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View Tree for Moses ButlerMoses Butler (b. October 21, 1794, d. Bet. April 04 - 17, 1855)

Moses Butler (son of Aron Butler and Jane Pitt) was born October 21, 1794 in Newberry CO, SC, and died Bet. April 04 - 17, 1855 in Jackson CO (now Transylvania Co), NC. He married Elizabeth Reese on Bet. 1818 - 1819 in Pocasey Valley, Pendleton Dist., SC.

 Includes NotesNotes for Moses Butler:
Moses Butler, son of Aron and Jane (itt) Butler, was born 21 October 1794 in Newberry County, South Carolina. It is lucky for the descendants of Moses who wish to know about him that he fought in the War of 1812. Because of that four month period of time, his widow was able to file for a Widow's Pension many years later, and the information the government required her to give has been preserved to this day in official records.

Moses is mentioned in the will of his aunt, CealyPitt, dated September 10, 1812.

Moses was nearing his 20th birthday when he was drafted into the infantry. At the time, he was approximately 5'8 or 9" with dark hair, dark eyes, and a fair complexion. He was occupied in farming. He was unmarried, and was a prime specimen for military duty. He entered the army on 1 December 1814 as a private in Captain John K. Griffin's Company of South Carolina Volunteer Militia commanded by Colonel Allston. He didn't have to serve for very long. The war ended four months later, and Moses was honorably discharged at Georgetown, South Carolina, where he had been stationed, on 1 April 1815.

A few years later, Moses' father left Newberry County for lands farther west. Moses must have decided to go along, and he too settled in "Pocasey Valey" (Jocasse Valley) of Pendleton District. There he met his wife, Elizabeth Reece/Reese, born 11 September 1804. Nothing has been discovered with certainty as to her parentage [see the Reese section], and much more research is indicated for that family. The couple married sometime in 1818 or 1819, with James McKinney, Esq., performing the wedding ceremony.

Moses and Elizabeth soon began their family. At least six of their children were born while they lived in Pendleton/Pickens District. (By the time their son Aaron was born, the District name had changed to Pickens although the boundaries of the new county encompassed the same land.) In 1820, Moses and Elizabeth appeared on the federal census as residents of Pendleton District. On this census, only the heads of household were actually listed, along with statistics giving the ages and sexes of their families. Moses was listed, with one male 26-45 (he was 26), one female 16-26 (she was 16), and one female under 10 (Barbary, aged 5 months).

On 14 December 1821, Moses and Elizabeth bought 180 acres in Pendleton County for $50. The land in the deed book (A-1/pages 334-5) was described as on the waters of Richland Creek lying on both sides of the "waggon rode bounded by Taylor". The witnesses to the deed were Moses' father Aaron and his brother Elihu Butler.

In 1830, Moses and Elizabeth appeared on the federal census as residents of the new Pickens County. Moses Butler was listed, with one male 30-40 (Moses), one female 20-30 (Elizabeth), two females and one male5-10, and two males and one female under 5.

It was about that year that the Butler extended family must have decided to move north. Although the exact year is not known, both of the families of Aron and Moses were listed on the 1830 federal census in Pickens County, South Carolina, and in 1831, when Aron's will was filed, it was filed in Macon County, North Carolina. Moses was on the 1840 census, also in Macon County.

The 1840 census (p.158) showed a total of 10 children for Moses and Elizabeth. Also listed with their family on that census were 2 females in the 50-60 year-old range. It is possible that one of those women was Aron's widow. Their 1850 census was also in Macon County, p. 372.

Because of a law passed allowing a veteran of the War of 1812 to apply for bounty land, Moses began the process of application in 1850. He received 80 acres. On 4 April 1855, he again applied for land under a new law. One of his witnesses, contacted to prove his identity for the courts, was his son, Levi, who had evidently returned to live in Pickens County, South Carolina. It is probable that Moses would have again received his land, but the process was stopped by his death that same month, 17 April 1855, at his home in Jackson County, North Carolina. (The land on which Moses and Elizabeth lived would eventually change county names three times: Macon, Jackson, and finally Transylvania.) According to another researcher, Paul Butler of Tryon, North Carolina, Moses is buried in the Bearcamp section near the Horse Pasture River in Transylvania County. Philip R. Underwood-Sheppard lists the burial place as Jocasee Gorges Area Cemeteries, Hogback and Eastatoe Townships, Transylvania Co., NC

Moses' will, found in the Jackson County Will Book A/293, follows:

State of North Carolina, Jackson County. I Moses Butler of the county and state aforesaid have this day made his last will and testament in bequeathing his property to his lawful heirs. First I give unto my wife Elizabeth Butler my house lot of land No. 48 with the exception of thirty-one acres sold to Peter Butler, also seven acres and one hundred and one poles to Levi Butler. Also to my wife Elizabeth Butler my mill lot No. 1707 so long as she liveth and after her death to be given to my son Samuel L. Butler and Matilda Ann Butler my daughter. I also bequeath unto my daughter Barbary Chandler two dollars. Also to my daughter Lela Elenbring [or Elenburg] two dollars. I also bequeath to my daughter Jane Reid two dollars. I also bequeath unto my son Aron Butler two dollars. I also bequeath unto my son Peter Butler two dollars. I also bequeath unto my daughter Mary Low two dollars. I also bequeath unto my son Moses Butler two dollars. I also bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Butler two dollars. I also bequeath unto my son Samuel Butler two dollars. I also bequeath unto my daughter Tilly Ann Butler two dollars. I also desire that my property be disposed of in the above manner. Signed in the presence of S.W. Reid and Levi Butler this April 2nd, 1855.


