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Jacco Tackeketah Godfroy (b. 1777, d. 1854)Jacco Tackeketah Godfroy (son of James Gabriel "Jacko" "Captain James" Godfroy and Wea Woman)515 was born 1777 in Indiana / Thorntown Boone Co. / Ouiatenon / OR / Oakhill Danville Illinois.515, and died 1854 in Chester Twp., Wells County, Indiana515.He married Nancy MorningStar Hunter on Bet. 1816 - 1819 in PossibilityPiqua Ohio, or Village of Weauteno (Terre Haute Indiana)515, daughter of Felix Hunter.
Notes for Jacco Tackeketah Godfroy:
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Nationality: (3/4 Indian) Métis -1/2+ Wea Indian, 1/8 Kaskaskia Indian,and 1/16+ French.
Brenda K. Haffner Lindley's 5th great grandfather, 4th great grandfather of Max Haffner, Ray Haffner, and Terry L. Stuff.
Jacco's Wea Indian name was spelled several different ways....
Whichever the case, his Indian name meant...the Tall Oak Tree., or Tall Oak.
Per Dr. Stewart Rafert: About Jacco's Indian name.Metekekekah=Tall Oak.Tekwa = Oak.
Mehtehki ah Kihkwa= Wooden Drum.Rafert also says that Jacco came from the Wea who were in the Kankakee marsh area with the sandhills covered with oak stands, or islands.
Per Ed. Melton:Jacco almost always used the English spelling of Godfroy, which was Godfrey. Jacco or Jocco is French for Jimmy or Jacquot or Jacques.
He was born in one of the 3 places mentioned.His mothers people were said to have come from the Village of Kawiakiungi "Place of Thorns" Thorntown Indiana, and that his mothers peoples village before that was the Old Wea Village now called Oakhill Danville, Illinois.
Jacco Godfroy and his sister Mary live at the Wea Village of Weauteno, Rising Sun, AKA Orchard Town, Terre Haute Indiana. (aka The Lower Wea Village).They lived her prior to the beginning of Indiana Territory, and Jacco was 12 years old AFTER the Ordinance of 1787, and he was 17 years old BEFORE the town of Terre Haute was ever thought of.
Jacco is said to be listed on the French Inhabitant list of 1783 Census of Vincennes Indiana, and it states that a 3 year old boy was living there at the time. However, On the Census of 1850 it list Jacco as 73 years old and born in New Jersey, which makes him born in 1777. My preferred dates of birth is 1777 as census takers usually estimated children ages on the census.
Jacco's principle village was called Weauteno, Rising Sun, aka Old Orchard Town of Wea's, located on the Wabash River at present day Terre Haute Indiana.Jacco still resided in Weauteno in 1791. After 1818 hemoved his people up the Wabash River to a secondary Wea village at the mouth of Sugar Creek. This was Wea Chief Stone Eater's village.They remained here until sometime after 1825.
Wea Chiefs Jacco, Swan, and the Bull's villages and people ranged (claimed the land) from Orchard Town to the Shawnee Prairies.
Old Indian Orchard, known also as Orchard Town, located on the west bank of the Wabash River directly south of the Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, and the Old Burial Ground located at what is now east of 6th Street and south of Wabash Ave.Isaac Ball's first interments were in this old cemetery and he buried people in Woodlawn Cemetery as well.
Jacco received land in Montpelier Indiana, and he remained here for quite sometime.In 1813 he had 400 acres of land. (where? Missouri, Portage des Sioux was one place.)
It is possible that Jacco had some roots or relatives/friends in Kentucky, or further south.Kentucky was a common hunting ground for the Wea and Cherokee, as well as other tribes.
Per: June Haffner.Jacco lived at a little town called Zion in the area of Mount Zion or Poneto.
Before 1827 Jacco & Nancy lived in Darke Co. Ohio, his daughter Mary was born here.
In 1826 Jacco received an allotment from the Government with the Miami's at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pennville was the Old Indian Village Reservation that Jacco also lived at. (With whom? 1/2 Brother Francis ?)
