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wife of Pucksinwah Mary Shawnee (Iacc)

Also Known As: "Methelashe", "Methotasa", "Methotashe Opessa", "Marguerite Mary Iacc"
Birthplace: Barrackville, Harrison, West Virginia, Hampshire, United States
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Federick Ice, II and Mary Ice
Wife of Puckeshinwa, Shawnee War Chief
Mother of Tecumsh Shonee son of Puckeshinwa; Tecumseh; Chiksiska; Kumskaka Shawnee Indian; Sauwaseekau (A Door Open) Shawnee Indian and 8 others
Sister of John "Old Lonely' Ice; James Snodgrass Ice; William "Indian Billy" Ice and Christina Ice / Iaac
Half sister of Andrew Ice, I; Magdalene Ice; Frederick Ice, III; Abraham Ice and David Gallion Ice

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About Methotasa

Tecumseh, Son of Pucksinwah -- " The Shawnee War Chief." ---part 4

Continuation of Lineage--

Mother --Methotasa After Pucksinwah's death, Methotasa returned to her adopted village taking the small children with her for a couple of years. Then the children became the ward of Chiungella, and he was their surrigate father. Methotasa died in 1789. Children of Pucksinwah and Methotasa are as follows;

1-- Son--Chiksiska Was born in the spring of 1756. He inherited his fathers powers of prediction. He was a good hunter and warrior. Married a cherokee woman in which there are no records. Was with his father at his time of death, making promise to care for his brothers. He had 3 children-- 2 girls and 1 son, who all died with small pox. He predicted his own death. His wife out lived him. Made their home in Running Water Village. Died April 13, 1788 as he predicted, in battle.

2-- daughter-- Tecumesa Born in summer 1758. Married Chaquiweshe March 2, 1774. Chaquiweshe was called Chaqui-- unsoma " The Mink " Pucksinwah predicted his death. He died just before his son's birth. Tecumesa and Chaqui's son was born December 2, 1774. Son's name was Spemica Lawba-- unsoma--Big Horn. He married Pskipahcah Ouiskelotha --unsoma, Bluebird in 1779. Their child, a girl; Psquawwe Sisqui, born 1780, unsoma, Red Leaf. Spemica Lawba was the only Indian in Ohio History to be buried with full United States Military Honors. He died November 25, 1812, known as Johnny Logan. Tecumesa remarried--Waseyoboah, their marriage did not last. They divorced. She helped to care for other children in the family as well as Tecumseh's children.

3 -- daughter -- No record only that she died young with Small pox in 1661.

4-- Son Tecumseh-- Born March 9, 1768. Married Mohnetohse. Birth of son 1- Mahyahwekawpawe-- July 1795. Divorced Mohnetohse. Married Mamate, not for love but to care for his son. Had son 2--Naythawaynah. Mamate died soon after birth. Son's were cared for by Tecumpesa. Not much known about his sons. Tecumseh, by 1808, became a Shawnee Chief. Early in life, he had developed a strong anger towards European encroachment. He argued that no sale of land to whites was really valid without consent from all tribes. This was due to the language of the Greenville Treaty of 1795. During the war of 1812, he was closely aligned with the British. He attained the rank of Brigadier General in the British Army. Like his father, he too, had the gift of predictions. He predicted his own death, and also the Madrid Earthquake, which changed the course of the MIssissippi River and was one of the most powerful earthquakes of all time. There will be more written in this series. He died at the Battle of the Thames, October 5,1813.

5--- Daughter-- Nehaacemo -- Born in summer of 1769. Have not ben able to find records in her regards.

6--- Triplet Son --Kunskaka -- unsoma, A cat that Flies in the air--meaning the great horned owl. Was Born January 30, 1771. Was of good nature and joyful. Death unknown.

7--- Triplet Son --Sauwaseekau --unsoma, A door opened. Was born January 30, 1771. Curious in nature, good hunter, good warrior. Very close to sister Tecumpesa. Also was able to predict. Death unknown.

8 -- Triplet son -- Lowawluwaysica-- unsoma-- He makes Loud noise. Smallest of the triplets, born January 30, 1771. Changed name to Tenskwatawa and became the Shawnee Prophet. He shamed the family by his laziness and lack of courage. Therefore, it was a surprise to everone when he arose from a dead faint declaring that he had been told by " His Grandmother" ( a Shawnee deity ) that he was to be a great prophet, and caused him to change his name, unsoma --The open door. He instructed the people to rid themselves of all the ways of the white man and return to the pure ways of their Shawnee ancestors. He predicted a eclipse of the sun, which amazed all the Indians, to which the tribe cleansed themslves for a while of intoxicating liquors and evil-doers, and other tribes took notice and came to join the Shawnees at Prophet's Town. However in 1813, Henry Harrison attacked Prophet's Town and Tenskwatawa told his people that the bullets of the white man would not harm them, and sent them into battle, against the advice of other Chiefs. This massacre at the hands of Harrison dashed the Indians' hopes of ever conquering the white man, and destroyed their dreams. The confederation of tribes started to fall apart after this defeat, and he soon lost his influence. He removed to Canada for a time, the on to Missouri and then to Kansas, where he died in 1837.

