Iowa and Otoe Genealogy
Ioway heritage (also known as Iowa heritage) is a mixture of not only Ioway blood, but also Otoe, Omaha, Missouri, and other tribes, as well as Ma’unke (whiteman), especially French.
Originally the Iowa (or Ioway – the two terms are interchangeable) and Otoe (or Oto) were part of the same moundbuilder Indian nation of the upper Mississippi, along with the Missouri (Missouria) and Winnebago (Hochunk; Hocak). The original nation split up by the 1600s into their historical identities as Iowa, Otoe, Missouri, etc.
The Iowa, Oto, and Missouri homelands were in Iowa, southern Minnesota, and northern Missouri.
By the mid-1700s, the Otoe had moved to Nebraska. After disasterous wars, the remaining Missouri joined the Otoe in Nebraska by the early 1800s. The Iowa remained in Iowa and northern Missouri until 1836, when they were removed to a new reservation in Kansas. Some Iowa eventually moved to Oklahoma. All of the Otoe moved to Oklahoma.
As small tribes, the Iowa and Otoe-Missouria intermarried a lot with other tribes, like the Sauk and Meskwaki (or Sac and Fox), as well as with French traders and American farmers. The mixed-bloods for a time had their own reservation in Nebraska, called the Nemaha Reservation. That was dissolved in the 1860s and the mixed-bloods moved down to the Iowa reservation in Kansas to rejoin fullblood families there. All were allotted individual family lands on the reservation there. Because the lands along the Missouri and Nemaha were rich, many white men married Indian women to get their lands. Today, Iowa descendants run the gamut in appearance from fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes, to looking full-on Indian with black hair. Many more Otoe retained their Indian appearance.
Because the Iowa and Otoe-Missouria were the same people originally, and because the two tribes have also intermarried over the centuries, we will include resources for both tribes. Tribes are political entities, while families and clans are kinship-based entities.
Family Names (Surnames) from Ioway rolls and documents
Some names have alternate spellings. Some surnames actually may be associated with other tribes originally, but descendants of that lineage are on Ioway rolls due to intermarriage between various tribes and the Ioway. For example, Deroin has Otoe lineage, Murphy and LeClere have Sac and Fox (actually Sauk) lineage, and Barada has Omaha lineage, as well as Ioway. Most Ioway descendants today have the bloodlines of several tribes in them.
Here is a partial list of surnames found on Ioway rolls and documents pertaining to the Ioway. Names of people actively researching the genealogy of a particular name and willing to share their research are listed, where known, after the surname. Take the spaces and at out of the email addresses and insert the @ symbol instead to get a working email address. We write them this way so spam bots won’t pick them up.
If you have information you are willing to share on a particular surname, or know of a surname not listed here, please email us, and we will post your contact information.
Barada researcher: Jean Dobson Sellars; email: sjeanbug at aol.com
Baskette researcher: Virginia Kathaleen Wills; email: kathywills at kathywillsfamily.com; website: https://www.kathywillsfamily.com
Deroin / DeRoin / Derion / Dorion
Virginia Kathaleen Wills; email: kathywills at kathywillsfamily.com; website: https://www.kathywillsfamily.com
Dupuis researcher: Kari Pitman; email: kpitma4 at hotmail.com
Foster researcher: Lance Foster; email
Franklin researcher: Susan Suttle-White; email: skwhite41 at aol.com
Kathanimane / Kathan-imahe (also see “Green”)
Murphy researcher: Lance Foster; email
Neff / Nave
Roubidoux researcher: Marilyn Roubidoux; email: roubidou at umich.edu
Roy researcher: Susan Suttle-White; email: skwhite41 at aol.com
Spoonamore / Sponamore / Spoonemore
Spoonamore researcher: Susan Suttle-White; email: skwhite41 at aol.com
Story / Storey
Story researcher: Lance Foster; email
Welch researcher: Sandra Shields Cook; email: sandra_l_cook at sbcglobal.net