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Date:16 Nov 2003

Need help on Stephenson married Charles H Bready ca 1912 Ransom Co Nd.
Lived 1920 Census Elliott Twp Charles aged 41 b NJ. wife Cecil(eveile?) Stephenson aged 27 b Ky. had a son George and a bro in law George Stephenson living with them. Can anyone help me with their marriage date?Other children? Sure would appreciate any clues.
Bless You,

Date: 14 Nov 2003
PLease Help: I am stuck on Thomas Stephenson b 1864 Ky lived Illinois 1900 census was in Ransom Co ND by 1915 when Dau Neva married.Thomas wife was Anna b 1869 Ky.Other known children Willie Stephenson, George and Henry. Checked entire Lisbon City census fro 1910 never located them. Thansk & Bless you for any clues.

Linnea Ista
Date: 4 Nov 2003
I am interested in getting in touch with anyone working on the family of William Baguhn. He came to Ransom County from Dakota County, Minnesota in about 1875.


Need marriage date for Neva Stephenson to Reinhardt Leonard Mace ca 1915 in Ransom County. Have no access to records from states out west. First child Evelyn b 1915. Sure would appreciate a clue. Bless you Lynn surname

Submitter: Claudia
Date: 9 Sept 2003

George Ward CONGDON was born 1885 in Springfield, Otsego County, New York, died 7 April 1971, Enderlin, Ransom County, North Dakota. He moved to North Dakota ca. 1910. Two known daughters, Myra A. CONGDON, born 1913, North Dakota, and Donna M. CONGDON, born 1916, North Dakota. Looking for living descendants of this line; I have much information to share on George Ward Congdon's New York ancestors.

Submitter: Guri
Date: 21 Mar 2003

Looking for information about these early immigrants from Saltdal, Norway to Ransom. Jorgen Christensen Strand 1827-1914, wife Sophie Lestander 1838-1928, children: Cristina b 1869 in Norway, Christian b 1871 in MN, Anna b 1874 in MN, Jorgen or George b. 1875 in MN. Sophie og Spphy's mother, Fredrika Lestander born in Sweden 1809. In the same household was Abraham Sjursen Doll b. 1820 in Sweden, daughter Jertru born in Norway, 1857. Abraham lost his wife on the way over from Norway. This group of immigrants came with a large group, the first to leave Saltdal for America.

Submitter:Jan Miller
Date: 24 Feb 2003

I'm looking for information on Henry Stock. Born abt. 1862 in Iowa & died December 14, 1937 in Lisbon, North Dakota. His wife was Mary ?, & children, Hazel, Verne & Howard.

Submitter: Beth Kinstler
Date: 30 Nov 2002

I am trying to find my mother's relatives, specifically, her aunts and uncles. I have found a Thomas Avallon who was born in the Bronx and was married to a woman named Ruth. The 1930 census shows them as having two daughters, Barbara and Phyllis. A Thomas Avallon died in Ransom ND in 1979. That corresponds with my great uncles life. Do you have any information about him, his wife or his two daughters?

Bob Nobis)
Date: 14 Oct 2002

Looking for information Gust Hjalmer REHN, who died in Lisbon 19 Aug 1962. Gust was born in about 1877 or 1878 in Sweden(city unknown). Gust worked as a grounds keeper at the Soldiers' home for many years. I am looking for any information that might lead to the identification of his place of birth in Sweden. Also trying to identify his grand-father. Gust's father was Frans Alfrest REHN.

Submitter: Signe Parrish
Date: 03 Aug 2002

John Clifton Brooks and family lived in Enderlin between 1910 and 1920. Does Enderlin have any old newspapers? Is there a genealogy group there? Signe

Richard C.
Date: 22 Jul 2002

Looking for info on Forrest WHITE b.1897 or Ruth WHITE b.1893 in ND. Were living in Lisbon area in 1900 and 1910. Children of John WHITE b.1857 NY and Elizabeth COOT b. 1869 NY

Submitter: Owen Thompson
Date: 15 Jul 2002

Ole LARSON married Julia JOHNSON in Kendall County Illinois on 11 Feb 1897. Julia was born about 1879 near Newark, Illinois to Joseph and Nuella (Edna)JOHNSON. Ole was not mentioned in a 1932 obit for Julia's sister, assumed that he was deceased. Julia was mentioned as Mrs. Julia lARSON of Sheldon, North Dakota.

