John Murphy Butler

John Murphy Butler

 
John Murphy Butler

John Murphy Butler (1818-1864) was the third son of Peter and Rachel Butler. Along with his brothers William, Joseph, and James, John Butler elected to stay behind in the Midwest when his parents and six other siblings moved to the Oregon Territory. He married Eliza Smith (1818- 1858) in 1842 and they had seven children, although their first died at the age of five. Most of the correspondence in the Butler collection is addressed to John, who was tasked with handling the majority of the family estate left in Illinois, particularly after the death of his father, Peter Butler, in 1856. Throughout the 1850s, Matilda Smith, Eliza’s sister, lived with John and Eliza in Illinois, and helped raise their children after Eliza’s death in 1858. He died of typhoid fever April 8, 1864.

Children of John Murphy Butler:

McDowell Butler (1842-1847)
Lavina Matilda Butler (1844-1929); married William Ground
Erastus Ewing/Edward Butler (1846-1928); married Margaret McHenry
Granville/Granvil Ashburg Butler (1848-1901); married Agnes Kitt
Isaac Smith Butler (1851-1932); married Emma Hattie Fleming (1860-?)
Peter Franklin (Frank) Butler (1855-1927); married Lucinda Emmelline Day (?-1887) in 1881 and Dora Matilda Arp (1867-?) in 1888
Ralph Otis Butler (1858-1940); married Josephine Floy Tracey in 1882

Note on Letters

While John Butler did not write any of the letters in this collection, over half of them were sent to him, which is represented below in the submissions.

For more information about the Butler family, please view the family biography.

To see photographs of the Butler family, please visit the photo gallery.

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Letters from 1863

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Letter to John Butler from Isaac Butler, Sara A. Butler and Mary Butler, Isaac Butler, Sarah A. Butler, and Mary Butler

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Letter to Matilda Smith and John Butler from Margaret Smith and Isaac Smith, Margaret Smith and Isaac Smith

Letters from 1862

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Letter to John Butler from William Butler, William Butler

Letters from 1861

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Letter to John Butler and Matilda Smith from Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith, Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith

Letters from 1860

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Letter to John Butler from Isaac Butler, Sarah A. Butler and Mary Butler, Isaac Butler, Sarah A. Butler, and Mary Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Matilda Smith from Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith, Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith

Letters from 1859

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Letter to John Butler from Isaac Butler, Isaac Butler

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Letter to John Butler from William Butler, William Butler

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Letter to John Butler from William Butler, William Butler

Letters from 1858

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Letter to John Butler, Matilda Smith and Lavina Butler from Ira F.M. Butler, Paradine Butler and Rachel Butler, Ira F.M. Butler, Paradine Butler, and Rachel Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Isaac Butler, Sarah A. Butler and Mary Butler, Isaac Butler, Sarah A. Butler, and Mary Butler

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Letter to John Butler from Rachel Butler and Margaret Smith, Rachel Butler and Margaret Smith

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Letter to John Butler from Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Hutchinson

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler, Matilda Smith and Lavina Butler from Isaac and Margaret Smith, Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith

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Letter to John Butler and Matilda Smith from Isaac Smith, Margaret Smith and Berryman Smith, Isaac Smith, Margaret Smith, and Berryman Smith

Letters from 1857

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith, Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler and Matilda Smith from Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith, Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith

Letters from 1856

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Letter to John Butler from Elijah Butler, Elijah Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Joseph Butler and Jane Butler, Joseph Butler and Jane Butler

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler and Matilda Smith from Peter and Rachael Butler, Peter Butler and Rachel Butler

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler, Lavina Butler and Erastus Butler from Peter Butler, Peter Butler and Elizabeth ("Lissie") Hutchinson

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Letter to John Butler from William Butler, William Butler

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Letter to John Butler from William Butler, William Butler

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler and Matilda Smith from Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith, Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith

Letters from 1855

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Letter to John Butler and family from Peter Butler, Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler and James Butler from Peter Butler and Rachel Butler, Peter Butler and Rachel Butler

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Letter to John Butler from William Butler, William Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Edward Ground, Edward Ground

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Elizabeth Hutchinson ("Lissie") and Peter Butler, Elizabeth ("Lissie") Hutchinson and Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler, Lavina Butler and Erastus Butler from Thomas Hutchinson and Elizabeth Hutchinson ("Lissie"), Thomas Hutchinson and Elizabeth ("Lissie") Hutchinson

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler and Matilda Smith from Isaac Smith, Isaac Smith and Margaret Smith

Letters from 1854

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Letter to John Butler and James Butler from Peter Butler, Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler from Peter Butler, Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler from Peter Butler, Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Peter and Rachel Butler, Peter Butler and Rachel Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Edward Ground, Edward Ground and William Ground

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Thomas Hutchinson and Elizabeth Hutchinson ("Lissie"), Thomas Hutchinson and Elizabeth ("Lissie") Hutchinson

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler and Matilda Smith from Isaac Smith, Isaac Smith

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Letter to John Butler, Eliza (Smith) Butler and Matilda Smith from Margaret Smith, Margaret Smith and Rufus Smith

Letters from 1853

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Peter Butler, Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Joseph Butler from Peter Butler, Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler from Peter Butler (unsigned) , Peter Butler

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Letter to John Butler and Eliza (Smith) Butler from Eliza (Butler) Ground and William Ground, Eliza (Butler) Ground and William Ground

Letters from 1850

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Letter to John Butler from Elijah Butler, Elijah Butler