Allotment #6: Minnie Geboe Trinkle

Joseph and Minnie Trinkle, Photo courtesy Melisa Palmer.

Minnie Mae Geboe Trinkle

Born: 6 February 1872  Died: 30 November 1910    

Minnie was born in Kansas but was likely just an infant when the Myaamiaki relocated to Indian Territory.  Just as her parents’ marriage did a generation before, Minnie Geboe’s marriage to Joseph Lee Trinkle brought two Myaamia families together.  Joseph’s parents were Henry Trinkle and Mary Josephine Bundy.  Though Joseph was included on a list of tribal citizens agreeing to become a United States citizen (thereby giving up tribal citizenship) and stay in Kansas in 1871, his wife was not, so she received an allotment in Indian Territory.  Minnie and Joseph were married in 1888, and they had three children before his death in 1894.  They were Mary “Pearl” (Trinkle) Alsbaugh, Mabel (Trinkle) Olds, and Ernest Trinkle.  Minnie was only 38 years old when she passed away.  Though the two girls were married by then, Ernest was fifteen and remained in the care of his grandmother Mary Geboe.  

Allotment #5: Mary Bridget Leonard Geboe

Mary Bridget Leonard Geboe, Photo courtesy Twila Coger.

Mary Bridget Leonard Geboe

Born: 1 October 1853 Died: 2 February 1935

Mary B. Leonard was born to Moses and Mary (Roubidoux) Leonard in Adrian, Michigan.  Her family appears to have settled in Michigan for a period of time before the removal of the Myaamia from Indiana, but then moved south-west to join their relatives in Kansas in the 1860s.  Mary was married to David Geboe by Thomas Richardville on October 3, 1869.  According to family legend, upon their arrival in Indian Territory they camped along the Spring River on the Quapaw land before building a permanent home on their allotment.  One story is told that while they were there, some Indians from a tribe unfamiliar to them came along.  Not being able to communicate with them well, Mary became afraid they would steal her baby, but it soon became apparent that they were looking for food.

After settling on their land, David Geboe became known as a successful farmer, and “Grandma” Geboe was an enterprising business woman.  She took in laundry to earn money, and at one time created a cattle dip and charged ranchers by the head to run their cattle through.  Their allotment land and farmhouse passed through five generations of the Geboe family before the Miami Nation purchased it, restored the original portion of the house, and included it on the Tribal Historic Properties Register in 2014.

Allotment #4: David Geboe

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David Geboe, Collections of the National Anthropological Archives

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David Geboe

Born: 5 October 1830  Died: 20 January 1899

One of the eldest members to receive an allotment, David Geboe was born in Kiihkayonki (Fort Wayne, Indiana).  He participated in the removal from Myaamionki as a young adult.  It is not clear whether his parents Peter and Mary Ann were also removed, but it is likely David traveled with some of his siblings and possibly his mother’s siblings.  While in Kansas, he first married Mary Abner. They had three sons, Joseph, Simeon, and Ora.  Joseph and Ora likely died as children, and Simeon died at 29 years old in Indian Territory.  After a divorce from Mary Abner, he married Mary Bridget Leonard and had a daughter, Minnie Mae Geboe.

David Geboe was an integral leader of the Myaamia in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Along with several other leaders, he traveled to Washington, D.C., to negotiate with the federal government during the treaty period.  He grew into a leadership role and was elected chief in 1886, after the Myaamia moved from Kansas to Indian Territory. After his tenure as head chief, he continued to serve as second chief until his death in 1899.

Allotment #3: Lewis W. Miller

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Lewis Miller & Mary Emma Dagenett Miller; Miller-Moore Family Collection, Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive

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Lewis William Miller

Born: 1861 Died: 30 December 1896

Lewis was the eldest child of Akima Mihtohseenia (Chief Thomas Miller) and Waapikihkihkwa.  He was born in Kansas, and married three times.  He first married Rachel Manley, but had no children.  His second wife was Ella McLane, and this union brought forth a son, Albert.  Both Ella and Albert were allotted under the Peoria Tribe.  Lewis’ third wife, Mary Emma Dagenett (a brother of Charles E. Dagenett), was also a member of the Peoria Tribe.  She was of Wea descent, the daughter of Edwin Dagenett and granddaughter of Christmas Dagenett.  Lewis and Mary Emma had three children: Ethel, Clarence, and Lewis Edwin.  After Lewis passed away at the age of 35 in 1896, Mary Emma married John King.

Allotment #1: John Miller

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John Miller

Born: about 1865 Died: 27 October 1889

John Miller was the second son of Akima Mihtohseenia (Chief Thomas Miller) and a Myaamia woman named Waapikihkihkwa (also known as Nancy Miller).  Unfortunately, John passed away very shortly after the list was taken for allotments, even before he received the patent for his land.  He was about 25 years old.  It is unlikely John had a wife or children before he died.

