Notes for William ButlerBoteler, Sr.: William Butler, Sr. was born 1738 (possibly in Maryland, since his first two children were born there in 1762 and 1763), and died 9 November 1836 in Anderson County TN. He married ANN DUCKETT. The Butler families' story began in Anderson County when Charles McClung conveyed to Thomas Butler one thousand acres of land on Poplar Creek located on both sides of the present Oliver Springs - Oak Ridge highway. Deed recorded in Knox Co. Deed Book F, Vol, 2, page 8, dated 13 Feb 1800. Shortly after 1800, Thomas Butler sold a part of this original tract to his father, WILLIAM BUTLER, SR., a RWS, and parts to his brothers, WILLIAM BUTLER, JR. and HENRY BUTLER, and parts to his sisters, ELIZABETH MANLEY and MARY RECTOR. His brother, JACOB BUTLER, bought a tract located in East Fork Valley near the Anderson - Roane line. William Butler, Sr. bought 422 acres of land from his son, THOMAS BUTLER, in 1807 (Anderson D, page 37). Among the many early Butler deeds recorded in Anderson County, TN, for conveyances of land sales and of slaves, are these examples: G, page 134: William Butler, Sr. to his granddaughter, JANE RECTOR, my Negro boy named JIM, 10-25-1828 G, page 155: William Butler, Sr. to my grandson, WILLIAM G. BUTLER, 100 acres on Poplar Creek adjoining William Butler and ANCIL MANLEY, 2-13-1828 I, page 16: William Butler, Sr. to William R. Butler, Henry R. Butler, and John W. Butler (grandsons), 70 acres on Poplar Creek beginning on Thomas Butler line, 1832 I, page 131: William Butler, Sr. to Rhoda Butler, wife of my grandson, William R. Butler, my Negro woman named BETSY, 1834. He was a Revolutionary War Soldier from Bedford County, VA. Submitted an affidavit dated 1 April 1834 in Anderson County, TN for pension. In the affidavit, he swore that he was 96 years of age, and that he volunteered for service under Capt. Samuel McCampbell on the last of May 1780 and returned home in September of 1780. He served this four month tour of duty against the Indians in the western part of VA at McDonald's Fort on Greenbriar River where his company of 66 men had a small battle with the Indians. He received a discharge from his Captain, but said discharge was lost. William Butler, Sr. again entered service in February of 1781 as a volunteer under Capt. Thomas Helems and marched into NC where his company, under Gen. Greene, took part in the Battle at Guilford, March 15, 1781, in which battle his captain was killed. Private Butler returned to his home in May of 1781. At the end of the affidavit, his aged hand tried to affix the signature, but only the first part is legible, and the Justice of the Peace, ROBERT GALBRAITH, signed for him and William made his mark. The above affidavit was accompanied by an affidavit made and signed by RICHARD OLIVER and ALEXANDER GALBRAITH. The early Butlers did not appear to be active in politics, yet it is interesting to note not only the quality of the penmanship of the signers, but the fact that each of the signers was a former High Sheriff of Anderson County. His will is recorded in Anderson County Will Book, 1830-1840, page 141. An abstract follows: To my son, THOMAS, my Negro girls, ELIZABETH and NELLY. To my daughter, Elizabeth Manley, my Negro women, JANE, BARBARY, CLOE, and FAN, and Negro boy, MOSES To my son, HENRY, and to my son, WILLIAM, my Negro man JOSEPH, and girl, MARGARET. To my daughter, MARY RECTOR, my Negro woman, JUDE, and her child,SETHANY To my granddaughter, ELIZABETH PRYOR, my Negro girl, MARIE. To my grandsons, JACOB and BENJAMIN RECTOR, $50 in money each. To my granddaughter, NANCY RECTOR, my Negro boy, JAMES. WITN: JAMES CRACE, JANE B. RECTOR Recorded Jan 16, 1836 William Sr. does not name his son, JACOB, in his will, and he does not give the first name of the husband of his daughter, MARY, who married a RECTOR. By other records, Jacob is known to be a son, and Elizabeth to the the wife of ANCIL MANLEY. It is not known whether the granddaughter, ELIZABETH PRYOR, was the child of a daughter who had married a PRYOR, or whether Elizabeth, the granddaughter, had married a Pryor. Evidently, William Butler, Sr. had brought many slaves with him from Virginia. Children of William Butler and Ann Duckett are: 1. Jacob Butler b. abt 1762, prob. MD; d. 20 October 1839, Anderson Co., TN; m. MARTHA MANLEY, 1 Feb 1790, Fluvanna Co. VA 2. Thomas Butler, Sr. b 11 November 1763, Frederick Co. MD; d 1834; m CHARLOTTE RECTOR. 