Watonwan County Minnesota Queries

Watonwan County Minnesota Queries

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I am seeking info about James ABBOTT who married Jenny DAVIS. They lived in Lewisville, Mn. and are buried in Antrim Cem. This was my great uncle. Have lots of Abbott/Caswell info to share but need help with a few questions. Are there any descendents of these lines interested? N.M.Newman 9 Feb 1999


I am seeking information on William Abel who lived in Butterfield around 1900. I know he had a son named Daniel who was born 4-20-1909. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you. Richard Abel 2 Nov 2003


I am looking for any information I can find on Andrew ABELSON who married Amanda BUCK. I believe they were married in Watonwan County. I know she was born there and my grandfather, Andrews son, lived there all his life. Karen Dirksen 25 May 1999


This is for the Watonwan County Query List. I am seeking info about Frank Runitte AMES b. 7/8/1862 who married Jenny Charlotte WEYMOUTH on February 29, 1884 in Madelia, Green Lake Co, MN. I have been unable to locate Frank's parents. The Dotterweich's 18 Jan 2002


The names I am researching in the Watonwan Surname area are, Ames, Frank R., b. 1862 Wisconsin, d.1931 Hennepen Co. m. 1884 Madelia,Watonwan, Minnesota. He married Jennie Charlotte Weymouth, 1884. children Flora, 1885, Harry 1886, Hazel 1892, Enid 1894, Frank W. 1896, Robert 1898, Delbert 1903. Lola McCreary 8 June 2005


The John ANDERSON I am seeking was born 15 Aug 1867 in Madelia, he was married to Jeannette (Jennie) TAMM. They lived on the ANDERSON Farm east of Madelia. He was the son of John ANDERSON and Frances DOYLE who were immigrants that met on the passage from Ireland. I found the grave of John H ANDERSON 1867-1929 in Calvery Cem. Madelia. There is only the year he died, so could not find an obit. I am not even sure if he died in Madelia and know almost nothing about his life. An obit would be very helpful. He may have lived on the family farm in Blue Earth Cty that was owned by his sister Mary (ANDERSON) NOONAN. Jennie Hoagland 21 Sep 1999


Looking for obituary information on Ole P. Anderson and his wife Stina Maja(Stina Marie, Marie, Mary) Bjorkman Anderson. I'm helping a descendent in looking for this information to find their place of burial. I did a search for them and found them through the 1930 census, still in Long Lake, Watonwan County. Ole was 75 and Marie was 71 at that census, and they had 4 unmarried children living with them. They were Hilda, Bertha, Johnny and Edwin. One or both most likely died within the next ten years. Does anyone have information to help me locate this information? Thanks so much. Judy Olson 12 Jun 2008


The family of Anders Andersen Brudeli supposedly settled near Madelia when they came in 1872. Nine children or so from age one to fourteen. Three are traceable but the others are not. The three are Andrew, John A and Anton. Ronnaug, Pauline, Mathias, Peder, Anna, another Ronnaug I am unable to find. Can you help? Jim Gulbrandson 29 Dec 2007


I am searching for any information concerning the families of brothers Arthur BAKER and Frank BAKER, reported in the 1930 census, Madelia, Minnesota. They are both described as independent electricians and appear to have been in business together. They were the sons of Charles Wesley Baker and Alice Jane Armstrong of Mercer County, Illinois. Arthur BAKER , 47, born Illinois; Edna BAKER (maiden name possibly CLARK), wife, 43, born Minnesota; Kirmit BAKER, son, 14, born Minnesota; Shirley Ann BAKER, daughter, 9, born Minnesota; Robert BAKER, son, 7, born Minnesota. Mother-in-law Oarrie CLARK, 69, born Wisconsin, was also living in the household. Frank BAKER, 33, born Iowa (probably born Illinois); Clara BAKER, wife, 26, born Illinois; Alice Jane BAKER, daughter, 8, born Illinois. Robert S. Brown 6 April 2004


I grew up in Madelia, Watonwan County, Minnesota. Born in 1951 to Julian S. Bakke and Myrtle I. Reckard, Baker, Bakke. I have 3 half brothers, Harold G., Ronald D. and Robert Baker, from my Mother' 1st marriage to Harold G. Baker (he was killed in WWII, on a ship at Pearl Harbor, I believe. I would be interested in any information about the following family names. BAKKE (Paternal Grandfather & Grandmother - Jacob & Sophie) CHRISTENSEN (Paternal Grandmothers maiden name, her parents were Soren & Olava, but I don't know her mothers maiden name although I think it may have been Jorgensen or Jorgenson). I know that Jacob BAKKE immigrated from Norway, but I don't know from where or when or what the family name was in Norway. Would like to find out! I believe he had some relatives here, sisters or half sisters. There was an Inga Garren, and Annie Martinson that I think were sisters or half-sisters of his. I don't know who immigrated from the Christensen side or from where or when. Soren and Olava are buried in Rosendale Cemetary southwest of Madelia. Sophie and Jacob are buried there also. Rita A. Bakke, Roiger, Miest 7 May 2012


Upon searching for some of my relatives, I found your webpage; there is an entry there headed Bakke/Christensen by a person named Rita Bakke. She mentions the names of Soren and Olava Christenson(Christensen), they were my Great Grandparents. I would very much like to contact this person who is also searching, but can not do so from the webpage, can you help? Christene Christenson Kelowna, B.C., Canada 4 Jun 2007


I am searching for information regarding my grandparents and great grandparents, all of whom lived in the Madelia area. Great grandparents: Bernt VOGE and Ingrid BARNES. Grandparents: Herman Thomas BROWN and Serena VOGE BROWN. My grandmother was born in Madelia in June 1889. I know my grandparents were still in the area through 1922 because my aunt, Arlone LaVone Brown also born in Madelia, Minnesota. There are six daughters and one brother that should have the maiden name of Voge. My grandmother has Woge on her death certificate. I called a cemetary caretaker in Madelia seeking the name Voge. He wrote back indicating the names of my great grandparents buried in Madelia were under the name of Waage. mike4406 28 Sep/22 Oct 1998


Looking for info on Gottleib Becker died 15 Sept 1899 and wife Carolina Maus Becker died may 9 1897---they are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery. Lynn Brud 30 May 2008


Looking for descendants of Emil and Selma Emilia BECKSTROM, who lived near Butterfield, Watonwan Co, MN, 1926. Thanks a lot. Roger Agartsson 24 Oct 1999

BERG, Rose Agnes

Rose Agnes Berg was born in Adrian, Watonwan co., MN -- May 15 1888. Family history says she was adopted by a Wonderly ? family -- she had a brother William 1891 and sister anna 1872. Later moved to south dakota. Any clues in MN????? Patricia Swanson 13 Aug 2012


Looking for ANY information on my Grandfather and Grandmother, (I can't remember her first name). He lived in St. James and passed away around 1963 to 1967. He was a railroad man and my family donated many articles to a museum in the area one of which was a railroad pocket watch. Just starting to look for info so anything would be greatly preciated. [email protected] 18 Dec 2004


I am researching BOHAN and RUSSELL. My great-uncle Daniel BOHAN and wife Sarah HINES moved to Watonwan County about 1865, not long after his sisters Bridget BOHAN RUSSELL and Ann BOHAN RUSSELL moved there. Descendents of the RUSSELLs still live in the area. Thomas Bohan 26 Aug 2003


I am looking for information about my grandmother, Mary Alllison BURRELL, who I am told by my aunt was born and raised in St. James, Watonwan Co. She married Winnie Ray BOOHER in 1920 in St. James(?) and they moved to King Hill, Idaho for some reason. My grandfather's name was Winnie Ray BOOHER and his father's name was Vitus Leander BOOHER, who is buried in Nevada. Gregory Ray Booher 20 March 2010


I am Seeking any Information On my Ancesters. N.O Brown m Jenny Semore or Seymore, Thier Son Albert My GreatGrGrandfather m Annie Grace Harverts Or Harberts, Thier children were, Susie who m Elmore Olmstead, William who m Martha last name unkown. Albert who m Betty last name unkown, Jennette who m Ray cowden and my GreatGrandmother Dolly Odell Brown m Richard James Nelson on 28, jan,1918 in Killiher,Beltrami,MN.Dolly was Born In 30,Jan,1900 in Baltimore, Maryland, And James was Born To Gillford McDuff Nelson and Lydia Stale Frayer on 29,Jan,1895 in Bacus, Cass, MN. Their Children were and are Anne Grace Nelson(my grandmother)Deceased,who married and divorced my grandfather Frank John Samuel Goetsch. Richard Nelson(living)Sally(living)Florence(deceased)and Gillford(deceaced)I have been told family stories that we were related in one way or another to just about all the Browns in MN. Does anyone have anymore information or stories They would be willing to share with me, I have also been told that my Greatgrgrandfather Brown knew Jesse James as a child and that he visited the family homestead whenever he was passing through. I would really love to find out more. Fran Johnson 9 Feb 1999


I am looking for an old friend of my grandparents, her name is, Helen BRUBACKER, last we heard of her was in 1918, she was a member of the woman's Committee for the 3rd Liberty Loan drive, and an Instructor for the Junior Red Cross in Dist. 17. Thank you, Roger 18 Jul 2003


I am looking for information about my grandmother Mary Alllison BURRELL. She married Winnie Ray BOOHER in 1920 in St. James(?) and they moved to King Hill, Idaho for some reason. Greg Booher Family 13 Sep 1999


Looking for descendants of Gilbert and Charlotte BROWN who were killed in an accident in abt. 1955. Daughters were Marilyn, Joyce, Lois, Loretta. Gilbert's adoptive father Ernie Brown lived in Nora Springs, Iowa. Ernie had another son, Steve, who is trying to locate Gilbert's family. Please e-mail with any information. Bonnie 19 Jan 2000


Seeking to exchange information on the family of Willard BROWN b. 6-Apr-1813 of Antwerp, Jefferson, NY, d 3-Sep-1894 Bertha, Todd, MN, who married 23 Jun 1834 in NY State to Elvira BLODGETT(E) b. 2-Oct-1816 MASS, d. 4-Jun-1888 Bertha, Todd, MN. Children: Gilbert A. BROWN (1835-1906) m. (1) Lydia Marie SHIPPEY, (2) Margaret M. CARY; William Bainbridge BROWN (1838-1931) m. Rozina PIKE; Louise M. BROWN (1840-?) m. Josiah B. DAVENPORT; Clarence BROWN (1845-?) m. Lydia Elvira ?; Emulet F. BROWN (1847-1881) m. Alonzo Davis WOOD; Evelin BROWN (1850-?) m. Elisha N. HENDERSON. Family resided in: 1840 & 1860 Antwerp, Jefferson, NY; 1850 Fowler, St. Lawrence, NY; 1870 Madelia, Feildon Township, Watonwan County, MN; 1880 Bertha, Todd, MN. Please contact [email protected] See also; http://www.scott.melendez.com 27 Feb 2000


