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Curtis Family Tues Dec 30 11:15 1997
Looking for relatives of David Porter CURTIS -- lived in Freeborn 1858-1890's. -- brother lived there also -- Seventh-Day Baptist turned Adventist preacher -- had several children.

Robert Forrest Thur Dec 18 09:04 1997
Searching for information on my great-grandparents, Peder HEMMINGSEN and his wife, Ane Marie. They farmed near Albert Lea some time after 1870 and moved to Frazee, MN some time after 1900. Children included: Catherine, May, Christian Ulrik (b. 1863), Frederic (b. 1865), Anne Johanne (b. 1868), Emma. Would like to contact other relatives.

Brad Johnson Mon Dec 08 21:26:06 1997
Searching for information on my great-grandparents, Andrew JOHNSON and wife (Christina?). She died in 1930; Andrew died in 1934. Both are buried at the old Round Prairie Lutheran Church Cemetery, southwest of Glenville, Freeborn Co., MN. Thank you for any response.

Kathy Reynolds Sat Nov 15 22:25:54 1997
I am looking for information about William Bartlett ELWELL, his wife Lane (?), and his son, Steven Bartlett Elwell. The 1900 U.S. census shows them living in Freeborn County, Geneva Township. They came to Minnesota from Iowa sometime after 1883. Steven married Amelia MERKEL of Story City, IA in Austin on October 28, 1907. He changed his middle name to Douglas and then emigrated to Canada. The census lists a sister, May O. GILLOTT and indicates that there are five other siblings not living with their parents in 1900. I'd be interested in any information about siblings as well.

Michael Keppen Mon Oct 13 16:29:16 1997
Fred RICKARD resided in Mansfield township in Freeborn Co. Minn. in 1885. Looking for descendents or researchers of the Rickard family including those in nearby Worth Co. Iowa.

George Engelhardt Mon Oct 13 19:41:06 1997
SNYDER, Fred & Nettie. In 1881 my grandfather, Fred ENGELHARDT and his two brothers arrived in Albert Lea,MN county of Freeborn from Germany. They stayed with cousins, Fred & Nettie Snyder for one year before going to Washington Territory where they homesteaded and lived out their lives in Cedonia, WA. In the late 1920's or early 1930's they visited the Engelhardt brothers in Cedonia, WA then returned to Albert Lea, MN. There seems to be no further comunications made with them. Are there relatives still living in Albert Lea? I have pictures but very few names and am not sure of the spelling of Snyder. Snail mail: 3108 East Nora, Spokane, WA 99207 Appreciate any help...Thanks!

Cheryl Cummings Sat Oct 11 12:05:39 1997
Gulbrand (Gilbert) FODNESS (1854-1945) m. 1890 to Anna Marie SAMPSON (1870-1934). These are my great-grandparents. Am looking to find family and information and all connections! Anxious to share what I have. Anna Marie Sampson was born in Albert Lea, Freeborn Co., MN. She and Gilbert both died in Stephen, Marshall Co., MN. I understand there are many Fodness family members in the Albert Lea area.

Tom Hintz Sat Sep 27 19:04:18 1997
Searching for Helen Marguerite FLAHERTY nee SEEDORF. She is the daughter of Herman Seedorf, born in Wells, MN in 1914. Had a half brother Franz Hermann Otto STIEBLER listed in the Mansfield Lutheran Church records. Helen's family belonged to this same church back to her g-grandfather, J.H. Seedorf, who was a founding member. Helen married Bernard Albert Flaherty of Albert Lea in 1934. The service was Catholic and was held in Wells. They lived in Albert Lea up until 1942. The marriage was witnessed by a Thomas S. McKearny and a Anna May Flaherty. The attending priest was Rev. Leon K. Hazinski. The Flaherty family may have been from Austin, MN and/or Rock Island, IL.

