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Jane Anpachiyayewin "Day Break Woman" Anderson Robertson
Birth: Aug. 4, 1810
Minnesota, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1904
Browns Valley
Traverse County
Minnesota, USA

The daughter of an early trader, Thomas Gummersall Anderson, and Grey Cloud Woman II (Margaret Aird) a Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota. Her birth place was at the mouth of the Yellow Medicine River, later called Little Rapids.

Black Dog Lake, on the right bank of the Minnesota River in Burnsville. The lake is named after Chief Black Dog, leader of a band of Mdewakanton Sioux who formed a permanent summer village here around 1750 and later sold game to American soldiers and settlers at Fort Snelling. The unit preserves prairie and calcareous fen. Xcel Energy's Black Dog Power Plant rises in the center of the unit. Clean wastewater from the plant is pumped into Black Dog Lake so it may cool before reentering the Minnesota River. Because of this certain waterfowl remain on the lake longer into the winter.

Their first born was a son, Angus, born 1806. Their second child was a girl, Jane, whom the Dakota's called Anpachiyayewin, "Daybreak Woman".
Around the age of 10, she was sent to Lower Canada, at her father and step-mother's request who wanted to see her formerly educated. She eventually became a school teacher in Coldwater, Canada. She remained with her father until her marriage in 1836.
Before the marriage, Andrew Robertson promised to help Jane find her mother (Ayrd), Gray Cloud Woman. Jane married Andrew, who had come from the same part of Scotland, Ayrshire, as her grandfather, James Ayrd (Aird). At 25 she married this Scot, Andrew Robertson, and they returned together to Dakota lands on their honeymoon.

They crossed the Great Lakes in a mackinaw boat, buffeted and driven by a great storm, then via canoe they portaged to Prairie du Chien, where they learned that Jane's mother had remarried to a Hazen Mooers and was living at Little Rock. Traveling upstream in a mackinaw boat she reunited with her mother, after 15 years, the end of summer 1836.

Through the years that followed Andrew and Jane lived and worked at Little Rock, Grey Cloud Island, Cave Springs, Kaposia, and both the Upper and Lower Sioux Agencies. They had nine children.
Jane saw her grandfather, James Ayrd, at Patterson's Rapids,in the Flora Township, Renville County, on the MInnesota river and she said that she was present when he died at Prairie du Chien in 1819. After Andrew's death in 1859, Jane continued to live near the Lower Agency until she and her family were taken prisoners during the Conflict of 1862.
She and all her, then living, children were captured by some of the Shakopee of Little Six's Band of Santee or Mdewakanton Sioux at the mouth of Beaver Creek in Renville County, MN on August 18, 1862 and were prisoners at Camp Release Lac-Qui-Parle County, MN,for seven weeks.
An American Native, KapauKapau (Cutting Up), was with a party of Shakopee Dakota that took the Robertsons as prisoners at Beaver Creek near Redwood Falls. He and his two sons protected them from being hurt by others in the party because he recognized her as the one who had aided him one winter.
They were held at Camp Release until rescued by General Sibley's troops and later taken to Faribault, by Dr. Asa Daniels, who was a doctor at the Lower Agency.
Jane and her family lived at Faribault in Rice County, Minnesota from 1863 to 1871. Then she came back to Beaver Falls Township, Renville County, Minnesota, widowed, and with 3year old daughter Martha, she asked to see Martha's script land to gain money to support her.
They gave up their land here in MN and in lieu of it were given land in South Dakota on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation.
Each of Andrew and Jane's older children were first to claim land in Renville County, MN. in 1861. Jane lived to be 93 years of age. Nationality: 1/4 Dakota Sioux, 1/4 Scottish (mother) 1/2 English (father).
Jane died March 10, 1904 at Brown's Valley, Traverse County, Minnesota, and is buried at Saint Marys Episcopal Cemetery in the old Sisseton Agency Village, Goodwill Township, Roberts County, South Dakota, eight ro ten miles south of Sisseton, South Dakota. 
Family links: 
  Thomas Gummersall Anderson (1779 - 1875)
  Margaret Grey Cloud Woman Ayrd Anderson (1793 - 1849)
  Andrew Robertson (1790 - 1859)
  Thomas A. Robertson (1839 - 1924)*
  Gustava A Robertson (1844 - 1915)*
  William Marshall Robertson (1850 - 1943)*
  Jane Anpachiyayewin Anderson Robertson (1810 - 1904)
  John Moore (1826 - 1899)**
  Mary Margaret Mooers Brown (1830 - 1903)**
  Sophie Anderson Rowe (1830 - 1912)**
*Calculated relationship
Jane A Robertson
Mar 11 1904
93 years
Note: St. Mary's Historical Church is located west of the Old Agency Tribal Grounds and is 10 miles south of the town of Sisseton. A mission was organized as a result of repeated petitions from the Dakota people.
Saint Marys Episcopal Cemetery
Roberts County
South Dakota, USA
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Record added: Nov 21, 2010
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My mother is a descendent of Day Break Woman. I found this information very interesting and useful. Thank you so much for sharing. Kind regards, Patricia
- Patricia Horton
 Added: Feb. 23, 2016
Rest in peace Day Break Woman ~ from your 2x great grand daughter
- James and Sharon Cissell
 Added: Jun. 29, 2012
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