Peter Manaige
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Peter Manaige (1818 - 1898)

Peter Manaige aka Manaigre
Born in Wisconsin, Illinois Territory, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 25 Sep 1839 in Portage, Kalamazoo, Michigan Territory, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in McPherson, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USAmap
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Peter Manaige was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.



Peter's obituary states he was born in Broome County, NY. That is inaccurate. It also states his father served in the Revolutionary War, but he was probably born no earlier than 1779, and is documented as having fought in the War of 1812.


His father had been born with the name "Louis Fromme Menaigre," but in the course of his life had been recorded under several different versions of his surname, the last being "Manaige." Peter's surname as "Manaige" is universally attested. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]


Peter was born 17 Jul 1818 in Wisconsin, the son of Louis Fromme dit Menaigre and Margaret Grignon. [1] [2] [3] [4] [6] [7] [9] [10]


On 28 September 1838, the following affidavit was given: "The eldest [son is] called Peter and is about 18 years old. ... [Louis Manaigre's] children all speak Winnebago and his son Peter is a very good interpreter and has acted in that capacity very often for the commanding officer at Fort [45] Winnebago for which he received no compensation. He has a very great influence with the Indians, is a young [man] of exemplary habits, and is calculated to be of great service not only to the Indians, but to the government." [11]

"[In 1842] moved to Clinton county, Iowa, where he engaged in merchandising." [12]

"In 1846 was appointed interpreter for the Winnebago Indians." [13]

As of Sept. 30, 1863, Peter was working on the Winnebago Agency in Minnesota as an interpreter for $400 per annum. [10]

Marriage and Children

"Archie, Margaret, Charles, Paul, Josephine, Angelina, Teressa, William L., Edward, Henry, are the children." [14] [3]


Congressional records show that Peter held land in McPherson, Blue Earth County: Township 107 South, Range 25 East, Section 16, NE ¼ of NW ¼; and Township 107 South, Range 25 East, Section 10, SE ¼ of SW ¼. This is near land owned by his brother Charles. [15]


1830 — "Peter moved with his parents to Portage, Wisconsin, in 1830." [16]

1842 — "in 1840 he married Miss A. Decorah and two years after moved to Clinton county, Iowa." [17]

1848 — having been appointed interpreter, "In that capacity he came to Minnesota in 1848 and located at Long Prairie." [18]

1850 — Long Prairie, Wahnahta, Minnesota Territory, USA. [7]

1855 — in 1855 he came to McPherson [in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota Territory.] [19]

21 Sep 1857 — Winnebago Reservation, Blue Earth, Minnesota Territory, USA. [1] [2] [3] [6] [7] [8] [9]

1860 — Mankato Township, Blue Earth County, MN. [8] [9]

30 Sep 1863 — Winnebago agency. [10]

1870 — Post Office: Winnebago Agency, McPherson, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA. [1]

1880 — McPherson, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA.


He died 25 Feb 1898 in McPherson, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA, and is buried in Saint Clair, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States of America. [2]


File: Media Format: jpg. Peter Manaige from Pat Cates and Linda Waggoner.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Source: #S1242539764 Year: 1870; Census Place: McPherson, Blue Earth, Minnesota; Roll: T132_1; Page: 466; Family History Library Film: 830421 Ancestry Record 7163 #41659008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Source: #S1242539285 Ancestry Record 60525 #124993856
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Source: #S1242544562 Year: 1880; Census Place: Mcpherson, Blue Earth, Minnesota; Roll: 615; Page: 267B; Enumeration District: 003 Ancestry Record 6742 #33004789
  4. 4.0 4.1 Source: #S1242538953 Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services; Helena, Montana; Montana Death Records Ancestry Record 5437 #60839913
  5. Source: #S1242539438 Ancestry Record 60901 #611873323
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Source: #S1242544609 Ancestry Record 1058 #1129401
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Source: #S1242544689 Year: 1850; Census Place: Long Prairie, Wahnahta, Minnesota Territory; Roll: M432_367; Page: 65A; Image: 131 Ancestry Record 8054 #3328815
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Source: #S1242548181 Ancestry Record 3555 #13213243
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Source: #S1242544579 Year: 1860; Census Place: Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota; Roll: M653_567; Page: 134; Family History Library Film: 803567 Ancestry Record 7667 #45457096
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Source: #S1242565607 Ancestry Record 2525 #2264666
  11. #Waggoner, 44b-45a.
  12. #Neill-Bryant, 601.
  13. #Neill-Bryant, 601.
  14. #Neill-Bryant, 601.
  15. House Document, 186, p. 460
  16. #Neill-Bryant, 601.
  17. #Neill-Bryant, 601.
  18. #Neill-Bryant, 601.
  19. #Neill-Bryant, 601.

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Manaige-22 and Manaigre-10 appear to represent the same person because: Hi Richard,

I mistakenly entered Peter when he was already in. Can we merge the two records?



posted by Sue Otness

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