Biography of John A. Butler
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BUTLER, JOHN A., farmer and stock dealer, Greenbush, Warren County, Ill., has been a resident of Greenbush Township since 1839, is one of the most successful agriculturists and men of affairs in the county, and is the owner of more than 4,000 acres of land, 2,000 of which lies within the borders of the township mentioned, 1,400 in other parts of Warren County and 600 acres in Kansas and Iowa. He was born at Galion, Ohio, December 6, 1827. and received a public school education. His parents were John and Mary (Adney) Butler, natives of Greenbriar County, Va, and his grandfathers, William Butler and John Adney, were both born in Virginia.

John Butler came from Ohio to Greenbush Township in 1839, and bought forty acres of government land, which was the nucleus of the extensive landed property acquired by himself and his sons. He early became interested in public affairs and was a leader in all movements for the general good as was evidenced July 20, 1844, when he was commissioned Colonel of the Eighty-seventh Regiment raised in his vicinity for service in the Mexican War. John and Mary (Adney) Butler had children as follows: Vincent W., who died April 7, 1900; John A., the subject of this sketch; Thomas A., who died March 4, 1901; Rhoda M., wife of E. W. Woods; Tacy L., wife of Moses B. Threlkeld; Olivia S, wife of Samuel Cline; Mary H., who died in 1896.

John A. Butler has been a farmer and stockraiser for more than half a century and has taken an active interest in many impcrtant business affairs. Politically he is a stanch Republican and he has the success of his party very near to his heart. In religion he is identified with the Christian Church. In every relation of life he is a most helpful man, genial, whosesouled and influential. Mr. Butler wns married in Greenbush Township November 22, 1849, to Maria J. Snapp, who has borne him twelve children named as follows: Albert. born September 26, 1850, died November 3, 1850; Edgar L.. born March 5, 1852: Ira F., born January 22, 1855, died March 12, 1874; Roswell hi., born March 25. 1857, died March 13, 1874; Mary A., born April 4, 1859; Caroline, born December 7, 1861, died January 7. 1863; Clara E., born January 6, 1864; Giles H.. born December 6, 1867, died November 10. 1808: Vester born August 8, 1869, died May 21, 1870; Ella R., born August 9, 1871; George S., born March 11, 1874; Lora C., born March 1. 1877. died September 15, 1878. Edgar L. married Harriet Ennis, they have children. Lawrence and Ethel; Addie, wife of James Ennis. two children, Cicra and Gertie; Clara. wife of Douglas Vaughn; Ella, wife of Charles Mings., two children Vern (deceased) and Christine: George S. married Kai Rickey. two children, Emeline Marie and James H.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
and the history of Warren County.
Edited by: Newton Bareman, LL. D. & Paul Selby, A. M.
Published by: Munsell Publishing Company
Chicago 1903.