Saturday, November 10, 2007

Susan Jane Butler Sampler (1834)

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Susan Jane Butler Sampler (12 June 1834)
Caswell County, North Carolina

The sampler pictured above will be auctioned at Mebane Antique Auction Gallery's December Americana Sale on Friday 14 December 2007. Set forth below is some information on Susan Jane Butler and her family.

Susan Jane Butler 1834 Sampler
Caswell County, North Carolina

Susan Jane Butler was born about 1822 in Caswell County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Joshua Butler and Susan Lovelace Butler of the Locust Hill Township of Caswell County. Susan never married and lived at home with her parents. Her oldest brother, William, married Keturah Brown* about 1845 in Caswell County. Her youngest brother, Joshua, died in 1862 (age 28) while serving during the Civil War in Company D of the 13th North Carolina Infantry Regiment.

Susan’s younger sister, Emiline (“Emily“), married Joseph W. Nance June 4, 1853, in Caswell County. Joseph Nance was a “tobacconist” from Yadkin County, North Carolina. They had at least three children, Mildred born in 1855, Cora born in 1858, and Bettie born in 1861. Joseph Nance died October 25, 1864, of disease while being held as a prisoner of war at Elmira, New York. He was a full Corporal serving during the Civil War in Company F, 28th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Emily Butler Nance brought her three daughters back home to Caswell County after the Civil War.

Susan’s youngest sister Mariah was not married by 1870 and still lived at home.

Joshua Butler, father of Susan Jane Butler, was born c.1797 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He was the son of Zachariah Gray Taylor and Elizabeth Driskill Butler. He served in the 11th Company, Caswell County Regiment in 1812. Joshua Butler married Susan Lovelace about 1818 in North Carolina. Susan Lovelace was born in Virginia, the daughter of James and Violet Webster Lovelace. Joshua Butler farmed in the Locust Hill area of Caswell County. He is listed as a “tobacconist” in the 1850 Census. Joshua and Susan Lovelace Butler had at least 5 children:

1. William F. Butler (born 1820) married Keturah Brown.* William is listed as a “tobacconist” in the 1850 Census. In the 1860 census, he was listed as a “teacher.”

2. Susan Jane Butler (born 1822) did not marry and lived with her parents.

3. Emiline D. Butler (born 1832) married Joseph W. Nance 4 June 1853 in Caswell County, North Carolina. Joseph W. Nance enlisted as a private on 18 June 1861 in Yadkin County, North Carolina. He served in Company F, 28TH North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to full Corporal. He died of disease at the Elmira, New York, prisoner of war camp. Joseph W. Nance is buried at Woodlawn National Cemetery, CSA section, site 851.

4. Joshua H. Butler (born 1835) served in Company D, 13th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He enlisted as a private on 1 May 1861 in Caswell County, North Carolina (age 27). He died 14 October 1862 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

5. Mariah G. Butler (born 1837) did not marry and lived at home.

William F. Butler Family

William F. Butler married Keturah Brown* (born 1824 in Virginia). William and Keturah had at least seven children. William and Keturah lived in the Locust Hill Township and were neighbors of William’s parents, Joshua and Susan Butler.

1. Elizabeth Butler (born 1849)
2. Susan Butler (born 1853)
3. Preston Butler (born 1855)
4. Martha Butler(born 1857)
5. John Butler (born 1858)
6. James Butler (born 1860)
7. Jefferson Butler (born 1862)


1840 US Federal Census, Caswell County, North Carolina
1850 US Federal Census, Locust Hill Township, Caswell County, North Carolina
1860 US Federal Census, Locust Hill Township, Caswell County, North Carolina
1870 US Federal Census, Locust Hill Township, Caswell County, North Carolina
1860 US Federal Census, East End Township, Yadkin County, North Carolina
NC Muster Rolls 1812-1814
American Civil War Soldiers Records
Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865
US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006
Family Sources, Provo, Utah

* The basis for ascribing the Brown surname to the wife of William Butler is the following, which is from The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 138 (Article #99, "Family of Jefferson Davis Butler" by Iola B. Murphy):
Jefferson Davis Butler was born Oct. 12, 1861. His parents were William R. and Katurah Brown Butler. William Butler was born in Pittsylvania Co., Va. As a young man, he went to visit relatives who lived near St. Louis, Mo. While there, he met and fell in love with Katurah Brown, After much letter-writing and a train trip or two, they were married. After marrying, they lived in Caswell Co. They had eight children: Susan, Mattie, Bettie, Preston, John, James, Jefferson Davis "Jeff" and a young son who died early in life.

Jeff Butler, so called as a young man, went to visit his sister Susan one day. Susan had married Richard Graham and lived between Griers Presbyterian Church and Frogsboro. While there, he met Floretta Smith, a daughter of William Hill and Mary Dameron Smith. She was born Jan. 7, 1871. Jeff courted her for over two years before the were married. The settled in the community and had four children: Hurley Oscar, Elwood Marvin, Bertha Lea and Iola Dalice Butler.

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