Born at Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, 29th December 1857.
Died at Sailor’s Snug Harbour, Staten Island, New York, U.S.A., 26th February 1923.
He was a nephew of George Parr (Nottinghamshire 1845-70) and a brother of Robert Butler (Nottinghamshire 1870-77) and Thomas Butler (Notts Colts 1867). He found a place in the Nottinghamshire side in 1881 during the players strike and appeared in forty-five matches for them by 1890; fifty first-class matches in all. In 1885 and 1886 he went to America as a professional for the Staten Island C.C., and in 1887 he was engaged by the Sunderland club, where he stayed for some time, playing for Durham 1891-94. In 1896 he was engaged by Mr.Bewicke, at Close House, Wylam, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and turned out for Northumberland.
About 1900 he returned to America and played for the New York Veterans XI in 1912.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living with his parents at Carsick Lane, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, unmarried, aged 23, and a frame work knitter. His father James was 64 and a frame work knitter also and his mother, Elizabeth, aged 62 and a seamer. His three unmarried brothers living in the house were Edward aged 29 and Henry aged 26, both “factory hands stockings,” and Olton aged 19, a “factory hand cottons patent stockings.” Also present was John William Morton, aged 11, a grandson.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)