Jacob Butcher was the patriarch of the Butcher Family in the Big Sandy Valley. He was of German ancestry and had been raised in a German-speaking household, only knowing English as a second language.
With a combination of German and broken English, he once compared his first wife Hannah Beverly and second wife Arta Dotson by saying "Ter Pefferlys iss nice people but ter Teuffel (the Devil-ed) iss in ter Totsons!"
It was said that Jacob loved to eat fish and would walk to Greasy Creek or Two Mile Creek with a hook, line and pole. He would spend the day catching sundad and bluegill fish which were often prepared for dinner by Arta or their daughters.
When the ladies once expressed concern about Jacob choking on a small fish bone, he laughed and replied "I'll swaller the bones, too!"
Jacob was the paternal second great-grandfather of Maybelle Addington Carter. He was the maternal third great-grandfather of June Carter Cash and maternal fourth great-grandfather of Carlene Carter and John Carter Cash. He was also the paternal third great-grandfather of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.
Jacob is reportedly buried in the Meek Cemetery across from the mouth of Hurricane Fork of Greasy Creek at Boons Camp.
(biography by Travis Collins, maternal fourth great-grandson of Jacob Butcher)
- anecdotes about Jacob were handed down from a Butcher family descendant and have been shared on both the Ancestry website and Facebook
"Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FWY1-S46 : accessed 17 December 2016), Jacob Butcher in entry for George Wells and Nancy Butcher, 19 May 1853; citing , Johnson, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 1,912,950.
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"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M65C-LJC : 12 April 2016), Jacob Butcher, Johnson county, part of, Johnson, Kentucky, United States; citing family 567, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Jacob by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Jacob:
I was looking around and noticed something that you might be interested in. I am related to both Loretta Webb Lynn and Valarie June Carter Cash. Their Webb ancestors meet at the same area, Johnson Co, KY. I am certain that they are related, but I do not know where. Just thought that I would share that with you.