History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Racial distinctions were not important in the Fort Johnson home of Sir William Johnson and the numberous children of the family added much color to the picturesque frontier scene--
The mother of three had been white, the mothers of numerous others were Indians. Social gatherings at the stately stone building in the wilderness presented an unusual combination of white aristocracy of the New York Province along with the Indian chiefs who moved in from the forest trails. Prominent in the household was Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant who became Johnson's secretary after attending school in Connecticut. His sister, Molly Brant, the dark-skinned Lady Johnson of the period presided as hostess at the baronial home along the Kayaderosseras.