3. Elizabeth Butler b 1768; d. aft 1854, Anderson Co, TN; m ANCIL MANLEY, 19 November 1785, Bedford Co. VA 4. Henry R. Butler, Sr. b. abt 1770; d. August 1835, Anderson Co. TN; m KEZIAH OGLESBY 5. William M. Butler b. 1783 VA m ISABELLA 6. Mary Butler, b. 1778 VA; d 1872 CA; m JOHN J. RECTOR, 1798, Campbell Co. VA John and Mary Rector were in Anderson County, TN by 1807 and were in the Warren County, KY 1850 census. His will dated 1/13/1856 is on record in Polk Co. MO. The will and other documents show 8 children. 7. Sarah Butler, d VA.; m. LEWIS RECTOR, 3 March 1792, Bedford Co. VA above from website http://www.roanetn.com/butler/butlerwm.htm which was copied from The Story of Oliver Springs, Tennessee and Its People, Vol. IV, by Snyder E. Roberts Note from Pat McDonald: I have not personally researched this prominent family, am not a descendant, and have no knowledge of the ancestry of William Butler. My father published the following information originally in a series of newspaper articles on local history in the Oliver Springs area. He later combined the articles into a book, published 1985. It is likely he may have been contacted afterwards by other people who could add to his information, but I don't have any such data, if it exists. Snyder E. Roberts was born in 1908, the youngest of 10 children born to Samuel Henry Roberts b. 1866. He graduated with honors from the University of TN, and among other things, was a History teacher. He lived all his life in the area. He wrote several other books, and was the City Historian for Oliver Springs, which is right on the Roane and Anderson County line. I have every reason to believe his research was done in the local courthouses, both of which would have been less than 30 minutes from his home. He probably interviewed living descendants, and had personal knowledge of some of the later generations. His interest in writing the articles (and my interest in publishing to this site) was to show how this family impacted the Roane and Anderson County areas. It is not meant to be a complete Butler/Boteler genealogical study. I have made no attempt to change what he wrote, but there certainly could be clerical errors. See Historical Map of Oliver Springs area at website http://www.roanetn.com/o_s.htm Basically, this is a map of the valley between Oliver Springs, TN and Oak Ridge. The city of Oliver Springs is at the top, at the foot of Waldens Ridge, and Oak Ridge would be over the mountain at the bottom of the page. To the left would be present Harriman, to the right would be Clinton, TN This plat was made by Mose D. Butler in the early 1890's for the purpose of showing the farm lands of William Staples, Joel Long, Samuel Long, Charlotte Griffith, and John Griffith. Fortunately for our present use, the plat also includes the boundaries of the NC grant #74 to Stockley Donelson in 1790, or the Charles McClung 5000 acre survey of 1796. Snyder E. Roberts marked off the McClung survey portion with heavy black lines and added some other notes. I have added color to the streams, but I am not skilled enough to show all the details in the original book on this page. This area is in present Roane (left) and Anderson (right) counties, with maybe just a smidge of Morgan County at the top. The Southern RR tracts from Knoxville to Harriman are shown across the top portion of the map.
More About William ButlerBoteler, Sr.: Burial: Unknown, unmarked grave in or near Butler Cemetery on Poplar Creek & Hwy. 61.
More About William ButlerBoteler, Sr. and Ann Duckett: Marriage: April 24, 1764, Frederick Co., MD.
Children of William ButlerBoteler, Sr. and Ann Duckett are: