William Franklin Butler I

1 February 1824–5 June 1909 (Age 85)
Spencer, Washington Township, Owen, Indiana, United States

The Life Summary of William Franklin

When William Franklin Butler I was born on 1 February 1824, in Spencer, Washington Township, Owen, Indiana, United States, his father, Abel Butler, was 36 and his mother, Milbourn Litherland, was 24. He married Sarah Ann Dewitt on 11 September 1846, in Perry, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 5 June 1909, in Pima, Graham, Arizona, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Pima Cemetery, Pima, Graham, Arizona, United States.

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William Franklin Butler I
Sarah Ann Dewitt
Marriage: 11 September 1846
John Thomas Butler
Mary Adalinda Butler
Jacob Noah Butler
Sarah Jane Butler
William Franklin Butler II
George Washington Butler
Adalinda Butler
Lydia Ann Butler
Daniel Butler

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  • Marriage
    11 September 1846Perry, Indiana, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 1
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis
    Age 1
    The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.
    Age 23
    Historical Boundaries: 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

    Name Meaning

    English: from a word that originally denoted a wine steward, usually the chief servant of a medieval household, from Norman French butuiller (Old French bouteillier, Latin buticularius, from buticula ‘bottle’). In the large households of royalty and the most powerful nobility, the title came to denote an officer of high rank and responsibility, only nominally concerned with the supply of wine, if at all. As well as being widespread in England, this is also the surname of an important Irish family, descended from Theobald FitzWalter, who was appointed Chief Butler of Ireland by King Henry II in 1177. It is Gaelicized as de Buitléir.English: occasionally perhaps an occupational name from Middle English boteler ‘maker of bottles (usually of leather)’, a derivative of Middle English botel, Old French bo(u)teille ‘bottle’ and synonymous with Botelmaker.Americanized form of French Bouthillier (see Bouteiller ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    WILLIAM FRANKLIN BUTLER, SR. Written by: Margaret Butler Shelley, Granddaughter Read by: Beulah Shelley Spencer, Great-granddaughter At the beginning of the eighteenth century, in the beautiful sta …

    Sources (42)

    • Williams Butler, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Wm F Butten, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
    • Butler in entry for Emma Butler Williams, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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