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Bee "Pe-ahm-e-squeet" Mayes Barry
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1878
Oceana County
Michigan, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1945
Cleveland County
Oklahoma, USA


Gravestone has year of birth as 1881. Family records give April 2, 1878 as her birthdate.


Bee's given name at birth was Pearl Bethel Mayes.

Her Indian name was Pe-ahm-e-squeet which means 'Floating Cloud'. Daughter of Mary Agnes Gulick and Ebenezer Chadwick Mayes. Her mother was of Indian descent of the Ojibway tribe of Michigan. She married Thomas M. "Tom" Henneberry on Oct 01, 1913 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. (She later shortened her married name to 'Barry'.) She met him while she was touring in New York area & New England states. She performed in theaters telling of the life, legends, songs, dances and ceremonies of her ancestor's tribe. She also had the opportunity to perform with the New York Symphonic Orchestra on her tour. Her marriage did not last long, she was living with her father on the 1920 census and divorced. Bee did not have any children.


'Bee' worked on the Oklahoma Music Project efforts in folksong collection, transcription, classification and recording soon after its creation in early 1936. Bee M. Barry (Pe-ahm-e-squeet), of Chippewa ancestry, a graduate of Haskell Institute, and previously employed as instructor of Indian culture at the University of Oklahoma, was charged with recording the music of several of the Oklahoma Native American peoples. A portable recording machine was purchased and adapted to make it suitable for procuring recordings on the reservations and in the Oklahoma hills where such technology was not available. As a result of these efforts, the music of the Cheyenne, Kiowa, Sac and Fox, Apache, Pawnee, Ottawa, and Osage tribes were preserved for posterity to have a permanent record of their music.


Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915
name: Thomas M Henneberry
event: Marriage
event date: 01 Oct 1913
gender: Male
age: 34
marital status: Widowed
birth date: 1879
birthplace: Philadelphia, , Pennsylvania
marriage registration place: Boston, , Massachusetts
estimated birth year: 1879
father: John A Henneberry
mother: Mary Rowan
spouse: Bee Mayes
spouse's father: Ebenezer C Mayes
spouse's mother: Mary Gulick
record number: 16940
film number: 2409946
digital folder number: 4329371
image number: 00957
number of images: 1


Home in 1880: Pentwater, Oceana, Michigan - Pearl Mayes, age 2 (1878)

Home in 1900: Wakarusa, Douglas, Kansas - Pearl Mayes, April 1879, student at Haskell Institute- Indian school. (She was also the enumerator of the census)

U.S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
Name: Pearl Mayes
Date of Birth: abt 1880
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of Household: Head
Tribe: Osage
Agency: Osage Indian
State: Oklahoma
Last Census Number: 1226
Census Date: 30 Jun 1906

During the years 1910 - 1914 she was preforming. Can not locate a 1910 census for her.

Home in 1920: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma - Bee M Barry, age 40 (living with her father) clerical work at state university.

Home in 1930: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma - Bee M Barry, age 47 (her father is living with her) teacher at university.

Home in 1940: Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma - Bee Barry, age 59 antique dealer

Researched & written by cousin, Laura J. Stewart (#47412616)
Family links: 
  Ebenezer Chadwick Mayes (1845 - 1930)
  Mary Agnes Gulick Mayes (1848 - 1908)
  Child Mays (____ - 1882)*
  Maud Mayes Whistler (1876 - 1948)*
  Bee Mayes Barry (1878 - 1945)
*Calculated relationship
IOOF Cemetery
Cleveland County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: sec 9, lot 59, space 5
Maintained by: Laura J. Stewart
Originally Created by: Robert Bennett
Record added: Apr 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35938256
Bee Pe-ahm-e-squeet <i>Mayes</i> Barry
Added by: Laura J. Stewart
Bee Pe-ahm-e-squeet <i>Mayes</i> Barry
Added by: Karen Maloy
Bee Pe-ahm-e-squeet <i>Mayes</i> Barry
Added by: Laura J. Stewart
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- Robert Bennett
 Added: Apr. 28, 2015

- Laura J. Stewart
 Added: Apr. 28, 2015

- Robert Bennett
 Added: Feb. 13, 2012

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