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Marie Williams

About Marie Williams

Marie Williams is a New York State certified social studies teacher and manages and writes the blog "The Half-Pint Historian", which focuses on American History. Marie is a 2014 graduate from The College of Saint Rose where she earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in social studies adolescent education and will earn her Master's of Arts degree in American History from Southern New Hampshire University in May 2018. Marie grew up in the Lake George region of the state and volunteered at the New York State Museum as an undergraduate, which sparked an unending curiosity in New York history and American history as a whole.

The Death of Jane McCrea and Revolutionary War Opinion


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John Vanderlyn's "The Death of Jane McCrea"In Upstate New York, few tragedies have the cache of the death of Jane McCrea. In the summer of 1777, British armies were pressing southward through New York to Albany, with the goal of dividing the rebellious colonies.

On July 27, 1777 a young woman named Jane McCrea was killed in the vicinity of Fort Edward. There are conflicting stories about what happened, but most accuse Ottawa or Mohawk allies of Burgoyne in her death.

The murder of the young Loyalist bride changed the public perceptions of the war. General Gates wrote Burgoyne a scathing letter. Sir Edmund Burke, a Whig member of British Parliament, used the tragedy to rail against the Crown’s policies regarding its Indian allies.

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The Jessup Brothers in the American Revolution


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Jessup Patent MapIn the mid-1760s, brothers Edward and Ebenezer Jessup moved from Dutchess County, NY, to Albany and engaged in land speculation in the Hudson River Valley and Lake George area.

The Jessups would become friendly with Sir William Johnson, who had built Fort William Henry in 1755. Thanks to his close relationship with the Mohawk, Johnson became the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. The Jessups acquired much of their land from Johnson and the Mohawks. Continue reading