Sans Crainte Signature

Of the Land Deeds and Treaty's of one that I am Sure of the Signature of Jean Baptist (Bt) Sans Crainte or his son of the same name Is The "Treaty Of Greenville" . This Signature is compared to others that I believe to be valid for The father or Son, one or more of these Papers ( First Nation deeds) are probably attributed to both

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Oh Canada Whatever Be Thy Name

Oh Canada whatever be thy name

no matter I use your present name for your nation pride

and I'm not worthy to speak of your ancient times for your labor

pains were shared by the USA and the children born of your people

spread your seed in the heart of America Oh Canada

please forgive me I am a child of both sides

but my true allegiance is to my native father

over land or by sea I will come to much to much my lady

I just can't get enough like romancing a stone Oh Canada

Land where my fathers died

Can you hear them can you hear
their Metis cry Oh Canada whatever be thy name

no matter I use your present name for your nation pride

and I'm not worthy to speak of ancient times for your labor

pains were shared by the USA and the children born of your people

spread your seed in the heart of America Oh Canada

please forgive me I am a child of both sides

but my true allegiance is to my native fathers

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Of Paxton Township in the County of Lancaster To Detroit Fur Traders and Metis involved in Final Peace (Their words not mine)

    Of Paxton Township in the County of Lancaster To Detroit Fur Traders and Metis involved in Final Peace with Indian Nations, with interesting Family connections to the history. Livers with the Indians before the American Revolution

   Alexander McKenzie employed in the Indian Department as Interpreter and Messenger to the Pottawatomies of St Joseph's and the Neighbouring Villages, Having left Detroit where I found Pepan and Baptiste SansCrainte inhabitants of the settlement of Detroit they informed me they had just arrived from Fort Wayne and that the only News there was the intention of the American Army to come to Detroit on the Opening of the Navigation in the spring I prevailed on those two to come with me to Kekalamasoe Burrell's where I met an Indian Chief of the Chippewas called the Bad Bird he had been at Fort Greenville and returned hither with Pepan and Sanscrainte His information to me was that Williams and Zeans with a few Wyandot from Sandusky were with General Wayne when he was there and that Williams in Council spoke as follows, " We have come from Sandusky to see you or Brothers and to give you our hands and to let you know we are the first Nation and the commanding Nation And that we can bring all the other Nations here to make a general peace with you we have come to remain with you Brothers and you will point out to us a place to sit upon until you rise or want our help We will send for all the other nations to come and make a final peace we will assist you against the English the Governor and the White Elk or any Forces that may come against you or any of the Nations that refuse to join us"


   Alexander McKee was a native of Pennsylvania who engaged in the Indian trade
and in 1772 was appointed deputy agent of Indian Affairs at Fort Pitt. When the
Revolution came on McKee sympathized with the British government. In 1777 he
was imprisoned by General Hand. Being released on parole, he fled to Detroit in the
spring of 1778, in company with Simon Girty and Matthew Elliott. In the same year
he was appointed captain in the British Indian Department, and before long was given
the rank of deputy agent, and subsequently became superintendent of Indian Affairs
at Detroit. In 1789 he was made a member of the Land Board of the District of Hesse.
McKee was an inveterate foe of the Americans and had much to do with inciting the
Indians to war against them. The Battle of Fallen Timbers in August, 1794, was
fought in the immediate vicinity of his trading establishment on the Maumee, and
at its conclusion Wayne proceeded to raze his property. The day before the battle
McKee, intending to participate in it, made his will. A copy of this will is now in the
Burton Hist. Coll. McKee removed to River Thames upon the American occupation
of Detroit, and died there of lockjaw on January 13, 1799. See Riddell, Life of William
Dummer Powell, 163; Thwaites and Kellogg, Revolution on Upper Ohio, 74-75; Mich.
Pio. Colls., passim; and mss. in Burton Hist. Coll., passim.