Rosemary Bradford Sat Sep 27 08:02:51 1997
My father, Roy Murray REMORE (b. 29 Feb 1916, d. 11 Oct 1952) was born in Albert Lea to David Iven Remore (b. 26 Dec 1890, d. 11 Oct 1952) & Alma M. MADSON (b. 13 Jun 1892, d. 8 Nov 1987); one other child at the time, Iva, b.1914. Ivan D. Remore's occupation listed as "fireman." His parents were Eliah Remore (b. New York) and Margaret MORRILL (b. Canada). Alma's parents: Albert Madson and Marie MYHRE, both born in Norway. David may have had half-siblings in Albert Lea or the surrounding area. There's a family story about the purchase/raising of a pig. Remores then moved to St.Paul (date ??) Do you know my family?

Eugenia Parker Fri Sep 26 09:06:22 1997
Seeking information on family James KNAPPEN and wife Elizabeth GILBERT - resided in Alden, Freeport [sic] County during the 1870's. They were parents of three daughters - Neva, Edna, and Mabel - possibly one more daughter and sons unknown. Neva and Edna both married LINDQUIST brothers - Neva residing in Fergus Falls and Edna in Breckenridge. Neva married Charles Godfrey Lindquist in 1906. Any info on either KNAPPEN and/or GILBERT greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Kjell Nordqvist Sun Sep 28 18:17:20 1997
KARLSKOGA -- Does this name sound familiar to you? Karlskoga is a Swedish city (32,000 pop.) about half-way between Stockholm and Oslo. More than 5,000 people emigrated from here to America between 1849 (California gold rush) and 1935. Our Heritage Society has an emigration section in its Archives, and we are steadily working with emigrant research. If you happen to have roots here, please let us hear from you. You can contact us by e-mail or write to: Hembygdsforeningen, Torget 10, 691 31 Karlskoga, Sweden. We will be thrilled to hear the story of your emigrant ancestors and get copies of obituaries, citizenship papers, travel documents, pictures, etc. for our emigrant records. In return we are willing to send you material from our Archives that may be of interest to you.

Mary Bakeman Mon Sep 22 08:00:00 1997
Looking for clues for John B. PETTIT's ancestry. He was born ca1790 in NY or PA (censuses differ), lived in Crawford county, PA from about 1814-1850, then moved to Iowa and then to Mansfield Twp., Freeborn Co. He died in 1867 and is reportedly buried on his farm. Wife Altha IRISH, dau. of Stephen Irish. They had 6 children, 5 of whom moved west with them. Who is Manassus Pettit living in the household for one state census? How is he related?

Cathi Stallings Sat Sep 20 09:14:56 1997
Research the Chris Andrew JORGENSEN family of Carlston Township, Freeborn county. Chris was born on 02 December 1881 in Denmark. On 02 November 1911 he married Agnes Christine JOHNSON, birthdate 22 May 1892. Andrew's brother, Fred Jorgensen, came to the United States on 04 April 1904. Andrew's father is Jens Jorgensen.

Alexia Muir Fri Sep 19 04:00:00 1997
Looking for SKALA and ELAM. Frank Skala lived in Austin and the Elam family lived next door. Frank had a daughter named Elaie Skala and she married Langley Elam. The Skalas were Bohemians and are buried in a local Bohemian cem. Frank's father may have been Joseph Skala. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Alexia

Nicholas Weerts Sat Sep 13 23:48:49 1997
I am trying to locate anyone researching the NELSON family. I relize that this is a common name. My GGG-Grandfather- Ole Nelson and his wife Mary Rosetta GRINOLDS lived Freeborn Co. from the 1860s until their deaths. Rosetta died in 1877 while Ole remarried and died in about 1921, when he was well in his 90s. One of Ole's son's- John Charles Nelson married Nelsina Bendina ANDERSON, her parent's were Iver and Kathryn Anderson. Thanks- Nicholas Weerts

Diane M Anderson Sun Sep 7 17:21:06 1997
Searching for descendants of Epinetus and Laura (McQUIVEY) GILMORE who lived and died at Freeborn, Freeborn, Minnesota. Check out the family website at to add your family.

