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E. G. Runner Tue 11 Dec 2001
Looking for any info or contacts on Ida Mae KELLEY. She and her family moved to Albert Lea in 1865. She then went on to teach in Motley and Verndale before moving to Montana in 1887. Her family was Elisha Payne Kelley and Clarrissa C. GILLETTE. There was a marriage tie to the HOWE family -- her sister Miranda married a John Howe.
Thank you, Ed Runner

Heather Crandall Sun 9 Dec 2001
Searching for information regarding Lovane Burdette CRANDALL family. He was married to Alta Elsa CHAMPLIN 18 November 1873. Their children were: Mary Elvira, Frank Eldred and Chester Burdette (my great-grandfather). It has become apparent that they lived in Albert Lea for some amount of time. I'd like any information concerning the family that anyone may have.

Bonnie Hyden Fri 7 Dec 2001
I am looking for any records or information concerning Charles Albert BLY, who was born in Freeborn County, the town of Shellrock, to be exact. His father was Alvin R. Bly; his mother was Estelle (maiden name something like EIGH). My information says that Alvin was a steel worker and Estelle was a nurse. She was originally from New York. Charles eventually moved to Louisiana. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Kaye Ryder Sun 25 Nov 2001
I am searching for information on Thomas Marion EDDIE, who was born 9/03/1839 in Wisconsin and died 02/16/1863 in Freeborn County, Minnesota. He possibly lived in Manchester but may have died in Albert Lea. His wife, Lavica, gave birth to twins, George and Sarah, in Albert Lea, October 30 of the same year Thomas died. I would like to know how Thomas died and where he is buried. I would appreciate any responses.

Margaret Witt Thu 1 Nov 2001
I am looking for parents, siblings, marriage date or other information for my great-great-grandparents: William Nathaniel MONTGOMERY, b. 18 Oct 1844, Morgantown, Monongalia Co., VA. He married Anna Elizabeth McKINSIE, b. 25 July 1845, Berne, Switzerland. They had Gar, Frank, John Oliver, Ethel Erma, and DeWitt Talmedge. I don't know where Gar and Frank were born; I think John Oliver was born in Albert Lea in 1874 and that DeWitt and Ethel Erma were born in Jefferson, IA.
We were told that our Montgomerys were German businessmen and that Anna Elizabeth McKinsie taught in the University of Berlin (could be University of Bern) and that she spoke seven languages. I don't know where or when she came to the USA or anything about her before she married William.
Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who make on-line family research possible. My name and address are: Margaret Montgomery Witt, Route 2, Box 421, Grandfield, OK 73546 -- phone: 580/479-5729 -- e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

Darla Doyle Fri 26 Oct 2001
I am looking for any information about Edwin MORGAN or his wife, Elizabeth BANNING. All I know is that they had a son by the name of James Morgan, born in Albert Lea and raised by an aunt, May BOLES. I don't know why she raised him, though. The marriage license I have for Edwin and Elizabeth (dated April 4, 1858) said they lived in "Teris/Terrie Lake City" -- it's hard to read. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Darla Doyle

Kay (Buetow) Scott Sun 14 Oct 2001
Seeking information on the following Freeborn County families:
BUETOW, Wilhelm (b. 1858) m. Johanne "Minnie" SUHR (7 children)
Buetow, Johan (b. 1848) m. Johanne Wilhelmina STIEMKE (6 children)
Stiemke, Carl (b. 1819) m. Louisa STARK (6 children)
BUTH, Carl (b. 1820) m. Karoline KROENKE (3 children)
GOLNICK, Johann (b. 1828) m. Elisabeth KRAMPETZ (10 children)
All families farmed in London Township in the late 1800s and were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, near Myrtle. Thanks! Kay (Buetow) Scott

Casey Jensen Mon 1 Oct 2001
Looking for info on Peter and Paul JENSEN found in the 1880 census for Albert Lea, MN, page 100 D. They were listed as both born in Denmark with Peter, age 23, and Paul, age 25. They were living in, probably, a boarding house with Wm. FENHOLD and others. I want to discover if anyone claims them as ancestors or if they show up on the 1900 census for Albert Lea. They are living only blocks from my Louis Jensen family and may be brothers.

Tom Cotton Wed 26 Sep 2001
Searching for any info on Franz Rudolph SEEGER, b. 1847, and wife Augustine STIEMKE, b. 1851. Family in Myrtle, Freeborn Co. by 1887 when children born there. Children: Charles m. Ella WOLFF, Wihelmine m. Fred BAERWALDT, Rudolph m. Bertha SUHR, Anna m. Carl WOLFF, Adolph m. Ella MIELKE, Amelia m. Joe HAANEN, Augusta m. Carl SCHUTZ, Hannah m. Herman EWALD, Sophia m. John DUTTE, William m. Olga MIELKE, Josephine m. Albert WOLFF, and Gretchen, who never married. Would love to share info.

Tom Cotton Wed 26 Sep 2001
Searching for any info on Louis K. KAASA and wife Minnie INGVALDSON. Children: Lucille m. Chester COTTON, Allerd, Irvin, Idella m. Roy ASHBY, and Lloyd. Children all born in Albert Lea, early 1900's. Would love to exchange info.

