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William Aaron BUTLER Sr
Posted by: Lester Parks (ID *****8693) Date: January 13, 2003 at 19:16:33
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I descend from two children of William Aaron BUTLER Jr (3 Nov 1778 Louisa Co., VA - 3 Oct 1868 Amite Co., MS) and Mary Frances DAY (1780 GA - 1860 Amite Co., MS):

1) Frances "Fanny" BUTLER (1802 GA - Abt 1853 Franklin Co., MS) and Allen LOFTON (1797 SC - Abt 1853 Franklin Co., MS) who married 9 Feb 1818 in Amite Co., MS.

2) Zachariah A. BUTLER (Abt 1810 Amite Co., MS - 1881/1888 Franklin Co., MS) and Mary E. GODBOLD (1816 Fairfield, SC - 1860/1861 Franklin Co., MS) who married Abt 1831 in Franklin Co., MS.

William Aaron BUTLER Jr was s/o William Aaron BUTLER Sr (1 Jan 1759 Cumberland, Louisa Co., VA - disputed) and Frances "Fanny" POINDEXTER (6 Apr 1762 Louisa Co., VA - 10 Jun 1830 Amite Co., MS) who married 1 Jan 1778 Bedford Co., VA.

Conventional wisdom is that William Aaron BUTLER Sr is the s/o James BUTLER (1730 Dublin, Ireland - 1783 Louisa Co., VA) and Mary BECKWITH (6 FEB 1735 Louisa Co., VA - 1 Jan 1759 Louisa Co., VA) who married 6 Jul 1755 in Louisa Co., VA.

Regarding the parents of William Aaron BUTLER Sr: At "Uncle George believed James Butler, born 1730 Dumboyne Castle, Dublin, Ireland and died Louisa County, VA. Mary was born 06 February 1735 and died 01 January 1758 during childbirth.

There are other sites that address the origin of the above James BUTLER. One of interest is

However, my purpose here is to address the identity and destiny of William Aaron BUTLER Sr.

At the following statement is found: "... There is a mystery about William Aaron Butler, too. Previous researchers have him dead and buried, six miles east of Washington but now I'm hearing that there is proof that he moved to Alabama where he died later. I leave it to you to research and decide."

There is documentation that a William BUTLER fought in the American Revolution in Georgia:

"He served as soldier: Roster of Georgia soldiers of the Revolutionary War, by Knight, pp 396, 378, (Original papers of the George Secretary of State); p 46 (certificate of E. Clark); Vol F, pp 867-332 Verified by National #210947.
It is know that William Butler was at the Battle Of Kettle Creek.

Georgians In The Revolution : At Kettle Creek (Wilks Co.) and Burke County - by Robert Scott Davis, Jr.

Page 55 - "... Major-General Augustin Prevost, British Commander in Georgia, wanted to retaliate against his Whig prisoners but feared that if he did so, harm might come to the British troops held by the Whigs after Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga in 1777. Sir Henry Clinton, Prevost's superior in New York, settled the matter by ordering Prevost to do nothing that might endanger British troops in Whig hands. Despite this, British Major Alexander Shaw warned Major Pinckey, 'this is a question [who is right and who is wrong which can only be determined by success. Moderation should be the first rule of conduct.'

Augustin Prevost warned the Americans:

Such of his Majesty's loyal subjects as are fallen into your hands in the course of events and in attempting to join the Standard of their lawful Sovereign, ought to be considered as Prisoners of war. Should the right of trying these People by new-made Laws be insisted on, you cannot but be sensible that a prior Right entitles Great Britain to consider ever American as a Subject, and consequently things may be brought to a point too serious, not to induce men to reflect with great care and caution in a proceeding that will be productive of dreadful consequences.

