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Excerpt below is from: The Olden Time, a Monthly Publication Devoted to the Preservation of Documents, Volume I, pgs. 416, 425 & 426 Edited by Neville B. Craig, Printed by Dumars & Co., Pittsburgh 1846. 

Guyasuta (Kiashuta, Guyasutha and various other spellings/pronunciations of his name.) He was also referred to by others as "The Hunter" and "Big Cross" when he acted as war councilor with Pontiac.

I am including all the documents on this page because Guyasuta was a very important figure in the history of Pennsylvania before, during and after the Revolutionary War.  All of these documents were excerpted from larger documents you can find at:


The next 4 pages are excerpted from: The Frontier Forts of Western

Pennsylvania by George Dallas Albert. (Harrisburg, PA): C. M. Busch, state printer, 1896. The first three sections are from newspapers accounts written just after the destruction of Hannastown and Millerís Blockhouse on July 13, 1782.


▼Guyasuta (Guyasutha) continued: page 50 ▼.

Below on the left is an Excerpt from: History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania: and its centennial celebration, by Joseph H. Bausman, 1854, New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1904.  Be sure to read the personal observations in the footnote by Rev. David McClure written on August 18, 1772.

What you see on the left is an excerpt from George Washington's Journal of his tour to the Ohio river written on October 28, 1770. Washington clearly admired "Kiashuta" and trusted him to accompany him to and during negotiations with the French in 1753.

All the other excerpts on this page also tell briefly of the man who was Guyasuta and the sad later years of his life.  All the drawings on this page are from C. Hale Sipe's, The Indian Wars of Pennsylvania published in 1929.

Below this box is the first of two pages (49 and 50) excerpted from: The Bouquet Celebration on Bushy run in Westmoreland County, PA,   August 6 1882.  The pages include a short biography of Guyasuta and  a very short description of the glory and the decline of the Pennsylvania Indian tribes and Nations.  Page 50 is below on the left.

After reading Albert's recountings of the death and burial of Guyasuta, I am left wondering if this John Martin is the Martin son who was kidnapped by the Indians from the Settlement at Big Cove in October 1755 and lived with and raised by his Indian captors for about 7 years.  This Martin son was named in Hale Sipe's account as "James" Martin but the name "James" and "John" were commonly exchanged for each other even when I grew up in the 20th century. This could account for this Martin's ability to "converse in the Indian tongue" and his admiration and care for the old chief.




The last excerpt below is a sad account of Guyasuta as he nears the end of his life frequenting the Pittsburgh community.


Excerpt below is from: The Standard History of Pittsburg, edited by Erasmus Wilson, 1899, Page 664