Sgt. John Dochstader was the nephew of Capt. John Dochstader (the father of Catherine Dochstader Burnham). Along with others he was granted land from the Six Nations Indians along the Grand River. His tract was in what is now South Cayuga Twp. During the 1812 war he and his family removed to New York. His wife, Catherine, often talked about the land that was still theirs in Canada. In the early 1820's John and Catherine's daughter, Sarah, with her husband Wilhelmus Fradenburgh, came back to Canada and settled on this land. In 1841 Wilhelmus Fredenburgh submitted a land claim to the British government for this tract of land. Evidence in this land claim proves that Sgt. John Dochstader was a United Empire Loyalist,that he was a sargeant in Sir John Johnson's Royal Yorkers, that he was a nephew of Captain John Dochsteder of the Indian Department, that his wife was a Delaware woman and together they were the parents of 14 children and that Sarah Dochstader Fredenburgh was one of them.
So here are some highlights from this very interesting land petition. It is found at the National Archives, RG10 Series Vol.113, Indian Affairs, Microfilm #ll,477.
#179 Claim of Wilhelmus Fedenburgh
#183 an affadavit of John Young saying John Dochstader had lived on the tract of land 25 or 27 years until the War of 1812, dated 22 July 1841.
#184 an affadavit of Perry Gifford of Cayuga, stating that John Dockstader, whom Wilhelmus Fradenburgh claims under, is the nephew of the late Captain John Dockstader, that his wife was of the Delaware nation of Indian, that John Dockstader was in possession of the tract of land until he left the province in 1814, during the time of his absence the land was in the possession of the Tunis family, the relatives of his Dockstader wife, and that Wilhelmus Fradenburgh has been in personal possession of the land for the last 20 years. Dated 22 Feb. 1841.
#187,188 an affadavit by Lyman Burnham states that Lyman has known John Dochstader for more that 35 years, that John Dochstader had a grant of 1200 acres of land on a lease for 999 years from Captain Brant, that his wife was a woman of the Delaware nation and that he had a large Annuity by her, that he was a nephew of Capt. John Dochstader, that Wilhelmus Fradenburgh was the son in law of John Dochstader and had been in possession of the land for 12 years and that there was about 80 acres of cleared land on the tract. Dated 23 Feb. 1841.
#189 an affadavit of Walter B. Sheehan says that John Dochstader's son, Nicholas, was a soldier in Glengarry Regiment and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Niagara durin the 1812-14 War. Dated 23 Feb. 1841.
# 191 an Affadavit by John Dochstader stating that he is a United Empire Loyalist, a sargeant in Sir John Johnson's Royal Yorkers, that he is a nephew of Capt. John Dochstader of the Indian Department, that after the peace he removed to the Grand River, that he had been granted 1200 acres by Joseph Brant, that he had served personally in several expeditions with Joseph Brant, that he had lived on the land 25 years before the war and now has possessed the land 50 years and that he had given the land to Wilhelmus Fredenburgh, that he had married a Delaware woman and they had 14 children, that he had gone to the United States after the close of the last war to see his son, Nicholas, who was a prisoner. The affadavit was sworn 23 Feb. 1841.
#217 an earlier affadavit of John Dochstader, who was living at the time in Cataragus New York, dated 18 Feb. 1837.
#218 an affadavit of Henry Dotchsteder of the Grand River, stating he is the brother of John Dotchsteder,and that he, Henry, had never professed to own the land in question.
Sgt John Dochstader and his wife, Catherine, moved back to Canada, and lived on the land that was granted to him by Joseph Brant and now was known as the Fradenburgh Tract. Sgt. John and Catherine, their daughter, Sarah, and her husband Wilhelmus Fradenburgh are buried in the South Cayuga Baptist Cemetery on Regional road #20, Con.4, Lot 16, in South Cayuag Twp., Halidimand Co. ON.
Janette Burnham Lozon
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