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Bertie County NC Butlers

According to his 1847 U.S.-Mexican War discharge certificate, my great-great-grandfather Alfred Butler was born in Bertie County, North Carolina circa 1823-1824. I have been struggling for decades to find further evidence that links him to one or more specific individuals who resided in Bertie County during that time period, i.e. to identify his parents and other relatives. So far, I have been unsuccessful.

I created this page for two reasons: 1.) To share what I have learned about the Butlers of Bertie County with other family history researchers, and 2.) In hope that other researcher(s) who visit this page might have the information I seek, which would help me break through the proverbial "brick wall" that has stymied me for so long. If you do have any useful information or would just like to make a comment or ask a pertinent question, please send email to docbutler@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Here are two good sources of information:
Bertie County North Carolina USGenWeb Archives Project and BERTIE CO, NC BIBLIOGRAPHY.


THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

All referenced records are for Bertie County, NC unless indicated otherwise. MNU = Maiden Name Unknown

Names are in alphabetical order. Scroll down to find the individual you seek or use your browser's "find in page" feature.

See also: Bertie County Butlers census page


ABIGAL or ABBY BUTLER (b. circa 1812)

  • Identified as a daughter of veteran John Butler in his 1820 Revolutionary War pension file.
  • Named as a purchaser of one or more items from sale of John Butler's estate, 5 October 1828; Estate file for John Butler, 1828 (located at familysearch.org). NOTE: This file contains papers pertaining to three different John Butlers.
  • 1850 Federal Census, page 35 (listed with Leven or Levin Butler family) (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

ALFRED BUTLER (c. 1824 - 1860)

Born in Bertie County, North Carolina about 1824; removed to Greene County, Alabama (date unknown), where in 1846 he enlisted in Co. D, First Alabama Volunteers for service in U.S.-Mexican War; discharged in 1847 at New Orleans; afterward removed to Union County, Arkansas, where he was married in 1849 (to Mary Francis Stanley) and enumerated in 1850 census. In 1852 he removed to Anderson County, Texas and then in 1854 to Freestone County, Texas, where he died 1860.

Presumed brother or cousin of Levin Butler.


ALLEN BUTLER (b. circa 1792-1797 — d. between 1870 and 1880)

Husband of Celia; father of two unidentified sons born 1820-1825 (one of which might be James Butler, born circa 1824), Mary Butler, Kenneth Butler, Worley Butler, Cena Butler, and Joseph J. Butler.

  • Named as a purchaser of one or more items from sale of John Butler's estate, 5 October 1828; Estate file for John Butler, 1828 (located at familysearch.org). NOTE: This file contains papers pertaining to three different John Butlers.
  • 1830 Federal Census, page 376 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1840 Federal Census, page 126 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1860 Federal Census, family 1122 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1870 Federal Census, family 109 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

Apparently, no will or estate file on record.


AMELIA BUTLER

  • 1830 Federal Census, Page 375, Line 27

ANNIE L. BUTLER (b. circa 1868)

Daughter of James Monroe Butler and Rebecca Butler [2]; sister of Martha J. Butler, Levin Butler [3], George Washington Butler [2], Cora Butler, and Harriet L. Butler; niece of Leven or Levin Butler [1].

  • 1880 Federal Census, sheet 316A.

ARTHUR BUTLER

  • 1790 Federal Census, page 350 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

BELINDA BUTLER (b. circa 1840)

Daughter of William Butler [2] and Judah "Judy" MNU Butler; sister of William H. Butler [2], Margaret [1], Nancy, Jackson, Judy, George, Ellen, and Margaret [2].

  • 1860 Federal Census, family 710 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

BENJAMIN BUTLER (b. circa 1800-1801 — d. 1883)

Son of John P. Butler and Christian MNU Butler; husband of Mary or "Polly"; father of unknown son b. circa 1825-1830, Sarah Butler, Mary Butler, Jacob Butler, and Christian (female).


CADER BUTLER (b. circa 1834 — d. 1879)

Husband of Florence.


CELIA MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN BUTLER (b. circa 1803)

Wife of Allen Butler; mother of two unidentified sons born 1820-1825 (one of which might be James Butler, born circa 1824), Mary Butler, Kenneth Butler, Worley Butler, Cena Butler, and Joseph J. Butler.

  • 1850 Federal Census, page 65A/129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1860 Federal Census, family 1122 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

CENA BUTLER (b. circa 1837)

Daughter of Allen Butler and Celia Butler; sister of two unidentified brothers born 1820-1825 (one of which might be James Butler, born circa 1824), Mary Butler, Kenneth Butler, Worley Butler, and Joseph J. Butler.

  • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

CHLOE BUTLER

  • 1800 Federal Census, page 30-31 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

CHRISTIAN MNU BUTLER (b. circa 1779)

Wife of John P. Butler; mother of Benjamin Butler.

