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Seeking Shawnee Tribal descendants(TECUMSEH) relatives

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Re: Tecumseh and Tecumapease decendants

Posted: 1015904089000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1109620490000
Surnames: Tecumapease, Collins, Full, Shepard, Staats, Hartley
From the writings of Harold Somerville Vol. 1 :

"Many traditions, relative to the ancestry of Jane Collins, have been recited from generation to generation. These legends, strengthened by documentary evidence, came from various parts of the united states, and from as many branches of the Full family, carry the same interesting story, leading to a definite conclusion that the ancestry of Jane Collins were of those who carried the bow and arrow and wielded the tomahawk. The first American citizens. These traditions bear the information that her mother was of the Shawnee tribe and a sister to the great chief Tecumseh, being the eldest of a family of seven, one daughter and six sons." (Note: this may be incorrect. Tecumapease may not have been the eldest, I thought her brother Chisika was the oldest)

"From Odin, Illinois, James G. McKee writes, "Jane (Collins) Full was a niece to Tecumseh and the mother of Lewis Full's children. Uncle Joe Full never denied his Indian blood but seemed proud of it."

note: according to the book, children of Pucksinwah and Methotasa, (Tecumseh's parents) were, Tecumopeas, Chesetau, Sauwaseekay, Tecumseh, Kumekaukau, and Nehaseemo. In history there are various spellings of each of these names.

According to Harold's book, in 1750 Tecumopeas was one year old.

A man named Stephen Ruddell was taken prisoner on the licking river during a Shawnee raid, he was adopted by Pukesheno’s (Pucksinwah) family at the age of six, being only a few months younger than Tecumseh, they became lifelong friends."

In the book "The History of Wood County, West Virginia, 1980", under the "Sheppard Family" it states that "Samuel Sheppard 1803 MD - 1872 . . . In 1823 he married Amelia Full 1893 - 1876, daughter of Lewis Full, born 1765, and Jane Collins Full, born 1768, who came from Potomac Valley to settle Full's Fork in 1818. Jane was daughter of Rupert and Tecumopeas Collins, born 1749. Tecumopeas was sister of Tecumseh 1768 - 1813, and daughter of Shawnee Chief Pukeshenwa, who died at (battle of) Point Pleasant 1774, and wife, former Mary Iaac 1728 - 1823, who was kidnapped because of her red hair, at age 5. Her father, Fredericke Iaac, born in Holland 1680, died 1799 in the Potomac Valley

Articles which appeared in the Wirt County Journal on the following dates in 1943: July 2, 9, 16, 23; August 6, 13, (20?). These articles were written by Harold Somerville under his pen name of "Tommie Sewell".

"The father of this famous family was Pukesheno, a name signifying, 'I light from flying'. He was a chief of more than passing fame, having won his laurels of Braddock's Defeat in 1755 while fighting under chief Black Hoof. The mother was Methelashe, a name signifying 'a turtle laying her eggs in the sand'. She was a Cherokee and is described as a woman of strong character and ability. Pukesheno was born prior to 1730. - (my note: Methelashe, aka, Methotasa, wasn't Cherokee, she was formally Marguerite Mary Iaac, daughter of Frederick Iaac, who was kidnapped by a band of indians when she was a child. The Cherokee ended up with her and raised her, then the Shawnee captured her. That explains why Tecumseh was able to walk into a white mans camp, or town, dressed in white mans clothing and not be detected as an indian, and why he and his siblings went against the Shawnee tradition of torturing their captives.)

My Notes: Tecumapease was married twice, Her first husband died before their son was born, and her second husband divorced her. At one time she took off with a french trader but Tecumseh went after her and forced her to go back to her people. If she married Rupe Collins she would have been in her late forties when this happened. Not all of Sommervilles writings are accurate, I found many discrepancies.

"Virgil A. Lewis in his description of the battle speaks of Pukesheno was the 'noblest warrior of them all who perished on that fateful day. The bodies were left to decay on the ground, exposed to the birds and beasts of prey. The mountain eagle, lord of the feathered race, from his lofty flight, with piercing eye, surveyed the feast prepared for his use. The gaunt wolf, grim tyrant of the wilderness, paused in his midnight revelry to howl a funeral dirge.'

Tecumseh married the Peckuwe Maiden, monetohse, and had a son, Mah-yaw-we-kaw-pa-we. Tecumseh divorced her and let his sister, Tecumapease care for the son. He married a second time, but I don't remember her name, or the name of the son they had together. She died shortly after childbirth.

Jane Collins married into the Full family, and their decendants are the Andersons, Staats, Shepards, and Hartleys.

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