Elizabeth was listed as the head of household on the 1860 federal census of Jackson County. Her occupation was listed as farming, and the total value of her real and personal property was six hundred dollars. On 27 May 1878 at the Superior Court of Transylvania County, Elizabeth applied for a widow’s pension connected with Moses’ military service in the War of 1812 (for which, she claimed, he volunteered, although in 1850, Moses had said he was drafted). She said she was 74 years old. There was quite a lot of “red tape” connected with the application. One daughter, Jane Reid, appeared on 23 July 1878 to swear that her father and mother were married until he died in 1855 and that Elizabeth hadn’t remarried. At the same time, the husband of another daughter, Mary Ann Low, was called upon to testify to the same information. Both the son-in-law and the daughter had to prove who they were by listing their respective spouses and the dates of their marriages. Appearing as witnesses were William Chandler (probably daughter Barbary’s husband), S. W. Reid (Jane’s husband), and B. W. Breedlove. A man named Henry Reece, age 69, who lived in Oconee County, South Carolina, swore that he had known Elizabeth for 58 years. [It is possible that research on Henry might be helpful to the Reece search.] Also appearing on Elizabeth’s behalf was her neighbor, Naomi Low, aged 47, of Transylvania County. She said she had known Elizabeth for 24 years.

Elizabeth also was required to bring in the copy of their family Bible. This is wonderful for researchers, because the court made a copy of all the names of the children and the dates of their births, as well as the dates of birth of Moses and Elizabeth and, of course, his death date. Genealogists should always be so lucky!

On 25 July 1879, Elizabeth once again was to appear in court concerning the pension application, but she made a deposition at her home saying that by reason of infirmity of age, she was not able to go before a clerk of record to make her declaration. Her address was listed as Hogback Valley, Transylvania County, North Carolina. She signed the deposition and all other applications by making her mark. She was unable to write her name, a not uncommon occurrence.

The last evidence of Elizabeth was her listing in the 1880 federal census. She was living with a family named Lowe, possibly her grandson. She was listed as a 77-year old grandmother. The date of her death is unknown.

The children of Moses and Elizabeth (Reece) Butler were:
Barbary, born 6 February 1820 in Pendleton County, South Carolina, Married William Chandler;
Sealah, born 11 November 1821 in Pendleton County, South Carolina; this is probably the daughter Lela Elenbring/Ellenburg mentioned in Moses’ will;
Levi, born 8 February 1823 in Pendleton County, South Carolina, married Laurette Eleanor Fisher, had 8 children (Paul Butler is his descendant), was a Baptist minister, died 1 October 1893 at Mountain View, Arkansas;
Jane, born 2 November 1824 in Pendleton County, South Carolina, married Samuel W. Reid on 10 February 1848, died after 1878;
Aaron [see his information under his family information];
Peter, born 4 April 1827 in Pickens County, South Carolina, married Elizabeth Hinkle, died after 1855;
Mary/Polly Ann, born 24 October 1831, possibly in Macon County, North Carolina, married Jesse Low on 10 March 1852, died in 1861 and is buried in Lake Toxaway Baptist Church Cemetery in Transylvania County;
Moses, born 12 June 1834 in Macon County, North Carolina, married Nancy C. in Transylvania County and had 5 children by 1870, settled in Faulkner County, Arkansas;
Elizabeth, born 6 February 1836 in Macon County, North Carolina, was not married by 1855;
Catherine, born 17 February 1837 in Macon County, North Carolina, had died by 1850;
Samuel L., born 20 September 1843 in Macon County, North Carolina, married Martha Rykard on 20 December 1860 in Abbeville County, South Carolina;
Matilda Ann, born 8 September 1846 in Macon County, North Carolina.


More About Moses Butler:
Burial: Unknown, Bearcamp sect. near Horse Pasture R. in Transylvania CO, NC.
Census 1: 1820, Lived in Pendleton Co., SC.7
Census 2: 1830, Lived in Pickens Co., SC.8
Census 3: 1840, Lived in Macon Co., NC.9
Census 4: 1850, Lived in Macon Co., Toxaway District, NC.10
Occupation: Farmer.

More About Moses Butler and Elizabeth Reese:
Marriage: Bet. 1818 - 1819, Pocasey Valley, Pendleton Dist., SC.

Children of Moses Butler and Elizabeth Reese are:
  1. +Aaron Claine Butler, b. May 26, 1826, Pendleton/Pickens District of SC, d. March 06, 1903, Coalgate, Coal, OK.
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