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Early Michigan

Oliver Williams

calling him Che Pontiock and adopted him as a brother, saying our family should belong to his people, which was solemnly confirmed by a shaking of hands by all the old men, with every one of the family, and kissing each on the left cheek. After another smoke all around, including father, each taking a few whiffs from the two long stemmed pipes, one of which was Kish Kor Co's, both passed around by his pipe bearer, each of the old men was presented with a plug of tobacco by Pontiock, and the chief with a double portion, and some more for distribution among his braves. Then this solemn council broke up, and from that day no member of our family ever lost anything by theft or was treated with any indignity by Indians from the Saginaws, although we became the pioneer settlers of Genesee, Saginaw and Shiawassee counties, in Genesee county in 1824, Saginaw in 1826, and in Shiawassee in 1831.

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