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My Best for the Kingdom, History and Autobiography of John Lowe Butler a Mormon Frontiersman

Written by BYU history professor William G. Hartley and first published in 1993, this award winning biography is the most comprehensive history available on the life of John Lowe Butler.  It is a “must have” book for any of his descendents.  The second printing of this book was published in February of 2011 and priced “at cost” for any of John’s descendents, but is nearly sold out and will likely not be reprinted, at least any time soon. 511 pages, hard cover, library quality smyth sewn binding, black/white photos and images, gloss color dust jacket.  Price depends on quantity (price includes shipping, see order form for details) (Only a few of these books remain)
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An electronic copy comes with the purchase of “Gold and Treasure”

If would like a printed copy, register in the “Family Registry” and enter that you would like a printed copy in the registry notes.
Another Kind of Gold, The Life of Albert King Thurber, A Utah Pioneer, Explorer, and Community Builder

Written by now retired BYU history professor William G. Hartley, this biography of Albert King Thurber first published in 2011 is extremely comprehensive and well researched.  Hartley masterfully chronicles Albert’s youth in New England, journey across the plains as a 49er during the Gold Rush, his conversion to Mormonism as he passed through Salt Lake, his mission to the California gold fields, and his service as a pioneer bishop, stake president, mayor, territorial legislator, explorer, military general, Indian agent, and the list goes on.  Anyone with Thurber ancestry will want a copy of this book for their library and should get copies to stash away for future children and grandchildren as this book will probably not be reprinted.

Included free in the back of the book is a disk containing a full electronic version of the book complete with color photos and images, and numerous Thurber related histories, documents, and photos.  Complete digital copies of Albert’s original journal notebooks along with corresponding transcriptions are included on the disk as well.
616 pages, hard cover, library quality smyth sewn binding, black/white photos and images in printed book (color images in electronic version), gloss color dust jacket.  For pricing see order form.
Gold & Treasure, A History of John Lowe Butler II

Any descendants of John Lowe Butler I will find this biography of his namesake son to be a valuable family history resource, because Gold & Treasure is not only a comprehensive and well-researched biography of John Lowe Butler II, but also includes a wealth of information regarding the extended Butler family.  This is particularly true of his brothers James and Thomas, with whom he lived and worked closely throughout their lives.  In many ways, Gold & Treasure picks up where My Best for the Kingdom (Bill Hartley’s renown biography of John Lowe Butler I) ends, chronicling the extended Butler family, including considerable information on John Lowe Butler II’s siblings, wives, and children, through their various pioneer enterprises.
John Lowe Butler II was truly a lifelong pioneer!  He lived among the Indians of the central plains throughout his childhood.  After an 8-year odyssey, his family made it across the plains to Spanish Fork, Utah.  Left fatherless at age 16, John took on the responsibility of caring for his mother and younger siblings, and relocated the family to Southern Utah.  There he pioneered one area after another and explored largely unknown regions of the southwest.
Working in partnership with two of his younger brothers, John became a wealthy rancher, farmer, teamster, lumberman, mill operator, and businessman.  Then, in his last decade of life, John made a huge gold strike and staked his fortune in a promising mine.
Gold & Treasure has the excitement and feel of an old west novel, with numerous pioneer treks, Indian battles, exploring expeditions, fights, riches won and lost, a fabulous gold mine, and more. What makes these stories even more interesting is that they are true accounts. The book shares the excitement, adventure, fun, humor, and joy that were all part of Butler family life, as well as some truly heart-wrenching moments.  By the end of Gold & Treasure the reader will not only know about John Lowe Butler II, but will come to love him!
Included free in the back of the book is a disk containing a full electronic version of Gold & Treasure complete with color photos and images, and numerous Butler related histories, documents, and photos, as well as digital versions of much of the research material cited in the book.  This same disk also contains electronic versions of My Best for the Kingdom, The Butler Saga, The Lives of Isaac Erin and Caroline Thurber, and several other books, suitable for use with most e-readers.
Gold & Treasure is the fifth biography written by Craig L. Dalton, who was responsible for the recent republication of My Best for the Kingdom and who published Bill Hartley’s most recent book, Another Kind of Gold: The Life of Albert King Thurber.  Gold & Treasure is similar to those works in size and quality.  It is a hard cover book consisting of 526 pages bound with a library quality smyth sewn binding and covered with a gloss color dust jacket.
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The Lives of Isaac Erin and Caroline Thurber