Allotment #2: Esther Miller Dagenett

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Esther Miller Dagenett

Born: 18 December 1869  Died: 24 November 1936

Esther Miller was the youngest child born to Akima Mihtohseenia (Chief Thomas Miller) and Waapikihkihkwa.  Her mother died when she was about nine years old, after which her father married Almina White, of the Peoria Tribe.  Esther was very intelligent, and was a member of the first graduating class of Carlisle Indian School in 1889.  Furthering her education, she also graduated from Gem City Business College in 1891. Esther married Charles E. Dagenett in 1892.  Esther was a teacher and matron in the service of the Department of Indian Affairs education system for thirty years, working in such places as Chilocco, Muskogee, Kiowa, and Seneca Indian Schools.  Charles was a well-respected agent for the Office of Indian Affairs, and he and Esther both worked for many years in western states, including Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.  She and Charles had one daughter, who died at birth.  Eventually, they divorced and Esther moved back home to Miami to be with her family.

Esther’s allotment land was inherited by her niece and nephews, and passed through the family to Lewis Moore, who donated an acre of it to the Miami Tribe in 1975.  In 1977-1978, the tribe used an Indian Action Team Grant through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to build the first tribally-owned building on this land, then called the Miami Tribal Longhouse.  This building was not only a tool to train tribal members in construction, but also served as a place for Myaamia people to gather for social and formal activities.  In 2008, the building was renamed the Ethel Miller Moore Cultural Education center in honor of Chief Lewis Moore’s mother, and on September 16, 2014, it was added to the Miami Nation Tribal Historic Properties Register.    

List of Miami Indian Allottees in Indian Territory

Every member of the Miami Tribe living on April 23, 1889, received an allotment of 200 acres.  It is important to note the date, as it is several years after many members moved to Indian Territory.  Though an estimated 85 citizens moved from the Kansas lands, only 66 were living at the point of allotment.

Numerical Index of Allottees by Allotment Number

  1.   John Miller
  2.   Esther Miller Dagenett
  3.   Lewis W. Miller
  4.   David Geboe
  5.   Mary Bridget Leonard Geboe
  6.   Minnie Geboe Trinkle
  7.   Oscar LaFalier
  8.   Henry LaFalier
  9.   Mary ‘Necy’ LaFalier Gobin
  10.   David LaFalier
  11.   Jessie LaFalier Youngblood
  12.   William ‘Wayne’ Drake
  13.   Louisa Drake Roseberry
  14.   Lucy Josephine ‘Josie’ Geboe Paup Fulkerson
  15.   Mary Louise Roubidoux Leonard
  16.   Jane Pigeon Drake
  17.   Mary Drake VanDusen
  18.   Josephine ‘Josie’ Drake Pope
  19.   David H. Drake
  20.   Edward Drake
  21.   Sarah Drake Horton
  22.   Milton D. Drake, Jr.
  23.   John L. Drake
  24.   Thomas S. Drake
  25.   Martha ‘Marchie’ Drake Hale Runkle
  26.   Mary Adeline Boure Dollar Billington
  27.   Theodore W. Dollar
  28.   Silver ‘Luddie’ Dollar Lucas
  29.   Adeline G. Billington Leonard
  30.   Milton Howard Billington
  31.   Margaret ‘Peggy’ Davis Bright
  32.   John L. Bright
  33.   Florence ‘Flora’ Bright
  34.   Columbus Bright
  35.   George W. Leonard
  36.   Charles W. Leonard
  37.   Helen Leonard Sims
  38.   Barbara ‘Anna’ Leonard Murray Schultz
  39.   Louisa Geboe Leonard
  40.   Thomas F. Richardville
  41.   Mary Lindsey Richardville
  42.   Hannah Richardville McManaman
  43.   Catherine Richardville Simpson
  44.   Charles W. Richardville
  45.   Lizzie Lindsey Palmer
  46.   Thomas ‘Harley’ Palmer
  47.   Charles S. Welch
  48.   Sophia Roubidoux Bluejacket Goodboo LaFalier
  49.   Mary Shapp Wea Buck Daugherty
  50.   Frank Buck, Jr.
  51.   Susan Crawfish
  52.   Luella Isadore Crawfish Beaver Quapaw Wilson
  53.   Peter Shapp
  54.   Lizzie Davis Thompson McCoontz
  55.   Susan Bigleg Benjamin Medicine
  56.   Isadora Labadie Smith
  57.   Frank D. Aveline
  58.   Rose Ann Bertrand Mahiner Kishco Keah
  59.   Lizzie Mahiner Gokey
  60.   Joseph Kishco
  61.   Mary Louise Richardville Pooler
  62.   Francis C. ‘Frank’ Pooler
  63.   Louis David Pooler
  64.   Rose Ann Richardville Demo
  65.   Charles M. Demo
  66.   Edward G. Harris