Famous Burlingtonians

Joseph Brant - Founder

Joseph Brant, otherwise known as Thayendanegea, was a Mohawk, loyalist and statesman. He is best known for keeping his ties to the Mohawk people while still being able to relate to and work successfully with the white settlers. Brant worked as an interpreter for Sir. William Johnson, his successor in the British Indian Dept. Johnson aided missionaries in teaching Christianity to the Aboriginal people and also helped to translate religious materials into the Mohawk language. In the later years of his life Brant lived on Burlington Bay in an English style home and translated parts of the Bible into Mohawk.