This graveyard is on the tract of land reserved for Chief Shab-eh-nay and his band by article III of the 1829 Second Treaty of Prairie du Chien. It is currently located on DeKalb County's Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve.
Nehemiah Matson wrote in Memories of Shaubena, (Chicago : D.B. Cooke, 1878, pp. 252-3) that Shaubena married the daughter of a Potawatomi chief and they had two children. A few years later, she and the children died and were buried at Shaubena's Grove, a pen of small timbers marking their resting place. In later years, tears would trickle down Shaubena's cheeks when he pointed out the graves of loved ones to visitors.
E.S. Braffet visited the gravesite and wrote in "Shaubena," an article published in Recollections of the Pioneers of Lee County (Dixon, Ill. : Inez A. Kennedy, 1893, p. 571) that Shaubena's first wife and their two children are buried there, that a large boulder marked the spot, at least at that time, and that the place was surrounded by a fence of poles.
According to Matson, Shaubena had three wives, the last two concurrently, as permitted by his people's custom at that time. The second's name was Miomex ("Miamex Zebequa" according to Braffet); and there is a "Wife Wiomex" buried with Chief Shabbona in Morris, Illinois, as well as a "Shabonah squaw." According to Matson, the third wife's name was Pokanoka. She was young and beautiful and left to live with the Potawatomis living in exile in Kansas.
The Library of Congress spells the chief's name "Shabni" in its name heading, which is closer to the original pronunciation.
GPS Coordinates: 41.75628, -88.85439
- Added: 13 Apr 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2639665
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