Alban Alphonse Boutilier

Male 1878 - 1976  (97 years)


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  • Name Alban Alphonse Boutilier 
    Born 13 Dec 1878  Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 19 Dec 1878  Sacred Heart, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Nickname known as "Frenchie" in South Dakota 
    Nickname Sometimes used the name Albert 
    Occupation 1901  Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Breakman [sic] on the railroad (acc to the 1901 census) 
    Occupation 1901  Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Railroad Conductor acc to 1901 Census 
    Occupation 1903 
    Fireman on the Railroad (acc to Boutilier-Casey marriage registration) 
    Occupation 1909  Caledonia Mines, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    breakman (acc. to birth registration of son Peter) 
    Occupation Jun 1911  Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Engineer for the Steel Company acc to 1911 Census 
    Residence Jun 1911  Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    acc to 1911 Census of Canada with parents and family 
    Immigration Aug 1911  Minnesota through Sault-Ste. Marie (acc to naturalization petition) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Sep 1918  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    bridgeman for M.A. Adams Bridge Co. (acc. to draft card-see notes) 
    Residence 12 Sep 1918  Hammond, St. Croix, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    acc. to his draft card (see notes) 
    Occupation 1930  Faulkton, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Foreman-bridge work (1930 Census) 
    Naturalization 6 Sep 1939  Faulk County (rejected), South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID DAEDBC394B6AA34FB8C6BF779069414FA02A 
    Died 24 Mar 1976  Faulkton, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 27 Mar 1976  Faulkton Cemetery, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I64  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2012 

    Father James Joseph Boutilier,   b. 22 Jul 1851, Coxheath, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1929, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Schuchardt,   b. Between 5 Dec 1852 and 1855, S.E. Mabou?, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1920, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 7 Feb 1878  Sacred Heart, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minister Rev. James Quinan officiated the Boutilier/Shockard marriage 
    Witnesses Thomas Mullins and Elizabeth Campbell witnessed the Boutilier-Shockard marriage 
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Johanna Casey,   b. 13 Apr 1884, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1979, Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1903  St. Anne's, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minister Married to Johanna Casey by Rev. James J. Walsh 
    Witnesses Charles Boutilier & Bella Casey witnessed the Casey/Boutilier marriage 
    Children 
     1. Cecilia Margaret Boutilier,   b. 30 Jan 1904, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1991, Hempstead, Nassau, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Joseph Boutilier,   b. 12 Dec 1904, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 12 Dec 1904, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Thomas Sylvester Boutilier,   b. 8 Oct 1907, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1993, Riverdale, Bronx, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     4. Peter Joseph Boutilier,   b. 11 Aug 1909, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1996, Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Florence Emmaline Reed,   b. 16 Aug 1904, Rock Grove, Stephenson, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1988, Faulkton, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1923  Ipswich, Edmunds, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Married at Ipswich, Edmunds County, by the justice of the peace on January 1, 1923: Alban Butler, res. Faulkton, Faulk, age 36, American, bachelor, and Florence Reed, res. Faulkton, Faulk, age 18, American, maiden.
      (South Dakota State Board of Health, Div. Vital Statistics, Record of Marriage reg. no. 1459; certificate #91199)
    Children 
     1. Alban Joseph Butler,   b. 13 Jul 1923, Faulkton, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1973, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     2. Shirley Elaine Butler,   b. 25 Nov 1925, Faulkton, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1972, Redfield, Spink, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     3. Cecil Murray Butler,   b. 19 Dec 1930, Faulkton, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 2002, Faulkton, Faulk, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Birth/baptism date and place comes from "Nova Scotia Antigonish Catholic Diocese 1823-1905" at FamilySearch. Baptized as 'Albert Alphonsus Bouteiller.' Godparents were James Morley and Susan McFadgen. Baptism no. 28 of 1878.

      Alban Boutilier was enumerated twice in the 1901 Census of Canada, Cape Breton County: in Sydney with his family, and in Glace Bay, as "Alban Boutliaer" a breckman(brakeman), lodging with William (coal miner) and Margaret Richards

      1903-1904 dir, Sydney- Albin Boutilier [sic], farmer, bds 435 Charlotte
      1907-1908 directory, Sydney- employee D I & S Co. h, 437 Charlotte (Dominion Iron and Steel Company)

      In June 1911, according to the Census of Canada, Alban was living at his fathers' home with his wife Johanna and his two younger children Thomas and Peter, his eldest, Cecilia, was living with her maternal grandparents Thomas and Catherine
      Casey at Brookside Glace Bay. See 1911 Census of Canada, transcription provided in notes for Alban's father Joseph Boutilier.

