Person: Francis Godfroy, Myaamia Name: Palaanswa

  • Nationality: Myaamia
    Family Group:
  • ID: 94
    Gender: male
    Date of Birth: Knw 03-07-1788
    Location of Birth: Kiihkayonki
    Date of Death: Knw 05-01-1840
    Location of Death: Peru
  • Biography/Notes:
    Francis Godfroy was born in 1788, the son of Saakacaahkwa and Jacques Godfroy, a French merchant operating in Kiihkahyonki (what became Fort Wayne) and Detroit. Palaanswa's primary community was at the mouth of the Mississinewa River, where he established his family and trading contacts in the years after the War of 1812. His business and political acumen made him an influential akima, and he was elected a war chief in his later years. Known as a large man, images of Palaanswa indicate his somewhat genteel personal style. For a time, he seems to have spent time between his eastern reserve lands near the Ohio border and his more permanent home at Mount Pleasant near Peru, Indiana. He died in 1840 and is buried with family in the Godfroy Cemetery in Miami County, Indiana.
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Birth

March 7, 1788

Kiihkayonki

1818 Treaty at St. Mary's

October 6, 1818

Articles of a treaty made and concluded, at St. Mary's, in the State of Ohio, between Jonathan Jennings, Lewis Cass, and Benjamin Parke, Commissioners of the United States, and the Miame nation of Indians. ARTICLE 1. The Miami nation of Indians cede to the United States the following tract of country: Beginning at the Wabash river, where the present Indian boundary line crosses the same, near the mouth of Raccoon creek; thence, up the Wabash river, to the reserve at its head, near Fort Wayne; ...


1826 Treaty at the Mississinewa

October 23, 1826

TREATY WITH THE MIAMI, 1826. Oct. 23, 1826. | 7 Stat., 300. | Proclamation, Jan. 24, 1827. Articles of a treaty made and concluded, near the mouth of the Mississinewa, upon the Wabash, in the State of Indiana, this twenty-third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six, between Lewis Cass, James B. Ray, and John Tipton, Commissioners on the part of the United States, and the Chiefs and Warriors of the Miami Tribe of Indians. ARTICLE 1. The Miami Tr...


1834 Treaty at the Forks of the Wabash

October 23, 1834

TREATY WITH THE MIAMI, 1834. Oct. 23, 1834. | 7 Stat., 458. | 7 Stat., 463. | Proclamation, Dec. 22, 1837. Articles of a treaty between the United States and the Miami tribe of Indians, concluded at the Forks of the Wabash, in the State of Indiana, on the 23d day of October, 1834, by and between William Marshall, commissioner of the United States, and the chiefs and warriors of said tribe. ARTICLE 1. The Miami tribe of Indians agree to cede to the United States the following described t...


1838 Treaty at the Forks of the Wabash

November 6, 1838

TREATY WITH THE MIAMI, 1838. Nov. 6, 1838. | 7 Stat., 569. | Proclamation, Feb. 8, 1839. Articles of a treaty made and concluded at the Forks of the Wabash in the State of Indiana, between the United States of America, by her Commissioner Abel C. Pepper, and the Miami tribe of Indians on the sixth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty-eight. ARTICLE 1. The Miami tribe of Indians hereby cede to the United States all that tract of land lying south of the Waba...


Death

May 1, 1840

Peru