Stacy Moorhead Fri 21 Sep 2001
Looking for information on Almarion STEVENS, b. 27 July 1829, NY, and wife, Matilda SPALSBURY, b. 26 Aug 1829, NY. They lived in Freeborn County after 1880. Also their son, John Stevens, birthdate unknown, and wife, Amelia COUNTER(S), birthdate unknown, m. 11 Mar 1880 in Freeborn County. Any information would be appreciated.

John Crist Fri 31 Aug 2001
Looking for information on the Clement ERICKSON family and parents. Listed with wife, Selma, and two children in 1920 census, Bath Township, Freeborn County.

John Crist Thu 30 Aug 2001
Looking for information about the following families:
Nels FOLEY, 54 years old in 1920 census, Nunda Township, Freeborn Co. MN
Iver Foley, 52 years old in 1920 census, Manchester Township, Freeborn Co, MN
Are they brothers? Would like parents' names and information.

Kaye Sass Sat 25 Aug 2001
Josephine WRYZCA and Louis Rudolph RUDNIK were married in Freeborn County around 1870 and lived there for about eight years before moving to North Dakota. I would love to connect to all descendants of this Polish line to preserve their history. Josephine's parents were Thomas Wrycza and Agnes SZCZEPANSKI. Kaye Sass, Tampa, FL

Nancy Legerski Mon 30 Jul 2001
Looking for relatives with last name of STODDART. They are from the Freeborn and Wells area. My grandfather was George, who moved to North Dakota with several other brothers and sisters. Two (?) of his family stayed in Minnesota -- Morris lived in Wells and George's sister married a CHRISTENSEN of Freeborn.

DelRay Sannes Sat 28 Jul 2001
I would like to contact descendants of or anyone who has information on Simon THOMPSON. Simon died in Freeborn County on February 2, 1923. I believe he was a brother of my Great-grandfather Theodore Thompson. E-mail or call: 218-449-4485.

Janelle Stimson Thu 26 Jul 2001
I am seeking any information on the KALSTAD Family. My grandfather, Milford Kalstad, b. 1898, lived there for awhile. I believe he might have been born there. He married Agnes HAUGEN, b. 1899. My father, Harold Vern Kalstad, was born 08-11-1922 in Albert Lea, Freeborn County. I would like to find out if my grandfather was born there or if anyone might have information on either the Kalstad or Haugen families.

[email protected] Mon 16 Jul 2001
Looking for descendants of Maurice and Hanora LEEHY. They lived in Geneva-Newry from about 1865. Children: John, Patrick, Mary, Hanora, Ellen, Margaret, Elizabeth, Jeremiah, Thomas, Johana, Anne, and William. I am a descendant of Elizabeth.
Also looking for any information on Anthony and Bridget McCOY. Children: Thomas, Ann, and Bridget.
Or descendants of Bridget McCoy's first marriage to Luke BRENNAN. Children: Winnifred, John, Jane, and Micheal. They all lived in this area at about the same time.

DelRay Sannes Tue 10 Jul 2001
I am serching for information on my Great-grandfather, Theodore THOMPSON, who homesteaded in Section 24, Newry Twp. on 1 March 1876. He was married to Caroline ANDERSON. She may have died in Freeborn County. His last wife was listed as Carrie Thompson. Theodore's children were: Cara Emelia, born 6 Apr 1868 in Freeborn Co. (she married Syvert OLSON); Alfred, born 28 Dec 1871, near Austin; Matilda Christine, born in Freeborn Co; Annie; Carl; and Milfred.

June Hillhouse Sat 9 Jun 2001
I am searching for information on the Emery DAVIS family. His wife's name was Mary Ann DANIELS. The family moved from Lorain Co., Ohio in 1863 to Freeborn Co., Minnesota. They had five children: Helena Elvira, Lavidia, Lilly, Elmer, and Franz. My great-grandmother was Helena E. Davis, who married Cornelius W. ECKERT. Franz Davis' wife was Esther but I don't have a surname for her. If anyone has any information, please contact me.

Gail Siverling Dulgar Mon 4 Jun 2001
Searching for descendants of William H. H. BIGHLEY and his wife Sarah E. (BEIGHLEY), who moved from Clarion Co., PA to Shell Rock Twp. in 1868. Children are: Hampton P. S. (b. 1857), Milton G. (b. 1859), Elizabeth B. REEP (b. 1863), John D. (b. 1866), Susanna M. FROST (b. 1868), Louise Anna (b. 1870) and William H. H. Jr. (b. 1872). William was the son of John BIGLEY and his wife Barbara SIVERLING of Clarion Co., PA. I have information to exchange on William's ancestors for any person willing to provide information on his descendants in Freeborn Co., MN and Worth Co., IA.

