Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Old Mother Rodd


Old Mother Rodd was an interesting historical character, who once lived in the Borderland region. She was an Indian woman belonging to the Chippewa tribe. She was born in the latter part of the eighteenth century, and died in Port Huron, at the age of one hundred and thirteen years. During the later years of her life her home was on the Canadian side of the St. Clair river, near the mouth of Lake Huron. [Published in 1906]

More about Mother Rodd in the Michigan Historical Collections, Volume 17:

"Mother Rodd was of full Indian lineage, but I will trace it only to her grandfather May-zhe-ke-osh or Falling-Snow.

Mother Rodd's husband was Alexander Rodd...who was part French...".

Also from the Michigan Historical Collections, Volume 17:

"...Mother Rodd at that time had her camp on the back of my father's farm, about one mile south of the Military street bridge, Port Huron, and half a mile west of where the tunnel is building."

An ode to Old Mother Rodd here (excerpt below).

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