Frank Xavier Pepion d 25 March 1966

Frank Pepion was born 25 June 1881, the son of George Polite Pepion and Little Snake Woman Chief, also known as Mary.  George was from New York, his wife was from Montana.  George married a second time to a woman name Jessie

The Blackfeet Tribal Census records are posted on Ancestry. Starting in 1892, Frank was listed with his brother Chester, and his sisters Cecilia and Louise.  Although there was a column for listing the Indian name and English name, in no records did I find an Indian name for Frank or his family.  He was similarly recorded in 1893, 1895, and 1897.  In 1898, he was listed with Jessie, his step-mother.  George was not listed, but I suspect that this was because he was not a tribal member. 

Frank was with his parents in the 1900 Federal Census. His father was going by the name Polite. 

In the Indian Census of 1901, 1902, and 1903, Frank lived with his younger brother Chester.  In 1904, 1906, and 1907, he was listed as single.  In 1908 he is listed as “husband” but the census doesn’t list his wife.  He is listed the name in 1909 and 1910, with a son born in 1908.  Perhaps the wife at that time was not a tribal member, so was not listed. 

Frank married Annie M Stevenson on 1 April 1907, in Browning.  The 1910 Federal census lists Frank and Annie, with children Jeanette, Aloysius, Polite, and Lucille.  Jeanette maybe Frank’s daughter but not Annie’s, and Aloysius is his half-brother. 

Frank and Annie and their children continue to be counted in the Blackfeet Indian Census 1911 through 1920.  Frank registered for the draft for WW1 but I don’t know if he served. 

Frank and Annie were counted in the 1920 Federal census with their children, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, in Pondera County. 

In 1927, the Indian Census started recording the degree of blood.  Frank and Annie were both listed as 1/2 blood. They were listed the same in 1928 and 1929. 

Frank and Annie and children were counted in the 1930 Federal census in Browning MT, with their children.  For the Indian census, they were listed in 1930 and 1931 as ¼ blood.  The family continued to be counted in the tribal census through 1936 (the latest year on Ancestry.)  The later rolls are a good source of information as they included birthdates for the children, including Constance.  

I found the following information on the Internet:  BIOGRAPHY: Pepion Trivia: Frank worked as a rancher and bartender. He also worked for a large cattle company called Frye Co. He liked rodeos and riding horses. His favorite screen stars were Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. When he was older, he liked to sit in cars, even if he wasn’t going anywhere. He was noted for greeting people with “How’s your gizzard? Who died lately?”

Frank died 25 March 1966 in Glacier County, Montana.

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