   Simon Girty was born in Pennsylvania in 1741. At the age of fifteen he was
captured by the Seneca and lived among them as a prisoner for three years. He subsequently acted as an interpreter, and in this capacity served in Lord Dunmore's
campaign. Loyalist in his sympathies, Girty in the spring of 1778 accompanied Alexander McKee and Matthew Elliot on their flight from Pittsburgh to Detroit. Girty,
like Elliot and McKee, became a notable leader of the Indians in the Northwest in
their warfare with the Americans. For some reason Simon Girty was regarded by the Americans with greater detestation than any other of their foes, and he seems to have returned their feeling in full measure. In the summer of 1784, Girty married
Catherine Malott, who had been living for several years as a captive of the Delaware
tribe in Ohio, and established a home a short distance below Amherstburg. For a
decade longer he continued to lead, or encourage, the western Indians in their warfare with the Americans, but this phase of his career was definitely closed by Wayne's victory at Fallen Timbers and the peace which followed it. Save for a considerable period of exile during the War of 1812, when the Americans were in control of Amherstburg, Girty continued to reside here until his death, Feb. 18, 1818. For an exhaustive account of his career see Consul W. Butterfield, History of the Girtys . . .
(Cincinnati, 1890).

   Mary raised by Shawnee Indians

   [10045] Book of McKee, p 157, pg 430 states: "Charles A. Hanna in his The Wilderness Trail surmises Thomas McKee's wife to have been white." Bishop Cammerhoff, a Moravian minister, states in his journal: "January 12, 1748. . . at nine o'clock we reached Thomas McKee's , the last settlement on the river below Shamokin. . .His wife, who was brought up among the Indians, speaks but little English.. . .He is recovering from a serious sickness and is still feeble. . .he also asked Powell to request me to baptize his child on my return."

   She was probably raised by Shawanoe Chief Kishacoquillas, who died at Thomas McKee's place in the summer of 1754.

Book of McKee, p 157

   pg 435 states: "I have the entire account of how Thomas McKee was captured by Indians in the Western part in Virginia. She [his later wife] understood their language and heard them plotting to kill Thomas. She went to him and told him she would help him to escape if he would take her with hm and marry her. Thomas McKee with her rode 48 hours without stopping and as we know in the family he married a white woman we presume this was she....Thomas McKee evidently did not regard his connections with Indian women as legal marriages...I have a number of family letters never published in which Alexander addresses James as brother. Also the Authorities of the day acknowledged James as the legal son of Thomas and gave him all the land Thomas had owned....My mother knew very well her grandfather Alexander McKee who was the son of James McKee...and he told her this family history and also said that James had said his mother was a white woman...Mary McKee (wife of Captain Thomas McKee...) could only make a mark for her name...there were at least 6 children by Indian women."

   Page 438 states: "I Mary McKee, Widow and Relict of Thomas McKee late of Paxton Township in the County of Lancaster Yeoman Deceased do hereby Relinquish all my Right of Administration on the Estate of my said Late Husband and do agree, as far as in me lies that letters of Administration be granted on the said Estate to my son Alexander McGee."

   Tomas Mckee Of Paxton township signs as executor on John Powell's d 1748 will, John Powell of Paxton's Father William Powell (Welsh) first purchaser (Penn) 1200 was my Mother's ancestor as stated in Welsh and German Friends Pioneer

Tomas McKee's son Alexander Indian agent above was appointed captain in the British Indian Department, and before long was given
the rank of deputy agent, and subsequently became superintendent of Indian Affairs at Detroit.
   Alexander McKenzie employed in the Indian Department as Interpreter and Messenger to the Pottawatomies at Detroit with Bapt. SansCrainte

John Powell is My 7th Great Grandfather on my mother's side, Bapt.Sanscrainte is my 6th Great Grandfather on my father's side

Kevin Lajiness,

Conservation History - Virtual Exhibit - NCTC Cultural HistoryA John Powell was charged with inviting the Indians, and was "to go to Shuano .... which encompassed an area extending from the mouth of the Monocacy River
Charles Mounts Anderson, early explorer and operator of an Indian trading post on the Monocacy River near present-day Frederick, Maryland, was asked by the Maryland Assembly to provide a meeting place at his home for a council with a local Indian tribe. A John Powell was charged with inviting the Indians, and was "to go to Shuano town on Potomack, commonly called Opessa’s Town”; he was provided calico shirts and scarlet worsted stockings to be used as gifts to help induce the Indians to attend. The purpose of the proposed council was to negotiate with the Shawnee over returning slaves they had been harboring - but the Shuano (Shawnee) Indians chose not to show up on the appointed date, and Anderson’s partner Israel Friend was sent back to invite them to visit Annapolis instead (Archives of Md, vol. 25 p 443, 451). Opessa’s Town is now called Oldtown, located on the Potomac River between Hancock and Cumberland, Maryland, about 50 miles west of Shepherdstown. Charles Anderson had been in the Indian trading business since at least 1712, when he was recorded as entering into a lawsuit in Cecil Co, Maryland, with the widow of Indian trader Jacque LeTort, who lived at the Indian town at Conestoga, Pennsylvania (see Diller, n.d). Charles Anderson had been involved with negotiations over these same slaves since at least 1722 when the Maryland Council, hearing he was in Annapolis, had asked him to go to the Shuano town (Oldtown) with gifts of coats and socks, and a promise of a "chain of friendship" for "so long as the sun and moon shall endure," especially if they would give the slaves back (Md Archives, vol 25, p. 395).

