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Rev. Elijah Heneger BUTTRAM

Male 1832 - 1916  (83 years)

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  • Name Elijah Heneger BUTTRAM 
    Title Rev. 
    Born 13 Oct 1832  Rhea [now Meigs] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Sep 1916  Pea Ridge, Benton County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Buttram Chapel Cemetery, Pea Ridge, Benton County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Meiser, Jr., Joseph A., "A Genealogy of the Meisser Family (Meiser, Miser, Mizar, Mizer, Myser)," Revised, From the Founding in America by Immigrant Ancestors to the Present Time, Lancaster, PA : Meisser Genealogy Association, 1975, pp. 251-252:

      ELIJAH HENEGER BUTTRAM . . . , son of Phebe Miser . . . and John Buttram, was born October 13, 1832 in Rhea (now Meigs) County, Tennessee. With the passing of his father when Elijah was not quite 9 years of age, and his mother's death when he was nearly 12 years old, his period of education was shortened somewhat. However, Elijah's father provided his family with a small library and the children learned to study in early life.

      In 1851, a wagon caravan began in Tennessee and took a number of pioneer families to Benton County, Arkansas. Elijah H. Buttram went with his brothers and with the Oakes, Wrights, Misers, Shorts, Blevins and Coffelt's. A very memorable lady, Mary Nubal Nicels (Nickels) accompanied the four young Buttram sons to Arkansas. She was affectionately known as "Granny Nickels." In the Buttram Bible records it states Mary Nubal Nicels (Nickels) was born October 14, 1782, died February 6, 1866. There is no proof as to her relation to the Buttrams or Misers.

      On August 4, 1853 Elijah married Nancy Elizabeth Miser . . . , daughter of George W. Miser I . . . and Polly Swafford who went to Benton County, Arkansas with their family in 1838 from Bledsoe County, Tennessee. Elijah's mother, Phebe Miser . . . , was an older sister of George W. Miser I. . . .

      Elijah H. Buttram was active in the Methodist Episcopal South Church which was located on his Uncle George W. Miser's farm. Years later a new structure was relocated on the same farm. It was named in honor of Elijah H. Buttram.

      Quoting from "The Pea Ridge Graphic", August 21, 1969 issue: "Elijah H. Buttram realized the great need for a building large enough for church services and also a public school.

      "Elijah summoned help from his younger brothers, Mike and Dotry, for the construction of the original Buttrams Chapel building in 1860. Church trustees, C. W. Rice, John Lee, John Foster, Jacob Hileman, and friends assisted in the construction.

      "It was Elijah's wish to follow in the footsteps of his circuit Methodist minister father and had started preaching prior to 1860. On August 16, 1872 he was recommended, examined and formally licensed to preach the Gospel and on November 2, 1874 was elected to Deacon's Orders by the Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South at Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Local Deacon's Orders were conferred on Elijah July 27, 1884 at Buttram's Chapel."

      The Civil War in the Pea Ridge community was very difficult for the residents. "Bush-whackers" who invaded north central Arkansas, were bands of deserters from both the Union and Confederate armies that escaped to the hills following the Battle of Pea Ridge. They took advantage of the people who were unable to protect themselves.

      Elijah remained with his family during the War. As a minister he comforted the sick, assisted widows and their families and served as a Captain of the Home Guard. Bushwhackers slipped into the farm of two widowed sisters and stole their horses. Elijah and a group of men captured one thief and attempted to get him to tell where the horses were hidden. He refused to tell and Elijah said "Get the rope and we'll string him up," They put the rope around the bushwhacker's neck and began to pull him up. Elijah said "Let him down boys, give, him another chance." Again the thief remained silent so the order was again given to "Pull him up." Still obtaining no confession "Lige" told the bushwhacker, "If we pull you up again your feet will never again touch the ground." Realizing the sterness of Elijah's tone, the thief confessed and the horses were returned to the widow.

      "Lige" Buttram was a Circuit riding Methodist Minister like his father. For many years he and Nancy kept a ledger in which they recorded the churches "Lige" founded with a list of names of the charter members of each church. The original Buttram Chapel Building built in 1860 was torn down in ca. 1891 and a second Chapel constructed near the site of the original building. The second Chapel was a tall white frame one-story typical rural church structure. Although the Methodist Church at Buttram's Chapel was dissolved in 1912, funerals and special services were held there until 1942 when a tornado destroyed the Chapel.

      Quoting from "The History of Buttram Chapel" in the "Pea Ridge Arkansas Graphic," August 21, 1969, "Elijah had to discontinue preaching and confine his waning years to his little home in Pea Ridge; however, his entire thoughts and conversation were for the advancement of the Methodist Church. He once remarked, 'I once had a good farm and plenty of stock. I gave it all to the Lord, and if I had my life to live over, I would do the same again.'

      "As he stood in the evening shadows of his 83rd year, the summons came. All that loving hands could do could not retain the noble and sublime soul in its tabernacle of clay. On September 26, 1916, without a struggle, the life of one of earth's most noble men passed away. The funeral service was held at Buttram's Chapel, after which his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at a spot where the altar of the first church once stood."

      Nancy Miser Buttram died of pneumonia on March 3, 1921, lacking four months of being 89 years old. She was buried beside Elijah at Buttram's Chapel.


      [i] Mary Jane Caledonia Buttram. . . .

      [ii] Phebe Amildra Buttram. . . .

      [iii] Harriet Washington Buttram. . . .

      [iv] Nancy Elizabeth Buttram. . . .

      [v] Bishop Pearce Buttram. . . .

      [vi] John Michael Buttram. . . .

      [vii] Henry Stanford Buttram. . . .

      [viii] Sarah Josephine Buttram. . . .

      [ix] Elijah Heneger Buttram, Jr., born March 18, 1870, died Feb. 2, 1899; married Morah Farmer on Jan. 12, 1888. . . .

      [x] Lou Allie Buttram, born Jan. 28, 1873; died May 17, 1891; married Matthew McCauley on March 6, 1890. He was born March 9, 1866, son of J. McCauley (born 1833) and Susan Boxborn (1838-1877).


      Rev Elijah H Buttram
      Birth: Oct. 13, 1832
      Death: Sep. 26, 1916

      In 1874, Reverend Elijah Buttram opened a school at Buttram's Chapel outside of Pea Ridge, AR that eventually became the Masonic College.

      Family links: Children: Mary E. Buttram (1860 - 1946)

      Burial: Buttram Chapel Cemetery, Pea Ridge (Benton County), Benton County, Arkansas, USA

      Created by: Tammi
      Record added: Dec 29, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 46116681
    Person ID I30367  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2020 

    Father Rev. John BUTTRAM,   b. 1 Jun 1803, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1841, Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Phebe MISER, I,   b. 27 Apr 1800, Blount County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1844, Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1821  Bledsoe County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F13199  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Elizabeth MISER,   b. 3 Jul 1832, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1921, Pea Ridge, Benton County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
     1. Bishop Pearce BUTTRAM,   b. 20 Jan 1860, Pea Ridge, Benton County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1936, Miami, Ottawa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F13201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart