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Thomas Van Buren Butler

Male 1843 - 1902  (58 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Thomas Van Buren Butler was born 22 Aug 1843, Marion, Illinois (son of Christopher Columbus Butler and Mary Ann McHaney); died 30 May 1902, Jasper, Walker, Alabama; was buried , New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Jasper, Walker, Alabama.

    Thomas married Martha Elizabeth Martin 20 Mar 1863. Martha was born 13 Apr 1844; died 6 Aug 1884; was buried , New Friendship Cemetery, Paragould, Greene, Arkansas. [Group Sheet]

    Thomas married Rebecca Stephenson 30 Apr 1885, Greene, Arkansas. Rebecca was born 30 Oct 1846, Alabama; died 18 Jun 1901, Alabama; was buried , New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Jasper, Walker, Alabama. [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Christopher Columbus Butler was born 1806, Rutherford, Tennessee (son of Elias Butler and Deborah Simmons); died 26 Mar 1858, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried 1857, Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 20 Mar 1810, Montgomery, North Carolina

    Notes:

    Death date: Judge Butler says 26 Mar 1857. The Find A Grave page says that the gravestone (not legible in the photo) says "C. C. Butler 3-20-1810 - 3-26-1858".

    From The Descendants of Thomas Pincerna, Progenitor of the Butler Family:

    "Christopher was in the 1840 Rutherford County, Tennessee, census in the 30-40 age group. His wife was in the 20-30 age bracket. They had two sons, both under 5 years of age.

    "Christopher C. Butler was apparently named after his grandfather. He was listed in the 1850 Gibson County, Tennessee, census, as C. C. Butler, age 40, from North Carolina, a farmer. His wife was Mary, age 32, from Tennessee. The children were all bom in Tennessee. At home were William, 12; James, 10; John, 8; Van Buren, 6; Benjamin, 4; and Ann, age 2. Nearby were living James Butler, age 48 from North Carolina (and a son named Christopher); Elias T. Butler, age 33 from Tennessee; William Butler, age 61 from North Carolina, and next door to him, W.G. Butler, age 20 from Tennessee; and another C. C. Butler, age 23, from Tennessee.

    "One well published history of Gibson County, Tennessee [History of Tennessee, Nashville: Goodspeed, 1887, p. 865] contained the following account of Christopher Butler's family:

    "'J. F. Butler is a son of C. C. and Mary A. (McHaney) Butler, who were bom in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1806 and 1818 respectively. They moved to Marion County, 111., and became the parents of seven children. The father was a farmer, and came to Gibson County, Tenn., in 1846, where he died, in March 1857. He was a Democrat, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church....'"

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    Note that Judge Butler's birth date and place for Christopher C. Butler (20 Mar 1810, Montgomery, NC) differs from that given in the History of Tennessee that he himself quotes (1806, Rutherford County, TN). Unfortunately this is far from the only place where Judge Butler's massive Butler book contradicts itself.

    Judge Butler also has Christopher C. Butler marrying one Eliza Jane Sexton, as his second wife, on 8 March 1851 in Gibson County, TN, which contradicts all the other evidence we have that he was outlived by his wife Mary McHaney. I'm beginning to suspect that we have a case of two C. C. Butler's being conflated. UPDATE, 2 April 2015: Further information from Malania Reynolds, aunt of the person I initially emailed about the parentage of Mary Frances "Fannie" Butler, indicats that it was a Christopher Lafayatte Butler who married Eliza Jane Sexton, not the Christopher C. Butler who married Mary McHaney. Malania Reynolds also says she has found no evidence that "our" Christopher C. Butler's middle name was Columbus.

    However, to the question of his middle name, sometime in the 1970s, Patrick's mother interviewed his father's aunt Neville Workman (1904-1986) about her forebears, and we have her pencilled notes from that conversation. Neville stated quite clearly that her mother's mother's father was named Christopher Columbus Butler, and as of 2014 Patrick's mother remembers her being quite firm on that point.

    Christopher married Mary Ann McHaney 19 Nov 1836, Wilson, Tennessee. Mary (daughter of William Wilshire McHaney and Sarah "Sally" Word) was born 12 Apr 1817, Wilson, Tennessee; died Aft 1880, Gibson, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Mary Ann McHaney was born 12 Apr 1817, Wilson, Tennessee (daughter of William Wilshire McHaney and Sarah "Sally" Word); died Aft 1880, Gibson, Tennessee.

    Notes:

    Judge Butler shows her as "Mary C. McHaney".

    The Goodspeed History of Tennessee gives her and C. C. Butler's marriage date as 8 Dec 1836, in Wilson County, Tennessee.