  • 1850 Federal Census, page 66B/130 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

CHRISTIAN BUTLER (b. circa 1839)

Daughter of Benjamin Butler and Mary or "Polly" Butler.

  • 1850 Federal Census, page 66B/130 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

CHRISTOPHER BUTLER (d. 1795)

Son of Jethro Butler and Martha Ann McDaniel Butler; brother of Tobias Butler, Mary Butler, William [1] Butler, and Esther or Hester Butler Harrell Raby.

  • Mentioned in deed from Adam Raby to John Francis Spivey, 1763; Deed Book K, 450 (240).
  • Named in lawsuit involving Ruth Whitlege, widow of Thomas Cummings Whitledge, 1770; identifies Christopher as son of Jethro Butler; Deed Book L-2, 968 (248).
  • Mentioned in deed from Tobias Butler and his mother Martha Ann Butler to Jesse Cotton of Hartford County, 1778; Deed Book M, 367 (346).
  • Deed from Christopher Butler to William Hinton, 1778; witnessed by Tobias Butler; Deed Book M, 352 (348).
  • Mentioned in deed of sale from Humphrey Nicholls, Sheriff or Bertie County, to Ruth Whitledge, 1770-1771; document also mentions Tobias Butler; Deed Book P, 953 (333). See also Deed Book L, 247-248. Note: Document identifies Christopher Butler as Christopher Rutland (later Butler).
  • NOT NAMED in 1790 Federal Census for Bertie County
  • Estate file, 1795 (7 pages including file cover); view at familysearch.org

CORA BUTLER (b. circa 1879)

Daughter of James Monroe Butler and Rebecca Butler [2]; sister of Martha J. Butler, Levin Butler [3], George Washington Butler [2], Annie L. Butler, and Harriet L. Butler; niece of Leven or Levin Butler [1].

  • 1880 Federal Census, sheet 316A (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

CURRY or CURREY BUTLER [1]

Husband of Elizabeth Phulks Butler (married 12 January 1793).

Reportedly moved to Gwinnett County, Georgia, where he is supposed to have died 7 December 1822 (see MCGLAUGHON-L Archives.


CURRY or CURREY BUTLER [2]

  • 1830 Federal Census, page 342 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • Estate file, 1832-1837; view at familysearch.org (14 pages including file cover)

DARIUS HENRY BUTLER

Removed to Tennessee in 1832, then to Lauderdale County, Alabama, where he was enumerated in the 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870 federal census and where he died 1877.

  • 1830 Federal Census, page 340 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

DICEA or DYCE BUTLER

Daughter of John Butler, Sr. who died 1807; sister of John Butler, Jr., Silas Butler, Susan Butler, and Martha Butler Pritchard.


DOLLY or DOLLEY BUTLER

Sister of John Butler, Jethro Butler, Rachel Butler, and Martha Butler; aunt of Leven or Levin Butler.

  • 1820 Federal Census, page 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • Will, 1824

EADIN BUTLER [2]

  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

ELI BUTLER [2]

  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

ELIZABETH ANN BUTLER

Daughter of Ryan Butler.


ELIZABETH BUTLER COFFIELD

Wife of Jethro Coffield (married 25 April 1788).


ELIZABETH J. BUTLER

  • Estate file, 1876

ELIZABETH PHULKS BUTLER

Wife of Curry or Currey Butler (married 12 January 1793).


ELIZABETH SIMONS BUTLER

Wife of Silas Butler (married 09 May 1808).


ELLEN BUTLER (b. circa 1858)

Daughter of William Butler [2] and Judah "Judy" MNU Butler; sister of William H. Butler [2], Margaret [1], Nancy, Jackson, Judy, George, Belinda, and Margaret [2].

  • 1860 Federal Census, family 710 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1870 Federal Census, page 307A, family 724 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

ESTHER or HESTER BUTLER HARRELL RABY

Sister of Tobias Butler; wife of Jesse Harrell and Luke Raby; mother of Turner Harrell, Jesse Harrell Jr., and Temperance or Tempty or Tempha Harrell.


EVERETT BUTLER

  • Named as a purchaser of one or more items from sale of John Butler's estate, 5 October 1828; Estate file for John Butler, 1828 (located at familysearch.org). NOTE: This file contains papers pertaining to three different John Butlers.
  • 1840 Federal Census, page 19 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

FRANCES BUTLER [1] (b. circa 1834)

Daughter of Louisa MNU Butler; sister of John Thomas Butler and William Hill Butler.


FRANCES BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1836)

  • 1860 Federal Census, family 713 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

GEORGE BUTLER [1]

  • 1820 Federal Census, page 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

GEORGE BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1854)

Son of William Butler [2] and Judah "Judy" MNU Butler; brother of Nancy, Belinda, Margaret, Jackson, Judy, William H. [2], Ellen, and Margaret.