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Letter To Ypsilanti Historical Society (Pub)

About Ypsilanti Gleanings

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Atten:Tom Dodd,  I want to thank you for publishing A Sanscrainte Timeline, for I have terrible English and spelling an struggle with my blog, never the less i have spent a great amount of time studying my ancestors, my grandmother was a Sancrant (Sans Crainte). I knew well of him and his father from the stories my dad, Dennis Lajiness, told me as a boy some almost 50 years now. The Stories were so amazing that even to us we would joke that this was just another self promoting Lajiness. but as i got older and the age of computers I was instantly immersed in them even building my own with parts from the trash, but the trimming was perfect for me for this was about the time everybody started digitizing historical books and articles. i was on the ground floor and started connecting the dots
and I realized that there was "Truth" to the stories, Sans Crainte was a famous Interpreter (more so the father). The father probably the one that had signed the Treaty of Greenville, the son and father had much influence with the Indian probably because the grandmother Margaret Descomps dit Labadie  Married Claude Solo (1732 - 1799), Jan 22, 1759 and died Apr., 1765 . She Died When his wife (Margaret Solo b 3 May 1761), Is said to have resided at Coast of the Pottawatomies (Denissen), was only 4 so she was raised by her Father Claude Solo second wife was raised by her step mother who was a  Sauteuse Indian and she had a stepbrother by her. Anyway to get back to the story. My father also told me of the story of Pierre Roy and that he was at Detroit  before Cadillac, he even told me driving down I 75 from Detroit one time as a child "There that Island, the one just south of Belle Island, That is where our family comes from. remember this was a long time ago and we were poor and did not travel to go to library to study this and my Dad grew up during the depression, the only time he got out of Luna Pier Mi was to hitch hike to Catholic Central high School in Monroe. even his dad Preston Lajiness walked to Monroe down the tracks to work when he wasn't walking them to pick up coal that fell from the coal cars. So when i found out that everything he had said, and I'm still finding out, has been true, where i find discrepancies i dig tireless to prove them.
   In your article "Have NO FEAR; J.B. Sanscrainte was here!" You write  "Until the Fall 2009 publication of GLEANINGS, most readers were content in their understanding that Gabriel Godfroy was the first European to settle what is now Ypsilanti. All that has changed as..."
"When Karl Williams was a student in EMU’s Historic Preservation Program, he noted in the Fall 2009 GEANINGS, “As indicated in Hugh Heward’s 1790 journal, Gabriel Godfroy was both aware and involved with the trading post established by Jean Baptiste Sanscrainte at Ypsilanti as early as 1790…”   As You can see I Published that and more including the Sans Crainte timeline at my blog "Indian Trader and Interpreter: In 2020 Ypsilanti" This was in May obviously before fall when everything changed, I bring this up for two reasons, one, since I am outside of academia and have problems with English i am often overlooked and I makes it that much harder to access information.
  The Canadian French Metis ( Métis (/meɪˈtiː/; Canadian French: [meˈtsɪs]; Michif: [mɪˈtʃɪf]) are one of the recognized Aboriginal peoples in Canada) as they were squeezed by the Rebels and the British and colonist, many suffering the same fate as the Indians
 In that spirit it has come to my attention of another claim that the story of "Without Fear"  "Digging deeper: Ypsilantian Michael Van Wasshnova, a history buff and member of the Monroe County Historical Society, relayed our “Sanscrainte” story to his compatriots in Monroe who said, “Certainly! Sanscrainte was a promotional alias Jean Baptiste had adopted to further his trading in the American wilderness.” His real name, they reveal, was actually Jean Baptiste Saint Romain." This i find to be totally without Merit!!! Bt Sans Craint as he was known did not in any records I have seen have Saint in his name regardless of where he came from as for the self promoting, he did not have to do that he had influence over tribes of Indians as well as his father. My father said The Indians called him Strong man without fear and it is a mater of fact that this was undoubtedly true in Dappers records when he was begged to go to the falls with Pontiac's son, Dapper himself not favorable to him remarks how he was a big and imposing figure, It is said he saved many life during the war of 1812 and with his influence on the Indian and If there is any Doubt that he was not a strong man without fear as a Boy of eleven he and his father helped set up missions all through out western Lake Erie where only rugged men and Indians ruled.
  Something to note , i have taken a brake from my Genealogy for years to write 300 songs but when i was into the thick of it I studied the first hundred at Quebec and realized they were all almost related, in fact the first permanent settler in Canada Louis Hebert, Champlain's apocrathy, also my ancestor is the father of many that came to Detroit Via the Fur trade and The Jesuits to set up missions and those people part of the Fur trade Dynasty married within that Dynasty as it happen Pierre Roy first at Detroit and Sans Craint at Monroe and many more it is no wonder they are both ancestors, this and a dime will get you a cup of Joe, Not. But for me to Justify an existence, to give reason, to tell the stories and pass them unmolested, and the greatest reward to find that men of Courage and substance place a cross, over looking a cliff, that they say is the most beautiful spot in all of Canada and for me not that it bear at the foot a coat of arms to claim the land but for what that cross represents. Thank You Kindly Happy Hunting   Kevin C Lajiness , edit some mistakes 3/15/2015, sorry wasnt fresh and some of it is confusing, may have to edit again. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Lake Erie Cross-"There is assuredly, they say, no more beautiful country in all Canada. It is the Earthly Paradise of Canada" (Monsieur Dollier),

