Papers : 1774-1889.

Call Number: MIC-Loyalist FC LFR .B7J6P3
Category: Family
Creator: Brant, Joseph.
Description: 1 microfilm textual records (6 volumes) ; 35 mm
            Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) (1742-1807) was born at Cayahoga (near Akron, Ohio). He married an Oneida woman and settled at Canajoharie. She died in 1771, and in 1779 he married Catharine, a Mohawk from a prominent family. Sir William Johnson sent him to school in Lebanon, Connecticut, and later he acted as secretary to Sir John Johnson. He was an interpreter for the British Indian Department, aided missionaries, and helped translate religious writings into Mohawk. With the outbreak of the American Revolution, Brant aligned himself with the British cause, and through his position as chief of the Mohawk nation and one of the principal chiefs of the Six Nations Confederacy, he and his sister Molly Brant were able to retain the loyalty of the greater part of the Confederacy for the British cause. He was commissioned a captain by the British in 1780 and fought as a war chief throughout the Revolution as the leader of an Indian-Loyalist band.            
            The reel contains one volume of the Joseph Brant Papers, 1783-1807, and five volumes of the Kerr Collection, Brant Papers, 1774-1889. 

The Joseph Brant Papers include an autograph of Brant, and correspondence from Frederick Haldimand, William Claus and others, totalling 17 pages.

The Kerr Collection consists of five volumes of material divided by subject and arranged chronologically within each volume as follows:

Volume 1 consists of Correspondence, 1791-1885, of Joseph Brant, Sir John Johnson, Thomas Talbot, William Johnson Kerr, William L. Stone, John Clark, William John Simcoe Kerr, and others.

Volume 2-4 consists of Estate records, 1774-1884, chiefly concerned with the estates of Joseph and Catherine Brant, John Brant, Elizabeth Brant Kerr, and Mary Margaret Clark. Of note is a copy of Sir William Johnson's will, 1774, as well as petitions, speeches and powers of attorney relating to lands of the Six Nations.

Volume 5 contains Photographs, prints and clippings, 1799-1889, including minutes of the General Council of 1870 and a copy of St. Matthew's Gospel in Mohawk and English [1831]. Miscellaneous papers and accounts, 1807-1882 are also in Volume 5.
Originals: The original records are held by Library and Archives Canada.
Archival Ref. No.: NAC MG 19, F 6. 436
Finding Aids:
            The inventory description of the Joseph Brant Papers, the Kerr Collection, and the Finding Aid are available at the start of the film, in print and online through Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

Some material from the Papers is available online via
Electronic Finding Aid Record:

Related material:

Joseph Brant Papers in the Draper Manuscripts, Series F (HIL-MIC F A1 no. 13, reel 17).

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