- 3. Story of Jabez Butler and the discovery of Bell Island Mine:
[in your blog] Should be: Brothers Jabez (not James), John and Esau Butler [pictured]...Jabez was Dad's grandfather; John was Mama's grandfather: making them mygrgrgrandfathers. John married Margaret McDonald; Esau married her sister Catherine McDonald."
Newfoundland history offers a wealth of resources for the serious family historian, from extensive on-line data bases to scholarly publications. I will be posting details on my research page. Summary to date (and will add several more):
1. NL Grand Banks Genealogy site: http://ngb.chebucto.org/ Thousands of listings of marriages and more from early 19th C, phos, forums, aid, more. I found this entry:
"Jan 23 1887 Jabez Henry Butler, bach, sailor, Chamberlains & Julia Phebe Moyes, spin, Topsail. At Topsail, METH. W: G A Simms, Sarah A Butler"
So there's a typo in our tree as it shows June not Jan. for marriage. From: http://ngb.chebucto.org/Vstats/meth-mar-hm.shtml There are numerous researchers working on Butler genealogy; their queries & emails are posted here (scroll down to Butler):
2. The Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador--scholarly group. Free issue of The Newfoundland Ancestor available here if you register. Found 2 Butlers who were listed with debts in one article! They have Parish records, headstone info, lectures, and much more. see:
Island Mine (pho of his sons, left):
4. Bell Island & Butler story here also with color phos:
http://www.bellisland.net/no2mine/press/press.htm I also found a Fred Butler on Butlerville Road: FRED BUTLER, phone (709)
488-24869 Butlerville Rd Bell Island, NL
5. The Butler Society
This group was founded when the Earl of Ormonde turned over the family castle at Kilkenny to Ireland in 1967. They hold rallies at the castle, host a forum, and publish numerous articles on family history. They also sponsor a scholarly publication, The Journal of the Butler Society, cited internationally by numerous libraries.
From their page on About the Butler Society: "late Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess of Ormonde and 30th Chief Butler of Ireland, was planning to give Kilkenny Castle, his ancestral home since 1391, to the people of Kilkenny in 1967. The two occasions were combined. Butlers from many countries gathered at Kilkenny to witness the handing over of the Castle and The Butler Society was founded in August 1967. The society has grown ever since." The reference is to a rally where they planned to launch it in 1966 but moved it when they learned of the transfer.
They offer much guidance on researching Butler family lines. Sometimes a motto can be a clue. Ours is "Comme Je Trouve"--I take things as I find them. My grandfather gave this to me. This turns out to be the motto of the main Ormonde line dating to 1190 where I have found ancestors on the Mormon genealogy site.