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Sara Jeannette Duncan

Duncan is an intelligent and important national/international fin de siècle writer of manners. She observes, through a social lens, the decline of the British Empire. For her, the story of the beginning of the end begins in Southern Ontario’s Elgin (Brantford).   Sara Jeannette Duncan’s West Street home is presently Thorpe Brothers Funeral Parlour. Journal of Canadian… Read more …

Pauline Johnson and the (missing) wampum belt

From the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – final note on the return of the wampum belts Pauline Johnson sold to George Heye for $500: “It is therefore recommended that the National Museum of the American Indian repatriate NMAI 008386.000 to the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations on behalf… Read more …

Smoke Johnson, George Johnson, Barton Farr, Pauline Johnson

“For the rest of his life Skunny Wundy told anybody who would listen the story of his encounter with the Stone Giant(s), but nobody ever believed him.” Arthur Caswell Parker, Collected Stories of Skunny Wundy.  A.C. Parker   On his life journey, lower Mohawk Squire Davis, Tehawennihárhos, faces off with stone giants – as, one… Read more …

Carolinian Forest and the Grand River

In 1791 after the American rebellion and the ensuing flood of displaced persons arrive into the upper country, Great Britain took it upon itself to divide Quebec into Lower and Upper Canada. Upper Canada, which the British claimed but did not own and did not conquer – actually Upper Canada was the territories-depending-thereon part of Quebec – … Read more …

Margaret Riley Davis and Bow Park Farm: a monstrous theft!

NEWS BRANTFORD – Rumours have haunted Oxbow Road for decades By Heather Ibbotson, Brantford Expositor Tuesday, August 7, 2007 12:00:00 EDT AM ‘Tales of murder, mayhem and the macabre have haunted Oxbow Road for at least 30 years. Variations on a horror-movie theme have evolved and mutated of their own accord into ever more gruesome tales of… Read more …

Nellah Blaize Golden

Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia –  Nellah Blaize Golden and Jedidiah (Jeddah) Golden are first cousins. They are born in Wheeling, West Virginia. Their mothers are the Blaize sisters, whose line is Algerian. They are what is called “free blacks.” Their fathers are brothers. White. From Scandinavia. The brothers’ surname is originally Gullgård. They anglicize… Read more …

Bride Munny, Pomeroy and Chrisinny Munny

Victims of the Irish famine, Bride Munny and her two children Pomeroy and Chrisinny emigrate to Canada West from Wexford via Wicklow. They cross the ocean on what is called a coffin ship – called such for obvious reasons. In 1845, the Munnys are early to leave the Fitzwilliam estate, where clearances will get into… Read more …

Bruce Emerson Hill, and the GRAND RIVER NAVIGATION COMPANY scandal

“The Grand River project was unique in one particular way. It was the only major project in Canadian history financed by Indian funds. By 1836 the Six Nations [on the Grand River] possessed 80% of the outstanding stock; their total investment subscribed without their knowledge or consent, amounted to over £40 000. Over a hundred years of… Read more …

Davis vs Styres, and the case of lot 45

Squire Davis has several run-ins with the authorities. Here is one. Squire’s claim to property in the Township of Onondaga on the Six Nations Reserve is contentious. Squire stands accused of getting a man inebriated, encouraging said fellow to sign a quit claim, vis-à-vis lot 45, and, if all this isn’t sketchy enough, a certain… Read more …

Jedidiah Golden

“Jeddah” or the “Snowman.” He is a neighbour of the Fergusons. He is a hired gun and the owner of a horse stock farm in Uxbridge. From Smoky Mountains in West Virginia of Appalachia Jeddah and Nellah Golden are the great grandchildren of a Butler’s Ranger, Loyalist and former Algerian Eduard Blaize. Eudora Gourlay, is… Read more …