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American Revolutionary War Patriot
JamesPowlis (c. 1750-1849) was born circa 1750, probably in the state of New York. Also is know as Oneida Chief Waka-dale-yon-duh-law, whose Oneida name means "it became worrisome," Powlis served with Colonel Louis (A-tayala-rongh-ta) and his New York Line. Lt. Colonel Louis was the highest ranking Indian in the Continental Army.
On April 3, 1779, Congress resolved that twelve Chiefs or Indians of the Oneida's or Tuscararo's be given commissions as Officers of the Line of the Army. James Waka-dale-yon-duh-law was among the twelve, one of four captains so commissioned. Captain Powlis served from 1777, the year following the Declaration of Independence, to December 1784, when he was honorably discharged.
Captain James Powlis died at the age of 99, in Oneida, Wisconsin on March 15, 1849. Although his head marker is long gone, it is believed he is buried in the Chief Henry Powlis family plot of the Oneida Holy Apostles Cemetery. A Wisconsin Historical Marker has been installed at this cemetery honoring Captain Powlis.
GPS coordinates -- N49.13438°; W088.67542°
(Portions reprinted from Solders of the American Revolution Buried in Wisconsin by Robert G. Carroon, who was Curator of Research Collections for the Milwaukee Country Historical Society in 1975.)