Tag Archives: Bridget Carroll Butler

William & Bridget Butler Family Photos

2 Jun

My great-grandparents William and Bridget Butler had 8 children. William was born in 1866 in Linn County, Iowa to Tobias Butler and Bridget Burke. Tobias came from County Tipperary, Ireland. His mother died when he was five years old and is buried at St John’s Cemetery in Franklin Township, Linn County, Iowa. The Butler’s moved to Detroit in 1929.

Bill Butler

Bill Butler

Bill Butler, William Edward, was born 30 OCT 1898 in Iowa. He married Helen Adams (of Pinconning, MI) on 14 JUL 1952. He owned cabins and a gas station in Sand Point, Michigan near Caseville and then went into real estate with the “Red Hat Realty.” He and Helen did not have children. Bill died 31 OCT 1959 in Pigeon, Michigan at Scheurer Hospital. He drove a double decker city bus in Detroit from 1929 through the 1930’s.

Will and Bridget Butler

Will and Bridget Butler

Bridget Butler nee Carroll arrived in America when she was just 20 years old. She was a Roman Catholic from County Armagh in Northern Ireland.

Maxine and Pearl Butler and Marjorie Ralston

Maxine and Pearl Butler and Marjorie Ralston

Maxine Leona Butler was the daughter of Leo Anthony Butler and Pearl V. Webber.  Here Pearl and Maxine are sitting with my grandmother Marjorie Butler Ralston, the sixth child of Will and Bridget Butler.

Richard T Butler and Family

Richard T Butler and Family

Richard Tobias Butler was the oldest child of the family, born 21 JAN 1893 in Belle Plain, Iowa. In the picture he is with his wife Arlene Therrien and daughter Doris Ann. They lived in Detroit. Richard retired in the mid 1950’s to the Golden West Hotel in San Diego, CA due to the effects of a mustard gas attack in World War One. He died 26 MAR 1961 in San Diego. His wife’s brother Robert Therrien married his sister, Gertrude Louise Butler.

Mary Ferrigan & John Carroll Family of County Down

11 Sep

John Carroll died in 1890 and is purported to be buried in the Catholic church cemetery in Killeavy, Armagh. There is a Lower Killeavy Chapel in the village of Cloghogue. My grandmother, Bridget Carroll Butler’s daughter, visited this grave on a trip to Ireland in the 1970’s. My grandmother told me that Mary Carroll insisted on the burial being in this spot despite the problem it caused with transportation of the deceased.

After John’s death, Mary Ferrigan Carroll immigrated to the United States to join some of her children in Iowa.  On the 1910 US Census, Mary reported that she immigrated in 1891 and was 70 years old. She was living in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa at the time with her son, Peter J Carroll, aged 30.

Here is a list of Mary Ferrigan & John Carroll’s children that can be found on familysearch.org and the children’s exact birth dates and locations:

Click here:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bfather_givenname%3AJohn~%20%2Bfather_surname%3ACarroll~%20%2Bmother_givenname%3AMary~%20%2Bmother_surname%3AFerrigan~&collection_id=1584963

Note that on Catherine Margaret’s information John is listed as being born in Cloghogue, Newry, Down.

The children listed are:

Mary Ann

Catherine Margaret :  Catherine married Robert Steele on 24 AUG 1904 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Thomas:  Thomas married Allie Mcenteer on 24 OCT 1869 in Belle Plain, Benton, Iowa.

Catherine

John

Bridget : This is my great-grandmother. Born 15 OCT 1867 in Rathfriland, County Down, Ireland. I have had a different date of birth for many years. The Catholic church in Rathfriland at the time was St. Mary’s.

Peter

I have also finally found John & Mary’s marriage date and place:

From the Roots Ireland site.

From the Roots Ireland site.

William E and Bridget Butler Obits.

6 Apr

Sarah and I found these obituaries in the Detroit Free Press on microfilm at the Detroit Public Library. William E. Butler and Bridget Carroll were the parents of Marjorie Josephine Butler who married Ivan Ralston. Ivan and Marjorie were the parents of my father, Richard A. Ralston.

Bridget was born Bridget Carroll on 26 NOV 1867 in Leitrim, Hilltown, County Down, Northern Ireland and died 4 FEB 1960 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Bridget was a devout Roman Catholic. William Edward Butler was born 1 JUL 1866 in Linn County, Iowa and died 26 JUL 1944 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. His father Tobias Butler was from County Tipperary, Ireland. They were Roman Catholics.