Thomas F BUTLER Elizabeth A BUTLER Rufus A BUTLER Mary Suffrone BUTLER Elnora D BUTLER John Benjamin BUTLER George Washington BUTLER Thomas Ethelbert BUTLER Milus Marion BUTLER Matthew Oliver BUTLER Annie Davidson BUTLER Malissa Edward BUTLER Malissa Edward DAVIDSON William H BUTLER Frances M BUTLER George Washington BUTLER Robert James BUTLER Mary Elizabeth INGRAM Mini tree diagram
John Benjamin BUTLER

John Benjamin BUTLER1,2,2,3,8,5,5

also known as John B BUTLER7

27th May 18291,2,2,2,3,4,5,6 - 17th Jun 18872,5,2

Life History

27th May 1829

Born in Aspen Hill, Giles, Tennessee.1,2,2,2,3,4,5,6

16th Dec 1863

Married Malissa Edward DAVIDSON in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

5th Sep 1865

Birth of daughter Mary Suffrone BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.9,2,6,5

Jan 1868

Birth of daughter Elnora D BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.9,6,10,5,2


Resident in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.7

20th Jul 1870

Birth of son John Benjamin BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.11,12,13,14,5,2

9th Nov 1872

Birth of son George Washington BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,15,5

2nd Mar 1875

Birth of son Thomas Ethelbert BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.15,2

22nd Sep 1877

Birth of son Milus Marion BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.16,15,5,2

9th Nov 1877

Death of son Thomas Ethelbert BUTLER in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2,15

22nd Dec 1879

Birth of son Matthew Oliver BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.17,18,19,20,21,5

22nd Apr 1882

Birth of daughter Annie Davidson BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.15,5

13th May 1886

Birth of daughter Malissa Edward BUTLER in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.22,18,2,23,24,15

17th Jun 1887

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,5,2

after 17th Jun 1887

Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.2,5


  • 1850 Federal Census, Panola County, Mississippi, 24 October, District 511, p 204, Hse/Fam #1380
    Thos F Butler 48 M Farmer $2000 Real Estate b North Carolina [born abt 1802]
    Mary Butler 40  Virginia [born abt 1810]
    John B Butler 21 M Laborer Tennessee [born abt 1829]

    In 1870 John Benjamin Butler (Jr) is in Prairie Township, in or near St. Charles.

    1870 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 7 July, Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas, PO St Charles, page 24, Hse/Fam #195
    Butler, John B  41  M W Farmer Tenn
    Butler, Melissa 22  F W Kps Hse Ala
    Butler, Mary S   5  F W  Ark
    Butler, Elenora  2  F W  Ark

    In this census living next door (Hse/Fam #196) to John Benjamin and family is a black family also named Butler, head of household Haley 32, born in Virginia, with wife Matilda 38, born in Mississippi, and their 7 children, all born in Mississippi.

    I note that in the slave census of 1850, there were numerous black slaves listed under the name of John Benjamin's father, Thomas F, in Panola County, Mississippi.  Note that Matilda Butler and all her children were born in Mississippi.

    Both children of John and Malissa were born in Arkansas, and the last child of Haley and Matilda was also.  The first child of John and Malissa was named Mary Suffronia, or Suffrone.  The last child of Haley and Matilda was named Suffronia.  Mary Suffronia is 5 and Suffronia is 9 months, with birth month being reported in the census as September 1869.

    These factors seem to indicate that this is a family that moved with John Benjamin and family from the Butler home place in Panola County, Mississippi, to Prairie Township of Arkansas County.  This would be a free family at the supposed time of the move to Arkansas.  Many free families continued their association with their former slave owners after the war and emancipation. This appears to be one case of that.

    1880 Arkansas County, Arkansas, census has the family of John Benjamin Butler (Sr) with some variations of names or initials.  But all entries match names we have.

    1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 June, District 2, page 23, Hse #155, Fam #164
    Benj Butler   W M 52    TN SC VA Farmer
    M E Butler  W F  Wife 34  AL TN  MS Housekeeping
    Mollie Butler W F 14  Dau   AR TN AL At School
    [Mary Suffrone]
    Nora Butler W F 12  Dau  AR TN AL At School
    Benj Butler W M 10  Son  AR TN AL At School
    George Butler W M 7  Son  AR TN AL At School
    Melus [Milus] Butler  W M 4  Son  AR TN AL
    Mat [Mathew O] Butler  W M  5Mos  Son AR TN AL

    John Benjamin Butler
    Birth May 27, 1829 Aspen Hill, Giles County, Tennessee
    Death Jun 17, 1887 Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Thomas F Butler (1802 - 1851)
    Mary Elizabeth Ingram Butler (1809 - 1855)
    Rufus A Butler (1827 - ____)
    George Washington Butler (1839 - 1907) half-sibling
    Burial Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Created by Jack77 Aug 21, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #75296331,


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