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September 10, 2008

Update on September Most Wanted Ancestor!

Still Missing Joseph Butler born in Ontario 1852

The reward is still there, just waiting for some eager researcher to grab it. But there are updates as researchers send in clues

Clue #1 from Nelson Denton:

Is there any possibility that this is our man? Could our Joseph have run off with a much younger woman and dropped 10 years off his age? This Joseph claims to
have been born in Ontario but I can't find him in the 1901 census. He is already 21 years older than his new bride.

1911 census Ontario, Bruce South, Walkerton,page 6

Butler Joseph Head Apr 1864 47
Butler Mary Wife Nov 1884 26
Butler Margireet Lodger S Feb 1911 3/12

Lorine's Note:

This is an intriguing find. The age for Joseph is close (and we all know how bad the 1901 and 1911 census are for getting dates of birth correct)

Being RC and German origin is also consistent with previous records. The location is close to his family roots and ties.

I'm unable so far to find a marriage for Joseph and Mary but if it is my Joseph they could not have married legally, so it is possible they were just living together as husband and wife.

The child is also interesting as she is noted as a lodger not a daughter. Her origin is given as Irish, yet both Joseph and Mary give their origin as German.

If anyone has access to births for 1911 perhaps they could hunt for the birth of this child in Bruce Co. in Feb. 1911? Knowing for sure who her parents are would be helpful

Clue #2 from Anonymous

Joseph's brother Jacob Butler with wife Barbara has been found (we are almost certain it is him) in Carlisle, Pembina North Dakota. We have found the births of his first two children in Montcalm Manitoba in 1886 and 1888. Montcalm is in the Pembina area so once again we have a Manitoba and Pembina connection.

I now have Joseph, Barbara and children (either 12 or 14!) in the 1900, 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925 and 1930 census for Carlisle, Pembina, North Dakota and Lincoln Co. North Dakota.

From Lorine:

This ties in with my original thought that Joseph might have gone to Manitoba. It's also possible he went to Pembina North Dakota!


Any sleuths out there want to hunt in North Dakota or Manitoba? I'd sure like to give this Reward away!


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