Hi Dave, How nice to hear from you! I have not been able to work on the family genealogy for awhile but want to start again soon.
The only pieces I can add is that we have a family picture of Catherina Brinkman which indicates that she was born in Baden, Germany, on May 19, 1835. She emigrated to Ohio in 1851 to live with an uncle, and married James at age 19, on February 25, 1855 in Seneca County, Ohio. I have a copy of their marriage record but it does not give either parents or witnesses. Just their names and marriage date. I have a record of her death which I will have to find and give you.
The 1850 census for Pleasant Township, Seneca County, lists James and "Sara" with their six children and indicates both Sara and James were born in Maryland and the children in Ohio. The 1880 census indicates that both of James' parents were born in Ireland.
So we are looking for Irish immigrants to Maryland to go back. I believe that the 1790 Maryland census showed about 70 "Butler" surname families, but that census did not list names of wives and children so I am not sure how to identify the Butlers in Maryland.
Do you have any indication of what happened to the children from the first family by Sarah? I have nothing but the 1850 census record for Pleasant Township, Seneca County.
What is your relationship to James L. Butler? He is my great grandfather through his son Charles Ellsworth Butler. I do not know what the middle initial "L" stands for in James'name, but since my father was named Lowell John Butler I have always wondered if the middle name of James might have been Lowell. Just a guess--no facts. My father was adamant that none of his children were to be named for relatives which makes me think he might have been. He could have been named for his uncle John and his father's middle name--but it is only a guess!
I would be glad to receive any additional information you have on this part of the family and I will share what I have.
According to the Willians County publication "Hills of Home," 1969, p. 94 by McClain both James and Catherina are buried in "Gardner Cemetery." I bought a copy of the records of that cemetery and there was no mention of either of them. However, I have talked with a descendent still living in Williams County who indicated that they understood that is where they were buried. Apparently the cemetery is abandoned and in not good condition. There are said to be piles of headstones in a corner, so I have assumed that is their burial place, but no hard data to confirm that.
I look forward to hear from you
Joyce (Butler) Campbell-Layman
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