Re: BUTLER'S RANGERS 1777-1784

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Posted by Gayle on October 07, 1999 at 17:24:59:

In Reply to: BUTLER'S RANGERS 1777-1784 posted by Bill Smy on October 06, 1999 at 08:23:11:

: Those interested in Butler's Rangers should take a look at my web site at

: At the end of the Revolution, John Butler settled at Niagara where he died in May 1796. During the War of 1812 his home was destroyed, his personal papers lost, and the regimental colours of the Rangers looted, when the Americans burned the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake (for which, in part, the British burned Washington, DC). The site of his house lay unknown for almost 190 years, but was recently discovered. Parks Canada has conducted an archaelogical dig, which is almost complete. Artifacts from the site will go into local museums.

: Bill Smy
: St Catharines, Ontario


This is truly an excellent site. I had been into it some time ago, and the biography of John Butler and his family history helped me immeasurably in pinning down Cooper's prototype for Major Effingham in The Leatherstocking Tales. Fine job of putting together an interesting and very informative source site! Thanks!


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