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Peter Butler

Peter Butler

Male 1789 - 1856  (67 years)

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  • Name Peter Butler 
    Born 9 Mar 1789  Pulaski, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Jun 1856  Monmouth, Polk, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Butler Davidson Cemetery, Polk, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4709  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2018 

    Father John Butler, Sr.,   b. Abt 1755, Culpepper, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1835, Fairfield, Wayne, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth Dixon,   b. Abt 1761,   d. Abt 1800  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married Abt 1777 
    Family ID F917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rachel Cooke Murphy,   b. 2 Apr 1788, Tennesse Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1874, Polk, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 25 Jul 1811  Barren, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ira Francis Marion Butler,   b. 12 May 1812, Barren, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1909, Monmouth, Polk, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     2. John Murphy Butler,   b. 30 Oct 1818, Warren, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1864, Warren, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. Eliza Ann Butler,   b. 1816,   d. 1864, Polk, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F2548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Peter Butler 1789 - 1856 born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, then moved to Barren County, KY served in War of 1812 and Black Hawk War of 1832 helped found and survey Monmouth, Illinois in Illinois he was a surveyor, sheriff, mayor, county commissioner, and served in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate; came to Oregon in 1853 at the age of 64, head of the Butler Wagon Train member of the Christian Church married Rachel Cook(e) Murphy, 1788 - 1874 buried (with his wife) in Butler Davidson Cemetery children:These children accompanied Butler to Oregon: Ira F. M Butler (married to Mary Ann Davidson)Margaret Butler (married to Isaac Smith)Elijah Davidson Butler, 1824-1858 (married Sarah Elizabeth Lucas)Elizabeth Hannah (married Thomas Hutchinson)Eliza D. Butler (married to Edward Ground)Isaac Butler (married Sarah Webb), 1831-?

      These children stayed in Illinois : James Whitman Butler (married to Mary Ground) John Murphy Butler (married to Eliza Smith) This son settled in Allen Creek, Kansas: William Cooke Butler. - children: Victoria, John, Josephine (married Joseph Kempton) This son settled in Dutch Creek, Iowa: Joseph R. Butler (with wife Jane) Source: DebinPortland originally submitted this to DEBRA JOHNSON FAMILY TREE 2009 on 12 Nov 2009

      PETER BUTLER Served as a Major with the Kentucky sharp shooter militia at the defense of New Orleans in the War of 1812. In 1828, with fifteen other veterans, he left Warren County Kentucky on horseback, journeying north across Ohio, then to western Illinois where government land had been set aside for War of 1812 soldiers. In 1829, he build a log cabin six miles from where Monmouth, Illinois, was later established. He served as county commissioner, county surveyor (when asked to survey the new town of Chicago, he refused, saying a town built on the swampy shores of Lake Michigan did not possess a future), sheriff, and state representative and state senator. He was elected Captain of the Warren County Militia Company in the Black Hawk War 1832. In 1850, the first wagon train from Monmouth, Illinois, left for Oregon. Thirty nine persons with ten wagons, led by Elijah Davidson. In 1852 another party went to Oregon, including Elijah Davidson Butler. In 1853, Peter organized his own train, under the command of his oldest son, Ira.(See Letters from Monmouth Oregon to Monmouth Illinois). "Not a wheel turned in the morning until all hands had gathered while the old man offered prayer. On Sunday they camped. But, on the unlucky day when the Butler cow was swept away by the North Platte River, to the loss of the Butler breakfast coffee cream, the old man was human enough to 'cuss out' both cow and river." "I drove my buggy nearly all the way myself. After all, there is more depending on the disposition of a person to stand that trip than their consitution, for if a person cannot accomodate themselves to their situation, it will be hard to stand the trip, but if they can feel satisified to sit down in the mud, dust, sunshine, or rain and eat whatever they have, then sleep on the ground or in the wagon or any other place which they can get, then the trip will be easy and half the difficulties surmounted." - Linda Jenkins Werts Added: Jan. 15, 2010