Person: Mary Bridget Geboe

  • Nationality: Myaamia
    Family Group: Geboe
  • ID: 2574
    Gender: Female
    Date of Birth: Knw 10-01-1853
    Location of Birth: Adrian, Michigan
    Date of Death: Knw 10-01-1853
    Location of Death: N/A
  • Biography/Notes:
    Mary B. Leonard was born to Moses and Mary (Roubidoux) Leonard in Adrian, Michigan. Her family appears to have settled in Michigan for a period of time before the removal of the Myaamia from Indiana, but then moved southwest to join their relatives in Kansas in the 1860s. Mary was married to David Geboe by Thomas Richardville on October 3, 1869. According to family legend, upon their arrival in Indian Territory, they camped along the Spring River on the Quapaw land before building a permanent home on their allotment. One story is told that while they were there, some Indians from a tribe unfamiliar to them came along. Not being able to communicate with them well, Mary became afraid they would steal her baby, but it soon became apparent that they were only looking for food. After settling on their allotted land, David Geboe became known as a successful farmer, and “Grandma” Geboe was an enterprising business woman. She took in laundry to earn money, and at one time created a cattle dip and charged ranchers by the head to run their cattle through. Their allotment land and farmhouse passed through five generations of the Geboe family before the Miami Nation purchased it, restored the original portion of the house, and included it on the Tribal Historic Properties Register in 2014.
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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congressa ssembled, That the provisions of chapter One hundred and Nineteen of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty seven, entitled "An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations,and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes," are hereby declared to extend to and are made app...


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