Butler family in Easley/Pickens 1870 IP: 126.96.36.199 Posted on March 20, 2008 at 11:37:49 PM by dawzlynz
I am looking for any information anyone might have on a Butler plantation in Easley SC. My husband's Great, great grandfather is the Arthur Butler in a story I have from an old local historian-this is an excerpt from it:
"She came to Adairsville from Easley, S.C. in a covered wagon with a small group of former slaves and a driver, John Hamilton, with the idea that jobs would be plentiful in the booming railroad town in North Georgia.
In the group were Charlie and Lucy Gilliard, Homer, Josh and Arthur Butler, their sister Viola, who married George Green, Alonzo Johnson and Ben Blassingill.
Charlie Gillard went to work for the family of James M. Veach, and later spent many years employed in the flour mill. Arthur Butler, whose father had been head coachman for the wealthy Butler family in South Carolina before the emancipation, got a job with the maintenance crew on the state-owned W&A Railroad."
I can confirm all of those people lived in Adairsville and that the last two went to Chattanooga, I just have not been able to find any Butler Plantations in the Easley ares. I also found Arthur's parents and Viola as an infant on the 1870 census in Pickens, SC and then find them in Adairsville, GA on later census'. I'm thinking maybe the Butlers were slaves on one of the Butler plantations like the story says and then moved to Pickens after emancipation & then met the others and moved with them? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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