I am very interested in the topic of Rev. Alfred Brunson, formerly of Meadville PA and a number of places in Ohio and the southern portion of Michigan. There are at least four certificates in his papers at Wisc Hist. Soc. authorizing him to perform marriages in Mich Terr, Ohio--a number of counties, Wisc. Terr., and Iowa Terr. He was a Methodist and a presiding elder who attended annual conferences. He went west from Penna in 1835 because he felt called to work with Indians. His wife was willing and his kids were mostly grown. He chose Prairie du Chien as a central location. He founded churches in white communities and also started up missions to the Dakota in the future vicinity of St. Paul and to Ojibwe at Sandy Lake and Fond du Lac and Upper Peninsula of Mich. He served as Ojibwe sub-agent in Indian Agency at LaPointe in 1842-43 but got canned for not being willing to screw the Indians. He was a member of the Wisc. Terr. legislature and had a law practice. He loved to write and his papers are voluminous. Some of his stuff got published in Wisc. Hist. Collections.
If anyone is able to help me uncover additional unpublished material that gives insight into 1835-1845 period, I'd appreciate it, especially if it deals with Indians or Minnesota.
The Hist Soc of Wisconsin has two boxes of his stuff in its archives. I've transcribed the Indian Agency notebook from Box 2.
His sons Benjamin and Ira were surveyors in Minn. and early citizens of Minn and/or Wisc.
Linda Bryan, St. Paul