Lorie Zimmerman
Date: 08 Jul 2002

HOCK, SCHWERDTFEGER Seeking information on a William or Henry Hock born 28 Feb. 1852 possibly in North Harvey, IL, died 31 Jan. 1906 in Ransom Co., ND. William/Henry Hock married Wihelmina Schwerdtfeger date unknown. Wihelmina was born 26 March 1871 possibly in IL. She is buried in Lisbon City Cemetary, Ransom C0., ND. They had 6 children William, Katherine, Emma (married Louis Biesterfeld), Henry, Minnie, and Herman. It is believed that this family lived in South Dakota, possibly Sully Co. until around 1899. Their last two children were born in North Dakota. Have found mother and children on 1910 census. The mother is listed as a widow. I cannot find this family anywhere else on a census prior to 1910 either in North or South Dakota. Any info. would be appreciated.

Submitter: Betty Henry
Date: 26 Feb 2002

STAUDT - Looking for information on the Matthew and Sarah (Murphy) Staudt Family: children: Irene, Eleanor, Everett, Edwin, Andrew and Dorothy. Sarah (Murphy) Staudt was born 17 Sep 1863,

Cindy Yff
Date:16 Dec 2001

In a trunk that belonged to my great great grandmother, Mary Bauer Servatius Roy (also went my Jenny) we found a graduation photo from Enderlin High school in 1927. Mary aka Jenny died in Owatonna where she lived most of her life. SO this photo is somewhat puzzeling to us. Just wondering if there is anyone out there that could help me ID the photo.

Mark Ashley
Date: 16 Dec 2001

Seeking information on Nils Julius SHELDY,SHELDE,SKJELDE,OLESEN.Born July 20,1872 Fillmore County MN.Died Jan.16,1929 Mitchell County, Iowa. Nils was to have lived in Lisbon or the area of Lisbon,Ransom County. Would like to know between what years he may have lived there. Also if his parents may have lived and died in Ransom County. Nils parents were Sjur OLESEN SKJELDE born Jan 31,1831 in Norway died unkown.and Ragna born July 31,1827 in Norway. died unkown. His parents may have used Sever and Rachel for first names, and OLESEN,SHELDE,SHELDY, SKJELDE for last name. Last known placed they lived was Freeborn County,MN.1885. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Bill Klingbeil (bnglowbill@aol.com)
Date: 29 Nov 2001

I'm looking for information on the Klingbeil's that lived in/around Lisbon, North Dakota in the mid to late 1800's. A Capt. William Klingbeil and Emilie (Schmalle) had a farm out there. I'd appreciate any information anyone can provide. Thanks!
Bill Grand Prairie, Texas

Betty Henry
Date: 20 Nov 2001

Staudt - Murphy - Looking for information on Sarah Murphy and Matthew Staudt. They lived in Lisbon N. D., children Edwin, Irene E.,was b abt 1896, Eleanor M.,was b about 1898, Everett M., was b about 1898, ( Everett had a son James), Andrew Dorothy. They were in Lisbon before 1920. Sarah and Matthew were both born in Wisconsin,

Date: 13 Nov 2001

Seeking any descendants/relatives of Fred Dana GRIGGS and wife Mabel FERGUSON, lived and died and buried in Lisbon, N.D. I am a cousin with genealogy to share.

Date: 07 Nov 2001

I am looking for anyone searching these:
Harvey M. SANDERS B:1-7-1866 KY, Married oct 20, 1896 Washburn, Mclean Co. Mabel Agnes MURRAY B:5-17-1881 ND.
Harvey and Mabels Children:
Hobert, Jack "Goldie", Dorothy, Glenn, Marvin, Jean,Leslie, Victor, Marion & Harry.
Mabel's Parents: Martin David MURRAY D:April 9,1909 Englevale, ND & Amelia M. Perry/Parry D:9-9-1921 Englevale.
Their children: Mabel Agnes, Margaret,Mary,Jessie L. & Martin David B:2-25-1891 coleharbor. Amelia was married 1st to a REIFSNIDER There was 2 children wih him Tom and Anna.

