Bernard Benjamin BUTLER William Bernard BUTLER Archie Lee BUTLER Grace BUTLER Annette Frank BUTLER John B BUTLER Annette Frank BUTLER Reid Alymer BUTLER William Ross BUTLER Dan Benjamin BUTLER Louise Marie BUTLER Virginia Lee BUTLER Marshall Archibald BUTLER Willa M BIRDWELL Anna GRIFFITH Mini tree diagram
Reid Alymer BUTLER

Reid Alymer BUTLER2,10,3,8,11,12,13,4,8,14,5,7,6,9

3rd Jul 18977 - 20th Dec 19593,8,5,9

Life History


Born in Tennessee.7

(less likely)

3rd Jul 1897

Born in Alligator, Bolivar, Mississippi.2,3,4,5,6

(most likely)

17th Jan 1927

Married Willa M BIRDWELL in Harrison County. Texas.10,8,8,15

about Sep 1928

Birth of daughter Annette Frank BUTLER in Louisiana.15,8,16,17

14th Mar 1930

Birth of son Reid Alymer BUTLER in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.15,18,5,8

4th Jul 1933

Birth of son William Ross BUTLER in Louisiana.18,15,5,19

7th Jan 1935

Birth of son Dan Benjamin BUTLER in Louisiana.5,15

about 1937

Birth of daughter Louise Marie BUTLER in Louisiana.15

8th Jun 1939

Birth of daughter Virginia Lee BUTLER in Louisiana.15,20

after 1940

Birth of son Marshall Archibald BUTLER

1st Apr 1940

Resident in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.7

6th Feb 1942

Resident Street address reported on his WWI registration as "518 Lake Avenue (Route 3)" (apparently New Orleans, where the registration was reported) in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.6

20th Dec 1959

Died in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.3,8,5,9

Dec 1959

Buried in Lakelawn Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.1


  • Reid's grandson, Reid Alymer Butler III, indicates that the middle name three of them share comes from an earlier relative, Ross Almyr Butler.

    "Thank you for solving the mystery of where my middle name came from.  Even though it is spelled different my middle name is Alymer most probably came from Ross Almyr Butler. I wad told it was a family name just like my Uncle Ross whose name was William Ross Butler. It seems like if a Butler liked a name it or a variation was used over and over."
    --  Reid Alymer Butler III, email message to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 16 December 2012

    In 1900, Reid is a 3-year-old in the home of his parents Bernard and Anna, in Bolivar County, Mississippi, on the Mississippi River, across from Arkansas.  They have lived in Arkansas for some time since their marriage, since the first child William B was born in Arkansas.

    1900 Federal Census, Bolivar County, Mississippi, 12 June, Alligator Lake, District 2, page 34A, Hse/Fam #764
    Butler, Bernard B  Head W M Mar 1860  40 Married 16 years MS AL VA Farmer Rent
    Butler, Anna Wife W M Dec 1862  37 Married 16 years 7 children/6 living MS MS MS Farm Laborer
    Butler, Ried [sic] A Son W M July 1897 3 Single MS MS MS

    The birth date given here, May 1897, differs from the date reported by family sources and the Social Security Death Index, 3 July 1897.

    In the 1910 census, we find that Reid's mother Anna is a widow.  Note also that Anna's age is reported as 36 instead of 46.

    1910 Federal Census, Bolivar County, Mississippi, 20 April, Beat 1, District 1, Page 24A, Hse #462, Fam #464
    Butler, Anna  Head  W F  36 [sic] Widow MS AL MS Own Income
    Butler, Reid Son W M  13  MS MS MS

    Before 1918, Aylmer had moved to New Orleans, where he registered for the US WWI draft.  He reports his wife as Willa.  His middle name is spelled on this card as Almyer.  This record also reports he was born in Alligator, Mississippi.

    Reid Almyer Butler Sr
    Residence 518 Lake Avenue (Route 3), Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
    Age 44, Birth Date 03 Jul 1897 Aligator [sic], Mississippi
    Wife Willa Butler
    5' 8 1/2", 133 lbs, Gray Eyes, Brown Hair, Ruddy Complexion
    Registered 6 February 1942 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
    Source, Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945

    In the 1920 census, Reid is enumerated in the home of his sister Annie B Scott, in Coahoma County, Mississippi.  Coahoma is on the Mississippi River across from Phillips County, Arkansas.  On the west side of Phillips County is Arkansas County, where members of this Butler family moved in the late 1800s.

    1920 Federal Census, Coahoma County, Mississippi, 26 April, Beat 3, District 32, page 17A,  Hse #385, Fam #402
    Scott, M H  Head  Owns M W 47 Married AR AL MS  Merchant, General Merchandise
    Scott, Annie B Wife F W 42 Married MS MS MS
    Scott, M H Jr  Son M W 5 TN TN MS
    Scott, Eleanor H  Dau M W 5 MS TN MS
    Butler, R A  Bro-in-Law M W 23 MS AR MS Salesman, General Store

    R A's grandson Reid Butler III, tells a story about his grandparents' marriage.

