Hello. My name is Gillian and I have ended up here wondering if anyone can help. I had a very strange experience last year..that lead me to finding my biological great grandfather. The experience was so odd that I'm loathe to explain in detail for fear of sounding like a mad woman but I would like to post a picture of him that has come to light and I would be glad of your comments. Basically he looks Native American to me, although I am no expert. I think a number of you here seem very familiar with images from around 1890 or so. I'll try to post it up and I would appreciate your comments. Sorry to sound so cryptic !!!
Well, I´m not sure if we can say anything about your grandfather without any background on him. Was that photo made in Leeds, England? I´m not sure if he looks "Indian", certainly not like a fullblood. But let´s see what others think.
Thank Dietmar. Well it is a long story but briefly the man in the picture is one William Hannaway Rowe who was the most famous or infamous of the Sequahs see www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1139542 and yes the photo was taken in England and lodged in the National Archives. He most certainly travelled with Native American Indians as part of a "medicine show" and I'm seeking other images of him with Moses Carpenter aka Skarunyete (A Mowhawk) who died "on tour" and is buried in Middlesbrough UK . However I do have a good reason to believe that William himself was Lakota Sioux....lets see what the others say and thanks again. Wopila Best wishes Gillian
Absolutely no knowledge about his parents and no birth certificate found in the Uk but it is believed he was born around 1841 and it is recorded that he spoke another language fluently sources say it was not European ,just curious...
Quote << Youngsters' Indian tale From the Northern Echo, first published Sunday 20th Oct 2002.
THE tale of a native American who visited Teesside more than a century ago was retold by children from four Middlesbrough schools.
Pupils from Hall Garth Comprehensive, Tollesby special, Linthorpe junior and Easterside primary schools performed the Great Middlesbrough Medicine Show at Hall Garth's new Hexagon Theatre in Acklam.
The play was the culmination of work the youngsters have been doing with local artists as part of the Government's Creative Partnerships initiative.
The production was inspired by the story of the only Red Indian buried in Middlesbrough, a Mohawk called Skarunyete, who came to the town in 1885 with Cornishman William Hannaway Rowe on his return from Canada. Skarunyete, who adopted the name of Moses Carpenter, died in the town. >>
Cornish might sound not European, just curious, to ears unfamiliar with this old language.
Hello and thank you..I guess I do have every bit on William Hannaway Rowe from the net, other sources and a privately published thesis about him and all the information from The Wellcome Foundation.He ended up in Southampton and that is where he was observed with Mortar Board and Cap speaking this language. He also appeared as The Master Masseur and self published a book on Electro Theraphy Message around 1900. I don't think he is a full blood Native American but he doesn't look English either. I was just wondering if anyone could identify him with any other Siouxian families from the photo..Many thanks for your kind comments and help so far