Mangus (1846-1901)

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Mangus
Chief Mangus

Son of Chief Mangus Coloradas. Seth-mooda was his full brother. His full sisters were Dos-teh-seh, who was wife of Chief Cochise of the Chiricahuas, and mother of Chiefs Taza and Naiche; Nah-ke-de-sah, who married a Bedonkohe named Goonah-hleenah and was the mother of Sam Haozous and Ilth-tooda who married a Chiricahua, Astoyey, and had children Ben and Lena, both of whom died at Fort Sill.

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Seth-mooda had a son, Gail Marko, who died at Fort Sill. His other wife was Bey-it-tsun, daughter of Chief Loco of the Warm Springs by whom he had son Talbot Gooday. Seth-mooda was killed by Mexicans in the Pinos Altos Mountains.

Mangus was young when his father died (1863) and Apache Loco and Victorio became chiefs of all the Warm Springs. In the last years before surrender, Mangus was more with the Chiricahuas than the Warm Springs. He was on his way back to (October 1886) to voluntarily surrender when he met some soldiers, who took them in. He and 1 other were sent to Fort Pickens and the 3 women and 5 children with them were sent to Fort Marion. Later, at Mount Vernon Barracks Alabama, he enlisted in Company “I”, 12th Infantry.

Mangus was married to Dilth-cley-ih, a daughter of Chief Victorio. She had a daughter, Elsie Vance Chestuen, by a previous husband. She and Mangus had the following children: Cora, who became wife of Kinzhuna; Frank, who died at Fort Sill 1903; Lilian, who became wife of George Martine, the son of the old scout Martine; and Faith and Flora who died at Fort Sill. Mangus also raised Sam Kenoi, son of Old Fatty, as a child. Bey-gin-zhoos, one of the oldest Apaches at Fort Sill, who died here 1906, was Mangus’ aunt on the female side of the family.

Both Mangus and his son Frank served in Troop “L” 7th Cavalry at Fort Sill, and Mangus was head of Mangus’s Village. In 1897 General Scott enlisted Mangus as a scout, along with Geronimo, Chihuahua and others. Mangus was a scout when he died, 9 February 1901, and was buried in the Post Cemetery. His relatives buried in the main Apache cemetery at Fort Sill include his son Frank, his daughters Flora and Faith, his sisters Nah-ke-de-sah and Ilth-too-da, his step-daughter Elsie Chestuen, his nephews Gail Marko, Talbot Gooday, and Ben and Lena Astoyey, his aunt Bey-gin-shoos, his former sister-in-law Zah-nah, relatives on the Naiche side, and others.

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