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 Susanna Lee <I>Johnson</I> Red Bear

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Susanna Lee Johnson Red Bear

  • Birth 14 Sep 1885 South Dakota, USA
  • Death 15 Mar 1975 South Dakota, USA
  • Burial Denby, Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 10792700

My great-grandmother. She was a survivor of the first Wounded Knee which occurred when she was approximately 7 years of age. She had vivid memories of the event.

I still remember when I was young visiting her in Pine Ridge. She had a wood-burning stove and a pump handle sink in her kitchen. She used to feed us these big round saltine type crackers that I have never found since.

She always called my father "Danny Lee". She was a wonderful person and I wish somehow she could have lived longer.

At the beginning of her life the white man was just coming across the plains and by the end of here life man was on the moon.

Daughter of "Onci" Mary Runs On & Eli Johnson a cattle driver out of Texas.

Great-Grandaughter of Iron Horse.

The photo of her at approx. 16 years of age was taken while she attended Hope Government School for Indian Girls, the Rev W J Wicks was the superintendent at that time.

She was married to John Lee (born at Powder River Indian Encampment in Wyoming approx 1864 died April 11, 1929 at Denby SD his mother was Jenny Lee.) Feb 2, 1904 at Allen SD in a Roman Catholic Church.

She then married Benjamin Red Bear in 1931 (he was son of Red Bear b 1842 and White Cow b abt 1845).

She was mother to a number of children,
Florence (Lee) Keith Wells,
William Lee,
Albert Lee,
Hobart Lee,
Vincent John Lee ,Walter Lee,
Alice N. (Lee) Parkhurst Stomley,
Ann (Lee) Curless, Marie Rosalind (Lee) Kyle, Nollsch, Crawford.


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