Big changes have come to — all content is now read-only, and member subscriptions and the Shop have been discontinued.
Learn more

[ Home Page | First Page | Previous Page | Next Page | Last Page ]

Descendants of THOMAS BUTLER,l

Generation No. 1

1. THOMAS1 BUTLER,L was born 1713 in Ireland, and died 1764 in Cedar Creek District, Va. He married JANE GILBERT. She was born Abt. 1713, and died 1782.

Thomas is the first known member of this branch of the family to come to Virginia. He was a native of Ireland, but whether he came to this country with his parents or as a young adult is not known.

The first record of him that has been found shows that he was living in Frederick County, VA in 1746. It seems safe to assume that he had not moved his family into the Valley much before that time even though the county had been formed from Orange County in 1738. He is said to have been a member of a well known border family of this name and was related to the BUTLERs of TN, according to Wayland's history of the Shenandoah County, VA. The border family would doubtless be the BUTLERs of Culpeper or Orange County - John, who had died there in 1757 and Walter, who died in 1772. They could have been brothers or cousins. Both Frederick and Culpeper were taken from Orange County - the latter in 1748. Many of the early records have been lost or destroyed, making it difficult to determine relationships and places of residence. These counties are separated by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Frederick formerly included most of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Besides Thomas, there were several other BUTLERs in Frederick County, including William in 1745, Pierce in 1750, and John in 1751. They were all in the same area and undoubtedly related.

Thomas was living on land which later he received as a grant from Lord Fairfax, dated Jan 6, 1752. This land was on Cedar Creek in Shenandoah County, north of Woodstock, the county seat. These grants were similar to leases - one could sell them but did not own them outright. Accordingly, many of the holders of these lands moved out of the Fairfax domain later on. Thomas sold his lease to Peter Jordon on Sep 8, 1756. There is no evidence that he purchased or was granted another tract, but he continued to live in the Cedar Creek District until his death in 1764.

The Valley was plagued with Indian raids and in the summer of 1764, Thomas and some others were killed and his wife and young son James - then 7 - were abducted.

Thomas left no will, only an inventory dated Aug 7, 1764 in Frederick County. It is interesting to note that linen, pewter, and old books were among the items listed in the inventory. According to Freeman Hart in "The Valley of Virginia", only 44% of the Valley homes had books, as compared with 63% in the Piedmont. The Piedmont District lies along side the Blue Ridge Mountains and includes several counties.

Only four children of Thomas have been identified in histories and official records. The wide range in known birth dates were so unusual that without a doubt there were other children. Known children are: Mary, Joseph, Thomas, and James. Probable children include Robert and Richard.

Hill's History of Coshocton Co. Page 644

Felix BUTLER, New Castle twp was b in New Castle twp, Coshocton 9/10/1810,
the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Severns Butler who came to Muskingum Co in
the yr 1795 and remained there until the following year when he came to
Cosh Co. and settled near the juction of the Tuscarawas and Walhonding
rivers, where he remained three years, he then removed to New Castle twp,
where he remained until he died at the advanced age of of 84. He is the
grandson of Joseph Butler who came to Cosh in 1801 from Monongahela Co VA.
The name of great grandfather Butler was either Joseph or Thomas; was a
native of Ireland and was killed in 1764, in VA by the Indians at which
time his wife and son James were taken prisoners by the Indians. The wife
escaped the second night, but James was kept 18 mo, when he was released
by treaty. Benjamin Butler an uncle of the subject of this sketch in
company with Joseph Walker laid out the town of Mt. Vernon, Knox Co, in
1805. He was md in 1852 to Miss Nancy Farquahar, dau of Enoch and Nancy
Moore Farquahar and granddaughter of Samuel Farquahar who came to Mt.
Vernon in 1807 from Frederick Co, MD.

Another page in the book states that James was exchanged (from the Indians)
at Carlisle PA. Joseph went to PA to return him home.

  i.   RICHARD2 BUTLER, b. 1733; d. Unknown.
2. ii.   MARY BUTLER, b. Abt. 1734; d. June 08, 1776, Shenandoah Co. Va..
  iii.   ROBERT BUTLER, b. 1737; d. Unknown.
Fact 12: Info. supplied by Brad Johnson
Occupation: Justice of the Peace

3. iv.   JOSEPH BUTLER, SR, b. 1742, Frederick Co. Va.; d. January 15, 1811, Coshocton Co. Oh..
4. v.   THOMAS BUTLER, LL, b. May 06, 1747, Federick County, VA.; d. September 22, 1825, Wayne Co. OH..
  vi.   JAMES BUTLER, b. 1757; d. Unknown.

[ Home Page | First Page | Previous Page | Next Page | Last Page ]
Home | Help | About Us | | | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2009