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.

Tombstone Tuesday : James Birbelmarsh

James Birbelmarsh grave marker, Frankenmuth Township Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.
James Birbelmarsh grave marker, Frankenmuth Township Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

James Birbelmarsh (1847-08 March 1928) was the last Chippewa to live and die in Frankenmuth Township. He lived with his English wife in a “board and tar-paper shanty on the banks of the Cass River, about two miles downriver from Frankenmuth.” His funeral and burial took place on 10 March 1928 with Carl Nuechterlein, the local undertaker, officiating. The mourners included the family of William Zehnder, Sr.[1]

Source

[1]Bavarian Inn Lodge, Guestroom Family Histories: ”Indian Dave History” (Frankenmuth, Michigan: Bavarian Inn Lodge, n.d.).