1850 Exemptions

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In the October 27 blog post, we noted that contractor Alexis Coquillard brought a second group of Myaamiaki to the reservation west of the Mississippi in 1847. By the spring of 1848, some of the Myaamiaki on the second Removal returned to Indiana again and never left. They were legally exempted in 1850. We will learn more about the 1850 exemptions in the December blog post.

Using letters, records and genealogical information, Myaamia citizen John Bickers compiled the following list of those Myaamiaki who were legally permitted to remain in Indiana. In these lists of Myaamiaki and throughout these blog posts, linguist David Costa has verified that Myaamia names are written with current spellings, whenever possible.

Amehkoonsa’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish Name
AmehkoonsaSeek

Amehkoonsihkwa’s Family (aka Benjamin Family)

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
Amehkoonsihkwa
MeehkwaahkonankaBenjamin
WaapeehsipanaCharles Benjamin
AwansaapiaDixon Benjamin
WaakihšinkaJames Benjamin
Eepihsahkwa*Peconga Sassaquah White Clay
Peehkaahkosihkwa
Ma-so-kuah*
NaweekaapwaFrancis Geboe
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Langlois Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
KinooseensaPeter Langlois
Julia Ann LangloisJackson
Emily Jane Langlois
Peter Leander Langlois
Pamelia Lane LangloisMowbray
Francis Marion Langlois
Elizabeth Alice LangloisAdams
Elisabeth LangloisAllen Hedson
Nancy Ann AllenJackson

Mahkateehsipana’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
Meesancihkwa
PakankiaJackson Cotesipin
CiinkwiaPeter Cotesipin
ŠowaapinamwaJames Cotesipin
Pakihšinohkwa
Wah-pa-ke-ke-quah*SusanWhite
LenipinšihsaJoseph White
WaapimaankohkwaLucy WhiteWard
WaapipinšiaGeorge Washington
PakankihkwaGodfroy Kilecomequah
Kileekamika*
MaayaahkwiaGeorge Kilecomequah
Lenipinšihkwa
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Mahkateemaankwa’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish Name
Mahkateemaankwa
Ka-pap-seh-no-qua*
WaapeehsipanaJackson “Coon” Bundy
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Misihkwa’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
Misihkwa
Seekaahkweeta
Ke-qua-nok-quam-qua*Nancy MazequahLavoncher
MihtekonsehkwaJane MazequahLavoncher
Kihcikamihkwa
KatakimaankohkwaMary Lasalle-MazequahGodfroy
WaakihšinkaJames Mazequah
AahsansamhkwaSarah Mazequah
KatakimaankwaGeorge Mazequah
Waapiinkweeta
MaankoonsihkwaLouise Godfroy
Ke-paw-caw-co-ze-quah*
WiikapimišaElizabeth
Ke-paw-caw-co-ze-quah*Mary FrancesStitt
LenipinšihkwaWalker
Waakaahkonanka
AtehkonaThomas G. Walker
AahkoleehkwaSarah WalkerCharters
MihtekonsehkwaWalker
SiipiihkwaMary Ann WalkerFish
WaapimaankwaWalker
MihšahkatwaMongosa
SeekaahkohkwaMongosa
Se-qua-la-ze-zuck-quah*Moses Mongosa
MaankoonsihkwaFrances MongosaMiller
MihšihkinaahkwaJames Mongosa
KaapeenohkwaNancy NongosaVotra
Mihšiinkweemiša
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Mihtekwahkia’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
MihtekwahkiaCoesse
MihtekonsehkwaMary Louisa
PeehkaahkosihkwaLouisa CoesseStitt
MihtekonsehkwaElizabeth CoesseVotra
William Coesse

Oonseentia’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
OonseentiaJohn Osandiah
KiišikohkwaJosephine WildcatOsandiah
SaakacaahkwaOsandiah
KiipinamwaJohn Miller

Pinšiwa’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
PinšiwaWildcat
Waapankihkwa
Alaamhkihkamohkwa
PankihšinohkwaMary AvelineWitt
Wah-pin-ke-tah*Nancy WildcatLafontaine Mongosa
PeehkaahkosihkwaPolly WildcatMongosa Bruell
LenipinšihkwaSarah BlackloonKoontz
Minooteena
Ke-pa-ka-qua*
Mihtekonsehkwa
Nkotikaapwa
MihšiiweensaGeorge Taylor-Wildcat
Awanoonsa
* This name was poorly recorded, and as a result, we do not know what it means or how to spell it using the modern spelling system.

Šowapinamwa’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish NameMarried Surname(s)
KiilhsohkwaMargaretOwl Revarre
NaweekosihkwaElizabethFroman
AwanohkamihkwaMary RevarreTaylor
WaapimaankwaAnthony Revarre
PiitootankaGodfroy
KatakimaankohkwaZoe Angelique GodfroyWalker

Waapimaankwa’s Family

Myaamia NameEnglish Name
WaapimaankwaWhite Loon

Additional information about the individuals named in the tables above is available in a Google Spreadsheet for viewing.

The next blog post on October 29 will provide a list of Myaamiaki who had become American citizens.


Post written by Diane Hunter, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Diane can be contacted at dhunter@miamination.com.


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