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Quaker missionaries to native americans
Posted by: Abby Ripley (ID *****8387) Date: July 06, 2009 at 16:34:26
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I am seeking information about Quaker missionaries who might have been in the Dakota Territories in the late 19th century, before Wounded Knee, who may have adopted Sioux children. I'm specifically trying to determine if a Mordecai and Eliza Ellis were Quaker missionaries among the Sioux, the Oglala specifically.

I looked at the Indian census records the other day and discovered there are a lot of Native Americans (not just Sioux) who took the surname Ellis. Moreover, it seems that there is a preponderance of Indian women with the chosen given name of Lizzie. These facts must be significant. My paternal great grandmother was a half-blood Oglala. Her name before she married my great grandfather, Jacob St.Orr Ripley, in the Dakotas, was Lizzie Ellis. I recently received photos of her and of Mordecai and Eliza Ellis. One photo is annotated: "Presented to Mordecai Ellis on his 50th birthday from Lizzie M. Ellis. Oct 31st 1883." It is obvious that Mordecai and Eliza were not Native Americans.

Can anyone help me with this?
Thank you.

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