The Story of Old Fort Johnson

W. Max Reid

----------------------------------------

CONTENTS

FRONT MATTER

PREFACE

CHAPTER I - Sir William and his Irish sweetheart - His leave-taking - Arrival in the New World - An account of his boyhood days - Résumé of his life from 1738 to 1774.

CHAPTER II - The domestic affairs at Fort Johnson - Catherine Weisenburg - Caroline Hendrick - Molly Brant - Personality of Sir Wm. Johnson - Fort Johnson fortified - Order of defence.

CHAPTER III - Sir William Johnson at the battle of Lake George.

CHAPTER IV - Pontiac - Devil's Hole - Ambuscade at Bushy Run - Johnson-s life threatened - Anger of Mohawks.

CHAPTER V - Vagaries of men's minds - Sir John Johnson.

CHAPTER VI - Mohawks at Oghwaga and Oriskany - Molly Brant driven from Indian castle by the Oneidas - Interview between General Herkimer and Joseph Brant.

CHAPTER VII - Old documents found in Glen-Sanders house - Résumé of history of war in the valley of the Mohawk - Diary of Wm. Colbraith at Fort Schuyler - The first raising of the Stars and Stripes over an American Fort.

CHAPTER VIII - Capture of Walter N. Butler - Han Yost Schuyler and others - Escape of Butler.

CHAPTER IX - Sir John Johnson's second raid 1780 - Battle of Stone Arabia - Battle of Klock-s field - British account of the raids of Captain Joseph Brant (Thayendanaga).

CHAPTER X - Colonel Marinus Willett - Battle of Dorlach (Sharon Springs).

CHAPTER XI - Lady Johnson - Her captivity and escape - Sir John-s first raid in 1780 - Recovery of the silver plate and its subsequent destruction - Wounding, of Major Stephen Watts.

CHAPTER XII - Will of Sir William Johnson.

CHAPTER XIII - Genealogy of the Johnson family.

CHAPTER XIV - Major-General J. Watts de Peyster, Donor, Philanthropist - De Peyster family - Richmond collection - Hon. Stephen Sanford.

CHAPTER XV - Land Grants: Royal, Kingsborough, Sacandaga.

CHAPTER XVI - Summer rambles - Schoharie Creek from source to overflow - Skeletons of aborigines - Photographs of forest and lake - A boulder that walked away - Historic characters of Tribes Hill - The historic copper kettle.

CHAPTER XVII - The early Mohawk Indians- idea of the Creation.

CHAPTER XVIII - Episode at the siege of Fort Schuyler - The murder of the maidens.

CHAPTER XIX - A visit to Dadanascara, the summer home of Alfred de Graff - Charming views and historic scenes thereabout - Ancient Indian camp on the Vrooman farm revisited.

----------------------------------------

ILLUSTRATIONS

OLD FORT JOHNSON AND THE KAYADEROSSEROS CREEK.

VALLEY OF THE MOHAWK FROM HIGHLANDS AT HOFFMAN, N.Y.

GREAT FALLS OF THE MOHAWK, COHOES, N.Y.

THE BLUFF BELOW THE FALLS, COHOES, N.Y.

OLD FORT JOHNSON IN 1753 Drawn by Col. Guy Johnson

GHOST ROOM AND A GHOSTLY VISION, OLD FORT JOHNSON

SIR WILLIAM JOHNSON, BART. From an old print.

FORT JOHNSON. - THE GROVE OF LOCUSTS

FOOT HILLS OF THE ADIRONDACKS. NEAR THE SACANDAGA

UPPER FALLS OF ADRIUTHA

THE MOHAWK AT SCHENECTADY

THE ISLANDS OF THE MOHAWK. A VISTA FROM THE ANTLERS

A CORNER IN A CELLAR UNDER OLD FORT JOHNSON

SIR JOHN JOHNSON, BART.

MIDWINTER IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY

DEEP-CASEMENTED WINDOW IN THE LADY JOHNSON ROOM

FIREPLACE AND OVEN, GUY PARK

CAPTAIN JOSEPH BRANT

SKULL AND THIGH-BONES AND BROKEN POTTERY FOUND IN MOUND GRAVE AT FORT HUNTER, N.Y. ALSO COPPER BEADS AND SHELL ORNAMENT FOUND IN INDIAN GRAVE NEAR COXSACKIE, N.Y.

JUNCTION OF THE MOHAWK AND SCHOHARIE RIVERS, WITH ERIE CANAL AQUEDUCT

A CORNER OF OLD ST. GEORGE-S CHURCHYARD, SCHENECTADY, N.Y.

GLEN-SANDERS HOUSE, SCOTIA, N.Y., 1713

COL. BARRY ST. LEGER From an old print.

UPPER ONEGA CREEK

OLD MILE-SQUARE ROAD, ONEGA CREEK

THE OLD KLOCK HOUSE, ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. - 1750

ORNAMENTED WINDOW, CHURCH AT STONE ARABIA

LADY JOHNSON, "LOVELY POLLY WATTS," WIFE OF SIR JOHN JOHNSON, BART.

THE EAST ROOM, OLD FORT JOHNSON

THE DOORWAY, OLD FORT JOHNSON

A DOOR AT OLD FORT JOHNSON

THE HALL, OLD FORT JOHNSON

OLD FIREPLACE, GUY PARK

WEST ROOM, OLD FORT JOHNSON

A CORNER OF GUY PARK

STATUE OF SIR WILLIAM JOHNSON, BART., JOHNSTOWN, N.Y.

J. WATTS DE PEYSTER From a steel engraving.

MEMORIAL TABLET ERECTED IN HONOR OF MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN WATTS DE PEYSTER

PART OF RICHMOND COLLECTION OF ABORIGINAL ANTIQUITIES

HON. STEPHEN SANFORD

AN ATTIC WINDOW, OLD FORT JOHNSON

JOHNSON HALL, JOHNSTOWN, N.Y.

CAYADUTTA CREEK, RUNNING THROUGH THE BATTLEFIELD OF JOHNSTOWN, N.Y.

THE MOHAWK IN THE CHILLY GRASP OF WINTER

MOUND AT FORT HUNTER WHERE A NUMBER OF INDIAN SKELETONS WERE UNCOVERED

GREAT TURTLE POND, FORT HUNTER, N.Y.

THE JELLES FONDA COPPER KETTLE. A REVOLUTIONARY RELIC

THE AUTHOR RESTORING THE GREAT MOHAWK JAR

A COLONIAL DOORWAY, GUY PARK

WINE VAULT CELLAR, OLD FORT JOHNSON

CLUB HOUSE OF "THE ANTLERS."

ABANDONED HIGHWAY TO ALBANY, LEADING TO DADANASCARA FORD

DADANASCARA GORGE

----------------------------------------

NEXT

Transcribed from the original text and html prepared by Bill Carr, last updated 12/10/99.

Please provide me with any feedback you may have concerning errors in the transcription or any supplementary information concerning the contents. wcarr1@nycap.rr.com