|Tribe||Oneida diplomat, interpreter, and fur trader|
|Nickname(s)||Sally Montour, Sara Montour, Sara Hands, Sara Hains, Sara Willson, and Sarah Hance|
|Known for||Helped with peace negotiations after the Battle of Fallen Timbers; liaison for Joseph Brant|
Sally Ainse (also known as Sally Montour, Sara Montour, Sara Hands, Sara Hains, Sara Willson, and Sarah Hance) (c. 1728–1823) was an Oneida diplomat and fur trader. As a youth she lived in New York, near the Susquehanna River. She was married to Andrew Montour when she was a teenager. Sally was her nickname. Montour would leave her in 1757 or 1758. The children they had were sent to live with people in Pennsylvania, with one child, Nicholas, staying with Ainse. She lived with Nicholas in an Oneida settlement near the Mohawk River.
She became owner of a deed for the land where Fort Stanwix was located. She received the deed from the Oneida. She moved to Detroit after the American Revolution started. She started fur trading and became known as Sally Ainse. She became a homeowner in Detroit in 1778. As of 1779 she owned cows, horses, one hundred pounds of flour and four slaves. In 1794 she helped with peace negotiations after the Battle of Fallen Timbers. She also served as a liaison for Joseph Brant and the British.
In 1787, Ainse had sold her property in Detroit and had begun living on land she acquired in 1783 in Chatham, Ontario. She acquired the 1,600 acres of land through a deal with the Ojibwe people. In Chatham, she lived in what was described as a "mansion". She also had three farms and an orchard. When the British acquired the land from the Ojibwe in the McKee Purchase in 1790, they refused to acknowledge that Ainse was the rightful owner of the land. Seven chiefs of the Ojibwe signed a confirmation that she owned the property. Eventually Ainse was forced to leave her property. She moved to Amherstburg, Ontario. She died in 1823.
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