  • 1860 Federal Census, family 710 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1870 Federal Census, page 307A, family 724 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

GEORGE WASHINGTON BUTLER [1[ (b. circa 1838)

Son of Leven or Levin Butler; grandson of Martha Butler; brother of James Monroe Butler.


GEORGE WASHINGTON BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1870)

Son of James Monroe Butler and Rebecca Butler [2]; brother of Martha J. Butler, Levin Butler [3], Cora Butler, Annie L. Butler, and Harriet L. Butler; nephew of Leven or Levin Butler [1].


HARRIET L. BUTLER (b. circa 1877)

Daughter of James Monroe Butler and Rebecca Butler [2]; sister of Martha J. Butler, Levin Butler [3], George Washington Butler [2], Annie L. Butler, and Cora Butler; niece of Leven or Levin Butler [1].

  • 1880 Federal Census, sheet 316A (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

HARRIET MUZELLS BUTLER

Second wife of Leven or Levin Butler.


HARRIET PRITCHARD BUTLER

Wife of Kenneth L. Butler (married 14 March 1853).


HARVY or HARVEY BUTLER

  • 1860 Federal Census, family 580
  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

HILLIARD BUTLER

  • Estate file, 1868

IRVIN BUTLER

  • 1820 Federal Census, p. 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

ISAAC BUTLER [1]

Revolutionary War veteran.

  • Revolutionary war service file; may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).
  • Revolutionary War pension file (1818 and 1820); may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).
  • Witnessed deed of sale from Herbert Pritchard to Edward Outlaw, 1781; Deed Book M, 537 (498).
  • 1790 Federal Census, page 350 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • Mentioned in deed of sale from Solomon Cherry, Sheriff of Bertie County, to Edward Outlaw, 1793; Deed Book P, 1103 (419).

ISAAC BUTLER [2]

  • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

ISAAC BUTLER [3] (b. circa 1815)

Son of Jethro Butler, Revolutionary War Veteran from North Carolina.

  • 1840 Federal Census, page 2 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

JACOB BUTLER [1]

Husband of Judith.


JACKSON BUTLER (b. circa 1853)

Son of William Butler [2] and Judah "Judy" MNU Butler; brother of William H. Butler [2], Nancy, Belinda, Margaret, William [6], Judy, George [2], Ellen, and Margaret.

  • 1860 Federal Census, family 710 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1870 Federal Census, page 307A, family 724 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

JACOB BUTLER [2]

  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

JAMES BUTLER [1]

  • 1820 Federal Census, page 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1830 Federal Census, page 368 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

JAMES BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1824)

May be the son of Allen Butler; husband of Jane; father of William H. Butler.

  • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1860 Federal Census, family 61 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

JAMES BUTLER [3]

  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

JAMES MONROE BUTLER (b. circa 1830 — 18 July 1892)

Better known as "Monroe," this Bertie County farmer and Confederate veteran committed suicide "by shooting himself in the head with a pistol." It was believed by neighbors that "the bad outlook of crops throughout his section [had] caused him to lose his mind." Source: Windsor Ledger, July 20, 1892 & Durham Globe, July 23, 1892.

Son of Leven or Levin Butler; grandson of Martha Butler; brother of Kenneth L. Butler, George Washington Butler [1], and Levin E. Butler; husband of Rebecca Butler [2]; father of Martha J. Butler, George Washington Butler [2], Levin Butler [3], Cora Butler, Annie L. Butler Barnacastle (wife of J. B. Barnacastle), and Harriet L. Butler.

James Monroe Butler at Find-a-grave


JANE BUTLER [1]

  • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

JANE MNU BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1822)

Wife of James Butler; mother of William H. Butler.

  • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

  • JARVIS or GARVIS BUTLER

    • 1820 Federal Census, page 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Named as adminstrator and purchaser of one or more items from sale of John Butler's estate, 5 October 1828; Estate file for John Butler, 1828 (located at familysearch.org). NOTE: This file contains papers pertaining to three different John Butlers.
    • 1830 Federal Census, page 376 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1840 Federal Census, page 24 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JEREMIAH BUTLER

    • 1790 Federal Census, page 350 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1820 Federal Census, page 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JETHRO BUTLER [1] (d. circa 1760)

    Husband of Martha Ann McDaniel Butler; father of Christopher Butler, Mary Butler, Tobias Butler, Esther or Hester Butler Harrell Raby, and William Butler [1]; grandfather to Samuel Butler of Camden District, South Carolina.

