; born in Mount Johnson, N. Y.
, Nov. 5, 1742; son of Sir William Johnson
; was a stanch loyalist, and in 1776 the Whigs
tried to get possession of his person.
He fled to Canada
with about 700 followers, where he was commissioned a colonel, and raised a corps chiefly among the loyalists of New York, known as the Royal
He was among the most active and bitter foes of the patriots.
While investing Fort Stanwix
in 1777, he defeated General Herkimer
, but was defeated himself by General Van Rensselaer
After the war Sir John went to England
, but returned to Canada
, where he resided as superintendent of Indian affairs until his death, in Montreal
, Jan. 4, 1830.
He married a daughter of John Watts
, a New York loyalist.