Since Eli Butler is my ggg grandfather - I noticed something, so, I
have a very small, very minor (compared to ALL the glorious work
you have on-line!) comment.
Eli Butler married Sallie Robinson and they had 4 daughters with
unusual names: Missouri (my gg grandma), Indiana (married Stanton
Merris and stayed in Knox Co.), Louisiana (married a Charles Demart
and vanished!) and the last girl was America Butler. Sallie and
the youngest girl died (1841/1840, I think they are buried in the
Bond Graveyard in Greenbush, IL.)
Eli Butler's next wife was Agnes Ann Williams, whom he married in
1841, about 6 months after Sallie died. Agnes was the STEP mother
of Indiana and her sisters...this is the part I think needs
clarification on the website for the generations to come.
(Agnes had a dau. named Harriett Willliams, who married Vincent
Washington Butler - a son of Col. John Butler of Warren Co. - that
you've probably heard of - so both Agnes and her daughter were
"Mrs. Butler." Truth is stranger than fiction.)
My grandmother's sister was the hoarder of the family, bless her,
so we have lots of old correspondence, photos etc., more than most
have. Since Agnes Williams Butler is NEVER mentioned and was never
talked about -- I suspect there may have been some issues with
Agnes and the Butler daughters - plus, I think Agnes was buried
with her first husband...now that's a clue...anyway, as the only
descendant who is paying attention, I feel it my duty to ask you to
clarify that Agnes was Indiana's STEPMOTHER - or - they are liable
to come back and haunt me!
(I already sound like a crazy woman talking about them: Missouri
lived in Illinois, then Iowa, then Oklahoma and Indiana stayed in
Illinois, but after Lousiana married in Illinois she
disappeared...see what I mean? It is hard to tell where the girls
end and the states begin!)
I believe I have previously corresponded with Indiana Merris'
descendant that you mention on your website. I sent her a couple
of pictures that I am very willing to share with you too.
I will attach a very old photo of Eli Butler. I have worked on it
to bring it back from obscurity - it was in very bad shape - but
then - so am I and I am not as old as the photo!
Your work is wonderful and thank you so much for doing it. I help
with a little neighborhood website and it is SO time consuming, I
can't imagine doing everything you do on-line!
Native born Iowan