Martin County Minnesota Queries

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Mare Kimura Sat, 07 Feb 1998 13:57
Looking for Joseph KNEISL, m Eva (Effie) WINK, dau Philamena (m Nicolas SCHOENEBERGER, Jr.), Christine, Criselda (COULTER/MARTINSON), Mary, Manda, sons William, Joseph (married Anna ?), John, August (married Gertrude ?), and Albert. Appeared in 1900 Census.
Joan M. Perry Fri, 30 Jan 1998 13:45
I have a marriage date for Perl THOMPSON and Arminda MIX of Oct. 2, 1884. They were married in Fairmont, MN. Does anyone have any info on either of these families?
Arlan R. Juhl Tue, 27 Jan 1998 07:52:53 EST
Looking for information on August Ziemer who homesteaded near Lake Fremont in 1869. Also interested in William and Rebecca Johnson of Interlacken from about 1862. August Ziemer was born Sept. 18, 1848 in Stettin, Germany.
Pat Walker Tue, 13 Jan 1998
I have information to share on the family of Gustave Moritz WETZEL, who settled in Martin County, Minnesota. I am looking to make contact with descendants of Gustave Moritz WETZEL. Please check out the genealogy at Wetzel. If you have any additions, please contact me.
Paul Bramscher Tue, 13 Jan 1998 01:45
I'm seeking information on Hattie Bramscher. According to social security information was born Oct 12, 1890 and died in February of 1977. Residence in Trimont, Martin County. Any other Bramschers/information would be appreciated.
Dee Yeager 10 Nov 1997
Seeking burial place, and any other information, of gg-grandfather John JOSE. Born 1849, England, to William JOSE and Jane HICKS. Died June 22, 1916 in Martin County, Minnesota.
Maxine Taylor Fri, 31 Oct 1997 19:13:45
James Alfred COLE
Seeking place and/or date of death of James Alfred COLE born 1855 in Fulton Co., NY to Gustavas W. COLE and Jane __________. Family moved to Emmet Co., IA ca 1869-70 then to Martin Co., and Jackson Co., MN. James lived in Martin or Jackson Co. in 1896.
Loretta Barlow Thu Oct 2 1997 04:32:25
HELFERS/KRUMWIEDE: In the cemetery of St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, Iroquois County, Illinois, is a tombstone containing the following: F D Heinrich Helfers, 4 May 1833-17 Nov 1885 aged 52-6-13, Father; Dorothea Maria Helfers 31 Mar 1841-21 Sept 1884, aged 43-5-21 wife of FDH Helfers, born Krumwiede, Mother. According to the Death Records at the church, Dorothea Krumwiede Helfers was born in Germany. This places her outside the known family structure of Krumwiede families in Iroquois County. IS SHE THE PERSON rumored to be a descendant of Friederich Krumwiede, homesteader of 3 farms in Martin County for the benefit of his sons, who came to Iroquois County?
Janice C. White Sun Sep 21 11:01:06 1997
Frances P. CLARK married Samuel BACON and they lived in Nashville Twp. Martin Co and Winnebago, Faribault Co area for many years-1860-1910. Samuel BACON died before the 1910 Census, France P. BACON was age 71 living in Winnebago. She was still alive in 1914, from a letter she wrote at that time. I don't know when she died or where she was buried. I've had Faribault County look for her in their cemetery records, but they don't have a Samuel or Frances P. BACON. Since other family were back in Nashville Twp. Martin Co., I'm wondering if they are buried there. Her adopted son was Orrin W. BACON, and her adopted daughter married Charlie HOWE. Orrin BACON was last found in 1910 in Westford Twp, Martin County. Perhaps she is buried there. Anyone out there doing research on BACON/CLARK/HOWE?
Margaret Nelson Tue Sep 2 11:29:26 1997
I am interested in finding information on Wilson E. CHAPMAN known to be living in Fairmont, Martin Co. Minn. in 1887. He was married to Charlotte WARD daughter of Albert L. WARD, Banker. They had a son, Elmer E. CHAPMAN, who was an infant in 1887. Wilson E.CHAPMAN must have died sometime between 3 June 1887 and 17 October 1887. I have his will which states he made it out in June and it was filed in October. I assume he was buried at Fairmont. Would like dates and cemetery if anyone could help me out. His father was Welcome Chapman, Conewango, Cattaraugus, NY>
C. Iker Sat Jul 26 22:40:14 1997
LOTT Seek any information on surname LOTT. They were in Fairmont, Minn. in 1800's.
Barry Price Mon Jun 16 08:58:02 1997
I am looking for more information about the family of John GRANT and his wife Hannah MILLER. They arrived from Lemonweir, WI to Winnebago, Martin Co., in 1862. John died in Blue Earth in 1889. Both he and Hannah are buried in Kasota, MN. They had the follwoing children: Howard, Maria, Willard, Leonard, Melissa, Albertha, and Nelson. Their spouces surnames are Durant, Swenson, Shaw and Boyden. Any help would be appreciated. I have some further info and lots about the Grant Family from NB and early New England.
Monica Acox Sat Jun 14 15:10:59 1997
OLIVER; Looking for the place and date of death for Marie H OLIVER born 1852 married 1873 to William H OLIVER. Last known place of residence was Granada, Martin Co. MN in 1910
