JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER QUIZ

Q1 Joseph Brant died in Burlington in 1807 where he lived out his final years. Where was he born?

A – Ohio Valley in 1742

 

Q2 Brant was educated at Eleazar Wheelock’s “Moor’s Indian Charity School”, the forerunner of what noted Ivy League school?

A – Dartmouth College. It was here that Brant learned to speak, read and write English, He studied under the guidance of Wheelock who said the then 18-year-old “was of a sprightly genius, a manly and gentle deportment, and of a modest, courteous and benevolent temper.

 

Q3 What British leader commissioned Brant as a Captain of the British Army in 1780?

A –  General Sir Frederick Haldimand on behalf of King George III. Haldimand also granted lands along the  Grand River to Six Nations in 1784, enabling 2,000 Six Nations people to migrate from New York to Ontario following the American Revolution.

 

Q4 Name two world leaders visited by Brant in his lifetime?

A – President George Washington, King George III. Brant was invited to meet the President and his cabinet in Phildelphia in 1792. On Feb. 29, 1776, he was presented to King George III and his queen at court. He proudly refused to kiss the hand of the king, stating he was emissary of the Six Nations. He did, however, gallantly kiss the hand of the queen.

 

Q5 The Joseph Brant Museum is a replica of the original homestead where Brant spent his final years. In what year was it built?

A – Construction began in 1937, with the official opening to the public on May 22, 1942. Timber and logs from the original home were used in the present-day museum.

 

Q6 How did the museum acquire the silver gilt gorget (pictured above) that was presented to Joseph Brant by King George III?

A – It was purchased at auction in May, 1968 by a committee of Burlington citizens lead by then Mayor George Harrington. The piece was purchased at a cost of $13,000.

 

Q7 How many times did Joseph Brant marry during his lifetime?

A – Three.  He married his first wife Peggie (also know as Margaret), said to be the daughter of Virginia planters taken captive when young by Native Americans, on July 22, 1765. After Peggie died from TB in March 1771, he married his second wife Susanna, who died near end of 1777 during the American Revolutionary War when they were staying at Fort Niagara. While still based at Fort Niagara, Brant started living with Catherine Adonwentishon Croghan in the winter of 1780.

 

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