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

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

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


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Christopher Columbus Butler was born on 20 Mar 1810 in Montgomery, North Carolina (son of Elias Butler and Deborah Simmons); died on 26 Mar 1858 in Gibson County, Tennessee; was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1806, Rutherford, Tennessee

    Notes:

    Death date: Judge Butler says 26 Mar 1857. The Find A Grave page shows a gravestone that clearly says "Mar 20, 1810, DIED Mar 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 Lafayette 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 on 19 Nov 1836 in Wilson, Tennessee. Mary (daughter of William Wilshire McHaney and Sarah "Sally" Word) was born on 12 Apr 1817 in Wilson, Tennessee; died after 1880 in Gibson County, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


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

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


Generation: 3

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

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1775, Virginia

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


  2. 5.  Deborah Simmons was born about 1780 in Virginia; died about 1837 in Rutherford, Tennessee.
    Children:
    1. Elias T. Butler died on 17 Nov 1883 in Gibson County, Tennessee; was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    2. Sarah Butler was born in 1800.
    3. James Madison Butler was born in 1800; died in 1880 in Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee.
    4. Adam S Butler was born in 1805; died in 1870.
    5. Elizabeth Butler was born in 1808.
    6. 2. Christopher Columbus Butler was born on 20 Mar 1810 in Montgomery, North Carolina; died on 26 Mar 1858 in Gibson County, Tennessee; was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    7. Thomas Christopher Butler was born in 1814; died in 1882.

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

    Notes:

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

    William married Sarah "Sally" Word on 23 Mar 1812 in Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee. Sarah (daughter of John Word and Frances "Fanny" Collins) was born on 26 Aug 1796 in Halifax County, Virginia; died on 22 Feb 1881 in Marion, Illinois; was buried in Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Sarah "Sally" Word was born on 26 Aug 1796 in Halifax County, Virginia (daughter of John Word and Frances "Fanny" Collins); died on 22 Feb 1881 in Marion, Illinois; was buried in Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois.
    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Ann McHaney was born on 12 Apr 1817 in Wilson, Tennessee; died after 1880 in Gibson County, Tennessee.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Christopher Butler was born before 1724 in North Carolina (son of Jacob Butler and Mary); died before 4 Jan 1793 in 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 married Ann before 1744. Ann was born before 1725; died before 1788 in North Carolina. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Ann was born before 1725; died before 1788 in North Carolina.
    Children:
    1. 4. Elias Butler was born about 1745-1761 in North Carolina; died before 1821 in Rutherford, Tennessee.

  3. 12.  Andrew McHaney was born on 17 Mar 1761 in Virginia; died before 28 Dec 1826 in 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 on 16 Nov 1786 in Halifax, Brunswick, Virginia. Mary (daughter of Henry Dillon and Mary Byrn) was born on 5 Jan 1758 in Cumberland, Virginia; died on 14 Jul 1818 in Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


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

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 6 Jan 1758, Cumberland, Virginia

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

  5. 14.  John Word was born on 22 Sep 1738 in New Kent County, Virginia (son of Charles Word and Sarah); died on 1 Aug 1821 in Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee; was buried in New Bethel Cemetery, Bedford, Bedford, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 22 Oct 1738

    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 on 9 Nov 1799 in Pittsylvania, Virginia. Frances (daughter of William Collins and Mary) died after 1821 in Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


  6. 15.  Frances "Fanny" Collins (daughter of William Collins and Mary); died after 1821 in Tennessee.

    Notes:

    Possibly a daughter of William Collins, who died in 1778 on his plantation in Pittsylvania, Virginia and whose will mentions "Dau: Faney Collins." His wife is said to have been Mary Cason.

    Children:
    1. 7. Sarah "Sally" Word was born on 26 Aug 1796 in Halifax County, Virginia; died on 22 Feb 1881 in Marion, Illinois; was buried in Fredonia Cemetery, Odin, Marion, Illinois.


Generation: 5

  1. 16.  Jacob Butler (son of Christopher Butler and Sarah Stepney); died before 24 May 1745 in Chowan County, North Carolina.

    Notes:

    "Jacob Butler served as a constable in Chowan County, North Carolina in 1734. In 1738 he was first elected as a member of the Vestry at St. Paul's Church in Chowan County. On 10 July 1742 he submitted to the Vestry a certificate for 8 wolf scalps, wildcat hides and 477 squirrel pelts and 'prayed he might be allowed for the same as the Law Directs.' That year he collected one bounty of 1 pound, 13 shillings for 66 squirrel pelts and an additional 20 shillings for a wildcat hide. [The Descendants of Thomas Pincerna, Progenitor of the Butler Family]

    Justice in Chowan County, 1742. Elected church warden, 26 Jul 1743 to 26 Jul 1744.

    Jacob married Mary. Mary died after 24 May 1745. [Group Sheet]


  2. 17.  Mary died after 24 May 1745.

    Notes:

    "Mary is mentioned in her husband's will, as his wife and also is shown to be the wife of Jacob Butler in the deposition of David Butler which was attached to the will of Jacob by his son Christopher, when seeking probate of same on 17 January 1745. (Chowan Co., NC County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, Jan 1/45; NC Archives Call No. C.024.3000) [The Descendants of Thomas Pincerna, Progenitor of the Butler Family]

    Children:
    1. 8. Christopher Butler was born before 1724 in North Carolina; died before 4 Jan 1793 in Duphin, North Carolina.

