|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1759|
Prince William County
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1821|
South Carolina, USA
"Born in Prince William County, Virginia, he moved to South Carolina as a young man. He served in the Snow Campaign under General Richard Richardson in 1775 and in Gen. Andrew Williamson's expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1776. In 1779 he was a lieutenant in Pulaski's Legion, under Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, and served under Gen. Andrew Pickens at the siege of Augusta in 1780. He served as captain under General William Henderson in 1781, and was a captain of Mounted Rangers under Pickens in 1782.
Butler was a member of the State convention which adopted the United States Constitution, and was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1787 to 1795. He was sheriff of the Ninety-Six District in 1791, and was elected major general of the upper division of State militia in 1796.
Butler was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 7th United States Congress and served in the five succeeding Congresses, from March 4, 1801 to March 3, 1813. He then chose not run for reelection.
Butler was a major general commanding the troops raised for the defense of South Carolina in the War of 1812, and then retired to his plantation on the Saluda River, near Mount Willing, South Carolina.
He died at his plantation in 1821 at the age of 61, and was buried in the family plot at Butler Methodist Church, near Saluda.
William Butler was the father of United States Representative William Butler (1790-1850), Andrew Pickens Butler, and Pierce Mason Butler, [former governor of South Carolina] and the grandfather of Matthew Calbraith Butler. All except Pierce Butler (who served as governor of South Carolina) were members of the U.S. Congress from South Carolina. Butler was a first cousin to Sophia Butler (Smith) Bonham, the mother of Texas hero James Butler Bonham and U.S. Congressman Milledge Luke Bonham."
General William BUTLER, 1759-1821, was son of American Revolutionary War Patriot Captain James BUTLER, 1737-1781, and of Mary Elizabeth Foote SIMPSON, 1738- . His father, Captain James BUTLER, Sr., a Patriot, was killed at the Cloud's Creek Massacre, in Edgefield County, South Carolina, in November 1781, as was his nineteen year old brother, James BUTLER, Jr. They are both buried on their ancestral plantation, near Cloud's Creek, Edgefield, Edgefield County, South Carolina.
Known children born of the marriage of Brigadier General William BUTLER, 1759-1821, and his wife, Behethland Foote MOORE, 1764-1853, include:
son, Colonel James MOORE BUTLER, 1785-1821, Find-A-Grave Memorial # 49575619 [md. 1st ---- Mays; md 2nd Eliza KENNERLY];
son, Major George BUTLER, 1786-1826, did not marry;
son, United States Representative [S.C.], Dr. William BUTLER, 1790-1850, [md. Jane Tweedy PERRY, 1799-1875, sister of Commodore Oliver Hazard PERRY, 1785-1819];
son, Colonel Frank Moore BUTLER, 1793-1827, twice married- 2nd to Louis FORD.
son, Andrew Pickens BUTLER, 1796-1857;
son, Pierce Mason BUTLER, 1798-1847;
daughter, Emmala Elizabeth BUTLER, 1800-1848, Find-A-Grave Memorial # 49582496, buried Butler Methodist Churchyard Cemetery, near Saluda, Edgefield COunty, South Carolina, USA, [md. 1819, S.C. Representative & U.S. Minister to Mexico, Waddy II THOMPSON, 1798-1868];
son, Lieutenant Colonel Leontine [variant spelling: Leantine, Leontine] I BUTLER, 1802-1827, Find-A-Grave Memorial # 49632965, buried Butler Methodist Churchyard Cemetery, near Saluda, Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA.
Behethland Foote Moore Butler (1764 - 1853)
James Moore Butler (1785 - 1821)*
William Butler (1790 - 1851)*
Frank Moore Butler (1793 - 1827)*
Pierce Mason Butler (1798 - 1847)*
Emmala Elizabeth Butler Thompson (1800 - 1848)*
Leontine Butler (1802 - 1827)*
Butler United Methodist Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Milisia Hanlin
Record added: Mar 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49552718