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Butler, Nathan G., Lieut.

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Butler, Nathan G., Lieut.
February 20, 2007 08:43PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887
Adair Co.

LIEUT. NATHAN G. BUTLER was born in Adair County, March 25, 1828, within
400 yards of where he now resides, and is the eldest of twelve children,
eleven of whom are yet living, born to Champness and Amanda S. (Cheatham)
Butler, the former a native of Adair County, Ky., and the latter of
Virginia. They were of Welsh and Irish descent respectively. Champness
Butler was born March 10, 1799; was engaged in agricultural pursuits all
his life and died on the homestead where he was born (which he also owned
after his father's death), June 9, 1867, in his sixty-eighth year. He and
wife were devoted members of the Christian Church. His father, John
Butler, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Maryland, and was
born in 1769. While yet a young man , during or soon after the
Revolutionary war, he immigrated to Kentucky, first settling in the upper
part of the State in the blue-grass country, where he was married. Soon
after that event he moved to Adair County, then a part of Green, where he
bought wild land, and improved the farm upon which he resided until his
death, in 1839, in his seventieth year. During the war of 1812 he was the
captain of a band of scouts on the frontier, and during the Black Hawk war
commanded a company in the militia. Mrs. Amanda S. (Cheatham) Butler, was
born May 1, 1805, and departed this life September 3, 1883. Her father,
Edmund Cheatham, was born and reared in Virginia, where he was also married
and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1808 he came to Kentucky, first
settling in Cumberland County, but afterward removing to Adair County,
where he resided until his death, in 1836, in his seventy-second year. He
was a life-long and zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Lieut. Nathan G Butler received his early education at the old field
schools, but has since acquired a practical business education. He has
always lived on or near the old home farm in Adair County, one-third of
which he now owns, in addition to other lands amounting in the aggregate to
nearly 200 acres, and is successfully engaged in farming and stock raising.
In the fall of 1861 he helped to recruit Company B, Thirteenth Kentucky
Volunteer Infantry (Federal), and at the organization of the company in the
following October was elected first lieutenant and served as such until
July 11, 1864, when he resigned on account of failing health. He
participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, the siege and battles of
Knoxville, Resaca, Kenasaw Mountain, Atlanta and many other engagements.
Lieut. Butler has been twice married; first, October 5, 1864, to Miss Myra
S. Smith, a native of Adair County, born June 23, 1832. She was a daughter
of Nathan and Charity (Callison) Smith. To this union were born two sons:
Nathan C. and William R. (deceased). Mrs. Myra Butler died April 7, 1871,
a devoted member of the Christian Church. Mr. Butler next married,
November 9, 1875, Miss Susan Conover, also a native of Adair County, born
July 12, 1835, a daughter of Peter T. and Joann (Rucker) Conover, who were
of German and French descent respectively. One daughter has blessed this
union, Mary Tildon. Mr. and Mrs. Butler are members of the Christian and
Baptist Churches respectively. In politics he is a Democrat.
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