Posted by Ralph de Butler on February 16, 19101 at 23:00:04:
FYI in reference to Butler of Norway as quoted below from Q344:
It may be of interest to note that Frantz (Francois)Butler of Arendal (Norway) was in La Rochelle on June 9th,1741.
There, with all the members of the Butler clan, including Jean Butler
(son of John Butler of Galway) mayor of La Rochelle, he renunces protestanism and became catholic.
A search in Arendal by my father in 1983 provided us with the
1)March 8 and 9, 1720: burial of A child of Captain Butler.
2)on September 23, 1737 Marie Elisabet Butler dies in Arendal. She is buried
on September 26,1737. She was 21 years old.
The "Statsakivet" tells us those two facts are an indication a Butler family lived in Arendal for a long period of time, however they go on stating the
documentation for this period is in bad shape.
"Frantz Butler (c. 1671-1758), migrated, c. 1689, to Denmark.
Clue: Probably bpt. "Francis", he was b. of "a distinguished family in Ireland." His father died in, or shortly before, 1708. Frantz left Ireland "for the sake of religion", c. 1688, and served 5 or 6 years as page to Christian V of Denmark when hunting. He was in the Danish-Norwegian Army, 1694-1722, promoted Col. in the Reserves, 1748, and died in Kysnaes, Norway, 1758. Aged 49, m. 1720, his 3rd wife, Karen n�e Galtung (1690-1764) of Hardanger, Norway, by whom he had 5 s. and 5 das. (Mr Birgit Oskor of Norrssundby, Denmark, and S. M. B. Aanderaa of Bergen, Norway).
Reply: The Butlers of Callan, Co. Kilkenny, descended from John (d. 1330), ygr bro of 1st E. of Ormond, were not averse to the name of Francis."
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