BROZINSKI (or variation of spelling) Looking for ancestors or any information about: ANNIE CARLOTTA (Lottie) BROZINSKI (b. 1864) and married 7 Sep 1887 JOHN RENTZ in Watonwan Co., MN. CAROLINE ALEXANDRINE (Lexie) BROZINSKI (b. 8 May 1874) in Watonwan Co., MN. A third sister - MARY ELIZABETH (Lizzie) BROZINSKI (b. 7 Mar 1872 in Watonwan Co., MN and died the next day. These were the children of CARL BROZINSKI AND ERNESTINE FREDRICKA BROZINSKI. Thank You, Janean McKay 5 Sep 2000


John T. BUTZNER and Lucy B. who lived in the St. James area until the 1940's. A son, John, lived in the area for a while also. Dick Allan 1 March 2000


I am researching Thomas P. CASSEM & his wife Caroline (Nelson). Thomas died sometime before 1944 in Odin. Caroline died 14 Mar 1910. Looking for information about their children. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Judith Cassem 2 Jan 1999


I am looking for information on the Cheney surname. I have Albert Nelson Cheney, born in August 1867 in MN, living in Madelia township in the Minnesota state census of 1875 and 1885 with parents J. A. Cheney (father) and A. D. Cheney (mother) plus siblings named Flora, Stella, and Zina (?). It would be helpful to find out his parents’ first names. Chris Cheney 23 March 2009


Someone recently emailed me regarding a lookup in the "Memorial Record of Faribault, Martin, Watonwan and Jackson Counties, Minnesota." Later that day, my computer crashed, and I lost all unanswered emails. The subjects of the lookup request were COHOON/CAHOON and WILLEY, as I recall. Since I don’t have the requester’s name/address, I will post the findings here in hopes that the person still gets an answer. The findings were very meager unfortunately. No CAHOON/COHOON is mentioned in the book. And only one WILLEY. The entry is within a bio sketch on Perrin M. Marston, and says, "Perrin M. Marston was born in the province of Quebec, Canada, June 30, 1855, the youngest son of the seven children of Samuel and Sarah (WILLEY) Marston." (page 545). I’m sorry I was not able to help. K & M Jenstad 29 Mar 2002


I am trying to locate information for Al & Esther Cole. Al was Superintendent of schools in St. James for several years in the late 1940-50's. I assume they are both deceased, however if not I would love to contact them. They had one daughter, Christine and if you have any information on her i.e. married name, etc. I would certainly appreciate it. Karen Wickett-Flynn 5 Oct 2005

CONNELLY, Charles M.

I'm trying to locate birth records for Charles M. CONNELLY, he was born Mar. 6,1872, would like to know who his parents were, he was born in St. James. Thank you. [email protected] 24 April 2003


I am searching for Sylvanus Cottrell and his family. They lived in Wontanwan Co. and the rumor is: Sylvanus died there in 1905. I think this date is incorrect. If he died in Wontonwan Co., it would have been before 1905. His wife's name was Sarah. Please, if anyone has information, it would be greatly appreciated. Linda Shurtleff 11 Mar 2007


My name is Diane Craig and I am researching the Ambrose, Lenard and Chauncey Craig family line. Ambrose, Mary and Albert are on the 1870 Census for Madelia as is Henry and his wife Emilly Craig. They were all born in New York and settled in MInn. They were also in the Civil War, Minnesota Mounted Rangers 1862-63. Ambrose bought land in 1866 from the Federal Govt. I am interested in the history of the area and any other Craig families that were in the area. I also would like information on how to get Obituary and Birth records. Thanks. Diane Craig 16 Feb 1998

CRANDELL,James Burton

I am trying to find out the maiden name of James Burton Crandall's wife. Her first name is Maria and they supposedly were married there in Madelia, Watonwan County in or around 1861. I beleive that she and James were both born in the Medelia area around 1840 and 1845 for James. I would appriciate any help anyone would be able to give me. I have been working on this family for a long time and this is all I have left to find out. If anyone can help me with this, I would be very greatful!!! Thank you for your time! Debbie Arndt 11 June 2009


Looking for descendants of Mrs. A. S. CROWLEY of Butterfield, Watonwan Co., MN. Mrs. CROWLEY was the daughter of Ella CLIFFORD and Dayton S. ROGERS. Her mother, Ella (CLIFFORD) ROGERS was the dau. of Samuel A. and Zeruah CLIFFORD, b. April 1859, Lynden Stearns Co., MN; d. Sep. 1941, Butterfield, Watonwan Co. MN. Please contact; Lisa Trembley 21 May 2001


My children's grgrgrgrandfather, William Cunningham and grgrgrgrandmother, Mary Boyd Dooley Cunningham lived in Madelia, MN. He died on April 28, 1891 in Madelia and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery. In the 1880 census it lists him as a minister. She died on August 31, 1894 and is also buried in the Riverside Cemetery. Would anyone have any information on them? I know they had at least two children, George Albert and Elizabeth Caroline (grgrgrandmother) Cunningham McIndoo. Elizabeth married John McIndoo and had several children. Thank you. Eleanore Bartell 15 Feb 2004


I am researching the DANNHOFFS who resided in South Branch Township and I believe Medelia. My great great grandparents were Heinrich (Henry) and Sophia (Heckmann) Dannhoff, my great grandparents were Herman August and Meta (Brauer) Dannhoff, and my grandparents were Nick and Sophie (Dannhoff) Honch. I believe that a good number of my Dannhoff relatives are buried in the South Branch Cemetery. How can I find info on these people? Any assistance would be of great help. Thank you! Dawn Edens 24 April 2005S


I am researching the family of Jabez Davison and Orilla Bullis Davison. They came to Lewisville in Antrim Township from Leeds County, Ontario in 1863. Jabez died in 1906, Orilla sometime before that. They had a daughter, Sarah who married Jonathan Morgan and died in Lewisville in1908. A son, John Peter who died in Lewisville in1904. They are all buried somewhere in Antrim Township. There was also daughters, LaVina Davison (not sure who she married)and Elizabeth Davison, married to Luke Ripley of Amboy. A son Thaddious Davison was never married and left the area . My greatgrandfather, Charles Davison, married Ellenor Scribner in 1875. She was a daughter of John B and Sarah Scribner. Most of the family left the Lewisville area in 1915. I am interested to know if anyone has any further information on any of these people. Mary Weaver 4 Jun 2007


Seeking any information on the Dellings who lived in Madelia during the late 1860's to at least 1921. Included Manoah (b.1820, d. 1892 in Madelia), Hester (b. 1818, d. 1886 in Madelia), Mary (b. 1843), Nicolas, David (b. 1844, d. 1912 in Madelia), Luther (b. 1848, d. 1903), George (b. 1852, d. 1921 in Madelia), Joseph, and Charles (b. 1857, d. 1930). Manoah was a hotel keeper on the 1880 census, and George was the last to live in Madelia. He may have been a photographer. Manoah, Hester, David, and George are all buried in Madelia. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Jean Cunningham 27 September 2006


I seek information on DEMPSEY family lived around Madelia 1867-1922. Possible ROONEY family connection. I am looking for Michael J. DEMPSEY, a well know Civil War veteran from this area, d. in Madelia 1922. b. Oct. 13, 1838 RI, lived with parents in Wis. til enlisted in Civil War. Returned to WI. married Kathleen CLIFFORD, and moved to Madelia area raised family and died there. Daughter, Anna Cecelia, married Thomas GARRY from Gukeen.

I have been up there several times, and one time a worker sent me 1875 MN census for Michael DEMPSEY, Pleasant Mound, Blue Earth Co. Looking at this again the page that was sent to me was that of his cousin Michael DEMPSEY, with Mary, Christopher, John with him. It looks as if there were possibly more family members on the next page not included. I would like to locate this information as well as locate his cousin Michael DEMPSEY who should have family members of Anna, John, Frank, William, James at least. Also is there a 1885 or 1890 or 1895 census for Blue Earth and Watonwan Co. They lived on the border of the two and sometimes lived in Lewisville. Thanks Carol Wolf 13 Feb 2000/20 Jul 2001/11 April 2002


I'm looking for information on Henry DITTER found on the 1870 and 1880 census in Wantowan Co., MN, St. James I'm searching for my missing great great grandfather Henry DETTER, DETTOR (also spelled various other ways) who was last found on the 1860 census of Washington Co., VA. He was enlisted in a VA CSA cavalry unit between 1862 and 1865, then was NO WHERE apparently, until he showed up getting married for a second time in Lafayette Co., MS in 1885. Now, I know that it's a long shot that DITTER and my gg grandfather are one in the same....but I'm running out of places to look and need to explore this possibility. Any help at all will be appreciated. Elaine Randall English 15 Apr 2000


Seeking information on Thomas(1857-?) and Delia FREEHILL DISKIN(1862-?) and their descendants. Their children were Leo(1888-1968), Frank(1889-?), Nellie(1891-1967), and Marie(1894-1969). The DISKINS moved from Livingston County, IL to Watonwon County, MN by 1920. Any help with this family would be appreciated. I have information on Delia's parents and siblings. Pat 9 Jan 2000

DUNN,Martin E.

