Allotment #66: Edward Harris

Edward Gibson Harris

Born: 9 February 1874  Died: 16 June 1941

The grandson of Akima Eecipoonkwia (Chief John B. Roubidoux), Edward’s mother Sarah died directly after his birth. His father was Dr. John Harris, who left him in the care of his Myaamia relatives, namely his grandfather and aunt, Sophia Goodboo. He grew up in Indian Territory, and married Ida Belle Cornett in 1895. Together they had six children, four girls and two boys.  They stayed in the Miami area for a few years after marriage before work on the railroad took them west to Oklahoma City, then on to Denver, finally settling in Portland, Oregon.  Though he moved far away from his relatives, Edward never forgot his Myaamia roots.  His son Grant was even able to travel back to his birthplace late in life.  He always made sure the younger generations of nieces and nephews knew they were Miami Indians.

 

Allotment #65: Charles Demo

Charles M. Demo, Photo courtesy Connie McMain Long.

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Charles Marcum Demo

Born: 15 October 1887  Died: 10 October 1969

Charles Demo was part of the first generation of Myaamia born in Indian Territory.  He married Mary Williss Bailey on August 8, 1909 in Miami, Oklahoma.  They had two daughters, Rosie and Mary Charlene.  Charlie was a leader in the community of Miami, and was a lifelong farmer.  He lived and farmed in the area of the Myaamia allotment lands all his life.  He served in many civic capacities, including treasurer for Quapaw Township, jury commissioner, member of the Ottawa County Free Fair Board, Ottawa County Soil Conservation District, Ottawa County Dairy Association, and trustee for the Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.  Charlie was also active in tribal affairs throughout his lifetime.  After the Tribe was organized under the 1936 Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act, Demo served on the tribal enrollment committee, and also served as a Tribal Councilperson in the 1960s.

Allotment #64: Rose Ann Richardville Demo

Rose Ann Richardville, Photo courtesy McMain Family.

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Rose Ann Richardville Demo

Born: 6 March 1859  Died: 14 August 1907

Rose Ann Richardville, the daughter of Thomas Richardville and Angeline Goodboo (also a Myaamia woman), was born in Indiana in 1859. She lived with her mother in Indiana for most of her childhood, and joined her father in Kansas as a teenager, in about 1870.   She married Joseph F. Demo, Sr., in Miami County, Kansas, on May 19, 1878.  She received an allotment both in Kansas and in Indian Territory.  Rose Ann gave birth to three sons: Thomas (who died as a young boy), Charles, and Joseph.  Charles was one of the youngest children to receive an allotment, and Joseph was born the year after allotments were concluded.

Rose Ann Richardville, left, with an unidentified girl.

Allotment #62: Frank Pooler

Frank (right) and brother Ernest Pooler; Ernest Pooler Collection, Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive

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Francis C. ‘Frank’ Pooler

Born: 22 October 1885  Died: April 1966

Francis, who was always known by “Frank,” lived his entire life in the Ottawa County area.  He and his wife, Mamie Simpson, had no children of their own, but raised Frank’s nephew, Robert Pooler. Frank lived with a disability, having lost his right hand.  He worked often assisting his father when he owned a livery business, and then in odd jobs supporting the mining industry near Quapaw and Picher, Oklahoma.

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.

Allotment #60: Joseph Kishco

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Joseph Kishco

Born: 1882  Died: 1896

Named after his grandfather, who served as a chief in Kansas following the Myaamia removal from Indiana, Joseph lived a short life of fourteen years.  His family greatly mourned his passing, as evidenced by the relatively intricate marker made for his grave, which includes a cross and carved lamb.  Both his and his father’s graves are some of the oldest located on the eastern side of the current Myaamia tribal cemetery grounds.  His final resting place is located about one mile directly north of his allotted land.

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.

Allotment #58: Rose Ann Mahiner Kishco

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Rose Ann Bertrand Mahiner Kishco Keah

Born: about 1846 Died: about 1907

The daughter of Akima Napihšinka and a Myaamia woman whose name was written as Cha-ka-sak-wah, it is believed that Rose Ann was born shortly after the removal to Kansas.  Her parents never had English names, and she was not likely known by her Anglicized name of Rose Ann until an adult.  She married Joseph Bertrand around 1867, and had a daughter, Madeline, who died as a toddler.  Several years later she married a man whose surname was Mahiner; his given name is alternately recorded as Jack or David.  Her daughter Lizzie was born after the relocation to Indian Territory, but before allotments were made.  Though no record of what happened to her second husband has been found, it is evident she also married a man named John (nicknamed Nephew) Kishco, and had a son, Joseph.  After the death of both Nephew and Joseph, Rose Ann married once more.  In 1902, she was married to Joseph Keah, an Ottawa Indian.  Though an official record of her death has not been found, she stops appearing in tribal records around 1907, so she likely died in 1907 or 1908.

Allotment #57: Frank Aveline

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Frank D. Aveline

Born: about 1862  Died:  20 January 1907

The son of James Aveline and Betsy Weakse (whose Myaamia name was recorded as Wahwindemoquah), Frank became an orphan as a young boy.  He was also a step-brother to another allotee, Josie Geboe Fulkerson.  He attended Carlisle Indian School, and afterward moved to New York to work on a railroad.  He never married, and was working as a painter when he died in New York City in 1907.