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Lawaquaqua Pride Opessa
Chief Black Fish
(Abt 1730-Abt 1797)
Captain Henry Rogers
(Abt 1755-Abt 1803)


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1. Chelatha Blackfish

Captain Henry Rogers 1 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1755 4
  • Marriage (1): Chelatha Blackfish
  • Died: Abt 1803 about age 48

   Another name for Henry was Captain Henry Rogers Blackfish.

  Research Notes:

Adopted by Black Fish (Shawnee).


Apparently, Chief Black Fish stole/adopted two unrelated young men named Rogers. One - Lewis Chinwa Rogers (1764-1830) was the [adopted?] son of Benjamin Rogers and Jane Moss. Lewis Chinwa Rogers had at least 3 sons and 1 daughter with Blackfish's daughter Parlie Chalakatha. See memorial ID 19352252. The other was Captain Henry Rogers, about whom less is known. With Blackfish's daughter Chelatha he had at least 4 sons and 4 daughters.

In summary, the children of each man were as follows.

Lewis Chinwa Rogers (+ Parlie Blackfish)
- Lewis Rogers [Jr.]
- William Rogers
- Graham Rogers
- Mary Elizabeth (Polly/Betsy) Rogers

Captain Henry Rogers (+Chelatha Blackfish)
- Nancy Rogers/1772
- Mary Rogers/1774
- Lewis Rogers/1776
- James Rogers/1778
- William Rogers/1780
- Martha (Polly) Rogers/1782
- Elizabeth Rogers/1784
- Parlie Rogers/1786


[Note: The following excerpts perpetuate the error mixing up Lewis and Henry Rogers.]

From Don Greene's book Shawnee Heritage II: Select Lineages of Notable Shawnee, 2014, p. 329:


Rogers, Henry (1) aka Chinwa Rogers - adopted-white born about 1755 VA-died about 1803 MO - parents unknown, brother of Lewis Rogers/1750, adopted son 1760 OH & then son-in-law 1775 OH of Black Fish/1725, namesake of Black Fish's 1st son that was killed in 1774, Cornstalk War/1772-77, little activity in Blue Jacket War/1777-94, moved to MO about 1795, a village Chief in MO until his death, husband about 1775 OH of Cheletha Blackfish/1760, father of Polly Rogers/1780 & William Rogers/1785-both Chalakatha-MekochePekowi-Metis


From 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:
"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."



  Birth Notes:

Researcher Don Greene sets his birth year about 1755.

  Death Notes:

Henry married Chelatha Blackfish, daughter of Chief Black Fish and Watmeme. (Chelatha Blackfish was born in 1761 4 6.)


1 edited by George W. Martin, <i>Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, 1907-1908, Vol. X</i> (Topeka, 1908.), p. 402.

2 Web - Message Boards, Discussion Groups, Email,

3 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch Family Tree," database, <i>FamilySearch</i>( : accessed 26 Apr 2020), person ID G39K-CMF. Cit. Date: 26 Apr 2020.

4 Don Greene, <i>Alphabetical list of Shawnee Names found in Shawnee Heritage I (the first volume of the series).</i> (, Cit. Date: 28 Sep 2019.

5 Warren, Stephen, <i>The Shawnees and Their Neighbors, 1795-1870</i> (University of Illinois Press, 2008), p. 119. Cit. Date: 27 Apr 2020.

6 <i>Geni</i> (, Cit. Date: 28 Sep 2019.

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