I have a letter written by Henry Wolf Butner's brother, A. L. Butner, to my grandmother in 1936. Here is an excerpt:
" Our Grand Father was Harmon Butner,who lived near here and was a gun smith.
He frequently went to Tenn. with wagon loads of his own make of rifles and traded them off in Obrien County, Tenn. At the county seat , he gave the community a lot for a church. Our father, Francis A. Butner, was born in 1830 and died in 1904. There are four of us, Henry was appointed to West Point in 1894 and graduated in 1898. He was recently made Major Gen. and will go to Panama, this Fall. He has been Commandant at Fort Sill for last two yrs. He is still unmarried."
[To the best of my knowledge, there has never been an O'Brien County, TN, although there is an Obion County.]
A. L. Butner was at that time the president of Forsyth Roller Mills, a grain milling company in Winston-Salem, NC. I believe that my grandmother, whose maiden name was Goldie Gertrude Butner, had read about Gen. Butner in the paper and had written in an effort to learn something more about her own ancestry. She was the daughter of John Scott Morgan Butner, b. 1855, Coffee Co., TN, and the granddaughter of William Butner, b. abt. 1815 in either NC or KY, about whom I have a query posted on this board.
I believe that Camp Butner was named for Henry Wolf Butner. I would be happy to send a transcription of the entire letter to anyone who e-mails me.
Sara Binkley Tarpley
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