Posted By BrokenClaw on January 16, 2007
Members of the combined Chippewa and Munsee tribes posed for this photograph in front of the Moravian Mission (white clapboard barely visible in the background) in Ottawa, Kansas, on 8 November 1900. It is the last record of their people as a group, coinciding with the final disbursement of federal funds.
The original version of this photo comes from the collection of the Kansas State Historical Society. It was published along with an article about the Chippewa-Munsee in Kansas History, vol. 6(4), in 1983. The digital scan for this website was provided by the Clio Caleb Church family. This particular copy of the photo had numbers painted on the individuals several years later for identification, reportedly done by Joseph Romig, the Moravian missionary. The version of the photo shown here has been painstakingly retouched by this researcher in order to remove the numbers in an attempt to recreate the original photograph.
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- Also available is the full-size, unretouched photo (1.22 MBytes).
Back Row: Oscar McCoonse, Frank Grinnell, William McCoonse, Anderson Spooner, Charles Spooner, Henry McCoonse, Ona Grinnell, [unknown male], Harry Bittenbender, Peter Herron, Nicodemus Hurr, John Plake, Clinton Plake, George Elliott, Bruce Plake
Middle Section: Mrs. Thomas Lewis, William Donohoe, Julia (Davis) Jones, Emeline Herron, Julia Ann (McCoonse) Bittenbender, Matilda Herron, William Kilbuck, Jane Ellen Donohoe, Henrie Donohoe, Mary Alice McCoonse, Mary Ann Herron, Rosa Ann (McCoonse) Grinnell, Anna (Spencer) Donohoe with infant, Katy Veix, [unknown male], James Donohoe, Mary Catherine (Keecheninnee) Neff holding Dudley Neff, George Veix, Edith (Romig) Kilbuck, ? Plake, Rev. Joseph Romig, [unknown female], Sabilla Ellen Plake, Josephine (Caleb) Grinnell, Theresa (Donohoe) Blackburn, John Thomas, Mary Ann (Levey) Kilbuck, [unknown female], Joseph Kilbuck, Ma-ko-se-to, ? Plake, ? Plake, C. Murphy (agent), [unknown female], Mrs. Ellen Ma-ko-se-to, [unknown male], Ellen (Crone) Samuel, Alice (Walker) Caleb, ? Plake, Minnie (Marks) Elliott, Elizabeth (Wilson) Spooner, [unknown female, possibly Sarah Whitedeer]
Front Section, seated and kneeling: Robert McCoonse, William Caleb holding Albert Caleb, Rufus Caleb, Grace (Baker) Caleb, [unknown male child], Francis Plake, Jacob Gokey, Josephine (Wilcoxon) Plake, [unknown male child], Lewis Thomas, [unknown female child], [unknown female child], Julia Veix, Cora Veix, Joab Samuel, Sabilla (Caleb) Elliott, Charles Elliott, Frederick Elliott, James Elliott, Ignatius Caleb, [unknown male, possibly holding Anna Whitedeer].
Identification of the individuals in the photograph was compiled from two sources:
- An incomplete index written several years later by Rev. Joseph Romig;
copy in the possession of the Donohoe family.
- An incomplete index written many years later by Matilda McCoonse Lantis;
copy in the possession of George Cannon.
All of the tribal members in this photo are included in my Genealogy Database.