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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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REASON BUTT, farmer; P. O. Casstown; born in Greene Co., Ohio, June 22, 1812, is son of Samuel and Ellen (Borders) Butt; he being born in Maryland and she in Virginia, the ancestry coming from Germany. Samuel, the father, removed to Ohio and located in Greene Co., where in 1808, he married Ellen Borders, by which union they had six children, three now living, viz., Reason, Otho and Anna. After their marriage, he was in the war of 1812, and served under Gen. Tupper through the entire war, being in several important battles. He resided in Greene Co. till 1832, when he removed to Darke Co., where he died in 1864, his wife having died in 1835. Our subject lived with his father till May, 1831, when he located in Elizabeth Township, Miami Co., Having learned the milling business, he followed that trade till 1845, then bought the farm now owned by John Lefevre, and in 1850, exchanged it for one in Shelby Co., where he lived until 1860, then removed to his present location, where he has since resided. In 1836, he was united in marriage with Jacqueline, daughter of Mark and Mary Kerr, natives of Virginia, who were early settlers of Ohio, locating first in Montgomery Co., then removing to Miami Co. Mr. Butt had four children, two now living—Jane, now Mrs. I. W. McDowell, living in Shelby Co., and Sarah Bell, now Mrs. J. C. Knoop, also in Shelby Co. Mrs. Butt died June 20, 1859. On Sept. 7, 1862, he married Mrs. Maria Sanderson, daughter of Henry and Rachel Ann Harvey, natives of Pennsylvania. They had three children, viz., Eva, Charles and Dora (twins). Mr. Butt is a Democrat, and, having the confidence of the people, has held various offices, was District Land Appraiser in Shelby Co., and in Miami Co. has been Township Trustee one term, and Justice of the Peace for sixteen years. The father, Samuel Butt, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and served through the war under Gen. Tupper, being in some important battles, but returned home safely to his family.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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