Butler Journal Vol. 1 No. 6 (1976)
Prepared by LORD DUNBOYNE from readers'questions
(Continued from Butler Journal, Vol. 1. p.409)
Please send clues and queries for this serial
to Lord Dunboyne. Factual information, however
meagre, is welcome; sooner or later it is likely to dovetail with what
is already known and help to complete a jig-saw. Thanks are due for
contributions from all over the world, and so are apologies for
inability to acknowledge each individually.
For brevity, `per' denotes `according to information received from `~
The Butler ancestry of the following is sought:
82. Alice née Butler wife of Roger Norwood (b.1479).
Clue- She was da. of'John Butler oIGlos. (per H.E. Voss of
El Toro, USA.)
Comment- She was da. of John (d.1515), s. of William, s.
of Sir John Butler of Parva Badminton (De Banco Roll,
1489; Hart Soc., xxi (1885), 241). The Butlers of Bad-
minton were said to be of the Wem line, although their arms
83. Edmond Butler (d.1747 in Virginia).
Clues- He came from Ireland to America (per statement in
1808 of his great-grandson). In Goochland Co., Va., he
owned 400 acres between Green Creek and the Badlock
branch of Appomattox River, and was tithable in 1746. His
will of 27.4.1747 (proved 17.9.1747) described him as
Edmond Butler of Southam parish, Goochland Co., Va., his
wife as Frances and sons as Aaron, John, Edmond and
William. By Frances née Cooke, Edmond had 6 children of
whom William (1747-1790) was the Regulator of N.
Carolina (per his descendant, Ross E. Butler of Ontario,
Comment-Possibly this Edmond descended from Thomas
Butler (d.1646) whose 5 sons all married after being
brought up in (Northumberland Co.) Virginia (see Q.47 and
J.B. Boddie, Virginia Hist. Genealogies (1954) 24).
84. Edward Butler (184 1-1929), emigrant from Ireland to
Clues- His mother, Sabina (1809-1891) was born in
Aughrim parish, Co. Roscommon, and died in Lillis, Kansas.
He was born in Co. Roscommon. When still a boy, Edward
accompanied his mother, sister, Mary, and brothers, John
and Thomas, to America. But they returned to Ireland after
a few years in Maryland and Edward finally emigrated to
America, ca. 1858, with his mother and one brother, his
sister and other brother following later. After employment
at the White House under Abraham Lincoln, Edward settled
in Kansas, 1865, with his mother and brother. His funeral
was held in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Lillis, Kansas. He
m., 1877, Mary Ann Carney by whom he had 8 sons and 6
das. (per Edward's great grand-da., Mrs Brockish of Kansas,
Comment- Sabina's husband may have died in Ireland
during the Famine. There is no evidence that his family
came from Co. Roscommon. Not many Butlers did. In the
l660s, however, Edmond Butler was certified 250 prof-
itable acres in Clonfinlough parish (which was in Ros-
common barony, as was Aughrim) under the Act of
Settlement (R.C. Simington, Distribution Books, i,66).
Later, John Butler of Heathfield, Co. Roscommon, m., in
Cath. Church, Kilmurry, Henrietta, da. of James Lynch of
Rathally, Co. Galway (Clare Freeman, 8.1.1859).
85. Edwin Abraham Butler (b.ca.1800).
Clues- His son, James, of Ormonde House, Headfort, Co.
Galway, had a da. who said her paternal grandfather was
born in Ireland. Another son, Edwin Abraham, of Ellerblie
House, Handsworth, Birmingham, was born 1832 and m. a
Manners (per their grand-da., Mrs Baron, sister of Pat Butler
Comment- The only Butler / Manners marriage of which we
know is that of Jane (da. of James, 9th Lord Cahir) in 1815
to Thomas, 1st Lord Manners. A search of the General
Register at 10 Kingsway. London, is recommended.
