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Thomas Nugent Oder Butts was first buried in the Griffey Cemetery in Caldwell County, Missouri. When his wife Harriet died in 1889, he may have beern moved from the Griffey Cemetery to the Kingston Cemetery to be beside her and some of their children. Thomas and Harriett are listed on the same stone in the Kingston Cemetery.
Newspaper Unknown September 7, 1939
WELL-KNOWN EARLY CALDWELL COUNTY SETTLERS
Col. T.N.O. Butts (1804-1864)
One of the most prominent settlers of the forties in the county was Thomas N.O. Butts, or as he was often called T.N.O. Butts. He was born in Virginia, came to Kentucky with his parents, and from there emigrated to Ray County in 1832. He came to Caldwell in 1839 just after the Mormons had been expelled and soon became an outstanding citizen in pioneer life. He was straightway elected colonel in the Caldwell County Militia Company and held a commission from the governor. He conducted the quarterly musters of the militia first held at Salem 1841, later at Kingston 1843 and on the site of Bonanza. He rode on a high stepping horse, with a red sash emblem of his office tied across his chest. He seems to have been a man of wealth, for he had extensive lands and many slaves on his plantation in the south central part of the county. It is said that negroes of this section whose name is Butts are descended from Col. T.N.O. Butts' salves.
He married Harriet Ellis, whose father came as a very early settler into southern Caldwell. They had several children, some of their descendants still being residents of the county. Mary Eleanor Butts was married 1845 to Major M.L. James of the Kingston community, who became a well-known Union militia leader in the Civil War. Malcena Butts married John P. James, and their daughter married John T. Esteb. Two of T.N.O. Butts' sons lived for many years near Kingston. William M. Was born in 1837 in Ray County. He married Mary Bethel of the Kingston community. Another son was Thomas J. Who was born in Caldwell County in 1845. Both sons were farmers.
The Butts family were Southern sympathizers. The father and his sons entered the Southern army, and the two sons mentioned above both received wounds which crippled them in after life. Col. T.N.O. Butts is said to have helped drill the early Caldwell County Minute Men, organized at Kingston in 1861 by the southern men of the county. When the Union Militia Killed Jim Baker (one of the southern Baker family on Crab Apple Creek) , T.N.O. Butts was one of the southerners who helped to bury the youth in the McClelland Cemetery near Kingston.
Although Col. Butts was a man of considerable wealth, much of his wealth was lost when his slaves were freed; and his land-ownings, when divided among several children, naturally lost their importance. At his death in January, 1864, he was buried in the Griffey graveyard, long since abandoned to brambles. He was 59 years old at his death. In the same pioneer cemetery, rests his little daughter, Mary Ann, aged 2 years; his mother in law Mary Ellis (1780-1850) and his father in law James Ellis (1781-1853). In the Cottage Grove cemetery rests hi son, Samuel J. Butts (1834-1880), while Mrs. Harriet (wife of Col. T.N.O.) Butts (1809-1889) rests in the Butts lot at the Kingston cemetery. She had made her home with her sons there.
Thomas Newgent Oder Butts was a Justice of the Peace in Ray County, Missouri from 1833-1837 when he resigned because he moved to Caldwell County, Missouri.
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Originally Created by: J Jenkins
Record added: Mar 28, 2014
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