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Catharine Anne "Katie" DeLaVergne Butrick
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1816
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1864
Carroll County
Iowa, USA

Wife of E Butrick
Aged 48ys 1mo 13 ds
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Catharine Anne DeLaVergne was the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Jane (Sipperly) DeLaVergne. The surname was changed to Dillivan in later records. She married Enos Butrick on November 8, 1832 at Trumbull, Ohio.
In 1849 the family lived in Sullivan County, Missouri. They moved to Adel, Greene County, Iowa where they lived for four years. In the fall of 1853, Enos followed the Raccoon River west for about 20 miles, looking for a suitable place to hunt and trap, and to build a cabin for his family. In the spring of 1854, Enos returned to Greene County, loaded up the old prairie schooner, and with his family, they followed an old Indian horse trail through the two foot high prairie grass to Carroll County, Iowa; the Butrick family was the first white settlers in the county, living near the Raccoon River, near Jasper Hills - Section 2, Township 84, Range 39; it was about seven miles northeest of Glidden, Carroll County, Iowa. When Kate saw the valley from a hill top, with the river winding through it, she exclaimed, "Perfectly Heavenly" and so it was named Heavenly Valley.
Catherine was the mother of ten children. The birthplaces listed on the census records show the family had lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri between 1832 and 1850.
The 1850 census lists the family at Dallas, Iowa with children: David, 16, Ohio; Reuben, 15, Penn.; Wilson, 11, Penn.; Francis, 9, Ind.; Sarah, 7, Missouri, and Mary, 3, Missouri.
The 1856 census lists the family at Jasper, Carroll County, Iowa with children: Ruben, 20; Wilson, 18; Sarah E., 12; Mary M., 9, Matilda, 4; and twins, John W. and Walter, 1 year old.
The 1860 census lists the family at Jasper, Carroll County, Iowa with children: C. W., 21; F.M., 19, S.E., 16; Mary M. 13; H. M., 7; John and Walter, 5; and Joseph E., 6/12 yr.
A daughter, Virginia, died on February 14, 1865 at 14 months of age.
Katie was a true pioneer woman, braving the hardships,
setting out for an unknown destination through the vast prairie, wild animals and Indians, surviving the inclement weather, fear of illness, living in a dirt floor cabin, etc. Living off the land - fruit, nuts, wild meat - until a trip to Des Moines Trading Post with furs were sold and supplies, such as flour, sugar and coffee could be purchased. A garden was planted in the spring and that provided fruit and vegetables that were stored in the root cellar for the coming winter. Corn was ground and made into cornbread. There was knitting, weaving, quilting, cooking, etc. to be done. Katie planted a row of lilac bushes near the cabin; other flower slips, such as rose, peony, etc. were planted - symbols of the successful fight against discouragement of living in the wilderness.
In time, other settlers moved into the area. The David and Rebecca Frazier family lived near the Butrick cabin, and they became life long friends. Katie's health was starting to fail; home remedies did not relieve her suffering. A good mother had gone to her rest on March 4, 1864. All the countryside was in mourning when Katie Butrick died. She was a good neighbor, always ready at a minute's notice to answer the call of a distressed one. She had been mid-wife to half the babies in the county, nursed the mothers through their illness, sat by the bedside of dying ones and helped the ailing sick back to health again. Many a night she kept watch with the dead, "laying out" the still form of the loved one, closing the eyes with a silver piece, keeping a cloth rung out of salt water on the palid face of the still form. Death was as intimate thing in those days and for three nights and days the kindly neighbors kept watch at the Butrick home, tenderly watching by the still form of their good neighbor and friend.
We shall never more behold thee,
Never hear thy winning voice again.
When the spring time comes gentle "Katie"
And the wild flowers are scattered o'er the plain.

(Information found in the book, "Buffalo Trails Plowed Under."
Written by Iva Frazier Paup, a granddaughter of Catherine and Enos Butrick.
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Catharine had a brother, John DeLaVergene, who was married to Sarah Brown and the father of six children. He died in March, 1861, and was buried at the Salisbury Cemetery, as was Catherine and Enos Butrick.
After the death of Catharine, Enos married Sarah Brown DeLaVergene, sister-in-law of Catharine.


 
 
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 Spouse:
  Enos Butrick (1812 - 1883)
 
 Children:
  Virginia Butrick (____ - 1865)*
  Rueben N. Butrick (1835 - 1865)*
  Sarah Ellen Butrick Higgins (1843 - 1910)*
  Mary Melissa Butrick Frazier (1846 - 1895)*
  Joseph E Butrick (1859 - 1929)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
North Coon Cemetery
Carroll County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: R . O. Higgins
Originally Created by: Bobbi
Record added: Jan 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63952110
Catharine Anne Katie <i>DeLaVergne</i> Butrick
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Catharine Anne Katie <i>DeLaVergne</i> Butrick
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- R . O. Higgins
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