Jeffrey Grimes Tue 15 May 2001
I am researching my grandfather's oldest brother, Ole J. PRESTEGAARD. He was married to Ingeborg BOTHUM and they were living in Hayward Township as per the 1900 census. They had seven kids: Peter, Sena, Bertina, Johan, Ostina, Dorothea, and Ida. They could have used the Prestegaard name as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Randy Lawson Sun 13 May 2001
I need information for: Rev. James LAWSON, b. 12 Dec 1849, Denmark, to Hans Lawson and Maria. James had two older brothers: L.P. Lawson and Nels Lawson. In 1851 the family came to the United States. At this point the family name changed from LARSON to Lawson. They first settled in O'Share, Racine County, WI. In 1864 the family went by covered wagon to Bath, Freeborn County, MN.
In 1869 James married Hannah JOHNSON, who was also born in Denmark. They had eight children:
1. Charles Lawson, b. 30 May 1872?
2. Alfred Lawson, b. 21 Mar 1872?
3. Esther Lawson, b. 11 Oct 1874
4. Rebecca Lawson, b. 16 May 1877
5. Arthur Lawson, b. 10 May 1883, m. Anna Marie RASMUSSEN
6. Walter Larson, b. 5 Nov 1886
7. Luella Lawson, b. 27 July 1889, m. Reubin L. JOHNSON
8. baby girl, b. 3 Feb 1892, d. 29 Mar 1892
In 1875 the church at Clark's Grove, MN encouraged James Lawson to enter missionary service and he was ordained there on 19 Dec 1882. Although he had attended only a common school in Racine County, WI, he had no trouble being elected as pastor for two years at the Danish Baptist Church in Kasson, MN in 1880. In 1890 James began began serving the First Baptist Church at Clark's Grove, MN. At this time he began missionary work that took him into the Dakotas, as well as Minnesota.
Hannah Lawson died of tuberculosis on 7 Dec 1893. James then married Johanna Caroline Kathryn (Carrie) CHRISTIANSEN on 27 Oct 1897. Carrie was born 28 Aug 1877 in Denmark.
In 1900 James, Carrie, Arthur, Walter, and Luella Lawson moved to Donnybrook, ND. James died at Minot, ND on 12 Dec 1934, his 85th birthday. He is buried at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND. Carrie Lawson died 31 Mar 1972 at Seattle, WA. She is also buried at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.

Funnyfolk1 Tue 8 May 2001
WRIGHT . . . Looking for information on Henry Wright, who was born in Manchester, Minn. ca1858. He was the child of John J. and Mary J. Wrighr from Unadilla, NY. He appears in the Unadilla census of 1860 with his parents but not in 1865. Don't know why John J. and Mary J. were in Manchester, Minn. for his birth. Need some history of the area, settlers, land grants, etc.

Alan Clark Tue 8 May 2001
Seeking any information on Thurston CLARK, b. March 1865 in New York state. Found in the employ of Harchall RUST, Pickerel Lake Township, Freeborn County in the 1900 census.

Jim Cannon Sun 6 May 2001
Looking for others who are researching KEEFE/O'KEEFE families who were located in Geneva and Newry Townships in Freeborn County. Many are interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newry Township. Most importantly is William Keefe, born 1795, Killworth Parish, County Cork, Ireland and died 2 Sept 1885, age 84. He was m. to Mary HIGGANS (HIGGENS), b. abt. 1795, Femay Parish, Ireland and died 2 Dec 1885, Newry, age 91.
Other possible relations are David Keefe, b. 16 June 1815, d. 13 Dec 1905. He was m. to Elizabeth GARDNER, b. June 1821, d. 28 June 1873. She was the dau. of Richard Gardner and Mary LAWTON. Also, Michael Keefe, b. 1819, d. 1900. He m. Ellen Keefe, dau. of Michael Keefe and Muriel MULCAHY.
Some of these families located in Blooming Prairie, Steele County.

Cathy Larkins Thu 26 Apr 2001
ADDITION TO QUERY POSTED 14 APR 2000 . . . I am researching my HUTCHINSON surname. I have just been given more old family photos and one of them has the photographer's name on it: W. D. FENHOLT of Albert Lea, Minn. It is a photo of my great-great-grandfather, Grant C. Hutchinson. The second photo says it is Grant's parents and has this written on it: "To Mrs. R. F. RASMUSSON, So. Bend from Catholic Church".
I would like to know if anyone is researching Rasmusson/Hutchinson surnames in Albert Lea, Freeborn, Minn. I have a lot of photos that need to be IDed.
I thank you for any help you can send my way.

S. King Tue 24 Apr 2001
I am researching my grandmother's family, the NORTONs. They lived on a farm near Oakland in the late 1800's. The father's name was Elmer James Norton -- the mother was Almina Orinda BLISS, who was born 11 Sept 1858, Black Brook, NY and died 20 Jan 1954 in Austin, MN (after remarrying and having another son, Lee MILLER of Austin).
The Norton children were:
-- Evelyn (or Eva Lyn)(my grandmother), born 10 Oct 1890, married Joseph KING on 14 Mar 1912 and lived in Austin until her death 3 Dec 1982.
-- Jesse, b. 22 Mar 1878
-- Eva, b. 15 Jan 1880
-- Miles, b. 29 June 1881, d. 29 Mar 1955
-- George, b. 27 Apr 1884, d. 1917
-- Sarah, b. Oct 1886, d. 16 Oct 1949, m. Burton GILMORE, who died 27 Dec 2000 in Albert Lea
I believe most of the family are buried in Fairview Cemetery. Unfortunately, I have no birth or death dates for Elmer James Norton, nor do I know the names of his parents or where he was born. I was hoping that some public records in Freeborn County would list some of these facts.
If anyone has any further information on this family or if any of this sounds familiar or if there is a place I can get more information, I would greatly appreciate you contacting me. Thanks so much!

