Chief Charles OBATOSSAWAY

Male 1860 - 1950  (90 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Charles OBATOSSAWAY 
    Prefix Chief 
    Born 23 Feb 1860  Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Apr 1950  Sucker Creek, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 Apr 1950  Sucker Creek Cemetery, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I60301  Manitoulin Roots
    Last Modified 26 May 2012 

    Father Chief George OBATOSSAWAY,   b. Abt 1825, Mackinaw, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Sarah NEWMAN,   b. 7 Apr 1832, Coburg, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1909, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Family ID F5102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Jane THOMPSON,   b. 1862, Garden River, Vankoughuet Township, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 6 Jul 1880  Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ontario Vital Records - Marriages # 001 045 - 1880
      Charles OBETOSSAWAY, 21, Indian, Manitoulin Island, Garden River, s/o George & Sarah, married Mary Jane THOMPSON, 18, Riviere aux Desert, Garden River, d/o Jacob & Mary, witn: Thomas OBETEAAWAY & Jacob THOMPSON, 6 July 18 80 at Sault Ste. Marie
    Children 
    +1. James THOMPSON,   b. 1890, Howland Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1942, Espanola, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     2. Norman OBATOSSAWAY,   b. 14 May 1890, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1934, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     3. Thomas OBATOSSAWAY,   b. Abt 1890,   d. Aft Apr 1950  (Age ~ 60 years)
     4. Alexander OBATOSSAWAY,   b. Abt 1890
     5. Henry OBATOSSAWAY,   b. 1894, Sucker Creek, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Apr 1950  (Age 56 years)
     6. Frank Wilson OBATOSSAWAY,   b. 20 Oct 1905, Sucker Creek, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1975, Sucker Creek, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2009 
    Family ID F5355  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1891 Ontario Census, Algoma, Little Current and Howland, Household #213
      ABERTOSAWAY Charles male 31 married Head Ontario Ontario Quebec Church of England Farmer
      ABERTOSAWAY Mary J. female 27 married Wife Ontario Ontario Ontario
      ABERTOSAWAY William male 10 Son Ontario Ontario Ontario
      ABERTOSAWAY Sarah female 8 Daughter Ontario Ontario Ontario
      ABERTOSAWAY James male 5 Son Ontario Ontario Ontario
      ABERTOSAWAY Maggie female 3 Daughter Ontario Ontario Ontario
      ABERTOSAWAY Newman male 1 Son Ontario Ontario Ontario

      Obituary, uncited
      "Chief Charlie" Passes at 90 (handwritten Appr 16 1950)
      Chief Charles Abbatossaway died Sunday at his home at Sucker Creek Reserve in his 91st year. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Sucker Creek School by Canon R. Haines. Interment was in Sucker creek Indian Cemetery.
      Chief of the Sucker Creek Reserve for 55 years, Chief Abbatossaway was one of the best known and most respected citizens of his generation on Manitoulin Island. he was the last living link with Wabejong, Indian settlement which stood on the site of the present Little Current.
      Born February 23, 1860, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Abbatossaway. His father was a son of a chief of the Chippawas who came from Michigan to settle in Canada under the Union Jack following the war of 1812. His mother was an Irish girl by the name of O'Meara who was employed in the household of Rev. and Mrs. F.A. O'Meara, Anglican Church missionaries at Manitowaning.
      "Chief Charlie" as he was popularly known, retained his faculties despite his advanced age. At his 90th birthday party at Sucker Creek school just eight weeks ago, he told The Expositor he was getting a "little hard of hearing," but his greatest fear was that he would live to be as old as his grandmother who reached the great age of 130.
      A devout member of the Anglican Church, on that occasion he said, "The Son of Man must be very happy when the whole world celebrates his birthday (at Christmas) because I have been so happy that so many of you have come to celebrate mine." Resdients of the reserve crowded the schoolhouse to pay their respects, and the gala occasion included a big birthday cake replete with 90 candles.
      Chief Abbatossaway had been ill in St. Joseph's Hospital for two weeks, and was removed to his home at Sucker Creek only a week ago. He is survived by three sons, Tom, Harry, and Frank. His wife predeceased him in 1931.
      Pallbearers were Richard, John and Smith McGraw, Clarence Nahwegabo, Stewart and Abbatossaway, and his grandchildren.

      Through The Years, Vol. VI, No., IV, February 1989, page 3
      In the News - 1950 APRIL:
      Chief Charles Abbotossaway died at his home in the Sucker Creek Reserve in his 91st year.