Location: Exact location is unknown. Reportedly, it was in slave Settlement No. 3 or No. 4 on Butler's Island Plantation. (2 Sources) "Sullivan, Buddy, Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater, The Story of McIntosh County and Sapelo. 4th Edition, 1995. The Darien News, Darien, GA.
(11 Sources) Various Newspaper articles, unpublished personal journals and family histories.
History: Major Pierce Butler, born in Ireland, came to Charleston, S.C. in 1767 with the Twenty-ninth Regiment of Foot to King George III. He married Mary Bull Middleton of S.C. in 1771. After the Revolutionary War he acquired land on the Georgia Coast. In Major Butler's Legacy, Malcolm Bell states that Major Butler 'acquired the island he named for himself prior to 1784.'(2 Source). His grandson, Pierce Mease Butler, who had adopted his name succeeded the Major as owner. Roswell King and his son were overseer/managers on Butler's Island Plantation from 1802-1854. This was a rice plantation but, also, grew sugar cane. The 1825 McIntosh County Tax Digest lists 542 slaves for the Pierce Butler estate. He had been one of the leading planters in the County. The slaves were essential for rice culture because of their resistance to malaria. The slave graveyard is said to have been on the East side of the island. Due to the high water table it was unsuitable for burials as they would fill with water. At least, by the 1870s the portion of Butler land on the mainland, known as Butler Cemetery, was given for a cemetery to the slaves or their descendants.
Butler Island is now a State of Georgia Waterfowl Management area.
- Added: 9 Jun 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2452664
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