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Marie Williams

About Marie Williams

Marie Williams is an independent historian and writer of the blog "The Half-Pint Historian" living in the foothills of the Southern Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies adolescent education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and her Master's degree in American history from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. When not engaged in historical research for her blog, Marie enjoys teaching middle school and high school level social studies classes.

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