Ohio Archæological and Historical Society
Publications, Volume XX
TARHE — THE CRANE. [The Editor of The Ohio State Archæological and Historical Quarterly has often received inquiries as to sources of information concerning Tarhe, the famous Wyandot chief, and also the "Half King," Pomoacan. Mr. Basil Meek, the historical writer and a frequent contributor to the columns of the Quarterly, has had occasion to gather these sources and we herewith publish them for the benefit of any student desiring to avail himself of these valuable references. — Editor.] Please find a few facts, concerning Tarhe—the Crane, some of which may shed light upon his residence and also upon his life and character. The "Half King", Pomoacan, seems never to have been located at Lower Sandusky. Attention is called to Half King's various Indian cognomens, given below. TARHE, OR THE CRANE. In the Spring of 1782, according to Homer Everett in his History of Sandusky County, p. 43, citing for his authority "Heckewelder's Indian Nations," without giving page, claims that Crane rescued a young man-captive, at Lower Sandusky, after the captive had been sent by him to Half King at Upper Sandusky to be adopted, but having been rejected by Half King's wife, was returned to Lower Sandusky for burning. Thereupon Crane, he says, after an appeal to his vanity by the English traders, Robbins and Arundel located there, he rescued the captive. But I believe the chief, who rescued this captive was not Crane, but Abraham Kuhn, the War Chief, who commanded the Lower Sandusky Wyandots at Crawford's defeat. I have not seen Heckewelder, cited by Everett. See History of the Girtys, by Butterfield, pp. 149, 150, 151. In 1785 Tarhe's name does not appear to the treaty of Ft. McIntosh. It was signed for Wyandots of Lower Sandusky by Abraham Kuhn. Half King's name is not attached to same unless by the name, Daunghquat, which is probable.