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Chief Black Fish
(1725-1779)
Watmeme
(Abt 1730-Abt 1797)
Chief Black Fish
(1725-1779)
Watmeme
(Abt 1730-Abt 1797)
Captain Henry Rogers
(Abt 1755-Abt 1803)
Chelatha Blackfish
(1761-)
Martha "Polly" Rogers
(Abt 1782-1847/1849)

 

Family Links

Spouses/Children:
1. William Jackson Fish

Martha "Polly" Rogers 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1782, <Missouri>, United States 4
  • Marriage (1): William Jackson Fish about 1797 1
  • Died: <1847-1849>, <Pottawatomie Mission, (Coffey, Kansas), United States about age 65

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

  Research Notes:

Martha Rogers (m. abt 1800) and Polly Rogers (m. abt 1798) are most likely the same person. Polly/Martha's father was Henry Rogers, kidnapped and adopted by Blackfish. Her mother was Chelatha Blackfish, daughter of Black Fish.

Apparently, Chief Black Fish stole/adopted two unrelated young white 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 Findagrave.com 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.

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[Note: Don Greene has perpetuated the errors mixing up Lewis and Henry Rogers in both versions of his Shawnee Heritage book. Research has shown that Martha/Polly Rogers' parents were actually Henry Rogers and Chelatha Blackfish. Henry was also a white adoptee of Chief Blackfish.]

From Shawnee Heritage I: Shawnee Genealogy and Family History by Don Greene, 2014, p. 262:

1378. Rogers, Martha Rogers aka Polly - Chalakatha-Mekoche-PekowiMetis born about 1782 MO-died after 1800 - daughter of Parlie Blackfish/50 & Lewis Rogers (1)/50-adopted white, 3rd wife about 1797 MO of William Jackson Fish/60-adopted white, mother of Elizabeth Nakease Fish/98, William Jackson Jr/1800, Miss Fish/1802, Pascal Fish/1804, John Ficklin Fish/1806, Charles Salahnewe Fish/1808 - all1/4th Chalakatha-Mekoche-Pekowi-Metis

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From Don Greene's later book Shawnee Heritage II: Select Lineages of Notable Shawnee, 2014, p. 335:

Rogers, Martha Rogers aka Polly Rogers-Parlie Rogers - Chalakatha-Mekoche-Pekowi-Metix born about 1782 MO-died after 1800 - daughter of Parlie Blackfish/1756 & Lewis Rogers/1750 adopted white, 3rd wife about 1797 MO of (her uncle by adoption) William Jackson Fish/1760-adopted white, mother of Elizabeth Nakease Fish/1798, William Jackson Jr/1800, Miss Fish/1802, Pascal Fish/1804, John Ficklin Fish/1806, Charles Salahnewe Fish/1808 - all 1/4th Chalakatha-Mekoche-Pekowi-Metis

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See also http://www.shawnee-traditions.com/Names-7.html. That site states that Polly Rogers was 1/2 Shawnee Metis and the granddaughter of Black Fish. This would be true of the daughters of both Lewis Rogers and Henry Rogers, who were both adopted by Chief Blackfish into the Shawnee tribe and married daughters of Black Fish.

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[A couple of other recent sources perpetuate the misinformation:]

A family tree on Rootsweb (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kearns_family_2&id=I5812) gives Mary "Polly" Rogers as the daughter of Captain Lewis Rogers (b. 1750 in Virginia) and Parlie Blackfish (b. 1756 in Ohio).

www.wyandot.org/emigrant.htm says Polly Rogers was the daughter of Lewis Rogers, but, as stated above, this Polly Rogers was the daughter of Henry Rogers. 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.
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  Birth Notes:

Researcher Don Greene sets her birth year at 1782.


Martha married William Jackson Fish, son of Chief Black Fish and Watmeme, about 1797.1 (William Jackson Fish was born about 1760 in <Chillicothe, Wapello, Iowa Territory>, (United States) 4 and died Late Oct 1833 in <Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, > United States.)


  Marriage Notes:

One source has m. abt 1800, another has abt 1798. However, her son Paschal Fish was born around 1796.

Sources


1 Greene, Don, <i>Shawnee Heritage II: Select Lineages of Notable Shawnee</i> (lulu.com, 2014, 582 pp.), p. 335. Cit. Date: 27 Apr 2020.

2 <i>http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi</i>. Rec. Date: 25 Aug 2001, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kearns_family_2&id=I5812. Cit. Date: 17 Jun 2011.

3 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch Family Tree," database, <i>FamilySearch</i>(http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 24 Apr 2020), person ID G7WG-ZQX. Cit. Date: 24 Apr 2020.

4 Don Greene, <i>Alphabetical list of Shawnee Names found in Shawnee Heritage I (the first volume of the series).</i> (http://www.fantasy-epublications.com/shawnee-traditions/Genealogy/Names/NamesList.html), Cit. Date: 28 Sep 2019.

5 Greene, Don, <i>Shawnee Heritage I: Shawnee Genealogy and Family History</i> (lulu.com, 2014, 446 pp.), p. 262. Cit. Date: 25 Apr 2020.

6 Greene, Don, <i>Shawnee Heritage II: Select Lineages of Notable Shawnee</i> (lulu.com, 2014, 582 pp.), p. 335. Cit. Date: 25 Apr 2020.


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