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Dr William H. Butler
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1800
Granville County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1861
Sardis (Panola County)
Panola County
Mississippi, USA

His son is Sgt. William M. Butler, who is buried in Davis Chapel Cemetery.


The history of Sardis could not be recounted without giving details of Dr. William H. Butler's (1800-1861) family. In 1832 he had selected land owned by Chickasaw Indians. Family tradition reports he smoked a peace pipe with the Indian chief. When land agents could legally give a deed to this portion of Mississippi, Dr. Butler purchased Section 35, Township 7 South, Range 7 West, abutting on the north what is now East Lee Street in Sardis.

The parents of his first wife, Agnes B. (1811-1831) the daughter of Stephen and Tabetha Baugh, also moved to Mississippi from the Pulaski area of Giles County, Tennessee. The son of this first marriage, Stephen Hightower Butler (1828-1885), remained in Tennessee with relatives until and his wife, Antonia Foster (1838-?) Of South Carolina, joined Dr. Butler in Panola County. A great great grandson, also named Stephen H. Butler, now lives in Como, Mississippi with his wife, the former Margaret Lofton Rayford..

After Dr. Butler had loaded wagons with the equipment, tools and slaves needed to carve a plantation from the heavily timbered hills, they came over primitive roads to the area of Memphis village, then south on the stage road often called the Old Panola Road. He built a two story log house before returning to Pulaski to marry Sarah Caroline McEwin (1819-1884). The oldest child of the marriage, Mary (1837-1911), was reported be the first white child born in Sardis. Other children were: William H. Butler, II, 1842 - 1863; Sarah Butler, 1844-?, who moved to St. Charles, Arkansas, after her marriage to a Mr. Davidson; Alice Lenore Butler, 1849-1914; Caroline Phemmer Butler, 1853-1915, who married John Henry Murray in 1878; Ada Butler, 1856-1894, the first wife of Dr. Jack H. Walton; and, Jessie Franklin Butler, 1857-1930, the second wife of Dr. Walton.

Business lots on the east side of the present Main Street of Sardis and land where the Heflin House Museum is located were sold. By the late 1850's, this new town on the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad was becoming more than a scattering of plantation homes.

Dr. Butler had bricks fired and planned to build a colonial home comparable to several others in the area. His death and the tragic loss of a son in the Civil War, changed the families' needs. After Mrs. Butler's death in 1884, two unmarried daughters lived on the hill east of what is now Ruffin Drive in Sardis.

Dr. John Walton and his first wife had a daughter, Mary Ada (1881-1973). She was thirteen when he married the child's aunt, Jessie Franklin Butler. Dr. Walton practiced medicine in north Panola County for half a century. In 1903, his nephew, Van Morgan of Arkansas County, Arkansas, was left widower when Josephine Parker Morgan died leaving a family of young children, including an ill new born, Frances Morgan. Homes for the older daughters were found in Arkansas with members of Mrs. Morgan's relatives. Dr. Walton adopted his great niece when her father died before the baby was a year old.

Frances Walton married Frank s. Ward, the son of Grace Taylor and Dr. Benjamin N. Ward of Como. Frances' older child, Ann Walton (1934-1965), wife of Michael Ickx, died in Rome, Italy, and is buried in Como-Friendship Cemetery. In 1940, Frances married Edwin Price Taylor (1896-1983) of Como and they had a daughter, Martha Frances (born 1942). Two grandchildren, Ann Walton Garrison (born 1973) and William C. Garrison (born 1976) consider Como as their home. They spend all vacations in Como with their mother when she can leave her teaching duties. 
Family links: 
  John Butler (1770 - 1837)
  Mary Hunt Butler (1771 - 1851)
  William H. Butler (1800 - 1861)
  Thomas F. Butler (1802 - 1851)*
  Jane Howard (1807 - 1875)*
  John Isaac Butler (1809 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Davis Chapel
Panola County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Jack77
Record added: Aug 17, 2011
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Dr William H. Butler
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In memory of Dr. William H. Butler and in gratitude for his dedication to mankind.
- Georgia Girl
 Added: Sep. 30, 2011

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