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Re: James Butler of Virginia
Posted by: Jason Simmons (ID *****7239) Date: July 19, 2005 at 17:25:33
In Reply to: Re: James Butler of Virginia by Harry C. Jorgensen III of 12933

Dear Chris,

I have the following information on Ezra Horton, Elizabeth Severns, and James Butler, in which, you were referring.

James Butler's dad along with his siblings are listed as follows:

Joseph Butler was born in 1742. He married Elizabeth (Severns) in Frederick County, Virginia. His father, Thomas Butler, was killed by Indians August 1764. Joseph and Elizabeth (Severns) Butler lived in the Shenandoah Valley, Frederick County, Virginia until 1773. They later joined one of his siblings, Thomas Butler, Junior, respectively, and others in Monongalia County, Virginia. He made his settlement (home) on Dunkard Bottom, Cheat River, east of Laurel Hill, Virginia. On June 10, 1774, Joseph and Elizabeth, who now lived in Monongalia County, Virginia, sold 265-acres of their land, which was granted to him and his mother, possibly step-mother, Jane Gilbert-Butler. Jane's maiden name was Gilbert. Joseph and Elizabeth sold Jane's 1/3, which is 135-acres, on 5 November 1782. Eventually, he owned over 1200-acres of land in Monongalia County, Virginia and sold most of the land in Monongalia County, Virginia after he later moved to Coshocton County, Ohio. Joseph's brother-in-law, also named Joseph (Severns) represented him when Joseph sold the land.

Joseph (Butler) owned 12 "white" indentured servants in his household (1790 Census, Monongalia Co., VA). His tax list showed that he also had 4-slaves. Later, in 1793, he only had 1-slave and followed by NONE.

There are many court records of the Butler family located at the Library of West Virginia @ Morgantown, VA. The court house burned in 1796.

Now, I return to Joseph...he lived in Virginia until 1800 and in 1803, he and his 6 sons were living in Coshocton County, Ohio.

Joeph Butler served in the 7th, 9th, and 10th Regiments of the Virginia Continental Line (Army), that is, during the American Revolution. Joseph is mentioned in "Virginian's in the Revolution" (Gwathney, 117). The 7th, 9th, and 10th Regiments of the Virginia Continental Line Army has been accepted by DAR and is on record @ the National Headquarters of DAR in Washington, D.C. (You can find their mailing address via directory assistance or even better @!). Joseph passed away on 15 January 1811 based upon the Bill of Sale of his property, which is dated January Court, 1813, Coshocton County, Ohio. His tombstone reads, "March, 1811, aged 69 years." (Obviously, they were a family of few words). The probate of Joseph's estate didn't occur until after his grand-daughter, Maria, which was Isaac (one of Joseph's kids) became of age. Elizabeth Butler (her maiden name was Severns) passed away at the ripe old age of 77 in February, 1813, based upon the epithet on her tombstone. Elizabeth and Joseph's son, Isaac passed away in April 1809 and was buried in a private cemetary on Joseph's former land, which is located on the 1st hillside east of the Mohawk Dam, approximately 150-feet above Highway 36.

Unfortunately, the stones were broken, but the good news is that a descendant of Benjamin Butler (another Butler member that was distantly related to the Butlers of Frederick Co., VA) had new stones placed at the grave. Recent reports (from the 1960's--not very recent) mentioned that vandals bothered the grave again.

There's a peculiar will located in Jefferson Township, Coshocton Co., OH that is dated 3 March 1811 (Will Book "A", P. 21) and was signed by Joseph and Elizabeth (Severns) Butler. The witnesses to the testament and will were Thomas and William Bird, Ezra Horton and John Butler, a son of Joseph's, who was the administrator. Historically, Coshocton County, Ohio was not established until 1 April 1811, which would appear that the original will must be located elsewhere and the will and testament of Joseph and Elizabeth Butler located @ Coshocton Co., OH was a transcription of the original will; however, this is mere speculation. The final estate settlement was declared 11 December 1826 in Coshocton Co., OH; whereupon, "Maria Butler, the youngest child of Isaac, having come of age," and Joseph's land was sold to his grand-daughter, that being, Maria Butler, daughter of Isaac Butler, respectively. The land was located "southwest quarter of section number 6, and northwest quarter of section 15, in the 6th township and 8th range of the unappropriated lands in the U.S. Military District that was required and directed to be sold @ Zanesville, being all those parts or parcels of said quarters with lays on the north or east side of the 'White Woman.'

Joseph Butler, who married Elizabeth Severns had the following children (**Please note: ALL of their children were born in VIRGINIA):

(i) John, b. ~1765

(ii) Thomas, b. October 1769; married Elizabeth; died 1853 (Note: The Severns family were related to the Darlings of Warsaw, Mr. E. O. Rodehaver of Walhonding, and the very Rev. Don Richardson Fray).

(iii) Joseph Butler, Jr., b. ~1767 and d. ~1853

(iv) Benjamin, b. 18 April 1779; m. Leah Rogers of Crab Orchard, VA, 2 May 1799; d. 4 June 1872 and was buried @ Danville (Workman's Cemetary), etc.

**(v) Isaac, b. 1780; d. April 1809 @ 29 years old, buried betwixt his parents. Isaac was credited with building the first log schoolhouse in the community and hiring a teacher from MA to teach the Butler children & their neighbors. Isaac had (2) daughters: Elizabeth and Maria.

(vi) James, d. ~1832 on the Mohican. He was an ancestor of Miss Clara Johnson of Blair, NE

(vii) a daughter, with no name given along with no information (I wonder if she got anything?)

I have Joseph Butler born in Virginia
in 1742, and in 1758 he had 120 acres of farmland in Dinwiddie Co., VA. He was my very great uncle who was amongst the many sons of Thomas Butler. Here is the ancestral pedigree:

I. A) Thomas Butler
b. Ireland and had a brother ALSO
named Joseph Butler
d. 1764, Shenandoah Co., VA from
an Indian attack--he was planting
his vegetables in his garden
and his wife (my very great-
grandmother, Jane Gilbert-Vance Butler was
kidnapped along with one of their sons,
James Butler, who was killed by the Indians
at the tender age of 7 in 1764, the same
year my very great-grandfather passed away.

i. Richard Butler
b. Ireland before 1760 and sailed to America with his brothers & parents
d. 28 October 1791 from (guess again...)
Indians! :( He was scalped from the tomahawk
of an Indian a day after he became Major-General. He was Lt.-Col. prior to his new rank and untimely death.

ii. Edward Butler
b. Ireland
d. unknown

iii. William Butler, Sr.
b. Ireland
d. Roane County, TN; died after
1762, specific date UNKNOWN
*NOTES: William Butler, Sr. had brought many
slaves from his former home in Bedford Co.,
m. Anne Duckett; date unknown

iv. Thomas Butler, Junior
title: Captain in the Battle of Brandywine
b. 6 May 1747 (Ireland?)
notes:Thomas Butler, Junior was a law student
in Philadelphia, 1776
d. 5 September 1805; Wayne Co., OH

v. Robert Butler
b. ~1750 (Ireland)
d. ~1818; Dunkard Bottom, "Old Justice"
Preston County, VA History (pp. 405-8, vol. 5)

vi. James Butler
b. 1757
d. 7 years old, VA

vii. Joseph Butler
b. 1742
notes: Virginia Continental Line
1758; bought 120 acres in Dinwiddie Co., VA

viii. Mary Butler
m. Colonel John Tipton
ix. Percival Butler
b. Carlisle, PA
notes: became lt. @ 18

X. John Butler
1764 had 835 acres in Halifax County, VA


Jason Simmons

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