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Ots-Toch

Also Known As: "mohawk Woman", "Turtle Clan", "Ots-Toch Van Slyke", "Ots-Toch Hartell"
Birthdate: (24)
Birthplace: Canajoharie
Death: Died in Schenectady, New Netherland Colony
Place of Burial: Schenectady County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jacques Hertel; Jacquest "Otsie'Ka"Sieur DeLaFresnier Hertel; Mohawk woman of Van Slyck's Island Hertel and Queen of the Mohawk Turtle Clan
Wife of Cornelius Antonissen van Slyck and N.N. Nieffens
Mother of Martin Mouris (Maurice) Van Slyck; Beartie Nieffens van Slyck; Jacques Cornelius (Itsychosaquacha); HIlletje Cornelise Van Olinda; Leah Cornelise Van Coppernoll and 7 others
Sister of Kenutje Hartell
Half sister of François-Joseph Hertel, Sieur de Rouville; Marie-Madeleine Hertel de la Fresnière and Marguerite Hertel

Occupation: Mohawk princess of Turtle Clan
Managed by: Gregory Frank Yochim
Last Updated:

About Ots-Toch

Ots-Toch is the traditional name given to a 17th century Mohawk woman from Canajoharie who married Dutch trader Cornelius Anthonisse Van Slyck and founded the Van Slyck family in New Netherland. Little is known of Ots-Toch, although she is indirectly referenced in many histories of early New York. For example, a daughter, Hillitie, chose to live with the Dutch,[1] but served as an official Mohawk interpreter.[2] Ots-Toch had at least three other children with Cornelius Van Slyck, and may have had more children by a Mohawk father.[3] Some variants of Ots-Toch's legend claim that her father was French,[4] although this claim seems to lack historical documentation and is often considered discredited.[5] In local lore, Ots-Toch is often compared to Pocahontas, though the legends of each woman are quite different. The two share some similarities: each married 1st generation immigrants and were important to the success of the respective European colonies, and each has romanticized legends that conflict with historical facts. An important point of difference, however, is the conversion and acculturation of Pocahontas to her English husband, contrasted with Oct-Toch's rejection of Christianity and efforts to raise her children as Mohawks.

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Ots-Toch is the traditional name given to a 17th century Mohawk woman from Canajoharie who married Dutch trader Cornelius Anthonisse Van Slyck and founded the Van Slyck family in New Netherland. Little is known of Ots-Toch, although she is indirectly referenced in many histories of early New York. For example, a daughter, Hillitie, chose to live with the Dutch,[1] but served as an official Mohawk interpreter.[2] Ots-Toch had at least three other children with Cornelius Van Slyck, and may have had more children by a Mohawk father.[3] Some variants of Ots-Toch's legend claim that her father was French,[4] although this claim seems to lack historical documentation and is often considered discredited.[5] In local lore, Ots-Toch is often compared to Pocahontas, though the legends of each woman are quite different. The two share some similarities: each married 1st generation immigrants and were important to the success of the respective European colonies, and each has romanticized legends that conflict with historical facts. An important point of difference, however, is the conversion and acculturation of Pocahontas to her English husband, contrasted with Oct-Toch's rejection of Christianity and efforts to raise her children as Mohawks.

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Ots-Toch's Timeline

1622
1622
Canajoharie
1635
1635
Age 13
Canajoharie, NY, USA
1636
July 15, 1636
Age 14
Albany, NY, USA
1636
Age 14
Kinderhook, NY, USA
1640
1640
Age 18
Canajoharie, New Netherland Colony
1640
Age 18
Beverwijk, Noord-Holland, Nederland
1644
1644
Age 22
Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York, United States
1646
1646
Age 24
Canajoharie, Nieuw-Nederland
1646
Age 24
Schenectady, New Netherland Colony