Susan HOWE Sun Aug 31 12:17:22 1997
HORD/ CONNARD - Albert Lea, Freeborn Co. MN Would like to contact any family members researching the following families: Harrison HORD b. 1812 VA=Amelia CONNARD b. 1817 OH. They were married in Licking Co. OH, moved to IL and later settled in Albert Lea. Harrison and Amelia (CONNARD) HORD were the parents of Janerio, Daniel, Napoleon, Rachel, Mary and Lois HORD. Lois HORD b. 1854 in Winnebago Co. IL married Mahlon Pitman HOWE in Albert Lea, 5 Mar 1872. Their son, Ralph was my grandfather. I am: Susan HOWE, daughter of William Peck HOWE b. 1896 Albert Lea. Son of Ralph Waldo HOWE=Minnie Maud PECK. I look forward to hearing from you.

Susan Howe Sun Aug 31 12:06:33 1997
Would like to contact any family members researching the following families: (1) Albert Cyrus HOWE b. 1821 VT = Julia Ann BARKER b. 1821 VT. They moved from Poultney, Rutland Co. VT in 1857. Stayed about 10 years in Walworth Co. Wisconsin and then settled in Freeborn Co. MN. They and their families were in the Albert Lea/Alden area. Children of Albert and Julia (BARKER) HOWE include: Myron, Merritt, Mahlon, Barker, Louisa, Lucretia, Edmond, Alice, and Cathy. After Julia's death in 1870, Albert married Eliza Jane LaMoy Hendricks, and had 2 additional sons. I am: Susan HOWE, daughter of William Peck HOWE b. 1896 Albert Lea. Son of Ralph Waldo HOWE=Minnie Maud PECK. I look forward to hearing from you!

Anne Mary C. Cerney Chapirson Sat Aug 30 22:34:20 1997
I am looking for the family of Frank (b.1826-1829, Medovy Ujized, Bohemia, d. 1897, London, Freeborn County, MN) and Marie MUDRA (b. 1832, Syra, Bohemia, d. 1911, Cedar City, Mower County, MN) CERNY. I have info on 4 of their possibly 9 children, but am still missing info on the collateral families of WHEELER, DVORAK, and the families of their sons Joseph and John. The families, parents and grown children immigrated to St. Ansgar, Iowa and then to London, MN. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Aasha Leahy Fri Aug 29 20:09:39 1997
I am searching for a record of my great-grandmother's birth. Her name was Bertha Martha ROWE. Family history says that she was born in Howard Lake, Wright County, MN, on 12 October 1883. She is the daughter of Willard Francis ROWE and Sarah Maria EDDY who were married on 06 September 1882 in St. Paul, MN. Willard Francis ROWE died on 19 July 1909. Sarah Maria (EDDY) ROWE died on 27 November 1936 in Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN. Bertha Martha ROWE married Ernest Joseph WILLOUGHBY on 31 December 1909 supposedly in Poughkeepsie, NY. Bertha Martha (ROWE) WILLOUGHBY died on 01 October, 1960 supposedly in Berwyn, IL. Her daughter, my grandmother, was Janice Elizabeth (WILLOUGHBY) BLAKELY. Please help me if you can. Thank you!!

Robert Solotaroff Mon Aug 4 18:28:11 1997
I am looking for any information on Earle J. STANTRY (questionable spelling - STAULTY, STAUNTY, STANTREY, STANTEY?) who was a postmaster possibly in Alden, MN around 1918.

Cynthia Anderson Wed Jul 2 19:35:12 1997
Am researching g-grandfather, William BAXTER, who married Jennie SMITH of Freeborn County on 11-23-1873. Jennie's father was Cornelius. They lived in Lake Mills, Iowa. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

Jerry L. Sanner Sat Jun 28 10:26:14 1997
1870 census Freeport [sic] Co. contains Orwin RANDALL - Interested if anyone is working on this line.

pyramids Fri Jun 27 15:02:06 1997
Searching for info regarding grandfather, Jesse OGDEN, born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Freeborn Co., l870. Traveled to Calif. at age l2 or l3, walked all the way. Any info on ancestors from this side of family much appreciated.