    • Owen McDaniel to Jno. (prob. Jethro) Butler, 1734; Bertie County, NC, Court Minutes, 1724-1739,Book I, 130.
    • Deed of sale from Jas. Blount to Jethro Butler, 1741 or 1742; names Butler's father-in-law, Owen McDaniel; Bertie County, NC, Court Minutes, 1724-1739, Book I, 330.
    • Will of Owen McDaniel proved by oath; Jethro Butler (McDaniel's son-in-law) took oath as executor, 1743; Bertie County, NC, Court Minutes, 1724-1739, Book I, 398.
    • Will of Owen McDaniel, widow Ellener, son-in-law Jethro Butler executor, February 7, 1742-1743, May Court, 1743; see Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, 229
    • Deed of sale, Robert Hicks and wife Sarah of Granville County, North Carolina to David Meade of Nansemond County, Virginia, 1755-1756, regarding 534 acres of land on north side of Roanoke River, adjacent to land formerly James Blount's, now Jethro Butler's; also mentions four acres of land "now in Possession of Jethro Butler on which he has a corn field that was formerly James Blount's"; Deed book H, 307.
    • Estate file, 1760/61; see at familysearch.org

    JETHRO BUTLER [2A] (b. circa 1761 — d. between 1832 and 1840)

    Revolutionary War veteran (served in the Continental Line from North Carolina) and husband of 1. Winefred Tiner Butler (married 16 August 1791) and 2. Nancy MNU Butler (date of marriage unknown); probable son of Tobias Butler; father of Winney, Isaac [3], Robert, and John.

    • Revolutionary war service file; may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).
    • Witnessed deed of sale from Luke White, Sr. and wife Grace to Cader Bass, 1786; Deed Book O, 264 (2).
    • 1800 Federal Census, page 30-31 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1810 Federal Census, page 53 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Revolutionary War pension file (1818 and 1820); may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).
    • Not enumerated in 1820 Federal Census
    • 1830 Federal Census, page 376, Line 4

    JETHRO BUTLER [2B] (b. circa 1761 — d. 1841)

    Revolutionary War veteran (born in Bertie County but served from South Carolina). Moved to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.

    • Revolutionary war service file; may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).
    • Revolutionary War pension file (1818 and 1820); may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).

    JETHRO BUTLER [3]

    Might be son of John Butler, Jr.; grandson of John Butler, Sr..


    JOHN BUTLER [1] (b. circa 1754 — d. 1828)

    Revolutionary War veteran; served in 4th NC Regiment, Continental Line. Husband of Milly; father of Temperance, Sucky, William [3], Abigal.

    • Revolutionary war service file; may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).
    • Revolutionary War pension file (1818 and 1820); may be viewed at Fold3.com (requires subscription).
    • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    NOTE: On page 238 of his book Free African-Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina (vol. 1), author/researcher Paul Heinegg maintains that Revolutionary War veteran John Butler was a free mulatto and that he was the same John Butler who married Keziah Pritchard in Bertie County on 27 December 1797. I am not entirely convinced, first because Heinegg offers no evidence other than the fact that there was a "taxable 'Mollato' in William Butler's household in the 1774 list of Humphrey Nichols," and second, because the wife named in veteran John Butler's 1820 pension application was named Milly, not Keziah (although I concede it's possible that Keziah died before 1820 and Butler remarried). In pp. 53-66 of Chapter 3: "Butler Land," contained in his book Pell Mellers: Race and Memory in a Carolina Pocosin, another researcher/writer, K. Paul Johnson, discusses Heinegg's argument, arguing further that "there is persuasive evidence that [John Butler's Revolutionary War pension application] was fraudulent, submitted by a man far too young to have served in the Revolutionary War." Johnson also discusses the wills and estate files of John Butler, Sr. and John Butler, Jr. but it appears to me that owing to incomplete information and misinterpreted research, he has drawn some erroneous conclusions.


    JOHN BUTLER [2], a.k.a. JOHN BUTLER Sr. (b. 1755 or earlier — d. 1807)

    PRESUMED: Son of Tobias Butler; brother of William Butler [2], Jethro Butler [2], Elizabeth Butler, Polly Butler, and Simon Butler; nephew of Hester Raby; cousin of Tempty Harrell and also Samuel Butler of South Carolina.

    CERTAIN: Husband of Winifred MNU Butler; father of John Butler, Jr., Silas Butler [2], Susan Butler Dyce Butler, and Martha Butler Pritchard.

    • Mentioned in deed of sale from Tobias Butler to cousin (actually nephew) John Harrell (son of brother William Butler), 1778; also mentions Tobias's brother William Butler; Deed Book M, 411 (386).
    • Deed of sale from Mary and John Pritchard to John Butler, 1788; Deed Book O, 476 (251).
    • Mentioned in deed of sale from John White Jr. to William Watkin Watford, 1790; Deed Book P, 681 (84).
    • 1790 Federal Census, p. 350 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Deed of Sale from George West, executor of Cader Bass to John Butler, 1792; Deed Book P, 1111 (424).
    • Deed of Sale from George West, executor of Cader Bass to John Butler, 1792; Deed Book P, 1112 (425).
    • 1800 Federal Census, page 30-31 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • John Butler's 1807 will (located at familysearch.org).
      Will names heirs: wife Winifred; sons John Jr. and Silas; daughters Susan, Dyce, and Martha (wife of Jonathan Pritchard).
    • Estate file for John Butler, 1807 & 1815 (located at familysearch.org). NOTE: This file contains papers pertaining to three different John Butlers.

