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E. Pauline Johnson 1861-1913

E. Pauline Johnson

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

E. Pauline Johnson

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2010

E. Pauline Johnson

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Plaque Location

The County of Brant
Six Nations of the Grand River
At Chiefswood National Historic Site
at Road 54 and Pauline Johnson Road

Coordinates: N 43 05.978 W 80 05.697


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Plaque Text

In this house "Chiefswood", erected about 1853, was born the Mohawk poetess Emily Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake). Her father, Chief G.H.M. Johnson a greatly respected leader of the Six Nations, built "Chiefswood" as a wedding gift for her English mother, a cousin of the well-known American novelist William Dean Howells. By her writing and dramatic recitals from her own works in Great Britain and throughout North America, Pauline made herself the voice of the Indian race in the English-tongue. No book of poetry by a Canadian has outsold her collected verse, "Flint and Feather".

Other plaques at this location
E. Pauline Johnson Tekahionwakeh 1861-1913



First Nations

Other Plaques in Six Nations of the Grand River
Ahyouwaeghs * John Brant 1794-1832
New Credit Indian Reserve and Mission
The Six Nations
Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) 1742-1807
Tom Longboat 1886-1949

Brant County Plaques

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> Posted August 11, 2011
In researching my grandmother Susan Racael McKim's birth place I was thrilled to find Horning Mills was also the birthplace of Pauline Johnson. Susan was born March 2 1861 and I wonder if they knew each other? I barely knew my grandmother who married James Ritchie and lived on the Manitoulin Island until around 1909 when they moved to Alta & operated a small hotelat Consort. They moved there as a daughter was suffering from tubercolosis and there was little treatment other than sunshine & dry air.When that daughter died in 1914 the family moved on to Vancouver BC.I grew up in Alta as my mother the Ritchies eldest daughter had married my father in 1912. I have loved Pauline Johnsons work all of my life. Indeed I think she influenced my own attempt at writing. Although I am little known I have been published. I am absolutely thrilled to think my grandmother may have known Pauline Johnson so many years ago.
Sincerely Margaret (McKim-Ritchie) Dunnington Chisholm

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