Warriors of the Eastern Woodlands: Hiokatoo “Most Cruel man”

HIOKATOO      Seneca Chief

Hiokatoo was a six foot four, powerful, large-boned, lean warrior who’s trade was making war.  Hiokatoo was born along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.  He was a cousin to Farmer’s Brother, the great Seneca chief long celebrated.  Hiokatoo was married the Mary Jamison, the famous captive who was known as the “White Woman of the Genesse.”  Their marriage last for fifty years.   When with his family and friends, there was no one more loving and kind in his feelings, compassionate to others, than Hiokatoo.  But on the battlefield, his cruelty was unparalleled.  He made great use of his scalping knife and his tomahawk and was never known to show any sympathy for an enemy.

In the year 1731, Hiokatoo went to war against the Catawba and other southern tribes.  He really began to make his mark during the French and Indian war when took two prisoners during General Braddock’s campaign and burned them alive.  His cruelty was truly noted when Captain John MacDonald took 100 British along with 300 native Iroquois warriors to Fort Freeland at Warrior Run where he and a few other warriors tomahawked the survivors as they knelt on their knees begging for mercy.  He was placed as second in command in Cherry Valley campaign in the Mohawk Valley.  This massacre happened just after the Wyoming Valley massacre.  Again, the atrocities were unparalleled.

When George Washington ordered General Sullivan to launch a campaign against the Seneca and other Iroquois towns (Castles) in Pennsylvania and New York, the Continental soldier in charge of one of the units, Lt Boyd, was captured and, under the orders of Seneca Chief Little Beard, was put through a horrific execution.  Hiokatoo acted as Little Beards assistant.

Hiokatoo was a man who spent his life at war, while at the same time being a loving husbands and a true friend.  He was a warrior above most.  He maintained close friendships with loyalists such as John Butler of Butler’s Rangers, Chief Joseph Brant,  and Simon Girty, the” White Savage. ”   To those who faced him as a foe, he was a force to be feared.  To those who called him friend, no one could be a truer associate than he. His wife, Mary Jamison, claimed that Hiokatoo was  103 years of age when he died in November of 1811.   Mary Jamison and Hiokatoo had two sons and four daughters.  The son’s inherited their father’s penchant for cruelty with one murdering the other, and then he, himself, being killed in a drunken brawl.  Mary Jamison inherited much real estate in the German Flats area of N.Y.,   and she died in 1833 at the age of 91.

Note:  This information was taken from a story entitled “The Seneca Chief Hiokatoo, Most Cruel Human Being, Died November 20 1811” from the book “DAILY STORIES OF PENNSYLVANIA” by Frederick Godcharles.

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