According to Chipeta’s great nephew, when a couple had no children, relatives might give them a child. A brother of Ouray married a sister of Chipeta. They gave a baby to Chipeta and Ouray. This little girl, born about 1863, was called Cooroopits. She grew up to marry a Ute known as Tom Patterson. Cooroopits is often found in photos of Chipeta taken when she travelled from the reservation to visit friends in Colorado in the early 1900s.
In accounts by people who visited Chipeta and Ouray in the 1860s, three other children are mentioned. Living with Chipeta and Ouray were a girl called Sowanarotance and boys called Antonio and Atchu. In a 1904 census taken on the Utah reservation, Antonio (born about 1855) appears to be living in the camp with Chipeta and McCook’s family.
Chipeta and her second husband, called Accoomooquats, are listed in the 1885 census of Utes living on the Utah reservation. Also listed in their teepee are six boys ranging in age from 5 to 15: Duascuno, Sevito, Guadelupe, Jose La Cross, Francisco and John Peto. When land was allotted to individual Utes in Utah, John Peto received land near Chipeta’s. In 1906 he is called “J.P. Chipeta” in a list of Utes being compensated for land taken from them for construction of a toll road.
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Photo courtesy Denver Public Library, Western History Collection