I'm researching someone we believe to have been a Kaw Orphan.
She was born about 1858-1860 and orphaned 1862-1864. She used the "white" name Martha Ellen Lekey/Leakey/Leeky. We believe she was connected somehow to a Thomas and or John Leakey of Council Grove Kansas.
Since I'm not having much luck researching this in Kansas and since the Kaw were removed to Kay County, Oklahoma, I'm hoping someone down there may be able to help.
She most likely went to the Quaker Manual Labor School sometime between 1863-1867. So far we've been unable to find the records for that school.
She might have been a (distant) relative of Thomas or John Leakey. Since she has the same last name and is living with someone believed to be a relative of the Leakey's in 1870, we think either Thomas or John Leakey was her guardian.
Other related surnames of the Leakey's were: Davis, Hart, Walker,Lambert, Cummins/Cummings, Roberts,Pool and possibly Dunlap, Snodgrass and or Scott.
Thomas Leakey ran a grocery store in Council Grove in 1868 in the McGeorge residence in Council Grove Kansas. He and his son John bought some of the Kaw land north of Council Grove. Upper Short Creek runs diagonally thru both pieces of land. Thomas Leakey closed the grocery in 1869 and moved out to the claim. They deeded the Kaw land to a Sarah A. Roberts (wife of Pascal Roberts) and sold a piece to a Jacob Morris in 1880. The notary public on those land records was Porter S. Roberts.
Thomas Leakey sued the estate of Seth Hays, the trader to the Kaw in 1875 to collect an unpaid debt, so he had obviously done business with him.
Thomas Leakey and his wife Anna are shown on the 1870 census
living next door to the James Scott family and in the Scott home is a Samuel/Lemuel Snodgrass. The Quaker Mission buildings (for the Kaw Tribe) were built on what was known as the R. O. Scott farm.
One of Thomas Leakey's daughters married a man named Cummins/Cummings in Marion or Adams County Iowa. It couldn't have been Richard Cummins the Government Agent in Kansas due to other info.
There were 2 James Cummings who were Kaw and fought and died in the Civil War. The first was survived by a son born in 1861 named Shin-guh-shin-guh. The second was survived by a sister born 1860 named Pah-mo-chu-ah-la. I don't know if there is any connection between the Kaw Cummings and the Cummings family Thomas Leakey's daughter married or not, but I suppose there is some possibility if a Cummings relative somewhere married into the Kaw tribe.
Thomas Leakey's daughter Susan married a man named Hart and 2 of his brothers married women named WALKER. The blacksmith for the Kaw in 1836 was Elias M. Walker. Both Hart's and Walkers were related to the Daniel Morgan Boone family. Daniel Morgan Boone was government farmer for the Kaw in Jefferson County Kansas prior to the tribe moving to Morris County Kansas.
Thomas Leakey was from England. In 1880 he is shown in Council Grove with his two Grandson's John and William Pool. Our orphan is living with a Horatio Pool, a trapper from Ohio in Nodaway County Missouri in 1870 and there appears to be a second orphan living in that home named Ella Albertson(?). Thomas Leakey owned land in Nodaway County MO and his son Valentine Leakey is living in Nodaway County MO in 1870. Yet, Martha is not living with the Leakey's. The Pool's never adopt her either.
One of the Quaker Missionaries to the Shawnee tribe in 1857 was a John Pool and a James Pool was the blacksmith to the Shawnee about the same time. Horatio Pool in Nodaway County is living next door to a Harrison Davis whose sons are Hiram and Harden. According to Louise Barry's book THE BEGINNING OF THE WEST, Hardin/Harmon Davis and James Pool were gunsmiths and blacksmiths to the Delaware-Shawnee Agency in 1832.
The same names seem to surround this orphan and the Kaw tribe and or other tribes. According to her daughter, Martha Ellen Leakey,the orphan, was full blood Kaw. The 1887 census of the Kaw does not include a "Martha Ellen Leakey". I am working to get earlier census records on the Kaw but I only have what we believe to be her white name: Martha Ellen Leakey.
With years of research on this I seem to be close but unable to make a final connection. I'd appreciate any help or suggestions.
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