Little Turtle Site-Lawton Place Cemetery
The cemetery is located at 634 Lawton Place, Fort Wayne IN. The cemetery is no longer in use.
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In some instances the stones were very worn and hard to read. The DAR did a reading in 1932 and the Allen County Genealogical Society did a reading in the 1980ís. The information from these readings was used if the stones were unreadable or if the stones were not found.
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Chief Little Turtle was one of the most feared and respected native leaders during the frontier wars of the 1880s and 1890s when Fort Wayne was born. Known to his Miami people as Meshekinnoquah, Little Turtle is thought to have been born in 1752 in a village along the Eel River a few miles northeast of Columbia City.
Little Turtle rose to prominence as a warrior in 1780. As war chief of the Miami nation, he led them in defeat of the United States irregulars of Colonel Auguste LaBalme who attacked the Miami town of Kekionga (present-day Fort Wayne). In 1790, when the U. S. Army under General Josiah Harmar was sent by President Washington to destroy the Indiana towns at the Three Rivers, Little Turtle assembled warriors from the region and defeated General Harmarís troops at the Battle of Kekionga on October 22, 1790. In 1791, at the present-day side of Fort Recovery, Ohio, the Indians under Little Turtle again defeated the U. S. Army troops, this time under territorial governor General Arthur St. Clair, in the Armyís worst defeat ever at the hands of native peoples. When General Anthony Wayne finally defeated the Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794, Little Turtle participated in the battle with the Indiana confederacy, but he was not the leader.
After his military career, Little Turtle was a diplomat for his people. He was a principal negotiator for the Indians at the Treaty of Greenville in 1795 and made four trips to the nationís capital, meeting with Presidents George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson (twice). He sought help from the Society of Friends (Quakers) to bring new farming methods to the Indians and sought federal assistance to end the illegal liquor traffic.
Little Turtle died on July 14, 1812, and was laid to rest with full U. S. military honors in the Miami burial grounds.
Plaque Number Two
Chief Little Turtle 1752 Ė 1812
Me-She-Kin-No-Quah, Chief of the Miami Indians, teacher of his people, friend of the United States.
His endeavors toward peace should serve as an inspiration for future generations. This plot of ground, the last resting place of Chief Little Turtle, is dedicated to the children of America and made a public park in 1959 through the generosity of Eleanor Smeltzly and Mary Cather Smeltzly under the Auspices of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society.
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