Thayendanegea, "Two sticks of wood bound together," Mohawk of the Wolf clan born around 1743 along the Ohio River on a hunting expedition. His parents were mother Margaret and his father was Tehowaghwengaraghkwin, in Mohawk meaning “A man taking off his Snowshoes”. The father left the family around the time of Josephs birth.
(Life of Brant-By William L. Stone-according to an Interview with Joseph’s children in 1830)
I think the work of Stone is very important in the solving of the puzzle of Joseph Brant's father.
Many of his findings are quoted in -Joseph Brant 1743-1807; Man of Two Worlds, by Isabel Thompson Kelsay.
In chapter 2, page 38-he talks about his father;
"Joseph himself almost never mentioned his parentage. Once in great agony of spirit he exclaimed "If I have not got so many children I would soon do some thing to drown my unhappiness & leave more marks behind Me then what my father did."
My theories based on this small amount of evidence and the historical aspect is this.
The Oneidas and Mohawks and other Six Nations often headed towards the Ohio to hunt. They often brought women to tend to camp duties. During one of these occasions Honyere and Margaret struck up a love affair, but because they were forbidden by clan ties to marry they did'nt. Joseph was then born. I believe it was always very hard for young people to observe clan protcol, even now.
Honyere did have six children we have been able to identify through surviving records, but could in reality be more.
This would really explain the grudge Brant nursed against Honyere and the Oneidas throughout his life.
They always seemed to be on opposing sides. What other reason did he personally have to want to see the destruction of the Oneida Nation during the revolution?
He personally was one most responsible for the breaking of the Confederacy druing the Revolution and relocation of half to Canada. Honyere was also a major factor in the Oneidas siding with the colonists.
By the way, I do see a strong family resemblance in the pictures of Joseph Brant and my relatives.
Are you a member of the Mohawk Nation- Where does your interest come from?
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