Mary married a LINDSAY. lived Klamath Falls, OR.
Jessie L. married a PATTERSON. lived Golden Valley, ND
Margaret married a Maximillion ROOT.
Martin married Grace Malarkey. Amelia was to of been the 1st white women on the fort Berthold Reservation.
Anything would be helpful..

Submitter: Alan Clark
Date: 17 Oct 2001

Seek descendants/relatives of Fred D. GRIGGS 1883- 1948 buried in Oakwood cemetery Lisbon, N.D. His wife Mable Ferguson who he married in 1906, died July 29, 1934 in Breckenridge, Mn, but is also buried in Lisbon. There was a daughter, Frances Ada GRIGGS born in 1914 in Rosemeade, N.D. who married a Mr Kloster. She died in 1943 in Temple Texas. I am a cousin that wants to share the Marks ancestry of Fred GRIGGS' mother, Fanny Marks who married E. William GRIGGS in 1880.

Lynnette W. McMahon
Date: 25 Sep 2001

Looking for information Hans Jacob HERMANSON who I believe homesteaded around Lisbon (Ransom Co, ND) and also worked a big farm owned by Hiland Stanford (Stanford University) and Hans managed the farm for an undisclosed amount of time.
b. Oslo, Norway (one of 5 children who all immigrated to America around 1840's)
d. unknown (after 1912) - killed by lightning
My great-grandfather (Hans son Edward) reminisces about his boyhood farm in northern Minnesota. Edward wrote about his youth that was spent in and around the state of Minnesota and North Dakota where his father had a homestead in the town of Liston (believe this to be Lisbon, ND). After staking their claim, the family moved on to a big farm owned by Hiland Stanford (Stanford University) and Hans managed the farm for an undisclosed amount of time. Edward wrote that his father was somewhat of a rover, so they then moved on to another farm, called the Lien Farm in Halstead, MN. It was located along the Red River of the North.

Kjersti (Kjerste) GUBBERUD (Gubanson in some docs)
b. Fillmore county, MN (needs verification)
d. age 90
Hans Jacob and Kjerste HERMANSON had the following children:
1 - Edward Almer (Albert in some docs) HERMANSON: Born on 7 Jan 1890 in Halstad, Minnesota. Edward died in Encino, Los Angeles Co., CA on 15 Oct 1971, he was 81. bought a newspaper in Plumer (Plumber), Minnesota. Later became Post Master of that town as well as Deputy Sheriff. The Family moved to St. Bonifacius, MN and Edward bought a paper there around 1914. Sometime before 1917 the family moved to Minneapolis, where Edward went to work for the Minneapolis Tribune. Edward married on 14 Dec 1911 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, MN to Marie Emily VEILLEUX (b.1890 in Bangor, Maine) Edward and Marie moved their family to California in 1923. The info I have on Edward's siblings is sketchy - it comes from written stories from Edward (my great-grandfather and his daughter/my grandmother Celeste)
2 - Henry: Henry died of pneumonia while in WWI Boot Camp.
3 - Laurance:
4 - Belle: (never married)
5 - Maria: Maria (or Marie) married Ole ________ who started the first big General Store in Thief River Falls, MN

Ruth Potter
Date: 06 Sep 2001

KEPHART, Bert (Ausbert), wife Lucy Willford. Lucy died 1947 and Bert about 1960. Lived in Englevale, ND. I am looking for an obit or cemetary burial info on these two. They had son, Guy and two daughters, one who married a Hopewell and might have lived in the area. Bert was a farmer and well digger by trade. Not sure when they moved to Englevale. Please respond directly to rapper4404@aol.com

Edna Nordquist
Date: 16 Jul 2001

We are looking for the birth certificate for SELSAND, Ethel Gerharda, birthdate September 3, 1907, in Northland Township Ransom County. Her parents names are Anton & Suniva Selsand. Could you please give us an idea of where we can get a copy of her birth certificate?

