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Photographic reproduction of a print depicting James Logan (1725-1780), a chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe. Logan initially encouraged his people not to attack whites who settled in the Ohio country, but after family members were killed by settlers in 1774, he wanted to avenge their deaths and began raiding villages in what is now western Pennsylvania. While his allies the Shawnee attempted to make peace with the settlers, Logan continued to fight until his death around 1780.

The Mingo natives were a small group of Native Americans related to the Iroquois natives. They are sometimes called the Ohio Seneca natives. By 1750, the Ohio Seneca had left the Iroquois homeland in the state of New York and migrated to the Ohio Country. In the 1760s, the Ohio Seneca natives lived in eastern Ohio near Steubenville. By the early 1770s, they had moved to central Ohio. One of their villages was on the banks of the Scioto River at the site of modern-day Columbus.

Captain William Crawford led an attack against a Ohio Seneca village on the Scioto River near what is now downtown Columbus, Ohio, at the close of Lord Dunmore's War in 1774. By the 1800s, the Ohio Seneca natives had villages along the Sandusky River as well as at Lewistown. The Ohio Seneca began to live with other tribes, hoping that together they would be able to stop the westward expansion of white settlers. Some Ohio Seneca natives lived with the Miami natives, while others lived with the Shawnee natives. In 1831, the United States forced the Ohio Seneca natives to sell their land, and the natives moved to reservations in the West.

Logan was a famous leader of the Ohio Seneca natives.

See Also


  1. Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.