Who is Jeff & Sara butts from Thomas or Thomasville, GAE

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Jeff & Sara Butts are the parents of Willis Butts who is my grandfather.  He was born between 1908-1913 I think.  He died in the 70s. Was married to Ethel Berger.  My grandparents migrated from Georgia to Des Moines, IA.  I'm not sure if it was with my great grandparents Jeff & Sara or after my grandfather was old enough to start a life on his own.  

We are having a family reunion July 2016 so we are trying to gather family history.  We also have Indian in our geneology but don't know which tribe.

Please let me know what else u may need.  I would love to find out as much as I can about our family.  Thank you, LaCretia King, ladyking45@yahoo.com
WikiTree profile: Willis Butts
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edited by Vic Watt
LaCretia, I have added a profile for Willis so information can be collected in one place.

Also, I have found the marriage record for Willis and Ethel Wellington in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1932.  If this is the correct marriage, it shows his parents as Truman Butts and Alberta Keys.  This makes sense, as Alberta is buried in the same cemetery. Also, Ethel Berger is shown on the 1930 US Census with a brother and several sisters immediately below the enumeration for the Charles Thompson family, and a C.H. Thompson was one of the witnesses to Ethel and Willis's marriage.    Ethel's maiden name appears to have been Berger, but she may have been married to a Wellington before she married Willis.

So, the question is, what is the source of the information that Willis's parents were Jeff and Sara?
Hello, Vic.

Thank you so much for your investigation of this information.  What I will do is ask my mother, Karen Winona (Butts) Allen.  She's the one who told me.  This is info she obtained from her sister, Beverly (Butts) Bragg.  My mom had 3 sisters, and 9 brothers.  There are only 6 of them left.  One brother named Dennis died when he was only about a year old.

I will have more info for you tomorrow.

Thanks again for all your help.

LaCretia (Allen) King

Hi LeCretia,

My name is Mary (Gregory) Butts, I am married to Micheal T Butts, son of Franklin T Butts.  I am working on the family tree as well for our kids and I am just getting stuck.  We have talked to Beverly a little bit as well, but have you gotten any other confirmation of who Willis' parents were?

Mary Butts


The best way to find out if Willis is the son of Truman and Alberta (or perhaps other parents) would be to ask whether he had any brothers and sisters and get their names.  Then, we can work with that to find Willis's parents.

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