I am doing research on a man named Martin E. Dunn who lived in Madelia in Watonwan County in 1880 (per the 1880 U.S. Census). I believe this is the same Martin E. Dunn who is listed in the 1916 Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties History as the Watonwan County Treasurer. This Martin E. Dunn served as county treasurer until he was suspended by the Minnesota governor in July 1883 for defalcation" -- apparently this means converting to his own use -- some $5,889 in tax funds. I believe this is the same Martin E. Dunn who lived in Henderson Township, Sibley County, Minnesota during the Civil War and worked as a special agent serving draft notices to men drafted into the Union Army during the war. I am researching the draft in Minnesota during the Civil War and that is my interest in finding out what I can about this Martin E. Dunn. I am hoping anyone with information on this Martin E. Dunn can point me to any documents, newspaper articles or any other resources on this man in Watonwan County and/or Minnesota. Thanks. Dave Daley 17 Jan 2007


I am trying to find information on my family. William Frank DURHEIM came over in about 1871 he had several bro. and sis. He married Bertha W SCHULTZ in St. James I believe. His father was Karl Frederick DURHEIM and was buried in Watonwan c. My grand father and his siblings were born in St. James. Ron Durheim 21 Nov 2000


Looking for information about August EINEKE and his family. I believe he came from IL and moved to St.James,MN. I would like to know if he was related to Amanda (EINEKE) Johns and Henry EINEKE. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you. Bonnie 31 Jan 2002


Need your help, to find relatives to these families. OSCAR ENGSTROM B:April 20.1874 in Molltorp, Skaraborgs lan, Sweden. D:1938 in Cottonwood County, MN. (Married). Selma Emilia Engstrom Marr:EMIL BECKSTROM. Maybe they lived near Buttersfield. JAMES MARTIN ENGSTROM ERNEST ALFRED ENGSTROM Died:Mar.3 1941 Lived 1937 at the farm who was located one mile north of ODIN,MN. Their mother ANNABE (ANNA BEATA)ENGSTROM died Feb.17 1937,and the funeral was conducted Sun. 21 at the Kansas Lake Church. She leaves these children and four gr.children. Thanks for all help. Roger Agartsson 22 Sep 1999


Looking for birth date and birthplace to Ernest Alfred ENGSTROM, who died Mar.3 1941 on his farm located about one mile north of Odin, Watonwan Co., Minnesota. Thanks a lot. Roger Agartsson 24 Oct 1999


I am interested in locating my great-great grandmother who was suppose to have settled in St. James area in 1870. I can not find anything on her or her family but everyone says they were there. Her name was Britta Eriksson. She came over with her two children Sofia and Erick. Any information you can help me with would be very helpful. I also would like to know if Britta Eriksson is buried there. I can not find her anywhere and I know her and her family came over here to America in 1870. I think she (Britta) was born in 1827 in Sweden. Debbie Robb 30 Aug 1998


Seeking marriage data for the following family: Children of Hume Falls, bca1850-1860. Marriages should be probably ca1880. Isaac White Falls b ca1848, unmarried on the 1880 census of Watonwan Co., (wife and mother Juliana Connor Falls apparently deceased). Eliza Ann Falls...may have been age 13 on the 1880 census. Marcus Falls..no data. Missouri Falls. Elmyra Falls was age 17 and unmarried on the 1880 census. Thank you for your consideration. Barbara Lucas 13 Oct 2003


Searching records to find out more information about my grandfather. Although he was not born in Mn., he raised a family in Madelia. His name was Francis William Farris. He died there on Dec. 13, 1956. His wife, Rose Farris (Grandma) passed away April 30, 1960. I have relatives in the area, but would like to get to know him better through census info, when he moved to Mn. and about the farm, etc... His father is Harvey Farris. I would appreciate anything! Barbara Serritella 3 Feb 1999


I've "rescued" two old photographs belonging to the FAST and REGIER Families of Minnesota. The first is a photograph of Herm B. FAST which was taken at the C. J. Brown Studio in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. The photograph was taken in early 1900's with Herm appearing to be in his 20's at the time it was taken. The second photograph is of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. REGIER and was also taken at the C. J. Brown Studio in Mountain Lake, MN. This second photograph is dated Xmas 1912 with the couple appearing to be in their 40's or 50's at the time.

In addition to names and dates, someone has also written "Sara H. FAST" and "from my S. S. teacher Uncle Jno REGIER" and "S. S. Teacher Mr. J. H. REGIER" on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding these folks and their families:

Herman B. FAST b. 19 May 1887 in Mountain Lake, MN to parents Herman J. FAST (b. 17 Jun 1860 in Jurtemalee, S. Russia) and Aganetha BECKER (b. 9 Dec 1865 in Rudnerweide, S. Russia). This couple had 8 children including, Herman B.; Aganetha Helen; John B.; Sara A.; Heinrich A.; Elizabeth; Maria Katharina; and Olga Ellen FAST all born between 1887 and 1904 in Mountain Lake, MN. Herman B. FAST married Anna WARKENTIN (b. 18 Nov 1886 in S. Russia and together they had 5 children including Wilma ganetha; Bertha; Alma Gertrude; Marie Ruth; and Herman Robert FAST all born between 1911 and 1927 in Mountain Lake, MN. Herman B. FAST died 19 Dec 1938.

Census records provide the following information: 1880 census of Mountain Lake, MN: Heinrich REGEHR, age 48, born Russia, a Farmer, parents born Prussia Sarah REGEHR, wife, age 51, born Prussia, Keeping House, parents born Prussia Heinrich REGEHR, son, age 25, born Russia, Works on Farm, parents born Russia Justina REGEHR, dau, age 20, born Russia, at Home, parents born Russia Johann REGEHR. son, age 14, born Russia, parents born Russia Gerhard REGEHR, son, age 8, born Russia, parents born Russia Hermann FAST, step-son, age 20, born Russia, Works on Farm, parents born Prussia Elizabeth FAST, step-dau, age 15, born Russia, parents born Prussia.

1900 census of Mountain Lake Township, MN: Herman FAST, age 39, born Dec 1860, married 14 years, born Russia, parents born Germany, to USA 1875, Farming ? FAST, wife, age 34, born May 1865, married 14 years, 6 children/5 living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878 ? FAST, son, age 13, born May 1887, born MN, at School Agnetha FAST, dau, age 11, born Jul 1888, born MN, at School Johan FAST, son, age 10, born Feb 1889, born MN, at School Sara FAST, dau, age 8, born Mar 1892, born MN, at School Heinrich FAST, son, age 5, born Oct 1894, born MN, at School John H. REGIER, age 34, born Aug 1866, married 6 years, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1876, Farming Katharina REGIER, wife, age 27, born Jan 1873, married 6 years, 1 child/none living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878 Peter J. WIENS, foster child, age 13, born Feb 1887, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1894, at School + 1 laborer + living directly next door Heinrich & Sara REGIER.

1910 census of Mountain Lake Township, MN: Herman J. FAST, age 49, married 24 years, born Russia, parents born Germany/Russia, to USA 1875, a Farmer Agnes FAST, wife, age 44, married 24 years, 8 children/7 living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878 Herman B. FAST, son, age 22, born MN, a Farm Laborer Agnes FAST, dau, age 21, born MN John H. FAST, son, age 20, born MN, a Farm Laborer Sarah A. FAST, dau, age 18, born MN, a Farm Laborer Henry A. FAST, son, age 15, born MN, a Farm Laborer Mary K, FAST, dau, age 9, born MN Olga E. FAST, dau, age 6, born MN John H. REGIER, age 44, first marriage 16 years, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1875, a Farmer Katia REGIER, wife, age 37, 2nd marriage 16 years, 1 child/none living, born Russia, parents born Russia, to USA 1878 Richard REGIER, adopted, age 14, a Farm Laborer Jennie REGIER, adopted, age 12 + 2 servants

1920 census of Mountain Lake, MN: John H. REGIER, age 54, to USA 1876, born Russia, parents born Russia, a Carpenter Tina REGIER, wife, age 46, to USA 1878, born Russia, parents born Russia

1920 census of Odin, MN: Herman B. FAST, age 32, born MN, parents born Russia, a Farmer Anna FAST, wife, age 33, to USA 1903, born Russia, parents born Russia Wilma FAST, dau, age 8, born MN Bertha FAST, dau, age 5, born MN Alma FAST, dau, age 2 years + 5 months, born MN.

I am hoping to locate someone from this family so that these wonderful old photographs can be returned to their rightful place, with family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks. Shelley Cardiel 13 July 2009


I am looking for any information regarding the FINCH family in Butterfield. I found headstones at the cemetery for Francis FINCH (1861-1943) and wife Lillian (1862-1928). Also, Oral FINCH (1874-1935) and W. Guy FINCH (1887-1914). Earl R. FINCH (1891-1918) son of Francis was my grandfather. His wife was Bertha JORSTAD FINCH. Their children were Glenn (my father), Guy and Earlene. E Finch Zinner 29 Oct 1999

FOLEY, Bernard Franklin

Researching Bernard Franklin FOLEY in Madelia, Minnesota. He settled there after working on Rock Island Railroad and purchased a farm. (Has much more info to share.) Gary T. 21 Feb 2000


I am searching for a distant relative that previously lived in Madelia, Watonwan, MN. Their names are Ewalt Frederiksen, b. June 2, 1898,d. June 23, 1970 in Cass Co., and Wilma b. Nov. 17, 1905, in Iowa, died May 11, 1993, in Madelia. They had one son, Robert and two grandchildren. Would like any information you have on them. Joyce Heide 16 Jan 2005


Ewart Frederiksen of Madelia, MN. Moved to MN from Iowa....He had at least one brother and one sister...his sister was my step-grandmother, Ruth Frederiksen, married Vegor Larson sometime in the 1940's. She had no children. She came from the Lake City, Iowa area, lived in Calhoun County Iowa while married to my grandfather, Vegor Larson, who predeceased her. She died in Sac City, Iowa in 1968 or 1969, I bleieve. The reason I am trying to find her heirs si that I have old pictures and scrapbook items which I would love to give to someone who was in her family. She and her brother Ewart apparently had a "falling out" due to her selling their father's cattle, or some such thing.... She longed to have contact with her brothers, but there never was any resolution. ( I think they were all stubborn!) My father passed away nearly two years ago, and I have been "the keeper" of Ruth's few possessions. If you can help me, I'd be so appreciative! Ewart was born 6/4/1898, and died June 1970, as far as I know. He was married to Wilma, and they are buried in Madelia, MN, Riverside Cemetery. I am also trying to find information about a "Leland Frederiksen". I appreicate your help! Kathryn Wenzel 6 April 2009


I'd like to locate the information on a birth certificate for my mother, born at St. James, I believe. The birthdate is April 6, 1921. Her mother's name was Linda Froehling or maybe Frohling. My mother was Norma.The father's name I don't know. Joel E. Hokkanen 23 Oct 2005


I seek info on REV DELOSS FULLER and his descendants or other family members. REV FULLER was minister of the Madelia Baptist Church and later the Lincoln tws Baptist Church. He was born in Wisconsin 17 Mar 1857, and came to Delavan, Faribault Co, Minn as a young child and grew to adulthood there. Died 8 Jan 1935 in Madelia. His wife was LEUELLA CHASE and at the time of his death, a son, WALTER D. FULLER was also living in Madelia. DELOSS FULLER was the son of ENOS AND CLARINDA (MOREHOUSE) FULLER, and I am researching the MOREHOUSE family. Appreciate any info on the family. Thank you. Dallas McColley, 9240 - 330th Ave, Waseca, MN 56093. 15 Mar 1998


