Re: Corrections to Thomas Butler of Frederick County, Virginia's lineage
I need to make some necessary corrections; regarding, Thomas Butler's ancestry.
Thomas Butler died ca. 1764 in August near his cabin in Frederick County, Virginia. Whether or not he was a “…native of Ireland” as Hill’s "History of Coshocton County, Tennessee" remains to be seen. Although, this was said by one of his descendants, a Butler.
Thomas Butler’s wife was Jane Gilbert-Vance. Whether or not she was previously married to a man with the surname VANCE is unknown. Thomas Butler’s wife, Jane Butler, was kidnapped along with one of her children, James Butler, who was only 7 years old at the time. Whether or not the afore-mentioned Thomas Butler had any siblings, or was an only child is currently UNKNOWN as no one ,to date, has been able to learn about his lineage.
One of the mistakes I made was in stating that Richard BUTLER was born in Ireland before 1760 and sailed to America with his parents and brothers and d. October 28, 1791 and was scalped from Indians, the day after he became Major-General and was Lt.-Col. prior to his becoming a Major-General and untimely demise. As Patsy Laird illustrates this particular Richard Butler isn’t related to this particular Thomas Butler. Whether or not Edward Butler, who was b. in Ireland is related to our Thomas Butler, I will have to eventually check and see.
William Butler, Sr., who was allegedly born in Ireland and d. in Roane County, Tennessee and died after 1762, might have been a brother to Major-General Richard BUTLER; however, William Butler, Sr., is NOT related to our Thomas Butler as I had previously mentioned (source: Patsy Laird). Incidentally, this William Butler, Sr. was married to Anne Duckett and brought several slaves from his former home in Bedford County, Virginia. Patsy Laird asserts the following: “Thomas Butler [Junior] -- b. 6 May 1745, did not fight at the Battle of Brandywine. And he was never a law student. His claim to the Revolution was that he built a fort in Monongalia Co., Va., now WV which later became Preston Co., VA now WV. He did die in Wayne Co., OH in September 1825. Date as per will.”
The next error that I had made was V. Robert Butler, who was b. ca. 1750 in Ireland and d. approx. 1818 at “Dunkard Bottom,” and was known as “Old Justice” (source: Preston County, Virginia History, pp. 405-408, Vol. 5) is also NOT related to Thomas BUTLER of Frederick County, Virginia as corrected by Patsy Laird. James Butler was b. 1757 and did NOT die at 7-years old. He is the son of Thomas Butler of Frederick County, Virginia.
Joseph Butler, another son of Thomas Butler of Frederick County, Virginia was “ b. 1742 d. March 1811. Tombstones 3. Original was just a rock that read J. B. 1811 aged 69. The second reads Joseph Butler died March 1811, aged 69. The third placed by a descendant in later years. And I do have those newspaper clippings some where about the tombstone placement. It too reads Joseph Butler Died March 1811 aged 69 years” (source: Patsy Laird).
Finally, to the best of my knowledge, Thomas Butler and Jane Gilbert-Vance-BUTLER had an only dau., Mary Butler. She was the wife of Colonel John Tipton of Tennessee. For further research on him and other Tiptons, please see Charles D. Tipton’s book, The First Five American Generations of Tiptons. Col. John Tipton as Patsy Laird pointed out was the son of Jonathan Tipton. She also made mention that Mary Butler had d. during childbirth with her son also named Jonathan Tipton, June 8, 1776. Her primary source of information on Mary Butler’s death was taken from Draper Papers. Next, Percival BUTLER was also NOT the son of Thomas BUTLER of Frederick County, Virginia as I had mentioned previously and the last person named, John Butler, she is unsure as to whether or not he is related to this Thomas Butler of Frederick County, Virginia as she has “…never heard of him either.”
I apologize for the inaccuracies. However, with the corrections that Patsy Laird has outlined; hopefully, you will be able to decipher, which is correct as Patsy Laird has been researching this Butler family much, much longer than I have. She has researched this family for around 35-years, in contrast, to my 6 years.