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"The Lake Erie Cross 

during the following April. There is some ground for the surmise 
that the missing men deserted to La Salle. 
The priests and the remaining seven men descended the Grand 
River, six in the canoes or dragging them through the shoal water, 
the others following the trail along the bank. Lake Erie seemed to 
them like a great sea. The wind was strong from the south. There 
was perhaps no lake in all the country whose billows rose so high as 
Lake Erie, because, as Galinee naively suggests, of its great depth 
and its great extent. 


They wintered just above the forks where Black Creek joins 
the River Lynn, otherwise known as Patterson's Creek, at Port 
Dover. The exact spot was identified in August, 1900, at a meeting 
of the Norfolk Historical Society. Slight elevations indicate the 
outlines of the building. Trenches for drainage are quite distinct. A 
slight depression in an embankment shows where the door stood, 
near the little rivulet where they got their water. 


Iroquois hunters visited them during the winter and admired 
the structure, which was dwelling-house, chapel, granary and forti- 
fication all in one. They stored their granary with some fifty bushels 
of walnuts and chestnuts, besides apples, plums, grapes and hack- 
berries. They made wine of the grapes. It was as good as vin de 
Grave, and was used for mass. The rivers were full of fish and of 
beaver. Deer roamed the meadows in herds of a hundred. Bears 
were abundant, fatter and of better flavor than the most savory pigs 
of France. No wonder that the worthy priests are enthusiastic over 
the country. There is assuredly, they say, no more beautiful 
country in all Canada. It is the Earthly Paradise of Canada. 

Their dwelling-place was a beautiful spot on the bank of a rivulet, 
five-eighths of a mile inland, sheltered from the wind. They set up a 
pretty altar at one end of the cabin. There they heard mass three 
times a week without missing a single time. "You may imagine," 
says Galinee, "the consolation we experienced in seeing ourselves 
with our good God, in the depths of the woods, in a land where no 
European had ever been. Monsieur Dollier often said to us that 
that winter ought to be worth to us, for our eternal welfare, more 
than the best ten years of our life." 

On Passion Sunday, 23rd March, 1670, they all proceeded to 
the lake shore to make and plant a cross. At its foot were placed 
the arms of the King of France, with a formal inscription setting 
forth how the two Seminary missionaries and seven other Frenchmen 
had been the first of all Europeans to winter on the lake, and how 
they had taken possession of it in the name of King Louis XIV, as 
an unoccupied country, by attaching his arms to the foot of the cross."