Margaret Lelitia (TOWNSLEY) GIBSON. She and her husband Rollie Cecil GIBSON lived in St James, and he is buried in the Mt Hope Cem., St James, Watonwan Co., MN. I looking info. about her please. Thank you. Harry Gibson Reid, 74 Cutty Lane, Sequim, WA 98382 USA, 360-683-9343 13 Jul 2002


James Gillespie and his wife Anna Conlin settled in Fieldon, Watonwan, in the 1870s. Their children included Patrick (married Mary Ann Spohn), Mary (married Andrew Kinsley), John (married Nellie Quirk), Anna (married Thomas Larkin), Barbara (died as teenager 1883), Francis and James (did not marry), William (moved to Canada), and Thomas (married Rose Griffin). Any information about this family would be helpful. Don Noble, Calgary, AB 24 March 2011


I am looking for confirmation that a certain marriage took place in Watonwan County, possibly in St. James, Minnesota. The couple were: Frank Nicholas GOETTSCH and Mabel Idelia HOLLAND, married 8 Oct 1923. If there is anyone out there who frequents the Watonwan Co. Courthouse and would like to check on this marriage for me, I would appreciate it. I do not need a copy of the marriage certificate, only the source book and page. Thank you. Linda Swanson 2 Jul 2002


I am trying to find out who the Pastor was at Grogan church during 1958-60...any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Mary. Mary Nelson 22 September 2008


Phyllis lived in St James 1939, had brothers one was a Barber inspector about that time. thought his name was Bill. Phylis moved to Mpls to study dress design , lived with two girls on Oak Grove Ave I think got married in 1945 or '46. Don't know husband's name but understand he was a Mortician, moved to Chicago area and then after working at a mortuary went into real estate selling. Just wondered if Phyllis is still alive, she'd be close to 80, Any info would be appreciated. Earl 15 Jun 2000


Searching for HAMMAGREN Family in Watonwan County Minnesota from Sweden. My direct line moved to Oregon. The names I have so far are:
1- Hammagren(25Jul1837-25Jun1909)m. aftApr1881 Olu Larsdotter(24Oct1851-18Nov1916)
| 2-August Hjalmar Hammargren(4Jun1883-5May1943)m. Mayme Hogan
| 2-Joel Alfred Hammagren(2Oct1884-15May1971)m. 17Apr1918 Lillian Emma Louise Durheim(27Feb1895-21Apr1970)
| 2-Hannah Alfrieda Hammagren(23Feb1887-13Feb1974) Ole Griffith (1876-1959)
| 2-Anna Linnea Hammagren (13Dec1890-10Feb1967) James L. Griffith (1885-1915)
| 2-Emel Amandus Hammagren (5Jul1891-24Dec1953) 
| 2-Oran Hammagren (10Apr1893-11Mar1987) Hazel J. Unknown(31Jul1897-21Jul1965)
| 2-Frank M. Hammagren (16Feb1896-18Oct1970) Emma M Unknown(18Nov1895-23Nov1995)
1- Hammagren (25Jul1837-25Jun1909) Sissa Jonsdotter(15Jan1834-27Apr1881)
1 Hammagren (25Jul1837-25Jun1909) m. bef 1866 Johanna Jonsdotter(13Jul1841-7May1866)
| 2-Oscar Person (18Sep1865-aft1904) Tillie Hermanson (abt 1863-aft 1904)
Shannon 15 Jun 2000


I am working on the genealogy bygdebok (county history book) for Brønnøy in Nordland Norway. A family who came from Lom Oppland and also returned there had a daughter born in Brønnøy:

(Hanna) Severine Sandal born 4 Feb. 1841, dtr. of Syver Sevaldsen and Magnhild Olsdatter Horn Brønnøy. Syver drowned just before (Hanna) Severine was born, and the mother and children moved back to Lom. (Hanna) Severine came to America (Wisconsin) in 1869 and married probably there about 1870 Albert Hanson. They then moved to near Odin, Watonwan Co. MN. Children:

Hans A. Hanson born ca. 1871 Wisconsin; Syvert Hanson born Sept. (1872-3) Minnesota; Tholine/Toline Hanson born Sept. 1875 Minnesota.

The family lived in or near Odin, Watonwan Co. in 1880, 1885, 1900, 1910. I believe the boys also stayed in that county and married and had families. The main thing we need is the death of (Hanna) Severine, called Syverine in Minnesota. She was born 1841 and was alive in 1910. Albert can have died in 1917. They should be buried there. Margaret Miller 17 March 2011


I am having a terrible time tracing my great grandfather Jacob A Harder of Butterfield and his father Abraham. Would also like to be in touch with the living descendants of his many siblings, at least one of whom is also from Butterfield. Brita Andersdotter 15 September 2010


I am searching for possible descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Tollef K. Haugen who in 1894 moved from Albert Lea to St. James. They were both born around 1860. Mrs. Haugen's first name was Dorothea or just Thea, sometimes mentioned as Dorothy, and her maiden name was Christopherson. She was born in Toten, Norway, but came as an infant with her parents to Minnesota. The Christophersons resided in Newry Township, Freeborn Co., Minnesota. To my knowledge, Mr. Haugen worked as a banker in St. James. T. K. Haugen siblings were in a different part of Minnesota (Freeborn Co.) -- their names were Anders, Ole, Thomas, Johan, Ida. I am related to Dorothea, not to Tollef. If Tollef and Dorothea stuck with Norwegian name traditions and named their children after the grandparents, then you could look for Knut Haugen, Christian Haugen, Karen Haugen, maybe Louis or Lewis Haugen -- all would have to be born after 1880. Please respond to Knut O. Ronold, Hovik, Norway 22 Apr 1999


Will share old photo of the HAYCRAFT family taken in Madelia, Minn. Names listed on the back of photo are: T or J.L. HAYCRAFT age 44, Jennie age 49, Lara Page age 41, J.E HAYCRAFT age 39, Emery? age 64, Sarah P HAYCRAFT age 80, and Hattie HAYCRAFT age 60. Found in Portland, Oregon antique shop. Penny Stewart 26 Jan 2001


Interested in sharing history and photos on the following families. HENDRIK (5 Apr 1813 in Sweden) and Martha HENDRICKSON (15 Apr 1818 in Norway) began farming in Long Lake TWP, sometime before 1870. They were parents of 11 children: Martin, Helena b. 1843 Sweden, Olia b. 1846 Sweden, Martia b. 1848 Sweden, Hendrik b. 1852 Sweden, Anna b. 1855 WI, Katherine b. 1857 WI, Hendrik b. 1859 WI, Lars, Lena, Henry. Oldest son Martin and wife Christine HENDERSON (HENDRIKSON) also farmed in Long Lake TWP, their children were: Henry Walter b. 1884 Iowa, Matilda J. b. 1886 MN, Mary b. 1888 MN, Arthur b. 1891 MN, Philip b. 1893 MN, Ella b. 1895 MN, Adolph Roger b. 1898 MN, Thomas b. 1901 MN. [email protected] 24 Jan 2002


I've "rescued" an old photograph of Julia HOFFMAN of Wabasso, MN which was taken at the Hoffman's Studio there. The photograph appears to have been taken in the early 1900's with Julia in her teens at the time. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Julia and her family: Julia B. HOFFMAN was b. Feb 1888 in Minnesota to parents John J. HOFFMAN Jr. (b. 1858) and Anna M. STEINBACH (b. 1862). Julia married Joseph Stephen KRSKA (1886-1966) and together they had a son, Melvin J. KRSKA (1925-1997). By 1920 it appears that Julia was married and living in Sioux City, IA.

Census records provide the following details: 1900 census of Watonwan, MN: Joseph HOFFMAN, age 42, born Mar 1858, married 14 years, born MN, parents born Germany, a Watchmaker. Anna HOFFMAN, wife, age 33, born Dec 1877, married 14 years, 2 children/1 living, born WI, parents born Germany. Julia HOFFMAN, dau, age 12, born Feb 1888, born MN, at School.

1910 census of Wabasso, MN: John J. HOFFMAN, age 52, married 24 years, born MN, parents born Germany, a Jeweler. Anna M. HOFFMAN, wife, age 48, married 24 years, 2 children/1 living, born WI, parents born Germany. Julia B. HOFFMAN, dau, age 22, born MN, a Music Teacher

I am hoping to locate someone from this family so that the photograph can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley Cardiel 24 Feb 2015


I have some family photos taken by my gg-uncle Fred RICHARDSON in the 1880's or 90's and they have on some "Hoffman and Richardson Art Studio, St. James,Minn" and the rest "Huff and Richardson, St. James, Minn". I wonder if anyone has any information about this photo shop? Leo Brown 30 Apr 2001


My grandmother was born June 2nd 1897 in Madelia. Her name was Laura HOFFMAN, her father John HOFFMAN 1858-1917. Mother's maiden name was SORENSON (catherine). Any info on any of these people would be a great help. Laura moved to Forsyth, Montana, married Joe PHILLIPS. Thanks. Brad Thomas 11 Sep 2002


Researching Bendix HOLDAHL and Amelia ANDERSON HOLDAHL in St. James. They lived most of their married lives in Roseau, MN. Bendix died in St. James in 1917. Shirley Holdahl 10 Jan 2008


I am seeking a birth record for my maternal grandfather, John Joseph HOLLISTER. I believe he was born March 16, 1885, in St. James, Minnesota. His parents were Eva HUNTOON and Leslie HOLLISTER who were married in Norrie, Wisconsin. He married Inger Marie CHRISTIANSEN in North Dakota in 1917 and died in a railroad accident in Ohio in 1921. I would be glad to share any information I've gathered. And though I'm looking specifically for a birth record, I would be glad of any other information. Gabrielle David 05 Sep 2001


Looking for information on my great, great grandparents, Johann Heinrich Hopmann and Adelheid Bremer Hopmann and their children. They are buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Also, is there anyone who would be willing to photograph some family graves there? I'm in PA, so I can't get there. Any help is greatly appreciated. Barbie Dicks 24 April 2005


Looking for info on Fred Huehl m. Mary Birnasson and lived in St. James, MN, late 1800's. Daughter Emma Heuhl moved to Huntley, IL, early 1900's, m. to Bertie Struck of Burlington, IL in 1908. I have info forward from Emma to WARD family of IL. Dan Sundquist 6 April 2004


