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J. S. Butler

J. S. Butler, farmer, Winton, Newton County, Georgia, son of Robert J. and Sarah (Boyd) Butler, was born in Virginia in 1835. His parents were natives of Virginia and lived and died in the state. He was a farmer, a soldier in the Revolutionary army—for which he received a land grant, which he held in Virginia—and was a member of the old-school Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Butler was raised in Virginia, where he received only a limited education; he, however, was proficient enough to teach school one year. He was raised a farmer and has been content to follow that calling all his life.

In 1861 he enlisted in Company C, Washington Artillery, and with the exception of fifteen days, remained in the army until the surrender. He was never wounded nor captured.

In 1867 he came to Georgia and settled on the farm in Newton County where he now lives. Besides attending to the cultivation of his farm he owns and operates a ginnery and a saw-mill. He is a man of energy and enterprise, of sterling character and inflexible integrity, and is one of the many solid, substantial citizens of Newton County.

Mr. Butler was married in 1871 to Miss Jane, born and raised in Newton County, daughter of Alexander and Parmelia (Harding) Pharr. Himself and wife are active and prominent members of the Methodist church.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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