Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy
Lost and Found
Can you identify any of these families?
The folks who are listed below appear suddenly in Butler County, Kentucky records without previously known ties to the area. Some may be simply the result of misspelled names. If you have misplaced a family for one census, or for a brief period of time, maybe you will find them here. If you do, will you please email me, and let me know who they are, where they were from, and where they went?
Milligan-Smith: 1880 Butler County census. George H. MILLIGAN, 34, farm laborer. Wife Burrilla, 30. Son Millard, 6. Daughter Myrtle, 2. All members of this household and all parents were born in Kentucky. George H. Milligan married Burilla SMITH on 27 Jan 1873 in Butler County, KY. The 1975 copy of Butler County Cemeteries (available from Butler County Historical & Genealogical Society) lists George H. MILLIGAN as a doctor. He was born 30 Jan 1846 and died 20 Apr 1928. Burilla was born 23 Feb 1850 and died 16 Apr 1921. Where did George MILLIGAN come from? When did he become a doctor? Who were his parents?
Willis-Milligan: Daughter Myrtle MILLIGAN married V. T. WILLIS on 4 Feb 1902. Parents, daughter, and son-in-law are buried in the new part of Threlkel Cemetery on Hwy. 70 in Butler County. Myrtle was born 23 Nov 1877 and died 3 July 1914. V. T. WILLIS married Iva NORTHERN on 14 Oct 1922. Was he the widower of Myrtle MILLIGAN, marrying for the second time? V. T. WILLIS was born 13 Jan 1874 and died 25 Mar 1942. He is buried beside Myrtle at the Threlkel Cemetery.
Millard Milligan: What happened to the son, Millard? I don't find a marriage or a cemetery record for him in Butler County.
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- Bass-Base: In the transcribed copy of the 1880 Butler County Census is John J. BASS or BASE, 49; wife Mary A., 40; son William N., 21; son George J., 17; son Lewis, 10; son David, 8; daughter Rachel F., 5, and daughter Sinda C., 2. All family members and all parents were born in Kentucky.
Is this family BASS, BASE, or some other surname? Where were they in prior years? I have not found cemetery listings of this name.
- Baze-Baize: There are two other individuals in the county in 1880 with names which have similar spellings. Mary F. BAZE, 29(?) lives in the John H. MOORE household, and Charles T. BAIZE, 22, is a farmer living with the Martha MITCHELL family. Charles' wife is "Suson," 21, and they have a son, Benjamin, one year old. Are these two individuals part of this same family group?
- Bass: In 1870, only one individual with the BASS name is found in the county. She is Catherine Bass, 25, living with Henry and Annie SHARER. Catherine was born in Virginia.
- Bass: The 1860 census shows two Bass families. Henry, 59, was a farmer in the Rochester Precinct. His wife Sally was 51, and other members of that household were Elizabeth, 19; Nancy M., 13; and James, 23. All members of this household were born in Kentucky. Sion M. BASS was a farmer in the Sugar Grove area. Members of his household are Mary, 37; Thaddeus, 13; Corrilla, 12; Paulina, 9; Ambler (male), 6; and Francis (female), 1. The parents and first four children were born in Tennessee. Ambler and Francis were born in Kentucky.
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- Keenan: In the 1870 Butler County census is Sarah KEENAN, 47, in the Rochester District. She is the only member of her household. Sarah is keeping house, and owns real estate worth $100, and personal property also worth $100. She was born in Kentucky.
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- Kane: In the 1870 Butler County census are Margaret KANE, age 12, and William KANE, age 20, living in the James and Louisa BELCHER household, in the Woodbury District. Both individuals were born in Indiana. Where did they come from? Are they related to James BELCHER, 45, born in Tennessee and "Lousa," 50, born in Kentucky?
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- Heman, Haman, or Homan? The person who transcribed the 1880 Butler County census was not able to identify the correct spelling of this surname. Members of this household are Erwin W, 32; wife Elizabeth J., 32; son Charles E., 6; William G., 1; and Erwin's mother Elizabeth, 63. All individuals were born in Kentucky, and all parents were born in Kentucky with the exception of Elizabeth's father, who was born in Virginia.
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- Kinser: In the 1870 census, Reedyville Post Office, is Patrick KINSER, 22, a farm laborer with $100 in personal property, living with the Moses P. GOTT household. Moses P. Gott, 45, is a farmer with substantial real- and personal property. Other members of this household with the GOTT surname are Thomas, 20; Mary E., 16; Matilda F., 13; Harretta A., 9; and Sarah A., 5. Sarah's birth year indicates the wife and mother probably died between 1865 and 1870. Another farm laborer is Joel WAMACK, 16. Keeping house for this family is Mary A. WADDLE, 42, with Sarah J. WADDLE, age 4. Without occupation listed is Mary E. PHELPS, 17; Julian N. PHELPS, 11, and William PHELPS, 9. All members of this household were born in Kentucky with the exception of Mary A. WADDLE, born in Tennessee.
