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Mohawks at Home on “High Iron” | Daibo (Fallen Sky), Jocks


Mohawks at Home on “High Iron” by Edward Nickerson

New York


The Mohawk Indian stood perched high above the ground, his golden brown skin shining in the morning sun, his black eyes scanning the horizon like a hunter in search of game. Then he spoke: Hand me that wrench, will you?”

The time – any day of the week. The place – midtown Manhattan. The Indian? It could have been Mike Daibo, better known among the Mohawks as Tironionie or “Fallen Sky”. Continue reading

July 27, 2019 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Jocks & McComber | Kahnawake

Query by Glenn McDonald

On one of your posts, I followed a link that showed native marriages from the 1900’s. On 8/5/1901 Louis Jocks married Anne McComber in st. Francois Xavier parish, in Caughnawaga
How can I get more detail of this marriage, trying to trace my ancestry to Louis Jocks? Are the parish records available online? Appreciate all your posts! Continue reading

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The Caughnawaga Ploughing Match (1883) | Surnames: Tehoniataronwe, Lefebvre, Montour, Jocks, Sky, Phillips, Daillebout, Patton, DeLorimier, Leaf


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Fire At Caughnawaga (1889) | Surnames: Jocks, Murray, Lalonde

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The stone houses of Chief Jocks (now Mayor) and James Murray, and the wooden house of John Price, with thier contents and the stables, were destroyed by fire last evening at Caughnawaga. By bringing pails up from the river the Indians – men, women and children – kept the neighboring houses wet enough to prevent the fire from spreading further, though the breeze was pretty strong. About $?,000 damage was done. Miss Lalonde had her shoulder broekn by a box thrown out of her father’s upper window.

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Dark Angel Visits Caughnawaga With Tidings of Chief White Cloud’s Death (1931) | Surnames: Atrenho, Canadian/Canadien, Jocks

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Caughnawaga, Que., February 13.-

Chief White Cloud is dead. Mumbling feebly the incantations that went with the mystic lore of the tribal medicine man, he died today at Watertown, N.Y. a victim of influenza. With him was extinguished an Iroquois line whose roots went deep into the days before the pale face trod the Canadian land which gave birth to one famed all over the Continent for his lore in medicine. He was fifty years old.

James Atrenho was the family name of the dead chief. He came of lusty stock and was a native of this reservation. In his younger days he was renowned among te braves as one of the fleetest of foot within the tribe. Reaching mature years, he turned to the medicien magic of is forefathers, and years of study enabled him to emerge with a reputation that soon spread across the line line to others of the Six Nations. Much of his life was spent in travelling from trbe to trib, bringing comfort to the suffering of his race. Several years ago, the cheif joined a show at Glen’s Falls, N.Y., and had been with that organization since. From tme to time, however, he returned here.

Chief Jocks, of the Caughnawaga police, received the news this afternoon: the reservation was plunged into gloom, but was somewhat consoled by the fact that the Chief’s wife, whose maiden name was Marion Canadian, was present at the last.

The funeral, with full tribal panoply, will take place here probably Tuesday morning, the body being due tomorrow. Six braves of the Iroquois will act as pall-bearers, while hundreds will attend.

Source: The Montreal Gazette, Feb. 14, 1931


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Angus Skye, 16 of Caughnawaga, Drowned While Cycling Home (1930) | Surnames: Skye, White, Deer, Jocks

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Angus Skye, a 16-year-old Indian youth living here, was drowned shortly before two o’clock this afternoon, when, while crossing the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge between Lachine and this place on his bicycle, he lost his balance and fell from the bridge into the cold waters of the St. Lawrence River. The body has not yet been received although a search is being made. Continue reading

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Man’s Strange Disappearance 15 Years Ago Linked With Discovery (1933) | Surnames: Decaire (Dicaire), Goodleaf, Fontaine, Jargaille, Jocks, Lasnier, Mayo, Robertson

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Warning: contents slightly graphic!



Workman’s Gloves Worn by Victim, Pipe and Other Articles Turned Over For Investigation

The gruesome discovery of a skeleton in the Caughnawaga Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, made my three Indians digging a grave, may be linked with the strange disappearance 16 years ago of Mike Decaire, an Indian of Caughnawaga, who has never been found. Provincial detectives are at present checking up on those details as the missing man’s age and height correspond with the data given concerning the skeleton examined by Dr. Rosario Fontaine, provincial medico-legal expert. Continue reading

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