Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Union County Butt(s) family legacy
The Butt family in
As we saw in the two previous
the Butt family, the first to arrive in
In researching the family, one can quickly see how many times the female name Sarah appears in descendants of these two first families. Each of the John Butts had a Sarah for a wife. The name Sarah was given to a female child in several of the succeeding generations. A common nickname for a girl named Sarah was "Sallie."
The column for May 22 listed the twelve children of John Butt, Jr. and his wife, Sarah Gordon Butt, and the two children of John Butt, Jr. by his second wife, Rebecca Fleming, bringing John, Jr.'s total number of children to fourteen. Tracing some of these children a bit further to subsequent generations reveals some of the legacy left by the Butt family.
Eugene W. Butt was the sixth
child of John,
Jr. and Sarah Gordon Butt. He had the reputation of being the
wealthiest man in
James Allen Butt, Sr., fourth son of John, Jr. and Sarah Butt, served in the Confederacy in Smith's Legion and then transferred to the 65th Georgia Calvary.
He received wounds in the war
James Allen Butt, Jr. married Ellen Owenby. He became a merchant and had a popular general mercantile store on the square in Blairsville. This store building later became a drug store, operated by James A. Butt, Jr.'s son, Sylvan Butt, pharmacist. Perhaps many remember, as I, going to the drug store as children and having an ice cream which Dr. Butt kept on dry ice until better means of storing ice cream came with electrical freezers.
Other children of James A. and
Butt became educators. Their son Hubert Butt was a teacher and
Mr. Ira Butt was the grandson of
Jr. His father was Thomas Butt. Ira Butt was the owner and editor of The
North Georgia News for about seven decades from the early 1900's to
His column "Did You Know?" was a popular feature, giving both
historical and contemporary vignettes of happenings. During World War
Editor Ira Butt was diligent in reporting on military men who had gone
Other notable Butt descendants
public servants. Archibald Blucher Butt, son of Jacob and Ruth Collins
was a justice of the peace in Blairsville. His son, Claude Butt, was
County Clerk of Court for over three decades. Dr. James A. Butts is a
medical doctor in
c2008 by Ethelene Dyer Jones; published June 5, 2008 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville, GA. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Jones is a retired educator,
freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at
phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA