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The Haldimand Treaty of 1784
Whereas His Majesty having been pleased to direct that in consideration of the early attachment to his cause manifested by the Mohawk Indians and of the loss of their settlement which they thereby sustained - that a ...   View More
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John Dockstader Tract, Canborough Township - 1,200 acres
Prior to 1796, Captain John Dockstader received a tract of land in Canborough Township. He in turn sold approximately 19,000 acres to Benjamin Canby for the benefit of his Indian children. Joseph Brant included the disposal of part of Block 6 in 1798. In this Deed to Canby, he is said to have given security for the payment of £5,000 to Six Nationsí Trustees for the benefit of Six Nations. Brant declared that no security was ever taken.

By 1803, Six Nations stated that they had no objection that Canby be called on to account for lands. Six Nations did not know how Canby obtained the grant from the government as Six Nations had bestowed the lands to the late Captain John Dockstader for the use of his Indian children.

In 1819, Six Nations granted a lease for 999 years to Catherine and John Burnham, a tract of land on the north and south sides of the Grand River. Which was formerly demised to the late John Dockstader. These lands are located in Canborough Township and Dunn Township.

In 1840, the Chiefs of Six Nations executed a Deed of Confirmation to Catherine and John Burnham, daughter and grandson of the late John Dockstader, for 999 years for lands only on the south side of the Grand River, in Dunn Township.


The grant to Dockstader has not been located and is contended by Six Nations that the grant is not valid as there was no surrender or Order-in-Council.

In reference to the Block No. 6, Canby grant in 1798, for 19,000 acres in Canborough Township, Six Nations contends that it is not valid as Brantís Power of Attorney was only to nominate purchasers for four (4) specific Blocks (being Nos. 1-4).

The 1819 Grant from Six Nations to the heirs of Dockstader refers to Brantís prior grant to Dockstader for part in Canborough and part in Dunn Township. However, Brantís prior grant to Dockstader has not been located. In 1836, the Crown stated that the grant for some lands in Canborough Township was valid pursuant to a Council meeting on March 26, 1835. In 1842, the Crown also accepted the part in Dunn Township.

**This chronology represents preliminary research by Six Nations and will require further work before being made final.
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