  3. 26.  Henry Dillon was born on 4 Dec 1732 in Goochland, Virginia (son of Thomas Dillon and Mary LeBotille); died in 1798 in Cumberland, Virginia; was buried in Hodges Cemetery, Fieldale, Henry, Virginia.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1 Nov 1806, Campbell County, Virginia

    Henry married Mary Byrn in 1751 in Cumberland, Virginia. Mary was born on 15 Aug 1737 in Goochland, Virginia; died in 1814 in Virginia; was buried in Hodges Cemetery, Fieldale, Henry, Virginia. [Group Sheet]


  4. 27.  Mary Byrn was born on 15 Aug 1737 in Goochland, Virginia; died in 1814 in Virginia; was buried in Hodges Cemetery, Fieldale, Henry, Virginia.
    Children:
    1. 13. Mary Dillon was born on 5 Jan 1758 in Cumberland, Virginia; died on 14 Jul 1818 in Tennessee.

  5. 28.  Charles Word was born before 14 May 1710 in New Kent County, Virginia (son of John Word); died in 1792 in New Kent County, Virginia.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 14 May 1710, St. Peter, New Kent, Virginia

    Notes:

    GX5 grandfather of William Faulkner:

    Charles Word (1710-1792) = Sarah (Collins?) (1710-1742)
    Charles Word (1740-1780) = ?
    Thomas Adams Word (1768-1831) = Justiana Dickinson (1776-1865)
    Caroline Word (1798-1862) = Joseph William Faulkner (c1795-c1842)
    Col. William Clark Falkner (1825-1889) = Holland Pearce (c1830-1849)
    John Wesley Thompson Faulkner (1848-1922) = Sarah "Sallie" McAlpin Murry (1850-1906)
    Murry Cuthbert Faulkner (Falkner) (1870-1932) = Maud Butler (1871-1960)
    William Faulkner (Falkner) (1897-1962)

    Note that according to William Faulkner and Southern History by Joel Williamson (1995), Faulkner's Charles Word ancestor was born in Landaff, Glamorganshire, Wales. Two things about this, though.

    First, Williamson's citation for this is an item in the Ripley Public Library, Ripley, Mississippi, called "A Genealogy of the Word Family Written by James Word, December 23, 1882," which was provided to the Ripley library on an unknown date by one Eleanor MacDonald of Farmington, New Mexico. The Ripley library "has collected a vast amount of highly valuable relating to Ripley and Tippah County, the original seat of the Falkners in Mississipi." This does not suggest that Williamson's source represents the latest scholarship.

    Second, most online Word genealogies appear to agree that the original Word immigrant came from Llandaff, but they push that immigrant back a couple more generations to a John Word supposedly born in Llandaff around 1650. A subset of these trees claim that the Words were originally from Scotland and merely sailed from Llandaff.

    It does appear, at any rate, that there was indeed a Charles Word in Virginia, who died about 1792; who was married to a woman named Sarah; whose son Charles died in the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780; who had another son named Cuthbert who died in 1781 as a prisoner of the British on board the ship New Jersey; and who had a son named John who married Fannie Collins. We tentatively take this person to be both Patrick's ancestor and Faulkner's, wherever he was born.

    Charles married Sarah. [Group Sheet]


  6. 29.  Sarah
    Children:
    1. 14. John Word was born on 22 Sep 1738 in New Kent County, Virginia; died on 1 Aug 1821 in Lebanon, Wilson, Tennessee; was buried in New Bethel Cemetery, Bedford, Bedford, Tennessee.

  7. 30.  William Collins was born about 1735 in Virginia; died before 15 May 1781 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

    William married Mary. Mary died before 1778. [Group Sheet]


  8. 31.  Mary died before 1778.
    Children:
    1. 15. Frances "Fanny" Collins died after 1821 in Tennessee.


Generation: 6

  1. 32.  Christopher Butler was born before 1680 (son of Christopher Butler and Henrietta); died in 1763 in Chowan County, North Carolina.

    Christopher married Sarah Stepney. Sarah (daughter of John Stepney and Mary) died after Jul 1754. [Group Sheet]


  2. 33.  Sarah Stepney (daughter of John Stepney and Mary); died after Jul 1754.
    Children:
    1. 16. Jacob Butler died before 24 May 1745 in Chowan County, North Carolina.

  3. 52.  Thomas Dillon was born in 1701 in Virginia; died in 1744 in Campbell County, Virginia.

    Thomas married Mary LeBotille about 1722. Mary was born in 1705 in Virginia; died in 1748 in Virginia. [Group Sheet]


  4. 53.  Mary LeBotille was born in 1705 in Virginia; died in 1748 in Virginia.
    Children:
    1. 26. Henry Dillon was born on 4 Dec 1732 in Goochland, Virginia; died in 1798 in Cumberland, Virginia; was buried in Hodges Cemetery, Fieldale, Henry, Virginia.

  5. 56.  John Word
    Children:
    1. 28. Charles Word was born before 14 May 1710 in New Kent County, Virginia; died in 1792 in New Kent County, Virginia.