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Elam Butt

Elam Butt, the oldest child of William Butt and Charity Willey, was born 17 August 1847, in the southern part of Indiana on the Ohio river.  Elam was educated in the common schools of Iowa, Illinois and Kansas, completing his education at Baker University, in Baldwin, Kansas, where his father William Butt had been one of the founders.

While a resident of Kansas Elam served in the Civil War, enlisting in the Sixteenth Kansas Cavalry, 1864.  Elam was discharged in 1865 with a disabled right hand.  Elam had been with his company guarding prisoner at West Quincy, Illinois when during an alarm in the middle of the night, he was accidentally shot through the right wrist which left him crippled.  He received a pension of $14.00 a month and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Elam relocated to Tillamook, Oregon in 1872, where he took up one hundred and sixty acres of land, adjoining the town on the north.  In 1876 he removed to the Nestucca River Valley where he farmed until 1902.  After disposing of this ranch, he purchased forty one acres three and three quarters of a mile south of Tillamook.

In 1873, in Tillamook, Elam married his first wife Catherine Moran, she died at their home leaving no children.  Elam then married Marguerite Mulkey of Benton Co., Oregon, the daughter of Solomon Mulkey, who had crossed the plains to Oregon in 1853 and settled in Benton Co., near Philomath, Oregon.

Elam and Marguerite had six children:  Della J., May, Zella, Pliny, Richard and Clara Butt.

Politically Elam was a firm Republican, sustaining the principles of that party by voice and vote.

source - This biography was graciously donated by Richard Smith, the great-great grandson of William Butt. You're a HERO, Richard !


This page last updated: January 24, 2009

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