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?
Leftwich-Mayhew: In the 1850 Butler County census, William LEFTWICH, 14, born in Kentucky, lives with the William MAYHEW family. The members of this household are William MAYHEW, 58, born VA; Lucy E., 53, born VA; James, 24, born VA; John 20, born VA; Mary 16, born NC; Berry, 14, born NC; and Emily 10, born NC. Who was William LEFTWICH? Who were his parents?
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- Kirtly-Catlett: In the 1850 Butler County census, Willis A. KIRTLY is 25, born KY; Julia A., 30, KY; Corilla C., 4, KY; John Z., 1, KY and Sarah CATLETT, 50, born in Kentucky. Who is Sarah? Is she Julia's mother?
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- Love or Loice: In the 1870 Butler County census is George LOVE or LOICE, 42, born in Ohio. His occupation is "running saw mill." His wife(?) is Martha, 41, keeping house, born in Kentucky. Living in this household are Anny BENNETT, 19, KY; Victoria NEIGHBORS, 22, KY; and Isaac NEIGHBORS, 12, black, whose occupation is servant. This name was difficult to read, but I believe it is Love, since I know of no Loice family in Butler or surrounding counties.
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- Livingston: In the 1870 Butler County census are James LIVINGSTON, 50, born VA. He is a sawyer by trade. Other members of the household all bear the same surname. They are Lavina, 27, TN; Robert, 24, TN; James, 3, TN, Duncan, 1, KY; and Matilda, two months old, born in December (1869) in KY. Birthplaces of the children indicate this family moved from Tennessee to Kentucky between 1867 and 1869. They do not appear in the 1880 census. Do you know where they came from, and where they went?
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Spina or Spiva-Ewing-James
- Landrum: In the 1870 Butler County census, Columbus NEEL, 33, born KY is operating a hotel in Morgantown. His wife is Erinda, 30, KY. (Columbus NEEL married E. A. NEEL on 15 Jan 1868). Living at the hotel were James BUTLER, 10, KY; Andrew GRAVES, 30, a farm laborer, KY; William G. WATKINS, 39, a dealer in leaf tobacco, born KY; Alvie LANDRUM, 27, a dealer in patent rights, born in Kentucky and holding quite a sizeable amount in both real and personal property, Annie LANDRUM (his wife?), 20, also with 1000 property value, born KY; Hezekiah JAMES, 45, a lawyer, born KY; Charles SPIVA or SPINA, black, a day laborer born in GA; Victoria EWING, black, the hotel cook, born KY; and Rousseau EWING, black, 1 KY, who is most likely Victoria's son.
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- Landon-London: In the 1870 census, Town of Rochester, is Harrison LANDON, 38, a blacksmith born in North Carolina and his wife Nancy, 28, born in Tennessee. Their children are George, 11; Adelia, 10; Nancy, 8; and Lincoln, 5, all of whom were born in Kentucky. Where was this family in previous years? Where did they go before 1880? Is the correct name LANDON or is it LONDON? Where did the couple marry?
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- Murry: In the 1880 Butler County census, Town of Woodbury, lives a black family with the surname MURRY. They are Jacob MURRY, 34, a blacksmith; wife Mary E., 28, and daughter Nancy, 14. All members of the household and all parents were born in Kentucky. Where was this family in 1870? After 1880, did they remain in the area, or did they move on? A white couple, Nancy MURRAY and Henry WILLIS, married on 19 Dec 1872 in Butler County, establishing the surname in the county by that period. Nannie E. MURRY and William DANIEL, a black couple, were wed in Butler County on 16 Jan 1884. She is most likely the Nancy MURRY in the 1880 census.