86. Frances née Butler, wife of Hervey Morres (d. 1722 /3).
Clues- Her father, Col. Pierce Butler is said to have been
killed at Battle of Worcester, 1651 (per the enquirer, H.M.
King Leka of the Albanians, whose wife, Susan n6e Cullen-
Ward, is descended from Hervey, 1st Viscount Mountmorres,
grandson of this Frances).
Comment- Frances was da. of Col. Hon. Pierce Butler of
Barrowmount, Co. Kilkenny, who was either slain, or
captured and shot, by Cromwellians at Battle of Lambstown
(not Worcester), Co. Wexford, 1650 and was 1st s. of
Edward, 1st Viscount Galmoye, 1st s. of Piers (d.1601),
base s. of Thomas, 10th Earl of Ormond.
87. James Butler (1730-1783), emigrant from Ireland to
Clues- He was born near Dublin, died in Louisa Co.,
Virginia and m., 1755, Mary (1735-1758), née Beckwith
(per their descendant, J.B. Butler of Jackson. Mississippi,
Comment- The marriage was very likely in America. There
is no trace of an 18th century Dublin licence for a Butler /
88. James Butler(1754- 1827) of U.S.A.
Clues- James (b.22.2.1754; d.11.4.1826) is believed to
have come from Kentucky. He in., 1.8.1775, Elizabeth
Giles (b.10.4.1753; d. 11.4.1826) and by her had 3 sons
(per his descendant, R.L. Butler of Iowa, quoting Mrs Elma
Butler Gordon, Nine Generations of Butler Family, printed
Comment- There may be a connection with the history of
Butler Co., Kentucky. The 'Giles' marriage raises the
possibility of a link with the Butlers of Newfoundland
among whom John Butler m., inTeignmouth, Devon, 1753,
Jane Giles (Butler Jo. i, (No. 5) 333). James has for six
centuries been the most popular Christian name of des-
cendants from the Chief Butlers of Ireland.
89. John Butler (d. 1759) of Amelia Co., Virginia.
Clues- He bought 400 acres on the lower side of Stocks
Creek (Amelia Deed Book No.1, p.200 for 1745). His Will
of 4.1.1759 described him as John Butler of Raleigh parish,
Amelia Co., Va., his wife as Martha, his sister as Sarah
Drinkwater and his nephews as Josiah Drinkwater, George
Ridley, Pierce Butler Penel and John Wingo (Amelia Co.,
Va., Will Book, No. 1, p.l53 for 23.8.1759). Pierce Butler
Pennell as he signed his name was known as 'The Irishman'
(per his descendant, I.W. Pennell of Arroya Grande, Ca.).
Comment- John may be of the family of the Quaker, John
Butler, whose Will mentioned his wife, Martha, sons, Joseph.
William, James and John, and da., Sarah (Prince George Co.
Wills, p.321 for 9.6.1719). It is tempting to suggest the
John in question may be the John who was 2nd s. of
Edmond of Q.83, but that John seems to have been a
General in N.Carolina Militia (Ash, Biog.Hist. of N.Carolina).
90. John Butler of Chipping Norton, Oxon, 1769.
Clues- He m. in Banbury, 1769, Elizabeth Drury. The
William Butler, bapt. in Wroxton, 1780, may be their son.
A William Butler was living in Banbury, 1805, when his son,
Thomas was born (per R. Butler of Stapleford, Nottingham).
Comment- John's sister may be Sarah who m., in Banbury,
1745 William Bull (Banbury Parish Reg.). There were Drury
marriages with the Butlers of Watton Woodhall, Herts.
(Clutterbuck, Hist. of Herts., ii, 477; and see Q.63).