Dorothy Meierotto
Date: 10 Apr 2001

I am looking for information for Joseph and Catherine Esmeier Meierotto born in Iowa in the 1860's, who moved to Sheldon, Ransom County, N.D. in 1912 and spent the rest of their lives there. Catherine died 4-6-1937, Joseph died between 1942 and 1950. They were the parents of several children. Joseph's parents were Christopher and Mary Huchtons Meierotto. Catherines father was August Esmeier. They were of the Catholic faith so they may be buried at St. Marys cemetery in Sheldon. Any information would be greatly appreciated. dottiem@lisco.com

Submitter: Lorie Zimmerman
Date: 14 Mar 2001

HOCK, SCHWERDTFEGER Seeking information on Henry or William Hock. Born 28 Feb. 1852 in North Harvey, IL. Died 31 Jan. 1906, burried in Lisbon City, Cem. in Ransom county. He married Wilhelmina Schwerdtfeger. Unknown marriage date, some time before 1891 in South Dakota. Children William, Kathrine, Emma, Henry, Minnie and Herman. Eldest 3 children born in SD. Others born in ND.

Joan K. LeVeque
Date: 13 Mar 2001

Looking for members of the Charles Gottlieb Koetz family. Charles and his wife Ann Marie Voss/Fabian died in Ransom Co., Enderlin, ND. Anyone have info on this family. Both were born in Germany. Thanks Joan jleve10494@aol.com

Margaret Spaeth
Date: 04 Mar 2001

BENSON, Erick dob: 1821? birthplace: Norway BENSON, Caroline dob: 1825? birthplace: Norway Residence in l880: Bonnereville, Ransom County: Son Peter and Erick purchased land in l882 in Ransom County.CHILDREN born in Wisconsin Children : Caroline E. dob: 1848? Osburn l849 Peter - l854? Josephine 1857 Julius or Lewis l858 Need information regarding death certificates. Trying to find names of Caroline and Erick/s parents .

Submitter:Deanne Dirden
Date: 11 Feb 2001

Looking for information on Harriet BURR KETCHUM, who moved to Lisbon in the late 1880's-90's to live with her daughter and son-in-law, John & Cynthia TAYLOR. Would like to know when she died, where she is buried, etc.

Lois Willand
Date: 27 Jan 2001

Would like to correspond with descendants of Minnie June Burdick, mt M. Ross Smith. They were in Lisbon, Ransom Co. ND in 1921. Minnie June and I share ancestry through the Davis line.

Jean Perez
Date: 11 July 2000
I am looking for information about the Thomas James KELLEY family. Mr. KELLEY was born August 10, 1868; he emigrated to the United States in March of 1891; he married Minnie Augusta FINLEY HAYES on December 11, 1899. Mr. and Mrs. KELLEY had four children: Bennie B., Edward James, Herbert and Gladys. Mr. KELLEY also had two daughters from a previous marriage. Their names are Mae and Marjorie. Mrs. Kelley had four children from her first marriage. Their names are Lyle, Ivey, Jesse and Lucetta Hayes.

Kathy Ward
Date: 23 Apr 2000

 I'm searching for information on the following families who homesteaded in Ransom and Richland Counties:Waldron, Stack, and possibly Sullivan. These families were Catholic, they had come from IA, and they appeared on the 1885 territorial census in Richland Co but homestead records were found in 1904 in Ransom Co. The coordinates for the 1904 application for Phil Waldron's homestead gave his address as Power, Richland Co ND but the same coordinates in 1909 when the patent was granted gave his address as McLeod, Ransom Co ND. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Kathy Ward

Michael E. Schmoeller
Date: 20 Jan 2000

Seeking any information on the Abandoned Cemetry in Liberty Twp. 24 - (Per the book by the Red River Valley Genealogy Society Vol 14 - it is located on hill off road....).
Was this cemetery connected with a Church?  Private family ?  Appears only about 10 graves.
Interested in grave of Ole Holmene 1834 - 1889.  Can not locate him in any area census. Do know he left Norway in 1860.

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