Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian genealogy of Canada and Alaska

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  • ID: I32923
  • Name: Helen Alice JAMES
  • Given Name: Helen Alice
  • Surname: James
  • Sex: F
  • _UID: 04BF128F53B642428DFA93DCF449A4491184
  • Change Date: 5 NOV 2016
  • Note:
    This individual was identified by the death certificate of Hattie James, Alaska Vital Statistics, 1929.

    This person was a resident of Kake, AK.

    Name: Chester James
    Titles and Terms:
    Event Type: Census
    Event Year: 1930
    Event Place: Petersburg, First Judicial District, Alaska, United States
    District: 0016
    Gender: Male
    Age: 34
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: Indian
    Race (Original): Indian
    Relationship to Head of Household: Head
    Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
    Birth Year (Estimated): 1896
    Birthplace: Thlinget
    Immigration Year:
    Father's Birthplace: Thlinget
    Mother's Birthplace: Thlinget
    Sheet Number and Letter: 2B
    Household ID: 15
    Line Number: 27
    Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Affiliate Publication Number: T626
    Affiliate Film Number: 2626
    GS Film number: 2342360
    Digital Folder Number: 004661299
    Image Number: 00485

    Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
    Chester James Head M 34 Thlinget
    Lizzie James Wife F 38 Thlinget
    Martha James Daughter F 11 Thlinget
    Chester James Jr. Son M 6 Thlinget
    Olive M James Daughter F 8 Thlinget
    Neta James Daughter F 1 Thlinget She was 1 year 4/12 on 12 Oct 1929.
    William James Nephew M 20 Thlinget
    Helen James Niece F 19 Thlinget
    Frank James Nephew M 7 Thlinget
    Thelma James Niece F 4 Thlinget
    Paul Thomas Stepson M 25 Thlinget
    James Thomas Stepson M 21 Thlinget

    This Tlingit family were residents of Kake, AK.

    Citing this Record:
    "United States Census, 1930," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> ( : accessed 20 Jul 2014), Chester James, Petersburg, First Judicial District, Alaska, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0016, sheet 2B, family 15, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2626.

    This person was identified by the death certificate of Harold Leroy Brown, Alaska Vital Statistics, 1936 as Mrs. Helen Brown.

    She and her husband, Kelly Brown, were residents of her father's home in Kake, AK at the time of the 1940 BIA village census.

    Her maiden name and date of birth were obtained from the 1946 BIA village census at Kake, AK.

    She was 4/4 Alaska native.

    She was a widow.

    This individual was identified by the death certificate of Paddy Skeek, Alaska Vital Statistics, 1955 as Mrs. Helen Skeek.

    This person was a resident of Kake, AK in 1989. Juneau Empire, 9 Aug 1989

    Her surname was Skeek.

    The following was obtained from the Anchorage Daily News, 19 Feb 2010.

    Helen Alice Skeek, 99, of the Eagle, Wasinadii clan, died peacefully Feb. 17, 2010, at her home in Anchorage. A service will be at noon today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with Pastor George Harkness presiding. A second service will be held later in Kake. She was born July 25, 1910, in Kake, where she lived until moving to Anchorage recently for necessary health care, but her heart was always in Kake. In addition to raising her large family, Gram Helen was a cannery worker, homemaker aide and Head Start teacher, working well into her 70s. She worked hard to provide for her family by preserving her traditional foods, canning and drying fish, picking berries and preparing seal and deer. She was never idle and her hands were always busy doing her crafts: crocheting, knitting, sewing and beading. She was active in the community, participating in Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 10 as a camp mother and lifetime member, the Presbyterian church, choir and Missionary Society, Salvation Army Home Week, Kake Indian Dancers and serving as honorary elder of the Anchorage Tlingit and Haida Dancers. She loved to travel, and one of her most recent trips included traveling across the United States with her three daughters. She was able to see some of her dream trips come to reality when she visited the Statue of Liberty and went to Niagara Falls and Hawaii. Gram Helen was a strong traditional leader and teacher, leading by example. Her faith in the Lord sustained her through her long life and influenced many generations.

    She is survived by her children, Wesley Brown Sr., Wilbur Sr. and Marilyn Brown, Edna Charley, Matthew Sr. and Judy Brown, Mardell Ann and Elmer Tyone, Lucille Clewis, and Wilfred and Nina Skeek; traditionally adopted daughter, Doris Williams; 43 grandchildren; 116 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Hattie (Kadake) James; husbands, Kelly Brown and George Skeek; children, Terrance Brown, Dennis Brown, Charolette Brown and Anthony Clewis Sr.; three infants; and grandchildren, Kelly and Sueann Brown, Gary Charley, Sissy, Nicolai and Anthony Inga, Marty Brown, Allen Tyone, Brice Bonowitz, Daniel Nicolai Jr., A.J. Jackson, Mystic and Jasmine Clewis, and Thomas and Raymond Williams.
  • Birth: 25 JUL 1910 in Kake, Terr. of Alaska, USA
  • Death: 17 FEB 2010 in Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

    Father: Frank JAMES b: 1 SEP 1892 in Ketchikan, Terr. of Alaska, USA
    Mother: Hattie KADAKE b: APR 1895 in Kake, Terr. of Alaska, USA

    Marriage 1 Kelly BROWN b: 20 AUG 1898 in Juneau, Terr. of Alaska, USA
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Living BROWN
    2. Has No Children Harold Leroy BROWN b: 30 SEP 1934 in Kake, Terr. of Alaska, USA
    3. Has No Children Living BROWN
    4. Has Children Living BROWN
    5. Has No Children Terrance BROWN b: 21 AUG 1940 in Kake, Terr. of Alaska, USA
    6. Has No Children Living BROWN
    7. Has No Children Dennis BROWN b: 9 JUL 1944 in Kake, Terr. of Alaska, USA

    Marriage 2 George SKEEK b: 18 MAR 1908 in Kake, Terr. of Alaska, USA
    • Married:
    1. Has No Children Living SKEEK

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