[email protected] Sat 14 Apr 2001
Researching the family of Michael and Ellen (DALEY) MORRISON, who resided in the Newry/Geneva Township area of Freeborn County ca1860. Daughter, June, was born 1856, ME. Other children showing up in the 1870 census are Hanah, James. Johanna, John, Margaretha, Mary, Temoter, and Timothy. Note the spelling for the surname for this census was MORISON (page 1079). Jane was married to Michael O'LEARY (LEARY), also from this same area. Many of these families are interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newry Township.

[email protected] Sun 25 Mar 2001
Patrick O'LEARY, b. 8 Feb 1818, County Cork, Ireland. In 1846 he married Johanna COUGHLIN, b. 8 Oct 1817. Their children were:
-- Andrew, b. 26 Aug 1848, Ireland, +Mary HERRON +Catherine LONEY
-- Dennis, b. 26 Apr 1850, Ireland, +Elizabeth SMYTH
-- Michael, b. 1852, Covington, NY +Jane MORRISON
-- David, b. 1854, Covington, NY
-- Mary, b. 1857, +William Herron
-- John, +Alice Herron
-- Daniel, +Emma ?
Patrick located in Moscow Township, Freeborn County. Michael was in Geneva Township and is interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newry Township. If anyone has any information on this family, please respond to: [email protected]

Al Braley Sun 18 Mar 2001
My grandmother was Sarah Evelyn EMMONS of Emmons, Freeborn Co., MN, daughter of George H. Emmons and Esther Lena (ROBINSON) Emmons. George H. was born 28 Mar 1855 in Clinton, Rock Co., WI, the son of Helge Gunderson AAMEN and Kjersti (Tina) Larsdatter DAHLEN. Sarah Evelyn married Harry Jackson BRALEY on 20 June 1905 in Emmons.
Helge Gunderson Aamen immigrated from Norway in 1850. He married Kjersti, another immigrant, on 20 Apr 1854 in Clinton, Rock Co., WI. She immigrated in 1853 at age 18.
Helge, his wife, and son, George, came to Minnesota in 1856 and acquired 160 acres of land by preemption. They had eight children.
At this time I don't know who all the children were. I know of three sons: George H., Lewis/Lars H., and Henry H. The "H" probably is for Helgeson from the old Norwegian naming custom.
At some time Helge Americanized his name to Henry G. Emmons and his wife changed hers to Christina (Tina) LARSON.
From the caption on a photo taken at their 50th wedding anniversary, I think that I can identify a daughter, Tina (Christine?) Emmons (Mrs. Jorgen OLSEN) but I have no birth date information. In the photo she looks younger than Lewis but older than Henry. I'd guess her birth between 1857-1866. That leaves four unknown children. According to the article that accompanied the photo, the other four children had died by 1904.
George and Lewis began a business in 1881 in Norman, IA, just south of the Minnesota border. The business was moved north of the border in 1886 and rebuilt on their father's farm. They called it Emmons and it became a town. (I think they moved north of the border because of the strict liquor laws in Iowa at the time.)
I would like to have a complete record of the children born to Henry G. Emmons and Christine Larson, if that is possible. This is what I have:
1) George H., b. 28 Mar 1855, Clinton, Rock Co., WI
2) Lewis/Lars H., b. 30 Dec 1856, Freeborn Co., MN; m. Ingrid Larson
3) Christine, b. 1857-1866, Freeborn Co., MN; m. Jorgen Olsen, 5 children by 1904
4) Henry H., b. 1867, Freeborn Co., MN, d. 31 Mar 1921, Rochester, Olmsted, MN; m. Ingeborg HELLAND, children unknown
5-8) Four more children who died prior to 1904
Thanks to anyone who can help. -Al (Alson) Braley (Alson Emmons, Harry Jackson, Alson Henry, . . .)

JoAn Fortner Clayton Sat 3 Mar 2001
I would like to contact anyone named TURBETT who lives in your area. I am doing research on a George Turbett and it had lead me to Freeborn County. I am particularly interested in the descendants of Thomas and Catharine Turbett. This couple were both born in Pennsylvania and died in Shell Rock in the years 1895 and 1888. Thanks. JoAn Fortner Clayton

Carol Whelan Gustafson Thu 15 Feb 2001
My gggrandmother was Mary SHEA (1837-1895). She married Thomas B. BRICK and they lived in Steele County, MN . Her sister, Johanna Shea, married a Mr. FARRY or FERRY and they lived in Freeborn County -- possibly in the Albert Lea area. There were other Shea siblings but the names aren't definite: Bridget, Michael, Daniel, and John. John Shea was the mayor of Owatonna at one time. Any information on Shea and Farry/Ferry would be appreciated.
Carol Whelan Gustafson

Millie Alexander Sat 3 Feb 2001
PARKER, Mrs. Frank -- She was the daughter of James and Mary (DOGGETT) SARGENT of Morris, IL. In James' obituary of February 1911, it stated that Mrs. Frank Parker of Albert Lea, MN (Freeborn County) was one of eight living children. Any information on these names, please contact Millie Alexander. Thanks.

