PORT HURON, MICHIGAN BY MRS. B. C. FARRAND
In company with
Indian friend he began study at Geneseo, New York. His friend soon after
died. Then he studied Latin and Greek and became proficient in English worked with his hands summers to have the means to study winters.
He was commissioned by the British government to make a treaty with
Indians of the Sarnia reservation and distribute supplies among them found here only a few log houses. There were about five hundred Indian
living in bark wigwams. The only frame dwellings were the agency house
council house and the mission house, the last, as I before said, now
standing. Old Wawanosh was chief of this band. He was a very good mi
but not educated; his two sons are now living in Sarnia. The old treaty gave
the Indians $5, 000 and a tract of land five miles square, bordering on the
St. Clair river. The Indian fund built log houses afterwards. The chief
the Pottawattomies was Francois McCoonce [Maconce] who kept a hotel
Mt. Clemens. He was a Free Mason, and after many years, with part of
tribe went to Kansas, where he died about four years ago. His sister
the wife of Wawanosh, and some of the grandchildren of these two chiefs
highly educated and are now ministers in the Christian church, graduates
colleges, and one young lady has become an instructor in the fine arts, the
mother having been a daughter of one of the Methodist missionaries (Waron). The family have taken the name of Wells.
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