Tombstone Tuesday: Mathias Splitlog

MathiasSplitlogThe subject of today’s Tombstone Tuesday article has been referred to as the “millionaire Indian”.  By all accounts, like the 1980’s Smith-Barney advertisement, he “made money the old-fashion way” – he earned it.  His story is widely available, but this article is a summary highlighting his life and accomplishments in honor of November being National Native American Heritage Month.

Most family historians believe that Mathias Splitlog was born in 1812, although exactly where he was born is unclear.  Some believe he was born in Ontario, Canada and was one-half Cayuga Indian and one-half French, while others believe he was born in New York.  One source indicates that some believe he might have been stolen by Indians and reared by Wyandot Indians in Ohio.


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  1. My name is Walter I. Hate, Jr. My grandmother is Julia Anne Splitlog Nuckolls. She is buried in the cemetery at the Splitlog Church. My Mother Ida Mae Nuckolls Hare was born near the Splitlog Church.

  2. Correction: Walter I. HARE, Jr.


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