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ENTRY YEAR MONTH DAY NO. FIRSTNATIONSURRENDERING OTHERSURRENDERER LOCATIONNAME COUNTY INDEXTEXT PAGE VOLUME
460 1798 1 15 9 SIX NATIONS DUMFRIES TOWNSHIP, NORTH WATERLOO BY SIX NATION INDIANS. THE TOWNSHIP 23 I
464 1798 1 15 9 SIX NATIONS DUMFRIES TOWNSHIP, SOUTH BRANT BY SIX NATION INDIANS. THE TOWNSHIP 23 I
915 1798 1 15 9 SIX NATION NICHOL TOWNSHIP WELLINGTON COUNTY BY SIX NATION INDIANS. THE TOWNSHIP 23 I
1025 1798 1 15 9 SIX NATION PILKINGTON TOWNSHIP WELLINGTON COUNTY BY SIX NATION INDIANS. THE TOWNSHIP 23 I
1171 1798 1 15 9 SOUTH DUMFRIE; NORTH DUMFRIES; WATERLOO; WOOLWICH; PILKINGTON; NICHOL TOWNSHIPS BRANT COUNTY; WATERLOO COUNTY; WELLINGTON COUNTY SIX NATION INDIANS -- SOUTH DUMFRIES TOWNSHIP, BRANT COUNTY; NORTH DUMFRIES, WATERLOO AND WOOLWICH TOWNSHIPS, WATERLOO COUNTY; PILKINGTON AND NICHOL TOWNSHIPS, WELLINGTON COUNTY 23 I
1352 1798 1 15 9 SIX NATION WATERLOO TOWNSHIP WATERLOO COUNTY BY SIX NATION INDIANS. THE TOWNSHIP 23 I
1398 1798 1 15 9 SIX NATION WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP WATERLOO COUNTY BY SIX NATION INDIANS. THE TOWNSHIP 23 I


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No. 9.

To His Honor Peter Russell, President and Administering the Government oh His Majesty’s Province of Upper Canada, &c., &c., &c.

I, Captain Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea Sachem and Chief Warrior of the five Nations settled by His Majesty’s authority upon the Ouse or Grand River, in the said Province. These my several requests to His Honor the said Peter Russell as His Majesty’s representative in the said Province present.

Source document pg. 1[1]

Whereas it pleased His said Majesty by a certain Instrument under the hand and seal at arms of Sir Frederick Haldimand some time since His Majesty’s Captain General, and Governor in Chief of the Province of Quebec, and Territories (now the Province of Upper and Lower Canada), dated at Quebec, the twenty-fifth day of October, and in the twenty-fifth year of His said Majesty’s Reign, to authorize and permit the Mohawk and other of the Six Nations as might desire so to do to take possession of and settle on the banks of the said River which said Instrument follows in these words. To wit, “[L.S] Frederick Haldimand Captain General and Governor in Chief of the Province of Quebec and Territories depending thereon, &c., &c., &c. General and Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Forces in said Province, and the frontiers thereof, &c., &c., &c.

“Whereas His Majesty having been pleased to direct, that in consideration of the early attachment to his cause manifested by the Mohawk Indians and of the loss of their settlement which they thereby sustained, that a convenient Tract of Land under His protection should be chosen as a safe and comfortable retreat for them, and others of the Six Nations who have either lost their settlements within the territory of the American States, or wish to retire from them to the British.

“I have at the earnest desire of many of them His Majesty’s faithful allies purchased a tract of land from the Indians situated between the Lakes Ontario and Erie and I do hereby in His Majesty’s name authorize each and every of the said Mohawk Nation and such others of the Six Nation Indians as wish to settle in that quarter, to take possession of and settle upon the banks of the river commonly called Ouse or Grand River running into Lake Erie allotting to them for that purpose six miles deep from each side of the said river, beginning at Lake Erie, and extending in that proportion to the head of the said river: which them and their posterity are to enjoy for ever. Given under my hand and seal at arms at the Castle of St. Louis, this twenty-fifth day of October, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four and in the twenty-fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith and so forth; (signed) ‘Frederick Haldimand.’ By His Excellency’s [L.S.], command (witnessed) R. Mathew."

