Eloner Butteler (Irish Nell Butler) and Charles

Started by Larry Joe Butler on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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7/25/2012 at 5:12 PM

I am wondering if anyone has any information on Irish Nell Butler (Eloner Butteler (sp.) )?
apparently she was a White woman whom married a slave by the name of Charles and then Charles took the name Butler. This happened in the 1700"s in Maryland. I am toughing all the basses trying to find Robert W. Butler here. I got the 1810 Census card and it shows I believe This Charles on it. Also Irish Nell Butler died young before the Census.

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8/26/2012 at 9:27 AM

Hi Larry, I suppose you have read this already?
http://www.hofstra.edu/PDF/law_lawrev_moran_vol32no4.pdf

Nell Butler or “Irish Nell.” Living as an indentured
servant in Maryland in 1681, Irish Nell fell in love with and decided to marry a Black slave known as “Negro Charles.” When Nell went to her
master, Lord Baltimore, to tell him of her plans, he warned her that she
was condemning herself and her children to a life as slaves. Defying her
master’s wishes, Nell replied that she would rather marry Charles than
Lord Baltimore himself. After becoming Charles’ wife, Nell spent the
rest of her life working for his masters, probably as an indentured
servant, and she reportedly died a “much broken and an old woman.”
However, Lord Baltimore was wrong about her children. An eighteenthcentury
Maryland court held that neither Nell nor her sons and daughters
were slaves. Later, masters complained of runaway mulatto slaves who
insisted that they were “descendants of the famous Nell Butler.”

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8/26/2012 at 9:29 AM
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8/26/2012 at 9:32 AM

According to some unsourced records Nell was born in 1661 County Kilkenny, Ireland

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