James B. BUTLER[1, 2, 3]

Male Abt 1816 - 1876  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name James B. BUTLER 
    Born Abt 1816  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5
    • There is conflicting information regarding James' birthplace (1850 census for James reports North Carolina, while Dave Butler reports his father's father's birthplace as Virginia on 1930 census). P. Sinclair states that she has "learned he and his sister were born in VA, but lived in Rutherford County, NC prior to moving to Hall County, GA in 1830's." His CSA service record also states VA.
      Inferred birth date based on:
      1850 Census - age 30 - abt 1820
      1840 Census - age 30-40 - abt 1800 to 1810
      P. Sinclair email - abt 1820
      CSA Service Record - age 47 at enlistment in 1861 - abt 1814
    Gender Male 
    Military From 5 Oct 1837 to 7 May 1838  Florida Seminole Indian War Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Military 
    • He served under Captain Abram Chastain in the 1st Regiment of Georgia Mtd. Volunteers, commanded by Col. E. W. Chastain, in the Seminole Indian War in Florida in 1837 and 1838. He enlisted at Hall County, Georgia for a term of six months and was honorably discharged at Campbell, Georgia.
      Most of this information comes from the "Declaration of Widow for Pension" within Malinda Gerrin's pension file.
    Census 1840  , Habersham, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • James Butler is enumerated as head of household. The household includes one male age 30-40 (likely James, 26), one female 5 and under (first initial, M. - likely Martha Jane), one female 20-30 (likely Rhoda). All are free whites. The family is living next door to Frances (Winters) Quarles.
    Census 1850  District 38, Hall, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • James Butler is enumerated as head of household. His age is given as 30 and his occupation as laborer. His birthplace is given as North Carolina. He cannot read and write. Other household members include "R" (likely Rhoda), age 25 and the following children: "M," age 11, female; "J. M.," age 6, male; "R," age 4, male; and "J. E." (likely James E,) age 1, male.

      Rhoda's mother, Frances (Winters) Qualls, enumerated next door.
    Physical Description 17 Jun 1861  Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    He is described as being six feet one inch tall, with a fair complexion and dark hair. 
    FAN Levi Mote 
    FAN William T. Wofford 
    Military From 17 Jun 1861 to 6 Nov 1861  Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    • James enlisted on 17 Jun 1861 in Adairsville, GA. He was mustered in at Camp McDonald as a private in Colonel Wofford's 18th Georgia Regiment, Company F. He spent at least 60 days in the hospital for nephritis and bronchitis. Due to these illnesses, he was declared unfit for duty and was discharged on 06 Nov 1861 at Camp Goldsboro, North Carolina.
    Military From Bef 2 Sep 1864 to 15 Jun 1865  Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Military 
    • James re-enlisted and served in the 18th GA Infantry, Company H. On 02 Sep 1864, he was at Jackson Hospital in Richmond, VA and given a 30-day furlough to go to Atkins, GA [I can't find Atkins on a map]. He was captured in the hospital at Richmond, VA on 03 Apr 1865. He was transferred to Libby Prison in Richmond, then to Newport News, VA, where he was released on 15 Jun 1865.
      His oath of allegiance card states that his residence is Andersonville, GA. Perhaps he was exchanged for a Yankee prisoner?
    Illness 1872  [8
    James had a stroke. 
    Illness 6 Nov 1873  Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    He was admitted to the state lunatic asylum, from Bartow County. 
    Died 5 Dec 1876  Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Information regarding his admission to the asylum and subsequent death are from a letter from the Superintendent & Resident Physician of the "State Lunatic Asylum", on letterhead, that is included within the pension file.
    Notes 
    • Middle initial obtained from military record.

      James was raised in the household of his sister, Susannah, and her husband John Sullins from the time he was small. Presumably his parents died when he when he was a child.

      (Medical):He was admitted to the state lunatic asylum, from Bartow County. Date:06 Nov 1873 Place:Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia, USA

      James had a stroke. Date:1872
    Person ID I1533  Kendrick-Hemphill
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2010 

