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It Worked! So I'm back. I am the descendant of Lt John Dachsteder and his second wife, an Onondaga woman. I am descended from the Catherine Burnham that is mentioned in your message of May 16, 2005. The John Burnham mentioned is not her husband but her nephew. The Burnham brothers (Oliver, Lyman, Martin and Chauncey) came from East Hartford CT some time around 1806 to the Grand River area. Mary, Lt John's daughter, married a Burnham, probably Chauncey but possibly Lyman. They had a son who was named John Dockstader Burnham. Mary died. Catherine married Chauncey Burnham, my ancestor. Chauncey died and Catherine then married Lyman Burnham. The terms of John Dockstader's will gave the land to his two daughters, Mary and Catherine. Mary received the land on the north side of the Grand River and Catherine received land on the south side of the River. When Mary died her inheritance went to her son, John Burnham.
John Dockstader married a Cayuga woman and when she died he married an Onondaga woman. Documentation can be found in "The Valley of the Six Nations A Collection of Documents on the Indian Lands of the Grand River" edited by Charles M. Johnston and published by the The Champlain Society in 1964. There is no marriage records possibly because they were married in the Indian fashion. I wonder also if Lt. John's mother was a native woman. They certainly lived close to them as there is much interaction with them. Lt. John was sent to the Cayuga country during the War, in the winter of 1777/78 and I wonder if that is where he met his first wife. Joseph and Molly Brant were also in Cayuga country that winter and according to Daniel Claus Molly had family there. Was Lt. John's wife related to Joseph and Molly Brant and that is where the story of his wife's relationship with the Brants comes in. Because Lt. John did not marry Joseph Brant's sister. His other sister Christine died childless.