|About "The House That Built Me"
Hunt & Butler and Tillman & Pierce Families.
I am a descendant of Hunt & Butler line through my mother and of Tillman & Pierce line through my
Also included are individuals from Mastin & Holbert families of my husband's ancestors to provide information for
my daughter. This tree is built using my daughter's name as the baseline.
For the Butler and Hunt families, a wealth of information was passed down from my Grandmother (Loie 'Ione' Butler Hunt) and
her Sister (Alice Butler Bradshaw) through books they wrote of family history. From their information and with the help of other
extensive genealogy information collected by family, I was able to begin tracking our family history through Ancestry.com and
expand our family tree to more than 1,100 individual names.
Notables Through Butler Bloodline ...
This website includes stories, special notes on individuals, photographs, copies of ship manifests, copies of census
records, and photographs of cemetery headstones.
To differentiate common surnames 'Hunt' and 'Pierce' among familes (but unrelated bloodlines), I have flagged profiles
using colors to identify and separate descendants according to their bloodline as follows:
- James B. Hickock (Wild Bill Hickock) - James Butler Hickok, better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok,
was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his work across the frontier as a drover, wagon master, soldier, spy,
scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. (Individuals flagged with Aqua marks on profile are related by blood
to James B. Hickock)
- Presidents George H W Bush and George W Bush. (Individuals flagged with Lime marks on
profile are related by blood to both Presidents Bush)
- General Benjamin Butler - politician, lawyer and businessman from Massachusetts. Born in New Hampshire and
raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, Butler is best known as a political major general of the Union Army during the American Civil
War, and for his leadership role in the impeachment of U.S. President Andrew Johnson. He was a colorful and often
controversial figure on the national stage and in the Massachusetts political scene, during his one term as Governor
(Individuals flagged with Yellow marks on profile are related by blood to Benjamin Butler)
Colored markers can be seen next to each individual's name designating the bloodline they belong to. I have further identified
individuals in Mastin-Holbert bloodline with a citation "Mastin-Pfuntner & Holbert-Burns" shown at the bottom of each
individual's profile. Other citations have been included on all profiles to note and validate where information was found on
Many thanks to Susanna Bradshaw, Jenny Hunt Ray, and Jackie Tillman Crocker for collaboration and sharing of information
to assist in building this family tree. Thanks to Gene Mastin for research done on the Mastin-Holbert families.
The first census began more than a year after the inauguration of President Washington and shortly before the second
session of the first Congress ended. Congress assigned responsibility for the 1790 census to the marshals
of the U.S. judicial districts under an act which, with minor modifications and extensions, governed census taking through
1840. The law required that every household be visited, that completed census schedules be posted in "two of the most
public places within [each jurisdiction], there to remain for the inspection of all concerned..." and that "the aggregate amount
of each description of persons" for every district be transmitted to the president. For more on census years and overviews go
Early ship passenger lists, known generally as “customs manifests,” was not regulated. Formats varied widely and a specific
place of origin was not always listed. In 1883, the federal government mandated the creation of ship manifests, which
included columns for an exact birthplace or last residence. This information was also kept on passenger arrival lists of later
periods. The lists consist of large sheets of paper divided into columns and rows. Earlier lists are handwritten, while most after
1917 are typewritten. Lists after 1906 usually occupy two pages. These collections also include a card index to passengers
arriving in New York City from 1820 through 1846. Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820.
However, the first official emigration station for New York was Castle Garden, located at the tip of lower Manhattan.
Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. After January 1892,
passengers arriving in New York debarked at Ellis Island, located east of Manhattan in the New York Harbor. From 1892 to
1924, almost all immigrants entered the United States through the port of New York.
- Purple represents early Hunt ancestors that carry through Pearce/Pierce (of Tillman-Pierce line),
- Red represents Hunt ancestors (of Hunt-Butler line),
- Blue represents Pearce/Pierce ancestors (of Tillman-Pierce line),
- Green and Olive represents Hunt and Pierce ancestors from Holbert-Mastin bloodline.
To Mom and Dad now living in Heaven
Love and Miss you Both so very much
† † † †
Lois 'Gene' Hunt Tillman
(9/14/1926 - 4/26/2015)
Lawrence 'Larry' Tillman
(7/4/1931 - 10/5/2015)
"Remembrance in life's passing
is the truest form of love one can give,
for a memory should never die
and a love should live forever
in the heart of another"