9/11-THE ROYAL PAGES OF THE ACT OF ST. THOMAS-SMITH ACT:Information about Queen Catharine Montour, Senaca Indian Queen
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Queen Catharine Montour, Senaca Indian Queen (b. 1710, d. February 20, 1804)
|QUEEN CATHERINE MONTOUR|
Queen Catharine Montour, Senaca Indian Queen (daughter of Peter (Katarioniecha) Quebec, Mohawk Indian Chief and Margaret (Montour) Hunter) was born 1710, and died February 20, 1804 in CATHARINESTOWN (MONTOUR FALLS), NEW YORK, UNITED STATES.She married Thomas Htitson, Seneca Indian Chief.
Notes for Queen Catharine Montour, Senaca Indian Queen:
Montour Falls has had four names during its lifetime. Initially, it was
called Queanettquaga by the Indians, then Catharine's Town by early
visitors to the region. Havana when it was settled in 1788 by non-Native
American settlers, and Montour Falls beginning in 1890. One of the main
tourist attractions of Montour Falls is the 165-foot Chequagua Falls,
which can be viewed from the foot of Main Street.
The Greek Revival Village Hall, with its lighted dome and round brick
pillars, is the old Havana Court House from the time when Havana was the
county seat of Schuyler County. The New York State Academy of Fire
Science, built in 1859 as the "People's College", trains the firemen of
New York State.
Queen Catherine Montour, for whom Catharine's Town and Montour Falls were
named, was a descendant of Madame Montour. She was adopted by Frontenac,
the French Governor of Canada and married an Oneida Chief. Her log palace
at Catharine's Town was burned during the Revolutionary Wars.
Montour Falls was an important hub in its early years. In addition to
being the county seat, it was the head of navigation on the Seneca Lake
Inlet when the Chemung Canal was built in 1827. The Chemung Canal
connected Seneca Lake with the Chemung River and, ultimately, the
Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers.