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Wyandotte Indian Cemetery

Today’s entry takes us down the River towards Amherstburg, and to the Wyandotte Indian Cemetery.

When this cemetery was established, it was located on what was at the time the Anderdon Reservation.

The Historical Marker at the cemetery

Chief Joseph White’s final resting place, the last Chief of the Wyandottes.

A photo of the Chief, from the 1909 Fred Neal Book “The Township of Sandwich”.

In 1861, he was presented with a Silver Medal by the Prince of Wales (Who became King Edward VII) for his part in the rebellion of 1837-38. He was Chief for 50 years before he passed at the age of 82 in Windsor in February 1885. His Grandson Sgt. Walter White was killed during the battle of Paardeberg in the Boer War in South Africa in 1900. He was with the Essex 21st Fusiliers, and a part of the first Canadian Contingent to South Africa.

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