William Morgan BUTLER Lucetta Elizabeth BUTLER William Bernard BUTLER George Washington BUTLER Infant Girl BUTLER Dorothy Laura BUTLER Gertrude Alma BUTLER Thelma Lorine BUTLER William Madison BUTLER Virginia E BUTLER Jack A BUTLER Ada Loora MCSWAIN Mini tree diagram

Robert Alfred BUTLER1,2,3,4,5,6,7

4th Oct 19141,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 5th May 19895,7

Life History

4th Oct 1914

Born in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7


Resident in Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi.4

5th May 1989

Died in Alligator, Bolivar, Mississippi.5,7

after 5th May 1989

Buried in Oakridge Cemetery, Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi.7


  • David Lee has Robert's name as Alfred Robert.  But siblings report Robert's was Robert Alfred.

    "Robert Alfred Butler  October 4, 1914"
    --  W H Butler Family Notes, by children of W M Butler, private paper, access through Jack Dodson, 30 August 2011

    In two censuses as a child he is listed as Alfred R, seeming to indicate the name order is Alfred Robert.  Is it possible that even the sibling(s) who compiled the family information got his names reversed?

    His WWII Enlistment records have his name as the family reports it.

    U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Robert A Butler
    Residence: Bolivar County, Mississippi
    Birth 1915 Arkansas
    Race: White, Citizen (White)
    Enlistment 15 Nov 1942 Camp Shelby, Mississippi, Rank Private
    Education: 4 years of college
    Civil Occupation: Farm managers and foremen
    Marital Status: Married
    Height: 68, Weight: 146

    1920 Census, Arkansas, Arkansas County, District 16, page 7A, Prairie Township, Ethel and Chute Rd, Hse #120, Fam #124
    Butler, William M  Head M W 40 AR MS MS Farmer
    Butler, Ada L  Wife F W 42 AR NC NC
    Butler, Alfred R  Son M W 5 Single AR AR AR

    1930 Federal Census, Bolivar County, Mississippi, 16 April, Beat 3, District 23, page 11B, Hse/Fam #315
    Butler, William M Head M W 60 Married at age 21  AR VA MS Farmer
    Butler, Ada L  Wife F W 52 Married at age 19 AR AL AL
    Butler, Alfred R  Son M W 16 Single AR AR AR

    In the Social Security records, he is referred to as Alfred.

    Social Security Death Index
    Alfred Butler
    Born 4 Oct 1914
    Died 5 May 1989
    Last Residence Alligator, Bolivar, Mississippi 38720
    SSN 425-72-3535 issued Mississippi (1955)

    Note that the Social Security Death Index reports the place of residence at time of death as Alligator in Bolivar County, Mississippi.  One family genealogy that does not give any sources reports the place of death as Clarksdale (Coahoma County), Mississippi, which is quite likely if he died in a hospital.  Note that this source also switches the name order from that reported by the family in the 53-page document we have seen (in the possession of Jack Dodson, Clarksdale, Mississippi).

    Alfred Robert Butler
    Birth 10 Sep 1914 in Ethel, Arkansas Co., Arkansas
    Death 5 May 1989 in Clarksdale [Coahoma County], Mississippi
    Parents  William Morgan Butler b 1870, Ada Loora McSwain b 1878
    --  Family Tree, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/23504326/person/1395018103?ssrc=&ftm=1

    Robert Alfred Butler
    Birth Oct. 4, 1914
    Death May 5, 1989 Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    father William Morgan Butler (1870 - 1945)
    Spouse Evelyn Walker Butler (1917 - 2006)
    Thelma Butler Garrett (1910 - 1991)
    William Madison Butler (1912 - 1982)
    Burial Oakridge Cemetery, Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi
    Created by Jack77 Sep 07, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #76153007, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=76153007


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