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Molly Brant

Molly Brant

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Molly Brant

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted February, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
On the grounds of a church, on the northeast corner of
Queen Street and Montreal Street

Coordinates: N 44 13.980 W 76 29.081


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Plaque Text

Born about 1736, Molly Brant (Degonwadonti) was a member of a prominent Mohawk family. About 1759 she became the wife of Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Province of New York and a powerful figure in that colony. Well-educated and a persuasive speaker, Molly Brant wielded great influence among the Iroquois and was responsible for much of Johnson's success in dealing with them. Following the outbreak of the American Revolution she and her brother Joseph played a leading role in persuading the Confederacy to support Britain. In 1777 she fled to Canada and after the war, in recognition of her services, was granted a pension by the government. She settled in Cataraqui (Kingston) where she died in 1796.

Related Ontario plaques
Mary (Molly) Brant (Tekonwatonti) (ca. 1736-1796)
Ahyouwaeghs John Brant 1794-1832
Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) 1742-1807


First Nations

Kingston Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted March 3, 2018
Hi, I wanted to thank you for this site! Mary "Molly" Brant is my 5th great grandmother! I have enjoyed gathering information and photos related to her life. Thank you again!
Cynthia McKeon cmckeon@ramapocentral.net

> Posted April 29, 2013
I think Molly is one of my ancestors, it's very interesting.
Thanks for this site. Marc Brant.

> Posted April 10, 2011
Thank you! Your information is well appreciated!

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