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« on: January 09, 2013, 11:54:54 AM »

I am Kit #76553 in the current R-M269 group.  I was M-0130 on the old Butler website, in Group H.  My ancestor is John Butler b. 1762 in Culpeper, VA and later lived in Laurens District, SC after he served in Nathaniel Greene’s southern army in the Revolutionary War.  I corresponded with Nancy Holmes Simpson a couple years ago, when we determined our DNA is a close match.  She kindly shared information with me, and we determined that John had at least three sons; she descends from Andrew Griffin Butler, and I from Joseph Butler (abt 1785-1863). There was likely another son, who may also be named John.
John Butler (b. 1762) married Elizabeth “Bettie” Griffin. She was the daughter of Anthony Griffin, who received a 150 acre land grant on Feb. 23, 1768 in Berkley (later Laurens) County.  John Butler (b. 1762) is listed on the 1790 and 1800 censuses for Laurens District, SC.  Anthony Griffin named his daughter, “Bettie Butler” in his c.1807 will (Laurens WB A1:178). Anthony provided further for his “well beloved wife Mary Ann ,” that his estate should be sold at her death with the proceeds equally divided among his six children.  Mary Ann Griffin apparently passed on around 1816, as on June 7 of that year John Butler (b. 1762) purchased the original 150 acre grant “on the waters of Mud Lick Creek, on Saluda River,” from Anthony Griffin’s estate (Laurens DB K:145).  Mud Lick Creek is in the southeastern corner of Laurens County, and extends eastward into Newberry County, before it drains into the Little River.
I found little documentation for John Butler (b. 1762) after his 1818 pension application [S39263] for Revolutionary War service in the Second Virginia Continental Line. Two John Butlers are listed on the 1820 Laurens District census- “old John”  has  one free white male 45 and older and “young John” has one free white male 26-44. On Nov. 10, 1834, John and Elizabeth Butler “of Laurens District” sell a different 155 acre tract on Neely’s Ferry to James Anderson (Laurens DB N:99).
Sons Anthony Griffin Butler and Joseph Butler (b. 1785) are both listed on the 1820 and 1830 Laurens District censuses.  A William Butler and Hudson Butler are likewise listed.  

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 11:59:44 AM »

