Butler, William was born in the county of Antrim, Ireland, in 1783, and in 1786 emigrated with his father's family to the United States, and settled in Cumberland county, Penn. Having joined the Methodist Church in 1802, he was received on trial in the Baltimore Conference in 1807, and traveled in its bounds for nearly 30 years, his last appointment being to Lewistown Circuit in 1843, from which time till the day of his death he sustained a supernumerary relation to the Conference. It appears from his own diary that under his ministry nearly four thousand souls were added to the Church. Mr. Butler was a man of deep piety, and of great consistency of character. He died Jan. 11, 1852, at Carlisle, Penn., where he had been converted fifty years before. — Minutes of Conferences, 1852, p. 8.