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Sanford Joshua Butler
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1891
Death: May 16, 1966

Sanford Joshua Butler was the son of Margaret E "Maggie" Adams and Albert "Abb" Pierce Butler. He was born in Pickens County, Alabama on January 26, 1891 and named after his grandfather Sanford Adams and great grandfather Joshua M. Adams and his uncle Josh Adams.

When Sanford was an infant his father Abb was off on a drinking binge and his mother, Maggie, died alone of yellow fever at the age of 19. After Maggie's death Abb took off for west Texas and left Sanford in the care his grandparents Sanford and Nancy Adams. In 1893 the whole family, including Sanford and his grandparents and uncles, moved to Richmond, Texas for better opportunities. After Sanford's grandfather dies in 1896, he lived with his grandmother Nancy and his grown uncles Josh, Jenks, and Lewis. When grandmother Nancy passes away in 1906, Sanford, now 15, lived with his uncle Josh Adams and his aunt Jennie in their family house on N. Second Street in Richmond.

In 1917 as a young man Sanford began working in the oil fields for The Texas Company. He worked in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and perhaps other countries. Sanford registered for the WWI draft while in Tampico, Mexico and served in Europe as a private in the 320th Repair Unit of the Motor Transport Corps. After the war he returned to work in the oil patch and again worked in Mexico. In a 1919 passport application Sanford wrote that his father was deceased although he was not.

In his travels Sanford used Richmond as his home address and when he came back to Richmond periodically he lived with his uncle Josh and aunt Jennie and his cousins in that big house on N. Second St.

In the early 1930s Sanford retired from the oil field and married Willie Henderson Mathews of Richmond, Texas. About this time Sanford became the superintendent of the Richmond Water Dept. and bought the remodeled slave house across the street from his uncle Josh's house on N. Second, St. Sanford and Willie had two sons during this period. The oldest, Charles, married and had two or three children by various marriages. William, the youngest was disabled at birth and died in his 30s.

Sanford passed away on May 16, 1966 in the Veterans Hospital in Houston of heart disease and was buried in Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Texas.
Family links: 
  Albert Pearce Butler (1868 - 1946)
  Willie H Butler (1905 - 1989)
  William Matthews Butler (1936 - 1968)*
  Sanford Joshua Butler (1891 - 1966)
  James Robert Butler (1901 - 1946)*
  Ira Julius Butler (1907 - 1972)*
  Clarence Eddie Butler (1914 - 2001)*
  Oliver Tildon Butler (1919 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Morton Cemetery
Fort Bend County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section PC3, Lot 131, Space 1
Maintained by: L Adams
Originally Created by: Sibbian Burroughs
Record added: Dec 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62520655
Sanford Joshua Butler
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Sanford Joshua Butler
Added by: L Adams
Sanford Joshua Butler
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 Added: Feb. 16, 2013

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