George Washington Butler


He was the founder of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Franklin Ky in 1841. There is a land grant in 1823 for a Joseph Butler on the Sulpher Fork of Drakes Creek (this is the east boundary of Simpson Co.).
He & Lucy moved to Tx in 1854, living in Richardson area.

From SuePar.ged:
In 1819 George owned a town lot in Allen Co, KY. On 27 Mar 1826 George
Butler signed a note with his brother-in-law, Michael Groves, for $100.
On 14 May 1841 George W. and his wife Lucy joined the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, Simpson Co, KY.

George W. Butler became a Baptist minister, helping to found several churches. In 1846 George was ordained as a Baptist minister. Between 1846-1858 he presided over the Shady Grove Baptist Church as its minister. On 13 Aug 1855 George was sued by Samuel Hatfield over a land survey. In a church history book, published in Franklin Co, KY, it is stated, Between the years 1856 and 1860, the Butler family moved west. The loss of these members along with the dark days of the Civil War was a severe blow to the church. However, the records of the church reflect that on 24 Aug 1861 George W. Butler and Lucy were dismissed from Shady Grove, implying that the family had only recently removed to Texas.

Research of Baptist Church history in Kentucky indicated there were two philosophies which were causing dissent within the church, i.e., admittance of FreeMasons into the church and support of missionaries. Historically, Butler men had always been members of the Masonic Lodge and George W. Butler, Sr. definitely was in favor of the support of missionaries. It is logical that these problems within the church may have been instrumental in the move to Texas from Kentucky about 1860.

1850 Simpson Co. Ky Census
CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: KY COUNTY: Simpson REEL NO: M432-218 PAGE NO: 3a
REFERENCE: Enumerated on the ?? day of August 1850 by Sanford Duncan
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LN HN FN LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX RACE OCCUP. VAL. BIRTHPLACE MRD. SCH. R/W DDB
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26 31 31 Butler George 53 M Baptist Preacher 3,500 VA
27 31 31 Butler L. M. 52 F VA
28 31 31 Butler D. E. 20 M Laborer KY
29 31 31 Butler F. F. 18 M Laborer KY
30 31 31 Butler J. W. 16 M Laborer KY
REMARKS: 2nd initial could also be a H.
31 31 31 Butler R. F. 13 M KY
32 31 31 Butler L. E. 10 F KY X
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