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  • ID: I00993
  • Name: Mary Jane Halfhill
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 9 OCT 1834 in Wyandot Tribal Lands (Wayne County, Michigan)
  • Death: 8 DEC 1922 in Waynoka, Woods County, Oklahoma*
  • Burial: Waynoka Cemetery, Waynoka, Woods County, Oklahoma
  • Event: Tribe 1/2 Wyandot (Upper Sandusky)
  • Event: Ethnicity 1/2 Wyandot Indian, 1/4 German, 1/4 English
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Note:
    Note: Mary was not enrolled on the 1896 Olive Roll as some descendants bel ieved. Her uncle Thomas Hill was enrolled on the Olive Roll for Absentee Wyandotte Indians. He is buried in the Huron Cemetery in downtown Kansas Ci ty, Wyandotte County, Kansas

    Per: Gerald Findley
    Mary Jane Halfhill was a Wyandot (Huron) Indian

    As told by: Charmion Herr Campbell 5/30/96. Mary (Halfhill) Barber was on ly 4'2" and weighed less than 100lbs. (Little Grandma) She carried a sto ol to put her feet on because they wouldn't reach the floor. She was we ll educated at the Mission Schools.

    Lena did "Grandma's" work and had to dust every room thoroughly every Satu rday. The old lady had a whole bunch of Kewpie dolls made of chocolate th at set on the organ which had many little shelves on it. And they we re on end tables, etc. Lena said she was always hungry when she was the re as they didn't waste money on extra food for kids. They ate after Wm. B enjamin and Grandma finished if there was anything to eat. So one day Le na couldn' t control her urge and she bit a tiny piece off the thumb of o ne of the dolls. It sat on a remote organ shelf and she thought " granm a" wouldn't see it; but she did and Lena was beaten by both grandparen ts to teach her not to steal.

    1/7/98 Story related by Charmion Herr Campbell: Grandma Mary Jane Halfhi ll Barber did not like people to know she was of Indian heritage becau se of the times. But when some family members kidingly decided to tell oth ers that she was a Negro, a word used at that time, Grandma changed her mi nd and told people she was an Indian and then proceded to relate stori es of her Indian up bringing.

    Authors Note: Based upon the available data, I do not believe she was a Sa uk Indian but Huron (Wyandot) as related by her granddaughter Ellen Oli ve Barber-Hull (additionally her uncle Thomas Hill was enrolled on the 18 96 Olive roll for Absentee Wyandotte Indians in Kansas). Although the ar ea they lived in was at one time a Sauk area, it was well over 100 years b efore her birth and had been occupied by pro British tribes (including t he Wyandot) for several years. From where she was born and settlement reco rds as well as Mission School records, she was part of the Wyandots that m igrated to the Upper Sandusky area in northern Ohio near the Michigan bord er. Her family may have had ties to the Anderdon Band near Flint, Michiga n. This corresponds to the data provided by Ellen Barber-Hull and her brot her Albert Barber. The Halfhill family (of German descent Halberger/Hansbe rger) were centered in eastern Ohio coming from Pennsylvania. They lived n ear the Delaware Indians in Ohio and traveled west into Ohio from Pennsylv ania at about the same time as the Delawares. There are no family histo ry of ties to the Delawares however. To further support the Wyandot oral h istory in the family is the refernces to Mission Schools, which the Engli sh had among the Wyandots, but not among the Sac and Fox. The French had t ried to introduce Catholic missionaries but these failed. Additionall y, at the time of her birth, the Sauk were living near the Mississip pi on the Illinois/Iowa border with some bands north into Wisconsin. Th ey were also hated by the Wyandot, Ottawa and Miami. It would have been fo ol hardy to bring a half Sauk child to attend a mission school with numbe rs of "enemy" tribal children attending. This would have only produced vio lence. Therefore, until I can see the data that Charmion Campbell has to d ocument Sauk blood, I am leaving the data as told to me by Ellen Hull a nd Albert Barber. JCT 3/10/01

    Other Sources: Wyandott Indian Mission, Upper Sandusky, Ohio (Heritage Lan dmark of The United Methodist Church)

    *Note: Mrs. Herman Kutz states in a book on Woods County, Oklahoma, that M ary died in Woods County and not in Havilah, Kansas as previously recorde d. Alva Public Library, Alva, Oklahoma.

    Father: Abraham Halfhill b: 1794
    Mother: Wyandot Indian Woman Hill b: ABT 1815 in Wyandot Tribal Lands (Wayne County, Michigan)

    Marriage 1 William Benjamin Barber b: 7 AUG 1828 in Fowler, Trumbull County, Ohio
    • Married: 1859 in Ohio
    1. Has Children Frederick Lasher Barber
    2. Has No Children Hannah Barber b: ABT 1859 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
    3. Has No Children Nancy L. Barber b: ABT 1860 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
    4. Has Children Zeddick Garner Barber b: 4 MAY 1861 in Ripley, Brown County, Ohio
    5. Has No Children Hiram Barber b: 1865 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
    6. Has Children Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Barber b: 25 MAY 1867 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
    7. Has No Children William H. Barber b: 1869 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
    8. Has Children James Edward Barber b: 17 JUN 1871 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
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