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James Benjamin BUTLER[1, 2]

Male 1880 - 1944  (64 years)


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    Butler-Hemphill Family ca. 1905
    Butler-Hemphill Family ca. 1905
    from left standing: Belle, Jim, Mattie
    from right sitting: Burgin, Dave, Frank, Josephine

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  • Name James Benjamin BUTLER 
    Born 24 Nov 1880  Ramsey, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • Birth information:
      24 Nov 1880 -> recorded on headstone
      25 Nov 1880 -> stated on WWI draft registration card
      Nov 1880 -> stated on 1900 census
      25 Nov 1880; Bartow Co. GA -> death certificate
      1880, Ramsey, GA -> 21 at time of Army enlistment in 1901
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  Ball Ground District, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • James (19) appeared in the household of David S. Butler (45) as his son. He was born Nov 1880 and was single. He and both parents were born in Georgia. He was a day laborer. The household also included Malinda J. (40), Callie (17), Rosa (15), Belle (12), Clara J. (9), William (8), "Loula" M (6), Burgin (4m). The family lived on a farm, which Dave owned free and clear.
    Physical Description 1901  [5
    • He had blue eyes, light brown hair, a ruddy complexion, and was 6 feet tall.
    Military From 10 Nov 1901 to 9 Nov 1904  , , , Philippines Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7, 8, 9
    Philippine-American War 
    Physical Description 1917 or 1918  [3
    • He is tall, of medium build, with blue eyes and sandy hair.
    Residence 1917 or 1918  Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • At the time of his draft registration, J. B. was a farmer in Ramhurst, GA. He was a native-born citizen of the U.S.
    Census 1920  Ball Ground District, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • "J. B. Butter" (39) appeared as head of household. The family lived on a farm, which they owned, free and clear. He and both parents were born in Georgia. The household included his wife, Maud (36) and their children: Floyd (12), J. B. (10), George (8), Edna (6), Luke (4), and John (2). He was a general farmer.
    Military 26 Jul 1921  , , Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Residence Sep 1924  Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Census 1930  Chatsworth, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • James B. Butler (49) appeared as head of household. The family home was rented for $20 and they did not have a radio. He had not attended school during the year and was literate. He and his father were born in Georgia; his mother was born in North Carolina. His occupation was Sheriff of Murray County. He was not a veteran.

      The 1930 Household of Jim Butler
    Occupation 1930  Murray County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Sheriff, per 1930 census and family history 
    • He was Sheriff of Murray County. In 1929, the county books were stolen and J. B. found them under the courthouse. In 1930, he was wounded when shot by a would-be prisoner.
    Residence 1935  Murray County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • The family lived outside of town.
    Residence 1938  Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • his residence at the time of his father's death -> obituary clipping taped in Dave Butler's funeral book
    Census 1940  Chatsworth, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • James B. Butler (59) appeared as head of household. Their home was rented for $18 and was not a farm. He had completed two years of high school. He was born in Georgia. In 1935, the family lived in Murray County, outside of town. He was employed in private or non-emergency government work. He worked 70 hours a week as an Officer for the city & county. His worker class was recorded as PW - private work. He earned $700 in salary or wages in 1939 and also received more than $50 in non-wage income. Edna Jo was the informant.



      The supplementary questions were asked for Jim:
      His parents were both born in Georgia. He was not reported as a veteran. He did not have a social security number. His usual occupation was farming.
    Name Jim Butler 
    Occupation 1941  [16
    railroad 
    Residence 1944  Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • His usual residence at the time of his death.
    Died 29 Nov 1944  Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • 28 Nov 1944 -> inscribed on gravestone
      29 Nov 1944; Ramhurst, Murray, GA -> death certificate
      He died of a cerebral hemorrhage.
    Buried 1 Dec 1944  Ramsey Cemetery, Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • He was buried on 01 Dec 1944. Love Funeral Home in Dalton, GA handled the arrangements.
    Notes 
    • Name:
      James B. Butler -> Dave Butler's funeral book

