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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

Both this creek and the neighboring territory took their names from the village of the Wyandottes, Maguaga, which occupied the site of the present city of Wyandotte. The next township south of Wyandotte is Monguagon, in which is the village of Trenton, opposite Grosse Isle. The creek opens into the Detroit, nearly opposite Sibley's limestone quarries, and extends up northwesterly through the farm of Mr. George Payne. Across this creek on Mr. Payne's land are still to be seen the remains of a corduroy crossing said to have been constructed by Hull's army on the way from Dayton to Detroit, through a then almost unbroken wilderness. There can be little doubt that this is the case, as it is within an enclosed field back from the present road or any other road known to the present generation and back from the wide and deep water and flanking marsh nearer the mouth of the creek, and is where a crossing could more readily be constructed. Besides this, Mr. George Payne Sr., lately deceased at an advanced age, came to the Monguagon in 1831, when the facts connected with the history of the campaign and the war would be familiar with the numerous resident Indians as well as the comparatively few whites. These Indians, it will be recollected, were allies of the British, and under Walk-in-the-Water and others fought with the British at Van Horn's defeat and massacre at Brownstown, and. again soon after were defeated and routed with great slaughter at the battle of Monguaga, on the present site of Wyandotte, by Col. Miller. The following is a brief account of the affair as gathered from Cooley's history of Michigan: "Colonel Van Horn had been sent out from Detroit to open communications and to bring forward much needed supplies for want of which the garrison at Detroit were greatly suffering. Van Horn had been met by a party of British and Indians from Amherstburg, his detachment defeated and massacred.

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