      It is not currently known whether Alban and his wife Johanna agreed to separate or whether he just left in search of more promising employment and never returned. Since he was working for/with and/or living with relatives after removing to the United States, word may have trickled back to his relatives still in Nova Scotia of his wherabouts, but his father's 1929 obituary does not name Alban as a survivor. At some point, Alban's second family was made known of Alban's first family's existence, with Cecil visiting his half-sister Cecilia in New York.

      "Abbie (Albie?) Alfonc Butler" registered for the U.S. draft in St. Croix, County, Wisconsin on September 12, 1918 at "age 39." He was working as a bridgeman for the M.A. Adams Co. in Minneapolis and was living in Hammond, St. Croix County, Wisconsin, where his uncle Murray (Boutilier) Butler 's wife and children resided. He gave "Joseph Butler", (street address unreadable) Roxbury, Mass, as nearest relative. (Who is this?) He is described as short in height, medium in build, with brown eyes and black hair and no distinguishing marks. He is noted as a foreign born US citizen.

      1925 S.D. State Census Faulkton, Faulk County ward 2
      Alban Butler, 38, born Roxbury Mass, owns farm, bridge builder, read/write, Episcopalian
      Florence E. Butler, 20, born Illinois, Methodist Episcopal, read/write
      Alban Joseph Butler, age 2, M.E.

      1930 US Census Faulkton, Faulk County Roll 2223 pg 5B ED13
      Alban A. Butler born Massachusetts occupation unreadable parents' birthplaces unreadable
      Florence Butler
      Alban J. Butler b. S.D.
      Shirley E. Butler b. S.D.

      Alban Butler filed petition for naturalization in Faulk County, South Dakota (page 127 vol. 290) dated 30 June 1938; petition was denied 6 September 1939. Witnesses were Ray H. Burrell, highway Sup't, Faulkton, and Harry Marsh, cafe owner, Faulkton. Claimed he had lived in Faulk County since April 1918. He had the petition read to him, suggesting he was barely literate, although he signed his own name "Alban alfonce (sic) Butler." Petition may have been denied because he was already a US citizen thanks to his marriage to the American Florence Reed. (Copy of Petition for Naturalization obtained from South Dakota State Archives, Pierre, SD)

      Obituary from Faulk County Record, April 1, 1976
      "Funeral Services for Alban A. "Frenchie" Butler, 97, were held Saturday, March 27, at 10:30 am at the Sorum-Langslet Funeral Home with the Reverend Joseph Deragisch officiating. Burial was in the Faulkton Cemetery. He died March 24, at Faulk County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Butler was born December 13, 1878 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He worked in the coal mines there before moving to Minneapolis in August of 1911. In 1913, he worked on the railroad in N.D. and moved to Faulkton in 1918, working on bridges in Faulk County until 1930. From then on, he worked on many jobs throughout the area. On January 1, 1923, he was united in marriage to Florence Reed at Ipswich. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Surviving his death are his wife, of Faulkton; one son, Cecil, Faulkton; one stepson, Herschel Reed of Modesto, CA. He was preceded in death by one son and one daughter. Pallbearers were James Turner, Willard Thelen, John Ramsdell, William Cameron, Robert Ketterling, and Darold Ketterling. Ardis Golay provided the organ accompaniment for soloist Ray Wahlen.

      Apparently there were also obituaries in the Aberdeen American News and Huron Daily Plainsman on March 26th.

      From History of Faulk County, SD 1910-1982:
      Alban "Frenchie" and Florence [Reed] Butler
      "Alban 'Frenchie' Alphonses [sic] Butler was born Dec. 13 1878 in Sidney [sic] (Cape Breton Island) Nova Scotia. As well as can be determined, he crossed the line at Sault Saint Marie Mich. on August 16, 1911. He made his way to Minnesota where his four uncles were in the bridge building business. He followed their example and changed the family name from Boutillier to Butler. From 1911 to 1918 he worked on farms in North Dakota and as a brakeman for the Great Northern Railroad. He settled in Faulkton in about 1918. He married Florence Reed on Jan. 1, 1923. They moved into the home where Florence still lives in Feb. of 1923. Three children were born to them: Alban J., Shirley E., and Cecil M. Alban and Shirley are deceased. 'Frenchie' worked for the county highway department, helping to build county bridges during the 1920's and at different times in the 1930's. During the remainder of his life he engaged in a variety of laboring jobs around Faulkton. 'Frenchie' was of the Catholic faith and died March 24, 1976, and was buried at Faulkton."