Devonna M. Wick Fri 2 Feb 2001
I am in search of information on my great-great-grandparents, Svenning and Susanna LARSON, who came to America from Aust-Agder, Norway. In 1880 I found them residing in Albert Lea, along with three of their children: Hilda (my great-grandmother) b. 1874, Alice b. 1877, and Ole, b. ca1880. They later had another son, Lewis, birthdate unknown. If anyone has any information on this family, I would love to make contact with you. Thank you. Devonna M. Wick

Jean Olson Tatum Fri 12 Jan 2001
I am looking for anyone researching Jens Peter Jensen WAYNE family. His wife, Mary, was a cousin to Tomine Anderson MATHISON. Tomine is my grandsmother. She married in Clarks Grove, MN in 1892 to Jens Mathison. They later moved to SD. Jean Olson Tatum

Charles Barnes Thu 14 Dec 2000
August YOST, b. 11/2/1849, Helmighousen, Waldeck, Germany; d. 1/8/1901, Albert Lea, Freeborn Co., MN; m. 1/12/1869 to Maria PISTORIUS in Freeborn Co. Would appreciate information on their children, especially Charles Louis (Carl Lui), relatives of either August or Maria, imigration information, citizenship. When was name changed from JOST? Will gladly exchange information from Germany. Leina Barnes

Morgans Mon 20 Nov 2000
I am looking for information about Mrs. Ole WESTRUM, Glenville, MN, who is listed as a sister in the obituary of Mrs. Helen JOHNSON, Richland Center, WI, who died 24 Dec 1926. Mrs. Johnson is my great-grandmother.

Gudmund Nordhagen Sat 18 Nov 2000
I am searching for Johan JOHANNESEN LERUD, b. 1833. He left Vestre Toten, Norway, June 1871 with his wife, Karen, and their children: Johannes, Peder and Johanne Petra. Their destination was Albert Lea, MN .

Pat Johnson Sat 11 Nov 2000
I have an original letter written to my great-great-grandfather, Ole Anders (or Anders Ole) STOVERN/STOVEREN. It is dated 29 January 1872. It is in pristine condition and my most prized possession. It was written by O. J. HAGEN, Albert Lea. I had it translated by a friend who tells me there was a Hagen & Brothers store in Albert Lea at that time. In the letter Mr. Hagen asks my great-great-grandfather to come and work for him. If anyone knows of this Hagen, I would be happy to send a copy of my letter to a relative.
Another interesting point: In the top left-hand corner is an embossed "crown" with a sort of "boat" type thing under the crown -- it may be a "ribbon" with lettering? Hard to tell!
I would love to hear from any Hagen who is interested -- and would also like to know the significance of the embossed crown

Patrice Hartman Fri 10 Nov 2000
I am searching for the Lorenzo MERRY family who lived in Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN in the 1850s. Lorenzo, born ca1810, NY married ca1840, NY to Julia _____, born ca1810, NY. Children: James Edwin, born ca1842, Troy, NY; John Andrew, born 7 Dec 1848, Troy, NY; Julia; Fred; William' and Hiram. This family moved to other parts of Minnesota and eventually to North Dakota. I have lots of information on this family after they left Minnesota.

Barb Nielsen Pence Mon 30 Oct 2000
NIELSEN, Peter/Peder. Lived in Freeborn County 1873-1894 near Albert Lea. Married Mary Ann CRUMRINE 1879. Immigrated from Denmark 1873 with twin sister (first name unknown) who married Christian PETERSEN of Stanley, WI. Christian arrived from Denmark with Peter and sister.
Peter's children were:
Walter, died in infancy, dates unknown
William, b. 1880??, d. 1916
James (Fred), b. 30 Aug 1881
Benjamin George, b. 15 June 1885
Earnest, b. 8 Oct 1887
Edith (WARDELL), b. 3 Apr 1890
Anna Pearl (TILLER), b. 4 Dec 1896
Herbert, b. 30 May 1898
I am looking for any information on the above individuals -- naturalization records, property records (Peter bought his land from the railroad, I am told), birth or death records, whatever. I will gladly share all I have in return.
Thank you in advance. Barb Nielsen Pence

[email protected] Wed 27 Sept 2000
REIBER -- From "The Browerville Blade", Browerville, MN, 7 Nov 1913: Son Shoots His Father - Albert Lea - During a quarrel, Martin Reiber shot and fatally wounded his father, Fred Reiber, at their home in this city. The bullet entered just below the heart. Mrs. Reiber died a few weeks ago and left her property to Martin and trouble came when he tried to dispose of it. He made his escape after the shooting, but was caught. His father is still alive, but no hopes are entertained by his physicians.
If someone came across this about my family, I would like to hear from them.

[email protected] Fri 15 Sept 2000
A 7th Day Baptist church was organized at Carlston, Freeborn County in 1863. Some of the early members were in the MAXON, REYNOLDS, DAVIS, SWEET, COON, and BURDICK families.
I am interested in John Benjamin Reynolds and his wife, Susan Belle Davis Reynolds, and in Hiram D. Sweet and Mary Sweet. I have some information about these people but would like more.

Paul LaCombe Fri 8 Sept 2000
I am looking for information on my grandparents, Clifford Arthur COVEY and his wife, Nora FOSTER. Nora's family moved thete sometime around 1870 -- her parents were Warren Foster and Abigail CLEAVES. Clifford operated a series of 'general mercantile' stores in Freeborn County near Alden and, perhaps in the Mapleton area as well. Both were originally from the Omroe, Eureka, or Burdick areas of Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Any and all information on this family will be greatly appreciated. Paul LaCombe

PLM3388 Thu 7 Sept 2000
Looking for information re: Christian Francis JENSEN and relations and Ida HANSEN and relations.