I am researching my grandmother's maiden name of HUFFMAN in the Watonwan County records. Her name was Ethel Mae HUFFMAN. As far as I know, she has/had a brother Elroy and a sister whose name I do not know, but lived in Mountain Lake with her husband. I did obtain a copy of her marriage cert with my gfather's name on it, and there are two witnesses names on it: Fred HUFFMAN and Mildred HUFFMAN. I have had no luck with any of these names and appreciate any help. Thank you very much, Donna Scheerer 22 Apr 2003


Wish contact with anyone doing research on the INGRAM-DAVIS families of Madelia area. L.L. DAVIS married EMMA FIDELIA INGRAM. O.H. DAVIS married LILLIAN ELVIRA INGRAM who is buried in Madelia in 1894. Were these two DAVIS men brothers? O.H.DAVIS had a brother who was a doctor and lived in Mankato. Did the O stand for OWEN? I am a direct descendant of Samuel Sargeant Ingram, father of these two Ingram women. Much to share on the Ingram family. MARJORIE BEDNAREK June 23, 2001


I am researching the family of Rudolph August JABLINSKE. He was born 29 March 1887 in Antrim Twp, Watonwan Co. He married Minnie MEYER on 2 Oct 1910 at a German Lutheran Church in South Branch. Minnie was born 25 July 1894 in St. James. They had 13 children from 1912-1934. They were Wilbert, Alinda, Frieda, Alvin, Marie, Lawrence, Maynard, Adolph, Lydia, Herbert, Elroy, Melvina, and Leslie. Please contact Sherrie Jablinske at [email protected] 11 Feb 1998

JACOBSON, Andrew/Amund

Hi, Im locking for ny grate grate grate grandfather Andrew/Amund Jacobson born 31. may 1857 in Moen, Svatsum, vestre Gausdal in Norway (son of Jacob Arnesen born 1827 in Gausdal and Sissel Simensdatter born 1837 in Gausdal). He left Oslo in Norway in 1878, with destination Madelia, Watowan county, Minnesota. I find one Andrew Jacobson in Madelia in 1910, born approx 1860, devorsed, and he come to Madelia in 1880. I have been unable to lokate his marridge, children and when he died? Somboddy that know? Amund/Andrew run avay from his child Olaf Amundsen born in 1877 in Fåberg and Olaf’s mother Olia Holmsdatter. Olaf are mine grand grand father and he died in Norway in 1957. Any information about Andrew would be appreciated. Please contact Morten Nasch Sandvold, Lillehammer, Norway 21 Nov 2012

JOHNSON,Charles Julius

My paternal great father Charles Julius JOHNSON (b. May 1852 in Dorsland, Sweden) emigrated to the US in 1857 with his parents Johanas and Christine JOHNSON. The family settled in Long Lake TWP. Some family history gives Christine's maiden name as HANSEN/HANSON, that she was Johanas' second wife, and Johanas' had at least two more children Andrew and Anna. Johanas' neighbors called him "The Lawyer". Johanas' son Charles Julius JOHNSON married Karen (Kate, Katherine) about 1876. They had nine children: Charlotte Emily, Clara M., Julia "Dudy", Charles Walter, Harriett, Mable Eleanor, Harry, Frank Joseph, Ray Sterling.

The 1880 US Census for Long Lake Twp reports 3 additional JOHNSON families who were neighbors of Charles and Karen, who had also emigrated from Sweden. Are there any JOHNSON researchers who are related to the following families: 1st family - Gustau JOHNSON age 36, Christina age 30, Hulda S. age 5, Theodore age 4, Tilda age 3, Naeme age 1, Carl V. 2nd family - John JOHNSON age 66, Christi age 67, Hoken age 46. 3rd family - Sarah JOHNSON age 45, Emma C. age 12, Alfred age 9, Hilda age 8, Sarah M. age 6, Albert, Anna S. [email protected] 12 Feb 2002


I have a death certificate for Samuel JOHNSON, d. 5 January 1913 in Bashaw Township, Brown County, MN. The death certificate states that he was buried in "Little Cottonwood Cemetery" on 8 January 1913. I can not find a Little Cottonwood Cemetery, nor is he listed (?no headstone?) in the Cottonwood Cemetery. He was a Civil War Veteran and should have been provided a headstone. Perhaps it is gone? Can anyone enlighten me what would now be "Little Cottonwood Cemetery?" Kathy Friberg 16 Feb 2015

JONES,Leslie Owen

I am interested in finding out more about Leslie Owen JONES who died as a resident of Madela in June 1984. Specifically, I am wondering if he might have been the son of John and Malinda (OUSLEY) JONES of Fillmore Co MN. [email protected] 23 April 2004


Jukulen in the Godahl Area. Mother: Grace Ruby Jukulen, Wick, Bergum. Marris Marie Rooney (Wick) 10 May 2005


My ancestor Ludvig KARAU came to Lewisville, Mn. in 1884 with his wife and children. His son Gustav KARAU married Emelia ZENK in Watonwan county in 1897. Gustav's son Alfred KARAU married Olive CLOW daughter of Henry CLOW Sr. and Ester Belle (ALLBAUGH) CLOW. I would like to find out more information on these ancestors. I know very little about what countries they came from etc. If anyone has information that they could share with me, I would really appreciate hearing from them. Kathy Hertzog 17 Mar 2007

KEENAN, Edward

I'm looking for info on Edward Keenan and his side of the family. Possible maiden names for family; Catwell or Carwall. Owners of a carpet store somewhere in the area around 1900 - 1950. Any info would be great. Thanks. Laura Stevenson 19 August 2006


I am researching David Morgan KENNEY who is married in the general area in 1870 to Sybil POST. Thank you. Michelle Melville 5 Feb 2002


I am looking for connections to the George A. Knott Family. They lived in St. James Township in 1900. George was married to Flora Lillie Oaks. Flora was the daughter of Lyman W. Oaks who homesteaded in Southbrook in 1867. Oakes Lake is said to be named after this family. The Knott family appears to have married into the Dodge Family. I am compiling a history for Southbrook Township of Cottonwood County and I am seeking biographical information as well as pictures of the early homesteaders. Michael Kirchmeier 24 Jan 2004


I am looking to contact descendants of: Nellie Pearl Knott 1888 - 1979 m. George Lawerence Dodge 1892 - 1972; Living Dodge; John Knott Dodge 1918 - 1976; or Lloyd Lyman Knott 1898 - 1993 m. Jessie Jane Dodge 1894 - 1975. I would like to share information on their ancestors. Michael Kirchmeier 31 July 2004


I am looking for info on Carl or Karl Krenz married to Wilhelmina Becker. They came from Germany in 1883 to a farm in Fieldon Township, Watonwan County MN. They are buried in the Trinity Church cemetery in Fieldon. I would appreciate any info I could get. I have an obit for Wilhelmina with some info but nothing for Carl or Karl. Thank you. Sue (Krenz) Groen 9 Dec 2004

KRUGER, Henry/RODEKUHR, Dorothea

I am researching the family of Henry Kruger. His 2nd wife, Dorothea Rodekuhr, died December 1888. Her husband, Henry, is buried at Deer Creek with his 3rd wife. I can't find the grave of Dorothea - possibly also known as Theodore or Dora. I know they lived in that area in 1880. Would you have any information for me? Henry (or Johan) and Dorothea are my great grandparents. Marlys Bjorgan Boll, [email protected], 701-454-6103 27 Mar 2013


I have recently found out that my great-great-grandmother, Augusta Friedericke (nee RAGGLIN) KUEGENMEISTER died in Long Lake Township, Minnesota. She was, however, buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Northbrook, Illinois. We know that one of Augusta's daughter's, Dorothea Lena Caaroline Elise KUECHENMEISTER married Joachim/Joseph KNOLL and moved to Minnesota, living for a time in Watonwan County and then moving to Hoffman. I am hoping to find an obituary or death notice for Augusta which lists her children so that I can confirm that my great-grandfather is her son. Maria Gardner 16 Sep 2000


I need information on Harold Lamb or someone who is a relative. I have information about Harold’s father whom Harold tried to contact in 1947. Robert Rice 16 June 2011


How we can verify and receive copies of the death certificates for Bess Light and Anna Lambert who died in September 1953 and October 1953, respectively, in St James? These women were sisters, Anna my grandmother. Appreciate your help! Jim Lambert 20 May 2007


Looking for information about Peter Gustaf LARSON. Born June 6, 1854 in Sweden and died Feb. 24, 1915 in Odin , Minn. His son Edward Gothard LARSON is my grandfather who died in Marion County Tenn. Feb 5, 1925. [email protected] 30 Aug 1999


I am looking for information on Ida and Barney Larson who had 8 children. One child was named Ivan Harlan Larson they were living in Odin Township I would appreciate any help on the Larson Family. Please contact L Veches 4 Dec 2006

LAW, Archibald

I am looking for info regarding, Archibald LAW's parents' names, etc. and his father's occupation in Scotland, the date Archibald came over from Scotland with his new wife, Helen Stuart/LOUDEN (LOUDON, LOUDAN ??) I have no info on her at all, and would like anything in these areas. I am a descendant of his daughter, Agnes, and her daughter, Florence, and her daughter Frances McLaughlin VIESSELMAN (John) of Fairmont. I would appreciate any info you can get me on the afore-mentioned Archibald and Helen. Thank you. Helen (Viesselman) Melquist 6 March 2011


I am researching my father's LEE family. My father's name was Frank Oliver LEE. He was born in St. James Minnesota on October 19, 1891 to Peter (Per) LEE and Mary (Marit)LEE. He was baptized on July 10, 1892 according to the records of the Long Lake Lutheran Congregation, and a copy of the certificate was signed by a Pastor A. (?) DANIELS and witnessed by: 1)Torkild(?) & Lena LIEN 2)Charles BUGTEN(?) 3)Anna HORTEN(?) on January 19, 1957. My father had requested the birth and baptismal certificate as he had come to Weldon, Saskatchewan, Canada with his parents in 1902 when he was eleven years old and before immigration records were kept between the U.S.A. and Canada in the great plains region. My father had the following brother and sisters: Severt, Anna Torina, Lena, Pauline, Inga, and Mabel (now all deceased). I know that he had relatives in the St. James region as I have an old post card from St. James, MN postmarked 1904 from a "cousin Bertina". Any information would be greatly appreciated as I am trying to trace my family back to Norway. Thank you, Walter Lee 29 May 2004


I am doing a lot of research on the Charles LEWELLEN family that settled in Watonwan Co. in late 1800. Charles and wife Elizabeth had one daughter that I can find no spouse for. Nellie LEWELLEN was born Feb 1884 in MN and maybe in Watonwan Co. If some one could please tell me who she married I would be so appreciative. Laura Stene 2 Feb 2006


