Lucius* Abbott Butler

B 9-18-1863 to Esther L. Abbott and Lucius Marshall Butler
M Annie Bird Morton on 10-11-1887
D Died 2-5-1923
C Gertrude Morton Butler and Harold Abbott Butler and Doris Mae Butler


According to their daughter Gertrude, Lucius and Annie were "great lovers" After Annie died of pneumonia, he died just weeks later.


Mansfield, February 1923


The New Haven railroad lost by death this week one of its best locomotive engineers - Lucius A. Butler of this town. Mr. Butler had been in the service of the railroad for 40 years and for several years past had been at the throttle on the Merchant's Limited that runs between Boston and New York. This train is known as the road's finest and Mr. Butler was thoroughly efficient to be its pilot. Mr. Butler, on his return trip from New York, was engineer on the Knickerbocker express, another first class train. Some years ago the writer had occasion to interview one of the railroad's officials and that gentleman intimated that Mr. Butler was looked upon as one of the finest engineers in the road's employ, sharing honors with Henry Sheldon, another Mansfield veteran. Not only doe the railroad lose a valued employee, but the town of Mansfield mourns a beloved citizen. The News extents sympathy to the son and daughter of the deceased.

Only a few weeks ago they were summoned to Mansfield, one from Cuba and the other from New Jersey, to attend the funeral of their mother. Now, both are called back again to bury their father. It seems hard to realize that the veteran engineer is dead and that we shall no more see his stately figure on our streets.




Gertrude, Annie and Harold

Last Letter written to sister Helen

(he died the next day)



Interesting, although sad, article about a shark attack.  Interesting because the Butlers, notably Lucius Abbott's grandson Bill Butler is famous for being Adrift for 66 days in a life raft after an encounter with whales. Apparently Bill Butler was not the first to have trouble while at sea.