    To me the cross is the single most powerful symbol in history
with the single most powerful message, That of sacrifice
and unconditional love (Kevin Lajiness)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pierre Roy, was at Detroit before Cadillac (Pontiac was a Typo) and he married a Miami named Margaret Ouabankikoue

It was Said That Pierre Roy, My Ancestor, was at Detroit before Cadillac (Pontiac was a typo) and he married a Miami named Margaret Ouabankikoue, this was told to me by my father as a child and the marriage was confirmed to me much later in life , now i have found the evidence that shows he was at Detroit before Cadillac.
From the evidence below it is clear to me that the father of the Detroit Pierre Roy traveled to the Detroit area more than once and probably brought his son, who would of been old enough to get involved romantically, my father did mention Belle Isle but said "our people came from the Island just south of there" This is further substantiated by the record of  M. Louis Joliet  (the first explorer who passed up Detroit River) his 
account also below
"1668. — Claude Dablon and Jaques Marquette established a permanent
mission at Sault St. Marie, and during the succeeding five years
Allouez, Dablon and Marquette explored the south shore of Lake
Superior and west of Lake Michigan, founded the missions at
Michilmackinac and Green Bay, (the " Baie-des-Puens " of the
French.) Dollier and Galina erect a cross at the foot of Belle Isle,
engraving thereon the French coat of arms. They left Pierre Roy
and Francois Pelletre."Digitized by the Internet Archive
in 2008 with funding from Microsoft Corporation
IN THE History of the Northwest Territory AND WAYNE COUNTY.

"Even Though the date is to early for this Pierre Roy that was at Detroit (Belle Isle)
 in 1668 while they were setting up missions in the territory and erected a cross and 
the French coat of Arms, This counter-dicks Cadillac and the Authors  statements that
no one has ever visited this part of the country before 

Historical Collections, Volume 33 (Google eBook)

Front Cover

The Society, 1904 - Michigan
"Pierre Roy / LeRoy / Royer / Poitevin / St.Lambert: (1638/42 - 1721) 
He was the son of Charles Roy & Jeanne Boyer, born in La Rochelle, France. Pierre married Catherine Ducharme (daughter of Jean DuCharme & Ann Lelievre) in 1672 at Montreal. Their children were: Marguerite (1674-1749), Anne (1676-1729) (m. Andre Babeu/Beauf in 1689), Pierre II (1676-1743) (m. 1st. to Marguerite Ouankikove/Ouabankiknove in 1705 and 2nd. to Marie-Angelique Faye-Lafaillette)

Pierre I was hired in 1692 by the Jesuits to go to the 8ta8ois and in 1696
 he was hired by Dumez, Trudeau & Benoit to the same tribe"

Landmarks of Wayne County and Detroit.
Robert B. Ross;view=fulltext
"M. Louis Joliet was the first explorer who passed up Detroit River"
"We the undersigned, certify that we have seen the arms of the king of France set up on the lands of the lake called Erie, at the foot of a cross with this inscription: ' The year of salvation 1669..."

 "M. Louis Joliet was the first explorer who passed up Detroit River and left a clear record of the trip. He made a trip from La Chine, above Montreal, to Niagara in July, 1669, and after visiting several Indian villages of the Senecas in that vicinty, he set out with three canoes and a company of seven men for a voyage of discovery. In his party were Fathers Galinee and Dollier, two priests of St. Sulpice; they made the trip in safety and passed up the Detroit River to Lake St. Clair early in 1670. Reports of their discoveries are but meager, but in the preserved correspondence of Father Gallinee there is an account of their discovery of an idol on the banks of the Detroit River, about six leagues from Lake Erie, at or near the site of the city of Detroit. It was a carved stone image, which the Indians undertook to propitiate by offerings, as it was supposed to exercise some influence over Lake Erie. The pious fathers fell upon it with great zeal and destroyed it at the expense of their hatchets, subsequently scattering the fragments in the river. Their pious zeal destroyed what would have proved a most interesting relic for the Detroit museum. A stone idol in this part of the country would appear to be a relic of a race much older than 10
Page  11the Indians who occupied the territory when the French arrived-a race whose relics are rare and highly esteemed by archaeologists. They prepared the following certificate of discovery while on this trip and it was filed in the archives of state at Quebec. "We the undersigned, certify that we have seen the arms of the king of France set up on the lands of the lake called Erie, at the foot of a cross with this inscription: ' The year of salvation 1669, Clement IX being seated in the chair of St Peter, Louis XIV reigning in France, Monsieur de Courcelles being governor of New France, and Monsieur Talon being intendant for the king, two missionaries from the seminary of Montreal having arrived at this place, accompanied by seven other Frenchmen, who, the first of all the European nations, have witnessed on this lake, of which they have taken possession in the name of their king as an unoccupied land, by setting up his arms which they have affixed at the foot of this cross. In witness whereof we have signed the present certificate: " Francois Dollier, priest for the diocese of Nantes in Britanny; " De Galinee, deacon of the diocese in Rennes in Britanny.' " Father Marquette, another Jesuit missionary and explorer"