    NOTE: Following John Butler Sr.'s death, his two sons and widow (John, Silas, and Winny) are listed together on the same page (63) in the 1810 federal census. After Winny or Winifred died, apparently in 1815, the balance of John's estate, as he directed in his 1807 will, was distributed to his three daughters, with son-in-law Jonathan Pritchard acting as administrator.


    JOHN BUTLER Jr. See John P. Butler


    JOHN BUTLER [3] (b. circa 1790-1800)

    • 1830 Federal Census, page 344 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1840 Federal Census, page 14 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Will, probated 1857, Will Book H, page 44 (not available online).

    JOHN BUTLER [4] (b. circa 1821)

    May be the son of Jethro Butler, Revolutionary War Veteran from North Carolina.

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 88 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOHN BUTLER [5] (b. circa 1827)

    Husband of Polly Dundalow Butler (married 18 February 1850).

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 708 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1870 Federal Census, page 732 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOHN BUTLER [6] (d. 1828)

    • Estate file for John Butler, 1828 (9 pages located at familysearch.org), which mention Jarvis Butler — administrator, Everitt Butler, Allen Butler, William Butler, Jethro Butler, Susan or Susanor Butler, and Abby Butler but do not indicate their relationship (if any) to the deceased; papers also mention the widow but unfortunately do not idenitify her by name. Curiously, one document in the file bears a signature, "Jarvis Butler," but another is signed "Garvis Butler X his mark," obviously by someone witnessing Jarvis making his mark (and who also misspelled his name), but if Jarvis could sign his name, why would he make an "X" on another document? This seems rather odd. NOTE: This file contains papers pertaining to three different John Butlers.

    NOTE: For a while, I thought these estate papers might be for the Revolutionary War veteran John Butler, because he apparently died in 1828 (pension was only paid through the spring of 1828), but now I'm not so sure, which is why it is listed here separately from all the other John Butlers, none of whom it seems to fit.


    JOHN BUTLER [7] (b. circa 1828)

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 3A/5 NOTE: LISTED AS "BUTTER"
      (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOHN BUTLER [8] (b. circa 1830)

    • 1870 Federal Census, page 141 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOHN BUTLER [9] (b. circa 1832)

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 49A/97 NOTE: LISTED AS "BUTTER"
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    JOHN BUTLER [10] (b. circa 1856)

    • 1870 Federal Census, page 131 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOHN BUTLER [11] (b. circa 1862)

    • 1870 Federal Census, page 141 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOHN BUTLER [12] (b. circa 1869)

    • 1870 Federal Census, page 134 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOHN P. BUTLER, a.k.a. JOHN BUTLER, JR. (b. circa 1773 — d. circa 1856)

    Son of John Butler, Sr.; brother of Silas Butler, Susan Butler Dyce Butler, and Martha Butler Pritchard (wife of Jonathan Pritchard); husband of Christian [1]; father of Benjamin Butler.

    • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1800 Federal Census, page 30-31 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1810 Federal Census, page 63 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Named in Silas Butler estate file, 1815 (7 pages including file cover); view at familysearch.org.
    • 1820 Federal Census, page 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Deed from John P. Butler to sister-in-law Elizabeth Butler, "my 2/3 interest in tract of my brother Silas Butler." Deed Book ?, Page ?
    • 1830 Federal Census, page 351, left side and page 351, right side
    • 1840 Federal Census, page 11 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1850 Federal Census, page 66B/130 NOTE: LISTED AS "BUTTER" (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Will, probated 1856, Will Book H, 32 (not available online).

    NOTE: I have concluded that John Butler, Jr. and John P. Butler are one and the same person owing to census records indicating the man listed as either John Butler or John Butler, Jr. (only in the 1800 census) or John P. Butler are all the same age and also owing to the fact that John Butler Jr. had a brother named Silas (see John Butler Sr.'s 1807 will) and also because John P. Butler had a brother named Silas (see Silas Butler's estate papers, 1815 and 1822 deed of sale from John P. Butler to sister-in-law Elizabeth Butler, widow of "my brother Silas.")


    JOHN THOMAS BUTLER (b. circa 1825)

    Appears to be son of a John Butler who died circa 1859 and Louisa Butler, who died circa 1864 (J. T. administered both estates), and also brother of Frances Butler, and William Hill Butler.


    JONA BUTLER

    • Witnessed deed of sale from John Freeman to Ephraim White, 1791; Deed Book P, 850 (232).

