Category Archives: Minnesota

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

Posted in Dakota Mission, Emma Wakefield, Harriet Bishop, Jane Anderson Robertson, Jane Smith Williamson, Kaposia Village, Marion Robertson Hunter, Minnesota, Minnesota History, Nancy Hunter Aiton, Nancy Rankin Adams, Susan Rainbow aka Susan Ellison, Sylvester Cook, Women in Minnesota, Wowinape | Leave a comment

The Story of Mary Napexni

In the John Aiton Family Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society is an undated letter, written in cursive English script and addressed to “Dear Mrs. Aiton.”  The letter continues: “I think the rose you sent me very pretty. You were … 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

Posted in Alan Woolworth, Jane Smith Williamson, Jeff Williamson, John LaBatte, Kaposia Village, Lac Qui Parle Mission, Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs, Minnesota, Minnesota Historical Society Photo Purge, Minnesota History, Ohio, Stephen Osman, U.S. Dakota War of 1862, Underground Railroad, Women in Minnesota | 1 Comment

Blogging and Real Life

If you’ve ever been a blogger you’ll understand how you can be totally involved in your blog topic, doing research, posting entries, and then suddenly, real life intervenes and everything comes to a screeching halt. I apologize to my followers … Continue reading

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

Mary and Stephen Riggs’ years at Traverse des Sioux were always shadowed by Mary’s intense grief at the death of her brother Thomas. His grave was visible from their house and Mary planted it with roses and fenced it in to … Continue reading

Posted in Julia Kephart, Lac Qui Parle Mission, Lucy Spooner Drake, Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs, Mary Spooner Worcester, Minnesota, Minnesota History, Moses Newton Adams, Nancy Rankin Adams, Traverse des Sioux, Women in Minnesota | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Dakota Mission, Lac Qui Parle Mission, Margaret Poage Williamson, Minnesota, Minnesota History, Ripley, Sarah Poage Pond, St. Peter, Traverse des Sioux, Women in Minnesota | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Lac Qui Parle Mission, Lydia Pettijohn Huggins, Minnesota, Minnesota History, Sophia Josephine Marsh Huggins Hanthorne, St. Peter, Traverse des Sioux, U.S. Dakota War of 1862, Women in Minnesota | 4 Comments