My name is Catherine Sutton, and my life at the Credit Mission began when my family moved there when I was two years old. The Mission is a settlement of about 200 Ojibwa people who have also converted to Christianity.
I went to a Methodist school, where I was not allowed to practice my traditional customs. At this point, I had also lost all of my siblings from disease, and one from drowning.
Aunt Eliza, why are you so kind to me and the other girls in the Mission?
In England, while on a trip with my uncle and his wife, Eliza...
My sweet child, when your uncle and I got married, I found out I was not able to have children of my own, therefore I took it upon myself to befriend you. You are the daughter I will never have.
Upon my return from England, I married William Sutton, an English shoemaker. I was fifteen at the time.
William, are you certain that taking the deal from the Nawash Ojibwa was the right choice? I have heard many talking about merging with the Grand River Haudenosaunee.
This will be the best place for us and the children. We will have 200 acres of land, and we can farm food.
Two years later, I fell very ill...
I shouldn’t have worked so hard on the farm. I’ve overexerted myself. I must discuss a move with my family. I cannot go on here.