Diane Jones Thu Jun 26 23:53:26 1997
Searching for Tistel ESPESETE family: Botolf GUTORMSON, wife Lussi, their children Oline, Pernille and Gutorm (Gutorm BOTOLFSON) and wife Anna, and their children Ingeborg Luss, and Anna. Emigrated in 1854 to Bancroft Twsp., Freeborn Co., Mn. I am not quite sure what last name could have been used.

Bill Richter Sat Jun 21 17:22:46 1997
Researching Frederick Carl STOLTZMAN, born 1/22/1867 - married 3/25/1897 - died 7/30/1945. Wife Pauline W. LANGE, born 1/17/1871, died 11/23/1966. Seeking information about parents of both Frederick and Pauline. They lived in Wells and Albert Lea MN. Any help is apperciated.

Carolyn Lowe Fri Jun 13 23:47:02 1997
Freeborn Co. Information wanted on Sivert or Sievert H. HANSON b. Oct 08,1876 Freeborn Co. Minn. Father: H.S.HANSON b. Freeborn Co. Minn Mother: Petra HANDRICKSON b. Norway (last name may be misspelled)

April Coggins Mon May 12 08:42:03 1997
PIERCE- I am researching Pierce family of Albert Lea and surrounding area. Levi Gates Pierce m. Abigail BARNHART. Children: Lois Annette b. 1858 in WI, Jane Belle b. 1860, Levi Clarence b. 1862, James Nathan b. 1863, Albert Willis b. 1865. Jane through Albert were born in Freeborn Co. Avery Courtland b. 1870 and Ellery Whitford b. 1874, both prob. born in NE. Levi Gates Pierce supposed to have donated land for the Albert Lea cemetery. His sister, Yura Ann Pierce TAVIST is buried there. All were Seventh Day Baptists. Any information will be most appreciated.

Richard MorganWed Feb 12 11:50:00 1997
Looking for connection between or to Michael Fred WIDMAN b. Germany (the father of) Frederick C. WIDMAN b. Germany, most his children being born in Albert Lea, Minn. and the likely son John Ulysses WIDMAN b. Germany 6 Jan 1847 with some of his children being born in Albert Lea, Minn. Also looking for same for Clifford S. VOGE b. 26 Oct 1906 in Deer Creek, Minn. and Earnest E. VOGE (uncle?) b. 21 Apr 1886 in S. Dakota and half-brother Carson VOGE b. 4 Oct 1902 (mother's name). Both families ended up in Washington state.

Linda Taylor Sat Jan 4 15:15:39 1997
Matia Olsdatter ROKVANSLYKKJEN, 22 yrs. old and her son, Olaf Casper KARLSEN, 4-1/2 left ěstre Gausdal, Norway 12 October 1887 with the destination of Albert Lea, Freeborn Co., MN. Matia's husband, Carl STENSLIEN, was already here. I have searched the 1895 Freeborn Co. census for first names and the 1900 Soundex for Minnesota for OLSON, STENSLEIN, and CARLSON/KARLSON to find this family for a friend in Norway. Any information on Matia, Carl, and Olaf Casper would be appreciated. Thank you.

[email protected] Sun Aug 11 1996
I am looking to make contact with people doing genealogy on the surname GODFREY, particularly in southern Minnesota: Martin, Faribault, Freeborn and Hennepin Counties. Some of the Godfreys in my tree are Elijah, Grover, James, John, William W., William Ernest, Dora, Herman, Byron, George, Zorah, Ellen, Melva, Alberta, Alfred, and Winnifred. I would like to share information.

[email protected] Fri Aug 9 1996
We are looking for information pertaining to the death of Samuel Charles WILDS. We think he died while living in Freeborn Co. around the early 1900's.

Kathy Hines
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