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- Midget: In the 1880 Butler County census, London District, lives Jeremiah BUTLER, 52, a miller by trade, born in Kentucky and both parents born in Tennessee. His wife's name was given as Harriet, but the census taker then marked through her name and noted that she was dead. Harriet and both her parents had been born in Virginia. Living in this household were the couple's children, Benjamin, 33, born in Tennessee. Daughter Lucy Jane was 23, born in Kentucky; and son John M. was 21, also born in Kentucky. The childrens' father was born in Tennessee, and their mother born in Kentucky. Jeremiah's sister-in-law Julie MIDGET (transcription of 1880 census has her first name as "Bulie"), was 33, born in Virginia and both parents born in Virginia. Horace W. MIDGET is 17, born in Kentucky, his father born in Tennessee and his mother born in Virginia. Horace's relationship to Jeremiah or to Julie is not given. Is he Julie's son? Also in this household was James W. OLIVER, 73, born in Virginia and both parents born in Virginia. The notation "consumption" was given in the remarks column for James.
- On 13 Dec 1850, Jeremiah BUTLER married Harriett F. (last name not given) in Smith County, TN. There are several MIDGETT marriages in this county, but I could not find one of a man to a lady with first name Julia.
- On 16 August 1880, Jeremiah BUTLER married Julia E. MIDGETT in Butler County. If she was his wife's sister, was she single, or had she been married to a MIDGETT? Most likely, she had been married, and Horace was her son.
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- McSpadden: On 23 Oct 1872, John W. McSPADDEN married D. Elizabeth HATCHER in Butler County. Vital statistics for this county record the death of a two-year-old child named Nancy McSPADDEN on 8 Jan 1878, in Butler County. This record says she and both her parents, J. and D. E. McSPADDEN, were born in Tennessee. On 28 April 1879, Adam RONE married D. E. McSPADDEN in Butler County. They are living in the Mining City District of Butler County in the 1880 census. Adam RONE is 32 and wife Dolly E. is 26. Both Adam and Dolly were born in Kentucky, and both parents were born in Kentucky, according to this record. Andrew J. McSPADDEN, 6, lives with his stepfather and mother. He was born in Tennessee, and both parents were born in Tennessee, conflicting with the census taker's entry for Dolly. With the Adam RONE family in 1880 lives Leonidas BARNES, 19, a farm laborer. He was born in Kentucky, his father born in Tennessee, and his mother born in Kentucky. Did John W. McSPADDEN die? Did the couple divorce?
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- McCandless, Green: In the 1860 Butler County census, P. O. Welches Creek, live William McCANDLESS, 60, a blacksmith, and wife Gemima, 45. A. J. McCANDLESS, presumably their child, is 1 year old. With them are Sarah F. GREEN, 18; J.K.P GREEN, 14; John A. GREEN, 13; and Thomas B. GREEN, 19. All members of this household were born in Kentucky. William McCANDLESS married Jemima GREEN in Grayson County, KY, on 28 Jan 1858. The McCANDLESS family did not live in Butler County before or after this census. Does anyone know anything about the couple? Who was Jemima before she married the GREEN? Where did the family go after this? Did the GREEN children remain in the county?.
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McDonald - Hartis
- McDonald, Hartis: In the 1880 Butler County census, Mining City District, live John McDONALD, 40, a coal miner from Ireland, and his wife Sarah A., 33. The census indicates the couple was married during the census year, and the Butler County marriage records show the marriage took place 4 May 1880. Sarah's children by a former marriage live in the household. They are Thomas A., 12; Daniel A., 10; Nancy J., 8; John C., 6; and Dillard A., 2. Sarah and all the children were born in Kentucky. The father of the children was also born in Kentucky. Sarah's father was born in Tennessee and her mother in North Carolina. Who was Sarah before she married the first time, and who was her first husband? Where did John and Sarah go?
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- Main: In the 1880 Butler County census, Mining City District, live John and Jennette MAIN, a couple born in Scotland. John is 50, occupied as a coal miner, and Jennette is 45. Children are Archibald, 23; Saby, 20; John, Jr., 18; Minnie, 11; Catherine, 9; and Agners (Agness?), 4. All the children were born in Kentucky. Where did this couple live prior to 1880? Where did they go after that date? Did they marry in Scotland? Boarders in the household are Phillip BURGESS, 50, born in Ireland, both parents born in Ireland, and James O'HARE, 50, born in England, both parents born in Ireland.
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