Israel Butler, who during the years of an active business life was engaged first in farming and afterward
in the sale of pumps in Camden, was born in Pennsylvania, November 27, 1825, a son of Micajah and Arabella (Snow)
Butler. His father was a farmer by occupation and removed to Camden, Oneida county, during the early boyhood of
his son Israel. Here he also devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits with which he was connected
up to the time of his death. His study of the political questions of the day led him to give his support to the
republican party and his religious faith was expressed in his membership in and support of the Methodist Episcopal
church, of which his wife was also a worthy representative. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Micajah Butler there
were six children, namely: Seth, deceased; Israel; Cyrus, a resident of Oklahoma; Oliver, of Oregon; Janet, the
deceased wife of George Webb, of Camden; and John, of Oneida, New York.
In the schools of Camden Israel Butler pursued his education. He was reared to the occupation of farming and no
event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for him in his boyhood and youtk After putting
aside his text books his entire attention was given to general agricultural pursuits for a number of years, but
at length he removed to the village of Camden where he engaged in business as a dealer in pumps. As the years passed
by he prospered in his undertaking, saving from his earnings a sufficient amount to enable him to live retired
in later life.
Mr. Butler was twice married. He first wedded Miss Eunice Simmons and following her demise was married, on the
24th of April, 1878, to Miss Mary Wilson, a daughter of Sylvanus and Beulah (Doolittle) Wilson, of Camden, Oneida
county, New York. The parents were both natives of Connecticut and the father followed the occupation of farming
as a life work. When a young man he left New England and established his home near Camden, New York, where he owned
and cultivated a good tract of land. In his later years he removed to the village and lived retired, enjoying the
rest which he had truly earned and richly deserved. His political support was given to the republican party and
he filled the office of constable at an early day. He was a life long member of the Congregational church and for
about thirty years served as one of the church trustees. His family numbered two daughters, Sarah, now deceased,
and Mary, who was born in Camden, December 1, 1829. She was educated in the schools of this village and here gave
her hand in marriage to Israel Butler. They adopted a daughter, Harriett. She is now the wife of E. E. Clark, of
New York city, and the mother of two children, Ray Butler and May Louisa Clark, twins, who were born July 24, 1903.
The daughter, however, died about three months later, passing away on the 15th of November of that year.
The death of Mr. Butler occurred June 19, 1908, when he was in the eightythird year of his age. From the organization
of the republican party he had been one of its stanch supporters and had been a lifelong member of the Methodist
Episcopal church. His entire career was in harmony with its principles and an upright life made This record in
many respects worthy of emulation. Mrs. Butler still survives at the age of eighty two years and is highly esteemed
throughout the community, having many friends among young and old, rich and poor.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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