This is what Stanford (Sandy) Taylor
wrote about the Brokenjaw. "It is part of one of my books"
Joylene Tibbitts writes. "Here it is": Joy
Archival records show three history
cards for Brokenjaw, which usually shows the children of
First card shows Knows the Country, as
his son, with no mothers name.
The second shows Esther Brokenjaw
Hairy Bear Little Cook, as his daughter, with no known
The last card shows Brokenjaw and wife
Nujawin, and their children as, Luther Brokenjaw, Lewis
Brokenjaw, and Benjamin Brokenjaw.
At the time of his death he was living
with a Yankton Sioux woman, but they didnt have children.
He died April 6, 1898.
The following was taken from notes my
mother, Velma Louise Pensoneau Jones, Mrs. Lee Jones, left.
Broken Jaw was father of:
1. Knows the Country, son
2. Standing Bear, son
3. Big Snake, son
4. Standing Buffalo, son
Esther Broken Jaw, Little Cook, Hairy
Bear. Esther's mother was Four Eyes. Her descendant, Franklin was Four Eyes but later became
Fireshaker, as is the way of the Ponca to update a
name according to the present ways in which they live.
entertained Franklin and his daughter, Alena in the year c. later part of the 20th century.
Franklin's daughter was studying to be a P.A. at the time.
She is a beautiful and highly intelligent woman. Her mother
was a personal caretaker to the late Randolf Hearst's wife
Dan Jones's last work of art is a
meticulously formed bronze eagle. On the back he records our
connection with Franklin Fireshaker, giving him credit for
his keeping the legend of Eagle Boy alive through Frandlin's
artwork. Franklin was also an actor.
Esther was the sister to Lewis Broken Jaw
who lived in the north. Esther lived here at Ponca City,
Oklahoma on her and Sam Little Cook's allotment along the
Salt Fork River. She was buried there close
to the fence line. Her bones were reportedly plowed up years
later by the farmers who leased the land. I identified the
necklace she wore when buried.
Velma told. Many are the descendants of Broken Jaw:
Pensoneaus, Joneses, Arkeketa, Little Cook, Give's Water,
Liebs, Big Snake, Kemble, Cries for Ribs, No Ear, Brown, and
always love hearing stories passed down by families.
It makes these people come alive. It is sad to think
how many bones have been plowed up by farmers.
think Broken Jaw was born about 1826. I'm not sure
who his father was. Do you know? Knows The Country
was born about 1844 and is the oldest son of Broken
Jaw. Esther was born in 1848. Luther Brokenjaw was
born about 1863; Lewis Brokenjaw was born about
1865; Benjamin Brokenjaw was born in 1880. His
family was surely spread out!
Brokenjaw probate, allotted 26 May 1891, died 6
April 1898, heirs were the following:
Brokenjaw, son, 7/288
2. Jeffrey Knows the Country, grandson 24/288
3. Alberta Roy, granddaughter, 24/288
4. Joe Four Eyes, grandson, 24/288
5. Hairy Bear, son-in-law 18/288
6. Annie Little Cook Waters, granddaughter, 9/288
7. Philip No Ear, husband of granddaughter, 3/288
8. Katherine No Ear, daughter of granddaughter 2/ 288
9. Sarah No Ear, daughter of granddaughter 2/ 288
10. Sadie No Ear, daughter of granddaughter, 2/288
11. Creth Others (nee Little Cook), granddaughter 9/288
12. Lizzie (nee Little Cook) Pensoneau, granddaughter
13. Henry Little Cook, grandson, 9/ 288
14. David Little Cook, grandson, 9/288
15. Edward Brokenjaw, grandson, 24/288
16. Anna B. Rhodd, granddaughter, 24/288
17. Joseph Crazy Bear, son-in-law,, 12/ 288
18. Perry Crazy Bear, great grandson, 12/288
folder, Nebraska probate #95561-15, p. 1, Ponca
Tribe of Nebraska Archives)
also have a Joe Four Eyes Fire Eyes Fireshaker who
was the son of Ruth Fireshaker and Knows The
Country. He was the stepson of Fire Shaker.
Probate: Joe Four Eyes Okla Allot #357, died
intestate 1 October 1929, Okla probate #61691-31,
heirs were the following:
Augustus Fireshaker, son, 12/48
2. Portia Fireshaker Primeaux, daughter ,12/48
3. Franklin Fireshaker, son, 12/48
4. Katherine Cry Headman, dau. of
5. Helen P. Little Dance, dau. of sub. d. wf., 3/48
6. Peter Washington, son of of sub. d. wf, 3/48
7. Rose Cerre Roy, gr. dau of of sub. d. wf,, 1/48
8. Edna Cerre, gr. dau. of of sub. d. wf,, 1/48
9. Marvin Cerre, gr. son of of sub. d. wf,1/48
folder, Nebraska probate #95561-15, p. 2, Ponca
Tribe of Nebraska Archives)
famous brothers Standing Bear (1829-1908) and Big
Snake (1834-1879) were sons of Drum. I also believe
Standing Buffalo was the son of another chief named
"Standing Buffalo", but I'll have to check.
I got Big
Snake's birth year wrong. He was born about
1832. Yellowhorse, another brother of
Standing Bear and Big Snake was born about
1846 and died in 1926. They had sisters too,
but I'm not sure how many and what their
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