History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Col. Guy Johnson, son-in-law of Sir William and superintendent of Indian affairs as well as Tryon County Judge and representative in the Colonial Assembly, was the first of the ranking Loyalists to leave the valley for Canada. His 1766 home, known as Guy Park in present Amsterdam was the scene of Indian Councils in the spring of 1775 as Iroquois support in the impending war was being wooed. Under pretext of attending a council farther west, Johnson, Chief Brant and the Butlers joined British forces at Oswego. The explanation given to the Tryon County Committe of Safety was that there was fear the Colonel would be kidnapped by Patriots because of his influence with the Indians.