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Boetler and Butler: More Clues to Campbell County VA Pryors

campbell-county-vaThe Boetler family who adopted the name Butler are an interesting line in Campbell County, VA. I started poking around and found some share-worthy connections.

Second, I have to apologize because I’m still slowly publishing a backlog of posts. I try to recheck and reassess evolving research, so it takes time. So, it’s time to post this one and my next post that expands on the Butler connection. Bear with me.

In 1799 Sarah Cunningham married William Boteler Jr. in Campbell County, VA. William Boteler and Murrell Cunningham were surety. The marriage was performed by William Flowers. Whoa!

William Flowers performed the marriage of Hezekiah Taylor to Mary Oglesby. Hezekiah is believed to be related to Edmund Taylor, father of Massey and Spicy Taylor (wifes of John Pryor and William Pryor). Murrell Cunningham is on a 1790 Bill of Sale in Campbell County with a John Pryor. Whew!

William Boetler Sr and his son William Boetler Jr (who married Sarah Cunningham) packed up and left VA for TN. He settled in an area that overlaps Anderson County and Roane County records. The Sr. Butler filed for a Revolutionary War pension in 1833 [see application]. He stated that he lived in the part of Bedford County, VA that became Campbell County. A guy named Richard Oliver was a testor on the application– Richard Oliver later witnessed the will of Benjamin Lockett (son in law of Samuel and Frances Pryor see Harris Pryor and Roane County, TN Pryors).

When William Boetler Sr. died in 1836 he left a will.  He also left a mystery because he willed a slave named Jude and her daughter to his grand-daughter Elizabeth Pryor. Who’s daughter is Elizabeth? What happened to Elizabeth? Was she married to a Pryor?

pryor-anderson-countyBoetler’s will names his Rector relatives. I’ve mentioned the Rectors before: Pryor And Rector Family Virginia Connections. The Boetler/Butler family and the the Rectors are named on a 1800 deed (see below). William Boetler/Butler Sr. served in the American Revolution [see his pension application]. He volunteered from Bedford County, VA — the area that had been part of Campbell County. His application was witnessed by Richard Oliver. 

Charles McClung conveyed to Thomas Butler one thousand acres of land on Poplar Creek in Anderson Co., TN located on both sides of the present Oliver Springs – Oak Ridge highway. Deed recorded in Knox Co. Deed Book F, Vol, 2, page 8, dated 13 Feb 1800. Shortly after 1800, Thomas Butler sold a part of this original tract to his father, WILLIAM BUTLER, SR., a RWS, and parts to his brothers, WILLIAM BUTLER, JR. and HENRY BUTLER, and parts to his sisters, ELIZABETH MANLEY and MARY RECTOR.

The Revolutionary War pension application for John Kingston (Kington) of Morgan County, TN also helps to tie together the Butlers, the Rectors and the Pryors. The Sally Rector named in the application is the widow of Martin Rector–  Yes, the same guy who was on a 1790 Bill of Sale  in Campbell County: March 15, 1790 Bill of Sale: John PRYOR, Charles Rork, Martin Rector, for Murrell Cunningham of Campbell County. This application also helps to ID Rev Flowers as a Baptist minister.

She states she has no doubt but she can prove by some of her acquaintances in Morgan and Anderson Counties in Tennessee to wit the Rectors and Butlers things so much connected with the facts of her said husband’s service, that it will tend to the proof of the same very strongly, she further declares that she was married to the said John Kington on the 15th day of February 1792 in Campbell County Virginia by a Baptist minister named Flowes [sic Flowers?] who solemnized the marriage she understood the license to be signed by Esquire Paser and she understood the same to have been in some way under the superintendents of the Clerk of the court; she not having knowledge of to what extent, she has no record of her said marriage nor Documentary evidence but she can prove her said marriage by Sally Rector whose maiden name was Sally Masten [Sally Martin?] who was at the same marriage.  http://revwarapps.org/w1513.pdf

We’ve got a nest of Campbell County people in Tennessee.