      Connection to parents:
      *His parents are reported as David S. Butler of GA and Mary J. Hemphill of NC on his death certificate.
      *His father was named as D. S. Butler in his Army enlistment.
      *He is a named as a son of D. S. Butler and M. J. Hemphill Butler -> Dave Butler's funeral book
    Person ID I1521  Kendrick-Hemphill
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2015 

    Father David Sanford BUTLER,   b. 25 May 1855, Adairsville, Cass, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1938, Chatsworth, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Malinda Josephine HEMPHILL,   b. 27 May 1860, Murray County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1933, Murray County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1878-1879 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maud Angeline WHITENER,   b. 27 Aug 1885, Dennis, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1975, Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 8 Feb 1906  Murray County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Children 
    +1. Floyd David BUTLER,   b. 26 Jun 1907, Quanah, Hardeman, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1974, Richmond, Richmond (City), Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +2. James Benjamin BUTLER, Jr.,   b. 1910, Quanah, Hardeman, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1986, Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +3. George William BUTLER,   b. 28 Jan 1912, , , Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1972, Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Edna Josephine BUTLER,   b. 24 Mar 1914, Quanah, Hardeman, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 2000, Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +5. Luke Hemphill BUTLER,   b. 23 Apr 1916, Quanah, Hardeman, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1984, , Whitfield, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +6. John Taylor BUTLER,   b. 19 Aug 1918, Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1988, Murray County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     7. Living
     8. Beulah Maude BUTLER,   b. 24 Dec 1924,   d. 24 Dec 1924  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Living
    +10. Martha Billie BUTLER,   b. 23 Sep 1928, Ramhurst, Murray, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 2011  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S172] Murray County, Georgia Death Certificates?, (1944), James B. Butler; (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S339] Kendrick Family Papers (Tonia), David Sanford Butler Funeral Memory Book, Ramhurst, Georgia, citing services on 19 May 1938; This printed and bound book, 5" by 8", includes a variety of information regarding the funeral and the family; it also includes original newspaper clippings of the death notice and obituary; It was passed from Butler's granddaughter V. B. Kendrick to her granddaughter Tonia Kendrick in 2012 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S254] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, James Benjamin Butler, serial no. 557, order no. 666, Draft Board 0, Murray County, Georgia; (Reliability: 3).
      http://tinyurl.com/yfpeh4s

    4. [S207] Ramsey Cemetery.
      Ramsey Cemetery (Ramhurst, Murray County, Georgia), James B. Butler footstone, personally photographed, 20 Sep 2008.

    5. [S295] Compiled Service Record - James Benjamin Butler*.

    6. [S277] 1900 Census. Georgia. Murray County, pop. sch., Militia District 825 Ballground; 69; p. 6 A (penned); dwelling 106, family 106; David S. Butler household; accessed; 18 November 2008 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S578] Kendrick Family Papers (Tonia) - Jim Butler Army Discharge.


    8. [S579] U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments - Jim Butler.

    9. [S580] Kendrick Family Papers (Tonia) - Jim Butler Army Promotion.


    10. [S299] 1920 Census. Georgia. Murray County, BallGround District; 132; sheet 1-B (penned); dwelling 13, family 13; J. B. Butter household; accessed; 4 March 2008 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S434] Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, accessed; 4 March 2012; entry for James B. Butler; citing NARA microfilm publication T288, roll 66 (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S577] Kendrick Family Papers (Tonia) - Jim Butler postcard from pension bureau.

    13. [S311] 1930 Census. Georgia. Murray County, Town District-Chatsworth; 107-1; sheet 6 A; dwelling 127, family 133; James B. Butler household; accessed; 16 January 2008 (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S263] Murray County Heritage, 425 (Reliability: 2).

    15. [S448] 1940 Census. Georgia. Murray County., Chatsworth City; 105-1; p. 12-A (penned); dwelling 227; James B. Butler household; accessed; 6 April 2012 (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S576] Kendrick Family Papers (Tonia) - Jim Butler Railroad Retirement Board Certificate.


    17. [S267] Murray County Marriage Books - Probate Court, Marriage Book N; 536; Butler-Whitener, 1906, recorded license (with original signatures) and return (Reliability: 3).