An Oneida prayer-book, 1816

Prayers for Families and for Particular Persons: Selected from the Book of Common Prayer, translated into the Language of the Six Nations of Indians by Eleazer Williams.

This is a selection from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1790), translated into Oneida by Eleazer Williams (1788-1858), a lay preacher who helped the Oneida, Brothertown, and Stockbridge Indians emigrate to Wisconsin after the War of 1812. Bound with it in the Wisconsin Historical Society's copy (and also included here) is an 1841 sermon by Williams in English, "The Salvation of Sinners through the Riches of Divine Grace," which was printed in Green Bay in 1842. The appendix to this sermon includes information about Williams and the Oneida during the years 1817-1819, before they came to Wisconsin. The prayer book is one of several works in or about American Indian languages to be found at Turning Points in Wisconsin History. Readers should note that this is a historical document rather than a modern one; students wishing to study the language should rely on materials produced by the tribal language office.

Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Territory to Statehood
First Peoples
Treaty Councils, from Prairie du Chien to Madeline Island
Creator: Williams, Eleazer, 1788-1858.
Pub Data: Albany, N.Y.: Printed by G.J. Loomis, 1816. From a copy in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, rare book collection, call no. Pam 56- 757.
Citation: Williams, Eleazer. Prayers for Families and for Particular Persons... (Albany, N.Y.: Printed by G.J. Loomis, 1816). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 11/27/2021