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Okunzhewug

Female - 1827


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  • Name Okunzhewug 
    Born
    • She was born in Indian lands, Michigan Territo.
    Gender Female 
    Died 1827  Clover Portage, Michigan Territory, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "In the summer of 1827, Okunzhewug, an old woman, the wife of Kishkemun, the
      principal chief of Torch Lake (Lac du Flambeau), a man superannuated and blind,
      attended the treaty of Butte des Morts, bearing her husband's medal. She was
      treated with the respect due to the character she represented, and ample
      presents were direected to be given to her; among other things a handsome hat.
      The latter article had been requested of her by a young Menomonie, and refused.
      It is thought a general feeling of jealousy was excited by her good reception.
      A number of the Menomonies went on her return route as far as the Clover
      Portage, where she was last seen. Having never returned to her village, the
      Chippewas attributed her death to the Menomonies. Her husband died soon
      after; but she had numerous and influential relatives to avenge her real of
      supposed murder. This is the account delivered by the Chippewas, and it is
      corroborated by reports from the traders of that section of the country. Her
      singular disappearance and secret death at the Clover Portage, is undisputed;
      and whether caused or not by any agency of the Menomonies, the belief of such
      agency, and that of the most direct kind, is fixed in the minds of the
      Chippewas, and has furnished the basis of their subsequent acts in relation to
      the Menominie hunting-parties who have visited the lower part of Chippewa
      River. Two women belonging to one of these parties were killed be a Chippewa
      war-party traversing that part of the country the ensuing year. The act was
      disclaimed by them as not being intentional, and it was declared they supposed
      the women to be Sioux. On a close inquiry, however, I found the persons who
      committed this act were relatives of Okunzewug, which renders it probable that
      the murder was intentionally perpetrated..."
      !Source #2: (for location) Treaty with the Chippewa, etc., 1827. ...Concluded
      at the Butte des Morts, on Fox river, in the Territory of Michigan,...
    Person ID I39528  Freeman-Smith
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 

    Family Stone) Keesh-ke-mum (Sharpened,   b. Racine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1827, Lac du Flambeau, Vilas, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1760  Lac de Flambeau, Michigan Territory, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mons-o-bo-douh
     2. Crow) Waub-ish-gaug-aug-e (White Raven or White,   b. 1765, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1847, Lac du Flambeau, Vilas, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F19533  Group Sheet


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