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Augusta Marie "Gussie" Brown Robertson
Birth: Jul. 14, 1850
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 1941
Bennett County
South Dakota, USA

Born St. Paul, Minnesota (on the north bank of the Minnesota River), Born July 14, 1850. At 8 years old moved to Henderson, Minnesota where she attended St. Joseph's Convent, abt 1858. In 1869 lived on the south shore of Lake Traverse, Minnesota, later to become Brown's Valley. She was educated in Fairbough, in a Catholic school. At 11 years of age living with her parents in a large stone house, built by her father, near the present site of Sacred Heart, near Patterson's Rapids, they were warned by refugees from the Yellow Medicine Agency that local Indians were at war. Mother, my siblings and I got into the covered wagon driven by our red headed hired man. We had not gone far when we noticed a feather pop out of the grass. Then another, and another. Soon we were surrounded. The hired man was pulled from the wagon and scalped. A brave recognized my mother as the one who had taken him in during a blizzard and gave him food, clothing and shelter. We were taken to Little Crow's camp and put into a tent and made to wear leather clothing made by them. Some young braves would come into the tent, motion and smile to each other deciding which of the girls would 'be theirs'. We wondered daily what would happen to us. Then one day distant sounds of a drum and bugle announced the approach of an Army regiment and my father. Her father Major Brown, was an officer in this expedition that caught up and surrounded the Indian camp, know today at Camp Release. In 1869 her parents established an Indian trading post, later a town was plotted and the present thriving railroad terminus of Brown's Valley, Minnesota was founded. She married William in 1877, taught school, and gave birth to a total of seven children, two died in infancy, the five survived to adulthood. Despite the vicissitudes and hardships of pioneer existence, she never lost her zest for life and was able to see the humor in even the most trying experience. Her jollity and love of fun endeared her to all who knew here, making her popular with the younger generation as well as those her age. Duty led her far from her early life, she always referred to Henderson and Brown's Valley as "back home". Buried at St. Katherine's Episcopal Church, Martin, South Dakota 57551, beside her son Hastings who preceded her death by about a year. Died June 29, 1941. Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota tribe SW-650. Pro12461-43 See akso #76933210 & #78004997 
Family links: 
  Joseph Renshaw Brown (1805 - 1870)
  Susan Frenier Brown (1819 - 1904)
  William Marshall Robertson (1850 - 1943)*
  Hastings Robertson (1877 - 1940)*
  Martha Catherine Robertson (1882 - 1964)*
  Minnie Cecelia Robertson Lessert (1884 - 1971)*
  William Marshall Robertson (1896 - 1984)*
  Lydia Ann Brown Rice (1836 - 1885)*
  Angus M.A. Brown (1838 - 1886)**
  Angus M A Brown (1838 - 1886)*
  Ellen Brown Allanson (1841 - 1928)*
  Samuel Jerome Brown (1845 - 1925)*
  Augusta Marie Brown Robertson (1850 - 1941)
  Joseph Renshaw Brown (1851 - 1930)**
*Calculated relationship
Martin Community Cemetery
Bennett County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Block 1 Lot 16
Created by: James and Sharon Cissell
Record added: Nov 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79717018
Augusta Marie Gussie <i>Brown</i> Robertson
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Augusta Marie Gussie <i>Brown</i> Robertson
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Augusta Marie Gussie <i>Brown</i> Robertson
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