    JOSEPH BUTLER

    • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JOSEPH J. BUTLER [2] born circa 1842

    Son of Allen Butler; brother of Worley Butler and Kenneth Butler.

    During the Civil War Joseph J. Butler served in both the Confederate and Union armies. His brother Worley Butler died in 1864 while being held as a P.O.W. in a Confederate prison camp. Joseph's brother Kenneth was also a P.O.W. but survived. For details see Roster of the 2nd NC Union Troops.

    • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    JUDAH HUGHES BUTLER

    Wife of William Butler (married 11 February 1828).


    JUDITH BUTLER

    Wife of Jacob Butler.


    K. BUTLER (b. 1828)


    KENNETH BUTLER (b. circa 1831)

    During the Civil War Kenneth Butler served in both the Confederate and Union armies. His brother Worley Butler died in 1864 while being held as a P.O.W. in a Confederate prison camp. Kenneth was also a P.O.W. but survived. For details see Roster of the 2nd NC Union Troops.

    Son of Allen Butler; brother of Worley Butler and Joseph J. Butler.

    • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1860 Federal Census, family 1132 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    KENNETH L. BUTLER (b. circa 1828 — 1900)

    Son of Leven or Levin Butler; grandson of Martha Butler; husband of Harriet Pritchard Butler (married 14 March 1853).

    Member of Cashie Baptist Church; see The Baptist Church at Cashie, 1770-1970.

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 29
    • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Will, probated 1900, Will Book K, 11

    KEZIAH or KAZIAH MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN BUTLER

    Wife of Tobias Butler who died 1791


    KEZIE PRITCHARD BUTLER

    Wife of John Butler, Sr.


    LEVEN or LEVIN BUTLER [1] (b. circa 1800 — 1866)

    Son of Martha Butler; nephew of Dolly or Dolley Butler; husband of Harriet Muzells Butler (2nd wife, married 10 March 1827); father of Kenneth L. Butler, George Washington Butler, James Monroe Butler, and Leven or Levin E. Butler.


    LEVIN BUTLER [2] (c. 1825 - c. 1866)

    Born in North Carolina (presumably Bertie County) about 1825; removed to Greene County, Alabama (date unknown), where in 1846 he enlisted in Co. D, First Alabama Volunteers for service in U.S.-Mexican War; discharged in 1847 at New Orleans; married in Greene County, Alabama in 1847 (to Cely Sanders). Removed to Giles County, Tennessee where he died about 1866.

    Presumed brother or cousin of Alfred Butler.


    LEVIN BUTLER [3] (b. circa 1872)

    Son of James Monroe Butler and Rebecca Butler [2]; brother of Martha J. Butler, George Washington Butler [2], Cora Butler, Annie L. Butler, and Harriet L. Butler.

    • 1880 Federal Census, sheet 316A.

    LEVEN E. or LEVIN E. BUTLER (b. circa 1840)

    Son of Leven or Levin Butler; grandson of Martha Butler.

    Confederate Civil War veteran.


    LORENZA or LORENZO BUTLER (b. circa 1830)

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 39

    LOUISA BUTLER (b. circa 1801 — d. 1864)

    Mother of John Thomas Butler, Frances Butler, and William Hill Butler.


    LUCY BUTLER (b. circa 1815)


    MARGARET BUTLER [1] (b. circa 1842)

    Daughter of William Butler [2] and Judah "Judy" MNU Butler; sister of William H. Butler [2], Nancy, Belinda, Jackson, Judy, George, Ellen, and Margaret.


    MARGARET BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1867)

    Daughter of William Butler [2] and Judah "Judy" MNU Butler; sister of William H. Butler [2], Nancy, Belinda, Jackson, Judy, George, Ellen, and Margaret.

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 710 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1870 Federal Census, page 307A, family 724 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    MARTHA BUTLER [1]

    • Mentioned in deed from John Castellow to William Castellow, 1771; identifies Martha as mother of William Castellow; Deed Book L-2, page 1006 (283).

    MARTHA MNU BUTLER [2]

    Mother of Leven or Levin Butler.

    • 1820 Federal Census, page 66 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    MARTHA BUTLER PRITCHARD

    Daughter of John Butler, Sr. who died 1807; wife of Jonathan Pritchard.


    MARTHA J. BUTLER (b. circa 1865)

    Daughter of James Monroe Butler and Rebecca Butler [2]; sister of Levin Butler [3], George Washington Butler [2], Annie L. Butler, Cora Butler, and Harriet L. Butler; niece of Leven or Levin Butler [1].

    • 1880 Federal Census, sheet 316A.

    MARTHA ANN MCDANIEL BUTLER (d. 1789)

    Daughter of Owen and Ellener McDaniel; wife of Jethro Butler [1]; mother of Christopher Butler, Mary Butler, Tobias Butler, Esther or Hester Butler Harrell Raby, and William Butler [1]


    MARTHA ANN BUTLER (b. circa 1832)

    Daughter of Leven or Levin Butler; granddaughter of Martha Butler.


