Honyere and Honyost Doxtator

In the book, Forgotten Patriots, in the New York section, we find something rather unique and interesting.   An Oneida Indian is given by his Native names, which are spelled variously, probably phoenetically as best they could be, but then he is also given by his English name, Honyere Doxtator.  In addition, two alternate first name spellings are also given, Honyost and Hanyose.  As it turns out, Honyere and Honyost were brothers, both of whom served.

Hanyere’s native name is given as:

  • Tewahangahken
  • Tewahangarahken
  • Tewahangarah
  • Tewahongarhkin

We find out more in the book, “The Oneida Indian Experience: Two Perspectives” by Jack Campisi.  He tells us that in July of 1775, military units were formed and the Oneida Indian, Tewahongarahkin, known later to whites as Honyere Doxtator, gathered together a unit of Indians friendly to the American cause and entered the service along with his brother Honyost.  Honyere’s son Peter who filed his pension application spelled his name Tewahangaraghkan, yet another spelling where the letter a supplants the letter o.  These people lived at “Oriskany Castle” known to the Indians as Orisata-aak in Oneida Co., NY. 

In 1852, after his death, his wife Jenny applied for his pension, and all arrears from 1828 when he would have been eligible, stating that he was unaware, as was she, that he qualified for a pension.  His pension application which tells of his military career and lists his family members is available at www.fold3.com at http://www.fold3.com/image/#18662241 if you are a member.

I find it sad that veterans didn’t know they were eligible for pensions.  Not only were they entitled to the pension, but I suspect it would have made a significant difference to them in their later years of life.  However, it is his service to the United States that provides us with everything that is recorded of this man’s life, including his family members, his residence and both his English and Native names.  Truly a treasure trove of history that would have otherwise been lost.

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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One Response to Honyere and Honyost Doxtator

  1. Jim says:

    June 14, 1710
    John George and Anna Elizabeth Dockstader arrive in the Colony of New York from Palatine Germany via England. Because of health quarantine they had to stay for five months on Nuttons Island, (Now known as Governors Island). 470 people died enroute from England.

    March/June 1711
    CORNELIUS DOCKSTADER, son of George and Anna Elisabeth Dockstader.
    Was born, probably at Manor Livingston, Province of New York, between 25 March and 24 June 1711. He is not listed in the 25 March 1711 New York Subsistence List, but possibly was one of the two children given as under ten in the 24 June 1711 List and one of the four given by Simmendinger in 1717. Almost all that is known of Cornelius and his descendants has been gleaned from Military Bounty Land records of his two sons, Honyere (Hans Jury = Johan George) and Honyost (Johan Joseph); The Revolutionary War pension application file (s23019) of Honyere Tewahangarahken, also known as Honyere Dockstader; and the file (R3065) of Honyost Tewahangarahken, also known as Honyost Dockstader; and the notes from Oneida Indians taken by Lyman C. Draper, corresponding secretary of the Wisconsin State Historical, on a visit to the Oneida (N.Y.) Reservation in 1877, October 30 – November 2, inclusive.

    1738
    JOHAN GEORGE ‘Honyere’ DOCKSTADER, son of Cornelius Dockstader and his Shawanoe wife, Sarah, was born about 1738 to 1745.
    1758
    CORNELIUS DOCKSTADER, born to JOHAN GEORGE ‘Honyere’ DOCKSTADER and was his successor in the Chieftaincy
    Cornelius Doxtator, grandson of Cornelius (son of Honyere), and of whom Draper stated, “Cornelius, well educated, reads and writes English.”
    June 5, 1779
    Hansjurie Tewahongrahkon (Johan George Dockstader) receives commission from Congress. Served as Captain in New York militia. Honyost Tewahongrahkon (Johan Joseph Dockstader) receives commission from Congress. Served as a Lieutenant in New York militia.
    March 3, 1785
    Eighth Session of the New York Legislature
    Chapter 25, An act to carry into effect the act of congress of the 11th of February 1785, providing for the settlement of accounts with the Indian Officers therein named. Captains Hamjury Tewahangahkan (Johan George Dockstader), John Otaawighton, and James Wakanrantharaw, Lieutenants Nicholas Kayhuatsho, Cornelius Rahiktotow, and Cornelius Okonista, Oneida and Tuscarora Indians as per United States Congress had their accounts settled for their services to the United States and the State of New York during the revolution.
    January 29, 1791
    For services during the Revolutionary War.
    Hansjurie Tewahongrahkon (Johan George Dockstader) issued a patent for lot 97 in the town of Pompey and issued a patent for lots 4 and 16 in the town of Junius, Seneca County.
    Honyost Tewahongrahkon’s (Johan Joseph Dockstader) widow Elizabeth issued a patent for lots 4 and 16 in the town of Junius, Seneca County

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