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Re: CLAUS - NY state and Ontario, Canada
Posted by: Bernie Peplinski Date: January 07, 2001 at 09:36:45
In Reply to: Re: CLAUS - NY state and Ontario, Canada by Richard F. Roof of 192

I have much information on the Claus family and their relationship with the Mohawks. My information basically pertains to the Claus' relationship to the Johnson family in Central New York. My research shows a Col. Daniel Claus, son-in-law to Sir William Johnson. Johnson founder of Johnstown, NY was Sir William Johnson Baronet Major General of English Forces in North America, until his death just prior to the Revolutionary War. Sir William was the Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the New World. In fact upon the death of his wife Sir William married a Mohawk and another upon her death. Upon Sir William's death he left Daniel Claus much land. After the war, 1779, the Johnson heirs, including Claus, lost their lands. Being Loyalists to the King their land was confiscated by the state and sold at auction. Upon the loss of their lands many of the Claus' and Johnsons' left for Canada. In a pamphlet I recently received from my local historical society it stated, refering to Sir William, "Had he not died in 1774, the Mohawk Valley could have been part of Canada today.


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