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Alfred J Mudeater

  • Birth Oct 1853 Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 19 Jul 1929 Wyandotte, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Wyandotte, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 102758449

Alfred's parents were:
Chief Mathew Mudeater (1812 – 1878)
Nancy Pipe (1813 – 1853)

His siblings, all of the Wyandotte Tribe, were:
1 Silas
2 Susanna (1841 – 1912)
3 Jeremiah Thomas Dawson (1843 – 1897)
4 Zelinda (1845 – 1884)
5 Mary Un De Ler Mudeater (1847 – )
6 Irvin (1849 – )
7 Benjamin (1851 – 1867)
8 Matthew (1857 – )
9 Ida (1859 – 1912)
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When he was 29 years old he married Julie Emma Robitaille in Wyandotte, Ottawa Co, OK in 1883. Julia was born in Wyandotte, KS in 1863 & died in Wyandotte, OK on Nov. 5, 1919. Her parents were Louis Eugene Napoleon (1842 – 1895) & Elizabeth Robitaille (1842 – 1883).
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The date of their marriage was provided by FindAGrave member, Shane (#48869130), on January 6, 2016.

Marriage was May 12, 1881
Document shows marriage listings.
Name: A C Mudeater
Gender: Male
Event Date: 12 May
Spouse: Julia Robitaille
Spouse Gender: Female
Marriage Place: USA
Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Marriage, Citizenship and Census Records, 1841-1927
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On June 4, 1900, Alfred, age 46, & Julia, age 36, had been married 19 years. They rented a home the Wyandotte Indian Reservation in Wyandotte, I.T. Julia was a post mistress, & Alfred worked as a merchant in a grocery store. Julia's younger sister, Lena E. age 22, who was single, lived with them. Thomas King, age 25, was a day laborer, & Florence Wallace, age 26, was a servant.

U.S.Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
Name: Alfred J Mudeater
Date of Birth: abt 1854
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of Household: Husband
Tribe: Wyandotte
Agency: Quapaw
State: Indian
Last Census Number: 208
Census Date: 30 Jun 1905

On April 16, 1910, Alfred J., age 56, & Julie E., 46, lived on Broadway Road in Wyandotte, Ottawa Co, OK where they owned a home (perhaps a hotel) on land they owned. Alfred was a merchant selling groceries, & Julia was a hotel proprietor. They had been married 28 years. Julia hadn't given birth to any children. Charles Perkins, a public school teacher, age 31, was a boarder.

Alfred's obituary helps provide a brief glimpse into his life & accomplishments. He died July 19, 1929.

"ALFRED MUDEATER, ONE OF FOUNDERS OF WYNANDOTTE, FOUND DEAD IN BED
80-Year-Old Indian Was Member of Wyandotte Band During Removal From Kansas to Oklahoma

Alfred Mudeater, 80-year-old Wyandotte Indian and virtually a life-time resident of Ottawa county, was found dead in his bed at his home in Wyandotte at 8: o'clock this morning. Mudeater had been in apparent good health, except for slight chills, of which he had been complaining for the last several days.

Two Wyandotte ministers, who went to his house to call on the pioneer Indian, discovered him dead in bed.

Mr. Mudeater had been in what is now Ottawa county since his tribe was removed from their reservation at Wyandotte, Kas., to which they were originally sent from Ohio by the government. Although Wyandotte, Okla., was not a town at that time - but an Indian reservation - there were about 250 Indians in the settlement. Friends of Mudeater said that he was one of the founders of the present town of Wyandotte. He first went into business with a store about six miles northwest of Wyandotte on the Neosho, at what is now known as Mudeater's dam. He then moved his store to what is now Wyandotte where he accumulated considerable real estate and later became mayor and postmaster.

In addition to the store, which he owned at the time of his death and operated until about 10 years ago, he conducted a hotel which became popular in this part of the state because of the home-cooked meals served there. Fellow-townsmen said that many times there would be people from a dozen nearby towns at the Sunday dinners.

Mudeater was known over the state by both the people of his own tribe and whites. Not typically Indian, he showed no backwardness about talking or acting, and was an ardent believer in the rights of self-expression.

The Wyandotte Indian, who was one-fourth Indian and one-fourth French, was an efficient business man, according to friends. When first developing the country now including and surrounding Wyandotte, he was connected with a Captain Higgie, who it was said was a retired sea captain, and a banker of Girard, Kas.

Mudeater, it was reported had no relatives in the state. He had no children, but he has a brother who is in Canada. His wife preceded him in death. His father, a white man, was adopted by the Wyandottes, the tribe of his mother, who was one-half French and one-half Indian.

Funeral arrangements have not been made, awaiting word from his bother in Canada. The Mitchell Undertaking company of Seneca will be in charge."

Maimi Daily News Record
Friday, July 19, 1929


"SERVICES HELD FOR ALFRED MUDEATER
Wyandotte, July 20 - (Special) - Funeral services for Alfred Mudeater, 80-year-old Indian who was found dead in his bed at his home here Friday morning, were held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Father George of Miami officiated at the funeral.

Mudeater, who came to this territory, which later became Oklahoma, with the band of 250 Wyandottes from a reservation in Kansas known by the name as the tribe, was well-known over the state by both Indians and whites. He was one of the founders of the town, and was at one time postmaster and mayor. He owned considerable real estate in Wyandotte and farm land nearby, it is understood.

The pioneer Indian had no immediate relatives except a brother in Canada. He had several cousins living in other parts of Oklahoma.

Burial was in the Wyandotte cemetery under direction of the Mitchell Undertaking company of Seneca, Mo."

Miami Daily News Record
Sunday, July 21, 1929


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  • Created by: Virginia Brown
  • Added: 28 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102758449
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred J Mudeater (Oct 1853–19 Jul 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102758449, citing Wyandotte Indian Cemetery, Wyandotte, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Virginia Brown (contributor 47053782) .