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MONTOUR, Catherine, a half-breed Indian, born in Canada; died in Chemung county, New York, about 1752. She is supposed to have been the daughter of Count de Frontenac, governor of New France. She was captured during the wars between the French, the Hurons, and the Six Nations, and was carried into the Seneca country, where she married a young chief, by whom she had several children. Her husband became known in the wars against the Catawbaslter granddaughter, Esther, a daughter of "French Margaret," was the wife of Echobund, or Eghobund, chief of the village of Sheshequin, on the site of Ulster, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, which was built about 1765. It was for a number of years the seat of a Moravian mission, which in 1772 was removed farther west. After the place was abandoned by the Moravians and their converts, Echobund, with the remnant of his tribe, moved four or five miles farther up the river and died. Esther's superior mind gave her a great ascendency over the Senecas, and she ruled as a sovereign among them, being known as "Queen Esther." On several occasions she accompanied the delegates of the Six Nations to Philadelphia, where her refined manners and attractive person secured her many courtesies from the ladies of that city. In spite of these qualities, she is chiefly remembered by the part she took in the Wyoming massacre in , July, 1778, when, to avenge the death of her son, she tomahawked fourteen prisoners.
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