Jacco also lived at the Keystone area for a while, and/or also in Adams Co. Indiana.And possible also in Petroleum Indiana.
Jacco and his family lived on his 1/2 brothers (Miami Chief Francis Godfroy) Reservation land , the Salamonie Reserve in Blackford Co. Indiana, South of Wells Co.They lived there between 1826-1836. After 1836 they moved to Henry Co. Indiana, and after 1846 they moved to Wells Co. Indiana.
IN 1854 the USA merged the Wea, Kaskaskia, Piankeshaw and Peoria Tribes together by the Treaty.According to the US Government the Western Wea are Non-Existence.Jacco's Wea Tribal people did NOT go west, nor did they lay claim to the Treaty of 1854, so the descendants of Jacco are the only remaining Wea by the Treaty of 1832 according to the Government.
Jacco is buried at Rieffsburg, first village south of Bluffton Indiana. Go 1/4 mile, then turn south, and go about 1/2 mile. It is on the west side of the road.Jacco is buried close to the gates. You go in and I think it is on the right side of the gate, there was a stone there a few years ago butit is gone now.Jacco is the only Indian buried there. Jacco died at my Grandpa's house, Mary Godfroy Fuller's house.She is buried 6-7 miles west of there, in Snow Cemetery with John. (Letter from Herb Fuller, Mary's grandson)
Per Ed Melton:Jacco's grave site:Go east out of Rieffsburg, there is only one road, turn south at the first road you come to. It is a gravel road, a short distance down the road there is a cemetery on the right, proceed past the cemetery and past a woods.Immediately past the woods on the right side there is an old orchard and a driveway to a house a few thundered feet off the road.At the entrance to the driveway on the right side is Jacco's grave site. It is now unmarked, there use to be a gate there and his grave site was just inside the gate. ( Ed had been here before. Ed passed away in February 2002.)
Snow Cemetery is near Keystone which is east of Rieffsburg, in Chester TWP. Wells Co. Indiana.Intersection County Road 1000 South and County Road 200 West. Rieffsburg is about 5 miles north of the old Francis Godfroy Reservation in Blackford Co. Francis sold this reservation in 1836.
Rieffsburg in Nottingham Township ???Rieffsburg is at the junction of State Road # 1 and State Road 218.
1. Nov. 24, 1787,Harmar to Knox
On Nov. 5Piankeshaw and Wea's arrived at Post from up the Wabash, 120 of them.12th most of them left the post for their different villages up the Wabash.Their Interpreter(Jacques "Jacko" Godfroy)a 1/2 Frenchman married to a Wea squaw. He has a very great influence among them.
( This interpreter was Jacco's father Jacko.Jacco would have been 10 years old at the time. )
2. Letter from Herb Fuller, Mary Godfroy Fuller's grandson & Jacco's great grandson
3. Dr. Stewart Rafert
4. Ed. Melton
5. Nellie Lee Foust Boxell
6. June W. Boxell Haffner
7. Max W. Haffner
8. Treaty with the Wea 10-26-1809 at Vincennes Indiana Territory
9. Treaty with the Wea & Kickapoo 6-4-1816 at Fort Harrison Indiana Territory
10. E. Y. Guernsey, 1932, rev. ded., Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, 1968 & Ralph W. Stark, Lebanon, 1969? MAP Showing Jacco's Village of Weauteno AKA Jocco's Towne & Old Orchard Town, Terre Haute Indiana.
11. Treaty with the Wea 10-2-1818 at St. Mary's, Indiana
12. History of Vigo & Parke Counties, Beckwith 1880
13. Western Register & Terre Haute Advertiser, Terre Haute & Vigo Co. Indiana 5-19-1824 Vol. I, NO 40
14. Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. XXXIX, 1943:Hay to Cass, 4-16-1822 ibid.
15. National Archives Microfilm Publications Microcopy No. 234, Letters Received By The Office of Indian Affairs 1824-1881, Roll 359, Indian Agency, 1824-1850, 1842, National Archives & Records Service.
16. #0585,Treaty with the Wea at Vincennes 9-10-1824
17. Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, The Ohio Valley-Great Lakes Ethnohistory Archives - The Miami Collection, Jo-quo (Weaw) Oct. 1826 Tipton memo of Indians drawing rations at the treaty on the Wabash.
18. Tipton Memorandum of Indians drawing rations, p-614, Oct. 1826, ISL Tipton Papers AD19.Indiana Historical Collections, 618
20. Kappler Laws & Treaties, 2:104, 131, 170.
21. Indiana Historical Collections, Dashnay to Tipton 1-14-1825 Fort Wayne Indiana
22. Indiana State Library
23. Ewing Family Papers, Dec. 7, 1841, Jacco Godfroy payment receipt $1.50 & Daughter MaryShinquohkenoksequa
24.No. 57, Shingquohkenoksequah, Jacco Godfroy's Daughter $1.50. (believe this is from the same papers as above)
25. The Miami County Plan Commission, Peru Indiana 9-30-1967
26. 5-28-1968, Secretary of the Interior, Area Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Muskogee OklahomaJames Godfroy 1777-1854
Wife - Nancy Hunter Godfroy #68-511
Mary Godfroy Fuller#615-389, married John Fuller
27. Letter, 4-19-1969, Carmen Mary Ryan, Miami Indiana Genealogist28. Letter, 9-5-1970 Carmen Mary Ryan, Miami Indiana Genealogist
29. Letter, 3-10-1971, Carmen Mary Ryan, Miami Indiana Genealogist
30. Letter, 4-18-1971, Carmen Mary Ryan, Miami Indiana Genealogist
31. Letter, 8-9-1793, Carmen Mary Ryan, Miami Indiana Genealogist
32. Letter, 10-3-1981, To Mrs Rita Kellogg Morgan, from Carmen Mary Ryan, Miami Indiana Genealogist
33. Marion Public Library & Court House, Grant Co., Genealogy Society
34. Genealogy from Carmen Mary Ryan, Miami Indiana Genealogist 1973
35. Indiana Commission on Public Records, State Office Building, Indianapolis Indiana, 9-29-1987; Territorial Court Cases.
36. Vincennes Western Sun, Montgomery Co. History, Treaty of Salt Springs, pg. 436, N.62 T.P.V.1
37. Government Film 747, St. Louis. Copy of a letter addressed to Honorable John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, Washington, August 5, 1824, from Noel Dashney. [2 pages] Noel Dashney a Wea Indian giving an account of himself and asking for an appointment of Interpreter. [in part]
In conformity with your view expressed at our interview this morning --- I now take the liberty of laying before you a statement of my situation and request.
When at St. Mary's at the request of my uncle to the _?_ he spoke to me on the subject now before you And I agreed to serve and accordingly entered on the duties of service in that capacity for about fourteen months when the reservation at the mouth of Racoon was ceded to the government.When his powers closed and mine of consequence --- and I received about three hundred dollars -- since which I have lived at Ft. Harrison and continued to render them all the services in my power -- Their residence being but a short distance -- they were constantly coming and going and requesting aid and assistance and there being no person authorized to act I have steadily and faithfully served them and all entirely graciously.
When it was agreed that a deputation should visit the place from the waters of the mississippi, Mr. Mour requested my uncle to go to St. Louis which he did for the purpose of accompanying the present but while there but a few days before our departure he unfortunately took sick and was prevented from coming on.He then requested Gen Clark to Desire his great father to appoint me as interpreter to his tribe, which he promised he would and as he is now here not doubt will.
My uncle's sickness was the cause of great concern to him and great disavantis to me as his presence would have rendered all this communications on my part entirely unnecessary and would have much better have promoted the object of my present request, as it was his request the Gen to act for him hoping he would on his return bring him good news.
38.Lori Lynn Thomas Budash, Cousin.Her Direct Ancestor.
