Here is an excerpt from a publishing called "First Families of Standish" thought it may be of some interest to you,
There were several Indian families living in Saganing. They worked for the white settlers in the fields and berry picking and basket weaving was their main source of income.
Some of the Indians in the area would have camp meetings. They pitched tents in a certain location where the meetings were held. There was preaching, singing, and Indian dances.
One of the Indians, Mr. Joseph Cabay married a white woman, Mary Henderson from Boston. She came here to do missionary work among the Indians. After he died, she married Mr. Peter Sagatoo, another Indian, who also did missionary work. They built the Indian Church with donations from friends and neighbors and Mary made two trips back to Boston to help secure money for the Indian Church.
It wasn't easy for Mrs. Sagatoo, being a white woman living with the Indians, but being the courageous woman she was, she never gave up. She had a house built near the church taht was patterned after the one her sister had in Boston. It is still standish and is owned by Leo DeRosia. The house is still in good condition. Improvements have been made on it. There were no other churches in Saganing or in the surrounding areas for quite awhile.
Mary (Henderson) Sagatoo spent her early life in Newton, Mass. She was raised in a Christian home and became interested in Missionary work at an early age. She and two friends started a mission Sabbath school and used the passenger room of the Boston and Albany Railroad for the classes.
It was at a church meeting that she met her first husband, Joseph Cabay. He was a young Indian chief and was attending Baldwin University, Berea, Ohio. They were married March 5, 1863, Joseph was ill at this time with consumption. They remained in Boston until June 5, 1863, when they left to come to Michigan and to Saganing where Mr. Cabay's people lived and where they had planned to have a mission for the Indians.
Joseph died shortly after reaching Saganing. Mary had promised to stay and help his people. After two years of widowhood, she married Peter Sagatoo, Joseph's cousin. She succeded in building a church for the Indians to worship in and her home. Both the church and her home are still in good repair. She had an adopted daughter, Alice, who married Frank Allen. They had five children.
There is also a list of "Names of Indian Families of Standish Township, Past and Present"
Nora and Charles Otto
Liza James. More children
Jocob o Henry Nelson
Lucy Williams (Jacob's wife) children Bernice and Jerome
Marie Moses Schwartz
Mary Moses James
Leretta Henry Hanson
Mary Williams Simpon
Richard and Marie Stevens, nephew of Rev. John Silas, Agnes, Edna, Eva, Roger, Richard Stevens (** I grew up with the children of this family**)
Mabel Williams Isaac
Solomon Otto Isaac, three children, Solomon, Harold, Cecil
Maggie Isaac Cavid
Daniel David, four children, Abraham, Caleb, Joshua, Johnson
Evelyn Johnson Ice
Lane A. James
Loren M. James
Iva L James McClain
Julia Peters Noonday
Julia Ione Moses Noonday
Walters Betts Pounds
Elizabeth James, children Celia, Dorothy James Cabay, Edna James, Maloney, Eva, Betty, Marce, Thomas and Harrison and Many more
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