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Object Name WALLET
Catalog Number 0985.10.00253
Description This is a light brown leather foldover wallet with a tongue in the slot strap. It has one inner pocket with a bill holder, the enclosed note reads "cash on hand-$15.00." It is marked, "Wm. M. Butler Estate."
Dimensions H-4 W-7 inches
Owned William M. Butler; Milledge Luke Bonham [M. L. Bonham]
Provenance "Old leather wallet used by William M. Butler of Edgefield County, SC, who died at the beginning of the war. These wallets were used by the Southern gentlemen." (accession ledger)

This wallet belonged to William M. Butler (1790-1850), of Edgefield County South Carolina, who died about the time of the Civil War. It was found in the papers of his nephew-in-law, Gen. Milledge Luke Bonham (1813-1890).

Bonham and Butler were first cousins once removed; wallet is believed to have descended through family. It is believed to have been origianlly owned by William M. Butler in antebellum period, and then inheritated by M. L. Bonham and used during war.
People Butler, William M.
Bonham, Milledge Luke
Search Terms Edgefield, South Carolina