Anthony G. Butler and Joseph Butler (b. abt 1785) migrated to Georgia and both are listed on the 1840 federal census as residents of the 524 District, DeKalb County, GA.  On May 8, 1834, Anthony G. had purchased 187½ acres in District 6, Lot 351 in DeKalb County from William Nesbit  (Milton DB I:208).  Anthony G. sold the same tract to Joseph Butler on April 20, 1840 (Milton DB F:34). This tract is located just south of the Chattahoochee River, and later deeds refer to it as “the old Butler place” (Milton DB J:60-64).  On January 4, 1853, Joseph Butler purchased an adjacent 150 acres in District 6, Lot 342 from Ezekiel C. Harris (Milton DB J:59). This section was originally laid out in 1818 as Gwinnett County, became DeKalb County in 1822, Milton County in 1857, and finally Fulton County in 1931. 
Anthony G. Butler likely died between 1840 and 1850, as no one has found a subsequent record of him.  The 1840 census shows that Anthony G. had four sons, one in each age category.  His widow Elizabeth and sons George Ball Butler (b. abt 1818) and Samuel Butler (b. abt 1820) are documented in 1850 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Son Daniel Mangum Butler (b. abt 1832) is documented in 1853 tax lists in Texas. 
Joseph Butler (b. abt 1785) is delineated on the 1850 federal census in the Shallowford District, DeKalb County, with his wife Sarah (b. abt 1797). Sarah is then listed as born in NC, but subsequent censuses show her born in SC. Other researchers believe her maiden name is Carpenter, a possibility since an adjacent neighbor is John Carpenter (b. abt 1810) and first administrator of Joseph’s estate. The 1850 census lists two other nearby household heads, both sons of Joseph- Milton Butler (b. abt 1826) and James Butler (b. abt 1813). Milton became a miller, and on December 8, 1846 his father Joseph sold him 62½ acres of the western portion of Lot 351, drained by a large creek, for establishment of a mill (Milton DB I:212).
Joseph and Sarah remained in the same location, but county lines were redrawn; they are listed in the 1860 census as residents of Milton County.
Joseph Butler (b. abt 1785) died in 1863 (Milton Ordinary Minutes B:300). Sarah is appears in Milton County in both the 1870 and 1880 federal censuses.  Sarah Butler (b. abt. 1797) died on February 3, 1889.  Her obituary appears in the February 9, 1889 issue of The Atlanta Constitution:
"Aunt Sally Butler, of Grogan’s District, died last Sunday morning.  She was in her 94th year. She and her husband Mr. Joseph Butler, moved to DeKalb, afterward Milton, in 1838. Her husband died during the war, and she continued to live in the same place until about two years ago, when she became so feeble she with to live with Mrs. Warnack, a relative of her husband."
“Mrs. Warnack” was Elizabeth J. [Butler] Warnock (1825-1907), Joseph’s daughter. The “relative of her husband” comment makes me wonder whether Sarah was a second wife of Joseph Butler.
In any event, Sarah Butler’s decline and death initiates many court documents regarding Joseph Butler’s estate. Those records clearly state Joseph Butler’s children, “It appearing to the court that the deceased intestate reared six children, to wit: James Butler, Elizabeth Warnock, Larkin Butler, Joseph Butler, Milton Butler, and Thos. Butler” (Milton Ordinary Minutes C:85).
Joseph had died testate, appointing John Carpenter (b.abt 1810) and the will was “duly proved and admitted to record” (Milton Ordinary Minutes B:300).  However, John Carpenter subsequently died intestate in 1885, leaving the Joseph Butler will unexecuted.  I have not found a copy of this will.  Ambry Martin was appointed as the new administrator.
Shares were distributed to Elizabeth Warnock and children of James and Larkin, but not to Joseph, Milton, or Thomas, or their heirs.  Ambry Martin, estate administrator, explained in 1896 that “the last named three children of Joseph Butler deceased have not been heard of since the [Civil] war (which was more than 30 years ago)” (Milton Ordinary Minutes C:85-86). Petitioners of the Joseph Butler estate in 1892 were “W.L. Butler, F.M. Butler, J.D. Butler, Martha Kilgore, Sarah George, Amanda Tolbert, Evan Butler, and Elizabeth Warnett [Warnock], respectively” (Milton Ordinary Minutes C:84).
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 12:03:55 PM »

Children of Joseph Butler (b. abt 1785-1863)

