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Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler 1725-1796

Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler 1725-1796

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler 1725-1796

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler 1725-1796

Photo Source - Unknown

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
At the burying ground
at the very southern end of Butler Street

Coordinates: N 43 15.072 W 79 05.418


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Plaque Text

Born in New London, Connecticut, Butler settled in the Mohawk Valley, New York, in 1742. Commissioned in the British Indian Department in 1755, he served in the Seven Years' War. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, he was compelled to leave his estates and was ordered to Fort Niagara. In 1777 he organized the Loyalist corps known as Butler's Rangers. By the end of war, this unit with British regulars and Indian allies, had effectively contributed to the establishment of British control south of the Great Lakes. The Rangers were disbanded in 1784, and led by their former commander, many settled in the Niagara Peninsula. Butler remained active in Indian affairs until his death at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake).

Another plaque at this location
Action at Butler's Farm

Related Ontario plaque
Butler's Rangers



Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques

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> Posted December 14, 2011
Thanks to my daughter's ancestry research, I am proud to find we are related to this remarkable man! This site provides good photos, with clear information, even maps. Thank you for this service to keep us all aware of our Canadian history!...Linda Duke, Elliot Lake, On

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