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Hiram Erastus Butler
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Birth: Jul. 29, 1841
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1916
Placer County
California, USA

Was born at 4:00 a.m. according to his first book.


Forty miles northeast of Sacramento, off I-80 near the village of Applegate, stand the remains of one of Northern California's oddest religious cults: the Esoteric Fraternity. Founded in 1887, the Fraternity pioneered modern astrology, prepared its followers to run a worldwide religious dictatorship, and faded from history after a still-unsolved murder claimed one of its members.

The Esoteric Fraternity was founded by metaphysical scholar and author Hiram Erastus Butler. In 1891, Butler took twelve followers from Boston to Applegate, California, and settled on a 500-acre homestead overlooking the American River. There, they built an 18-room house, established a farm, and set up a printing press to publish Butler's books.

Butler's most famous work was Solar Biology. First published in 1887, Solar Biology simplified astrology by basing horoscopes on sun and moon signs, rather than on complex planetary movements. Today's newspaper horoscopes are modeled largely on Butler's formulas.

Mike Marinacci, SF Non-Traditional Religions Examiner
September 2, 2011

Marriage to Sophia Agnes Wilson
1863 1 Jun
Age: 21
Brandywine Hundred, Newcastle Co, DE
20 Sep 1878


Solomon Butler
1804 Oneida Co. NY Aft 1880 Oneida Co. NY
Sarah Duel
Bet 1909 & 1809 NY Bef 1880 Oneida Co. NY 
Family links: 
  Sophia Agnes Wilson Lewis (1843 - 1886)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Not for sure he is interned here. Will try to find a record for him.
Esoteric Fraternity Cemetery
Placer County
California, USA
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Nov 20, 2011
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Hiram Erastus Butler
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Hiram Erastus Butler
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