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sans Crainte Excerpts from History of Monroe County, Michigan and Historical collections (Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society)

History of Monroe County, Michigan: A Narrative Account of Its ..., Volume 1

 By John McClelland Bulkley


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Indian Trader/ Interpreter connection Paxton PA to Canada

Indian Trader/ Interpreter connection Paxton PA to Canada

1765       Margaret Powel - 75 ac 80 ps surveyed for warrant of 23 Aug 1765 for land across Powells Ck in Halifax Twp, Dauphin County. Parcel over the Blue Hills of Peters Mountain, near Forster’s Falls and near James Reed place including improvements made by John Powell while living 25 years on said property. This parcel on the eastside of Susquehanna R. Between land of Jacob Grebill to north and John Newbecker to the south; who acquired parcel in 1815. Application notes that she is widow of John Powel and acts for interest of herself and children. Originally the Powel parcel was 135 ac before lower half sold to Newbecker.
1765       Thomas McKee on 17 Oct, 1765 entered a Caveat (warning) with the Survey Office against the acceptance of a survey made for Margaret Powell in pursuance of her Application No. 608 of 23 Aug 1765 for 100 ac of land and improvements in Lancaster County. McKee alleging that he had purchased the premisses at a Sheriff’s Sale years ago and had possessed the same. Margaret Powel filed a legal action against Thomas McKee in 1767.
1766       Thomas McKee took out application for 100 ac and Survey in Consequence of land left by John Powell will to wife and children because Powell Estate indebted to McKee (See Powell Will of 1747, proven after 1748.). This claim by Mckee was questioned in court.

Google Books

Minutes of the Board of Property and Other References to Lands in ..., Volume 1

 edited by William Henry Egle

At a Meeting of the Board at the Land Otfice on Monday the 31st of August 1767 present The Sec ry Mr Tilghman The Surveyor Gen l Mr Lukens Margaret Powell agt on Caveat Thomas McKee Thomas McKee not appearing & sending an Excuse by Letter that Notice was not served upon him till soon after his Return home from a Journey to Philadelphia The Board took into Consideration the papers laid before them by the Widow Powel & her Allegations By Which it appears that her husband John Powell about the Year 1736 settled upon the place in Dispute and lived thereon about 12 Years & dyed in the Year 1748 making his Will and leaving Thomas McKee John Allison & the said Margaret Executors And that the said McKee & Allison took upon them the Execution of the Will and the Land and Improvements vere returned in the Inventory of the Estate That McKee took possession as she alledges of the plantation forcibly and put a Tenant into it and received Rent for 5 Years That in the Year 1765 she returned to the possession of the Land obtained on Application for 100 A's and had a Survey in Consequence That in the Year 1766 T McKee took an Application for the same That Powell by his Will left his Estate amongst his Wife and Children therefore it is determined by the Board that said Margaret Powells Survey be accepted and have a Confirmation unless Thomas McKee at the last Monday in December support his Allegation that the Estate of Powell was largely indebted to him and was sold or retained by him for the Satisfaction of his Debt and that there was not suflicient Assets besides sufficient to satisfy him And of this Margaret Powell is to give McKee thirty Days Notice at least Valentine Shiteacre al's Shadacre 1 BOARD OF PROPERTY 139

