William Franklin BIRDWELL Zollie BIRDWELL Hardie BIRDWELL Reid Alymer BUTLER Annette Frank BUTLER Reid Alymer BUTLER William Ross BUTLER Dan Benjamin BUTLER Louise Marie BUTLER Virginia Lee BUTLER Marshall Archibald BUTLER Oswald H BIRDWELL Minnie CHANDLER Mini tree diagram

Willa M BIRDWELL4,9,10,5,11,2,3,6,12

also known as Willa BUTLER7

10th Feb 19054,5,3,6 - Nov 19723

Life History

10th Feb 1905

Born in Louisiana.4,5,3,6

17th Jan 1927

Married Reid Alymer BUTLER in Harrison County. Texas.11,2,2,13

about Sep 1928

Birth of daughter Annette Frank BUTLER in Louisiana.13,2,14,15

14th Mar 1930

Birth of son Reid Alymer BUTLER in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.13,16,3,2

4th Jul 1933

Birth of son William Ross BUTLER in Louisiana.16,13,3,12

7th Jan 1935

Birth of son Dan Benjamin BUTLER in Louisiana.3,13

about 1937

Birth of daughter Louise Marie BUTLER in Louisiana.13

8th Jun 1939

Birth of daughter Virginia Lee BUTLER in Louisiana.13,17

after 1940

Birth of son Marshall Archibald BUTLER

1st Apr 1940

Resident in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.7,8

6th Feb 1942

Resident 518 Lake Avenue (Route 3);  Address reported for her as the wife of Aylmer Butler Sr, in his WWI draft registration in New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana

20th Dec 1959

Death of Reid Alymer BUTLER in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.18,2,3,19

Nov 1972

Died in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana.3

Nov 1972

Buried in Lakelawn Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.1,2,3


  • Willa Birdwell
    Born 1903 in Pelican, De Soto, Louisiana, USA
    Burial Lakelawn Cemetery, New Orleans, LA
    Reid Sr and Willa's grave site
    --  Private Tree, http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/RequestTreeAccess.aspx?tid=26105522&pid=1779514771

    From the above information, it appears Willa's gravestone reports her birth year as 1903.  Her Social Security records report her birth date as 10 Feb 1905.  I have not been able to view the grave's headstone, and the photo is private on this tree.

    1910 Federal Census, DeSoto County, Louisiana, 1 May, Police Jury Ward 7, District 75, page 14A, Hse/Fam #247
    Birdwell, William F  Head M W 37 Married 18 years LA LA LA Farmer Owns
    Birdwell, Minnie Wife F W 37 Married 18 years 4 child/4 living MS MS MS
    Birdwell, Willie Dau F W 5 Single LA LA MS

    1920 Federal Census, DeSoto County, Louisiana, 17 January, Police Jury Ward 7, District 116, page 8A, Hse/Family #152
    Birdwell, William F Head Rents M W 47 LA LA LA Carpenter
    Birdwell, Minnie Wife F W 47 MS MS GA
    Birdwell, Willa Dau F W 13 LA LA MS
    Birdwell, Aswell Son M W 12 LA LA MS

    By her age in 1910 (5 years) we would expect Willa (Willie) to be reported as 14 years old in January 1920, instead of 13.  1930 makes her even younger, at age 22.  She is 33 in 1940.

    Willa is reported in the 1926 city directory for Shreveport, Louisiana.  She is the only one of her family appearing under that name.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Shreveport, Louisiana, City Directory, 1926
    Birdwell, Willa Miss rms h 422 Common

    Willa eloped to Texas to marry Reid Alymer Butler (Sr) in about 1926.  They were in New Orleans for the 1930 census.  They had two children born before that time, but neither one of them is enumerated in the census.  The couple was living in the household of one Emmet Ligon.

    Annette was reported as 12 years old in April 1940, so born about 1928.  I am puzzled why this daughter Annette does not appear in the 1930 census.  She should have been about 2 years old at that time.  Also Reid A Butler Jr was born in March 1930, and is missing here.  Both appear in the 1940 census.

    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

    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]

    Social Security Death Index
    Willa Butler
    Born 10 Feb 1905
    Died Nov 1972
    Last Residence Belle Chasse, Plaquemines, Louisiana 70037
    SSN 434-36-6226 issued Louisiana (Before 1951)


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