Rd. 1 Box 203, New Milford, PA. 18834.Ltbud@nep.net
39. Nov. 29, 1850 Census of Nottingham Township, Wells Co., Indiana
24. 44 - 44 JOHN FULLER / 25/M / FARMER / $500 / Ohio / attended school
Mary FULLER /24/F/ OHIO /
NANCY FULLER /4/F/ INDIANA
SARAH FULLER /2/F/ INDIANA
LIVING RIGHT NEXT DOOR were relatives:
28. 45 - 45 GEORGE GODFROY / 31/M/FARMER/ $500/ OHIO
EUPHAMY GODFROY/29/F/ VIRGINIA / ATTENDED SCHOOL
JAMES GODFROY / 11/M/ INDIANA/ ATTENDED SCHOOL
JAMES GODFROY /73/M/ NEW JERSEY[this is Wea Chief Jacco Godfroy b. 1777]
40. Judith A. Gilland Bay, cousin; Her direct Ancestor.
7431 Knightswood Drive, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46819
41. Ronald Paul Melton, Cousin.His direct Ancestor.
42. Edward P. Melton Jr., Cousin. His direct Ancestor.
Ed says Jacco was born at Post Vincennes but I have never seen any proof of this. BKL.
43. HANDWRITTEN LETTER: 11-2-2000 to Max & Jeannette Haffner from Kay Huffman:
Here are the pictures you wanted. (Laura Ellen Sills, Pheobe Jane, and Mary Godfroy) Hope you all enjoy them. I went to Walgreen's yesterday And had 5X7's made from these for myself. Only took 5 minutes. Hope you enjoy them. In the one picture, great grandma is (mom thought) holding John Rowe. He was illegitimate. Anyway, us girls have repaired her stone and it really Looks nice, but to redo the inscription will cost $400.00. Great great grandma & gramps is in worse shape and plan to fix theirs Also, $160 each. Her sister is also buried close to her.
Where is Jacco's grave and is he the same as James Godfroy ? James is the only one I remember hearing about. Are they the same person ?
Don't know if I'm smart enought to fill out some of these forms so I'll return them to you to go over before filing.
I thought James Godfroy was buried at Riefsburg, south of Bluffton, on the right hand corner in an unmarked grave ? I've got to find out and his grave has no marker so need to put one up !!!
Hope to see you sometime.
More About Jacco Tackeketah Godfroy:
Date born 2: New Jersey, according to 1850 & 1880 cesus of son James G. Godfroy.515
Date born 3: Some say he was born in Kaskaskia..515
Burial 1: Unknown, Riefsburg, Indiana.By a large Oak Tree inside gate of a farm, by himself..515
Burial 2: Gernand Cemetery, Reiffsburg, Indiana (according to Gary D. Weatherholt).515
Nationality: Nation ofWea (Waayaahtanwa).515
Occupation: Principal Chief of the Wea Nation.515
Residence: 1850, With son George in Nottingham Twp, Wells Co., Indiana.515
More About Jacco Tackeketah Godfroy and Nancy MorningStar Hunter:
Marriage 1: Bet. 1816 - 1819, PossibilityPiqua Ohio, or Village of Weauteno (Terre Haute Indiana).515
Marriage 2: 1819515
Marriage 3: January 22, 1846, Henry Co., Indiana; per Lori Thomas Budash.515
Marriage Notes for Jacco Tackeketah Godfroy and Nancy MorningStar Hunter:
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1. Lori Lynn Thomas Budash, Cousin.Her Direct Ancestor.
Rd. 1 Box 203, New Milford, PA. 18834.Ltbud@nep.net
2. other persons same as for Nellie Foust
Children of Jacco Tackeketah Godfroy and Nancy MorningStar Hunter are:
- +Sarah Godfroy, b. Abt. 1815, Hamilton Co, Indiana, d. March 15, 1887, Henry County, Indiana.
- +George "Little Black Coon" Godfroy, b. Abt. 1819, Ohio, d. Abt. 1855, Wells County, Indiana or out west.
- John [Sr.] Godfroy, b. February 28, 1820, d. date unknown.
- James G. Godfroy, b. 1839, d. date unknown.
- +Mary Shin-quoh-ke-wok-sh-qua Godfroy, b. August 18, 1831, Darke Co., Ohio, near Greenville Treaty Grounds.515, d. January 24, 1883, Chester Twp., Wells Co., Indiana515.