October 29, 2022

Mary Eliza (Dexter) Mead [RG1224.AM]


RG1224.AM:  Mary Eliza (Dexter) Mead, 1840-1928

Manuscript, etc.:  1926-1927

Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska

Size:  One folder


Born May 5, 1840, at Argyle, New York, Mary Eliza (Dexter) Mead was the daughter of Herbert and Harriet (Boutwell) Dexter.  She married John Groot Mead in Connecticut in 1867.  They moved to Otsego, Michigan, in 1867 and had one child, Hudson D. Mead.  The Meads moved to the Pine Ridge area of South Dakota in 1870, where John ran a trading post and general store.  The Meads then moved to Chadron, Nebraska, in 1882.  John Mead died in 1920.  Mary Eliza Mead died January 13, 1928, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Chadron, Nebraska.


The collection consists of one folder containing a manuscript reminiscence written by Mary Mead concerning frontier and pioneer life in Dakota Territory and the Indians of the Pine Ridge Indian Agency.  A typescript of the reminiscence with an introduction by Bishop George Allen Beecher is also included.  The reminiscence was published in The Western Nebraska Churchman, April and May, 1927.  Also included are two letters from Hudson D. Mead, 1926-1927, to Bishop George Allen Beecher, containing genealogical information about the Mead and Dexter families.


Mary Mead reminiscence

Mary Mead reminiscence typescript

Hudson D. Mead correspondence


Subject headings:

Beecher, George Allen, 1868-1951

Bison hunting

Bonhomme (South Dakota) — History

Choteau Creek Ranch

Dexter, Harriett (Boutwell)

Frontier and pioneer life

Ghost dance

Indians of North America — Rites and ceremonies

Mead family

Mead, Hudson D., 1868-1950

Mead, John Groot, 1838-1920

Mead, Mary Eliza (Dexter), 1840-1928

Pine Ridge Indian Agency (South Dakota)


Santee Indian Reservation (Nebraska)

Siouan Indians

Sun dance — South Dakota


Revised TMM        03-21-2017


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