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Bonnie Jean Butler Gibson (#47968378)
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Hubert Knauff, Jr.
Butlers moved
Okay. I stand corrected. Today I traveled to the BUTLER (Charles) CEMETERY and found its former location. Talked to a man nearest the site and he spoke of the "all the graves" being moved by Clark Funeral Home. So I checked in with CFH and she caused me to look back in the "Addendum 2011" (which I'd already done last night but failed to notice the issue): and it notes that all in the cemetery were transferred to PROVIDENCE CEMETERY, also in southwest section of Grady County. The heavy rains force me to delay a physical search. Interestingly, in our conversation she mentioned another family moved to PROVIDENCE CEMETERY just recently. I had a hand in that one & attended the services with the Ochlocknee Rifles, a group within the Sons Of Confederate Veterans. Boy, do paths cross. The graves of the BUTLER (Charles) CEMETERY were moved in 2008, according to the "The Cemeteries Of Grady County, Georgia, Addendum 2011."
I'll shoot for these to get you photos from PROVIDENCE CEMETERY as weather permits.
Added by Hubert Knauff, Jr. on Feb 11, 2013 7:11 PM
Hubert Knauff, Jr.
Butler (Charles) Cemetery
This is taken from the book "The Cemeteries Of Grady County, Georgia" (2005):

"Butler (Charles) Cemetery
Located on Land Lot 229, 19th District
GPS Coordinates: N 30 degrees 47' 23"
W 84 degrees 20' 44"

"Directions: From Cairo at S Broad ST & GA Hwy 111 S, travel GA Hwy 111 S for 14.0 miles to Calvary. At caution light, turn R onto 1st AVE, travel 0.1 mile. Turn R onto Old 179 S, travel 4.5 miles to dirt lane. Turn L, and the cemetery is approximately 0.25 mile into middle of field.

"Survey notes: Surveyed 4 graves in March 2004. Charles and Rebeccs Butler, from Sampson County, NC, were among the earliest immigrants to th "North Carolina Settlement" (now called Calvary). Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin is a descendant. Many descendants moved to Bainbridge and Camilla areas. Most of the old iron fence is down, and the few remaining stones are broken or partially buried in the dirt."

Then the book lists the 4 the surveyor could read from the graves. The headers are MARKER, SURNAME, FIRST NAME, MIDDLE/MAIDEN, BIRTH DATE, DEATH DATE, and OTHER INFO. The underscores are blanks. The 4 listings are as follows:

1, BUTLER, Charles, ___ , 15 May 1795, 11 Dec 1865, s/s (same stone)

2, BUTLER, Rebecca, ___, 04 Feb 1802, 06 Aug 1865, s/s

3, BUTLER, John, R., 30 Dec 1824, 04 Jan 1900, ___

4, B., M.(Martha), A.(Anne), no date, no date, initials on foot mkr beside John Robert Butler** (the two asterisks indicate "information from descendant or other source")

I failed to convert the above GPS Coordinate to the digital format but will. I believe the location problem may be that quarter-mile "into the middle of the field" part. That can make traveling to such an on-foot-only experience and graves or cemeteries impossible to view from a road. I'll go look myself if rain doesn't stop me. Hope this helps.

Added by Hubert Knauff, Jr. on Feb 10, 2013 8:33 PM
Paul Donovan
Butler Cemerery

Based on the information provided by Hubert and taking a look at the Piedmont Cemetery graves, I would say that John R Butler and the Martha Ann Butler were moved from the old Butler Cemetery and re-interred at Piedmont.

I'm still looking for additional information.

Added by Paul Donovan on Jan 14, 2013 11:03 AM
Paul Donovan
RE: Grave of John Robert Butler

We went up and down Old 179 several times and tried several dirt lanes without success.

I would love to find this place for you. If you can locate any additional information I will be happy to try again.

I have not been able, so far, to find anything additional.

Added by Paul Donovan on Jan 13, 2013 7:43 PM
Hubert Knauff, Jr.
I read your note on a Dr. John Butler in WHIGHAM. There is a JOHN R. BUTLER (1824-1900) (Find A Grave# 63444319). I also noticed a ARDELIA TRULOCK BUTLER (1872-1946) listed as Find A Grave# 99534413. "The Cemeteries Of Grady County, Georgia" (2005) book list ARDELIA TRULOCK BUTLER in PIEDMONT CEMETERY, along with ROBERT LOUIS BUTLER, PEARL LEE BUTLER, and HENRY MOORE BUTLER. There are several (at least 6) JOHN BUTLERS in the index. Most appear to be in different cemeteries. The aforementioned JOHN R. BUTLER was buried south of Whigham on "Old 179 S" - a north-south county road that has served as a highway years ago. But that cemetery only had four graves, all BUTLERS, and is the books states the stones are broken. It lists: JOHN R. BUTLER (1824-1900), M.A.Butler (for "Martha Anne" with no dates), CHARLES BUTLER (1795-1865), and REBECCA BUTLER (1802-1865). It subnotes there are initials on foot marker beside John Robert Butler, information provided to the book's publisher. There is also an ADNA BOSTWICK BUTLER TRULOCK (1857-1949) buried near the end of ROW 8 in WHIGHAM CEMETERY at MARKER 14. All the other graves from MARKER 10 through MARKER 15 are "UNMARKED ADULTS" except MARKER 13, which is GORDON BYRON TRULOCK (1837-1919) with a note "Wed 03 MAR 1886" on the grave. according to the book. You can contact me at if you like. The other JOHN BUTLERS in the index are: JOHN E.C. BUTLER, JOHN EDWIN BUTLER, JOHN H. BUTLER, JOHN R. BUTLER, JOHN THOMAS BUTLER, and JOHN H. BUTLER, JR. There is also a J.N.BUTLER and a J.ALTON BUTLER. The only BUTLER I see in the index with the prefix "DR." is a DR. W.R. BUTLER. Most of these appear to be in different cemeteries as the page numbers they are reference to are different (e.g. page 33, 286, 331, 144, 114, 35, etc.). The book has about 60 listing per page and one page turn can mean a different cemetery sometimes... Good luck! Hubert
Added by Hubert Knauff, Jr. on Jan 04, 2013 12:38 AM

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