Allotment #59: Lizzie Mahiner Gokey

Leo and Lizzie Gokey with sons Adam and John; Photo courtesy Donna Littleton.
Leo and Lizzie Gokey with sons Adam and John; Photo courtesy Donna Littleton.

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Lizzie Mahiner Gokey

Born: 15 April 1877  Died: 11 December 1951

Lizzie was a teenager when she was allotted her land about a mile east of the Drake House.  However, it wasn’t long after that when she married Leo Gokey, a member of the Sac & Fox Tribe, and left her mother Rose Ann for the Sac & Fox reservation area in Lincoln County, Oklahoma.  Lizzie’s Myaamia lineage comes through her maternal grandfather, Napihšinka, a chief during the 1860s.  Not much is known of her father David (or Jack) Mahiner, except that he was likely Potawatomi.  Though she was born in Indian Territory, Lizzie attended school at Wabash, Indiana, for three years and Chilocco Indian School for four years.  Lizzie and Leo had eight children who were all citizens of the Sac & Fox Nation.  The two oldest, Adam and John, are pictured in the photo, followed by Amelia, Eunice, James, Rosetta, Elmer, and Minnie. Lizzie continued to live in the Stroud, Oklahoma, area for the rest of her life until she passed in 1951. Though the family was physically and paternally associated with the Sac & Fox culture, they also maintained their Myaamia heritage and many of her descendants have elected to return to the Miami Nation as citizens.

Leo & Lizzie Gokey; Photo Courtesy Donna Littleton.
Leo & Lizzie Gokey; Photo Courtesy Donna Littleton.