Princess Angeline or Kikisoblu, daughter of Chief Seattle, dies on May 31, 1896.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 5/22/2000
  • Essay 2493
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On May 31, 1896, Princess Angeline or Kikisoblu (1820?-1896), was the eldest daughter of siʔał (178?-1866), a member of the Suquamish tribefor whom Seattle is named, and a Duwamish woman named Ladalia, whose Lushootseed name is not recorded, dies in her shack located in Seattle on Western Avenue between Pike and Pine streets.

The eldest daughter of siʔał and Ladalia, she was named Kikisoblu Seattle. She married Dokub Cud, who died before the arrival of Euro-American settlers on Puget Sound. When pioneer Catherine Maynard (1816-1906) heard the name, she announced, "You are too good looking a woman to carry around such a name as that, and I now christen you Angeline." She was sometimes called Wewick, according to Seattle journalist Thomas Prosch. Kikisoblu worked as a laundress for Seattle residents and eventually came to reside in a cabin on the waterfront along with other Native Americans.

At her request, she was buried near her old friend, pioneer Henry Yesler (1810-1892) in Lake View Cemetery.


Clarence B. Bagley, "Chief Seattle and Angeline," The Washington Historical Quarterly, Vol. 22 (October 1931), pp. 243-275; Thomas Prosch, A Chronological History of Seattle: 1850-1897, typescript dated 1900-1901, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, 472; Paul Dorpat, Seattle: Now & Then Second Edition (Seattle: Tartu Publications, 1984), Story 4.

This article was updated on October 2, 2023, to include Kikisoblu's mother's name.

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