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LOYALIST UNITS - BUTLER'S RANGERS, SIR JOHN JOHNSTON'S [sic]BRIGADE & KING'S ROYAL REGIMENT OF NEW YORK (KRRNY)

In June 1775 Sir Guy Johnson, superintendent of Indians in the north, was forced out of his home in the Mohawk Valley of New York. He took with him the Butlers - John and his son Walter; Gilbert Tice; Daniel Claus; Frey; William Fraser; and the Indian brothers Peter and William Johnson.

In June 1776 Sir John Johnson led 200 of his friends, his tenants and some Mohawks and left the Mohawk Valley of New York. After 19 days of near-starvation they arrived at St. Regis. Continuing on to Chambly he was given permission to raise the 1st. Batallion of the Kings Royal Regiment of New York, also known as the King's Royal Yorkers; Johnson's Greens; the Royal Greens and Sir John's Corps.

On Aug. 6 1777 at Oriskany, forces under Sir John Johnson's command including 150 KKRNY, 40 Indian Department Rangers commanded by Major John Butler (later reorganized as Butler's Rangers), 50 German riflemen and many Mohawks and Senecas ambushed 800 militia on their way to Fort Stanwix. 400 rebels were killed.

In September 1777, Butler's Rangers was formally organized with eight companies, several of them doing special duty with the natives. They began their raids of the Mohawk Valley, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other areas.

Butler's Rangers Roster rolls are incomplete. In 1778 only half the corps had been recruited. By war's end (1783) the Ranger corps was at full strength with about 519 men on the roster.

List of Men formerly in Sir John Johnson's Brigade
These two lists are signed by John French who states the men listed have been in his command since the year 1777. Both lists state that the men enlisted in Sir John Johnston's [sic] Brigade under orders of the late Mr. Howetson and have now joined other units "of their own accord" [Source:"Loyalty on The Northern Frontier of New York , 1775-84" by Dwight M. Turner, as found in "Families Vol. 26 #2 1987]

Many of these men settled the Crown Lands at Niagara Ontario when they were disbanded in 1783.

  • "A List of Men Enlisted by orders of the late Mr. Howetson for Sir John Johnston's [sic]Brigade and joined Colonel Butler's Rangers of their own accord"
    • Casper Towswick
    • Urbanus Hains
    • Tunis Slingerland
    • Derrick Slingerland
    • George Ranzeir
    • Aaron Hogatealing
    • Isaac Van Volkenburgh
    • John Brat
    • Jacob Giant
  • "A List of Men Enlisted by orders of the late Mr. Howetson for Sir John Johnston's [sic] Brigade and Joined Joseph Brant's Volunteers of their own accord"
    • Peter Chunk
    • Nicelas Herkner
    • Antoney Bratt
    • Christian Howk
    • William May
    • Christian Plato
    • Aaron Hallenbeck
    • John Emmerick Plays
    • Philip Moake Badley
    • David Williams
    • Johekud Hawley
    • David Crawfoot
    • Daniel Walker
    • Benj. Reynolds
    • Andrew French
    • Wm. Willoughby
    • Wm. Reynolds
    • Benjamin Benedict
    • John Curtis
    • Seth Cook
    • Thomas Gaits
    • Azer Northrey
    • Francis Redding
    • Peter Beebe
    • Calib Henderson
    • Daniel Scott
    • Nathan Brown
    • Timothy Hill

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