Samuel Butts

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Captain Samuel Butts (November 24, 1777 – January 27, 1814) was a militia officer in the Creek War.

Butts was born at his family’s farm in Southampton County, Virginia, to parents Martha and Simmons. His ancestors included many veterans of the American Revolutionary War. The Butts family moved to Sparta, Georgia, when Samuel was young.

As an adult, Butts moved to Monticello, Georgia, and became a businessman. In 1813, Butts joined the local militia of Jasper County as a private in order to fight in the War of 1812. He was quickly made captain of his unit, and they fought under the command of General John Floyd in battles at Autossee, Tallasee and Camp Defiance. On January 27, 1814, Butts was killed in Alabama at the Battle of Calebee Creek (also referred to as Chillabee in some sources).

In 1825, the Georgia General Assembly named Butts County, Georgia in honor of Captain Butts.[1] A Georgia chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is named after him as well.


  1. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 29. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.