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William Butt

William Butt, the son of Ambrose Butt (1783-1869) and Sophia Curl (1795-1865), was born in Casey Co., Kentucky, 16 May 1819.  He married Charity Willey, born 3 May 1822 in Albany, Indiana, the Daughter of Elam Willey.

William Butt was ordained a Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church when a young man, and according to the customs of that denomination dwelt in many places.  His first location was in Crawford Co., Indiana; his next pastorate was in Washington, Iowa, where he remained from 1850 until 1855.  The next fifteen years he resided in Kansas, preaching in different places in the eastern part of the state, including Atchison, Leavenworth and Ottawa.  He was driven out of Leavenworth by the pro-slavery element.

Although William had only 3 months of formal education in the backwood of Kentucky, he was one of the founders of Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas.

William came west and held positions in California, Washington, and finally in Oregon, arriving in 1871 and that fall moved to Tillamook, Oregon where he preached for  a time.  He took up farming on 160 acres on the Nestucca River.  In later years William left the church and became a strong Spiritualist.

William Butt died 14 July 1906, his wife Charity followed him on 30 October 1910.  They are buried in the Nestucca Valley Cemetery between Hebo and Cloverdale, Oregon.  At least two of their children are also found in this cemetery, Mary (Butt) Bodyfelt, (1850-1927) and Sarah "Sadie"(Butt) Knifong.

source - This biography was generously contributed by Richard Smith, the great-great grandson of William Butt. Thanks so much, Richard !

This page last updated: May 4, 2003

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