    Notes:

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    Children:
    1. William Elias Butler was born 8 Nov 1837, Tennessee; died 1 Aug 1878, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    2. James Madison Butler was born 1840, Tennessee.
    3. John Franklin Butler was born 11 Dec 1841, Marion, Illinois; died Aug 1906, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee.
    4. 1. Thomas Van Buren Butler was born 22 Aug 1843, Marion, Illinois; died 30 May 1902, Jasper, Walker, Alabama; was buried , New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Jasper, Walker, Alabama.
    5. Benjamin R Butler was born 8 Dec 1846, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; died 3 Mar 1927, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    6. Sarah Ann Butler was born 1848, Tennessee; died 1888, Elm Springs, Washington, Arkansas.
    7. Mary Frances "Fannie" Butler was born 8 Aug 1851, Coffee, Tennessee; died 1 Dec 1926, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Hope Hill Cemetery, Medina, Gibson, Tennessee.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Elias Butler was born Abt 1745-1761, North Carolina (son of Christopher Butler and Ann); died Bef 1821, Rutherford, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1775, Virginia

    Elias married Deborah Simmons Abt 1797. Deborah was born Abt 1780, Virginia; died Abt 1837, Rutherford, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Deborah Simmons was born Abt 1780, Virginia; died Abt 1837, Rutherford, Tennessee.
    Children:
    1. Elias T. Butler died 17 Nov 1883, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    2. Sarah Butler was born 1800.
    3. James Madison Butler was born 1800; died 1880, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee.
    4. Adam S Butler was born 1805; died 1870.
    5. 2. Christopher Columbus Butler was born 1806, Rutherford, Tennessee; died 26 Mar 1858, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried 1857, Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    6. Elizabeth Butler was born 1808.
    7. Thomas Christopher Butler was born 1814; died 1882.

  3. 6.  William Wilshire McHaney was born 23 Mar 1790, Pittsylvania, Virginia (son of Andrew McHaney and Mary Dillon); died 18 Sep 1851, Marion, Illinois; was buried , Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois.

    Notes:

    1850 census lists him in District 11, Marion, Illinois, occupation "School Teacher."

    William married Sarah "Sally" Word 23 Mar 1812, Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee. Sarah (daughter of John Word and Frances "Fanny" Collins) died 22 Feb 1881, Marion, Illinois; was buried , Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Sarah "Sally" Word (daughter of John Word and Frances "Fanny" Collins); died 22 Feb 1881, Marion, Illinois; was buried , Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois.
    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Ann McHaney was born 12 Apr 1817, Wilson, Tennessee; died Aft 1880, Gibson, Tennessee.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Christopher Butler was born Bef 1725 (son of Jacob Butler and Mary); died Bef 4 Jan 1793, Duphin, North Carolina.

    Notes:

    With his mother, he was an executor of his father's will, so he has to have been at least 21 in 1745.

    Christopher — Ann. Ann died Bef 1788, North Carolina. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Ann died Bef 1788, North Carolina.
    Children:
    1. 4. Elias Butler was born Abt 1745-1761, North Carolina; died Bef 1821, Rutherford, Tennessee.

  3. 12.  Andrew McHaney was born 17 Mar 1761, Virginia; died Bef 28 Dec 1826, Wilson, Tennessee.

    Notes:

    Also known as Andrew McMahanney; Andrew McMahan. From pension and bounty-land warrant application files, he appears to have fought in the Revolution for three years, in the Virginia line.

    Andrew married Mary Dillon 16 Nov 1786, Halifax, Brunswick, Virginia. Mary (daughter of Henry Dillon and Mary Byrn) was born 5 Jan 1758, Cumberland, Virginia; died 14 Jul 1818, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


  4. 13.  Mary Dillon was born 5 Jan 1758, Cumberland, Virginia (daughter of Henry Dillon and Mary Byrn); died 14 Jul 1818, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 6 Jan 1758, Cumberland, Virginia

    Children:
    1. 6. William Wilshire McHaney was born 23 Mar 1790, Pittsylvania, Virginia; died 18 Sep 1851, Marion, Illinois; was buried , Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois.
    2. Nancy McHaney was born 25 Jan 1799, Wilson, Tennessee; died 1841, Tennessee.

  5. 14.  John Word was born 22 Oct 1738, St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, Virginia (son of Charles Word and Sarah); died 1821, Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee.

    Notes:

    Soldier, Continental Army (Virginia), American Revolution. Supposedly fought in the 1780 Battle of King's Mountain and survived, unlike his brother Charles Jr. (b. 1740) who was killed.

    For his birth, this site cites Chamberlayne, C. G., The Vestry Book and Register of St. Peter's Parish, New Kent and James City Countes, Virginia, 1684-1786 (The Library Board, Richmond, 1932).

    This site says his will "was made on May 25, 1821 and apparently probated August 1821." Named in it was "Sarah (married William McHaney)".

    John married Frances "Fanny" Collins 9 Nov 1799, Pittsylvania, Virginia. Frances was born 1752, Halifax, Brunswick, Virginia; died Aft 1821, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


  6. 15.  Frances "Fanny" Collins was born 1752, Halifax, Brunswick, Virginia; died Aft 1821, Tennessee.
    Children:
    1. 7. Sarah "Sally" Word died 22 Feb 1881, Marion, Illinois; was buried , Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois.