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  Whitwell senior apparently had natural sons

Thomas Butler of Belville

Tobias Butler

Whitwell Butler, of Waterville House, Co.Kerry


  

Whitwell Butler senior listed at Waterville in [Deed, 1785].


  
Whitwell Butler, born 1743,
of Waterville, Co.Kerry.
Descendant of Edward I.
See thepeerage.com.
See entry in tree by Belinda Williams.
See entry in tree by Kevin Bunting.

He was an officer in the British Army. He was a Lieutenant in the 86th Regiment of Foot (the one in existence in 1758-1763).
James Butler in 1932 says he has the Commission dated 27 Oct 1760 (Whitwell age 17).
Whitwell served with the 86th Regiment in Senegal, W Africa. (Britain had captured Senegal from France in 1758. The 86th Regiment served in Senegal in 1758-1763.)
86th Regiment disbanded 1763.
Whitwell is said to have been at one time an officer in the Royal Navy. This could be confusion with his son. Or maybe he transferred to the Navy after his regiment was disbanded. It seems he may have stayed in Senegal for a time after 1763, or at least kept property there.
There are papers about payment of rent on his house in Senegal, "let for use of Chief Justice", dates 1766-1774. His house was probably in the capital Saint-Louis.
He returned to Ireland.
He is listed as of Iveragh Peninsula, Co.Kerry, at mar 1775.

He mar 29 Oct 1775 [her age 17, him age 32] to Belinda Yielding [bapt 15 Apr 1758].
"Belinda" became a name in the Butler family.
He built Waterville House, Iveragh Peninsula, Co.Kerry. Probably built around time of his marriage 1775.
He apparently inherited the Waterville land from his father, and built a house.
He was appointed a Revenue officer in Co.Kerry.
James Butler in 1932 says he has the Commission as "Coast Surveyor and Watcher" for Tralee district, dated 18 Dec 1778.
Around 1780 he built Belville House, near Portmagee, Iveragh Peninsula, Co.Kerry.
Belville was a useful base to catch smugglers and revenue evaders in the Valentia Island area. It was a dangerous job.
He was a Captain in the "Kerry Legion" regiment of the Kerry Volunteers. See him listed in Munster Volunteer Registry, 1782, p.48.

Attacked by a mob, 1782:
In his work for the Revenue, Whitwell was attacked by a mob in 1782. See the story on pp.304-313 of [O'Connell, vol.1, 1892].
On 5 Sept 1782 he and his men raided a smuggling operation of Maurice O'Connell ("Hunting Cap"), the uncle of Daniel O'Connell.
The smuggling was apparently off the S coast of the Iveragh Peninsula. Butler set off back to Waterville, passing through Caherdaniel and over the mountain. The locals at Caherdaniel were angry at the operation being broken up and the goods seized. A mob assembled and went round the mountain and intercepted Butler and his men. They were attacked by the crowd and Butler nearly killed.
Afterwards, Butler accused "Hunting Cap" and his O'Connell relatives of being behind the violence. But it seems the mob acted on its own, since they profited from the smuggling too. (Though note the 1892 account is written by a relative of O'Connell.) The charges against the O'Connells were thrown out.

He is party to [Deed, 1785] with his brother-in-law Rowland Blennerhassett. He is described as of Waterville.
He is party to [Deed, 1790] with his brother-in-law Rowland Blennerhassett. He is described as of Waterville.
He is described as Whitwell Butler of Belville, Co.Kerry, in [Deed, 1795].
He is party to [Deed, 1795] with his brother-in-law William Yielding.
[Burkes Peerage] says he died 1807, but apparently he is receiving a pension in 1808.
He must have died before 1814, when his son James is listed at Waterville.
Whitwell and Belinda had issue:


  1. James Butler,
    elder son, born 1780.
    Lived Waterville House, Co.Kerry.


  2. Whitwell Butler,
    younger son, born post-1780.
    Lived Belville House, Co.Kerry.

  




Whitwell Butler and his men are attacked by a mob in Sept 1782.
His wife Belinda Yielding comes to find him badly beaten but alive.
From p.305 of [O'Connell, vol.1, 1892].


  

Whitwell senior apparently had natural sons




Extract from tree of Butler of Waterville.
See larger.
From Kevin Dyke, who said in 2020 that this tree was prepared by "the late Lord Dunboyne".
This has a Pierce and Theobald as sons of Whitwell senior.


  

Thomas Butler of Belville

The Thomas Butler line is the line that inherited Belville House.

I believe it is now proved that Thomas Butler of Belville descends from the marriage of Whitwell Butler and Belinda Yielding.

First, the initial evidence:

Then DNA proves it:

So who is Thomas Butler?

Somehow a descendant of Whitwell Butler senior and his wife Belinda Yielding is:
  





The proof that Thomas Butler of Belville descends from the marriage of Whitwell Butler and Belinda Yielding.
There is a strong 20 cM DNA match of Billy Butler and Catherine Cole.
Billy Butler descends from Thomas Butler of Belville.
Catherine Cole descends from a sibling of Belinda Yielding.


  

Tobias Butler

The Tobias Butler family always thought they were related to Butler of Waterville.

I believe it is now proved that the Tobias Butler family also descends from the marriage of Whitwell Butler and Belinda Yielding.
There are too many links for them not to also descend from Belinda.

First, the initial evidence:

Then DNA proves it:

So who is Tobias Butler?

Somehow a descendant of Whitwell Butler senior and his wife Belinda Yielding is:

  







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