Sanborn Co. South Dakota Queries

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If your lines are unfamiliar to me, I will be contacting you asking for some evidence that the ancestors were in Sanborn at a given point in time. Non-Sanborn queries will be periodically removed.

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I'm looking for information on the Hans C. HANSEN family who lived in or near Woonsocket, SD from about 1910 into the 1930's.  Hans and his wife Johanna had 12 children, namely; Della, Edna, Fern, Florence, George, Howard, Margaret, Clarence, Alyce, Gladys, Clyo, and Alan.  Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Warren Laine


I am looking for any information on the following people:

John KAPPEL, born 1869; married to Dora GOLL, born Feb. 25, 1873--married in 1896 possibly in Lane, SD. I believe both are buried in Woonsocket, SD. 1 son named Harold George KAPPEL, born October 19, 1898 in Woonsocket; also buried there, died Dec. 31, 1966. I have no information but believe there was a daughter, Lucille, who died in infancy-buried in Woonsocket also. Harold was married to Helen Frances DAHARSH on December 6, 1922 in Woonsocket.

I would appreciate any help that anyone can give me!! Thank you! Kathy McDonald


I'm looking for information on Floribel GREEN. She married William L. LEWIS in 1914 in Barton Place, Letcher SD.  They had three children, Lloyd, Walter and Alice. I believe Floribel's father was Warren GREEN. Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks, Julie Gunsauley


I am searching for information on my g-grandmother Jemima (Jenny) DAWSON, WASHBURN, CROSS.  She would have lived in Woonsocket from about 1900 to when she died October 9, 1926.  George CROSS would have been her second husband.  I am searching for any information on this family, especially to Jemima and her first husband Lewis WASHBURN and their children Bessie (JENSEN), Edith (STIERS), Grace (JARVIS, THOMAS), Pearl (JONES), Jessie and Frank.  Would obituaries be available for those that died in Woonsocket.  I understand the Woonsocket News newspapers are located at Pierre.  How would I obtain information from these newspapers?  I want to find the name of Lewis WASHBURN's father and mother.  I have not been able to find this information on a death certificate of Lewis who died at Yankton.  I do know that his mother's name was Mary Ellen, but do not know her maiden name.  Thank you for any information that I might glean on these families.




We are looking for Charles S. SANFORD.  He and his wife lived in Woonsocket, Sanborn County, SD in 1941 and were mentioned in a newspaper clipping where they attended his mother’s (Sarah MILLER SANFORD) 90th birthday party in Parker, SD.  Are there any SANFORD’s from this family still in the area?  Charles SANFORD was born in Wisconsin, the family then moved to Correctionville, IA in 1877.  Others of this family settled in Chamberlain, SD.

Wayne Locher, Fresno, CA



Am in search of any information on my grandfather, George Eugene SEELYE, born 24 Sept 1888 in Forestburg, Sanborn Co., SD.  He was born to Charles Eugene SEELYE and Carrie May (JUDGE) SEELYE.

Laura Westlund



I have a George J. ROYER who lived in Beadle County, just north of the county line.  Wondering whether any of his many children married (about 1885 to 1925) in Sanborn Co.  Your help is most appreciated.

Richard R. Weber


I am researching Robert BETIKOFER, married to Anna REICHSTEIN with several children about 1880 to 1900.  Do you have any information on these folks?  Thank you.

Judy Barnett



Wishing to exchange information re:  Osman B. HUTCHINS b. Dec 1824 Canada.  Moved to NY 1834 and to IL (1844).  Married Mary F. DAVIS 13 Sep 1854 in Winnebago Co., IL.  Filed for homestead in Sanborn Co., SD in 1881.  Farmer and Methodist Episcopal Church Minister.  Children:  Mary Alice (m. Charles E. HAVENS), Charles O., Lura/Laura E. (m. Thomas DAVISON/DAVIDSON), Ruth A., & Zula G.  Osman passed away Aug 1907 in Sanborn.  By 1926, widow Mary F. was living in Sardis, B.C., Canada.

Thanks.  Barbara DeHart



I am looking for information on my grandfather, THOMAS W. DELANEY.  He died in Woonsocket, Sanborn County according to death certificate on June 30, 1927.  His wife was Lillian and they had several children.  He was a farmer in the area.



BROWN, BOWDEN---Artesian City 1888

Looking for information about Henry C. BROWN (b. abt. 1838), who married Amelia BOWDEN (born abt. 1848) in 1869 in Wisconsin.  This couple was living in Artesian City, Sanborn County, South Dakota in 1888.  Henry’s parents, Jesse and Louisa BROWN, may have also been living in Sanborn County at this time.

Linda Patterson



I am looking for information about the GUTZMER family.  I have been told that my gggrandmother Augusta (ZABEL) GUTZMER is buried in Feistner Cemetery, Woonsocket.  She moved from MN to live with Otto GUTZMER and his family in Woonsocket after the death of her husband (Albert GUTZMER).  I am looking for more information to fill in my family tree.  Thank you.

Jan Francis



I am searching for the families of Edwin W. JONES and his wife Ellen S. HELJESON.  From family history they lived in Sanborn Co., 3 of nine children were born in Sanborn Co.  Dana Delmont JONES 1895, Clairet MCKINLEY JONES 1898, Virgil DEAVER JONES 1899.  Thank you.

Karol Nelson



Looking for information on the William E. BRIGGS family who married Almeda HIGHT (POTTER).  They had five boys:  Otis W. BRIGGS, George E. BRIGGS, Willard Thomas BRIGGS, Ireson (Ite) Franklin BRIGGS, and Melvelle B. BRIGGS.  (All previous names mentioned in “Sanborn County History”, “South Dakota Historical Collections”, Vol. XXVI (1952), pages 1-180.).  Willard Thomas BRIGGS married Clara Marie NELSON (NEILSEN?) and had four boys (all born in or near Forestburg, Sanborn Co., South Dakota):  Harry Clifford BRIGGS, Earl Thomas BRIGGS, Ray Willard BRIGGS, and William Edward BRIGGS.  William Edward BRIGGS married Margaret LOWDY HANSEN (father Hans C. HANSEN, mother Johanna CHRISTENSEN), and had two daughters, Clara Ione and JoAnn.

Thank you.  Kat Gibson