I'm looking for information about ancestors who lived in Antrim from 1861 to 1889. The surname is LOWRY. Charles P. LOWRY and his son Alonzo Wallbridge LOWRY moved their families from Madrid, New York, there and got land in Antrim in 1862. Alonzo had 12 children there. Charles is buried there. Dave Lowry 12 Sep 1999


Lunde, Marie Engebretsdatter born Fron, Gausdal, Norway 26 March 1846. Buried Long Lake Cemetery, Odin, MN. Obituary information and names of parents. Terry 19 Nov 2007


Looking for information regarding the MADSON family. My grandfather Jesse MADSON was born in the St. James area in 1886. His parents were Martin MADSON and Dora GERLINGER. Bruce Madson (Bruce - Please update your email! Webmaster) 16 Aug 1999


There is a Bruce Madson listed on your website, I've tried several times over the past 18 months to contact him but am still getting an error. Meanwhile, I am a descendant of the same Madson family from the Madelia/Fieldon/Rosendale Township areas within Watonwan County. I published a Madson History book (810 pages!) in the summer of 2006, and am in the process of working on the Dahl family book from the same area. I'm located in Texas but was born in MN. Thank you. (Ms.) Terry Leines Burris 15 Feb 2009


This family left Asa parish, Kronoberg, Sweden on 5 Oct 1868 to North America. Other family members came to the Sveadahl area of Watonwan County Minnesota later. Peter Johan Magnusson, wife Johanna Maria Andersdotter and children - Anders Magnus Petersson, b. 20 Oct 1833 at Hultsjö; Frans August Petersson, b.26 Jun 1860 at Asa; Maria Christina Petersdotter(Magnuson in America?), b. 1 Feb 1863 at Asa; Ida Maria Petersdotter(Magnuson in America?), b. 18 Jan 1866 at Asa. Dee Kleinow 28 Jan 2008


I am researching the name Marsh. My grandfather and his sister were orphaned at a young age and sent to live with a family in North Dakota. I have recently learned that they were born in Minnesota, and their parents are buried, “somewhere in southern Minnesota, near Blue Earth, I think,” according to my eldest aunt who remembers nothing more. Barbara Latter 7 August 2008


I am do research on my husbands family who were born and some still reside in Aitkin, Minnesota. I have a copy of a marriage certificate: Groom: John H. Mather Bride: Anna B. Fanning dated July 9, 1879 at Madelia, Minnesota. They were married by Rev. F. L. Tuttle. Witnesses were her sister Eliza Fanning and a Mr. Alfred Driggers. In my documents of family history the grooms name is John Henry Mather which I am tracing back to Rev. Richard Mather, grandfather to Cotton Mather. The brides name is Anna Bradford Fanning related to Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower and Edmund Fanning who emigrated from Ireland to America in 1652 and settled in Stonington, Connecticut. Anna's parents are buried at Riverside Cemetary in Madelia, Minn. They are George W. Fanning b. 7-17-1825 d. 9-7-1911 and Sophronia A. Bradford b. 3-30-1828 - 5-19-1907 . I'm still looking for Bradfords, Fannings or Mathers that may be buried in Minn. I'm looking for an application for a marriage license for this couple that may contain parents names and addresses or even their places of birth. Jill Blomberg 26 Jan 2000


I am looking for any information on the Mellen and Pettis family in Watonwan and surrounding areas. Thank you. Julie Horbach 13 June 2004


I would like to connect with other people working on the family of Charles and Martha Jane MILLER who lived in the St. James area in the 1880s. Their children were Lucinda Catherine, Ira Van Avery, Edward, John Charles Ruger, Dolly Adeline, Josephine Belle, and Jennie ALMIRA. The family moved from Benton County IA in about 1881, and prior to that were in Green County Wisconsin. Lucinda was married to MV WAKEFIELD and they also lived in the St. James area. Martha Jane's birth name was ADAMS. Thanks! Linnea Ista 15 Mar 1998


My great grand father emigrated from Denmark to USA circa 1860. He married and raised a large family in Odin, MN. In 1900, he moved his family to Bowden, Alberta. He and his wife and 1 daughter, and sons (Joe, Fred, Jesse, George, and Octonius) stayed up here, but two or more daughters returned to the states, presumably Odin, and I would really like to contact their descendents, if at all possible. Thank you very much. Perry Miller 29 May 2002


Katherina Miller born 1898 d ? married Abe Carlson. Last known residence was St. James, Minnesota, Watonwan county. Parents of Katherina were Dominic Miller and Magdalena Schaefer. Katherina was born in the United States. Probably in the Dakota Territories. Thank You. Sheridan Mitchell 13 May 1998


I am searching for a couple married in St. James, Watonwan Co., Minnesota. They were John Wesley Miller and Alice Adelia Pettis. They were married in October of 1884. I do know that Alice Adelia Pettis was the daughter of Charles C. Pettis and Mary Jane Burt, They lived at Kasota, Le sueur Co., Minn. Thank You. Suzanne Culp 27 Mar 2004


Looking for: MISCHE - Searching for any links to this surname. Especially interested in a August MISCHE or a Louis MISCHE....in Minnesota in the mid to late 1800's in Watonwan County, near St. James, Minnesota. Julie Welty 04 Feb 1997


Am looking for info on the MOLTZAU family that lived in Odin Mn in 1916. Thank you Marilyn Deloach Elliott, Duluth MN 2 Feb 2002


I am looking for any info on my fathers family. His name is George MORGAN, and he was born in Lewisville on 12/09/06. His parents were George MORGAN and Rosepha (CLEMENS). Thanks in advance for you help. Ray Morgan 27 Aug 2001


MORK, John Julius born Norway Oct 29, 1839. Died Jan4 1891 St. James, Long Lake cemetary. Kari Born Norway Nov 1 1851, died Sept 15 1919, St James Long Lake cemetary. Children: Torval Born march 15,1884 St James; John Jr; Clara; Annie; Mary; Thea, Born March 10, 1882; Sophus, Born Sept. 1 1887. Wendell R Mork, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 24 Sep 1999


I am looking for information on William B Morrison birthdate 2-16-1903 Minnie Sorles (?) born 1903? They had a child Pauline Eva Morrison born 1-/6/1922. Pauline is my mother's sister. She was born in the St James hospital and Sanitorium. I am trying to find a marriage certificate for William and Minnie. I believe they may have been married in 1922. William's birth info on birthcertificate is not correct. We know nothing of Minnie says she was born in Crendi IA which looks like never existed. Thank you. Deb Dauffenbach 17 Oct 2007


I am looking for the marriage record of my great-grandparents, John Mueller (Miller, Muller) and Elizabeth Steinbach. John lived in St. James, Minnesota. His parents were Peter and Anna Miller (Muller, Mueller). The marriage would have occurred some time between 1880 and 1885. According to the 1880 census he was a railroad engineer. I would welcome correspondence from anyone researching this family. Deberah Davis Martinez 7 Mar 2004


Looking for the death date of Jane MURRAY in South Branch Twp. circa 1903-1910. She was born Jane Ann HUGHES in Ireland. Was living with her daughter Jennie, wife of John Francis, at the time of her death. Please contact at: Arnold Frautnick 31 May 2001


I am writing a biography of Loren Wenzel Neubauer 1904-1991. He was the son of John A.Neubauer (son of Wenzel) and Inez E. Rasey of St. Paul. The Elwin Rasey family and perhaps Wenzel Naubauer had farms near St James (about 1900). I would appreciate any information or photographs of the family, farm or life at that time. David Bainbridge, San Diego 22 July 2012


I am looking for information on Anna C. and Elberta Nichols; they were listed in the 1930 Watonwan, MN census as living in Madelia. Anna was 65 and Elberta was 24; Elberta was a school teacher. They lived on Park Ave. Thank you. [email protected] 12 Apr 2007


I am looking for information on Anna NICKOLAUSEN, mother-in-law of Axel SANDBERG. Axel, wife Fredrike, 4 children and 66 year old Anna were living in Odin Twp, Watonwan Co, MN at the time of the 1900 census. Please contact Margie Romani 12 Aug 1999


Peter NINEFELDT is listed on the 1880 Watonwan, MN census with his wife and 3 children. His place of birth is listed as Russia. I can find no other record of this family. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! [email protected] 27 Jan 1999


Am looking for information on the surname Oddson and Jorgenson. Andrew Oddson ( my grandfather ) married Mathilda Jorgenson in 1895. Her father, Ole Jorgenson came from Christiansand Norway and died at Rosendale Township in 1892. Thank you. Terry Oddson 5 Mar 2004


Looking for any info on Swan J. OLANDER of Bartlett Township Born 1869, Native of Sweden. Came to America at age 16 and settled in Watonwan. Anything on His Parents or wife Anna any children ....brothers, sisters, birth, marriage records etc. Please contact Mary Ann BRETZ at [email protected] My husband Wayne is the son of Alma (OLANDER) BRETZ. Thank You. Mary A Bretz 26 Jun 2001


Hi I'm looking for any info on my ggggrandfather Adam OLSON b. around 1835, in Sweden but died in Watonan, Minn. in 1919. I think that he came to the US in 1887. He was married possibly to a gal name Isabella who was from England thats all I know abour her. Together they had about 5 kids: Carry OLSON b 1866, Minn. Oliver Adam OLSON b. 1864, Minn. marr. Agnus LJUNQGUIST in 1890, Eva OLSON, Adam OLSON, Bela OLSON. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. [email protected] 11 Aug 2000


I am trying to find out some information about my grandpa. I know he was adopted by a family in Saint James, Minnesota named Olson Not sure if that is how they spelled it or not but they changed their name to Nelson at least that is what my grandpas last name was. he came from Sweden when he was about 7 years old. His birthday was July 7 1882 he came over here in 1889 via N.Y.C. Thank you. Linda Nelson 25 Mar 2004

OLSON, Alfred

Looking for information on my grandpa Alfred Olson born in 1894 in Watonwan County. Sister Minnie was born July 5, 1895. Their mother died young. Their father left for North Dakota or South Dakota and left them with a woman to raise them. Alfred married Carrie Laingen and they had 5 children together. I am looking for any information about their parents (my great-grandparents) Wendy Hiatt Dec 21, 2011


I am researching surname OPSAL. Father Benjamin OPSAL mother Olave SANDVIG Opsal. Son's Ole and Anton, daughters Anna, Clara, Ida, and several more. I am looking for information in Watonwan County, Minnesota Thank you, Geraldine Opsal 3 May 2001

