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Thomas Butler was born May 27, 1748 in Lancaster, Pa., and died September 07, 1805 in Ormond Plantation, Orleans, LA. He married Sarah Jane Semple Samples on March 1784 in Carlisle, Pa., daughter of Robert Samples and Lydia Steele.

 Includes NotesNotes for Thomas Butler:
Grandfather of Anna Eliza Butler
Husband of 1st cousin 6x of Anna Lawson (Sarah Jane Samples)

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about Thomas Butler
Name: Thomas Butler
Spouse: Sarah Semple
Parents: Thomas Butler , Elenor Parker
Birth Place: Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
Birth Date: 20 May 1748
Death Date: 7 September 1805

Notes and Summaries:
Correspondence, legal and commercial documents, pertaining to Brown's Louisiana law practice and his service as U.S. senator. Papers primarily concern legal practices and social conditions in Louisiana. Includes papers relating to the court-martial of U.S. Army officer, Thomas Butler (1804-1805). Correspondents include James's brother, U.S. Senator John Brown, and a second brother, Samuel.

U.S. senator, diplomat, and lawyer.

In English and Spanish.

This collection covers:

Procedure (Law) - Louisiana.

RLG Union Catalog Record ID: DCLCMM7914076-A

Notes and Summaries:
Thomas Means operated and probably owned a general store in Fairfield County, South Carolina.

A ledger kept by Means contains entries of debts and credits valued in British monetary units and payments of accounts made through the barter of cotton, wool, tallow, hemp, butter, fowl, livestock, cottonseeds, tobacco, and manual labor. Names of store customers include General Richard Winn, James Alcorn, Mathew Johnston, John Buchanan, Major William Strother, Thomas Shelton, Reverend William Woodward, Captain E. Lyles, John Carter, John Sibley, and members of the Butler family. Newspaper clippings of prose, poetry, and illustrations have been pasted onto the first six pages of the ledger.

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James BUTLER lived in Lancaster (then Nashaway), MA before 1659. James and his wife, Mary had five children together. James died in on March 20, 1681 in Billerica, MA. James and Mary were the progenitors of a long and prolific line of Americans.

The first known record of James BUTLER was in Lancaster, MA "Orders and Directions…" dated "Monday the 5 Februarie, 1659." about laying out the second division of meadow. James' lot was No. 39. Subsequently, James was granted additional lots of land by the town and purchased land from a neighbor. James' first two children, James, Jr. and Martha, were born in Lancaster.

Lancaster was destroyed by an Indian massacre during King Phillip's War of 1675-1676. James and family survived and moved to Woburn, MA, where James was taxed in 1676, 1677 and 1678. Their third child, John and Mary were born in Woburn.

The family then moved to Billerica, MA, where James was taxed in 1679, and the last two, children, Mary and Eleanor, were born.

The oldest record book of Billerica has the following entry: "20th day 01, 1681. James Butler, Sen., Irish man, dyed."

While James' origins seem lost in time, there are a few possible clues. Manly BUTLER (1792-1882), of the fifth generation from James, is reported to have had a family bible in which was inscribed, "My name is Manly; my father's name was Daniel; his father's name was Jacob; his father's name was John; his father's name was James, and his father's name was Robert." The names of James' children were common names in the House of Butler of Ormond, in Ireland. And Cromwell's massacre of the Duke of Ormond's army at Drogheda in 1649 and subsequent suppression of the Irish by Cromwell could well have motivated a member of the Ormond family to seek a better life in the American Colonies.

The Children of James and Mary BUTLER were.

1. James BUTLER b. c.1672 in Lancaster; m. 1st Lydia (________), 169-; 2nd Hannah WILSON, Mar 19, 1723/4;
d. 1734
2. Martha BUTLER b. c.1674 in Lancaster.
3. John BUTLER b. Jul 22, 1677 in Woburn; m; Elizabeth Wilson; d. 1759.
4. Mary BUTLER b. Jul 11, 1679 in Billerica.
5. Eleanor BUTLER b. Sep 13, 1681 in Billerica

Albert Wilmot Rook: The Butler Family, The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1911.
Frederick Lewis Weis: Early Families in Lancaster Massachusetts 1643-1700, Lancaster, 1941.
Betty Butler Cole Johnson: the Butler Family of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Ventura County Genealogical Society Quarterly, pp. 1-2, Ventura, Jan-Mar 1981.
Henry S. Nourse: Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1725, Lancaster, 1884.
Town Records, Woburn, MA.
Town Records, Billerica, MA

Submitted by; Jack F. Butler of La Jolla, CA





Major Thomas Butler, was born in the barracks at Carlyle, Pa., January 8, 1789. His mother was Mary Semple of Philadelphia. Thomas Butler had been a distinguished soldier in the Revolution. Shortly after the war, he had been made a Colonel and sent to Tennessee to expel settlers from Indian lands. Here he made the friendship of Andrew Jackson. The courtesy and courage which the old soldier displayed in the discharge of his unpopular duties won "Old Hickory," and this friendship was passed on to Butler's sons, who later came to Tennessee to live.

More About Thomas Butler and Sarah Jane Semple Samples:
Marriage: March 1784, Carlisle, Pa..

Children of Thomas Butler and Sarah Jane Semple Samples are:
  1. +Thomas JUDGE Butler, b. April 14, 1785, Carlisle, Pa., d. August 07, 1847, St. Francisville, LA.
  2. +Robert COLONEL Butler, b. December 25, 1786, Pa., d. January 13, 1860, Tullahoma, FL.
  3. +Lydia Butler, b. March 09, 1788, Carlisle, Pa., d. November 22, 1865, Shelby, Memphis, TN,.
  4. +William Edward DOCTOR Butler, b. January 23, 1790, Carlisle, Pa., d. January 05, 1882, Jackson, TN.
  5. Eleanore Butler, b. February 28, 1793, Pa, d. 1793, Pa.
  6. Edward Butler, b. February 28, 1793, Pa, d. 1793, Pa.
  7. Richard Butler, b. October 18, 1795, Pa, d. 1795, Pa.
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