are living.  Only her second son Cecil is reproted in the 1910census.  James and India's first child together was Imogene (Emogenein the 1930 census, Emma J in 1920), reported as age 8 in 1920.  Butit could be that India's child that died was born after she marriedWIll, and died before this census.

    There is a marriage record dated 8 years after the birth of Will's sonWilliam E Porter in 1914.  There is a marriage record in the ArkansasCounty records for one J W Porter, India Butler's previous husband,and Annie McSwain, both of Ethel.  William James' SS record has hisbirth date as 19 March 1882, while J W was reported of an age to beborn about 1878.  Reported ages vary wildly in that era.  This recordis so close otherwise and also in Ethel, this seems to be the sameperson.  It is likely McSwain was Annie's first married name.  Heridentity has not been established.  The marriage reported in therecord below occurred almost 8 years after the birth of Will's sonWill E with his first wife in 1914.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    J W Porter
    Gender Male
    Age 44, Birth Year abt 1878
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Annie McSwain
    Spouse's Age 35 [b abt 1887]
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 29 Jan 1922 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 27 Jan 1922


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