The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has much data on-line; I found my great-grandfather Jabez Henry Butler Sr.'s passagenger record from 1890 in their Passenger Manifest Lists (1848 - 1891) as well as his son, Harold Butler, age 3. Jabez is listed as age 26, exactly correct, as he was born 10-27-1864 in Port de Grave. His occupation is listed as "fisherman." The info is at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ArchivesSearch/PassengerDetail.aspx?ID=10530846 I also found several Julia Butlers listed; some were listed as "servants" and another's occupation was listed as "spinster." Jabez married Julia Moyes in 6-23-1887 in Topsail so the 1890 sailings might have been her. The early Butlers emigrating from ireland were probably part of the Irish potato famine so vividly described by Pulitzer historian Arthur Handlin in "The Uprooted." According to my ex-mother-in-law, he is related to the Silverman side. She's listed at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ArchivesSearch/Passengermanifest.aspx
by Linda Parker Woodward
Oldest daughter of 4 born to Dr. Sterling Glen & Margery Butler Parker in Oak Park, IL. Worked as corporate/technical writer for 45 years in Ann Arbor & Houston before retiring to Atlanta area. Daughter is Dr. Stacey Cathleen Heit, married to Dr. Larry Heit; they have 4 children, my GC. Various homes as troop train baby while dad was in Adak in WWII but settled in Decatur, IL in 1948-1960. M.A. in English, The U of Michigan; B.S. in Educ., Northwestern U-Evanston.