Butler’s Dry Goods & General Groceries
Charles Butler was born in Canada West about 1846. He married Hannah Collins. She was born in Emily Township, about 1852, the youngest of four children.
The Collins and Drennan Families
Hannah’s father had died in the mid 1850s and her mother Catherine, remarried. Catherine’s second husband was John Drennan, born in Ireland circa 1831. After their marriage, John and Catherine resided in Emily Township, Victoria County during the 1860s. By 1871 they had moved to Percy Township in Northumberland County. Here the family resided into the 1890s, a blended family of the Collins and Drennan children. The Collins children were John born 1839; Margaret born 1847; Michael born 1849 and Hannah born 1852. The Drennan children included Joseph born 1858; John born 1861; Bridget born 1864 and Charles born 1867.
About 1873, Hannah Collins wed Charles Butler. The young couple moved to Peterborough where in 1874 their son James was born. A daughter, Margaret, followed two years later. That same year, Charles opened his own dry goods business on Hunter Street in town.
Charles continued operating his store into the mid 1890s. During the intervening years, another five children were born: Charles Jr., in 1877; John Joseph in 1879; Francis in 1880; George in 1881 and Mary Catherine in 1883. In 1896, Hannah (Collins) Butler died of heart failure. Just over a year later, Charles also passed away. His death was reported in the local newspaper:
Mr. Charles Butler, who has been a resident of the town for a number of years, died this morning at his residence, Queen st. The deceased at one time kept a grocery store on Hunter st., but in later years had been engaged as a painter. His wife died a little over a year ago. A family of sons and daughters survive him. Mr. Butler was 51 years of age and had been ill for nearly four months. The funeral takes place on Monday to the Roman Catholic cemetery.