Marian Thu 31 Aug 2000
I am looking for any information I can find on Samantha Ellen WOODWARD, married to John MILLER. I know that they lived in Freeborn, Freeborn Co. around 1873 and they possibly died there in 1912. Thank you. Marian.

Valerie Pryor Tues 29 Aug 2000
I'm looking for FULLER families in the Freeborn County area. I have information that Angeline PETTIGREW Fuller died in Albert Lea 26 Feb 1874. She was married to to Judah Harvey Fuller. I don't know if they are the parents of the Fuller who had the photography studio. I have info on the Fullers back to England and I'm searching for info on this generation to tie up loose ends.

Jim Cannon Sat 19 Aug 2000
I am looking for information and others researching the families of Michael O'LEARY and Jane MORRISON. Michael was born in Ireland and Jane in MA. They farmed in the area of Geneva Township, Freeborn County. Their children were:
-- Patrick, b. 18 Feb 1880?, d. 18 Aug 1910
-- Ellen, b. 13 May 1880?, d. 24 Aug 1939, Blooming Prairie, MN; m. William Roger CARROLL, b. 28 Mar 1878, d. 20 May 1950, Blooming Prairie, MN
-- Leonard, no information
-- Astasha, no information
-- Clara, no information
-- Mary, no information
-- Agnes, no information
-- William, b. 1885, d. 30 May 1950, Blooming Prairie, MN
-- Charles Joseph, b. 4 May 1887, d. 19 May 1953, St. Paul, MN; m. Ellen Geneva Carroll (William's sister), b. 26 Oct 1886, d. 10 Dec 1962
-- Frank, b. 14 Feb 1889, Geneva Township

I haven't had the opportunity to go there yet, but I have been told that some of these people are interred at the Newry Catholic Cemetery.
The Carroll family farmed in the Steele County area. William and Ellen (Nellie) were the children of John Roger and Johanne (Anna) (Foley) Carroll. They had eight more children.
I am willing to share look-up information in Dakota County with anyone who can do the same in Freeborn County.

Greg Lampman Tue 8 Aug 2000
Would appreciate any help on the surname LAMPMAN from the Freeborn County area. After much work in New York, I have verified (as I had earlier guessed) that the Lampmans in Freeborn County (Pickeral area and Nuniger ?)[sic] are related. Some of them are siblings to my third great-grandfather, Peter S. Lampman, all of them being from Vermont and New York. Any help or data which someone may have is really appreciated. Greg Lampman, Eleva, WI

JohnS99688 Sat 5 Aug 2000
We are looking for information on the Ole KNUTSON family from Emmons, MN. He owned the Knutson and Olien Hardware and Implement Store in Emmons. He was married to Ida Knutson. Children included: Harlan, Orrin, Maggie, Irving, and Anton (Tony). They moved to the Freeborn County area ca1850.

JohnS99688 Sar 5 Aug 2000
We are looking for information about the Vegger and Anna Maria GULBRANDSON family history. They were born in Bergen, Norway. They lived in Albert Lea and had eight children, including: Victor, Amos, Eskell, Cleon, Fremont (born 1894), Kathinka, Ina, and Nina. They owned the Gulbrandson Hardware Store in Albert Lea with Vegger's brother, Einar Gulbrandson.

Connie Tue 25 Jul 2000-
Seeking any information regarding the CHAMBERLAIN family. Any descendants of Peter Chamberlain and Abigail QUACKENBUSH or Peter Chamberlain and Sarah DURANT. According to my Grandmother, she had relatives around the Albert Lea area. The family came from Cattaragus County, NY to Iowa.

Vickie Sat 22 Jul 2000
Looking for information about INDRELIE/INDRELEE/INDRELID and DALSBOTTEN descendants from Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. Hans Indrelid (1832- ) and his wife Marta Knutsdatter Dalsbotten (1837- ) immigrated to Minnesota in 1897 with their three youngest children. Several of their other children immigrated between 1885 and 1895. They had 11 children in all. Some may have ended up in the Albert Lea area.

Donald M. Hewitt Thur 20 Jul 2000
C. M. HEWITT, who was born 27 Dec 1837 in Oneida County, NY, came to Freeborn County in 1859. In 1867 he married Lura A. ASH and they had a daughter, May A. Ash [sic]. C. M. Hewitt was an Albert Lea businessman on Broadway. His birthdate appears to coincide with that of my grandfather, Milton E. Hewitt, who was born 15 Nov 1832 in NY state. I suspect they may have been brothers. I am very anxious to determine the parents of either or both Hewitts so that I may be able to identify my paternal great-grandparents. Any assistance anyone can provide will be sincerely appreciated.

Dawn Tues 11 Jul 2000
I am looking for information on Sophia WEGNER, possibly married to Gustav A. Wegner of Freeborn County. She was probably Sophia NELSON, born ca1894, and sister of my grandmother, Rose BERGUM (1889-1964) and listed as a survivor in the obituary of Connie DISOMMA (1918-1967).
I have her daughter listed as Mrs. Lester BEISTERFELD. Any information that might help me find descendants of Ole B. Nelson (Sophia and Rose's father) would be helpful. We are looking for Nels or Nils Nelson (born 1890?), Joel Nelson (born 1898?), Seems to be no trail for them at all! Sophia's mother would be Britta KALLESTAD (1869-1896). Joel's mother would be Gurina ERICKSON (1864-1936).

