Jim Butler’s Military Service

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James B. Butler, my great-grandfather, enlisted in the United States Army on 10 November 1901 in Ellijay, Georgia for a period of three years. At the time of his enlistment, he was a 21-year-old farmer, described as being  6 feet tall, with blue eyes, light brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. 1 Two months later, […]

Jim Butler’s Pension Card

James B. Butler Pension

James B. Butler, my great-grandfather, was a foot soldier in the Philippine Insurrection from 1901 to 1904.  This card shows that he filed for an invalid pension on 26 Jul 1921. I tried to use this information to order a copy of his pension file from NARA, but received the following message: Please correct the […]

Tombstone Tuesday: William and Printie Whitener

Whitener genealogy

William Adolphus “Dock” Whitener, my great-grandmother’s elder half-brother, was born January 7, 18821 in Ellijay, Georgia2.  He was the youngest son of William Everett Whitener and Roxy Sinyard3.  He fought in both the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection4.  He first married Cynthia Caroline Reed5 about 19036; after Cynthia died, he married Prentis Mullinax in 19167.  Printie […]

Jim Butler Army Enlistment

Butler genealogy

A few days ago, my dad called wanting to know if I could find his grandfather‘s military records so that he could order a marker to be placed at the new Murray County Veterans Memorial Park.  Specifically, he needs Jim’s service dates, latest rank, and any medals he may have been awarded. I immediately logged […]