MRS. HARRIET H. DEAN


From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 969

MRS. HARRIET H. DEAN, nee MORRISON, widow of Nathaniel W. DEAN; is a native of Wisconsin; born Nov. 15, 1829, in Iowa Co., near Dodgeville, then called Porter's Grove; is a daughter of James MORRISON, a veteran pioneer of Wisconsin, whose biography appears elsewhere in this volume. Since 1839, her home has been in Madison. She, with her parents, fled from the Indians in an ox cart to the fort at Blue Mounds, for protection during the Black Hawk war. Her mother was her first teacher, and afterward Miss PIERCE, who taught the first public school in Madison. Galena was the nearest post office from her birth-place, and was fifty miles distant, and the mail was brought once a week in saddle-bags. When a child, a Winnebago brave offered the mother ten ponies and 100 buckskins for the little fair-haired one. The homes of all pioneers were hospitality itself, and reminiscences of varied interest pertaining to all classes could be given. She was married to N. W. DEAN, September 1847, and he died February 1880. His name is included among the distinguished dead of Dane Co. Mrs. DEAN is a member of the Congregational Church. She is domestic in her tastes - retiring, and attached to early scenes and friends. At the organization of Wisconsin Territory, which included her birthplace, she was seven years of age, and since that date, through father and husband, she has been closely related to the development and history of Wisconsin.


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