Historic Markers Across Georgia

Dr. Elizur and Esther Butler, Missionaries to the Cherokee Indians

Marker ID:  57-14
Location: On Ga 20 just west of Ga 100 intersection, west of Rome, GA
County: Floyd
Coordinates: N 34° 15.946    W 085° 23.737
  34.26576666    -85.39561666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Dr. Elizur and Esther Butler, Missionaries to the Cherokee Indians Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Buried in the grave sixty feet south of this point is Esther Post Butler. Born in Connecticut on September 15, 1795, Post married Dr. Elizur Butler, physician and minister, in October 1820. The Butlers were sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to Brainerd and then to Creek Path, before arriving at the Haweis Mission, near Rome, in 1826. Mrs. Butler died in 1829 after eight years of service to the Cherokees. Two years later Dr. Butler was arrested for residing in the Cherokee Nation without taking an oath of allegiance to the State of Georgia and obtaining a license from the Governor. Sentenced, with Samuel Worcester, to four years of hard labor in the State penitentiary at Milledgeville, he was pardoned by Governor Wilson Lumpkin in 1833, almost a year after the United States Supreme Court nullified the law under which the missionaries were arrested. Upon his release, Dr. Butler returned to the Mission at Haweis, but was forced to move the following year. In addition to attending the Cherokees during the Removal, Dr. Butler served the missions at Red Clay, Park Hill, and Fairfield and the Cherokee Female Seminary prior to his death in Arkansas in 1857.



This marker is hard to find, it is located below the level of the road.