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Tribal Chieftains

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 26, 2011
1. Tribal Chieftains Marker
Inscription. In January of 1793 a delegation of tribal chieftains from what are now Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan arrived in Philadelphia, the U.S. capital. The Indians had been invited by President George Washington to a Peace Council to resolve boundary disputes in the newly-created Northwest Territory. No agreement was reached at this time and war followed. The Indians were defeated at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794.

Eight of the chieftains were stricken with smallpox and died between January and April. They were buried here in St. Peterís Churchyard. Although their grave sites are unknown, they were entered into church records as follows:

LaGese, a chief of the Potowatamies on the Illinois River
Apautapea, a Penkeshaw War Chief
Bigigh Weautons, War Chief of the Wabash Nation
Barkskin, of the Penkeshaw Nation
Grand Joseph, Great Chief of the Weatons Nation
Wapeteet, War Chief of the Payughrya Nation
Toma, War Chief of the Pawaura Nation
Little Elk, an Indian Chief
 
Location. 39° 56.592′ N, 75° 8.892′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Pine Street. Touch for map. The Tribal Chieftains marker is located on the grounds of St. Peter's Churchyard Cemetery which

Commodore Stephen Decatur image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2011
2. Commodore Stephen Decatur
Commodore Stephen Decatur is also buried in St Peter's Churchyard Cemetery
is in the rear of the Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 313 Pine Street, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Peter's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Thaddeus Kosciuszko (within shouting distance of this marker); James Forten (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Thaddeus Kosciuszko (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capt. Charles Massey House (about 500 feet away); Society Hill / The New Market and Head House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Queen Village / The New Market and Head House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
Commodore Stephen Decatur image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2011
3. Commodore Stephen Decatur
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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