John William Butler

1813–1880 (Age 67)
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John William

John William Butler was born in 1813, in Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He married Mary Ellen Steckman in 1847, in Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Rock Island, Rock Island Township, Rock Island, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Drury Township, Rock Island, Illinois, United States in 1870. He died in 1880, at the age of 67, and was buried in Essex Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, United States.

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John William Butler
Mary Ellen Steckman
Marriage: 1847
Sarah Elizabeth Butler
Mary Ellen Butler
Charles Butler
Hattie Ann Butler
John William Butler
Sarah Emma Butler
Adeline Butler
Eliza J Butler
Ida May Butler

Spouse and Children

Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia, United States


    Sarah Elizabeth Butler


    Mary Ellen Butler


    Charles Butler


    Hattie Ann Butler


    John William Butler


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 6

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1825 · Museum of Lancashire

Age 12

The Museum of Lancashire is located in the former courthouse of Preston in Lancashire, England. The building was designed by Thomas Rickman. Some the exhibits include Lancashire through the years, at work, at play, goes to war, and law and order. All depict different times and events in Lancashire county. The museum closed in 2015 and is now only opened for scheduled appointments.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 19

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: 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.2 Anglicized form of French Boutilier .3 Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): occupational name for a bottle maker, from Yiddish butl ‘bottle’ + the agent suffix -er.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Butler, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Butler, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Butler, "New York State Census, 1855"

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