There was little that the British had seen in Georgia to make them believe that either 'moderation' or justice were common American practices. During Campbell's march from Savannah to Augusta the previous January, an unknown British officer observed that, 'most of the ruinous, neglected state; two-thirds of them deserted, some of their owners following the King's troops others with the Rebels, and both revengefully destroying the property of each other.' That same week in January, three young brothers serving in Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brown's provincial Loyalist rangers, the part of the British army whom Campbell described as, 'a mere Rabble of undisciplined freebooters,' were captured at the battle of Burke County Jail near the present-day town of Waynesboro, Georgia. The brothers were taken to South Carolina where they were sentenced to die. Campbell ordered a gallows erected within sight of South Carolina and announced that for each of the three brothers who were executed, he would have two of his prisoners hanged starting with, 'two Committee Men notorious for their cruel Treatment of the Loyalists of Georgia.' The tree brothers were soon after safely exchanged for three of Campbell's prisoners."

After Campbell's army reached Augusta there was an incident that was to have far more gruesome consequences.

A Major Moore, one of Campbell's prisoners-of-war, requested that the British place a guard at the home of his family in Augusta to protect them from the roving bands of robbers. Campbell complied and stationed a Sergeant McAllister of the Light Infantry at the Moore home. Williamson dispatched a patrol to Augusta to learn what the British were doing. This Patrol reached the Moore house on February 3, and were hailed by Sergeant McAllister who mistook them for Loyalists. Realizing his mistake too late, McAllister charged at the Whig horsemen with his musket and bayonet, only to be shot down and killed by the patrol's Leader, Lieutenant William BUTLER. A man named Vessels, in Williamson's words, 'A Mad Crazy Fellow, who acted as guide to the party, cut an Mangled the body in a shocking and Barbarous manner before it was perceived what he was doing.' Williamson had Vessels arrested and taken to Major-General Benjamin Lincoln in chains for trial. Lincoln, however, had Vessels released because Vessels claimed to have lost a son who was cut to pieces by the British and in retaliation for atrocities that were reported to have been committed by the British. Campbell's army, however, readily believed rumors that McAllister had been wounded and then as he lay bleeding was cut to pieces by BUTLER's entire patrol. This British Light Infantry took revenge a month after McAllister's death at the battle of Brier Creek, Georgia, when in Campbell's words, they, 'spared very few that came within their reach.'"

The above proves that a William BUTLER was in Revolutionary War in the state of GA.

Two questions:

1) Was this William BUTLER one-and-the-same as William Aaron BUTLER who m. Frances "Fanny" POINDEXTER?

2) Was their a 2nd William BUTLER Revolutionary War Solider in Georgia?

Regarding these two questions (Exploring other possibilities):

Edmund BUTLER I (Southam Parish, Ireland - 27 Apr 1747 Goochland Co., VA), s/o Samuel BUTLER, m. Frances COOKE (1704/1709 Goochland Co., VA - 1773/1783 VA) had several children:

1) Aaron BUTLER
2) Frances BUTLER
3) Brig. Gen. John BUTLER
4) Nancy Ann BUTLER
5) Edmund BUTLER II
6) William BUTLER
7) Hanna BUTLER
8) dau BUTLER who m. William WATSON Jr

Edmund BUTLER II (Abt 1729 Buckingham, VA - 1801 Hancock Co., GA) m. Mary "Polly" STREET (VA - Aft 1801), had the following children:

1) John Lowe BUTLER
2) Edmund BUTLER III
3) Mary R. BUTLER
4) Hannah BUTLER
5) William BUTLER
6) Henry Lovick BUTLER

#5) William BUTLER (Abt 1759 Louisa Co., VA - 18 Mar 1818 Butler Springs, AL) m. Charity GARRETT ( ) about 1796 Hancock Co., GA, and had at least one child, Leender BUTLER who m. Green HILL Sr 2 Mar 1817.

Butler County, Alabama was supposedly named after this William BUTLER. Also, this William BUTLER was supposedly in the Revolutionary War.

While in the Franklin Co., MS library several months ago, I met a lady who stated that William BUTLER, s/o Edmund BUTLER II, was in fact named William Aaron BUTLER. She stated that this was based on the research of her son in the National Archives in Washington, DC. She stated that she had the documentation; however, I have not seen it.

I could continue with other questions; however, I will end with this question: Is it possible that William Aaron BUTLER Sr is one-and-the-same as the William BUTLER for whom Butler Co., AL was named?

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