Sirach 15:1-7, 15-19
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PRAYER (traditional language)
O Maker of all creation, who didst endue Molly Brant with the gifts of justice and loyalty, and didst make her a wise and prudent mother in the household of the Mohawk Nation: Grant us grace, following her example, to nurture the household of faith with care and compassion; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
O Maker of all creation, who endued Molly Brant with the gifts of justice and loyalty, and made her a wise and prudent mother in the household of the Mohawk Nation: Grant us grace, following her example, to nurture the household of faith with care and compassion; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
This commemoration appears in A Great Cloud of Witnesses.
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Last updated: 19 Feb. 2019
MARY (MOLLY) BRANT
WITNESS TO THE FAITH AMONG THE MOHAWKS, 1796
Ko˝watsiŃtsiaiÚ˝ni or Mary (Molly) Brant (c.1736 ľ April 16, 1796) was an important Mohawk woman in the era of the American Revolution. Molly Brant has been considered the most influential woman in the Mohawk nation.
Molly Brant was born in 1736 on the south bank of the Mohawk river in a village called Canajoharie. It is likely she was baptized at Queen Anne's chapel at Fort Hunter. Molly grew up an Anglican and she could speak, read, and write English.
She is sometimes described as the "head of the Six Nations matrons", although historian Robert Allen writes that "there is no substantive evidence to suggest that Molly was ever a clan matron or mother within the Iroquois matrilineal society." Much of Brant's influence came from her common-law marriage to Sir William Johnson. When Johnson died in July 1774, he left each of their eight children thousands of acres of land and one-quarter of the slaves and livestock. Molly returned to Canajoharie with eight children and four slaves.
At the start of the American Revolutionary War, Molly did her best to keep the Mohawks loyal to the British. She gathered information and passed it to the British. In August, 1777 she fled her home at Canajoharie shortly before her arrest. Molly worked to keep four of the six Iroquois nations as Loyalist allies of the British Crown. One British officer considered Molly's influence "far superior to that of all their chiefs put together".
In 1783, she moved to Cataraqui, near Kingston, Ontario, where the government
built a mansion for her and gave her a large pension. She died April 16,
1796 in Cataraqui. She is buried behind Saint Paul's Anglican church in
— more at Wikipedia