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BUTLER, Moses, surveyor, born in Berwick, Maine, 13 July, 1702; died in 1756. His father, Thomas Butler, who was prominent in the affairs of York county, Maine, for more than twenty years, was a descendant of the noble house of Ormonde in Ireland. His son was chosen in 1730 to represent Berwick in matters relating to the seizure of property belonging to citizens, by the crown surveyor of woods, and from 1733 till 1756 he was annually elected selectman of Berwick and surveyor of land. He was commissioned captain in the 1st Massachusetts regiment, 5 February, 1744, and during the siege and capture of Louisburg was in command of his company, under Sir William Pepper-ell's immediate instructions. In a letter from Sir William Pepperell to John Hill, Capt. Butler's alacrity in enlisting his full company of men for service in the Louisburg expedition is warmly praised. He was chosen in 1748 to answer a petition executed against the town of Berwick at the general court in Boston, and on 92 May, 1749, was elected a representative to the general court. Dr. George H. Butler, of New York, has published a work entitled "Thomas Butler and his Descendants, 1674-1886" (New York, 1886).
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