Indian Villages, Towns and Settlements of Missouri

These pages will provide an alphabetical listing for all the villages, towns, and settlements in what was the state of Missouri at the time the Handbook of American Indian of North America was written.

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  1. There were a small band of Morah Indians living in the Port Hudson area as late as the 1850’s. The April 13, 1972, issue of the New Haven Leader states, “Port Hudson received its name from Dr. Pierce Nugent Butler, a practicing physician who was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, May 25, 1825. He came to Franklin County about 1853 where he settled with his family. The young doctor attended to the medical needs of the Morah Indians who lived in the area. Dr. Butler decided to name the community after a well-known river port in Louisiana. A post office was established in the Port Hudson community in 1859”. The Morah Indians referenced above, hypothetically may have been a remnant tribe of Winnebago Indians that were, over time, forced to relocate from their upper Illinois land. Those that didn’t migrate west on their own, were forced to a Nebraska reservation, by way of the Missouri River. Morah (Morah-tshay-kaw, or Little Priest), was one of 38 Winnebago Tribe Chiefs that signed the Winnebago Treaty on August 25, 1828, giving up their Illinois and Michigan land. The Morah Tribe may have ventured into northwest Franklin County, perhaps trying to ‘melt into the land,’ but were pushed out of this area in the late 1850’s by the rapid settlement (homesteading) taking place then in this area. Morah’s son, Little Priest, was a warrior, off of their Nebraska Reservation, and got killed fighting other Indians in 1866.

    1. I grew up on cedar fork road. I remember my mom talkimg about thiks when I was younger. Do you have any more info on the where abouts? I’m assuming close to cedar fork creek?

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