COURTLAND PHILIP LIVINGSTON BUTLER


Courtland Philip Livingston Butler, son of Samuel Herrick Butler and wife Judith Livingston, was born 8 Mar 1813 in Clinton, Oneida Co NY, and died 8 Aug 1891 in Columbus OH. The Greenlawn Cemetery card (Lot 56, Section Y) gives the cause of death as rheumatism. He was married 16 Dec 1840 in Buffalo NY to Elizabeth Slade Pierce, daughter of Levi Pierce and wife Betsey S. Wheeler, who was born 22 Mar 1822 in Providence RI, and died 1 Mar 1901 in Columbus, Franklin Co OH. She died of heart failure, according to the Greenlawn Cemetery card. C.P.L. Butler began his career as a clerk in various mercantile establishments in Utica, New York City, and Buffalo NY. He arrived in Columbus OH in 1841 on the stage, shipping a stock of goods ahead for a mercantile business. The 1850 census lists C.P.L. Butler, a baker, with his wife Elizabeth S., and two children, in Ward 3, Columbus (p. 315). Their daughter, Mary, is listed as age 2 years. Perhaps that should be age 2 months, as the census was taken in September and all other references note her birth in July 1850. In the 1850's, with his brother, Theo, C.P.L. Butler founded the wholesale coffee and spice house of Butler Brothers. In the 1860 census [Ward 3, Columbus, Franklin Co OH, p. 109], C.P.L. Butler is listed as a "confectioner", with $17,000 in real estate, $10,000 in personal estate, and a servant. Mr. Butler entered into a partnership in a furniture house, forming the firm of Halm, Bellows & Butler. In 1870 [Ward 2, Columbus, Franklin Co OH, p. 99], Butler is a "manufacturer of home furniture" with $80,000 in real estate, and $25,000 in personal estate. His daughter Mary, and her husband Robert Sheldon, his mother-in-law, Betsy S. Pierce, age 64, and a domestic servant are living with the Butler family. In 1880 [Columbus, Franklin Co OH, p. 174], Butler is noted as a "manufacturer". His mother-in-law, Betsy S. Pierce, age 80, is residing with the Butler family, along with daughter Hattie's family, and two servants. C.P.L. Butler, with his brother, Theo, and David W. Brooks, founded the banking house of Brooks, Butler & Co, where he was serving at the time of his death. The obituary of C.P.L. Butler in the Columbus Dispatch, 10 Aug 1891, is lengthy and states that Butler died after a long and painful illness at his residence, 287 East Town Street. He had served on City Council and the Board of Education and had been a Trustee of some of the state benevolent institutions. He was very active in the Murphy movement and other temperance causes, giving his time and monetary support. He also was a promoter and director of the first street car line in Columbus, was director of the Columbus, Hocking Valley &Toledo, and a member of the group who owned the Midland and Columbus, Shawnee & Hocking. The Butler's were members of the Second Presbyterian Church in Columbus.
  1. Francis Livingston, b. 5 Dec 1842 Zanesville, Muskingum Co OH; d. 20 Aug 1843 Columbus, of summer complaint
  2. Charles H., b. 20 Feb 1844 Columbus OH; d. 1 Oct 1900 Columbus OH, of Brights Disease
  3. William Livingston, b. 18 Nov 1846 Columbus OH; d. 18 Mar 1849 Columbus OH, of consumption
  4. Mary E., b. 15 Jul 1850 Columbus OH; m. Robert Emmet Sheldon
  5. Harriet L., b. ca. 1851 OH; m. Rinehart L. Doty
  6. Courtland Philip Livingston, b. 1854 Columbus OH; d. 30 Nov 1903 Columbus, of a gunshot wound (suicide)
  7. Theodore E., b. ca. 1861 OH

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