OTSE/AASE, Anund and Ole

I am looking for any information on Anund or Ole Otsea. They were brothers from Norway. They both came to America with different surnames. Anund used Aase and Ole used Otesa. anund kept the Aase name but his children used Otsea. Ole at the time of his death used Otsea also. Anund lived by Godahl and Ole lived in St. James Minnesota. Any help woould be appreciated. Sheri Jones 8 Feb 2012


Looking for marriage record of Ralph and Cheryl Otte February 16,1974. [email protected] 30 Jan 2007


I am researching the Ottum family name in Watonwan Co. In particular I am looking for information on Kristen Larssen Ottum (may be spelled Christen) and his wife Kristi (or Christi) Larson Ottum. Both emigrated from Norway in the mid 1860s. Kristi died in 1867 and I believe is buried somewhere in Long Lake Twnshp. I am having trouble tracking down whatever happened to her husband and my GGGGrandfather, Kristen. Any information would be appreciated. Todd Christenson 17 Dec 1999


My name is Forrest Paine, son of Perry E. Paine b. 15 Oct 1896 in (according to death certificate ) Mankato. HIS Father was Ernest Orban Paine. His obit said he was born in Watonwan County. HIS parents - Emerson and Abigail (nee Robinson) were buried somewhere there in Watonwan County. I am looking for ANY kind of record to substantiate those events. Oh ! Yes, also looking for a record of the marriage between Ernest Orban Paine and Clara Jane CHRISTMAN. Clara's parents were Isaac and K. LAVELLE (or any derivative spelling that would sound the same). Forrest Paine 9 Feb 1998


I'm looking for information on my grandmother, Teresa PAULEY from Madelia.She also had two sisters. Rose and Leticia. I do know my grandmother was born in 1890 and died in 1981 and is buried with my grandfather who was born in 1886 and died in 1959 at the Catholic Cemetery in Madelia. She had two sisters, Rose and Leticia. Marilyn Pauley Mercer Amaya 1 Mar 2002


I am researching REGAN in the Butterfield area and MCDONOUGH in St James/Butterfield. I have a partial history of the Watonwan County and the arrival of the McDonough’s in the 1870’s that was written by my wifes Aunt, Cecelia A. Regan Keyes, whose mother was Bridget McDonough. I am Phil Schultz, married to Ellen Bridget Regan, daughter of John Joseph Regan who was born in Butterfield in 1900. We reside in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Phil Schultz 30 May 2013


I am researching Jacob RHODES/RHODS b 1836 in Illinois. He married Mary ? born in Missouri 1851. Found them on 1880 soundex for Watonwan Co. They had ch.: Georg, son b 1869 MN, Estella b 1874 MN, and Ella b 1876 MN. Do not know WHERE in MN the ch. were born Estella married I think, in Sioux City, Iowa, Adelbert CHAPIN. Jacob may have married Mary ? in MN. WHERE? Would like marriage record. Jacob was Civil War vet. Any info. appreciated--where to look, etc. Marlynn A O'Keefe 22 Jan 1999


Looking for information on the family and ancestry of Joseph RICE, m. to Jane HECOCKS in 1861. 10 children born in Watonwan county, Mary C. (1864), Minna Eleanor (1865), Lillian Addie (1867), Cora May (1869), Etta Matilda (1874), Lydia Alice (1876), Dora (1878), Amy (1882), Millie (1884) and George (1888). Robert D. Phillips 09 Jan 2000


Looking for info on William D. Rice, born 1823 Greene Co. Alabama, died 1897 Watonwan Co. MN. Wife Amelia Evans believed buried in Watonwan. Sons Frierson, Albert, John. Joe Herrera 18 July 2005


I am searching for infomation on my Rodekuhr family who came to Watonwan Co in 1869 and 1871 from Germany. I especially want to find the marriage of Dorothy/Dorothea/Dora Rodekuhr to a Henry Kruger/Krueger. She came to US in 1871 and they had a child Ernest Frederick Kruger in 1878 in Watonwan Co. Antrim Township is where her parents Cristtin/Christian and Margaretha Anna Rodekuhr settled. I have not been able to find anything about Henry Kruger, who came from Germany also. Both Dorothy and Henry were born about 1850. Dorothy had a sister Anna and there were 4 brothers - William,John,Henry,and Christian. William is my great-grandfather. I would really appreciate any information you may have about these people. Thanks much. [email protected] 16 Feb 2012


Iam looking for descendents of Knut Olsen RODSTOL b1826 and JodaNicolaisdr STUEFLAATEN b 1829 -sons; (1.) Nicolaus Knudsen RODSTOL b.1855 (2.) Johan Knudsen RODSTOL b 1860 (3.) Knud Knudsen RODSTOL b.1867 married Pauline Olsdr. MONGE b. 1858. I believe they emigrated from Norway in the early 1880's and settled in Minnesota as another brother Jacob KNUDSEN b.27/12/1862 and married Ronnaug Andersdr. BRUDELI (BRUDELIE?) b.1860 and immigrated to Minnesota in 1883. I do hope you can help me, Ruth Dubuc 13 Mar 2003


I am seeking information on my maternal grandmother who was born in 1883 at St. James in Watonwan County, Minn. Her maiden name was Grace Lillian RUTHERFORD. Her father was reported to be a soldier in the Union Army, a scout in western Indian campaigns, farmer and a buffalo hunter. She was part of a family of 8 or 10 children. As a young woman she trained as a school teacher. In 1910, she married Clifford Albert GRAY in Sauk Center, Minn. Thank you, Kermit Lohr-Flanders 11 Jul 2001


Do you have any information on any of the Saboe family?? Or are there even any family's by the name of Saboe in the area now?? Thank you much. Thank you, Ella Rae Egland 13 July 2006


I am looking for information on Conrad Schaper, born about 1839 in Prussia. Settled in Milford Township Brown County sometime prior to the 1870 census where I located him. Was married at that time to Elizabeth. Daughter Josephine, my great grandmother, was born in 1874. Other siblings were Anna, John and William. I believe that Conrad moved to Watonwan County prior to 1880 and possibly remarried in 1888 to a woman named Augusta. I believe he served in the military - Company K, Minn Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. If anyone has information on this family, please contact me. Thanks. Kay McArthur 14 April 2004


I am looking for information on Anders Shellum and his wife, Kari Pedersdatter, who migrated from Gudbrandsdalen to Brown County, with eight children, probably in 1869 or during the next few years. Their parish was known as Vaage. Their children were named Anders, Peter, Ragnild, Jacob, Kari and Hans, my grandfather. My first interest is, how was the surname spelled when they first arrived? Secondarily, I am interested in whatever information is available, including the spelling of Vaage, their hometown. Thanks for anything you can do. Bernie Shellum 24 Feb 1998

SCOTT, Torres

Looking for death and/or burial information on the following person: Torres SCOTT (first name may also be spelled Torris, Tores, or Toris) Birth - March 1862 in Story County, Iowa Death - Sometime after June 1905 but before April 15, 1910. Married - Sarah Ingemenson on Dec. 18, 1883 in Webster County, Iowa Children - William, Bertha, Edwin, Ruth, Amy Parents - Torres and Sarah Scott of Kendall County, IL Known to be in Murray County, MN beginning of 1905. By 1910, census shows Sarah and children are living in Butterfield Village, Watonwan County, MN. Torres may have died in either county but I cannot find death or burial records anywhere. Torres is the only remaining child of great great grandparent whose burial location has not been determined. I would appreciate any information Dennis Vermulm September 29, 2011


John Shilleto B:Paris,Ontario Sep 1842 M:Margaret Donnely (30-12-1839) married in 1862. Mary (Molly) Shilleto(1864) M: A. Crawford. Francis Shilleto B:15-06-1867. Jane (Jenny) Shilleto B: 1868 M:30-09-1891 John C. West. Catherine (Kate) Shilleto B: 1872 M: 11-06-1892 Ezra Cheney. Margaret (Maggie) Shilleto B:1874 M:leonard Sherman. Alexander (Alex) Shilleto B:28-09-1877 M:21-02-1902 Albertina Stahn. David Shilleto M: Sylvia Christensen. Mabel Shilleto M: William Reid. Also info Ed (Edgar?) C, Veltum Bank Mngr, War vet and town administrator St.James, MN wife Kathleen Shilleto both buried in St.James with infant daughter. David Fionn Clarke 10 Mar 1998

SONNESYN,John K./FUHR, Anna Sophia

Looking for John K. SONNESYN and wife Anna Sophia FUHR. They had a Alice Janette in 1907 and they lived in St. James. Dawn Ford 2 August 2003


I am looking for an obituary for Edith Florence SOUTHWICK ERICKSON who is said to have died in St. James, Wantonwan Co., Mn. on 16 Jan. 1926. Did the local paper publish obituaries at that time? I would be happy to pay for copying & mailing costs. If you can help me with this, I'll send you my snailmail address Thank you for your time! William (Bill) H. Ream, Jr. 9 April 2004


The name we are researching is Spencer in Madelia, Watonwan Co., Mn. Asoph Millard Spencer and wife Lavinnia Bertha Thomson both died in Madelia. Children: Albert Millard Spencer; Hazel Mary Spencer; Dwight Spencer; Stanley Ray Spencer; Merrill Frank Spencer; and Leon Clair Spencer. Please contact Susan Hemmer Posey 30 Jan 1998


I am researching the SPRAGUE family in Medelia and am looking for the Maiden name of Edith J. who was born 2 Jul 1834 in Ohio died 16 Jun 1872 in Medelia and is buried at Riverside Cemetery. She married John C. SPRAGUE about 1855 and they had 6 children, Mary Cassandra; Florence Adaline; John Milby; Edgar C.; Willis Clifford and Effie M. Steven C. Wehling 4 Oct 2009


Am interested in contacting familly members who are associated with the following pioneer families who primarily originated in the Antrim area. I am the Grand-daughter of Edward and Frieda (PFEIL) STAHN, who lived on his step-father's, Carl BROZINSKI, farm. Am willing to share. (ZINKE, BROZINSKI (various spellings), STAHN, PFEIL, SELLER, WIEDERHOF.) Philip & Janean McKay 28 Jul 2000


Nicholas was son of Peter and Barbara (Uselding) Stemper. When Nicholas' grandfather died in Ozaukee county, WI. Nicholas was mentioned in his Will. This was in 1884. The legal papers gave St. James, MN. as Nicholas place of residence. Peter nor Nicholas were listed in the Belgium, Ozaukee county 1880 Census. Nicholaus was seventeen at the time of his inheritance. Thank you for any help. Alice Wendt 23 October 2004


