Name: Mary Jane Halfhill
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
Tribe 1/2 Wyandot (Upper Sandusky)
Ethnicity 1/2 Wyandot Indian, 1/4 German, 1/4 English
Note: Mary was not enrolled on the 1896 Olive Roll as some descendants believed. Her uncle Thomas Hill was enrolled on the Olive Roll for Absentee Wyandotte Indians. He is buried in the Huron Cemetery in downtown Kansas City, 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 stool to put her feet on because they wouldn't reach the floor. She was well educated at the Mission Schools.
Lena did "Grandma's" work and had to dust every room thoroughly every Saturday. The old lady had a whole bunch of Kewpie dolls made of chocolate that set on the organ which had many little shelves on it. And they were on end tables, etc. Lena said she was always hungry when she was there as they didn't waste money on extra food for kids. They ate after Wm. Benjamin and Grandma finished if there was anything to eat. So one day Le na couldn' tcontrol her urge and she bit a tiny piece off the thumb of one of the dolls. It sat on a remote organ shelf and she thought " granma" 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 Halfhill Barber did not like people to know she was of Indian heritage because of the times. But when some family members kidingly decided to tell others that she was a Negro, a word used at that time, Grandma changed her mind and told people she was an Indian and then proceded to relate stories of her Indian up bringing at Sandusky, Ohio.
Authors Note: Based upon the available data, I do not believe she was a Sauk Indian but Huron (Wyandot) as related by her granddaughter Ellen Olive Barber-Hull (additionally her uncle Thomas Hill was enrolled on the 1896 Olive roll for Absentee Wyandotte Indians in Kansas). Although the area they lived in was at one time a Sauk area, it was well over 100 years before her birth and had been occupied by pro British tribes (including t he Wyandot) for several years. From where she was born and settlement records as well as Mission School records, she was part of the Wyandots that migrated to the Upper Sandusky area in northern Ohio near the Michigan border. Her family may have had ties to the Anderdon Band near Flint, Michigan. This corresponds to the data provided by Ellen Barber-Hull and her brother Albert Barber. The Halfhill family (of German descent Halberger/Hansberger) were centered in eastern Ohio coming from Pennsylvania. They lived near the Delaware Indians in Ohio and traveled west into Ohio from Pennsylvania at about the same time as the Delawares. There are no family history of ties to the Delawares however. To further support the Wyandot oral history in the family is the refernces to Mission Schools, which the English had among the Wyandots, but not among the Sac and Fox. The French had tried to introduce Catholic missionaries but these failed. Additionally, at the time of her birth, the Sauk were living near the Mississippi on the Illinois/Iowa border with some bands north into Wisconsin. They were also hated by the Wyandot, Ottawa and Miami. It would have been fool hardy to bring a half Sauk child to attend a mission school with numbers of "enemy" tribal children attending. This would have only produced violence. Therefore, until I can see the data that Charmion Campbell has to document Sauk blood, I am leaving the data as told to me by Ellen Hull and Albert Barber. JCT 3/10/01
Other Sources: Wyandott Indian Mission, Upper Sandusky, Ohio (Heritage Landmark of The United Methodist Church)
*Note: Mrs. Herman Kutz states in a book on Woods County, Oklahoma, that Mary died in Woods County and not in Havilah, Kansas as previously recorded. Alva Public Library, Alva, Oklahoma.
Father: Abraham Halfhill b: 1794
Mother: Wendat Indian Woman Hill b: ABT 1815 in Wyandot Tribal Lands (Wayne County, Michigan)
William Benjamin Barber b: 7 AUG 1828 in Fowler, Trumbull County, Ohio
- Frederick Lasher Barber
- Hannah Barber b: ABT 1859 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
- Nancy L. Barber b: ABT 1860 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
- Zeddick Garner Barber b: 4 MAY 1861 in Ripley, Brown County, Ohio
- Hiram Barber b: 1865 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
- Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Barber b: 25 MAY 1867 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
- William H. Barber b: 1869 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio
- James Edward Barber b: 17 JUN 1871 in Felicity, Adams County, Ohio