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Title: Kahkewaquonaby / Rev. Peter Jones, 1802-1856
Identifier: MC0044
Date of Original Photo: ca 1861
Image Type: B&W Drawing
Subject: Jones, Peter, 1802-1856

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Description: An engraving of Kahkewaquonaby from "History of the Ojebway Indians: With Especial Reference to their Conversion to Christianity" by Rev. Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby). The Reverend Peter Jones (1802-1856) was the son of the surveyor Augustus Jones and Tuhbenahneequay (Sarah Henry), daughter of the Mississauga chief Wahbanosay. He was named Kahkewaquonaby, meaning ¿sacred feathers¿ or ¿sacred waving feathers¿ and raised by his mother at the western end of Lake Ontario until he was 14. In 1816 he went to live with his father near Stoney Creek, where he went to school and became known as Peter Jones. He learned to farm after moving with the family to the area of the Grand River. Jones was converted to Christianity in 1823 at a Methodist camp meeting. He became a Methodist missionary and by 1826 he and other indigenous converts had moved to the Credit Mission on the west bank of the Credit River. He was ordained in the Wesleyan Methodist church in 1833. In 1829 the Mississaugas of the Credit elected him as one of three chiefs. As official spokesperson, he presented their concerns to officials in York (Toronto) and at the Colonial Office in London. In 1837 he travelled to England and petitioned successfully against a plan to move the Mississaugas to Manitoulin Island. The Credit Mission continued through the 1840s despite internal friction over Jones¿ leadership, the extent of acculturation, pressure from colonial settlement and the unresolved claim to their land. In 1847 more than 200 Mississaugas relocated to land allocated by the Six Nations from their reserve on the Grand River. Though stationed at the Muncey Mission from 1841 to 1949, Jones worked at the ¿New Credit¿ reserve and continued to petition the government for support. Peter Jones met his wife Eliza Field in England. They married in 1833 and had five children, one of whom died in infancy. In 1851 he retired due to ill health to his home at Echo Villa near Brantford where he died in 1856. ¿Life and journals of Kah-ke-wa-quo-na-by (Rev. Peter Jones)¿ was published in 1860 and ¿History of the Ojebway Indians¿ in 1861. Description as of September 2018.
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