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William Butram
Birth: Jul. 15, 1759
Rowan County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 10, 1853
White County
Tennessee, USA

The most common older spellings of this surname are Butram and Buttram. WILLIAM BUTRAM used the two interchangeably, but seemed to favor the version with one t most often. His name is spelled Butram on his tombstone and Buttram on the memorial in front of the courthouse in White Co., Tennessee. His son in Wayne Co., Kentucky, also named William, changed the spelling to Bertram during his life time. Some branches of the family have adopted even different ways to spell the last name. In White Co., Tennessee the spelling is now Buttrum. There are many other spellings used by the descendents of this man whose final resting place is in the Richard Bradley Cemetery.

WILLIAM BUTRAM (aka Buttram, Buttrum, Bertram, etc.) was a Revolutionary War soldier on the North Carolina line. He was born 15 Jul 1759 in Rowan Co., North Carolina to Margaret and William Buttram. He grew up there. After the Revolutionary War he returned to Rowan County for several years. He married Sarah Patterson 29 Jan 1780 in Rowan County and they had four children born in Rowan County before their house burned. William then moved his family to Iredell Co., North Carolina for some years. He later moved to Lee Co., Virginia, next to Wayne Co., Kentucky, and finally to White Co., Tennessee in his last years. About 1968 the Cookeville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) ordered a U.S. military marker for his grave and asked the historian and descendant, Professor Marshall Bertram of Tennessee Tech, to help them locate the exact spot of William's grave. Marshall had not yet found the grave with its original tombstone when the ladies ordered the marker with the supposed death year - 1848 - carved on it. It was not until Marshall found the grave that the exact date of death, November 10, 1853, was known. William Butram, with his daughter Katy and granddaughter, Mary Louisa (daughter of Willis), had been enumerated on the 1850 White Co., Tennessee Census as "Household #1420: BUTRAN, William 95, male, born NC". Little is known of his wife, Sarah Patterson, but she is believed to have died prior to his move about 1834 to White County, Tennessee.
A few messages that have been left for this man:

Soldier of the American Revolution on the North Carolina Line ... an early hero for this country in its infancy.

Thank you for your life and the courageous way you lived it.

Gone but not forgotten, ancestor of thousands of descendants; because of you we are here. Thank you for your sacrifice for family and country.

We honor you and your service, sir!

Family links: 
  Sarah Patterson Butram (1760 - ____)
  Nicholas Butram (1781 - 1870)*
  William Butram Bertram (1783 - 1865)*
  Cornelius Butram (1787 - 1815)*
  Elijah Buttram (1790 - 1873)*
  Emsley A. Butram (1794 - 1871)*
  Willis Butram (1800 - 1850)*
*Calculated relationship
Bradley Cemetery (Richard Bradley)
White County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Anna Schultheis Bertram
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40500051
William Butram
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William Butram
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William Butram
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