T. J. BUTLER, farmer of Mifflin, is a son of Obediah and Nancy (Williams) BUTLER, both natives of North Carolina, and both born in the year 1806. The father was married at the ago of twenty-one and soon after came to Madison County, Tenn., where he followed agricultural pursuits until his death in 1866. The mother died about 1852. They were both consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Our subject was born in Madison County in 1830, and was one of seven children, four of whom are living. He received his education in the common schools of Madison County, and in 1861 enlisted in Company A., Thirty-first Tennessee Infantry (Confederate Army), and was in active service during the entire Rebellion. He was twice wounded, once at Murfreesboro, and again at Peach Tree Creek. He then returned home after four years of honorable service, and resumed his agricultural pursuits.

In 1866 he married Catherine SWANK, who was born in 1841, and who is the daughter of Wilburn and Mary C. SWANK, of Madison County. To our subject and wife were born seven children: .L. H., John W., Thomas O., Mary E., Hattie P., David R. and Callie. Mr. BUTLER remained in Henderson County until 1877, when he came to Mifflin and is living there at the present time. He is the owner of about 1,800 acres of land in this and Henderson Counties, and is an extensive and enterprising farmer. He is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Franklin Pierce. Mrs. BUTLER is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.


Transcribed by David Donahue

Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present ; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Decatur, and Hardin Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.