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 Jefferson A “Jeff” Butler, I

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Jefferson A “Jeff” Butler, I

  • Birth 1 Jan 1829 Alabama, USA
  • Death 12 Mar 1889 Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Left - Row 6 - 12
  • Memorial ID 53358743

1860 US Fed Census about Jeff Butler Age 1860: 31
Birth Year: abt 1829 Birthplace: Alabama
Home 1860: Lavaca, Lavaca, Texas Gender: Male
Post Office: Hallettsville
Household Members: Name Age
Jeff Butler 31 1829
Martha Butler 17 1843
Charles Butler 27 1833 prob Jeff's brother
William Butler 7 1853 prob Charles son/not Martha's
Christopher Kons 22

Collection: Texas Marriages, 1837-1973
Groom's Name: Jefferson Butler Bride's Name: Martha Ann Smothers Marriage Date: 04 Mar 1858 Marriage Place: , Lavaca, Texas Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59235-1 System Origin: Texas-VR Source Film Number: 983239
Reference Number: 2:V43R1S
Martha dau of John Bate Smeathers Sr and 2nd wife Mary Ashby
had son John Jr who had son Johnny Wesley who shot Jefferson over a cow, both were drunk and crazy or never would happened.

Jefferson and Martha had 4 kids
1BUTLER MARY 9 F W TX 1861 TX Elizabeth +1James Addison Jim Lynch 1881 d 1890 +2Jacob LeRoy Lynch [James brother]
3BUTLER FRANCES 5 F W 1865 TX Fannie +Joe Dufner
[Jefferson appointed Joe Dufner executor of his will]
4BUTLER ANNIE 3 F W 1867 TX Sarah Ann +Luke Greer -Her dad's will included her-"My daughter Ann Greer is entitled to 5 cows and calves and one horse out of my property which is to be turned over to her by my executors."

Jefferson mrd again for the second time shortly after Martha died of pneumonia to Catherine Kate Buckley
b 1855 died 1880 she was the dau of Ellen Buckley

Collection: Texas Marriages, 1837-1973
Groom's Name: Jefferson Butler Bride's Name: Catherine Buckley Marriage Date: 02 Jun 1871
Marriage Place: Lavaca Texas
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59235-2 System Origin: Texas-EASy Source Film Number: 983240 Reference # P94

1880 US Fed Census about Jeff Butler Age: 45
Birth Year: abt 1835 Birthplace: Alabama
Home 1880: Precinct 1 Lavaca Texas Race:White
Gender:Male Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)
Father's Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother's Name:Mary Smothers
Mother's Birthplace: South Carolina
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Stock Raiser
Household Members: Name Age
Jeff Butler 45
Mary Butler 20 1860 dau
Jeff Butler 18 1862 son
Fannie Butler 16 1864 dau
Annie Butler 14 1866 dau
Willie Butler 8 1872 dau of Jefferson 2nd wife Kate
Henry Butler 6 1874 son of Jefferson 2nd wife Kate
Mary Smothers 64 Martha's mother not Jeff's born KY
Fayett Hix 25
James Buckley 24 Jefferson's 2nd wife's brother

Jefferson & Kate Buckley had 2 kids
5Willie Mae Butler dau b 1872 Lavaca Co TX d May 2 1952 Lavaca Co TX bur Shiner Cem 9 kids Memorial# 76593631
+William McElroy Jan 12 1893 Lavaca Co TX b May 14 1869 Shiner TX d July 1 1951 Shiner TX bur Shiner Cem
Find A Grave Memorial# 76593946

6Henry Butler b May 31 1874 KILLED Oct 5 1892 by the .41 Colt in the hands of Oliver B Haynes/+Sarah Woldridge

After Kate died Jefferson Butler 1
+3 Mollie Elizabeth Taylor Aug 28 1882 Lavaca Co TX d Jun 15 1924 Kleberg Co Tex Burial:Chamberlain Cemetery Kingsville Kleberg Co TX dau/o Delilah Oldham & Robert Burns Kelly
[she +1 James Creed TAYLOR 5 APR 1870 DeWitt Co TX, son of Pitkin Barnes TAYLOR & Susan COCHRAN aka DAY b 15 JAN 1851 DeWitt Co TX d 27 DEC 1875 Clinton DeWitt Co TX]
Lizzie Kelly was sister to my Frank Kelly +Mollie Stribling]

Jefferson/Mollie had 4 kids, the last one, Jefferson B born 4 months aft Johnny Wesley Smothers killed his dad.
Frank C Butler 883 +Harriet Elizabeth Lizzie Moseley
Deliah Butler 1884 +Allen
Verlie Butler 1888 +Mark N Rochester Sr
Jeff B Butler 1889 +Ethel Viola Ivy

Jefferson Butler Sr Will Mar 7 1889 State of Texas County of Lavaca
Know ll men by these presence that I Jeff Butler being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this my last Will and testament.
lst-I will that all of my just debts be paid.
2nd-I will and bequeath to my wife Molly Butler and my five youngest children, to wit. Willie Butler, Henry Butler [2 kids by Kate Buckley], Frank Butler, Delilah Butler and Virlie Butler [Lizzie Taylors kids] all of my property real, personal and mixed in equal shares.
I appoint WT Kelly and Joe Dufner Executors of this my last will.
My daughter Ann Greer [Martha's son] is entitled to five cows and calves and one horse out of my property which is to be turned over to her by my executors.
It is my will that no further action be taken by the court than the probating of this my will.
signed in presence of Stephen Brown and George Tayloe/Taylor who signed the same as witnesses at the request of said Jeff Butler this March 7 1889.
His mark X Jeff Butler
Stephen Brown, G.D. Tayloe/Taylor
Note: Jeff made this will as he laying dying. Killed by John Wesley Smothers. Nothing was said in the will about the child yet to be born, evidently the Butlers didn't know.
Smothers was acquitted of the charges. [Wonder if he knew abt his g grandfather's William Smeathers murder trial acquittal in Ohio Co Ky in 1809?]


Gone But Not Forgotten





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  • Originally Created by: Christine
  • Added: 7 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53358743
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jefferson A “Jeff” Butler, I (1 Jan 1829–12 Mar 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53358743, citing Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery, Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .