From the Ionia County Sebewa Recollector:
Chief Okemos usually traveled with a gang of papooses, whom he called his children. Whether all were or not is questionable, but he did have at least two sons, John & Jim, and a daughter, Mary. Mary died in the summer of 1852, while some Indians were camped on the south bank of the Red Cedar River, about 80 rods east of where the college buildings now stand. A long, narrow, rough board box was prepared as a coffin. The body was placed in it and then put in a canoe made of elm bark, and in company with two other canoes, proceeded down the river to SHIMNECON, an Indian burial ground near Portland." When the old chief died, December 5, 1858, he was buried by the side of his daughter.
Johnny Okemos (1770 - 1858)
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Farwell Area Historical Museum, Farwell, Michigan, has information on John Okemos the son of Chief John. Interesting information and notable family! ~RIP Mary~|
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