91. John Butler, weaver of Bethnal Green, 1771.
Clues- The family seems to have been one of the small
community of weavers living round the Green in 18th
century. John Butler, weaver of Bethnal Green, m.,
26.6.1708, Mary Whitehead (St. Dunstan's parish reg.,
Stepney). John (s. of John Butler, weaver, and Elizabeth,
his wife) was baptised, 11.8.1771 (St. Matthew's parish reg.,
Bethnal Green). John Butler was paying rates in Bethnal
Green West, l77l-1780 (Bethnal Green Rate Book). This
John's grandson, Charles Salisbury (1812-1870), s. of John
(1771-1848), s. of John, the weaver, owned a lot of
property in the area, including the Butler Arms Public
House and the whole of Butler Street (Poll Book, 1840-41).
He was M.P. for Tower Hamlets (1852-1868) and also
owned property in Chesham Bois and Epsom (per his
descendants, Bertram Butler of Pulborough and Margaret
Dickinson of Bexhill). The arms he used were:Az., a
chevron between 3 covered cups, or (Burke, Landed Gentry,
Comment- John Cocke, Lancaster Herald, 1559, ascribed
Az. a chevron arg. between 3 covered cups arg. to the
Butlers of London in A Tudor Book of Arms (Harl. Ms.
6163 per Rodway, Heraldry of Butler, 8). The same arms,
but with cups or, were those of Butler of Aston-le - Walls
(Northants Visitation, 1681 in Harl. Soc., lxxxvii, 32)
Elizabeth who married 1837 (Gen. Reg., London II, ii) was
probably da. of John (1771-1848).
92. Paul Butler (l9th century British)
Clues- His son, John (b.21.4.1875) m., 12.3.1898,
in Blackburn, Lancs., Susannah Mary, da. of John Kenyon
by Sarah Anne née Driver (per John Butler's grandson's
wife, Mrs Butler of Quebec, Canada).
Comment- The 1898 marriage certificate is probably that
in vol. 8E, p.633, of the Gen. Register which could be ob-
tained by post from 10 Kingsway, London. It would show
whether this Paul was the Paul who m. at St. Paul's, Knights-
bridge, 1854, Louisa, da. of George Henry Barnett (Times,
16.5.1854) and who was 2nd s. of the banker, John La
Forey Butler (1786-1848) of Finchley, Mdx., said to be
descended from the Butlers of Pembrokeshire (Berks. Arch.
Jo; xxxvi, 161).
93. Polly, née Butler, Mrs Hickok, of Grand Isle, Vt. Co.,
Clues- She m. William Alonzo, s. of an Irish emigrant, Otis
Hickok. Her 4th son was the legendary "Wild Bill", James
Butler Hickok (1837-1876), soldier, scout and U.S.
marshal of border posts (Dict. of American Biography).
Comment- Mrs Harmon's Pioneer Settlers of Troy Grove,
Illinois reveals Polly was da. of James (b.1763), s. of Ben-
jamin (1727-1800), s. of Israel (b.1696), s. of Thomas
(1654-1732), s. of John (b.1624), s. of Nicholas (d.1671)
who migrated from Kent to America in 1636 (see Q.73).
Polly was thereby 4 th cousin of the erratic General B.F.
Wild Bill died when shot through the back of the head
while playing poker in Deadwood, Dakota. The hand he
then held of aces and eights has been immortalised as
"the Deadman's Hand." His hair-raising life has been the
subject of at least a dozen books, the latest being Joseph
C. Rosa's They Called Him Wild Bill.
94. Richard Butler (d.1684), American immigrant.
Clues- He is believed to have been born in Braintree, Essex.
In 1632 he emigrated in the ship, `Hector', to America,
where he first settled in Newtown (now Cambridge), Mass.
before going to Hartford, Conn. as disciple and companion
of the Nonconformist, Thomas Hooker.
Comment- We have had several enquiries about his ancestry
but have not yet traced his parentage. There was a Butler
family at Bocking, near Colchester, from at least 1561. Most
Butlers of Essex probably derived from Ralph (living 1100),
butler of Eudes of Coichester (Arch.Cantiana xlvi, 152).
