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Lieutenant Nathan G. Butler Biography

Kentucky Genealogy and Biography

Adair County, Kentucky

Lieutenant 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 still living, born to Champness and Amanda S. (Cheatham) Butler, the former a native of Adair County, Kentucky, 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, 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.  Lieutenant 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 20 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.  Lieutenant 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 S. 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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