Person: Mary Adeline Billington, Myaamia Name: Maankoonsihkwa

  • Nationality: Myaamia
    Family Group: Billington-Dollar
  • ID: 2669
    Gender: Female
    Date of Birth: Year 1853
    Location of Birth: N/A
    Date of Death: Knw 12-18-1933
    Location of Death: N/A
  • Biography/Notes:
    Mary Adeline was the daughter of John Baptiste Boure, Jr., and Roseann Geboe, the sister of Chief David Geboe. Family stories say that John Boure, Jr., left for better opportunities on the western frontier in the late 1850s and was never heard from again. Mary Adeline's mother, Roseann, later married John Sharkey and had one other son. Mary Adeline married Winchell Theo- dore Dollar, a Dutch immigrant, in about 1868 while still in Kansas. They had several children, but only two, Theodore and Silver, lived out of childhood. Mary Adeline divorced Mr. Dollar and married Asariah Billington in about 1883. They had four more children: Addie, Milton Howard, Rose Ann, and Frank. All told, by 1900, Mary Adeline had given birth to 13 children, but only 6 were then living. After a life of such hardship and loss, it is easy to believe the family stories that portray Mary Adeline as a “feisty” woman, handy with a pipe and shotgun.
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Mary Adeline in chair. Photo courtesy Brooke Evans Eastburn


Year 1853

1854 Treaty at Washington

June 5, 1854

Treaty with The Miami. June 5, 1854 Articles of agreement and convention made and concluded at the city of Washington, this fifth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four, between George W. Manypenny, commissioner on the part of the United States, and the following-named delegates representing the Miami tribe of Indians, viz: Nah-we-lan-quah, or Big Legs; Ma-cat-a-chin-quah, or Little Doctor; Lan-a-pin-cha, or Jack Hackley; So-ne-lan-gish-eah, or John Bowrie; and Wan-zop-e-ah; th...

1889 Allotment

March 2, 1889

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...


December 18, 1933