First, I’m uncertain of the unaccounted for sons of Joseph Butler (b. abt. 1785)- Joseph Butler and Thomas Butler.  There are several candidates in the census records. Most likely they were born between 1812 and 1826 in Laurens District SC.  The Butler DNA project may help shed light on these individuals.
Milton Butler (b. abt 1825) was living adjacent to Joseph Butler in 1850 with his wife Martha Butler (b.abt 1824) and infant daughter Jemima.  In 1853 he sold his Milton County property and moved back to Laurens County, SC.  There, the federal mortality schedule shows Milton was “killed by falling in mill wheel” in January 1860. The 1860 Laurens County federal census lists his widow Martha Butler in Laurens County (Simpson Mill P.O.) with children Cathy (6), Joseph (5), and Lucinda (2).
Elizabeth J. Butler (b. Dec. 20, 1825) married Patrick Warnock [Wornock] around 1840. Patrick “Wornick” (b. abt.1820) is listed in the1840 census in 524 District, DeKalb County;heis adjacent to Joseph Butler (b. abt 1785) and near Anthony G. Butler. Patrick Wornock appears on the 1850 Cobb County census, along with Elizabeth and children William R.(10),John C. (6) Sarah L. (2), and Joseph A. (infant).  In 1860, Patrick Warnock and Elizabeth are listed in the Shallowford District, DeKalb County, GA, with children Wm R. (19), John C. (15), Sarah L.J. (12), Joseph A. (10), Mary E. (5), and Linza T.P. (3).  Patrick Warnock enlisted on July 31, 1863 as a private in Company A, 38th Georgia Infantry, and was killed August 25, 1864. Elizabeth continued to reside as a widow in the Shallowford area, taking care of Sarah Butler as she became feeble, and died April 28, 1907. Elizabeth Warnock is buried in the New Hope Cemetery, DeKalb County, GA.
Larkin Butler (b. abt 1810-1883) was perhaps the namesake of Larkin Butler (1779-1873) born in Culpeper, VA and later settled as an “old pioneer’ in Jackson County, GA.  Larkin Butler (b. abt. 1810) married Martha Miller (b. abt 1810) on August 26, 1835 in Meriwether County, GA (Meriwether MB A:90).  Other researchers believe that Martha’s maiden name was Fuller, that she had been previously married to a Miller. Larkin is shown in the 1840 census for Meriwether County.  Larkin and Martha Butler had settled in the Rocky Mount community and are enumerated on the 1850 census in Division 59, Meriwether County- with Elizabeth Miller (18) children Caroline (13), [A]Manda (11), William (10), James (6), Rebecca J. (3), infant [Augustus M.] (0), and Sarah Fuller (70).  It has been suggested that Elizabeth Miller is Martha’s daughter by a previous marriage, and Sarah Fuller is Martha’s mother. Larkin and Martha Butler are shown on the 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses for Meriwether County.  Larkin recorded his will on February 12, 1883, leaving his entire estate to his “beloved wife Martha.”  Larkin Butler (b. abt 1810) subsequently died that year and the will was probated August 6, 1883.   Martha passed on at an unknown date; descendants believe Larkin and Martha Butler are buried in unmarked graves in the Rocky Mount Bethel Church cemetery.
James J. Butler (b. abt 1813) married Frances Miller (b. abt 1819) on September 23, 1838 in Meriwether County, GA (Meriwether MB A:90).  James is listed on the 1840 Meriwether County census with his spouse and one male under 5.  The 1850 census shows “James J. Butler” in the Shallowford District, DeKalb County, GA, adjacent to Joseph Butler (b. 1785), and near his brother Milton Butler (b. abt 1825). James is enumerated with his wife Frances (31), Franklin (10), Martha “U” (9), Joseph “E” (7), and William (1).  James Butler (b. abt. 1813) is my direct ancestor, and I believe the initials in quotes are errors. These children represent Franklin Marion Butler (1839-1893), Martha Holt Kilgore (1841-1895), Joseph Delaware Butler (1844-1907), and William L. Butler (1849-1929).
At first glance, the James Butler (b. abt 1813) family seemingly evaporates from subsequent censuses.  On March 8, 1851, James Butler sold a 40 acre lot in southern Paulding County, GA to Miller Fuller (Paulding DB I:342). Another daughter, Sarah C. Butler was born 1853, as evidenced by later records. James Butler (b. abt 1813) likely died between 1853 and 1858, since Frances [Miller] Butler (b. abt 1819) married Hardy Cornett on August 11, 1858 in Paulding County.  In 1860, Hardy and Frances are enumerated in the 942 Brownsville District, Paulding County.  Along with Hardy’s children from his previous marriage are “W.B.” [William L. Butler] (11), and Sarah (9).  Hardy Cornett and Frances are shown in the 1870 Paulding County census with children Milly Cornett (17) and “Sarah Butler” (19). Sarah married Francis M. George on October 20, 1877 in Cleburne County, Alabama. The 1880 census shows Hardy and Frances [Butler] Cornett in Cleburne County, Courthouse District- with son in law Francis M. George, daughter Sarah C. George, and granddaughters Martha E. George (1), and Mary F. George (1 m).  Hardy Cornett and Frances do not appear in subsequent censuses.  
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