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Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Butler Women..........

The women who were born with the Butler name or married Butler men were brave, smart, hardworking, and industrious. Women in the 17th and 18th century had to be survivors. Their work never stopped and the dangers they faced every day tested them almost beyond measure. Childbirth was one of the leading causes of death for young women and we are all here because our grandmothers faced death to become mothers. Sorrow from the high mortality of children weighed heavily on their hearts too. As I researched I found that death of a young child was a frequent event in almost every family.
The Butler women along with their husbands made a life in the new America.
One of them was Elizabeth Francis Butler Dye, The following is a short article about her.              

Madisonian 1919  ELBERTON LADY NEARS 100 YEARS With Clear Mental Vigor and Remarkable Memory Visits Relatives in Morgan County.

 Mrs. Elizabeth Dye, of Elbert County, spent a day and night with Mr. and Mrs. Williford this week. She is a great aunt of Col. Williford, a sister of his grandmother. She was born in Jan. 1822, and will be 98 years old her next birthday. She was born in Elbert County, a daughter of Peter Patrick Butler. Both her grandfather and her great grandfather w ere soldiers in the war of the Revolution and after this war came from Virginia to Elbert and received grants of land. She has personally known many Revolutionary soldiers and those who knew Mrs. Dye has about 60 direct descendants living, four of whom are great great grandchildren. (Something seems to be missing in this sentence, but it is quoted as printed.) Her mind is remarkably clear and she remembers everything whether it happened on yesterday or 90 years ago, in minutest detail. Her knowledge of the family history of the first settlers of Elbert County is wonderful. She has been to Atlanta to visit a grand daughter, coming back by Madison on her way to visit another grand daughter, Mrs. Hugh Boswell, of Penfield, Ga.

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