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Ohsweken in Brant County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Thayendanega (Joseph Brant)

1742-1807

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 11, 2014
1. Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) Marker
Inscription. English:
This celebrated Mohawk chief of Canajoharie Castle and Johnson Hall grew up in the Mohawk Valley. He received his baptism of fire at the battle of Lake George in 1755. He served with Sir William Johnson in the Niagara expedition of 1759 and fought in Pontiac's uprising of 1763. He and his Mohawks actively supported the British during the American Revolution. His vision of a new social and economic order to protect the Indian way of life vanished at the Sandusky Council after the war. He then led his people to Upper Canada where they settled on the Grand River. He died at Wellington Square, now Burlington, Ontario.

French:
Ce grand chef agnier de Canajoharie Castle et Johnson Hall grandit dans la vallée des Agniers. Il reçut le baptême du feu à la bataille du lac George en 1755. Membre de l'expédition de Niagara en 1759 conduite par sir William Johnson, il se rangea du côté des Britanniques lors du soulèvement de Pontiac en 1763. Il fit de même durant la Révolution américaine. Après la guerre, le nouvel ordre social qu'il proposa pour protéger le mode de vie indien fut rejeté par le conseil de Sandusky. Il conduisit les Agniers, leurs alliés et ses autres partisans au Canada et s'installa à la rivière Grande. Il est décédé à Wellington Square, maintenant Burlington, Ontario.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 11, 2014
2. Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) Marker
1975 by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
 
Location. 43° 4.167′ N, 80° 7.096′ W. Marker is in Ohsweken, Ontario, in Brant County. Marker can be reached from 4th Line just from Chiefswood Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1799 4th Line, Ohsweken, Ontario N0A 1M0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ahyouwaeghs - John Brant (a few steps from this marker); The Six Nations (a few steps from this marker); The Six Nations War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cogwagee • Tom Longboat (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomb of THAYENDANEGEA (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Her Majesty’s Chapel of the Mohawks (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); St. Paul’s 1785 (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Mohawk Village (approx. 11.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ohsweken.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Six Nations Veteran's Park.
 
Also see . . .  Chief Joseph Brant: Mohawk, Loyalist, and Freemason -Archiving Early America. Perhaps no Freemason who ever lived in America
Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gilbert Stuart, circa 1786
3. Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) Marker
has been so condemned by some authors and praised by others as Joseph Brant, the powerful and influential Mohawk chief who sided with the British during the American Revolutionary War. On several occasions, he put into practice the Masonic virtues of brotherly love, forgiveness, and charity. On others, he exhibited cold-blooded ruthlessness, savagery and disregard for human life.
(Submitted on May 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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