Monday, January 13, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #2 Hannah Butler

Genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small has challenged us to blog about one ancestor a week for 52 weeks. This is a great idea! I realized a few weeks ago that I tend to write about certain branches of my family more than others. I'd like to get to know more of my ancestors, even if it's just a brief write-up. I will also take a look at some of the challenges that I'm having in my research.

Hannah Butler

My paternal 4th great grandmother Hannah Butler was born around 1757 in Virginia to Edmund Butler and Mary Polly Street.  She married Benjamin Gilbert in Bedford County, Virginia, in 1779.[1] Benjamin was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and after the war, he and Hannah moved to a part of Greene County, Georgia, that later became part of Hancock County in 1793.[2]

Hancock County Georgia as of 1793. Map from Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps 
Hannah and Benjamin's daughter Martha (Patsy) is my 3rd great grandmother and was the wife of Coleman Pendleton. Hannah died in her early 30s, sometime before September 20, 1791, as that's the date given by Benjamin's second wife Nancy McKinsey as their marriage date.[3]

A portion of the declaration made by Nancy McKinsey Gilbert in her application for her husband Benjamin Gilbert's Revolutionary War pension. In the above, she gives the date and place of her marriage to Benjamin. 
Benjamin and Nancy were married at the home of Edmund Butler, so it appears Benjamin still had a close relationship with Hannah's family after her death. I don't know if this Edmund Butler was Hannah's father or possibly a brother. I don't have any siblings listed for her in my tree.

So far, this is all I know about Hannah. One of these days, I hope to learn more!



[1] Virginia Marriage Records, 1700-1850.  Marriage record for Hannah Butler and Benjamin Gilbert. 
[2] Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia and Other States, Volume II. Compiled by Mrs. Howard H. McCall. Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1968. Reprinted 1996, 2004; Mauriel P. Joslyn, Hancock County. Georgia Encyclopedia. Counties, Cities, and Neighborhoods. : accessed 12 January 2014.

[3] Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. Record Group M804. National Archives. Washington, D.C. Images Fold3 : accessed 5 January 2014.

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