The Kentucky Frontiersman, The Connecticut Yankee, and Little Turtle's Granddaughter


A Blending of Cultures, The Story of William Wells and Sweet Breeze, and Their Descendants

This is the story of three generations of a frontier family and the parts they played in the cultural, social and economic development of what was known in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century as the "far west." The progenitor of the family, William Wells, the "Kentucky Frontiersman," a familiar name in frontier literature, married Sweet Breeze, the daughter of Miami Chief Little Turtle. Both Little Turtle and Wells believed that a lasting peace could be accomplished by bringing their two cultures together, and the children of Wells and Sweet Breeze were instrumental in achieving this goal. Their daughter, Mary, Little Turtle's granddaughter, married James Wolcott, a "Connecticut Yankee." Mary and James Wolcott and their descendants made lasting contributions to the culture and history of the lower Maumee Valley in Ohio. The Wolcott House, on the banks of the Maumee River, is a tangible symbol of their conviction that two civilizations could live together in harmony. Vintage photos enhance the text.

Marilyn Wendler

(2003), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, 136 pp.

ISBN: 9780788424830