Tombstone Tuesday : Sahrah Miksiwe

Sahrah Miksiwe headstone, Bethany Lutheran Indian Cemetery, St. Louis, Michigan.
Sahrah Miksiwe headstone, Bethany Lutheran Indian Cemetery, St. Louis, Michigan.

Sahrah Miksiwe was a Chippewa woman. She is buried at Bethany Lutheran Indian Cemetery along the Pine River near St. Louis, Michigan. The inscription on her small headstone reads:

Sahrah Miksiwe

Mother of the Chippewa

Died 110 Years Old

In Christ

12 April 18[?]

Gen. 49:18

I have waited for Thy

salvation, O Lord. [1]

Reference Notes:

[1] Bethany Lutheran Indian Cemetery (Riverside Drive, St. Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan), Sahrah Miksiwe marker; personally read, 2012. The year of death is partially illegible.

E. R. Baierlein, Anitz Z. Boldt, translator, and Harold W. Moll, editor, In the Wildnerness with the Red Indians (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1996), 143. An appendix to this volume listing the burials at Bethany Lutheran Indian Cemetery transcribes the year of Sahrah Miksiwe’s death as 1859.

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