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Betty (#48021349)
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Tommye Price
RE: Josie H. Price
Hello, Betty! We have been out of town and I don't know if I sent you a reply or not so here I go. My husband is the genealogist here and he can't reconcille the 2 Josies but will keep trying. We really appreciate the info that you sent and hope you will continue to update us with more info if you have it. Sincerely, Tommye

Added by Tommye Price on May 31, 2013 4:51 PM

Old Southern Belle
Alta Butler
I have solved the mystery about who was Franks wife(s). I have updated Frank's bio. I should have looked for Alta McCrary in 1900 long before now. I found her back with her parents, before she married James E. Jones in 1904. Soneone else has already created a memorial for her, which I linked to in Frank's bio.

I found that the Frank that married Mattie Pearson was "James Franklin 'Frank' Butler", not Franklin 'Frank' Wright Butler. So disregard my comments about that. BTW, there was also an "Alta McQueery", but if she was Omnis mother then the Omnis in CA was not Frank's son .... I do not want to go there.

I'm still trying to find all the children.

Added by Old Southern Belle on Mar 31, 2013 12:48 AM

Old Southern Belle
Frank W. Butler's wives
I appreciate your interest in Frank's wives. The 1900 Macon Co TN census, 6th civil dist., ED37, sheet 4B, clearly shows Frank was married to "Alta F." born Dec 1877. It shows she had been married 2(two) years & had 2 children. It shows Frank had been married 4(four) yrs. It shows 3/4 yr old Omnis born 1896/97, it was changed. Since that Alta had been married only 2 yrs (1898), she could not be Omnis' mother. Meaning Frank was previously married. Since the 1900 Alta is claiming two children and Margaret Casey Butler was 18 months old, then either she was claiming Omnis or she had just lost her 2nd child or she lost her 1st child who she had before she was married to Frank. Either way it was Frank's 2nd marriage and Alta was not Omnis' mother. I believe the reason the 1910 census shows she also was married 14 yrs was because the enumerator assumed since she was Frank's wife that they had been married the same number of years or Frank & Alta decided Omnis should never know she was not his mother. But the 1900 census proves that Frank was married two years before he married Alta.

The 1900 census shows a 13 yr old male child named (blurred) McCreary as a servant, not a nephew or step child. Same census sheet shows Frank's father G(J)erome & his 2nd wife Lavinia with a female "servant" age 15 named P... F. McCreary. If Frank had been married to Alta McCreary then the two children would have been listed as a relative in both homes. I found the license for Alta McCrary & Frank Butler, but I also found one for her and "James E. Jones". If Alta McCrary married Frank "Wright" Butler and not one of the other dozens of Frank Butler's that were born during the same three year period in the same area of Tennessee, then she divorced him and married James Jones in 1904. "Alta McCrary" was born in 1879 and Alta Butler in 1977 which coinsides with the census year of birth for his wife. There is no census or other document showing "Alta McCrary born 1879" & "Frank Wright Butler born 1874" were married.

Frank & family are shown in TN in 1900-1910. They moved to Toombs Co GA for the 1920 census. This is where Frank's daughter Essie married my cousin Jesse Lynn and what got me researching the Butler family. Frank moved to Texas sometime before the 1930 census. The 1920 Toombs census was totally mis-transcribed. If it weren't for the names of the last three children I would not have been able to find the family past 1910.

It took me months of research to figure out there were dozens of Frank Butler's and 4 "Alta/Altie" in TN. One was an Alta P. Russell whose family lived next door in 1900 and another "unrelated" contributor insisted she was his wife. But I could not connect her to Frank. The only two I could put in Macon Co together was Frank Wright Butler born 1874 and Alta F. Butler born 1877 d/o William S. Butler & Eliza Jane Smith Butler. All the other's were seversl counties away and names and ages did not match the census records.

"Alta McCrary" born unk married 25 Jul 1895 Smith TN to a "Frank Butler" no proof it was Frank "Wright" Butler

"Alta McCrary" born 12 Sep 1879 d/o John W & Martha Bowen McCrary married 24 Jul 1904 to "J.(James)E. Jones" & died 04 Feb 1930 in Rutherford TN; this is documented by license and death certificate with all names included. If Alta McCrary married James in 1904 she could not have been with Frank in all the following census. That is why I ruled her out as Frank Wright Butler's wife.

"Alta F.(Fernandis) Butler" Frank's cousin was the only Alta that was born in Dec 1877 which is what the 1900 census shows. She was Frank's 2nd wife. Because of the missing 1890 census it has been impossible to prove who his 1st wife was. Since you show an interest and are distantly related I will attempt to research deeper to try to find the name and license for his 1st wife. I had hit a wall and stopped looking.

In Franks home was a "Martha Coomer" "cousin to head", widow, age 78, in the 1900 Macon TN census. I have neglected to find who she was. I will try to figure that out and post it. I also have not found the parents of the two McCrary children in the 1900 census. I can not read their first names.

In my search today I found a new memorial created this month in the same cemetery where Frank is buried. It is for Ina Olivia Butler Hancock born March 1893. Her DC shows her father as Frank Butler from TN & mother Mattie Pearson from Missouri and Ina born in New Mexico and died in El Paso Texas. I posted the death certificate on the memorial. If this Franklin W. Butler is her father then I either have the wrong Frank or Mattie Pearson was his 1st wife. That would also mean Frank 1st married about 1892 instead of 1895/96. He may have married and had Ina & Omnis with Mattie, divorced and took Omnis with him back to TN, remarried without telling Alta there was another daughter and then worked his way back to TX. I have not found Alta's burial location. If she is with Frank her memorial has not been created yet.

I wish I could find one of the "known" childrens DC or Obit that states their mothers maiden name. It would answer the questions.

You may copy this and then delete it if you wish.

Added by Old Southern Belle on Mar 30, 2013 12:03 AM

D & J Cloninger
RE: Perry T. Butler, Lake County, TN

I'm sorry to say we aren't related to the Butler's at all. We try and put as many people on Find A Grave as possible. We do entire cemeteries if we can find a cemetery listing. This way people can find their ancestors. Otherwise, they may never be able to track were they are buried.

We have been able to find many of our relatives because someone has been kind enough to place them on Find A Grave, so we just want to help others.

Again, I'm sorry we're not related.


Added by D & J Cloninger on Mar 20, 2013 7:53 PM

Lisa McCrehin McKown
I was researching it on That is where I found the info. ( census. )

Added by Lisa McCrehin McKown on Feb 12, 2013 9:10 AM

Lisa McCrehin McKown
William McCormack 1
1770 1816
Judith Wright McCormack
1775 1841

Added by Lisa McCrehin McKown on Feb 12, 2013 1:46 AM

Lisa McCrehin McKown
William McCormack
I hope some of this helps or sounds right to you,

William McCormack
Birth 15 Feb 1800 in Franklin, Virginia, USA
Death 27 May 1881 in Bates City, Lafayette, Missouri

Dennis McCormack

Spouse & Children
1805 1896

John McCormack
Rufus McCormack
William Jr McCormack
William H. Mc Cormack
1838 1904
Thomas McCormack
Fountain Emmet McCORMACK
1841 1919
Martha S McCormack
Henry McCormack

Added by Lisa McCrehin McKown on Feb 12, 2013 1:44 AM

Ron Mac
re; William McCormack, Concord Cemetery, Lafayette Co, MO
Sorry, I do not have any information on the McCormack family. I just added them to findagrave after taking photos of the old part of the cemetary. Ron

Added by Ron Mac on Jan 25, 2013 11:41 PM


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