Our connection to the Jesuit slaves has been known for more than 12 years. It was first discovered in the spring of 2004 as the family was making plans for a reunion in New Orleans. I continued to look for Nace, Jr., having found a person I suspected was my ancestor buried in the St. Ignatius Church Cemetery, St. Mary's County, Maryland online on the church's website in 2007. The website included photos of the church, St. Ignatius, and a list of the people buried in the cemetery. An Ignatius Butler was listed on parchment as well as Gladys Butler, Lucinda Butler and Johnston Butler.
The search for Nace, Jr. took on a new life after the Georgetown Memory Project was formed. In November 2015, the GMP was formed to identify the the slaves sold in 1838 and to located their living descendants. so as a part of that organization a new search was launched, first by me and then by a member of the Butler Research Team. We came to the same conclusion: Ignatius Butler who s buried at St. Ignatius is our Nace Butler, Jr., the runaway.
Although we did not have definitive evidence, we thought that we found our man.There is a
to be continued