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Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.

Daniel Butler, born abt. 1750









Butler Generations are an excellent example for new generation writers, actors, and others who dare to wonder how and why goodness does or does not come into existence in the functional crafts such as writing and historians, especially journalists who do so to earn a living.

Below shows how the Butler offspring of color were essentially expunged from human history, excepting by us who know they were born, existed and died as human beings that ought to be honored and remembered.  Indeed, I cannot honor my namesake Mary Elizabeth Hemings Jefferson Butler, born 1863 without first honoring her mother Harriette Hemings Jefferson, b. 1839

... and Mary Elizabeth's father James Butler, born abt.1834 who I know for a functional fact served honorably in the great emancipation war made possible by abolitionists like his wife Harriet daughter of her father Madison Hemings Jefferson, born 1805.  Purging human beings from history is an art form rooted in a belief system that in due time people are made by hands of man, not born.  But by faith alone, we believe generations of males and females in pursuit of goodness can be discovered and made known if we care to try.

By research, we have extrapolated and reasoned what might be true, more or less in our faith.  The Butler Generations in America came into existence around 1765 with Daniel Butler, an Englishman likely a sailor who resided in Massachusetts and afterwards due to military service during the revolutionary war.  He likely received a government warrant for free land holdings in Ohio after it was granted statehood by Congress in 1802-1803 as a free-state (no slaves).   

Person Details for Leonard Butler in entry for Jacob Butler, "Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990" FamilySearch.org


Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 852 



JACOB BUTLER, youngest child of Leonard and Sallie (Hurt) Butler, was born Oct. 25, 1832, in Highland County, Ohio.  He was engaged in farming till 1859, when he purchased a farm near Latham, Pike Co., Ohio, where he has since followed agricultural pursuits.  He was married Oct. 6, 1859, to Rachel, daughter of Jacob and Sallie (Scowden) Porter, of Pike County, Ohio. 

His children are Sallie, Richard P., and Arie A.  Richard P. was born Apr. 13, 1865, and attended the common-school until 1879 when he attended a graded school.  He also attended the same school in 1881, and in 1883 attended the National Normal College, at Lebanon, Ohio.  He intends to follow the profession of teaching.  He is also a member of the Missionary Baptist church.  Mr. Butler served as Lieutenant in the late war. 

He has served as Township Trustee several years, which office he now holds.  He is a member of Sinking Spring Lodge, No. 365, A. F. & A. M., Highland County.  His father was a son of Daniel Butler, a native of England, who settled on Staten Island in 1765.  He was also a soldier in the Revolutionary war, serving first as Sergeant and Aid-de-Camp under General Washington. 

He was a sailor and ship-carpenter by occupation, and his son Leonard Butler, the father of Jacob Butler, was born about the year 1790.  He was in the war of 1812.  He moved to Highland County in the year 1808 and settled near Sinking Spring, where he remained until his death in 1872.


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