At a Meeting of the Board of Property at the Governors on Monday the 28th Day of December Anno Domini 1767 present The Governor The Sec ry Mr Tilghman The Rec r Gen 1 Mr Hockley Margaret Powell agt On Caveat Thomas McKee Thomas McKee having been duly cited & not showing Cause this Day against the Governors Judgment of the last Monday in August last that Judgment is now confirmed BOARD OF PROPERTY 207

McKEE, ALEXANDER - Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online


1771-1800 (Volume IV)
McKEE, ALEXANDER, Indian agent, furtrader, and local official; b. c. 1735 in western Pennsylvania, son of Irish trader Thomas McKee and a Shawnee woman (or possibly a white captive of the Indians); d. 15 Jan. 1799 on the Thames River, Upper Canada.
      As a young man Alexander McKee was a lieutenant in the Pennsylvania forces during the early part of the Seven Years’ War. He entered the Indian department in 1760 as an assistant to George Croghan and until the outbreak of the American revolution he served the department and traded, achieving considerable importance among the tribes north of the Ohio River. He was married to a Shawnee woman and in the early 1770s had a home in one of the Shawnee villages on the Scioto River (Ohio).
      As McKee was sympathetic to the British cause at the beginning of the revolution, he was kept under surveillance. In March 1778, with Matthew Elliott*, Simon Girty*, and others, he fled from the Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh, Pa) region into the Ohio country. Later in the year he joined the British at Detroit. The Americans considered his departure a major blow because McKee had extensive influence among the Indians. At Detroit he became a captain and interpreter in the Indian department and for the rest of the revolution helped direct operations among the Indians in the Ohio valley against the Americans. He participated in many of the main actions in that region, including Henry Hamilton’s capture of Vincennes (Ind.) in 1778, Henry Bird’s expedition against Kentucky in 1780, and the attack on Bryant’s Station (near Lexington, Ky) in August 1782.
      After the revolution McKee obtained land on the Canadian side of the Detroit River, but he served at Detroit as deputy agent in the Indian department, which used his influence among the tribes in present Ohio and Indiana to encourage Indian resistance to American settlement beyond the Ohio River. He also traded along the Miamis (Maumee) River and was a prominent leader in the Detroit River region. He became lieutenant-colonel of the local militia in the late 1780s, justice of the Court of Common Pleas for the District of Hesse in 1788, member of the district land board in 1789, and lieutenant for the county of Essex in 1792.
      When in the early 1790s full-scale hostilities broke out between the Americans and the Indian tribes, McKee and his assistants helped to gather and supply the Indians who resisted American expeditions [seeEgushwa]. With John Graves Simcoe*, lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, he tried to devise a workable plan for an Indian buffer state between American and British possessions. McKee played a major role in organizing the Indians to meet Major-General Anthony Wayne’s advances in 1793 and 1794 and was present at the battle of Fallen Timbers (near Waterville, Ohio) in August 1794, but only as an observer. Wayne’s victory and the failure of the British regulars to support the Indians diminished British influence among the tribes. McKee was given formal command of Indian affairs in Upper Canada at the end of 1794 when he was appointed deputy superintendent and deputy inspector general of Indian affairs.
      After the British withdrew from Detroit in 1796, McKee made his home on the Canadian side of the river. At his death three years later he was living on the Thames River. In the tumultuous years of the 1790s he had been the most important official organizing Indian resistance to the American advance across the Ohio River. To him, the British policy was not merely official, it was the culmination of a lifetime spent with the Indians of the Ohio valley. His son Thomas* also served in the Indian department, becoming agent at Amherstburg in 1801.

   "John Powel or Powell  my ancestor on my moms side was an Indian trader and may have been part Indian he lived  traded on Indian lands decades before settlers with people Like the Girty's and the McKee's , Interesting to note Thomas McKee was executor to his will, perhaps the most famous Indian trader in PA and whom son went on to be a famous Indian Interpreter and Agent working with my French Canadian Indian Interpreter ancestors at places like Fallen Timbers and Sackville, Thomas McKee may have been a scoundrel he seams to have worked both sides of the coin profiteering any way he could on the other hands the Boys many whom were half bloods or raised like Indians including Alexander his son and his friend Simon Girty whom were born Native to this land had legitimate beef this was there home, this was there culture, they remember when there homes were bunt down by the colonial authorities outside their jurisdiction. There is no wonder why they were loyalist and sided with the Six Nations". Kevin Lajiness    

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