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Ruth Emma St John Butler
Birth: Apr. 30, 1842
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1924
Dallas County
Iowa, USA

Ruth was born on April 30, 1842 near Porter, Rock County, Wisconsin. She was the eldest daughter of Nehemiah and Elmena (Freeman) St John and was raised on her parent's farm which is located in what is now the city of Jamesville. The family moved to Clayton County, Iowa when she was ten years of age. Ruth met and married Riley William Butler near Volga, Iowa in 1859 when she was seventeen years of age. Riley and Ruth farmed in and around Volga City and raised their six children there: Alzina, Oscar, Clara "Dell", Orrin, Elmer and Emma. In 1870 the family started out with oxen teams a distance of 200 miles, making the trip in two weeks to central Iowa to develop a new farm. They chose to establish a homestead six miles from Redfield in Dallas County, about forty miles west from the present city of Des Moines. With the exception of two years spent in Des Moines and Adel, they spent the rest of their lives on this farm. Ruth's older brother Freem was to take up farming near them in Dallas County around 1890. He had recently married for the second time and took up a homestead near Redfield, a small hamlet not far from Ruth's farm. Ruth died on June 2, 1924 near Redfield and Riley died at the home of their daughter Alzina Butler Freeman, north of Redfield on December 22, 1927 at the age of ninety. 
Family links: 
  Nehemiah St John (1805 - 1888)
  Elmena Freeman St John (1820 - 1887)
  Riley William Butler (1837 - 1927)
  Orrin Spencer Butler (1865 - 1948)*
  Robert Freeman St John (1840 - 1919)*
  Ruth Emma St John Butler (1842 - 1924)
  Daniel Harley St John (1843 - 1929)*
  Amanda Alzina St John (1845 - 1848)*
  David Barber St John (1848 - 1928)*
  Franklin S. St. John (1849 - 1930)*
  Winfield Scott St John (1852 - 1940)*
  Myron St John (1854 - 1887)*
  Seth St John (1856 - 1858)*
*Calculated relationship
West Linn Cemetery
Dallas County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Holland St John
Originally Created by: ZBonnie
Record added: Aug 21, 2006
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Ruth Emma <i>St John</i> Butler
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Ruth Emma <i>St John</i> Butler
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Ruth Emma <i>St John</i> Butler
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- Jim Bradley
 Added: Feb. 21, 2014
Great-aunt Ruth was a true pioneer who showed strength and courage when facing the unknown and sparsely settled mid-West. She raised a family of six and established a thriving farm that is still being worked to this day.A special bouquet for Aunt Ruth.
- Holland St John
 Added: Dec. 4, 2009
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