Esther Butler (Post) (1795 - 1829)

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DR. ELIZUR AND ESTHER BUTLER


MISSIONARIES TO THE CHEROKEE INDIANS

Buried in the grave sixty feet south of this point is Esther


Post Butler. Born in Connecticut on September 15, 1795,


Post married Dr. Elizur Butler, physician and minister, in October


1820. The Butlers were sent by the American Board of Commissioners


for Foreign Missions to Brainerd and then to Creek Path, before


arriving at the Haweis Mission, near Rome, in 1826. Mrs. Butler


died in 1829 after eight years of service to the Cherokees.


Two years later Dr. Butler was arrested for residing in the


Cherokee Nation without taking an oath of allegiance to the State


of Georgia and obtaining a license from the Governor. Sentenced,


with Samuel Worcester, to four years of hard labor in the State


penitentiary at Milledgeville, he was pardoned by Governor Wilson


Lumpkin in 1833, almost a year after the United States Supreme Court


nullified the law under which the missionaries were arrested.


Upon his release, Dr. Butler returned to the Mission at Haweis,


but was forced to move the following year. In addition to attending


the Cherokees during the Removal, Dr. Butler served the missions at


Red Clay, Park Hill, and Fairfield and the Cherokee Female Seminary


prior to his death in Arkansas in 1857.


057-14 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1957

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