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Joseph DeSmet Lewis

Death 1889 (aged 83–84)
Burial Porcupine, Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 78611895 · View Source
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Father: Meriwether Lewis (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
Mother: Ikpsapewin "Winona"

Married 1: Her Good Road (Ground)

"Martin Charger" Wa Anatan (Lewis)
Joseph Lewis
John DeSmet "Little Hawk" Lewis
Francis Lewis

Married 2: Anna Tomokoce (Tomakea)


About Lewis, Joseph (DeSmet) (Desomit)
Aka: Zombie or Turkey Head. *For more information, click on: Joseph DeSmet Lewis. *Lewis & Clark: Question & Answer By Mike Carrick: What can you tell us of the claims of some Teton Sioux living today that they are direct descendants of Meriwether Lewis? Answer: Historical claims and genealogical records are often corroborated by entries in Church or Parish records. In the records the Yankton Mission of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, there are two entries listing Joseph DeSomet Lewis as the son of Meriwether Lewis and one marriage record with the same claim of paternity. All of the following information is from Harry F. Thompson, Meriwether Lewis and His Son: The Claim of Joseph DeSomet Lewis and the Problem of History, North Dakota History, 2000, pp. 24-37. Sixty-eight years after the Corps of Discovery ascended the Missouri River through the Dakotas, a Yankton (or possibly Teton) Sioux man, claiming to be the son of Meriwether Lewis, was baptized at St. Philip the Deacon Chapel, White Swan, Dakota Territory. As recorded in the Yankton Mission registers of the Diocese of South Dakota (Episcopal), Joseph DeSomet Lewis (also spelled "DeSomit" in the register) and his wife, Annie Tamakoce, their sons, Francis S. Lewis, Joseph W. Lewis, and two of their grandchildren by another son, John DeSomit Lewis, presented themselves for baptism on June 18, 1872. Joseph DeSomet Lewis (age 68), gave as his place of birth Yankton Agency, his father's name as "Capt. Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark's Exp.)," and his mother's name as "Winona." In addition, the standard history of the county in which Joseph DeSomet Lewis's descendants live, Early Settlers in Lyman County, identifies Mamie DeSmet Thompson and Amy DeSmet Carpenter as the great granddaughters of Meriwether Lewis and their grandfather as the son of Meriwether Lewis. By the way, the middle name of several of the people under discussion is thought to be a corruption of the name of the well known priest, Father Jean Pierre DeSmet, who traveled the area between 1839 and 1870 baptizing converts. Joseph DeSomet Lewis made somewhat of a name for himself during his lifetime. With Jim Bridger, he guided and hunted for the U.S. Army Warren surveys between 1855 and 1857. Lt. Warren's assistant wrote in 1856 that Lewis was "a hunter (a half-breed Sioux who says that his father was Lewis & Clarke [sic])."

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph DeSmet Lewis (1805–1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78611895, citing Saint Albans Episcopal Cemetery, Porcupine, Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .