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Levi Itawamba Minco Colbert, Chief, Major

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Muscle Shoals, Colbert, Alabama, United States
Death: June 02, 1834 (71-79)
Buzzard Roost Spring, Colbert, Alabama, United States (Pneumonia)
Place of Burial: Buzzard Roost, Colbert, Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. James Logan Colbert and Sopha wife #2 Colbert, Iksa Incunnomar
Husband of Ishtimmarharlechar Colbert; Temusharhoctay "Dollie" Colbert (Chickasaw); Mintahoyo Colbert, Iksa Imatapo and Seletia Colbert
Father of Charlotte James; McKinney Colbert; Benjamin Colbert; Martin Colbert; Leila Alzira Pitchlynn and 18 others
Brother of Samuel Colbert; George Tootemastubbe Colbert, Chief to the Chickasaw Nation and Joseph Colbert
Half brother of Maj. William Colbert, Cooshemataha Pahayeggo/Chickasaw; Sally Love; John Colbert; James Holmes Colbert and Susan Elizabeth Allen

Occupation: Chickasaw Chief in Chickasaw Nation, MS, before 1834
Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Maj. Levi "Itawamba Minco" Colbert

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Colbert

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52425730

Early life and education

One of six sons of James Logan Colbert (1721 - 1784), a North Carolinian settler of Scots descent, and his second wife Sopha Minta Hoye, a Chickasaw, Levi Colbert was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He and his mixed-race siblings grew up bilingual and were educated in both Chickasaw and European-American traditions. According to the entry in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, he was born in the Chickasaw Nation, in what is now Alabama, in 1759. He and his siblings grew up bilingual, educated in both Chickasaw and European-American traditions.

As the Chickasaw had a matrilineal kinship system of descent and inheritance, children were considered to belong to the mother's clan. They gained their status through her, and hereditary leadership for males was passed through the maternal line.

Removal

Levi Colbert and his brother George Colbert were prominent among the negotiators of the Chickasaw when meeting with US government officials related to treaties and removal.[10] Although opposed to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, [11] in a treaty meeting with General John Coffee and other United States representatives in November 1832, to keep peace, the Chickasaw chiefs of the council signed a treaty based on the tribe's removal west of the Mississippi River to Indian Territory. This treaty gave them only 25 cents per acre for their land, less than half that which was first promised.

In a long letter to President Andrew Jackson that November, Colbert noted the many complaints the chiefs had with the resulting treaty. He restated their position, and noted their belief that General Coffee had ignored their comments and viewpoints. They had wanted the tribe to keep control of money resulting from sale of their lands, they were not ready to choose land in Indian Territory, they did not want to share a reservation in Indian Territory with "half-breeds", and were dismayed at the way they had been treated by General Coffee. More than 40 chiefs who had attended the treaty council signed the letter with Colbert. They were chiefs of the clans and leading villages.

Colbert had been ill during the meeting and was unable to attend all the sessions. He died in 1834, years before his people finally agreed to a treaty and removed to Indian Territory.

Intra-tribal conflict

Colbert did not want conflict; he wanted peace with the US government, even if it meant giving up his people's land. He wanted to try to preserve his people's rights during negotiations, as they were pressured by increasing conflict with encroaching European-American settlers and governments. He was very concerned that the federal government was treating equally with mixed-race men he called "half-breeds." Although Colbert was of mixed descent, he had grown up identifying with the Chickasaw culture and his mother's clan. He believed some white men were marrying into the tribe just to try to get control of land. By the 1830s, he felt such men were ignoring traditional practices and the tribe's recognized chiefs in seeking personal gain.

Family

"He married three times. He married Ishtimmarharlechar. She was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Roll, Chickasaw Nation, MS, 1818. He married Temusharhoctay 'Dollie' (Schtimmarshashoctay) before 1795. Temusharhoctay was born before 1780. She was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Nation, MS, 1818. He married Mintahoyo House of Imatapo before 1799. Mintahoyo was born before 1799. Mintahoyo died after 1839." Most of the younger children were educated at Charity Hall school, a mile and a half from their home, (also called Bell Indian Mission). It has been described as "a mission school ... established in 1820, near Cotton Gin Port, Mississippi, by Rev. Robert Bell, under the auspices of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, for the education of Chickasaw children."

Death

Colbert died June 2, 1834, at Buzzard Roost, Alabama, His brother George Colbert succeeded him as leader of the Chickasaw.


Adoptive Father of Winchester Colbert

Maj. Levi "Itawamba Minco" Colbert was born 1759. Levi died 2 JUN 1834 in Buzzard Roost, Colbert Co., AL, at 74 years of age. His body was interred JUN 1834 in Buzzard Roost, Colbert Co., AL.

He married three times. He married Ishtimmarharlechar. She was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Roll, Chickasaw Nation, MS, 1818. He married Temusharhoctay 'Dollie' (Schtimmarshashoctay) before 1795. Temusharhoctay was born before 1780. She was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Nation, MS, 1818. He married Mintahoyo House of Imatapo before 1799. Mintahoyo was born before 1799. Mintahoyo died after 1839. She was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Roll, Chickasaw Nation, MS, 1818. She was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Nation, MS, 24 MAY 1834. She was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Census, Chickasaw Nation, IT, 1839.

He was listed as a resident in the census report in Chickasaw Roll, Chickasaw Nation, MS, 1818. Levi's occupation: Chickasaw Chief in Chickasaw Nation, MS, before 1834. Levi's will was probated in Monroe Co., MS, 24 NOV 1835. Levi Colbert died soon after the Chickasaw Treaty of 1834 was signed. He had served with the United States troops under General Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans and had long been recognized as a councilor by his people, the Chickasaw.

"Levi Colbert had 12 sons and 8 daughters." This statement is now known to be untrue, as it appears there were more children, and the possibility that there were more than three wives.

src: http://www.chickasawhistory.com/colbert/i0001073.htm#i1073

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Maj. Levi "Itawamba Minco" Colbert's Timeline

1759
1759
Muscle Shoals, Colbert, Alabama, United States
1785
1785
Age 26
1795
1795
Age 36
Pontotoc, Pontotoc, MS, United States
1800
1800
Age 41
Alabama, United States
1811
1811
Age 52
1813
1813
Age 54
MS, United States
1814
1814
- January 8, 1815
Age 55
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States