Chief Black Fish
Captain Henry Rogers
(-Abt 1803)
Chelatha Blackfish
(Abt 1761-)
Polly Rogers


Family Links

1. William Jackson "Captain" Fish

2. Rev. Mackinaw Boachman

Polly Rogers 1

  • Born: <1782>, <Missouri>, United States
  • Marriage (1): William Jackson "Captain" Fish about 1798
  • Marriage (2): Rev. Mackinaw Boachman after 1833
  • Died: 1848 or 1849, Pottawatomie Mission, Kansas, (United States) at age 66

   Other names for Polly were Martha Rogers and Mary "Polly" Rogers.

  Research Notes:

I am assuming that Martha Rogers (m. abt 1800) and Polly Rogers (m. abt 1798) are the same person. This may NOT be so (see below). A Martha is listed in the 1854 Shawnee census as Paschal Fish's wife (age 40). Some sources (e.g., give William Jackson Fish's nickname as "Pascal Fish." Things have probably become muddled.

See also That site states that Polly Rogers was 1/2 Shawnee Metis and the granddaughter of Black Fish.

Since Polly Rogers is given in the following source as the wife of Rev. Mackinaw Boachman [see below], it is likely that Polly married (1) William Jackson Fish, then, after Fish died in 1833, (2) Rev. Mackinaw Boachman, who died in May 1848.

From Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by George W. Martin (Topeka, 1908), pp. 401-402:

"His wife was Polly Rogers, daughter of Henry Rogers and his wife, the daughter of Blackfish, chief of the Shawnees. She probably belonged to the small band of Shawnees which settled on the Meramec, near the leadmines, in Missouri, about the beginning of the last century [early 1800's]. Mrs. Boachman died a few weeks before her husband, at the old Pottawatomie mission, in the spring of 1848 or 1849. They had six children: Annie, the wife of the Rev. N. T. Shaler, who died before her parents; Washington, who died in youth; Alexander, whose allotment comprises the present Auburndale addition to the city of Topeka, supposed to be now a resident of Dowagiac, Mich.; Julia Ann, wife of the late Thomas Nesbit Stinson, born on the Shawnee reserve, Johnson county, March 26, 1834; William, who died near Fort Scott in the early '60's' and Martha, the youngest, the late Mrs. John Read, whose allotment adjoined Mrs. Stinson's, near Tecumseh, Shawnee county, Kansas. Some additional matter relating to Mr. Boachman's family will be found in the Kansas Historical Collections, volume 9, pages 170 and 212."


Mary Cross (12 Apr 2000) on message board ( cites Richard Pagburn's Indian Blood: Finding Your Native American Ancestor, Vol 1 (Louisvills:Burler Books, 1993) when she writes [with some editing]:

"When Gen. George Rogers Clark attacked the Shawnee town of Piqua (Pickaway) in Aug of 1870, there were members of his family living among them. A nephew Joseph Rogers ran out of the village,, was shot by mistake. 'Silverheels' was among those Shawnees who fled Piqua. He reported to the British that Rogers was missing. Also Henry Rogers (a Shawnee), who had been adopted by Blackfish, but was living in another village. Henry Rogers' halfbreed children included Lewis Rogers, William Rogers, Polly Rogers, Graham Rogers. Macinaw tribe's Beauchemie [Bushman], an adopted Potawatomi, married Shawnee Polly Rogers, daughter of Henry Rogers, son-in-law of Blackfish. Their children included Anne (who married N.T. Shaler), Julia Ann (who married Thomas Nesbit Stinson), Alexander, William, Martha Boshman."
The following is pretty much discredited by all the above sources: says she was the daughter of Lewis Rogers. A different Polly? Apparently Fern Long wrote an article on Chief Fish (William Jackson) in 1978 in which she stated that he was raised by the Shawnees in the band of Lewis Rogers whose daughter he married. How does Lewis Rogers fit into the picture? William Jackson was adopted by Chief Black Fish.

And according to Mary Cross (12 Apr 2000), "Lewis Rogers, a white Chief of a band of Shawnees and Delawares on the upper Meramec, appealed to Meriwether Lewis for assistance after being threatened by Osage horse thieves."

Another family tree on Rootsweb ( gives Mary "Polly" Rogers as the daughter of Captain Lewis Rogers (b. 1750 in Virginia) and Parlie Blackfish (b. 1756 in Ohio).

Polly married William Jackson "Captain" Fish, son of Chief Black Fish and Watmeme, about 1798. (William Jackson "Captain" Fish was born about 1760 and died Late Oct 1833.)

  Marriage Notes:

One source has m. abt 1800, another has abt 1798. Probably makes a difference in which were her children.

Polly next married Rev. Mackinaw Boachman, son of < > Beauchemin and Unknown, after 1833. (Rev. Mackinaw Boachman was born before 1812 in Mackinaw, Michigan, United States and died on 12 May 1848.)



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