Searching for Canton Asylum Patients

St. Elizabeths in Washington, DC is working on a memorial project for the patients buried in its cemetery. The project coordinator is searching for information about Canton Asylum patients transferred to St. Elizabeths in 1933, who will be included in that memorial. If you have any information about them, particularly about their lives before they were in Canton Asylum, my contact and I would both appreciate it. If you’d like to provide any details, you may send your information to a private email at:

Joanna, Augusta

Bear, Frank

Charlie (only name)

Charley or Charles, Creeping

Dauphinais, Madeline

Ensign, Meda

Fairbanks, Richard

Jackson, Robert

Kalonuheskie, Edith

Rising Fire, Bessie

Shortwoman, Sarah

Tsinnjinnie, Mabel

Vigil, Fidel

Yazza, Zonna or Sonna

Yazzie, Hoskee

Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Searching for Canton Asylum Patients

  1. Carla Joinson Post author

    I’m so sorry about your ancestor, but I’m glad I could help just a bit. I’m afraid I don’t have any information (or not much) about the people on the roll, which is why I was asking about the names. I do have a bit of information on some of the Canton patients, so please let me know if I can help you at all.

    Best regards,

  2. stephanie


    I came about this after seeing roll that said someone had been sent here. I am writing because I believe my grandfather has either both of his parents or at least one taken here . We were always told his surname was a alias but he never spoke of his family. I just burst into tears reading this.. Thank you for writing this and I will be buying a copy. My heart just breaks for him. He has passed and we know very little other than him saying his tribe was a small one. He had ruddy brown skin and was of small stature.

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