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Bourassa, Theodore Santa

Born on June 25, 1842 at Sugar Creek, Kansas, Theodore Santa Anna was the son of Jude Bourassa and Catherine Charet. With the Bourassa’s closely associated with the Catholic Missionaries, church records indicate that Father Christiaan Hoeken christened Theodore on June 27, 1842 at two days old. During the Civil War, Theodore volunteered to fight for the north and was assigned to the 18th Battalion, Kansas Cavalry, Company A.

On January 26, 1872 he married a Potawatomi woman named Margaret Ellen Muller in Kansas and the couple had eleven children. During the 1887 allotment of the Citizen Potawatomi Reserve in Indian Territory, Theodore selected allotment 785, near Wanette, Oklahoma. In 1898, at the age of 56, he volunteered again to fight with the Kansas Cavalry in the Spanish-American War. Theodore Santa Anna Bourassa died at his home on November 26, 1930 and is buried in the Wanette Cemetery.


Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center. 2005. Bourassa Family Manuscripts

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