Allotment #61: Mary Louisa Richardville Pooler

Mary Louisa Pooler seated, Pooler-McMullen Collection, Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive

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Mary Louisa Richardville Pooler

Born: 24 August 1858  Died: 8 April 1928

Mary Louisa was born in Indiana, the daughter of Akima Waapimaankwa (Chief Thomas F. Richardville) and Angeline Goodboo.  Along with her sister Rose Ann, she stayed with her mother’s family in Indiana for several years before moving south-west around the time of relocation to Indian Territory.  She married Manford Pooler, who would become Chief of the Ottawa Tribe.  Their children, however, enrolled under the Miami Nation, and two sons, Frank and Louis were given Miami allotments.  All together, Mary Louisa and Manford Pooler had eight children, two of whom died as very young children.  In addition to Frank and Louis, there were Josephine, Mabel, Frederick, and Ernest.