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This is the official website for my book ~~~ The Delegation: Mysteries & Adventures of an 18th Century Peace Delegation.

In early 2015, I set out to name the ghosts who haunted my grandmother’s house in Philadelphia and found some. One is James McCrory who was killed by a police officer in the former Tobacco Shop area of the house. The Historic Registry says the house was built in 1865, but I discovered a document stating that James resided there in 1840.

In late 2015, I stumbled upon the unmarked graves of eight Indian chiefs from the Old Northwest Territory in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Yard in Philadelphia. A sign posted in the church yard says the location of their graves is unknown, but I discovered a document stating that the location of their graves is recorded in church archives.

The sign also says that seven of the chiefs died from Smallpox in January 1793, but there was no Smallpox epidemic in Philadelphia at that time and they are the only ones who caught it and died. Some historians have shockingly confused the late summer 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia with these chiefs. They are two different diseases and two different times. These details have been hidden in plain sight for over two centuries!

Furthermore, the chiefs names and tribes are listed in a manner entombing them as lost to history. Some are mismoshed, misspelled, missing, and imaginary.

They were among the most important of 16 chiefs from 8 tribes summoned to attend a Peace Council with President George Washington in Philadelphia. They valiantly endured an arduous three month journey but died before the council commenced.

In pursuit of truth and justice, I set out to properly identify the thirty-some delegation members and tell their true story. Amazingly, I have solved many mysteries which nobody else has done yet! This book has the potential to alter the current American History narrative.

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Find A Grave Memorials for 8 Chiefs at St. Peter’s Episcopal Churchyard

The following Find A Grave Memorials for the eight chiefs buried at St. Peter’s Episcopal Churchyard in Philadelphia were created in 2008. The memorials include a photo of the sign posted in the churchyard.

Chief La Gese

Chief Apautapea Apautapea

Chief Bigigh Weautons

Chief Bark Skin

Chief Grand Joseph

Chief Wapeteet Wapeteet

Chief Toma Toma

Chief Little Elk

 

A different Find A Grave contributor created this memorial for Chief Little Elk in 2012.

Death of the First Chief

Of the sixteen delegation member chiefs, a total of nine died during their journey and only seven survived. The excerpt quoted below references that the first chief died of pleurisy on October 30, 1792, in Cincinnati, Ohio. I don’t know the exact location of his grave. I have narrowed down his identity to one of four Wea chiefs.

 

“During the night of the 30th, one of the Wawiachteno chiefs died. He had been suffering from pleurisy ever since our arrival here.

At his funeral on the 31st, at which all the officers and gentlemen of the city were present, they fired in platoons 3 times over his grave, and each time the salute was answered by a cannonshot from the fort. After the coffin had been lowered, the Indians present, following their custom, threw each a hand ful of earth on the coffin, & the onlookers followed their example. In the coffin they had put the dead man’s gun, powder-horn & bullets, tobacco and tobacco-pipe, several pairs of shoes & leather to mend them, a tin cup, knife, tomhock, etc., etc., besides provisions & a small bottle of whisky, for him to use on the journey and in the new country. At the head of the grave a long pole stripped of bark was put up with a white flag suspended from it.”

Source: Heckewelder, John Gottlieb Ernestus, 1743-1823. Thirty Thousand Miles With John Heckewelder. [Pittsburgh]: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1958.

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