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KELLOGG, Joseph [1691-1756] -- American colonist, Indian Captive, Interpreter & Guide, Explorer & Soldier

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Taken captive by the Indians in the 1704 sack of Deerfield, MA, he was carried off with his father and 3 siblings to Canada. An older half-brother, Martin, managed his escape after several months. His two young sisters remained with the Indians and married Indian or part-Indian husbands. Their father was ransomed in 1706.

Joseph remained with the Indians a year and was then delivered to the French with whom he spent the ten years succeeding. During this time, he traveled with traders and acquired the French language as well as that of all the tribes of Indians with which the French were engaged in traffic. Of the dialect of the Mohawks his knowldge was especially thorough. In this manner, to use his own expression, he "got into a very good way of business so as to get considerable of moneys and other things, and handsomely to support himself, and was under no restraint at all." During his captivity, he made a voyage in 1710 to the Mississippi river, being probably the first native-born white New Englander to see that river.

In 1714, his elder half-brother Marting, who had exscaped captivity in 1705, came to see him to induce him to return to New England. Two years later he was placed in government employ and made several journeys to Canada, Albany and other distant places. He was made Lieutenant in 1722, under Samuel Barnard; acted also as interpreter. From that time until his death he was constantly occupied as a scout or interpreter.  -30-
 

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1704/02/29
Captured in Sack of Deerfield
1710
The first Englishman AFAIK to travel through the Great Lakes and into the Illinois Country to the Mississippi River
1714
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  • Half-brother: ¤KELLOGG, Martin [1686-1753] American colonist, Capt.

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