[email protected] Mon 3 Jul 2000
Seeking information on a Rufus PARKS who married Margaret WILSON on 18 Dec 1864 in Freeborn County. Found him listed with another relative. Need to know if and how he may be related to Francis Guy Parks and Ruth Clara Parks. Thank you in advance.

Judy Sun 18 June 2000
Found photo of Ewind GROEN (possibly -- hard to read), which states under it "Mother's father". The photo comes from J. A. FULLER's Photography Gallery, Albert Lea, MN. I believe it is a copy of an older photo. It was found at a flea market in Connecticut. I would like to return it to its rightful owner. I will send it to anyone who might be interested. Judy

Donald M. Hewitt Thu 15 June 2000
I am attempting to identify my paternal great-grandparents. My grand-parents were Milton HEWITT, born ca1833, NY, and Astin (possibly, Esther) Hewitt, born ca1837, PA. They lived on a farm in Bancroft Township, Freeborn County, where they appeared on the 1870 and 1880 Federal census. Any assistance you can provide will be sincerely appreciated.

Norman Ferguson Tue 16 May 2000
I am searching for ancestors who homesteaded in Freeborn County: Anders ELLINGSON (later MOEN) b. 1822 in Norway and married Inger ANDERSDATTER b. 28 Apr 1837, Aadelin [sic], Ringerike, Norway. After Anders died she married Johannes KRISTOFORSEN (later CHRISTOPHERSON) b. 1835, East Teton [sic](now Gulbrandstown [sic]), Norway. Anders and Inger married in Norway; Johannes and Inger would have married in Minnesota. If you have family with these names or the same place names in Norway, I would be delighted to share information with you!

[email protected] Wed 26 Apr 2000
I'm looking for ancestors who may have lived in Albert Lea as I have a photo taken there. Surnames include: CLINE, BROWN, PARKER, CARVER, ROCKWELL, PEARSALL. If you have family with these names in Michigan or from Canada, please contact me!

[email protected] Tue 25 Apr 2000
I am searching for James BATES who married Agnes STEWART in Moscow, MN in 1872. James' father was Joseph and his mother was Rose.
Agnes' father was John Stewart and her mother was Mary POWELL.
Also married in Moscow was James' sister, Maria Louise Bates, who married Luther Bradford BILLINGS in 1878.
James also had a brother, Lorenzo.
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!

Cathy Hutchinson-Larkins Fri 14 Apr 2000
I am seeking information on my HUTCHINSON line. I have recently received a power of attorney that was appointed to my great-grandfather, Grant C. Hutchinson of Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA, by David K. Hutchinson and wife, Eliza A. Hutchinson, of Freeborn Co., MN, to care for David M. Hutchinson's (deceased) affairs.
I know very little about my great-grandfather, Grant C. Hutchinson. He was born Oct 1864 somewhere in Illinois. His parents were from Pennsylvania. Grant married 1 May 1892 in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA to Eliza Bentine Christina JANTZEN. They had three boys in Kelso: Arthur Willard, 1983; Harry Leroy, 1894; and Oliver Sydney, 1897. Grant and Eliza divorced.
I recently received a trunk with photos of what is supposed to be Hutchinsons from Freeborn Co. and Stillwater, MN. I would like very much to ID these folks and find relatives. I don't know what happened to Grant after he and Eliza divorced. The 1900 census says that Grant was a school teacher.
Check out my web page on my Hutchinson line at
I thank you for any help you may send my way. Cathy

Dave Mohn Mon 3 Apr 2000
I am looking for info on the KITTLESON, TOSTENSON/TORSTENSON families. I am looking for a link between them and my great great father [sic] Charles MOHN who was Kittel Tostenson in Norway. He came to Dodge County in 1868. I think other family members also came to Dodge County but then left for Freeborn County around 1900 or shortly before. They came from the Saude parish in Telemark, Norway. Thanks!

Linda J. Cheal Mon 6 Mar 2000
I am searching on information on Christian HANSEN or Christjohn Hansen. He worked as a wagon maker in Albert Lea in the early 1900's. Christian was born in Denmark around 1880 and emigrated to America as a teen (approximately 1900). He emigrated with my great-grandfather, Charles Rasmus, but they had a falling out and the family lost contact with Christian. I would like to learn about him and locate his descendants while my elderly grandfather (his nephew) is still living.

Robin Tokmakian Fri 3 Mar 2000
I have been researching my Norwegian roots and am wondering if anyone has more information on these NELSON and JOHNSON families who have resided in Freeborn County since the late 1880's. I believe the Nelson family may still own the STRONG Insurance Agency in Albert Lea.

Nelson, Evan -- emigrated in 1853 from Norway -- first lived in Wiota, WI -- later moved to Moscow Twp., Freeborn County
m. Johanna in Norway
Children: a. William (took over father's farm, may have owned land in TX); b. Amelia (m. Mathias Johnson); c. Christian (owned Nelson Bros. Department Store in Albert Lea); d. Julias (started Strong Insurance Agency); e. Julia.

