Category Archives: Kaposia Village

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

The Williamson’s returned from their trip to Ohio in May of 1848 and that summer Kaposia hosted the annual reunion of the Dakota Mission. Stephen and Mary Riggs and three of their children were there, along with both of the … Continue reading

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Life of a Legend – The Story of Jane Smith Williamson – Part V – A Word about “Dearest Cousin Lizzie”

The oldest letter I have that was written by Jane Williamson is dated October 8, 1842, seven months before she came to Lac qui Parle. The letter is written to Jane’s cousin, Elizabeth Burgess, who was living in Belpre, Ohio … Continue reading

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

Jane had been at Lac qui Parle just about a year when Thomas submitted his annual report to the A.B.C.F.M. in September 1844. He reported that Dakota men and boys had attended school an average of 20 days each; females … Continue reading

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Letters from Jane: Inside the Dakota Mission, 1843-1883

It was only a few weeks ago that I sat in front of my screen preparing to share with you the story of Jane Smith Williamson, one of the most significant of the “Dakota Soul Sisters.” At that time, I … Continue reading

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Life of a Legend – Introduction to the Story of Jane Smith Williamson

All of the missionary women whose stories have been recorded in Dakota Soul Sisters to this point came to the Dakota mission when they were young. Most were new brides; others were single women who came to experience the adventure … 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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The Good Doctor’s Wife – Margaret Poage Williamson – Part II

You can find Part I of Margaret’s story at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/11/the-good-doctors-wife-margaret-poage-williamson/ Part III is at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/25/the-good-doctors-wife-margaret-poage-williamson-part-iii/ Margaret Williamson is in many ways a silent participant in the story of the Dakota mission. Her husband and family members wrote about her in glowing … Continue reading

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