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Monday, November 22, 2010

Another Son Of Zachariah Butler...

Joel Butler was born in 1764 in Hanover Co Va. He like James, Patrick and Nathan joined Zachariah and Mary Butler in settling in Wilkes then Elbert Co Ga.
There may be other sons that either stayed in Va. or did not travel all the way to Ga., but stopped along the way to live in states along the route.
Joel Butler married Leticia Haley b1765 and in 1830 and 1840 they are living in Madison Co. Ga.Some of their children are Clemontyne b 1792 mWilliam Dudley, Haley b1793 mNancy Ward, Frederick b1800, Nancy b1804, Lucinda b1808, Patrick R. b1813, Piety b1814.
The Dudleys made it all the way to Texas.
I have found that many of the families who came from Va. are related by marriage. Many married second cousins and 2 brothers would marry 2 sisters making their children double first cousins. William Hansford married Sarah Fannin and Patrick Butler married her sister Elizabeth..then later Jane and Elizabeth Hansard daughters of William and Sarah married cousins Patrick Butler b1799 and James B. Butler b1799. Two Snellings siblings married 2 Butler siblings. As I researched , this happened over and over. Many belonged to the same churches and lived close to each other. Later the men folk would serve together in the Civil War and die on the battlefields or in the hospitals together.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Final Resting Place.......

Nestled in a group of trees a few miles below Elberton Ga is the location of what is believed to be the final resting place of our colonial grandfather Zachariah Butler. Located on what was the Dye family homeplace in Fortsonia Ga a small marker bears his name. If you get on Dr. George Ward Road the small cemetery is off the road a ways in a clearing. Patrick Butler b1760 is there also.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nathan(iel) Butler B 1769

Nathan Butler b1769 was a veteran of the Indian Wars. He came to Elbert Co Ga with Zachariah and the rest of the family. Nathan and his wife Mary Ann sold some land in Elbert Co in 1805. They are in Elbert Co in the 1820 Census. In 1830 they are in Walton Co Ga. With the Land Lottery they moved to Paulding Co Ga along with son Daniel Butler b 1794 and his wife Martha Naish Butler. After all my research I have some circumstantial evidence that my gggrand father Patrick Butler b 1799 is also a son of Nathan and Mary Ann.
Patrick and Jane Butler Named their 2nd son Nathan. Since their first son was William ( Jane's father's name) its possible that Nathan was named after Patrick's father.
Also in the 1820 census their is a son listed in Nathan's household that is in the right age range for Patrick.
Patrick married Jane Hansard sister of Elizabeth Hansard who married James B. Butler , son of James M. Butler.
The Creek Indians and our colonial grandfathers were in conflict. What had started as a peaceful but shaky coexistence erupted into war. What disease and deceptive treaties did not finish, the fighting did. Land was divided and the Lotteries held with veterans, widows and orphans of veterans receiving tracts that they settled on or sold. The land in Elbert Co Ga was just the beginning of the great migration of colonists after the Revolution. The Butler's and many others continued on their journey West from Georgia and Alabama, all the way to Texas and eventually to California and the Pacific.