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Maggie Goodteacher (Wabasha)

Also Known As: "Hanyetusnawin", "Maggie Chase"
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States
Death: June 02, 1909 (53)
Santee, Knox, NE, United States
Place of Burial: Santee, Knox, NE, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas George Wabasha and Mary Wabasha
Wife of William Goodteacher
Partner of Jesse James, American Outlaw
Mother of Joe Jesse "Tazmawaste" Chase; Nina Johnson; Jane Godfrey; Cora Goodteacher; Owen Goodteacher and 4 others
Sister of Mdoza Thompson

Managed by: Patti Kay Gourley
Last Updated:

About Maggie Goodteacher

Margaret Hanyetusnawin “Maggie” Wabasha Goodteacher BIRTH 2 May 1856 Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA DEATH 2 Jun 1909 (aged 53) Santee, Knox County, Nebraska, USA BURIAL Holy Faith Cemetery Knox County, Nebraska,

Maggie Wabasha Chase Goodteacher died June 2, 1909 at the Santee Reservation, Nebraska.

the story


From " ECHOES OF THE PAST AND ALONG PIONEER TRAILS IN PIERCE COUNTY NEBRASKA" Fourth Edition, Esther Kolterman Hansen 1976 UNION COLLEGE PRESS Lincoln, Nebraska Regarding the James brothers, Jesse and Frank:

"In 1869, Chase said, Jesse and Frank robbed a bank in South Dakota and were pressed by the law. Fleeing they reached the Devil's Nest on the Nebraska side of the river........The brothers met two beautiful Indian sisters, the daughters of Thomas Wabusha. Jesse took a wife, Maggie Wabusha, Frank took the other sister. Joe Jesse "Chase" James was born to Jesse "Chase" James and Maggie Wabusha in 1870. Several months later the other Wabusha sister gave birth to a girl, who was named Emma.....

The Chases gave their Indian wives a lot of money and told them they were going away for a long time. Joe Chase said the James boys wrote to their Indian wives a number of times, but the sisters' mother, Mrs. Thomas Wabusha, would not allow her daughters to reply. She did not want them to have any more to do with the gun-totting James’.

She also feared the Government would take away their children because they were children of white men and kept them in hiding when a white man came near.

Maggie Wabusha later married William Good Teacher. The other sister went to Minnesota, leaving daughter Emma behind, and Maggie and her husband raised her.

Jesse James lived in St. Joseph, Missouri under the name of Thomas Howard, and as far as anyone knew was a respectable and more than ordinary pious business man."



"In 1870, Jesse W. James wed Maggie ( Redwing ) Wabuska ( sometimes called Matuska ), a Sioux Indian woman." ( see "Jesse James Was One of His Names," 1975, page 272 )


Famous Jesse James 1st met Mary Walks Looking travelling with her mother & Chief - Lone Man's family in TN in fall of 1876. He did not marry her until 1879 in Neb., as Emma Wabasha in Neb. She was actually about 10-years old when he married her.

Jesse wanted children and Zee Mimms wouldn't have his children. He was good enough to support her and her family that she had move there. But she wouldn't have children with him. While Jesse stayed with his older nephew's family and took the place of this nephew's younger brother in Chief - Lone Man's family while they lived in MO. He had called his nephew's mother "Maw!" Zee Mimms was afraid that the darker Indian blood would come through to their children. So she slept with Charley Bigelow and got with child while Jesse was away and tried to pass this boy off as Jesse's son. EXCEPT: Charley BIGELOW was from black ancestry and the son had these features.

Jesse left Zee Mimms in 1878. He m: Martha Nevil in 1880 at Stone Plantation in TX. (no children) He left her not long after he married her and went to Mary Walks Looking, as Emma Wabashaw living with the family in Neb.


 Yes Rollie that is pretty much the story but I have found a lot of flaws in it.  I have never found his name as Joe Jesse Chase, it has always been Joseph Chase or Joseph C. Chase in all church and civil record.

 The story says two brothers named Chase,  according to Emma's marriage license her fathers name was Walker.  I have found some records that refer to Joe Chase's father as Jesse Chase.

The story goes, on 4 July 1870, about 4 months after Joe was born the James bros. peaceful interlude ended. Jaenecque was found dead when his family returned from a 4th of July celebration.  This actually did happen BUT not in 1870 as Joe Jesse Chase said, his name was Anthony Genick it happened July 4, 1883 when Joe Jesse Chase was 13 years old.  Genicks family did go to town for 4th of July celebrations when they returned they found Genick dead next to a gun and had $7,000 in his pockets.  I found the story in three different newspapers.  As far as the claim that Frank James said he was killed for cheating the gang, what outlaw would leave that much money($7000) in their victims pockets?

Maggie WABASHA later married William GOOD (Goodteacher).  "Maggie's sister went to Minn. and was never heard from again" according to the story.  Maggie's sister's name was Mdoza or Bdoza according to Emma's marriage license it was Mdoza which means Loon.  Mdoza married James Thompson, a Santee Sioux, and she died at Santee in 1881 according to her mothers Heirship Report, only by death did she abandon her child.  "Emma was raised in the Good Teacher home as a sister to Joe".  According to the 1880 Indian census, which only gives head of household and age groupings, It looks like a 10 year old boy and a 10 year old girl are living in the Thompson household.  In the Goodteacher house hold the children are 2 girls under 5 and one boy under 5 so this wouldn't have been Joe and Emma they were probably living with the Thompsons.

My information  comes from Santee Mission Church Records, Flandreau S. D. Church records, Newspapers, Marriage Certificate, Census, Heirship Report of Maggie and Mdoza's mother Hdonicewin.  Hdonicewin died in 1915, out living all three of her children( George Thomas, Bdoza, & Maggie).  In the Heirship report is an interview with William Goodteacher the husband of Maggie.  Here is what William Goodteacher said about the parents of Emma and Joseph:

Q. How many times was Maggie Goodteacher married?

A. Two times.

Q. What was the name of her first husband?

A. Jesse Chase

Q. When how and where did Maggie and Jesse Chase marry?

A. About 1869 by Indian Custom in Nebraska

Q. When how and where were Jesse Chase and Maggie separated?

A. About 1870, by Indian Custom in Nebraska after the birth of their son Joseph Chase.

Q. Is Jesse Chase dead or alive?

A. Dead

It goes on to ask questions about her marriage to William Goodteacher.  This interview was conducted Aug. 3, 1915.

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Maggie Goodteacher's Timeline

Minnesota, United States
March 13, 1870
Age 14
Santee, Knox County, Nebraska, United States
March 1877
Age 21
Nebraska, United States
February 1881
Age 25
Nebraska, United States
Age 28
Age 29
Nebraska, United States
Age 31
Nebraska, United States
Age 37
March 1896
Age 40
Nebraska, United States