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Reviews, Notes and Comments 193

Reviews, Notes and Comments       193

owners through whose hands it has passed in the long

period since it was originally written. They have re-

corded in it quaint receipts, accounts and other matters

of little or no value today. For a time it appears to have

been used as a copy-book. It is, however, in spite of

these insertions, a venerable, interesting and legible

document, which throws strong sidelights on the activi-

ties of the frontier army during this interesting period.



Joseph Green Butler, Jr., pioneer iron manufacturer,

philanthropist and author, died at his home in Youngs-

town, Ohio, December 19, 1927. Had he lived two days

longer, he would have been 87 years old. He was born

at Temperance Furnace, Mercer County, Pennsylvania,

December 21, 1840. He was the son of Joseph Green

and Temperance (Orwig) Butler. His father was an

iron manufacturer and blast-furnace expert. His mother

was descended from one of the oldest, families in Berks

County, Pennsylvania.

The Butler family lineage has been traced to those

bearing that name who went to Ireland in the reign of

Henry II. The family emigrated to America in the

eighteenth century and seven members had commissions

in the American Army during the Revolution.

Col. Thomas Butler, a close friend of George Wash-

ington, was a charcoal contractor and furnished fuel for

furnaces in Pennsylvania. His son, Joseph, was an iron

master at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His son, Joseph

Green Butler, Sr., followed the iron business for some

time in central Pennsylvania. Later he moved west-

ward and operated a furnace at New Wilmington, Penn-