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Cornplanter’s father lived in the region

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John Abeel, father of the famous Seneca chief Cornplanter, had ties to our area. Abeel was born in Albany around 1724. His father, also named John Abeel, and Ebenezer Wilson were granted a one square mile land patent in what is now the city of Amsterdam. Young Abeel was on the frontier in the 1740s trading with the Senecas, one of the members of the Iroquois confederacy of nations. He and Seneca princess Aliquipiso were ...


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