Overview of Chapter Eight
Mary (Molly) Brant

An associate of Molly Brant’s, British office Colonel Daniel Claus, once said, “One word from her was worth a thousand from any white man.” The Mohawk woman from Canajahorie, New York, began a life-long love affair with Sir William Johnson who mentored her to become a leader of her people during the American Revolutionary War. With the defeat of the British, Brant helped settle the displaced Mohawk to Canada and she settled in Kingston on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River.


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Sir William Johnson was a British officer, New York estate owner and Indian administrator whose honest dealings with the Mohawks and mastery of their language endeared him to native tribes. His victory over the French and Algonquians in 1755 at the Battle of Lake George earned him a British baronetcy.

His dalliances with aboriginal ladies throughout New York colony were prodigious; he was rumored to have fathered hundreds of children. He was nonetheless highly regarded, and in 1751, when landholdings of 600,000 acres made him one of the richest men in the colonies, he picked fifteen-year-old Molly (Mary) Brant to join him at his side. Before and after his death, she grew to be the greatest female Mohawk leader of her time.