    "My Grandfather Reid Butler and my Grandmother Willa Birdwell (b1903 d 1972) were married in Texas were they eloped to because her Dad hated my grandfather who "stole" my grandmother from his hand picked man to be my grandmother's husband, who introduced them when my grandfather accompanied him to the Birdwell house."
    --  Reid Alymer Butler III, email message to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 15 December 2012

    Reid and Willa married about 1927.  A listing in the 1930 census matches them, except Reid's age is wrong.  In this 1930 census record, Reid (Reed) is reported as 27 years old, although he was already 23 in 1920.  Willa is reported as 22 years old, although in the 1940 census, she is 33, 11 years older, which is reasonable.  The ages at which they were married match the current ages reported, indicating marriage in 1927.

    A transcription of the marriage record was found on
    Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973
    R. A. Butler
    Willa Birdwell
    17 Jan 1927
    Harrison Co, Texas

    In 1930, they are enumerated as residents of New Orleans, Orleans Parish.

    1930 Federal Census, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, 19 April, New Orleans Ward 3, District 39, page 24A, 133 South Claiborne St, Hse #351, Fam #386
    Ligon, Emmet Head Rents $50 M W 42 Married at age 25 TX LA LA Railroad Engineer
    Ligon, Mamie Wife F W 39 Married at age 21 LA LA LA
    - Fam #386A -
    Butler, Reed A Head Rents M W 27 Married at age 19 US US US Laborer, General Work
    Butler, Willa Wife F W 22 Married at age 17 LA LA LA
    David, Alice Lodger F W 18 Married at age 17 [No husband rptd] LA LA LA

    But where is their daughter Annette, who is reported in 1940 as 12 years old?  Also Reid A Butler Jr was born in March 1930, and also is missing here.  I have worked with Reid A Butler III on reconstructing his grandfather's family.  In our email discussion on this matter he comments:

    "I know my grandparents married in Harrison County. TX in ____ and I know my Aunt Annette was about 17 months old when the 1930 census was taken and my Dad was about 45 days old b 14 March, 1930.  Census taken 19 April, 1930 but why the 2 of them are not listed is still a mystery to me."
    --  Reid Alymer Butler III, email message to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 22 December 2012

    1940 Federal Census, New Orleans Parish, Louisiana, 24 April, New Orleans, District 36-455, page 1B, Hse #525, Rents $8
    Butler, Reid Sr  Head M W 43 Grade H-4 b Tennessee Same Place in 1935 No Occup Rptd
    Butler, Willa Wife F W 33 Grade C-2 b Louisiana Same Place in 1935
    Butler, Annette Dau F W 12 Grade 6 b Louisiana Same Place in 1935
    Butler, Reid Jr Son M W 10 Grade 2 b Louisiana Same Place in 1935
    Butler, William R Son M W 7 Grade 0 b Louisiana Same Place in 1935
    Butler, Benjamin Son M W 5 Grade 0 b Louisiana
    Butler, Louise Dau F W 3 Grade 0 b Louisiana
    Butler, Virginia Dau F W 4mos Grade 0 b Louisiana [b abt Nov 1939]

    "Orville Boyd Jenkins, my dad's siblings were his older sister Annette Frank Butler Baudier, the the brother just below my dad William Ross Butler, Dan Benjamin Barnard Butler, Louise Butler also known as Susie, Virginia Butler known as pumpkin, and then Marshall Archibald Butler.  Just a quick mention about my aunt Annette's middle name Frank.  It was her aunt Annie's middle name as well.  Her aunt's, my great-aunt's, name was Anna Frank Butler Scott.  She was the sister that took care of my grandfather Reid Butler Sr after his mother had passed.  I have no idea where the name Frank came from."
    --  Reid Butler III, Facebook comments in answer to queries by Orville Boyd Jenkins, 17 July 2018

    List of Crew, Ship Name: Pan York
    New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1945
    Reid A Butler
    Arrival New Orleans, Louisiana 17 Nov 1944
    Age 47, Birth abt 1897
    From the port of Merida, Mexico
    Signed on New Orleans, Louisiana 6 October 1944

    Social Security Death Index
    Reid Butler
    Born 3 Jul 1897
    Died Dec 1959
    SSN 438-05-6624 issued Louisiana (Before 1951)

    Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963
    Reid A Butler
    Death 20 Dec 1959 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
    Age 62, Birth Date 09 Jul 1897
    Father's Name Benjamin Butler
    Mother's Name Anna Griffith
    Spouse's Name Willa Birdwell

    Lakelawn Cemetery Reid Sr and Willa's grave site
    Attached To  Reid A Butler (born 1897)
    -- Private Tree,

    My Son Reid Adrew (not Andrew) Butler Born June 23, 1989

    My Self Reid Alymer Butler III Born Jan. 8, 1953

    My Father Reid A. Butler Jr Born March 14, 1933 Death 1999

    Grand father Reid A Butler Sr Born July 3, 1897 Death 1960

    Great Grand father Bernard Benjamin Butler Born 1860 Approx. Death 1900-1910?

    2x Great Grand father William G (or H, two different indexes have it two different ways.  Have looked at 1900 census in Boliver Co, MS and can't make up my mind either)  Born 1834 approx. Death ?
    --  Butler Family Pedigrees/DNA testing, From an email sent by Reid A. Butler III, April 19, 2011,


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