Family History Notebook

Sarah Jane Butler

Daughter of Daniel Butler and Jane Dives, born on the 23rd of October 1831 and baptised on the 25th of January 1832 at St Sepulchre, London.

Married George Rattray on the on the 23rd of June 1870 at the Church of St Sepulchre, City of London


Mary Jane, born on the 5th of February 1872 (born on the 8th of February 1872, baptised on the 5th of May 1872 at Coulsdon, Surrey?)
George Hay born on the 7th of May 1873 at Kenley, Coulsdon, Croydon, Surrey

Died on the 3rd of October 1924 at 71, Lansdowne Road, Croydon

Sarah Jane's father, an undertaker, died when Sarah was 21 but she didn't marry for another 17 years. Her whereabouts in that period have not yet been traced. Her husband, who was fifteen years older than her, died only 8 years after the marriage.

   Sarah Jane Rattray (née Butler) c 1901
Sarah Jane Rattray (née Butler) c. 1901


1841 census - none of the children found, just her parents Daniel & Jane.
1851 census - staying with her grandfather at Hale, Nutfield, Surrey (listed as Buttler)
1861 census? - not the Sarah J Butler, born Camberwell c1832
1871 census - 2, Hayes Hill, Coulsdon, Surrey. (Kilmarnock House??)
1878 (George Rattray death) Sunnyside
1881 census -  Sunnyside, Coulsdon, Surrey. Widowed with two children and her mother.

1891 census - living with her daughter and her mother at Sunnyside, (27) Hayes Lane, Coulsdon


1901 census - living with her mother at 28, Lansdowne Road, Croydon
1901? Photographs delivered to 26, Win(d)sor Terrace (off Oval Road) close to Lansdowne Road.
1911 census - living at 71 Lansdowne Road, Croydon. Her daughter Mary is living with her and her grand-children Beryl and Alan are visiting.

A Sarah Butler aged 9, born Middlesex, is listed in the 1841 census but living with a tailor and a 'coal whopper'. Another Sarah Butler aged 9, born Surrey, is listed in the 1841 census but living with a Charles Crinks, journeyman carpenter.

On the 12th of April 1849 a knitting pattern for doilies (for furniture) was addressed to Miss Butler, Mr Dives Hale Farm Nutfield so it appears that at this time Sarah Jane was living with her grandfather.