When one's genealogy duties aren't going well, a temptation may arise to branch out to someone else's family tree. With the help of a professional genealogist pal (thanks, Upton), we've learned lots of interesting things about Sen. Chris Buttars. Not only were some of his ancestors illegal immigrants but, as the genealogist said, "They could have used a domestic partner registry."
Buttars' great-grandfather, David Buttar, was born in Scotland in 1822. He came over in 1854, but never legalized his status. Although he (or someone) told the census taker in 1910 that Mr. Buttar was naturalized, that's not what federal immigration records indicate.
Now, I know what some of you illegal-coddlers will say: "It was hard for polygamists to get naturalized back then, blahblahblah." Tough. If you can't be here legally, you can't be here. It's called the rule of law. And, of course, the polygamy problem went away in 1890. After that, many of Mr. Buttar's Cache County neighbors were naturalized, but we didn't find one for him.
Meanwhile, illegal immigrant Buttar was getting government benefits that should have gone to Americans. For example, he got free land under a homestead act. He was protected by U. S. soldiers when he moved to an area where Native Americans were already living. And he made the government expend resources on prosecuting him by violating the rule of law with his multi-spouse lifestyle choice.
And that's not all. This scofflaw wasn't legally married, either, even before he delved into polygamy. His second wife was never divorced from her first husband, it appears. (Not to mention that she absconded from England with their child without her husband's consent--typical illegal, already committing crimes before even getting here.)
Doesn't it make your blood boil? This man and woman, living together in sin, yet wanting the same benefits as a real marriage? The nerve! The only thing that could have made this worse would have been if Clarkston, Utah, had a domestic partner registry. Illicit relationships like that shouldn't be encouraged.