    Father Unknown BUTLER 
    Family ID F728  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Rhoda QUALLS,   b. 1825, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1856, About 2 Miles From Cartersville, Cass, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Marriage License 27 Mar 1839  , Hall, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Married 29 Mar 1839  , Hall, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 10
    • Research note: In a deposition dated 29 Jul 1897, James E. Butler states that he has two brothers still living: Dave and one who is in the "Columbus, Ohio penitentiary convicted of 'whitecapping.'" Research the identity of this brother; it must be either John M. or R. T.
    Butler-Qualls Marriage License
    Butler-Qualls Marriage License
    Records the marriage of James Butler and Rhoda Qualls
    Children 
    +1. Martha Jane BUTLER,   b. Abt 1839, , Habersham, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1909, , Bartow, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     2. John M. BUTLER,   b. Abt 1844, , , Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. R. T. BUTLER,   b. Abt 1846, , , Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. James Evan BUTLER,   b. Jan 1847, , , Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1900 and 1910, , , Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)
    +5. David Sanford BUTLER,   b. 25 May 1855, Adairsville, Cass, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1938, Chatsworth, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Nancy RUTLEDGE,   b. Abt 1805, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1 Mar 1887, Fort Valley, Houston, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1857  Adairsville, Cass, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 11
    Separation Abt 1867  [2, 12
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F664  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Rutha C. Malinda GERRIN,   b. 1843, , White, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Separation Abt Oct 1871-Nov 1871  , Lumpkin, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • James is reported to have left Lindy five or six months after their marriage.
    Married 22 May 1871  , Lumpkin, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1. The pension file contains a certified copy (dated 09 Jul 1896) of the marriage license and certificate. The original is filed in Book D, Page 164.
      2. This marriage was proven invalid through the course of the pension inquiry, due to the fact that James and Nancy (Rutledge) Floyd were never divorced.
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F701  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1816 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Military - From 5 Oct 1837 to 7 May 1838 - Florida Seminole Indian War Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage License - 27 Mar 1839 - , Hall, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Mar 1839 - , Hall, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1840 - , Habersham, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - District 38, Hall, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSeparation - Abt Oct 1871-Nov 1871 - , Lumpkin, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 May 1871 - , Lumpkin, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsIllness - He was admitted to the state lunatic asylum, from Bartow County. - 6 Nov 1873 - Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Dec 1876 - Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S67] "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia," digital images, Footnote.com (www.footnote.com), Record of James B. Butler, 18th Infantry; (Reliability: 3).
      http://www.footnote.com/image/78053008/

    2. [S197] P. M. Sinclair [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,] to Tonia Kendrick, e-mail,; privately held by Kendrick, [(E-ADDRESS) HELD FOR PRIVATE USE,]., "RE: James Butler (re: Susannah Butler message)" (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S50] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications, Old Wars, Indian Disturbances (1815-1858); Records of the Bureau of Pensions and Its Predecessors, 1805-1935; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C., Malinda Butler, widow's pension application no. 5705, certificate no. 3909, for service of James Butler (Chastain's Co., Ga. Mtd. Vols., Fla. War); (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S218] Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432,), Year: 1850; Census Place: District 38, Hall, Georgia; Roll: M432_72; Page: 362; Image: 250; (Reliability: 3).
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1850usfedcenancestry&h=18709440&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    5. [S115] P. M. Sinclair, "Register Report for James Butler b 1820 VA," supplied 04 Jan 2009 by Sinclair, [(E-ADDRESS) HELD FOR PRIVATE USE,].

    6. [S587] Ancestry.com, 1840 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1840. M704, 58), Year: 1840; Census Place: , Habersham, Georgia; Roll: 42; Page: 133. (Reliability: 3).
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1840usfedcenancestry&h=1749065&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    7. [S280] Crilley, Virginia, "Company F 18th Regiment," abstract, Bartow County GenWeb (http://www.gabartow.org/mil/milCof18reg.shtml : accessed )., 31 December 2008; entry for J. B. Butler, Pvt. Co. F, 18th Ga. Vol. Inf., Confederate; no source is referenced (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S197] P. M. Sinclair [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE,] to Tonia Kendrick, e-mail,; privately held by Kendrick, [(E-ADDRESS) HELD FOR PRIVATE USE,]., "RE: James Butler (re: Susannah Butler message)" 26 Dec 2008 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S50] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications, Old Wars, Indian Disturbances (1815-1858); Records of the Bureau of Pensions and Its Predecessors, 1805-1935; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C., Malinda Butler, widow's pension application no. 5705, certificate no. 3909, for service of James Butler (Chastain's Co., Ga. Mtd. Vols., Fla. War); (Reliability: 3), 17 Jan 2009. (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S119] Hall, Georgia, Hall County Marriage Book 1819-1870; digital images, Georgia's Virtual Vault (http://content.sos.state.ga.us/index.php), 120-121, Butler-Qualls, 1839 (Reliability: 3).
      http://content.sos.state.ga.us/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/countyfilm&CISOPTR=84000&REC=4

    11. [S279] Bartow County, Georgia, Marriage Books, Bartow County Probate Court, , , ; digital images, Bartow County Georgia GenWeb (http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/index.php : accessed )., 24 December 2008; Book E, 1853-1868: 109-110; Butler-Floyd; 1857, recorded license and return (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S50] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications, Old Wars, Indian Disturbances (1815-1858); Records of the Bureau of Pensions and Its Predecessors, 1805-1935; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C., Malinda Butler, widow's pension application no. 5705, certificate no. 3909, for service of James Butler (Chastain's Co., Ga. Mtd. Vols., Fla. War); (Reliability: 2).