95. Sarah née Butler, Mrs Livens (1838-1917).
Clues- Her father was born in Ohio. She was born in
Missouri and died in Texas, having m. Elige Livens (per
their descendant, Mrs Looper of Texas).
Comment- She may be of the family of Thomas S. Butler
of Cincinnati, Ohio, whose da., Mary Stuart m. 1876
Theodore Frederic Sandbach Tinne (Times. 24.8.1876).
96. Sarah Henrietta née Butler, Mrs Lawless (1856 - 1926).
Clues- She m. George Lawless.
Comment- She was da. of Rev. Edward Walter Butler
(1820-1881), a descendant of Piers, 4th s. of 2nd Earl of
Ormond (Galway Arch. Soc. Jo., xxviii,7, "Butlers of Cregg"
by Sir Henry Blackall, where, however, her year of birth is
erroneously given as 1857). She had two brothers born
respectively in 1854 (Limerick Chronicle, 9.9.1854) and
11.5.1857 (Dublin Evening Mail, 20.5.1857). besides the
two mentioned in Blackall's valuable work.
97. Thomas Butler, 19th cent. emigrant front Ireland to
Clues- He migrated from Ireland in the Famine to Holy-
road, Newfoundland (per his grand-da.. Mrs Ronan of West
Hartford, Conn., U.S.A.).
Comment- For the Butlers of Newfoundland whose arms
suggest a descent from the Ikerrin branch see Q.1 5 and
Butler Jo. I (No.5),333. But this Thomas is not necessarily
of that branch.
98. Thomas Butler. a collier in Staffs., 1869.
Clues- lie was a collier in Darlaston, Staffs., 1869 (per
marr. cert. of his son, Patrick). It is believed Thomas was
born in Co. Galway, well-educated, an R.C., became a
private tutor at some period of his life, left Ireland for
England at the time of the Famine, with his wife, Mary, née
Joyce, and sons, John Patrick and Thomas, migrated to
America ca. 1874, and vanished in California ca.1875 (per
A.R. Walker of Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.).
Comment- The genealogy of the Butlers of Co. Galway is
99.........Butler, related to a Wortham by 1731.
Clues- George Wortham (whose son, Thomas, b.1731, m.
Elizabeth née Taliaferro of Virginia, U.S.A.) was said to be a
"near relative of the Duke of Ormonde" (per Mrs G.L.
Eatman of Oxford, Miss.. U.S.A.).
Comment- There seems to be no record of any Butler of
the house of Ormonde having married a Wortham.
100.........née Butler, Mrs John Elmes (l9th.cent.).
Clues- She is said to have been closely related to the 1st
Marquess of Ormonde and to have eloped with, and m.,John
Elmes of Swindon in the 1840s (per their gt.grandda., Mrs
Owen of Bourne, Lincs.).
Comment- The marriage certificate should be traceable. No
Butler of the house of Ormonde married an Elmes. Nor does
either family seem to have lived in Swindon, 1638-1837
(W.P.W. Phillimore, Glos. Parish Regs.).
101.........née Butler, Mrs O'Dwyer (b.1830-40).
Clues- Her father was of Ballyslatteen, Co. Tip., and she
had a da., Margaret (per Margaret's son, H.N. Gale of
Comment- This Mrs O'Dwyer was probably a da. of
Richard Butler (1794-1870) of Ballyslatteen (by Elinor née
Dillon) who descended from John, 2nd s. of 9th Lord
The following additions can now be made to comments
on earlier questions, for which back-references are given to
the instalment and page of Butler Jo., vol.i.
4. Thomas Butler (1720-89) of Penn. [1:63; 2:129; 5:407]
K.W. Nicholls' suggestion that the Butlers of Coolkenna
descended from those of Tullow apparently referred not to
the Butlers of Tullow of the Mountgarret branch, but to
James, s. and h. of Richard of Roran, Co. Tip., 2nd s. of
Pierce Butler of Nodstown. Nicholls considers C.S. shows
this James to be of Tullow. Richard of Roran d. Jan. 1638
(H. Gallwey, Wall Family, 130).