I am looking for a marriage license for my father Paul Vernon Stevens. He was married twice. The first time to Gretchen Tillie Hannermann sometime between 1935 and 1939 I think. His second marriage was to Esther Johanna Oeltjenbruns, but even though they lived in St James, I don't think they were married in St James or Watonwan county. They were married in 1940, I think. Robert Stevens 11 Jan 2009

STOLZE, Henry August/HENNING, Johanna

Henry August STOLZE married Johanna HENNING in 1893 in Kane Co, Ill. They moved to St. James, MN (Watonwan Co) around 1898. Their children include 1) Arthur who married Jennie; 2) Edward H., who married Minnie DANHOFF; 3) Dorothy who married Jack KLINGMAN; 4) Herbert August who married Devota ZENDER and 5) George, who married Violet KILEN. I believe that both Henry and Johanna died in St. James. I can't find a cemetery or record. I found a death of Johanna dated 1928, but nothing else. Thanks for any help you can give me. Jan L. Giles 28 November 2002


I am trying to investgate my father's family in the St James area. The family name is Syverson, although my grandfather - Edward - changed the spelling to Severson. He had a brother who I believe was named Otto who died young and his father was named Peder or Peter and the family name was originally Kleven in Norway but changed on immigration to the US. I know there are some relatives still in the area but I have no information about them. Many thanks. Carolyn Syverson 19 Oct 2003


I'm looking for ancestry for TETTAM, ALBERT. Mother's maiden name: SUAE / SVAE. Please, can you help me? Lars Tjelsbo, Norway 15 Jan 2005


I am researching the Jens and Johanna Thompson family that settled in Watonwan County, Rosendale Township in 1868. One of their children, Thomas Thompson, was my G-Grandfather who later settled near Mobridge, SD in 1883. Scott Thompson 24 Nov 2003


I am looking for information concerning possible descendents of Pehr THORSON who lived near St James in Watonwan County, MN. He was born 14 Dec 1854 at Färlöv, Skäne, Sweden. He came to America in 1873, and for a while was a member of the Scandian Grove church at Norsland near St peter. He left for St Peter in 1875 and returned to Scan Gr in 1881. Then he left for parts unknown but family history has him near St James. His name in Sweden was Per PEHRSSON as his father was Pehr TORKELSSON. Many of that family took the THORSON name in America. Pehr had a brother, Sven, who lived near Winthrop and was Swan THORSON. My greatgrandfather, Andrew THORSON of Scandian Grove was Pehr's uncle. John M. THORSON, Colorado Springs, CO. Katie and John Thorson 27 Sep 2000


I am searching for my great grandfather. His brother recorded his birth in South Dakota in 1947 and the certificate of birth indicates that a certified copy should be sent to my grandfather in Madelia, Minnesota. Chris Todd 3 March 2011


I have a query regarding a great-grandmother of mine, Johanna Trondson, who lived in Long Lake, Watonwan County, from about 1868 to to about 1897 before moving to St. James. Does anyone know anything about her? Brian J. Mitchel 22 May 2009


Looking for info on Wilhelm Van den Bergh born Huckelhoven, Germany. Came to Rosendale in 1885, died Rosendale, Watonwan Co. MN March 3, 1903. Son Walter also buried there Dec. 1902. Wife Ida moved back to Elgin, IL. She died Jun. 7, 1924. Will share info. Please Contact: Kirk Vandenberg 7 May 2001


Tracing family history on the Vandervort/Vandervoort..Grandmother,Katherine Vandervort, born in Saint James, Minnesota January 12th 1888.Father Jonah Halsted Vandervort & Mother Clara B Vandervort....Jonah was a sschool teacher..They also lived in The village of Falls and Manakato. John Dittemore 15 A[pril 2009

VAN NESS, Stephen P./OATES, Amanda

I am researching the following people: Stephen P Van Ness b. 1869 in Clinton Iowa and Amanda Oates b. 1875 in England. They married in March 1892 and had 3 daughters born 1892 (died same year, I think), 1894, and 1896. Amanda died in 1899, and Stephen remarried Hattie Kendall in 1900. In the 1900 census, the 2 surviving girls are living with Stephen and Hattie. They are not living with the family in 1910. After that, I can't find them. I believe one was named Lillian and the other was named Leberta or Seberla or something similar. I would like to know where Amanda is buried and what happened to the 2 daughters. Thanks, Nancy (Case) Wolff 26 Jul 2014

VOIGTMANN,Gustav and Dina (Thiele?)

VOIGTMANN, Gustav and Dina (Thiele?) -- Farming in the St. James area from about 1890 through 1895. Three children -- Helen, Ben, Anna -- born there. Carol Salucka 4 Jul 2003


I am looking to get a copy of a marriage license of my Grandmas. All I know was they got married in Malice(?) (Ray's note; Madelia?) Watonwan Co. on 1 Dec 1965. How or where does a person write to or how can I get a copy. I do alot on Ramdom Acts of Gen. Kindness but there is no listing for that county. Debra Hicks 24 Apr 2009


Anthony Walsh married Barbara Gillespie in England but settled in Fieldon in the 1880s-90s. Their children include Mary (don't think she married), Ellen (married Michael Daley), James (married Katherine E. Kennedy), Barbara (married James Davis) and William (married Bridget Carrie Tierney). Any information about this family will be helpful! Don Noble, Calgary, AB 24 March 2011


I am researching the surname WEBB. My grandfather, Harvey Edmund WEBB was born in St. James in the mid 1890's. Am looking for any kind of records - birth, death, property, etc. Thanks. Michael J Hanna 15 Mar 2002


I'm tracking my family, Lauritz WETHAL from Butterfield. His parents followed him from Norway named Ole ENGEBRETSON (en) or Engebret OLSON supposedly buried in Long Lake Cemetery but I could not find the headstones which have probably been covered over this past century. Is there a cemetery plat map available? I plan to go to Norway next summer 2002 and it would be very helpful to have birth/marriage information. The name WETHAL is a spin-off of the town of Vettal Norway. Any help you can give me will be most appreciaated. Ted Esau 23 Dec 2001


My ancestors Engebret OLSEN and his wife Anne NIELSDATTER came from the Wethale farm in Ullensaker, Romerike, Norway. They lived near Odin. They had one son and five daughters. The daughters married men with surnames HALVORSON, WOLNER, RUED, SETSVOLD, and HANSON-HORGAN. Please contact Garth Ulrich, Box 28, Spalding, SK SOK 4CO Canada 19 Feb 2000


Syvert WETTESTAD was a resident of Long Lake Watonwan County in the 1870's to 1897 and he married 1st Kari Amundsdatter of Faribault County Minn. on the 21st of Jan. 1870 at Fairbault County. She was the daughter of Amund Johnson & Anna Eriksdatter, born in Leikanger Norway 24-2-1842. Kari died the 22nd of July 1873 of consumption. Syvert remarried (date unknown) to Ingeborg Syverson (no furthur info) Syvert died the 12th of May 1897. Any further information on these people, or if I could give more information on the Amundson family I would welcome. Patrici 15 Nov 1998


Looking for ancestors and descendants of Sievert T. Wettestad b. 22 Jun 1839 in Berunder, Huiler Stovet, Norway d. 1897 in MN married 5 May 1875 in Long Lake Township of Watonwan County to Ingeborg Syverson b. 29 Jan 1853 in Vaage Gudbrandsdalen Norway. d 15 Jan 1925 St. James, MN. buried Long Lake Cem. Children born to this union include Marie, Henry, Peter, Ella, Simon, Adolph. Adolph was my grandfather and he married Celia Barnes 26 Oct 1910 in Harris, IA. Diane Johnson 4 Jan 1999


Both the 1870 and 1880 census put Lewis & Elinor WHITE family in Antrim. 5 children are named: Susan, b 1843; James, b. 1853/4; Adaline, b 1856; Daniel, b 1858; Charles, b 1860. Wanted: any references to this family in local documemts and, in particular, info on deaths of parents & marriages/deaths of the children. In the 1880 census both James and Adaline are no longer with the family. Son, James, I can trace, but none of the other 4. Thank you. Allen LeBaron 4 Nov 2007


Looking for information on the family of William C. WILKENING b. 3 July 1905, d. 9 Nov 1990 and Bertha ALT b. July 1908, married 22 February, 1936. Children- Norma Louise WILKENING b. 6 May, 1933 married William CHAPMAN and Nancy WILKENING b. 18 Aug 1937 married Darrell NELSON. Also looking for information on the family of Emil WILKENING b. 2 May 1896, d. April 1980 and Edna FROEHLING, b. 19 June 1902, married 1 Jan. 1920. Son, Floyd Arthur WILKENING, b. 23 March, 1927. Would like to exchange WILKENING family information with their descendants and obtain additional vital information for family research. Glen Kajewski 03 Mar 1999


I am looking for any information about Daniel Williams / Lucy McBroom, Lucy was originally from Butterfield Minnesota. They are listed on the 1910 fed census of Hartington Neb. as Husband/wife. Daniel was born 16 Feb 1888 Helena Neb and Lucy was born 14 may, 1890. Rick and Jan 28 Feb 2011


Looking for descendants of Albert George WILSON, born 14 Sept 1856 in Grand Rapids, IL; died 16 Aug 1943 in Shakopee, MN; married Martha "Molly" JACKSON. They lived for some years in St. James, MN. I have lots of information on his ancestry, and am trying to chart all of his descendants. Wendell E. Wilson 24 Feb 2002


Researching WOOLE and OBERDICK. I know that Ida Margaret OBERDICK and Ed WOOLE were married at Atrium Lutheran Church in 1888. Also, I show that Ed served as town marshall in Lewisville, Watonwan Co. for five years after that. Thank you. Jennifer 28 Aug 2001


I am searching for information on (Carl/Karl) WORDELMAN (spouse Mary VOSS) and (Frank/Franz) APPEL (spouse Ida Louise PIEPER) families. My grandmothers were Anna WORDELMAN married to Henry S. JOHNSON and Ida Christine APPEL married to Oscar Bernard OLSON Sr. Cynthia Johnson 25 Sep 2003

WOSNACK,Michael and KLINGBEIL, Vlrike

I am searching for information on Michael WOSNACK and his wife Vlrike KLINGBEIL. They had four children, Elsie, William, Helen, & Arthur. Elsie WOSNACK was married to Henry PROEHL on 9/26/1912 at the home of the bride in Watonwan County. Mark and Helen Baumgartel 17 Aug 2003

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