Joseph Jennings Butler


He was first clerk of Shady Grove Baptist Church in KY. (see his dad) He is listed in the vestibule of what is now Richardson First Baptist church as their first pastor.
He and Elizabeth were cousins.

SuePar.Ged:
1870 called himself a farmer with $2364. Lived next door to brother Robert and sister, Mary Ann and parents.

Joseph joined the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Simpson Co, KY, a charter member of the church that his father was pastor of. On 21 Jun 1842 Joseph was appointed the first clerk of the church. On 8 Jan 1843 Joseph married his first cousin, Elizabeth Howerton Jennings. On 14 Jan 1854 Joseph J. Butler borrowed $132 with interest from Samuel Hatfield of Simpson Co, KY. By 14 Jan 1857, no payment had been made on this loan, so a lawsuit to recover ensued. On 25 Sep 1858 this family was dismissed from the Shady Grove Baptist church, implying that they removed to TX. What is
known is that they moved prior to the census of July 1860. Initially, the family settled in Wise Co, TX, but Indian raids were so problematic that the family removed to the
Renner-Richardson, Dallas Co, TX area. Active in the Baptist ministry his entire life, in 1865 Joe and his brother Bob were the first ministers of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Richardson, Dallas Co, TX. The charter members of this church were:
Louisa J. Butler, Joseph J. Butler, Elizabeth Butler, Robert F. Butler, Frederick B. Harris, William Huffines, James Huffines, Martha Huffines, P.W. Huffines, Amanda Williams Huffines, Thomas Huffines, George Ann Huffines, Mary Huffines Heffington, Amanda Huffines Harris, Frances Huffines Saunders, Thomas Sanders, James D. Stratton, Mary Ann Butler Stratton, George A. Stratton, and Celia Eve Stratton Strait. Joe and Bob were also pioneer Baptist preachers in the Rose Hill (or Houseley area) near Garland, TX. Joe was the sixth minister of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Union Baptist Church, serving from 1859-1863.

Purchasing a farm in Hackberry, TX, west of Farmers Branch and across the Trinity River, the property was located near the Hackberry School. He ran cattle over a sizable area of the rocky hills and raised hogs in the river bottom, per his grandson N. F. Good.

A circuit riding preacher, Joseph rode on horseback crisscrossing the countryside to preach. Blacks as well as whites traveled to hear Uncle Joe preach the gospel. An avid fisherman, he frequently stopped on his rounds to fish. One day on his way to preach, he threw his line into the water and fell into the river, necessitating a return home to change clothes before continuing his journey for the ministry. When N. F. Good was a youngster, he spent a great deal of time with his grandfather. He remembered seeing Joseph put on a big overcoat in the winter, stuff a dozen or so ears of shucked corn into his pockets, then hoist his grandson up behind him on the horse. Trotting off toward the river bottom to feed the hogs, when they arrived Joseph would rear up on his horse, let out a deep-throated Whoopee and the hogs would come running from all directions to be fed.

1850 Simpson Co. Ky Census
37 57 57 Butler J. J. 31 M Farmer 120 KY
38 57 57 Butler E. H. 26 F KY
39 57 57 Butler R. M. 6 M KY X
40 57 57 Butler L. A. 4 F KY
AND on page 38b ( I think they were counted twice!!!)
5 512 513 Butler Joseph 30 M Farmer 200 KY
6 512 513 Butler E. 24 F KY
7 512 513 Butler R. M. 6 M KY X
8 512 513 Butler L. A. 3 F KY