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Bio of Ebenezer Butler (1760 -1828)
Posted by: Midge (ID *****7566) Date: July 04, 2011 at 23:13:12
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From the Evening Independent (Ohio) of Jan 14, 1930. (page 4)


Ebenezer Butler moved in 1813 from Oneida county, N.Y., to a farm on Alum Creek in Franklin county He had been an important factor in both business and politics in his old home, but the war of 1812 proved disastrous to him. His business was largely in foreign commerce and the closing down of shipping by the war left his ships rotting at their docks. He was a widower at this time and with six children - ive daughters and one son, he sought to retrieve his fortune in the west.

This he did not do, but it is interesting to note how many families of note here his descendants became intermarried with. His eldest daughter, Martha, married a New York man named Hollister and their daughter Juliet became the wife of Samuel Rogers of Lancaster and the mother of William K. Rogers. Belinda, the second daughter, married Caleb Atwater, the most capable archaeologist and historian of early Ohio.

The third daughter, Flora, married Christian King of Lancaster and William and Flora King were their children. Mary, the fourth daughter, married Richard Douglass of the well-known douglass family, then of Circleville, but later of Chillicothe. They had no children.

Aurelia, the fifth daughter, married Orrin Parrish, one of the most prominent lawyers of early Columbus, and a judge. Their children were Grosvenor, who died in early manhood, unmarried; Martha who married John Geiger; Mary, who married a Mr. Ayers; and Marcia Mills, who married Dudley A. Rhodes. The children of the last mentioned marriage were Emma, who married F.L. Campbell, and Charles D. Rhodes, who was for a while stationed at Fort Hayes. Emma Rhodes Campbellís children are Herman and Dudley, the former the father of Mary Catherine Rhodes, twice selected as Miss America. This genealogical outline is from a sketch made by Mrs. Marcia Parish Rhodes a few years before her death in 1907. She was born on the site of the present Deshler hotel in Columbus, February 28, 1826.

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