Written by Craig L. Dalton, the subjects great-grandson, and published in 2010, the result of much meticulous and extensive research this biography chronicles the lives of Isaac Erin (the son of Albert King and Agnes Brockbank Thurber) and his wife Caroline Butler Thurber (the daughter of John Lowe Butler II and Nancy Franzetta Smith).  The book begins with brief accounts of their parents lives and continues with their childhood and youth in pioneer towns of southern Utah, Erin's mission to the Southern States in the late 1800's, accounts of his mining exploits in Utah and Nevada, their first home in the Gold Mountain region, the settling of Camas Prairie and Manard, Erin's last illness and death in Boise, and Caroline's life as a widow for 48 years.   In addition to Erin and Caroline's lives, the book also includes much information regarding the Albert King Thurber and the John Lowe Butler II families, including stories by and about Erin and Caroline's parents and siblings.  Those stories continue as almost all of their siblings moved in mass to Camas Prairie, Idaho and founded the pioneer town of Manard.  The book therefore has extensive information and stories relating Camas Prairie in the early 1900's, especially as such relates to the extended Thurber and Butler clans.

Included free in the back of each book is disk containing a full electronic version of the book complete with color photos and images and almost all the research information used in writing the biography, including several complete books in electronic form, journals, autobiographies, documents, deeds, maps, directions to family history sites important to the Thurbers and Butlers, and a multitude of photos.

522 pages, hard cover, library quality smyth sewn binding, black/white photos and images in printed book (color images in electronic version).  (Only a few of the printed books remain)
Kevin King Dalton was the great-great-great grandson of both John Lowe Butler and John C.L. Smith and the great-great grandson of Albert King Thurber.  This biography written by Kevin’s brother, Craig L. Dalton, with a short-run publication in 2002, begins with Kevin’s extensive pioneer heritage and continues with stories from his very interesting childhood and youth, and gives the reader a sense of what life was like for a “Mormon Boy” growing up in the 1960s and 70s.  The account of Kevin’s mission to Spain is intriguing, funny, and exciting.  The reader also gains interesting insights into the computer revolution of the late 1970s and early 1980s when Kevin helped pioneer a number of technological advances in software development including what has since become known as the IRS E-File program.  Perhaps most interesting is Kevin’s family life as an adult and the numerous hobbies he pursued.  His life ended where many of his forebears pioneered, Camas Prairie, Idaho.  Kevin’s great grandfather Isaac Erin Thurber was the first bishop of the LDS church on Camas Prairie, and at the time of his death Kevin was presiding over that branch of the Church as well.

374 pages, hard cover, library quality smyth sewn binding, full color photos and images in printed book and electronic version.

Unfortunately only 20 copies of this book remain undistributed and those are being saved for Kevin’s grandchildren.  However, a full electronic version of the book complete with full color photos and images may be given upon written request.
The Utah Redds and Their Progenitors

This substantive 621-page book by Lura Redd is probably the best history of Keziah Jane Butler Redd, the daughter of John Lowe Butler I.  A substantive section in this book describes her and her family with husband Lemuel Hardison Redd.  Another large section is devoted to Keziah’s childhood and youth as part of the John Lowe Butler I family.  If you are a Butler or a Redd this book is a must have for your library.  It is available in print or electronic form and may be ordered through the Redd Family website using the link provided on the right.