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Near Amherstburg in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Simon Girty U.E.

1741 - 1818

 
 
Simon Girty U.E. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
1. Simon Girty U.E. Marker
Inscription. Girty's life crossed cultural boundaries between native and white societies on the frontier of American settlement. In 1756 his family was captured by a French-led native war party in Pennsylvania. Simon was adopted by the Seneca, then repatriated in 1764. An interpreter at Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh), he became an intermediary with native nations. In 1778, dismayed over rebel policy on the natives, Girty fled to Detroit. During the Revolutionary War and subsequent conflicts in the Ohio Valley, he was employed by the British Indian Department while serving Native Nations as a negotiator, scout and military leader. Angry at his defection and fearful of his influence, Americans made Girty a scapegoat for frontier atrocities. He is buried here on his homestead.
 
Erected by The Bicentennial and Toronto Branches, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, with assistance from the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
 
Location. 42° 4.238′ N, 83° 6.967′ W. Marker is near Amherstburg, Ontario, in Essex County. Marker is on Front Street South (Provincial Highway 20) south of Bingham Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the east side of the roadway, opposite the riverside,
Simon Girty's Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
2. Simon Girty's Gravestone
Close-up view of Simon Girty's gravestone. The inscription seems to read as follows: Simon Girty, 1741-1818, A faithful servant of the British Indian Department for Twenty Years.
in front of a residence, in plain view of where the Detroit River empties into Lake Erie. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1173 Front Street South, Amherstburg, Ontario N9V 2M5, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Matthew Elliott (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Capture of the Anne, 1838 (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Lt. - Colonel William Caldwell (approx. 3.3 kilometers away); The Great Sauk Trail (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); The Commissariat Office (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); Amherstburg Navy Yard (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); The Battle of Lake Erie (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); Connection to Town (approx. 3.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amherstburg.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is located on Simon Girty's homestead and in the front yard of a residence that is just two houses south of where Simon Girty's gravestone is also located in front of another residence.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Simon Girty. This
Simon Girty U.E. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
3. Simon Girty U.E. Marker
View looking north along Front Street South, with the featured historical marker in the right foreground and Simon Girty's gravestone in the distant background, just to the left of the distant tree.
is a link to information provided by Friends of the Frontier. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Simon Girty. This is a link to information provided by Ohio History Central. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Simon Girty. This is a link to information that is part of the "Historical Narratives of Early Canada" series. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWar, US RevolutionaryWars, US Indian
 
Simon Girty U.E. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
4. Simon Girty U.E. Marker
View of the backside of the historical marker, looking west across Front Street South, at the Detroit River emptying into Lake Erie.
Simon Girty's Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
5. Simon Girty's Gravestone
Simon Girty's Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
6. Simon Girty's Gravestone
View of Simon Girty's gravestone at it's location in front of a residence on Front Street South, two houses north of the historical marker.
Simon Girty U.E. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
7. Simon Girty U.E. Marker
View of the Simon Girty gravestone and then of the historical marker which is located in front of the next house down the street.
Simon Girty U.E. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 16, 2013
8. Simon Girty U.E. Marker
A panoramic view, looking south, showing on the left side of the picture the Simon Girty gravestone and then the historical marker, and on the right side of the picture showing the mouth of the Detroit River emptying into Lake Erie (click to enlarge the picture).
Simon Girty U.E. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
9. Simon Girty U.E. Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,416 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   7, 8. submitted on June 17, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   9. submitted on January 13, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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