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William Marshall Robertson, Sr

Minnesota, USA
Death 11 Mar 1943 (aged 92)
Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota, USA
Plot Robertson Family Plot
Memorial ID 79717772 · View Source
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His birth place was in Kaposia, [Little Crow's village] which was a seasonal Mdewakanton Dakota village along the Mississippi River in the St. Paul area. Kaposia, or KA-PO-ZA (Dakota), was established around 1750 by a group of Mdewakanton Dakota and a succession of chiefs each known as Little Crow. His great grandfather was Chief Wabasha, his grandmother was Grey Cloud Woman, his mother was Day Break Woman who was 1/2 English. His father immigrated from Scotland in 1831. During the early 1800s, over 400 Dakota made their home in the seasonal village. The people of Kaposia lived there mainly during the warmer months of the year. As a result, the Mdewakanton migrated to a Minnesota River reservation, near the time of the Treaty of 1837. The Kaposia village was moved from the east to the west side of the river about this time. In 1853 the people of Kaposia were again required to move because of the Treaty of Mendota, which opened the land west of the Mississippi to white settlers. He was at Pine Ridge when the Wounded Knee massacre occurred. In 1880 he was at the Wahpeton Indian Reservation, Yankton, Dakota. In 1884 he and his wife were transferred back to Pine Ridge Agency. The driver that transported them from the train station in Valentine, Nebraska to Pine Ridge Agency was Silas Fills The Pipe. He was employed as a teacher in the Indian school service in South Dakota. He retired from government service in 1910, then he and Augusta moved to Allen and built and ran the Robertson Trading Post. Then in 1914 they moved to the new county seat, Martin in Bennett County, South Dakota, where he was engaged in work for the Episcopal church. He is a Mdewankakton Dakota descendant and a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota tribe #SW-1093. Pro 27463-46

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Marshall Robertson, Sr (4 Dec 1850–11 Mar 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79717772, citing Martin Community Cemetery, Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by James and Sharon Cissell (contributor 47567610) .