Category Archives: Dakota Mission

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

Agnes, Robert and the children returned to the Dakota mission at Traverse des Sioux after little Nancy’s death in November of 1849, and resumed their work with Alexander and Lydia Huggins. Despite their ongoing frustration at their lack of success … Continue reading

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

On April 4, 1844, Agnes, Robert and 6-month-old Mary Frances, left the mission at Lac qui Parle to join Stephen and Mary Riggs at the new mission at Traverse des Sioux, 110 miles to the east on the Minnesota River. … Continue reading

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

On July 19, 1838, Alexander Huggins and Dr. Thomas Williamson wrote a letter to their mutual cousin, Robert Hopkins. Alexander and Thomas were at the Dakota Mission at Lac qui Parle, Minnesota, where they had been working for three years. … Continue reading

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The Escape Story as Told by Jonas Pettijohn

Previous Posts about the Williamsons and the Riggs have referred to the escape of the missionaries from the Upper Agency on August 19, 1862. Jonas Pettijohn’s 1890 account of the 1862 escape is one of the most detailed and is … Continue reading

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Fearless Fanny – The Story of Fanny Huggins Pettijohn – Part II

Fanny and Jonas had been at Lac qui Parle a little over a year when major changes came to the mission. The Williamsons left to open a new mission at Kaposia on the Mississippi River just four miles south of … Continue reading

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Fearless Fanny – The Story of Fanny Huggins Pettijohn – Part I

One of the most rewarding things about investigating the women whose stories are told in Dakota Soul Sisters is uncovering details about their lives and personalities that are not always immediately evident in the readily accessible historic records. All I … Continue reading

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Contrary Mary – The Story of Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs – Part VI

No matter how many times I read or write about the tragic events of August 18, 1862, I continue to be struck with the emotional toll that the attack at the Lower Sioux Agency that morning had on the families … Continue reading

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Contrary Mary – The Story of Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs – Part V

Mary Riggs was 40 years old when the mission at Lac Qui Parle burned to the ground and the family relocated to a new mission site at Yellow Medicine. They arrived in September 1854 and moved into their new home … Continue reading

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Contrary Mary – The Story of Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs – Part IV

One of the things that I personally have trouble understanding about Mary and Stephen Riggs is their unwillingness to allow their children to learn the Dakota language and become friends with Dakota children. Even though they often had Dakota children … Continue reading

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Contrary Mary – The Story of Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs – Part II

Mary and Stephen Riggs left Hawley, Massachusetts on the first of March 1837, and arrived at Fort Snelling in Minnesota (then known as Wisconsin Territory) on June 1, 1837. They stopped to visit friends along the way, including the Burgess … Continue reading

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