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Tenh-Wen-Nyos Blacksnake (Tah-won-ne-ahs)

Birthplace: Kendaia, Seneca/Cayuga Village, Livingston County, New York, United States
Death: December 26, 1859 (98-122)
Cold Spring, Allegany Indian Reservation, Cattaraugus County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Cattaraugus County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of De-ne-oh-ah-te Seneca and Tchwynyars Abeel
Husband of Unknown 1st wife Blacksnake and Rebecca Blacksnake
Father of Chief Jacob 'Ha-yek-dyoh-kunh' Blacksnake; George Blacksnake; Polly Patterson; Owen Blacksnake; Julia Jemison and 1 other
Brother of Skenado Seneca

Also known as: Chainbreaker; Governor Blacksnake; Thaonawyuthe
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About Tenh-Wen-Nyos Blacksnake

Seneca War Chief/Wolf Clan

  • Son of De-ne-oh-ah-te Seneca and Tchwynyars Abeel
  • Nephew of Cornplanter and Handsome Lake

'BLACKSNAKE, Tenh-Wen-Nyos [Governor]. Born 1737, died 1853. Age: 117 or 120 - Tenh-Wen-Nyos. One of the greatest war chiefs of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Nephew of Cornplanter https://www.paintedhills.org/CATTARAUGUS/HillsideHavenCem/HillsideH...


https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26401133/tenh-wen-nyos-governor... "age 117 or 120 - Tenh-Wen-Nyos One of the greatest war chiefs of Seneca Nation. Chainbreaker, also known as Governor Blacksnake and Tah-won-ne-ahs (c.1760 - 1859), was a Seneca warchief, who, along with other Iroquois leaders (most notably Joseph Brant), fought on the side of the British during the American Revolutionary War from 1777 to 1783, most notably at the Battle of Oriskany. He was born near Seneca Lake in western New York. His date of birth is also variously given, sometimes as early as 1749, making him about 109 when he died. Afterwards, he became reconciled to the outcome of the war and fought on the American side in the War of 1812. In later life, his political influence waned, as younger men of the Seneca assumed control. Charles Aldrich, a man who knew Tenhwennyos, wrote of him as he appeared in 1836, "He was very tall, straight as an arrow, and his abundant hair was both white and long His figure was at once striking and venerable. He was always kind and agreeable, genial and pleasant to all who approached him. The people of his tribe, as the white people treated him with marked deference and respect. Governor Blacksnake, in addition to being a man of authority in his tribe, was an orator to whom his people always listened with profound attention. I shall never forget Him though I did not understand a word of his language. Cornplanter and Handsome Lake were his uncles. Blacksnake was a member of the Wolf Clan. He died on the Allegany Reservation in Cattaraugus County, New York.


Chief Blacksnake The venerable Indian Chief, Governor Blacksnake, of New York Seneca tribe, died on the Allegheny Reservation a few days since, his supposed age being 100 years. He had been confined to his cot for several years. In his younger days his powers of endurance were beyond those of any of his tribe. [Dayton Daily Empire. (Dayton, OH), January 16, 1860 - KT - Sub by FoFG] "Tah-won-ne-ahs or Thaonawyuthe (born between 1737 and 1760, died 1859), known in English as either Governor Blacksnake or Chainbreaker" - source: wikipedia] https://genealogytrails.com/ny/cattaraugus/obits.html


Blacksnake (1760-1859) Also known as Governor Blacksnake (Thaonawyuthe), Blacksnake was a man of rare intellectual and moral power. His home was on the Allegany River.

He was a chief who fought with the British at the Battle of Oriskany during the Revolutionary War in 1777. During the War of 1812, he fought on the side of the United States against the English at the Battle of Fort George.





"Historic Seneca Leaders". Seneca Nation of Indians. 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
"Napoli, Cattaraugus County, NY : Development". Retrieved 2012-10-02.
"Iroquois Indian Elders in Historical Perspective: Three Portraits: A lecture by Laurence M. Hauptman, at the Iroquois Indian Museum". New York Council for the Humanities. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
"Blacksnake. Tah-won-ne-ahs. Wolf Clan. (c1749-1859)". RMSC - Louis Henry Morgan Website - Johnson Family Tree. Retrieved 2012-10-02. Blacksnake, Governor, and Benjamin Williams (2005). Chainbreaker : the Revolutionary War memoirs of Governor Blacksnake as told to Benjamin Williams (Bison Books ed. ed.). Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 080326450X. Retrieved 2012-10-02. Blacksnake, Jeanne Winston Adler (2002). Chainbreaker's War: A Seneca Chief Remembers the American Revolution (1st ed. ed.). Hensonville, N.Y.: Black Dome Press. ISBN 1883789338. Retrieved 2012-10-02.

External links Tenh-Wen-Nyos, Governor Blacksnake at Find-a-Grave Governor Blacksnake Manuscript Page Poem: Governor Blacksnake Speaks "PA State Archives - Manuscript Group 220 - Scope and Content Note - Merle H. Deardorff Collection". Retrieved 2012-10-02., contains information on Governor Blacksnake and the Senecas of the Cornplanter Grant "Claim application for John Bone, who served for two years as a member of the Native American Allegany Volunteers under Governor Blacksnake". New York State Museum. Retrieved 2012-10-02.

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Kendaia, Seneca/Cayuga Village, Livingston County, New York, United States
New York, United States
Cornplanter, Elk Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania, United States
Allegany Indian Reservation, Coldspring, Cattaraugus County, New York, United States
December 26, 1859
Age 122
Cold Spring, Allegany Indian Reservation, Cattaraugus County, New York, United States