Richard Button, merchant, fled Maryland in September 1775 for the West Indies, and from there went to New York where he served among the volunteer companies. He left New York in 1782 for England. He returned to Maryland in 1783 seeking his property, which had been confiscated. He claimed a loss for an unspecified number of people he had enslaved.
Some themes his Loyalist Claim Commission memorial suggest include commerce, confiscation, migration, military service.
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