Elizabeth Therese Fisher Baird

Elizabeth Therese Fisher Baird

Elizabeth Therese Baird was the daughter of Henry Monroe Fisher and Marianne Schindler. She was born on April 24, 1810, at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Her mother was the daughter of Therese Schindler, a famous and well-to-do woman engaged in the fur trade and sister to another female entrepreneur, Madeleine LaFramboise. These sisters were the daughters of Jean Baptiste Marcot and Marie Amighssen, an Ottawa woman. Both of these intrepid women made their home on Mackinac Island, where they were among the most wealthy residents. Marianne Schindler Fisher took her daughter to Mackinac Island for a visit in June of 1812. One month later the War of 1812 broke out with Mackinac Island playing a key strategic role. Marianne remained with her daughter on Mackinac Island. She never returned to her husband. A British sympathizer, he went to the Red River region in Manitoba. He visited them on Mackinac Island before he died in 1827.

Marianne helped her mother in the fur trade and later began a school for Indian and metis children creating an interesting and cultually diverse environment for the young Elizabeth. Her grandmother and great aunt wore only traditional Ottawa clothing, visiting indians made their home on the family's property and the fur trade was nearing its zenith. Elizabeth's future husband, Henry S. Baird, arrived on Mackinac Island in 1822 to improve his health. He earned his living teaching school and later was admitted to the bar of Michigan as an attorney. During this period of professional growth, Baird met and fell in love with the young Elizabeth. They were married in 1824 and moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Elizabeth was only 14 years old when she married. Her, "Reminiscences of Early Day on Mackinac Island" is a colorful and informative account of her childhood.

Source: "Reminiscences of Early Days on Mackinac Island."