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Mary Frances "Fannie" Butler

Mary Frances "Fannie" Butler

Female 1851 - 1926  (75 years)

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  1. 1.  Mary Frances "Fannie" ButlerMary Frances "Fannie" Butler was born 8 Aug 1851, Coffee, Tennessee (daughter of Christopher Columbus Butler and Mary Ann McHaney); died 1 Dec 1926, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Hope Hill Cemetery, Medina, Gibson, Tennessee.

    Notes:

    Regarding the date of her marriage to Monroe Marshall Jacobs: Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950, via familysearch.org says 1 Jan 1867; the same index via ancestry.com says 1866. Laura Hayden points out that the license date could easily have been in 1866 with the actual wedding happening on the first day of the following year.

    Email sent 29 Nov 2014:

    Hello, [email address redacted]!

    Mary Frances Butler is one of my great-great grandmothers. You created the FindAGrave.com page about her, so I'm hoping you won't mind a question. Do you have any documentation or source that proves that she was a daughter of Christopher C. Butler (1810-1858) and Mary Ann McHaney (b. 1817)?

    I ask because I have a copy of Judge Edward F. Butler's book The Butler Family, and while it lists six children for Christopher C. Butler and Mary McHaney (who he calls "Mary C. McHaney"), including both of the brothers you show on the FindAGrave page, he doesn't list Mary Frances.

    Judge Butler also shows Christopher C. Butler marrying his second wife, Eliza Jane Sexton, on 8 March 1851, which is doesn't reconcile with Mary Frances Butler being born of Mary Ann (or Mary C.) McHaney on 8 August 1851, five months later.

    My own relationship to Mary Frances Butler is:

    Mary Frances Butler = Monroe Marshall Jacobs
    Kate Jacobs = William Richard Workman
    Mildred Workman = James Delbert Hayden
    James Elbert Hayden = Jeannette Mary White
    Patrick Nielsen Hayden

    Many years ago my mother took notes while talking with Neville Workman, sister of my father's mother Mildred Workman, and Neville clearly remembered that Mary Frances Butler was her mother's mother, and said that Mary Frances's father was Christopher C. Butler--who she remembered as "Christopher Columbus Butler." And I certainly know that Judge Edward F. Butler's book has its share of mistakes. But I'm wondering if you have any further evidence that Mary Frances Butler was the daughter of this particular Butler/McHaney couple.

    Naturally, if there's any question I can answer for you about anybody in this particular cluster of relatives, I'll be happy to do so. If you have an Ancestry.com account, you can look at the large public tree I maintain with my wife--my Ancestry ID is "patricknh" and the tree is "pnh&tnh," visible at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/52695446/family?fpid=27557063363.

    --
    Patrick Nielsen Hayden
    senior editor, manager of science fiction, Tor Books
    about.me/patricknh

    Mary married Monroe Marshall Jacobs 1866, Gibson, Tennessee. Monroe (son of Greene H. Jacobs and Mary Ann Wallingsford) was born 19 Dec 1845, Tennessee; died 1892, Lavinia, Carroll, Tennessee; was buried , Hope Hill Cemetery, Medina, Gibson, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. John Greene "Johnie" Jacobs was born 26 Oct 1868, Gibson, Tennessee; died 24 Apr 1945.
    2. Leonard C. Jacobs was born 21 Feb 1871, Gibson, Tennessee; died 1956.
    3. Annie Jacobs was born 1877, Gibson, Tennessee; died 1952.
    4. Floy Jacobs was born 21 Mar 1882, Gibson, Tennessee; died 1 Dec 1944; was buried , Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    5. Kate Jacobs was born 11 Mar 1886, Milan, Gibson, Tennessee; died 1964, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried , Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

    Mary married Uriah Jasper Hammonds 17 Jan 1895, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee. Uriah (son of Jesse Hammonds and Martha Mourning Adams) was born 10 Sep 1840, Benton, Polk, Tennessee; died 27 Dec 1915, Gibson, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Christopher Columbus Butler was born 20 Mar 1810, Montgomery, North Carolina (son of Elias Butler and Deborah Simmons); died 26 Mar 1858, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , 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 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....'"

    *****

    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. 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. 1. 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. Elizabeth Butler was born 1808.
    6. 2. Christopher Columbus Butler was born 20 Mar 1810, Montgomery, North Carolina; died 26 Mar 1858, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.
    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 1724, North Carolina (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 married Ann Between 1734 and 1744. Ann was born Bef 1725; died Bef 1788, North Carolina. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Ann was born Bef 1725; 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.