Papers : 1774-1889.
|Call Number:||MIC-Loyalist FC LFR .B7J6P3|
|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.
|Originals:||The original records are held by Library and Archives Canada.|
|Archival Ref. No.:||NAC MG 19, F 6. 436|
|Electronic Finding Aid Record:|
Joseph Brant Papers in the Draper Manuscripts, Series F (HIL-MIC F A1 no. 13, reel 17).