from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887
John A. Buttram, son of William and Jenny (Parker) Buttram, was born January 27, 1849, in Scott County, Tennessee. His parents, also natives of Scott County, had a family of seven boys and three girls, of whom John A. is the fourth son. William Buttram was a farmer, and a son of James and Gillie (Keetin) Buttram), who were of Irish and Dutch descent respectively. John A. was reared on a farm, and at the age of fourteen enlisted in Company H, Fifty-Second Kentucky Federal Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He then engaged in farming about one and a half miles from his present place, in Edmonson County. February 20, 1865, he married Sarah A. Johnson, daughter of John and Mary (Wells) Johnson, and to their union have been born Laura J., Mary E., William D., Edward V., Benjamin C., Marcellus A., Jesse A. and Junietta (deceased). Mrs. Buttram is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Buttram has held the offices of marshal, constable and deputy sheriff of Edmonson County, and is now serving as assessor. He owns 140 acres of land, seventy of which are under cultivation, and conducts a saw and grist-mill. He cast his first presidential vote for General Grant.