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Biography for Jonathan and Eleanor BUTTS and family who lived in Washington County PA at one time but who moved to Fowler Township, Trumbull County, Ohio

Searched and typed by Judith Florian

Background of migration into Ohio via The Connecticut Land Company 


Note:  If you download the entire biography of either volume, the book page numbers do not match the PDF page numbers, but the webmaster gives both numbers on each biography.

Fowler, Ohio


David M. BUTTS, oldest son of Jonathan and Eleanor BUTTS, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, December 4, 1818.  With his parents he came to Ohio in the spring of 1819. The family settled in Brookfield township, Trumbull county, Ohio, where they remained 
till the spring of 1829, when they removed to Fowler township. David M. BUTTS obtained an ordinary education in the common schools, and at the age of fifteen began an apprenticeship, serving some six years at the blacksmith trade. He worked as a journeyman one winter, when he commenced the business for himself at Fowler center, and continued for ten to fifteen years. March 15, 1842, he was married to Melissa, daughter of Gideon WATTERS, an early settler in Fowler township. Mrs. BuTTS was born in Fowler February 1, 1820. Mr. and Mrs. BUTTS have three children, two daughters and one son--Malvina, born August 4, 1844, and died November 5, 1865; Cyrus C., born May 2, 1846, now a resident of Fowler center,
and was married in 1878 to Eva J. RAND, daughter of Sylvester J. RAND, of Fowler, and has one daughter, Gracie B., born August 25, 1880; Phoebe Maria, born July 9, 1855, and died December 11, 1862.  Mr. BUTTS settled upon the place where he now lives in the spring of 1850. He owns over one hundred acres of fine land, which is well improved. He was for four or five years engaged in milling. He was elected justice of the peace three terms at various times, and has been township treasurer five times. Has also been trustee. The family are members of the Disciple church.

Williams, p. 426 [PDF 555]

Source for Background: Tract No. 96 Annual Report of The Western Reserve Historical Society (Inc. 1867).  "The Connecticut Land Company and Accompanying Papers". October, 1916.  Parts I and II. Published Cleveland, Ohio: 1916   Sub-section:  Land Papers   Sub-section:  The Connecticut Land Company: A Study in the Beginnings of Colonization of the Western Reserve by Claude L. Shepard.

Sources for biographies: (book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 1 (Google eBook; History Category) H.Z. Williams & Bros.  H. Z. Williams, 1882.

(book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 2 (Google eBook; History Category ).  H. Z. Williams & Bros.  H.  Z. Williams, 1882.

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