WILLIAM A. BUTLER, one of Sangamon county's pioneers, was born July 23, 1817, in Adair county, Kentucky. He is the son of Nathan M. and Mary (Hardin) Butler, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Kentucky, who emigrated to this State in the year 1824, and settled in Morgan county, ten miles east of Jacksonville, where he resided until the spring of 1831, at which time he sold out and located near Berlin, where they resided until death; the former occurring April 4, 1842, and the latter November, 1834. Mr. Butler fought under General Jackson in the fight below New Orleans, in the year 1815. He also, in the year 1831, fought Black Hawk. So popular was he among his friends that he was elected major. Our subject was reared on the farm, and only received about eighteen months' schooling, although he has acquired a good education since he became of age. Mr. Butler began life a poor man, in the city of Springfield, in the livery business, with a capital of less than $300. By close attention to business he accumulated enough to purchase a farm, seventeen miles west of Springfield. Mr. Butler served as Marshal of Springfield the years 1860 and 1861. Mr. B. was married in the year 1863, to Mrs. Jane Clark, daughter of James and Mary A. Trotter, who came to this county in 1827, and settled on section thirty-two, this township, where the latter still resides, the former having died many years ago. Mrs. Clark is mother of two children - Thomas and Emma. Mr. B. is holding the office of township trustee; he owns one hundred and eighty-eight acres of good land, where he carries on mixed farming.