Monday, February 7, 2011

Correlating Benjamin Butlers

Part of our groundwork for separating the two George Butlers involves analyzing their fathers--both named Benjamin.

In earlier issues of Casefile Clues, we've made the point that an 1850 census enumeration in St. Joseph County, Michigan for a Benjamin Butler is the same Benjamin Butler who appears in 1870 Davis County, Iowa, and 1880 in Vernon County, Missouri. For a variety of reasons, the 1870 and 1880 census enumerations are easy to see as the same family. The 1850 not so much.

An 1860 census enumeration has been found for the "other" George with his "other father Benjamin." We are going to compare this enumeration to our 1850 Michigan enumeration and the 1870/1880 enumerations separately. Why separately? On the off chance the 1850, 1870 and 1880 enumerations really aren't for the same family. Sometimes it is good to set aside conclusions and analyze again, just to be certain.

Subscribe now and get in on the discovery. It's still fun, but sometimes it's more complicated than others and the more research is done on this family, the more indirect our analysis has to be.

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