Andress Pioneer Families
submitted by Sara Kendrick Barteau
William Andress' ancestors came from England in 1754 and settled in Maryland, South
Carolina then Alabama. William and his wife, Anne Rhame, left South Carolina in 1819
and came to Alabama, settling in Butler County in 1836. They were the parents of nine
children, Joseph, Susannah, Jeremiah, John N., Sarah Ann, William James, Martha, Mary
Ann and Stephen Francis. Six of the children lived to share in his estate. William died in
1841 and Anne died in 1870 and both are buried in the Andress Family Cemetery in
Butler County. Many of their descendants still live in Butler County.
His youngest son, Stephen Francis, purchased the shares of his remaining brothers and
sisters in 1870 and became a large landowner in Butler County. Stephen and his wife,
Sarah Jane East, were the parents of eleven children, Francis Marion, Nancy Caroline,
Elizabeth Victoria, William Joseph, Samuel Ivy, Mary Ann, Sarah Emily, Stephen Davis,
Amanda Louise, Alabama and John Lee. They were all born in Butler County.
Stephen Francis, my great grandfather, was born on 22 Mar 1824 in Lowndes County and
died on 25 Apr 1908 in Butler County. He was the Clerk of the Damascus Baptist
Church for fifty years. He enlisted in the Civil War on February 12, 1863 at Greenville
and was a First Sergeant in Company B, 6th Cavalry, Alabama Regiment. He was
honorably discharged on May 6, 1865.
John Lee, my grandfather and the youngest son of Stephen and Sarah, was born on
January 3, 1870 in Pigeon Creek. He attended Salem School and also night school where
he obtained a Degree in Music for the violin. He married Linnie Elmetta Lester, born
October 5, 1875 in Butler County. She was the daughter of Eli Lester and Caroline Jane
Day. Eli Lester was also a pioneer in Butler County, having moved there from South
Carolina in 1857. Eli owned a Country Store and lived in Daisy Community until he died
John Lee and Linnie were the parents of twelve children, Maude Lee, Claude Ethel,
Stephen Eli, Sallie Elmetta, John Lester, Callie Lucille, Mary Alice, Joe Frank, Eva
Victoria, Emma Ruth, Nell and an unnamed infant daughter. Eleven lived to adulthood.
John Lee served Alabama and Butler County as a farmer, Justice of the Peace, Lawyer,
County Commissioner, State Fertilizer Inspector, Mapmaker for the Butler County
School District, State Soil Surveyor, State Tax Commission License Inspector,
Superintendent of Convicts for Kilby Prison and Professional Engineer and Land
Surveyor. He died on April 10, 1947 and Linnie died on February 24, 1964.
All of their children were born in Beat 5, Butler County and attended Daisy Schoolhouse
as did Linnie, their mother. Only two of the children remained in the area to raise their
Claude Ethel, second born child, married James Henry Perdue in 1919. James Henry
Perdue's first ancestors, John Perdue and Elizabeth Hitch, came to Alabama before
Alabama was a State in early 1819.
Stephen Eli, third born child, married Mayne Fail in 1920, of the Fail and Herlong
families, other long time Butler County residents. They were the parents of nine
children, John Elijah, Eloise, Stephen Eli, Jr., Terry Fail, Harold Newton, Betty Jean,
Mayne Carolyn, Bobby Ray and Lester Donald. Many of these reside in the Butler
County area today.
John Lester, fifth born child, married Ethyland Judith Bishop in 1924. The Bishop's
are another pioneer family coming to Butler County in 1850. Her grandfather, Reverend
Matthew Bishop, was a circuit rider for the Alabama Baptist Association and helped to
establish some fifteen Baptist Churches in Dallas, Lowndes, Montgomery, Butler,
Crenshaw and Pike County backwoods. Notably, Damascus, Friendship and Spring
Creek Churches in Butler County. He settled his home and farm in Butler County, near
Damascus, where he and Mary Denice Borom raised their three children.
Eva Victoria, ninth born and last surviving child turned ninety-three in 2002 and
was able to celebrate her sixty-sixth wedding anniversary with her husband, Byron Raike
before he died in 2001.
Nell Andress, my mother and the eleventh born child, married Lloyd Benjamin Kendrick
in 1936. They were the parents of two children, Vance Wayne and Sara Alyce Kendrick.
I remember her talking about her happy childhood in Butler County. She was a lifelong,
avid fisherman and her fondest memories were of fishing with her father, John Lee, at
The other children, Maude Lee, Sallie Elmetta, Callie Lucille, Mary Alice,
Joe Frank, and Emma Ruth Andress, lived long and productive lives.
Andress Family Bible
Ancestry and Descendants of Joseph Andress 1734-1805 by Hannibal Guy and Mary F. Andress
Birth, Marriage, Church and Probate Records
Matthew Bishop - Man On A Horse - by Gene Bishop Andress, Sr.
William Andress Probate Records
Photo of my great grandfather, Stephen Francis Andress, son of William Andress and Anne Rhame.Born in Monroe County on 22 Mar 1824 and died in Butler County on 25 Apr 1908. He is buried in the old Andress Family Cemetery in Butler County that is now being restored.
Obit for Stephen F. Andress
My grandparents on their wedding day, 28 Mar 1895, in Butler County.
This was originally a Tintype and I had it copied to a photo.
They were married in the Daisy School Community, Beat 7, at the home of her parents, Eli Lester and
Caroline Jane Day. John's brother, Francis Marion Andress, performed the ceremony. The marriage is
recorded in Butler County Alabama - Marriage Book 1894-1896, Page 257.
John Lee Andress - 3 Jan 1870 - 10 Apr 1947
Linnie Elmetta Lester - 5 Oct 1875 - 24 Feb 1964
A photo of Jeremiah Andress, another son of William Andress. He was born on 28 Jan 1809 in Sumter
District, South Carolina and died in Butler County after 1877. I believe this is a picture of a painting from
about 1840 or 1850?
He married twice, first to Sarah Anne Bannister and they had 16 [sixteen] children. She died in 1863 and he
married Mary Ann Forster Thomas and had 5 [five] more children! Not too many have had twenty-one
children! Jeremiah, Sarah Anne and Mary Anne are all buried in the old Andress Cemetery.
Francis Marion Andress and Mary Prudence Candace Joiner Andress Family. (Tombstone photos)
Taken in front of the home of Francis Marion Andress.
Left to right, Pleasant Ola, Stephen Walden, his wife Viola Bailey holding the child, Una Lee, Francis Marion, Mary Prudence Candace Joiner and Ina Earle Andress.
my grandfather, John Lee Andress and his two
brothers, Francis Marion and William Joseph Andress. It looks like it was taken about 1888 or even earlier.
I am estimating as I know my grandfather was twenty-one when he married in 1895 and he looks quite a bit
younger in this picture.
On the left side is Francis Marion, John Lee, standing in back, William Joseph Andress on right side. The
sons of Stephen Francis Andress and Sarah Johanna East.
©2002-2003 Rhonda Smith
Butler County, Alabama