Johnson, Peter (or Peder Johannson) -- owned the farm TRILLERUD, ěstre Toten, Norway
Children (it is thought that one of these children used the name PETERSON instrad of Johnson): a. Karl, b. Kristian (Christian), c. Pauline (m. a man named NORDLAND), d. Matias (Mathias, my great-grandfather), e. Peder, f. Hans, g. Ottilie Adolph, h. Lewis.
Family emigrated from Norway to Freeborn County 1860-1870. All the children except Lewis were born in Norway.

Mathias Johnson m. Amelia Nelson in 1880. He owned a general goods store, was bought out by Amelia's brothers, and became Nelson Bros. Department Store.
Children: a. Ernest (died in flu epidemic), b. Julia May (my grandmother), c. Ulysses (died in the flu epidemic), d. Lilah Irene.

A side note on the Johnson family's Norwegian farm name, Trillerud: My middle name and my mother's middle name is Telrud. I have always known that it was a misspelled family name. My grandmother thought it was too long and shortened it! I have been searching for the name Telrud when visiting in Norway or when meeting a Norwegian but no one had ever heard of it. This past summer I met a Norwegian who told me that "rud" meant "farm", like a family farm, not a large estate. Then I found out about the 1865 Norwegian census on-line. I searched under farm names and found my farm! Knowing the names of the children helped too.

Mike & Gini Knowles Mon 21 Feb 2000
I am searching for any information you may have on my grandfather, Albert Samuel GEORGE, who was a long-time resident of Albert Lea. He retired from the school system after serving many years as a custodian. He also worked at a local gas station. He died 31 October 1963 from lung cancer. He was married to Bessie OLES and had five children: Louis Daniel, Chester Lee, Richard Albert, Marian June, and Robert Dwight. He was later married to Mary Mae KILLEN or KILEN. I told my mother that I would try to find information on his family. He moved to Minnesota from Indiana and didn't keep contact with or talk about his family. If you have even the smallest bit of information on him, I would appreciate an e-mail. Thank you!

Robert & Valerie Lowe Fri 18 Feb 2000
Looking for FESSENDEN descendants. Fernando and Nancy COON Fessenden lived in Freeborn County during the 1880's and had four children: Charles Ray, Bessie May, Bernie Lee, and Boyd Wesley. Another name affiliated with the Fessenden name is STEVENS. The Fessendens are a widespread family who descended from England. We are looking to update "The Fessenden Family in America" by Edwin Allan Fessenden. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Frank Evenson Sun 13 Feb 2000
I am searching for information about my grandparents who settled in Minnesota. Mikkel EVENSON left Norway in 1870 and became a citizen 12 July 1904. He bought a farm in Freeborn County near Hartland, I believe. Ole and Kristi HALVORSON left Norway in 1883 and moved to Freeborn County on a farm around Hartland or Manchester. Thank you.

Carol Oppel-Shibuya Wed 2 Feb 2000
I am searching for any information for the surnames of KNAPP and MURTAGH. My great-grandparents, Joseph Albert Knapp and Margaret M. Murtagh, were married in Freeborn County in 1866 and their daughter (my grandmother) Katherine Mary, was born in Albert Lea County [sic] in 1881. They also had six other children: Ada, Margaret, Clara, Charles, Ben, and Joe. Please e-mail me if you have any information on this family. Thank you!

Marilyn Freeman Wed 19 Jan 2000
I need information on my great-uncle Robert Arthur GOODMAN, b. 8 Apr 1893, d. Sep 1976, Albert Lea. Where is he buried? Did he have a family?

Julain Earl Sat 15 Jan 2000
I am looking for information on Charlotte BROWN, whose family lived in Albert Lea in the 1930s and 1940s. She may have been born into a large family in Albert Lea. Charlotte had a sister, Blanche, and, I believe, a brother, Floyd. Charlotte went by the name of Lee. She had a son, Merlyn, and later married Floyd Patterson in St. Paul, MN in 1947-1949. Charlotte and Floyd divorced; she remarried and lived in Bloomington, MN. I would like to know Charlotte's birth and death dates and where she is buried, and I would also like oboituaries for Charlotte and Merlyn. Thank you.

Terry Hacker Tues 11 Jan 2000
I am looking for information about the RORTVEDT family who have lived in Freeborn County. Bertina Rortvedt is buried in the cemetery in Hayward. I am trying to place them in my wife's family history. Her maiden name was TOLLEFSON -- her family lived in Austin for a number of years. The Rortvedt family should be related to Tollef Tollefson and his wife, Serina Rortvedt. I have no information on births, marriages, deaths, siblings, etc. The Rortvedt family has relatives with the surnames NESSET, POORE, and SELTHUN. Both the Rortvedts and Tollefsons came from Norway. I would be grateful for any help. Thank you.

Shelli McDermott Mon 3 Jan 2000
I am looking for parent and sibling info and any marriage, birth, and death records for Randi SOLLAND and Thrond KVALE. My grandfather, Gilbert Engvald Kvale, youngest of their seven children, was born 3 January 1909. I am told that Randi died 13 months later. Thrond was married before Randi. I have no info on his first wife except that they had three children, the youngest being Peter Kvale, who owned Buttermakers in Emmons. I know the family settled in the Albert Lea area but not sure exactly where. Any info would be helpful!

Kathy Hines
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