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Family Tree

Glossary of Names

My Davis family (my great great great grandparents):

  • Peter Davis, aka Peter the Runner, c.1775–1832, married unknown (my great great great great grandfather)
  • His son Peter Davis, d. 1832, married Margaret O’Riley, 1805–

Their sons mentioned in the text:

  • Squire, 1825–1886, married Janet Ferguson, 1825–1905 (my great great grandparents)
  • Charles, 1827–
  • Darius, 1829–
  • George, 1833–

Squire and Janet’s children mentioned:

  • William, 1847–1933
  • James, died 1852, an infant in Uxbridge, monument there
  • Richard, 1852–1904
  • Mary, 1854–1879, mother of James Clench who was adopted into Squire’s family
  • John, 1856–1932
  • Margaret, 1858–1887, married Butler
  • Isabella, 1860–1943, my mother’s Nanny, and my great grandmother, married Burr
  • Elizabeth, 1862–1953, married Morton
  • Alice, 1867–1903, married Schofield
  • Peter
  • Albert, married Lefler, 1874–1959

Squire and Janet’s grandchildren mentioned:

  • Dr. Walter E., son of William Davis, Six Nations Reservation doctor from 1914 to 1920, and 1924 to 1950
  • Graham O., 1880–  son of Richard Davis
  • Olive “Ollie” Willow, 1890–1963, raised a Burr, in reality daughter of Richard Davis (Marguerite Hollier, m. Barr was Ollie’s daughter)
  • Jennie Butler, daughter of Nanny’s sister Margaret, almost a daughter to the Burrs; her baby sister, Birdie Butler, died 1885
  • Birdy Burr, 1885–1962, daughter of Isabella, was my grandmother, married Sterne
  • Effie Beatrice Burr, 1887–1975, second daughter of Isabella, married Trumper

Other Davis names:

  • Peter Ta Ka gegh ronta tye, possibly Peter Davis, the Runner
  • Chief Isaac Davis, 1823–1909, lived next door at RR46 and is buried near Squire at Pleasant Hill; no established family connection to me, though the Squire family children called him “uncle.”
  • Richard Davis, mentioned in connection with Civil War crimping
  • Chief Thomas Davis (Tehowagherengaraghkwen), c.1755–c.1834, Mohawk war chief in Revolutionary War and War of 1812, Methodist activist, early owner of Brooklea

The Johnson family:

  • Jacob Johnson (Tekahionwake), 1758–1843
  • His son, Chief John “Smoke” Johnson (Sakayengwaraton), 1792–1886, Council Speaker, married Helen Martin, 1798–1866: (see below)
  • Their son, Chief George Henry Martin Johnson (Onwanonsyshon), 1816–1884, built Chiefswood, was Six Nations’ official interpreter, married Emily Susanna Howells
  • Their daughter, Emily Pauline Johnson, 1861–1913, poetess and performer, used as a stage name that of her great grandfather: Tekahionwake

The Martin family:

  • Chief George Martin (Ohnyealeh, Shononghsese), 1767–1853, government interpreter, married Catherine Rolleston (Wanowenreteh), d. 1837, a white child captive raised in a Mohawk family
  • Helen, 1798–1866, married Smoke Johnson (see above), parents of Chief George H.M. and grandparents of Pauline Johnson
  • Brother of Helen, Jacob, was interpreter in Squire Davis vs. George H.M. Johnson
  • Another grandson of Chief George Martin, Peter, 1841–1907, Dr. Oronhyatekha, founded the Canadian Organization of Foresters

The Six Nations of Iroquois:

  • Mohawk
  • Oneida
  • Onondaga
  • Cayuga
  • Seneca
  • Tuscarora

The Brant family:

  • Joseph, 1742/3–1807, d. in Burlington, Ontario; Mohawk war chief on British side during American Revolution; took to the Grand River the bulk of Six Nations that came to Canada; main Six Nations leader there.
  • Molly, Joseph’s sister, married to Sir William Johnson, British Superintendant of Indian Affairs in New York; died 1774. Molly later lived and died in Kingston, Ontario

Shawnee:

  • Nonhelema, c.1722–c.1786, Shawnee female warrior/leader, Ohio