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- Lesso-Lefo: In the 1860 Butler County census, Post Office Berry's Lick, are Daniel G. LESSO/LEFO, 65, a farmer, and Elizabeth, 33. She could be a wife, or a daughter. Both were born in Virginia.
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- Lumin: In 1860, Sylvester J. LUMIN, 20, a wagon maker, and Mary LUMIN, 21, lived in the Robert AUSTIN household in Logansport. Rober AUSTIN was 55, a farmer born in Maryland. Other members of the household are Sally A. AUSTIN, 42; Sharlett A., 17; Mary, 15; and Thomas, age 12. Also living here is Oliver C. CHAPMAN, 15, a farm laborer. All individuals except Robert AUSTIN were born in Kentucky.
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- Lawson: In the 1880 census, Frazer LAWSON, age 34, is a boarder in the Adlina HOWERTON household, and a plasterer by occupation. He and both parents were born in Kentucky. Adlina HOWERTON is a widow, and living with her are children Martha A., 18; Allen, 16; and Thomas F., 13. All of the family, and all their parents, were born
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- Ledbetter-Leadbetter: This name is not common to Butler County. In the 1880 census, Woodbury District, is Celia LEADBETTER, 26, a widow; her son Idin(?) T., 4 (this name is probably "John); and her daughter Mary T., 2. All these individuals and their parents were born in Kentucky. Celia J. OLLER married T. B. LEDBETTER in Butler County on 13 April 1875. The only other LEDBETTER groom is John, who married Mary WILLIAMS on 20 March 1906. Mary married Ira RAYMER on 28 Oct 1911.
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Black and Mulatto family
- Link: In the 1880 Butler County census, with Watson CARSON, 57, and wife Sarah, 47, are three other individuals. William L. CARSON, age 7, and Martin LINK, 30, are listed as servants, and Julias M. PORTER, 38, as well as Watson CARSON, is "farming." All individuals were born in Kentucky. Watson's father was born in Virginia, his mother in Kentucky. Sarah's parents were both born in Virginia. The birthplace of William L. Carson's father is unknown or not given, indicating he was not Watson's son. The birthplaces of Martin LINK's parents is also blank.
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- Pike: The James A. PIKE family shows up in the 1880 Butler County census, Mining City District, having arrived in Kentucky from Tennessee some time between 1868-1870. James is 38, a farmer, born in Tennessee and both parents born in Virginia. His wife Narcissus is 24. She and her mother were born in Tennessee, and her father was born in Texas. Their oldest listed child is Sarah S., 12, born in Tennessee. (Sarah married Richard R. BAXTER on 29 Dec 1881.) The next child is daughter Margarette S. PIKE, 10, born in Kentucky, as are all of her younger siblings, Hiram C., 9; Julia E., 6; Narcissus L., 4; and Alwilda H., 2. There is one other PIKE marriage before 1929 in Butler County, that of Rosa PIKE to Videllie CHRISTMAS on 14 June 1899. Rosa sounds like a woman's name, but is listed in the groom's column. This could be a mistake in the marriage index.
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- Leatherman: In the 1880 census of Butler County, Rochester District, is Rufus LATHERMAN, 25; wife Lidda, 20; and daughter Letha A., 2. All three were born in Kentucky, and all parents were born in Kentucky with the exception of Rufus' father,who was born in Tennessee.
I don't find any LEATHERMAN marriages in Butler County, or any other record of this family. If you know where they came from, or where they went, please email DesertRoad@aol.com
Howard-Sumner (or Lavaw)-Engler-Ingler-Hunt
- Sumner or Lavaw: In the 1850 Butler County census, an individual employed as a shoemaker lives in the James S. HOWARD household. His name is difficult to make out, and most people transcribe it as "Abram LAVAW." I think it is possible that this might have been Abner SUMNER, who married Nancy INGLER in 1839. The SUMNER family is from Muhlenberg County, and probably lived in the area of HUNT settlement, along with the ENGLER families. The members of this household were born in Kentucky and are as follows: James S. HOWARD, 31, tavern keeper; Margaret W. HOWARD, 23; Zimrood, 5; and John W.; 1 year old. Abner SUMNER (or Abram LAVAW), 55, shoemaker.
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- Lively-Lowry: On 25 Oct 1823, William LIVELY married Nancy LOWRY in Butler County. In the 1850 census of Butler County, William is 53, a farmer, born in Georgia. Nancy is 49. Three other members of this household are John, 24 (born Kentucky); Elisabeth, 23 (born Kentucky); and Mary 21, (born Illinois). If Mary is a daughter, her birthplace would indicate that this family left Butler County between 1827-1829 and returned between 1829 and 1850. Their absence in any later census indicates they probably left again.
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