Category Archives: Cordelia Eggleston Pond

Life of a Legend – The Story of Jane Smith Williamson – Part III

Jane Williamson didn’t come to the Dakota mission at Lac qui Parle as a missionary. Her intention was to stay one or two years to help Thomas and Margaret with their children and teach her nieces and nephews and the … Continue reading

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Heartbroken Heroine – Agnes Carson Johnson [Hopkins] [Pond] – Part IV

After Robert’s tragic death, Agnes had little choice but to take her children and return to her family in Ohio. She couldn’t make the trip alone, however, and it wasn’t until September that arrangements were made for her to travel … Continue reading

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Julia Speaks – A Letter from Julia Eggleston Stevens to her sister Cordelia Eggleston Pond

It has been a great pleasure to connect with the Major, a descendant of Jedediah Stevens, who has been sharing various never-before-published letters from his family collection. The following letter brings to life the voice of Julia Eggleston Stevens, Jedediah’s … Continue reading

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Cordelia Comes West – The Story of Cordelia Eggleston Pond – Part II

Cordelia and Samuel joined Gideon and Sarah in their new cabin at Oak Grove in what is now Bloomington, Minnesota, in the summer of 1843. Little one-year-old Jennette fit right in with her four Pond cousins. Ruth was four years … Continue reading

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A Letter from Cordelia

Setting the Stage: One of the most rewarding results of having Dakota Soul Sisters on the Internet is the many contacts I’ve made with descendants of the women of the Dakota mission. One gentleman, who is known only as Major, … Continue reading

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Cordelia Comes West – The Story of Cordelia Eggleston Pond – Part I

On October 13, 1837, 21-year-old Cordelia Eggleston left her home in Stafford, New York, and headed west to join her sister, Julia and Julia’s family at Lake Harriet, Minnesota Territory. For Cordelia this was a great adventure, one that she’d … Continue reading

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The Story of Persis Skimmer Dentan

I have tried to tell the stories of the women of the Dakota Mission chronologically in the order in which they arrived in Minnesota or, in the case of the Dakota women, the day they became members of the mission … Continue reading

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