Benjamin Butler is one of those persons for whom a logically-placed leaf would be appreciated. He is also one of those person for whom Ancestry.com can find no leaves.
I do have records attached to him in my online tree at Ancestry.com so there is something there to use to find leaves. I have Benjamin in the following census records:
- 1850-Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan--aged 31 born in New York State--apparent wife Margaret
- 1870-Soap Creek, Davis County, Iowa--aged 51 born in Canada--apparent wife Nancy.
- 1880-Drywood, Vernon County, Missouri--aged 61 born in New York State--wife Nancy.
I'm even surprised that there were no leaves for a William Butler since that's the name he is enumerated with in 1880.
Benjamin is a good example of one of those people where it can be easy to get "stuck." He was likely born in a state that did not keep vital records at the time he was born, was not a member of a church that practiced infant baptism, moved frequently, and died in a time period and place where good vital records were not being kept. It really is his fault.
It's probably time to stop looking for leaves on the trees and focus on Benjamin's children.