    MARY BUTLER [1]

    Daughter of Jethro Butler, mother of Samuel Butler, sister of Christopher Butler, Tobias Butler, and William Butler [1].


    MARY BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1837)


    MARY BUTLER [3] (b. circa 1840)

    Daughter of Allen Butler.

    • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    MARY E. BUTLER (b. circa 1848)

    Child of Williamston and Nancy Butler.

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 14A/27 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    MARY HUBBARD BUTLER

    Wife of John Butler, Jr. (married 13 February 1802).


    MATTHEW BUTLER

    • Witnessed deed of sale from William Gardiner and wife Sarah to Tobias Butler, 1781; Deed Book M, 572 (534).

    NANCY BUTLER (b. circa 1832)

    Daughter of William Butler [2] and Judah "Judy" MNU Butler; sister of William H. Butler [2], Margaret [1], Belinda, Jackson, Judy, George [2], Ellen, and Margaret [2].

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 710 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1870 Federal Census, page 307A, family 724 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    NANCY MNU BUTLER

    Wife of Williamston.

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 14A/27 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    NOAH BUTLER

    • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    PATSY BUTLER

    Wife of Jonathan Pritchard (married 02 February 1797).


    PHEBY BUTLER

    • 1840 Federal Census, page 5 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    POLLY BUTLER


    POLLY DUNDALOW BUTLER

    Wife of John Butler (married 18 February 1850).


    R. THOMAS BUTLER

    • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    RACHEL BUTLER

    Sister of Dolly or Dolley Butler.

    • 1820 Federal Census, page 54 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    REBECCA BUTLER [1](b. circa 1834)

    Daughter of Leven or Levin Butler; granddaughter of Martha Butler.


    REBECCA BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1844)

    Wife of James M. Butler; mother of Martha J. Butler, George Washington Butler [2], Levin Butler [3], Cora Butler, Annie L. Butler, and Harriet L. Butler.


    RHODA BUTLER

    • 1810 Federal Census, page 53 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    ROBART or ROBERT BUTLER [1]

    • Deed of sale from William Jenkins to Robart Butler, 1780; Deed Book M, 509 (476).
    • Deed of sale from Robert Butler to William Cowan, Jr., 1785; Deed Book M, 737 (720).

    ROBERT BUTLER [2]

    Son of Jethro Butler, Revolutionary War Veteran from North Carolina.


    RYAN BUTLER Sr. (b. circa 1794 — circa 1855)

    Husband of Betsy Boswell Butler (married 14 June 1828) and Temperance MNU Butler; father of Elizabeth Ann Butler Rhody, Thadeus W. Butler and Ryan Butler, Jr. Named as the father of a "bastard child" of Patsy Conner on Bastardy bond dated 25 February 1825. Ryan Butler, Allen Butler, and Levin Butler (brothers?) are all named as bondsmen. Source: North Carolina State Archives (obtained copy in 1993).

    • 1830 Federal Census, page 370, Line 13
    • 1840 Federal Census, page 11 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1850 Federal Census, page 18/34 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • Will, probated 1855, Will Book H, 17 (not available online); names wife Temperance, daughter Elizabeth Ann Butler Rhody, and sons Thadeus W. Butler and Ryan Butler, Jr.

    RYAN BUTLER Jr.

    Son of Ryan Butler Sr..


    SALLY E. BUTLER

    • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    SAMUEL BUTLER of South Carolina

    Son of Mary Butler; grandson of Jethro Butler [1]; nephew of Tobias Butler.


    SARAH F. BUTLER (b. circa 1846)

    Child of Williamston and Nancy Butler.

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 14A/27 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    SILAS BUTLER [1] (b. between 1765 and 1784 — d. 1815)

    Son of ?


    SILAS BUTLER [2] (b. between 1784 and 1794)

    Son of John Butler, Sr. and Winifred MNU Butler; husband of Elizabeth Simons Butler (married 09 May 1808).


    SIMON BUTLER

    Son of Tobias Butler who died 1791.


    STARKY BUTLER (b. circa 1823)

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 761 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    SUSANNA or SUSANA BUTLER

    Daughter of John Butler, Sr. who died 1807.


    TEMPERANCE BUTLER [1] (circa 1802 — D.O.D. unknown)

    Daughter of John Butler, Sr.


    TEMPERANCE MNU BUTLER [2]

    Second or third wife of Ryan Butler


    THADEUS W. BUTLER

    Son of Ryan Butler; husband of Emily Dale Butler (married 20 December 1855).

