Michael John Neill's weekly genealogy how-to column.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Taxes provide clue on Benjamin and Arvin Butler
This is part of the image from the 1856 Mendon Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan tax records. These records document Benjamin's move into St. Joseph County from St. Clair County, firming up their connection as potential brothers and also firming up the connection between Benjamin and his son Alfred who stayed in St. Joseph County.
One of the earliest entries for Benjamin lists him with just personal property before he actually purchased real estate.
We'll have an update in a later issue with more detailed analysis and a discussion of other records that were also located, complete with citations. Stay tuned for details.