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Re: KINZIE, John
In Response To: KINZIE, John ()
John Kinziem born in Ontario, Canada, ran off to New York, apprenticed himself to a silversmith, and, in the early 1800's, wandered into the Ohio river valley, where he became an indian trader. He developed trading posts on the Miami River and established the first post on the St. Joe River in what is now St. Joseph - Benton Harbor, Michigan, at the intersection of the St. Joe River and the Great Potowatimie Trail. Shortly thereafter, he funded a trading post on the Chicago River. Moving his family from Michigan, he and his wife became the first permanent settlers at Chicago, Illinois. He became the Federal Indian Agent at Fort Dearborn. He and his family, for the most part, survived the masacre at Fort Dearborn. His wife and I believe his eldest daughter each wrote books considered the primary historical sources regarding that affair. Kinzie is believed to be buried in Graceland Cemetary just north of Wrigley Field. You should begin any work on Kinzie with the books of his wife and daughter and with sources at Miami University (Ohio).