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Brant, Joseph, 1742-1807

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Personal name headingBrant, Joseph, 1742-1807
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Variant(s)Thayendanegea, 1742-1807
Brant, Joseph, Mohawk chief, 1742-1807
Associated countryUnited States Canada
LocatedNew York Kingston (Ont.) Connecticut
Birth date1742
Death date1807-11-24
AffiliationMoor's Indian Charity School
Profession or occupationIndian interpreters Farmers Secretaries Soldiers Translators
Found inJohansen, Bruce E. The encyclopedia of Native American biography, 1997: pages 51-53 (Joseph Brant; Thayendanegea; a Mohawk, son of Aroghyiadecker (Nicklaus Brant) who was prominent on the New York frontier during the mid-1700s as an Iroquois leader. Joined British Indian agent William Johnson at age 13 and was present at the Battle of Lake George [New York]. Was one of the guides who led the Bradstreet expedition to Fort Frontenac. Was tutored at the Indian Charity School in Connecticut in 1763 for a year. Married and settled in the Mohawk Valley [New York] where he was secretary to Johnson as well a farmer with cattle and a part share in a grist mill. Known as the most able interpreter to the British in northeastern North America. Traveled to England after William Johnson died and Brant became Guy Johnson's (William Johnson's nephew) secretary, recruited many Mohawks, Senecas, Cayogas, and Ononagas to support the British against the American revolutionaries. Was a ferocious warrior. Following the Revolutionary War, emigrated to British Canada where he was commissioned as an officer in the British Army. Translated much of the Bible into Mohawk. Died November 24, 1807.)
Associated languageeng moh