Butler, Ellis family legacies
National Guard Day provides
setting for Butler, Ellis ceremony
(July 2002) CARROLLTON, Ky. In a Kentucky National
Guard Day ceremony marked by patriotic music, proclamations, a military
colorguard and canon firings and the unveiling of historic markers and
a cemetery headstone, Gen. Butler State Resort Park and the Butler-Turpin
State Historic House on June 24 honored two families who left major
impacts on Carrollton.
Tom Courtenay &
The Department of Military Affairs, Battery A, 2/138th
Field Battalion, Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Military History
Museum, Carrollton Post Office, U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Adjutant
General, Kentucky National Guard, Carroll County Judge-Executives
Office, Carrollton Mayors Office, Kentucky Highway Marker Program,
Kentucky Historical Society, Commissioner of Highways, Commonwealth
of Kentucky and Butler-Turpin House, Gen. Butler, Kentucky Department
of Parks, Commonwealth of Kentucky bestowed honors to Carrolltons
first generation Butler, Gen. Percival Pierce Butler.
Butler was a Revolutionary War Hero and Kentuckys 1st Adjutant
General. He is buried in the Butler family cemetery inside Gen. Butler
State Resort Park, which is named for his son, Gen. William Orlando
Percival Pierce Butlers home, a two story log house, once stood
just a short distance from the Butler family cemetery and it was at
this site he performed the duties of the position for 24 years.
To commemorate the history, a granite footmarker and a Kentucky
Places bronze-standing marker was unveiled by Cathryn Salyers,
88, of Carrollton before about 80 guests. She is a direct descendant
of Mildred Hawkins Butler, the wife of Percival Pierce Butler. Tom Courtenay,
73, a Butler descendant from Shelbyville, Ky., also took part in the
Along with a proclamation marking June 24 as Percival Butler Day
in Carroll County, another dedication took place honoring the two Adjutant
Generals of Carroll County, Percival Butler and James Tandy Ellis.
As an interested historian, the Commonwealth of Kentuckys current
Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. D. Allen Youngman, initiated the creation
of a brochure and a website honoring the men who have held the position.
It will list all of Kentuckys past Adjutant Generals and of those
deceased the location of their gravesite.
Youngman, an Owensboro, Ky., native, spoke at the June 24 ceremony then
read a proclamation signed by Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton declaring June
24 Kentucky National Guard Day. Carrollton Mayor Ann Deatherage read
a proclamation declaring June 24 Gen. Percival Pierce Butler and James
Tandy Ellis Day. John Trowbridge of the Kentucky Military History Museum
presided over the ceremony.
Salyers and Courtenay assisted in unveiling a highway marker that will
go up in Ghent, Ky., where Ellis lived. They also unveiled a Kentucky
Historical Marker erected at the cemetery site and a new stone at Butlers
The National Guard Band and Carroll Countys Nancy Jo Grobmyer
and daughter Mary Ellis Coombs (descendants of James Tandy Ellis) sang
the National Anthem and My Old Kentucky Home. A special
U.S. postal stamp cancellation was provided that day honoring 200 years
of the Kentucky National Guard.
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