|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1859|
age 117 or 120 - Tenh-Wen-Nyos One of the greatest war chiefs of Seneca Nation
Chainbreaker, also known as Governor Blacksnake and Tah-won-ne-ahs (c.1760 - 1859), was a Seneca warchief, who, along with other Iroquois leaders (most notably Joseph Brant), fought on the side of the British during the American Revolutionary War from 1777 to 1783, most notably at the Battle of Oriskany.
He was born near Seneca Lake in western New York. His date of birth is also variously given, sometimes as early as 1749, making him about 109 when he died.
Afterwards, he became reconciled to the outcome of the war and fought on the American side in the War of 1812. In later life, his political influence waned, as younger men of the Seneca assumed control.
Charles Aldrich, a man who knew Tenhwennyos, wrote of him as he appeared in 1836, "He was very tall, straight as an arrow, and his abundant hair was both white and long His figure was at once striking and venerable. He was always kind and agreeable, genial and pleasant to all who approached him. The people of his tribe, as the white people treated him with marked deference and respect. Governor Blacksnake, in addition to being a man of authority in his tribe, was an orator to whom his people always listened with profound attention. I shall never forget Him though I did not understand a word of his language.
Cornplanter was his uncle, and Handsome Lake his nephew. Blacksnake was a member of the Wolf Clan.
He died on the Allegany Reservation in Cattaraugus County, New York.
Owen Blacksnake (1805 - 1880)*
Hillside Haven Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Dolores Davidson
Record added: Apr 26, 2008
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