Category Archives: Minnesota History

Julia, Jane and Lucy Arrive – The Stevens Family Women – Part III

The third woman who arrived at Fort Snelling with Jedediah Stevens on May 30, 1835, was 16-year-old Lucy Cornelia Stevens. She was Jedediah’s niece, believed to be the daughter of his brother Orren Stevens of Peterboro, Madison County, New York. … Continue reading

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Julia, Jane and Lucy Arrive – The Stevens Family Women – Part II

Jane DeBow, strictly speaking, may not exactly qualify as one of the Dakota Soul Sisters. She was only a six-year-old child when she arrived at Fort Snelling in May of 1835 and her participation in the mission there ended four … Continue reading

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Julia, Jane and Lucy Arrive – The Stevens Family Women – Part I

Two weeks after the Williamson and Huggins families arrived at Fort Snelling in May of 1835, another missionary group, led by Rev. Jedediah Dwight Stevens, also showed up for the purpose of setting up a mission among the Dakota Indians. … Continue reading

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Sweet Sarah – The Life of Sarah Poage Pond

Sarah Poage was the third white woman who arrived at Lac Qui Parle with the initial group of missionaries in July 1835. Her sister Margaret was Dr. Thomas Williamson’s wife and both women were daughters of Col. James Poage, the … Continue reading

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Sophia’s Story – The Captivity of Sophia Josephine Marsh Huggins

Sophia Huggins, always called Josephine by her friends and family, doesn’t really qualify as a woman of the Dakota mission but in terms of her experiences and close relationship to the women of “Soul Sisters,” her story definitely belongs here. … Continue reading

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Lydia Huggins Pettijohn Part III

You can find Part I of Lydia’s story at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/11/learning-about-lydia/. Part II is at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/08/15/learning-about-lydia-the-life-of-lydia-pettijohn-huggins-part-ii/ Lydia and Alexander Huggins’ family home in Traverse des Sioux, Minnesota, was over 100 miles from the Lower Sioux Agency near present-day Morton, Minnesota. Still, … Continue reading

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Learning About Lydia – The Life of Lydia Pettijohn Huggins – Part II

You can read Part I of Lydia’s story at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/11/learning-about-lydia/ Part III is found at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/09/13/lydia-huggins-pettijohn-part-iii/ On January 5, 1847, Alexander Huggins made the first entry in his journal from Traverse des Sioux. Lydia and he were working with Robert and … Continue reading

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Who Wrote This Letter?

One of the letters in the digitized Huggins collection at the Minnesota Historical Society is dated Monday, September 16, 1839. It was written from Lac Qui Parle to “Dear Brother and Sister.” There is no envelope with the letter and … Continue reading

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The Good Doctor’s Wife – Margaret Poage Williamson – Part III

You can find Part I of Margaret’s story at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/11/the-good-doctors-wife-margaret-poage-williamson/ Part II is found at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/17/the-good-doctors-wife-margaret-poage-williamson-part-ii/ St. Peter, Minnesota was a town filled with hundreds of frightened refugees in the days and weeks following the outbreak of war on August 18, … 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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