(Columnist Camilla Cox passed away in late December at the age of 95, but at that point had already completed her columns for the month of January. We'll run those as usual, and all of the 300-plus which were posted as blogs on our website will remain for future reference and testament to her hard work.)
Samuel Monroe Butler (1875-1999) was born in Tennessee and died in Greenway. He was married at age 19 to Martha Matilda Laws (1875-1947) on March 16, 1894 in Greenway, and they had three children: William Earl, Ercria (Ursura) Lee and Nancy Beulah. He was not found in the Tennessee Census, and he was not on a census in Arkansas. The last child was born in 1899 and his wife was a widow on the 1900 Clay Census. The birthplace given for the parents of the children was Tennessee for the father and Illinois for the mother. If he had land, the record was burned in the courthouse fire. He does not have a gravestone but is probably buried in Mitchell Cemetery. How did he get to Clay County at age 18 or 19? Who were his parents? Who were Martha’s parents? The marriage is the only record found for him. His death date is in his wife’s obituary. There is a 20 year gap between 1800 and 1900, and many people fall into this time period but manage to leave other clues about their ives. He was in Arkansas at least from the time of his marriage until his death. He has a record somewhere but finding it is the problem.
William Earl Butler (1895-1951), son of Samuel M., was born in Greenway, Ark. and died in Carryville, Ark., age 56. He married Martha Francis Grissom (1897-1933) on March 5, 1918 and had Alvin, Elzie, William Earl, Jr., Myrean Louise Key (Carlos), Verline Trula Kehper, and Joy D. Butler. He is buried in Mitchell Cemetery.
Ercria Lee Butler (1897-1946), daughter of Samuel M., was born in Greenway, Ark. and died in Piggott, age 43. She married David Alexander (Alex) Madison in Oct., 1913 and had Essie Lucille Blackburn of Rector and later Hornersville, Mo.; Ruby Lee Madison married Thurman Wellman and had H. A., George Roger, and Thurman Douglas, and later married a Case; Dee Willard Madison married Martha Erin Woolf and had Lyn Featherston (Larry), Dee Ann Faulk, Debbie Scott, and Vance; Opal Leoma married Floyd Rodery; Mary Sue Madison married Clifford Cole; and Wendell Roy Madison. Alex Madison later married Nova Webster Tate and had Shelia Box. Nova had Charles Tate, Joe Tate, and Johnny Tate by her first marriage to Hershell Tate.
Nancy Beulah Butler (Aug. 1899-1970), daughter of Samuel M., married Gradie L. Davis on March 6, 1939 in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co., Mo. and had a son, Monroe.
Martha (Mattie) Matilda Laws Butler, widow of Samuel M., was married May 22, 1905 to Samuel Warren Huff in Craighead Co., Ark. and he had children (Ida Bell Huff Cox, (Oscar), Mary L. V., Jesse J., Charley, and Elvin by a first marriage). Martha and Samuel Huff had Harry of Qulin, Hazel Belsey, of Campbell, Leslie “Nub” of Greenway, Pearl King of Calif., and Samuel Woodrow who died in 1917. Mattie is buried in the Mitchell Cemetery under the name of Mattie Huff.