Carlton in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sir William Johnson
Leader and Diplomat
—The French and Indian War —
Johnson arrived in the Colonies from Ireland to manage land in the Mohawk River valley near present-day Amsterdam, land granted to his uncle, Admiral Sir Peter Warren of the British Navy, in 1737.
Superintendent of Indian Affairs
William Johnson respected and worked with the American Indians to cultivate friendship and cooperation. Appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs, he was tasked "...to treat & confer with them as often and upon such matters as he judges necessary for His Majesty's Service." He was adopted into the Mohawk tribe and given the name Warraghiyagey, which is translated as "A man who undertakes great things."
Commissioned a Major General in the British Army, William Johnson led an expedition against the French Fort St. Frederic (Crown Point) and decisively defeated French forces sent to intercept them at Lake George in 1755. He was awarded a baronetcy (one of only two colonials to be so honored) by King eorge II in recognition of this victory.
A man who undertakes great things.
Johnson Creek was named for Sir William Johnson when he camped near here on July 5th, 1759 with British troops commanded by Brigadier General John Prideaux. This was the final stop for the British army before landing at Four Mile
This scene of Fort Johnson, a fortified house along the Mohawk River, was the home and headquarters of Johnson during the French & Indian War. He later moved to his final home, Johnson Hall, in 1763. Both homes are preserved to this day.
Johnson is buried outside St. John's Episcopal Church, in Johnstown, New York.
Sir William Johnson 1715-1774
Born in Ireland, Johnson died at Johnson Hall, Johnstown, New York from a seizure after a two hour council in the hot sun with American Indians.
Commander ar Siege of Fort Niagara
When Brigadier General John Prideaux was killed during the seige, Johnson assumed command, even though not technically the next in command, and forced the French to surrender. This victory broke the French army's supply chain, contributing to the end of the war.
The Johnson Papers
Correspondence between Johnson and others who he dealt with before, during, and after the war were published by the University of the State of New York and have been digitally copied and made available on the New York State Library's website. These documents provide an excellent resource for information about Johnson's life and the war. Johnson Coat of Arms.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Location. 43° 22.022′ N, 78° 14.651′ W. Marker is in Carlton, New York, in Orleans County. Marker can be reached from Lake Road (New York State Route 18) ¼ mile north of Lake Ontario Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is between metal slides and a shelter in the picnic area of Lakeside Beach State Park. (There is no beach.) The entrance to the park is off NY Route 18. The park entrance road intersects with the western terminus of the Lake Ontario Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Waterport NY 14571, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fording Place (approx. 2 miles away); July 1813 (approx. 2½ miles away); Fishing Camp (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cobblestone Wall Section (approx. 2.7 miles away); Six-Sided House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Burial Ground (approx. 5.8 miles away); Niagara to Genesee Historic Ridge Road (approx. 5.8 miles away); Crossroads (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlton.
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Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These markers refer to Sir William Johnson; his biography, his residence, his campaigns at Crown Point, Lake George, and Fort Niagara; and his monument and grave.
Also see . . .
1. Lakeside Beach State Park. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Sir William Johnson - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • War, French and Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.