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 14A/27 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1860 Federal Census, family 93 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    THOMAS RYAN BUTLER

    • Witnessed deed of sale from George Ryan to Jonathan Jacocks, 1785; Deed Book N, 19 (41).
    • Deed of sale from Thomas Ryan Butler to John Moran of Gates County, NC, 1787; Deed Book O, 444 (217).
    • Mentioned in deed of sale from Benjamin Bryer and wife Miriam to John Harlowe, 1786; Deed Book P, 578 (5).
    • Witnessed deed of sale from Benjamin Perry to Thomas Perry to John Oxley, 1786-1791; Deed Book P, 904 (287).

    TOBIAS BUTLER, d. 1791

    Son of Jethro Butler [1] and Martha Ann McDaniel Butler, brother of Christopher Butler, Mary Butler, and William Butler [1]; husband of Keziah or Kaziah; father of John Butler [1], a.k.a. John Butler, Sr., William Butler [2], Jethro Butler [2], Elizabeth Butler, Polly Butler, Simon Butler; brother of Hester Butler Harrell Raby; uncle of Tempty Harrell and also Samuel Butler of South Carolina.


    WILLIAM BUTLER [1]

    Son of Jethro Butler [1] and Martha Ann McDaniel Butler, brother of Christopher Butler, Mary Butler, and Tobias Butler.

    • Mentioned in deed from Everard Meade and wife Mary of Amelia County, Viriginia to William Hinton of Chowan County, NC, 1776; Deed Book M, page 238 (272).
    • Named in deed from Tobias Butler to cousin (actually nephew) John Harrell (son of brother William Butler), 1778; also mentions Tobias's son John Butler; Deed Book M, 411 (386).
    • Estate file, 1778-1802 (30 pages including file cover); view at familysearch.org

    WILLIAM BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1700s)

    • Mentioned in deed of sale from Thomas Ward to John Kail, 1781; Deed Book M, 534 (495).
    • Witnessed deed of sale from Mordicai White to Cader Bass, 1787; Deed Book O, 292 (40). NOTE: Identified in document as William Butler Jr.
    • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAM BUTLER [3]

    • 1790 Federal Census, page 351 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1800 Federal Census, page 30-31 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAM BUTLER [4] (b. circa 1804) Farmer

    Husband of Judah "Judy" Hughes Butler (married 11 February 1828); father of William [6], Nancy, Belinda, Margaret, Jackson, Judy, George, Ellen, and Margaret.

    • 1830 Federal Census, page 375 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1840 Federal Census, page 28 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1850 Federal Census, page 31A, Line 31 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1860 Federal Census, family 710
    • 1870 Federal Census, page 307A, Family 724 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAM BUTLER [5] (b. circa 1810)

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 189 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1870 Federal Census, page ? (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAM HILL BUTLER [1] (b. circa 1837)

    Son of Louisa MNU Butler; brother of John Thomas Butler and Frances Butler.

    • 1860 Federal Census, family 112 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAM H. BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1838-9)

    Son of William Butler [4] and Judah "Judy" Hughes Butler; brother of Nancy, Belinda, Margaret, Jackson, Judy, George, Ellen, and Margaret.

    • 1850 Federal Census, family 463 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)
    • 1860 Federal Census, family 849 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAM H. BUTLER [2] (b. circa 1847)

    Child of Williamston and Nancy Butler.

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 14A/27 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAM H. BUTLER [4] (b. circa 1849)

    Son of James Butler and Jane MNU Butler.

    • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WILLIAMSTON BUTLER

    Husband of Nancy.

    • 1850 Federal Census, page 14A/27 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WINIFRED or WINNEY MNU BUTLER (d. circa 1815)

    Wife of John Butler, Sr. who died 1807; mother of John Butler, Jr., Silas Butler, Susan Butler Dyce Butler, and Martha Butler Pritchard.

    NOTE In John Butler's 1807 will, he directed that his property be distributed to his three daughters upon the death of his wife Winifred. Estate papers indicate this was done in 1815, which suggests that Winifred must have died that same year. The only Butlers that received any of John Butler's property in the 1815 distrubution were daughters Susan, Dyce, and Martha (as represented by her husband Jonathan Pritchard, who was bonded to administer John's estate).


    WINIFRED BUTLER

    • 1810 Federal Census, page 63 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

    WINEFRED TINER BUTLER

    Wife of Jethro Butler the Revolutionary War veteran (married 16 August 1791).


    WORLEY BUTLER (b. circa 1844)

    During the Civil War Worley Butler served in both the Confederate and Union armies and died in 1864 while being held as a P.O.W. in a Confederate prison camp. For details see Roster of the 2nd NC Union Troops.

    Son of Allen Butler and Celia Butler; brother of Joseph J. Butler and Kenneth Butler.

    In 1882 Worley's mother Celia Butler applied for and apparently began receiving a federal pension based on her son's Union military service. See pension file card at Familysearch.org.

    • 1850 Federal Census, sheet 65A/page 129 (use the "find in page" feature of your browser to locate the name you seek)

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