7. Richard Butler (1710), Quaker of Bristol [1:64;3:222]
This extract from the register of burials in Banbury, Oxon,
may possibly be relevant: "The wife of John Butler of
Neithrop, buryed in the Quaker's house yard, 22.5.1670"
(Banbury Hist. Soc., ix.127).
28. Anne née Butler (I7th cent.), Mrs Dallin [3:221;5:409]
The family of Noel-Baker also descend from this Anne (per
N. King-Harris of Letchworth, Herts).
47. Thomas Boteler (d. 1644/6) of Maryland, [4:294;5:409]
For "Brodie", read "Boddie" on p.295.
59. Gabriel, Count Buttlar (1722 - 1792) of Gran, Hungary.
We thank Frhr. Horst von Buttlar of Oldenburg,W.Germany,
for solving this problem. Gabriel Rudolf Jakob, Graf von
Buttlar (1722-1792) was s. of Ludwig Johann (1679 -
1752) of the Kurland branch of the Buttlar-Ziegenbergs.
Gabriel m., 1754, his first-cousin-once-removed, Barbara
Elisabeth von Buttlar and by her had Johann Benedikt
Wilhelm, Reichsgraf von Buttlar (1733 1845), whose niece,
Eva von Barkoczy, m., 1844, Alexander, Graf Butler-
Clonebough (d.1850) of Haimhausen, Bavaria, a descendant
of Edmond Theobald Butler of the Paulstown branch of the
Ormonds. Alexander Theobald (s. of Alexander and Eva)
d.1919, leaving a da., Eveline (b.1879). Burke's 1970
Peerage is clearly wrong in dating the marriage of Gabriel's
da., Elisabeth. in 1755. which seems to be her year of birth.
60. Gerald Butler (d. 1797 / 8) of Ballyadams, Queen's Co.
We are indebted to Mrs Wissick of Johannesburg for poin-
ting out that this Gerald was the Garret Butler, named in
Annabella's Will of 1741 (B.T.R., 4) which identifies him as
s. of Alexander (d.1741), s. of James, s. of Richard, s. of
James (d.1659), s. of Richard, s. of William of Brittas, Co.
Tip., s. of Theobald, 5th s. of James, 6th Lord Dunboyne
Gerald's wife was Anne (Cashel M.L.B., 1756). But she
was da. of David Butler (d.1741) of Hemmingstown and
Garranlea, Co. Tip. (not, as Blake Butler in a rare aberration
assumed, da. of Richard Butler of Ballynahinch).
Rosetta (1801-1867), da. of Gerald's son, Gen. Sir
Edward Butler, was to have married the wealthy widower,
Walter (1770-1820), 1st M. of Ormonde. But he died too
early and she m. 1821, another well-heeled widower, her
cousin, Richard Butler Hamilton Lowe (b.1774).
David Gerald Butler (b.1849) who was great-grandson of
Gerald, married a French widow who already had a daughter.
In 1922 at 22 Allée de Montfermeil, Le Raincy, he was
working on the history of his family. If his step-da., whose
name we do not know, has descendants they may have his
family papers which might help.
G.O. MSS. 134 p.34 is a relevant pedigree but seems to err
seriously as to the parentage of Richard Butler of Bally-
77. Lord Lanesborough's ancestor.
John Butler of Waresly, Hunts. (d.1521) was s. of Thomas
(d.1479), s. of John, s. of William, s. of John (living 1371-
1414) who m. Isold, da. of William Gobion (J.R.Delafield,
Delafield Family Hist., ii, 532).
Synolda, née le Petit, may have married Thomas Butler
earlier than 1320. Dr R.J. Hetherington of Birmingham
suggests the derivation of "Synolda" may be from the
Greek for conscience. Dare we be so heretical as to add
it may have originated simply from a misreading of the