pg.2

And whereas, by the settling of the lands near to and round about the said river by His Majesty’s subjects, the hunting grounds now scarcely afford the said Nations the means of support, and are likely to be more contracted by an increase of people; and whereas, the said Mohawks and others of the Six Nations being well assured of His Majesty’s benevolent intentions towards them and their posterity, and having all opportunity of obtaining by way of annuity a more certain and permanent means of support by a sale of such parts of the said lands as are now as hunting grounds entirely useless. And whereas, the Sachems and Chief Warriors of the said Mohawk, Oghquaga, Seneka, Onandaga and Cayuga Tribes, being those only of the said Six Nations now residing on and claiming the said lands on the said Grand River in virtue of the aforesaid grant or instrument; in full Council assembled at Barton, Burlington Bay, on the second day of November, in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, for and in behalf of themselves, each and every of their several Nations and their posterity ; did give and grant full power and absolute authority to me the said Captain Joseph Brant Thayendanegea to relinquish and surrender to His said Majesty, His Heirs and Successors all and singular their and each of their right, title, interest, property, possession, claim and demand whatsoever, which they or either of them had, might or would have had either in law or equity; of, in, and to certain tracts, pieces or parcels of lands on the said Grand River for the express purpose of the same being regranted to such person or persons as I should for that purpose nominate and likewise to appoint such trustee or trustees in whose names the necessary securities for securing the payment of the several sums of money that may in future become due and owing for the purpose thereof. For this purpose therefore, and for carrying fully into effect the wishes and intentions of the said Nations, I the said Joseph Brant Thayendanegea Sachem and Chief Warrior of the Five (formerly Six) Nations as their Attorney aforesaid duly nominated, constituted and appointed, Do by these presents for and in behalf of the said Nations and their posterity, fully, freely and absolutely surrender, relinquish and quit claim to ail and singular the right, title, property, possession and interest, which the said Nations, they or either of them now have, might or could have had to such parts of the said lands as are mentioned and contained in the Schedule hereunto affixed, containing by estimation about three hundred and eighty-one thousand four hundred and eighty acres, which the said Nations now hold of His said Majesty by the authority aforesaid ; and I do hereby humbly beseech His said Majesty, that the same may be granted in fee simple to the several persons in quantity as in the said Schedule mentioned.

And I do further beg leave to request that the Honorable David William Smith, Esquire, His Majesty’s acting Surveyor-General of this Province, Captain William Claus His said Majesty’s Deputy Superintendent of Indian Affairs and Alexander Stewart, Esquire, may meet with Your Honor’s approbation as the Trustees in whose names I wish the necessary securities to be taken, for securing to the said Nations, the monies due and arising upon the sale of the said lands they having been in virtue of the authority vested in me expressly nominated and appointed. In Testimony of which said request duly made for myself and in behalf of the said Nations and their posterity, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal at Newark in the Province aforesaid this fifteenth day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and in the thirty-eighth year of his said Majesty’s Reign.

Signed, sealed and delivered for the purposes aforesaid in presence of

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Jos. Brant Thayendanegea. (L.S.]


J. McDonell, Lt. Col. 2nd Batt. Rf. C. Vrs. Camg., in Upper Canada.

H. McDonell, Captain 2nd Royal Canadians.

W. Claus, Supt. I. A.

James Davidson, Surgeon 2nd Batt. R.C.V.

Andrew Cameron 2nd M’r 2nd Batt. R.C.V.

W. Johnson Chew.


Schedule To No. 9


No. 1.—Beginning at the south-west corner of block No. 2; thence running six-teen degrees east, nine hundred and ninety-one chains seventy-two links; north, seventy-seven degrees east, nine hundred and sixty chains; thence north sixteen degrees west, nine hundred and ninety-eight chains fifty-one links to a beech tree; then south seventy-seven west, nine hundred and sixty chains to the place of beginning; sold to Philip Stedman.

No., 2.—Beginning at the north-west corner of block number one, thence running north seventy-seven degrees east nine hundred and sixty chains to a beech tree; thence north sixteen degrees west four hundred and forty-two chains; thence north thirty-eight degrees, thirty minutes west four hundred and sixty-one chains; thence north seven degrees fifteen minutes east two hundred chains; thence south sixty-four degrees thirty minutes west eleven hundred and forty-six chains to a beech tree; thence south thirty-eight degrees thirty minutes east six hundred and ninety-seven chains to a sugar maple tree; thence south sixteen degrees east one hundred and forty-four chains to the place of beginning; sold to Richard Beasely, Esquire, James Wilson and St. John Batiste Rousseau.

No. 3.—Beginning at beech tree on the north-west corner of block number two; thence running north sixty-four degrees thirty minutes east eleven hundred and forty-six chains; thence north seven degrees fifteen minutes east fifty chains; thence north forty-five degrees east two hundred and eight chains and sixty links; thence north forty-five degrees west nine hundred and sixty chains; thence south forty-five degrees west five hundred and twenty-three chains; thence south seven degrees fifteen minutes west one thousand chains to a beech tree to the place of beginning; sold to William Wallace.

No. 4.—Beginning at the south-east corner of block number three; thence running north forty-five degrees east two hundred and ninety-seven chains; thence north forty-five degrees west nine hundred and sixty chains; thence south forty-five degrees west two hundred and ninety-seven chains; thence south forty-five degrees east nine hundred and sixty chains to the place of beginning; sold.

  1. Canada Department of Indian Affairs. Indian Treaties and Surrenders, from 1680-1890. Ottawa: S.E. Dawson printer to the King’s most excellent majesty, 1905.