The Swan Creek and Black River Band Chippewa and the Christian Munsee had a diverse history which eventually led to their coexistence on a tiny rectangle of twelve square miles in Franklin County, Kansas, hundreds of miles from their ancestral homelands.

Table of Contents

  • Chippewa-Munsee Genealogy Introduction
    The Chippewa-Munsee genealogy database includes members, ancestors, and descendants of the Kansas Chippewa and Munsee, who shared a reservation in northeast Kansas during the latter half of the nineteenth century.
  • Chippewa-Munsee Genealogy Database
    An interactive web application that allows users to search names, find facts, and follow the family lines associated with the Chippewa-Munsee tribe, hosted by
  • History of the Kansas Munsee
    The Munsee were the northernmost division of the Delaware Indians, living in the area where present-day Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York meet. During the Colonial period, this group followed the teachings of the Moravian missionaries, and over time migrated to southern Ontario. In 1839, a small group of them joined other Delaware in Kansas, and from that point on, the Kansas Munsee were a distinct band with their own identity.
  • Moravian Mission Archives
    Much of what we know about the early history of the Munsee comes from the records of the Moravian missionaries, most of which were written in German script. In the 1950′s, Carl John Fleigel, a research assistant at the Moravian archives, began a monumental undertaking to read and index the documents.
  • Munsee Census of 1859
    A census of the Munsee who were moving from Leavenworth County to the new reservation in Franklin County, coinciding with the Treaty of 1859.
  • Ignatius Caleb
    Biographical sketch of the tribal leader, from his birth in Ontario, French Canada, to his efforts to have the Munsee join the Cherokee, to his quiet retirement among the tribal lands in Franklin County, KS.
  • Munsee Agreement with the Cherokee
    In the summer of 1868, Ignatius Caleb and Moses Kilbuck traveled to Cherokee Nation territory to try to move their dwindling tribe into a confederation with the Cherokee.
  • Chippewa-Munsee Allotment
    An example of allotment and the complicated heirships that result.
  • Chippewa-Munsee Enrollment
    The final enrollment of the combined Chippewa and Munsee tribes in June 1900.
  • Citizenship : Dissolution of the Tribe
    Reproduction of George Veix’s journal entry defining the tribe’s last official act on 8 November 1900.
  • Chippewa-Munsee Photo
    Members of the combined Chippewa and Munsee tribes posed for this photograph in front of the Moravian Mission in Ottawa, Kansas, on that same day. It is the last group record of their people.
  • Remembering RoMere Darling
    Biographical sketch, including family history, Hollywood career, and later years of our cousins’ cousin, RoMere Darling, a descendant of the Potawatomie and Chippewa.


The bibliography for my research is listed on the References page.

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