Adam Butner Jr. and Family
Ralph Dean Clark
P.O. Box 641188
Los Angeles, CA 90064-1188
Ultimate Family Tree, ver 2.5c
MARCUM Project Version 604
February 9, 1998
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1. Adam1 Butner Jr., son of Adam Butner and Mrs._Adam (Butner),
was born in maybe, Maryland before 1741. See his father's family for more information. Adam
died circa 1788 in Rowan Co, NC, at age unknown.(1)
He married Hannah (Butner) (Kidwell) before 1773. Hannah was born circa 1740. (Additional notes for
Hannah (Butner) (Kidwell)(2)) Hannah died at age unknown.
On August 5, 1788, Elijah Kidwell was ordered to bring to the Rowan County Court "Mary Butner Orphan of Adam Butner decd."
The next day, the court recorded that, "Hannah Kidwell is 50 pounds in debt with Thos. Biles & Dosey Rounseval Securities to Maintain &
educate Mary & Sarah Butner".
A relationship between Hannah and Mary and Sarah may be presumed; the most likely is that Hannah
is their mother, and thus the widow of Adam Butner.
His birth date is speculated, based on the supposition that he would be the eldest son. Mrs. Lena Boman Jones, in her book, takes his
existence for granted. She gives a picture of Thomas Butner's marriage bond, attributing the second signature to Thomas's brother Adam. It
appears that the third signature is father Adam. Father Adam's deed of 1763 refers to him as Adam Sr., implying the existence of a Junior.
The present author has chosen to assign all subsequent mention of the name without Sr. or Jr. to this younger man.
Adam registered to pay taxes 1778 in Rowan Co, NC.(3) Young Adam
may have lost the land he might have inherited from his father by confiscation because of service in the Loyalist militia. His name appears,
marked "missing", on a muster roll of Captain N. N. Hunter's Company of North Carolina Volunteers, held as prisoners of war at Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, on April 23, 1782. This company was probably among the forces surrendered in Lord Cornwallis' British army at Yorktown,
Virginia, on October 19, 1781. At the time of the muster, only one ensign and one private were present; thirty nine privates and Lieutenant
Thomas Blayer were reported missing. The surgeon, Thomas Schmidt, had been left sick at Fredericksburg. Captain Hunter was listed as "dead
Adam Butner Jr. and Hannah (Butner) (Kidwell) had the following children:
Sarah2 Butner(5) was born in probably, Rowan Co, NC circa 1775. Sarah died at age unknown.
Mary Butner(6) was born in probably, Rowan Co,
NC circa 1775. Mary died at age unknown.
David Butner was born in probably, Rowan Co, NC between 1776 and 1784. David died before 1830 in Rowan Co,
NC, at age unknown. He married Sarah (Sally) Sevink or Swink 5 June 1819 in Rowan Co, NC.(7) Sarah was born between 1791 and 1794. Sarah died before Aug
1839 in Rowan Co, NC, at age unknown. In the 1830 Census, Sarah was listed as a head of household in Rowan Co, NC.(8) She was in her 30s, with a boy and two girls age 5-9 and one boy under
age 5. There was a free colored woman age 10-23.
Sarah's estate was probated 6 Aug 1839 in Rowan Co, NC.(9)
In the newsletter of The Genealogical Society of Rowan Co. NC, Vol.2 No.2, June 1988, p.34, an article titled "The Arts and Crafts in North
Carolina" by James H. Craig cites unspecified Rowan Co. Court Records: "John Hill takes David Butner, orphan of Adam Butner, as apprentice
for 4 years, to the spinning wheelmaker's trade. 8 May 1890." The year may be presumed to be a typo for 1790, as the entry is
appropriately positioned in a chronologically ordered list of events from 1777 to 1795. It hasn't been determined whether this refers to the
John Hill who married Rachel, the daughter of Thomas Butner.
The will of Herman Butner, Rowan County Book D, page 160, May 11, 1795 mentions "David Butner, son of Adam Butner dec."
In the 1810 Census, David was listed as a head of household in Rowan Co, NC.(10) He and his wife were age 26-44. There were no children.
In the 1820 Census, David was listed as a head of household in Rowan Co, NC.(11) He and his wife were age 26-44, with a girl 10-14 and two girls under age 10. There were four young
Notes and References
5 Aug 1788: Mary Butner is listed as orphan of Adam Butner decd.
Mrs. Stahle Linn, comp., Abstracts of Minutes of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan Co.
NC 1775-1789 Vol. III
ISBN 0-918470-13-7, p.181 : 6 Aug 1788 (book 5:161) "Hannah Kidwell is 50 pounds in debt with Thos. Biles &
Dosey Rounseval Securities to Maintain & educate Mary & Sarah Butner". Ibid., p.180, 5 Aug. 1788, (book 5:156) "Elijah Kidwell to bring to
court Mary Butner Orphan of Adam Butner decd."
"Abstracts of Wills and Estates Records of Rowan Co. NC 1753-1805 and Tax Lists of 1759 and 1778"
by Mrs. Stahle Linn, pub. 1980, ISBN 0-918470-03-x : 1778 tax list Rowan Co. NC, Capt. Falls' District: value 161 pounds
Murtie June Clark, Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War
, Volume I,
Offical Rolls of Loyalists Recruited from North and South Carolina, etc. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981), p. 419. The roster
of Capt. N. N. Hunter's Company is referenced to "~PAC MG23, D1, Vol 27"~, which the present author forgot to decipher while the book was
available to him (hereafter cited as Clark, Vol. 1, Loyalists in Southern Rev. War
Hannah Butner, q.v., was responsible in 1788 for the education of Sarah, and also for Mary, who is
specifically listed as an orphan of Adam Butner.
"Abstracts of Minutes of Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Rowan Co. NC, 1775-1789 Vol. III" by
Mrs. Stahle Linn ISBN 0-918470-13-7, p.180, 5 Aug 1788 (book 5:156) "Elijah Kidwell to bring to court Mary Butner Orphan of Adam Butner
IGI Batch M516006-2462: Butner, David to Sally Sevink, 5 Jun 1819, Rowan Co. NC.
Sarah Butner, 1830 US Census, Rowan Co. NC, P.350, 11 - 020001 and 1 FCPF 10-23 (hereafter cited as
1830 census, P.350, Rowan Co. NC
McCubbins Collection, Butner Family
(Rowan Co. NC Public Library, microfilm, LDS Film 19842),
Aug 6 1839: Administration on the estate of Sally Butner is granted to Edward Wade who gave bond of --- with John Kerns (hereafter cited as
McCubbins Collection, Butner Family
David Butner, 1810 US Census, Rowan Co. NC, P.336, David Butner: 00010 - 00010 - 00: (hereafter
cited as 1810 census, P.336, Rowan Co. NC
David Butner, 1820 US Census, Rowan Co. NC, P.252, David Butner: 010010 - 21001 - 0 - 3000 - 2100
- 1000 (hereafter cited as 1820 census, P.252, Rowan Co. NC
(Butner) (Kidwell), Hannah (marriage to Adam Butner Jr.)
Butner, Adam, Jr.
Sevink or Swink, Sarah (Sally) (marriage to David Butner)
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