Adopted Children--

9 -- John Sparks-- was adopted by Pucksinwah and Methotasa-- at the age of 8. He was born abt 1760 and brought back by a raiding party. Custom of Shawnees to adopt to replace children who are lost. No more records are found. He became the ward of Chiungelha after Pucksinwah's death.

10-- Stephen Ruddell -- was adopted by Pucksinwah and Methotasa-- at the age of about 6 months. He was rescued after his mother had tossed him into a fire to prevent capture. Tecumseh's constant boyhood companion.He was born abt 1767.Was given the name of Sinnanatha. His two brothers Abram and John were with other Shawnee parents. They were all returned to the White Nation, the attorney General after about 14 years with the Shawnee Nation.

11 -- Wehyahpihehasehnwah -- Marmaduke Van Swearingen -- unsoma --Blue Jacket He was 17 years old when Pucksinwah and Methotasa adopted him. He became a War Chief. This story will be told in another part of this series.

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A tree states that: Techacha Rising Sun Morning Star Kishpoko

  • Birth 1715 in Pennsylvania, Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Death 1765 in Ohio, United States

is the daughter of Pucksinwah Shawnee (1737 – 1774) & Methotasa Shawnee (1739 – 1789)

She is not include in the profiles under the couple - thus leaving only this note with connections.

Tecompolas Margaret Collins (---) was connected as a daughter - but from the books: Green, Don with Schultz, Noel. Shawnee Heritage I. Second Edition. Published by 2008. ISBN 978-1-4357-1573-8./ Green, Don. Shawnee Heritage II. First Edition, Published by 2008. ISBN: 978-0-557-03605-9. It is said her lineage is:

Straight Tail aka Meaurroway - Pekowi. He was born about 1630 in Ohio and died 1709 in PA. He was the husband in 1650 of a Pekowi Woman who had been born about 1635 Their children were:

Opessa Straight Tail was born 1664 and died after 1760. His first wife was Margaret Pekowi, who had been born about 1670 and died 1710 in Maryland. Their children were:

Lyparkoweh Straight Tail aka Loyparkoweh Opessa born about 1702 or 1705 and died after 1760. His first wife was Nancy. She was born about 1706 or 1710 in Maryland and died after 1752 in Alabama. Their children were:

2. Sarah Opessa aka Older Daughter of Loyparkaweh was born 1727 and died after 1768. She was the mother of Tecumoplas born 1742 and the grandmother of Jane Collins born 1768

Tecumoplas Margaret born 1742 in Maryland, the daughter of Older Daughter-Sarah Opessa and Pekowi Man. She died after 1791 in WV (?). She was the first cousin of Tecumseh and the wife of Rupert Collins, white.


Who was the mother of Tecumseh?

Her Shawnee name was Methotasa, meaning "A turtle laying her eggs in the sand. But where did she come from? Most of the books you read will tell you that the Shawnee's capture her while fighting the Cherokee, and the great chief Pucksinwah, married her. She became the mother of Chiksika, Tecumapese, Tecumseh, and the triplets, Sauwaseekau, Kumskaka, Tenskwatawa, who later became known as Lowawluwaysica (The Prophet, although most who have studied about this family know that he was not the prophet, it was his brother Tecumseh). Later they would adopt two white girls and a white boy who were taken as captives after fights with the white people.

Many people will tell you that Methotasa was first a Mohawk, or from some other tribe before she was taken by, or traded to the Cherokee. But, Methotasa was not Native American at all. Methotasa, mother of Tecumseh, was born, Marguerite Mary Iaac. She was born between 1728 and 1737 in Hampshire Co. WV. Her parents were Frederick Iaac Jr. who was born about 1713 in Holland and died in Monongalia Co. WV. And Mary Galloway, born about 1690.

While Frederick and some men were out one day, many members of his family were attacked and killed by a band of indians. His wife Mary Galloway Iaac was among those found dead.

Some of the children were taken as captives, Marguerite Mary Iaac, who was between the age of 5 and 10, William Iaac, John Iaac, and Christina Iaac. Marguerite Mary Iaac ended up with the Cherokee, she may have been traded to them, or sold, or captured by them. It was told that she had flaming red hair and was very pretty. She spent many years with the Cherokee, but was taken captive by the Shawnee after a battle between the two tribes. Mary soon became a favorite in the eyes of the Shawnee Chief, Pucksinwah, and they were married. That is who Methotasa really was.

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Methotasa's Timeline

Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky, United States
Hampshire, United States
Age 17
Ohio, United States
March 9, 1768
Age 29
Shawnee village of Piqua on Mad river, about 6 in. southwest of the present Springfield, Ohio
Age 31
January 30, 1771
Age 32
January 30, 1771
Age 32
Age 36
Age 86