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George “PA TA LA CUM UN” Falleaf

Death 10 Sep 1939 (aged 83-84)
Burial Copan, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 31476922 · View Source
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Delaware Roll # 820, son of Captain Falleaf, Husband of Eliza Curleyhead
Obit of George Falleaf - Examiner 12 Sep 1939 (not 1933). He died 10 Sep 1939 and on 12 Sep 1939 he was buried at Cotton Creek Cemetery (Busby Cemetery which was moved to Falleaf Cemetery when Copan Lake was built)

Information provided by Cherokee Rose-1
George Falleaf - The funeral today at 10 o'clock at Cotton Creek Cemetery of George Falleaf 77, honorary chief of the Delaware tribe. The eulogy will be delivered in the Delaware language by Charles Elkhair. The grave will not be dug until the body arrives at the cemetery. A hole will be cut to one corner of the casket to permit the spirit to rise. Only tribal members and whites who are friends of the family will attend. Following the ceremony, members of the tribe will hold will hold a feast, sitting around the grave. They will leave some of the food on the grave. The. one of the nearest relatives to the deceased will gather leaves and twigs and build a fire near the grave. After the fire burns a while it will be extinguished - indicating it is the last camp fire for the deceased. After 10 days another feast will be held and food again will be left on the grave. Examiner, September 12, 1939.

Information and source researched and provided by Findagrave volunteer Debbie Gravett. 02/20/2015

Falleaf was honorary chief fo the Delawars. There has been no chiel since Chief journeycake died several years ago. Since then a committee has had charge of tribeal affiars. This committee gave Falleaf the title of honorayr chief in recognition of the high regard in which he was held and because he was one of the oldest living delawars. He was long consisered one of the most able men of his tribe and was called on to represent his people in Washington on several occasins. he was held in high esteem throughout this secton by both Indians and white people. ..

Falleaf was a sone of Captain John Falleaf, ( and Ida Yellowjacket ) who commanded a company of Indians during the Civil war. He was one of the two male survivors of the Delaware migration from Kansas.His death Sunday at the Indaian hospital in Claremore leaves Charley Elkhair the sole male survivor. There are several Delaware women living who make the trip.

Falleaf was a scout under General Miles. He and 20 other Delawares organized a band of Indian scouts at Coffeyville and went to the western plains to fight warring tribes ro the government. The father of Falleaf was a captain in the U.S. Army. He also is buried at Cotton Creek Cemetery.

He leaves a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Beaver of Wann; four nieces, Mrs. Frank Bixler dn Mrs Jane washington of Wann; Mrs. Mary Boone of Ramona and Mrs Dona Redick of Bartlesville, also four nephews, John Falleaf of Copah, Henry Duncan and Frank and alonzo Beaver, all of Wann.

Provided by Doris Aliff (#47026038)
September 12, 1939

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  • Created by: Richard Moberly
  • Added: 17 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31476922
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George “PA TA LA CUM UN” Falleaf (1855–10 Sep 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31476922, citing Busby Cemetery, Copan, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Richard Moberly (contributor 47003541) .