Brown County Historic Sites

Little Rapids

Site Monument Text Location
Eleazer Williams [+]marker

Eleazer Williams

This site is part of a 4800-acre tract patented to Eleazer Williams by the United States. In 1882 Williams led a delegation of New York Indians to the Fox River Valley, hoping to set up an Indian Empire in the West. A year later he married the daughter of a pioneer French-Canadian blacksmith, Joseph Jourdain and his Menominee-French wife. The couple settled in a cabin on the bank of the river but the building of the De Pere dam forced them to rebuild it on higer ground. In 1841 teh French Prince de Joinville visited Williams in Green Bay, giving rise to the belief that he might be the "Lost Dauphin", son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This story gained wide publicity in 1853 through the book "The Lost Prince" by John H. Hanson. Williams had scars like those borne by the little Louis XVII. Was he the Lost Dauphin?

Erected 1961

At the crest of the hill overlooking the Fox River in Lost Dauphin Park, off County Trunk Highway D (Lost Dauphin Road) in the Town of Lawrence.


Site Monument Text Location
James Powlis gravesite [+]marker

Revolutionary War Veteran

James Powlis, whose Oneida name Tewakateleλ·thale! means "I'm worried", was born around 1750, probably in new York State. In 1777, after the disintegration of the Iroquois Confederacy's neutrality, Congress sought to offset the allegiance of four of the six Confederacy tribes to the British by winning the allegiance of the remaining two, the Oneida and Tuscarora.

Powlis, an Oneida Chief, enlisted in the Continental Army also in 1777. Congress preceded the offer of army commissions with promises of American protection and supplies. On April 3, 1779, Congress resolved that twelve Chiefs from the Oneida and the Tuscarora tribes be given commissions as Officers of the Line in the Continental Army.

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Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution
Funded by the generosity of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

In Holy Apostles Episcopal Cemetery in Oneida along County Trunk Highway E
The cemetery runs south from the church building. This is just south of the intersection of State Trunk Highways 54 and 172.

Revolutionary War Veteran

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James Powlis was one of those twelve and one of four captains so commissioned. Powlis served with Lt. Colonel Louis Cook, a Mohawk, and his New York Line. Cook, whose Oneida name Atleyú·ta? means "A Body," was the highest ranking Indian in the Continental Army.

Captain Powlis was honorably discharged December 1784 and received 1800 acres in New York State as a pension from the federal government for his military service.

As Chief of the First Christian Party, Powlis came to Wisconsin from New York after his wife Nelly's death. He died in Oneida, Wisconsin on March 15, 1849, at the age of 99. Although his headstone is now gone, it is believed he is buried in the Powless family plot of the Oneida Holy Apostles Cemetery.

Erected 2005
Wisconsin Historical Society

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