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"Chief Johnny Big Tree" NA film actor may have posed for the "Indian Head" nickel

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"Chief Johnny Big Tree" NA film actor may have posed for the "Indian Head" nickel

Dan Brown (View posts)
Posted: 1148365152000
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I’m hoping someone can find a obit or other information (1920 & 1930 census records) on Isaac Johnny John or Johns, aka, “Chief Johnny Big Tree”, my distant cousin, a Native American actor (Seneca ?) born 15 June 1889 and died 6 Jul 1967 on the Onandaga Indian Reservation (south of Syracuse) in New York. I can’t find him in the US SSDI. I’m hoping to get a death certificate for him if I had his SSN.

If he died on the Reservation and is buried there, What is the name of the cemetery ? Are there any on-line index for NA cemeteries in NY? I would also like to have a pix of his tombstone, if there is one.

From All Movie Guide: Best known for having posed for artist Robert Fraser's famous Indian head nickel, Chief John Big Tree (real name Isaac John) enjoyed a screen career lasting 1915-1950. Among his countless Westerns, large and small, Big Tree played important roles in the controversial The Spirit of '76 (1917) and such epics as The Big Trail (1930), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide

Chief Big Tree can be 'googled' to see his list of films and brief bios.

Sincerely grateful for any info

Dan in Oregon
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