Charlotte C Smith Mon May 26 18:11:59 1997
Researching HEHIR, TRUE, ERNEST JOHNSON families of area round Fairmont. Mary Gibbons HEHIR is my relative-wife of Thomas HEHIR. Will share lots of information.
R Wagner Wed May 21 05:20 1997
I'd like to share information on the family of Friedrick and Dora (ALBRECT) HOLTZ/HOLZ who settle in Martin and Jackson Counties in the late 1800's.
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Mary Jo Fritz Sun 18 May 1997 10:53
Can you verify that John BATDORF died in Fairmont (Lake Fremont twnshp?) on 8 Apr 1876? He is buried in the Savidge Lake Cemetery in Le Sueur Co (near Cleveland). His son died there (Fairmont or Lake Fremont twnshp?) 27 Sept 1876 or 1 Oct. 1876. Son's name was Jacob Frank. I cannot get verification of this either. John was married to Margaret RHOADES, who still has people in the area. I have been in contact with them. Would sons Samuel b. 28 Mar 1873/74 and George E.G. b. 14 June 1870 be born there? Will share Batdorf information. Thank you, Mary Jo Fritz.
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Mary Clarkson Buchholz Sun May 18 07:43:01 1997
I am looking for information about the John B. Reiter/Carrie (Caroling) Button-nee Doolittle. They are in the 1880 census from Rutland, they have with them Ida Anderson and Emma Anderson. Did the Anderson married there - they were located in Scott Co. 1870. There is also a Ada Button and a Electra Doolittle with then in 1870 but not in 1880. Did she die in Martin Co.? Thank you for your time. Are there vital records back that far in MN? Mary
Bob McKinley Sun May 11 20:06:29 1997
I believe that my father, Lysle B. McKinley was principal and possibly a teacher at the Truman High School, Truman, Martin Cty. MN in the mid 1920's. Can this be verified? Thanks.
Jim Spiegeler Wed Apr 30 10:52:01 1997
I would like to find a copy of my father's obituary in the Fairmont Sentinel or any other local paper. My father, Malcolm Keith Spiegeler of Welcome, Minnesota, died in February of 1970. I'm not certain of the exact date, I was a soldier in Vietnam at the time and was granted emergency leave to attend the funeral. He worked in Fairmont, Minnesota for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a section foreman.
Thank you for any assistance.
Jim Spiegeler
Ruth Lilly Sun Apr 27 09:01:59 1997
I am searching for descendants of John Butler JONES and Barbara LILLY (LILLEY). They lived in Martin Co MN between 1889 and 1914, possibly longer. The couple married in Ogle County, Illinois in 1852. Barbara LILLY is daughter of David LILLY and Esther STRAUS. Barbara is the sister of George Washington LILLY. George Washington LILLY first married Marie Jane JONES. Marie is the sister of John Butler JONES. Marie died around 1853 and George married Mary GIFFORD SMITH in Rockford, Illinois. George and Marie are my GG grandparents. Information on George Washington LILLY is located on Family Tree Maker User pages under his name. The Jones family sold their farm in Oregon Illinois in 1882 and moved to Larrabee, Cherokee Co, Iowa. According to church records the family moved to Minnesota around 1889. John Butler Jones died in Ceylon, Martin Co. MN in 1914. John Butler JONES and Barbara LILLY had at least 2 children, Caroline Viene JONES and David JONES. My source states Barbara LILLY JONES then lived with her daugher, Caroline Viene GARNHART. Caroline married John Willis GARNHART (brother of Charlie Garnhart, who married Caroline JONES's aunt, Caroline LILLY. Caroline Viene GARNHART and John Willis GARNHART have at least 3 children, Mittie; Lulu; and Flossie. David JONES married Mattie HOLLY in Fairmont, MN. Their children are Dr. Earl JONES and Dr. Ray JONES. Earl JONES married Lulu ___ in Minneapolis, MN and had 2 children. Ray JONES married Lena ___ Keokuk, Iowa and have 1 child. Both Earl and Ray JONES were deceased by 1962. I have more info I would be willing to share. Source "EVARTS, BOND, SAFFORD, LILLY Genealogy" by Luella S Evarts, 1962.

Janice White Wed Apr 2 19:51:49 1997
Trying to find ancestors of Andrew Hamil CLARK who was born 12/12/1834 in NY, married Margaret THOMAS 09-13-1855 Dartford, Green Lake Co, WI, lived thereafter in Cassville, Grant County, WI until 1881 when, after the Civil War moved to Martin County, near Fairmont and Truman with his seven children. He lived in Martin County until c 1902 when he is listed as purchasing land in Ellis,Cass Co, MN where both he and his wife eventually died. Andrew Hamil Clarks' father is proposed to be William Clark who married a PARSONS. Andrew's son, Henry, is my gggrandfather. (Andrew also had a son named William). Any info you've got would be appreciated.
Paul Dunell Mon Mar 31 17:34:29 1997
I am researchng the name Dunell/Dunnell and am intrigued how the City of Dunnell got its name.
Thanks, Paul Dunell

(Here is the reply from one of our Lookup volunteers, Maureen Reed:
'The Martin County, MN History book says "Dunnell was organized in 1899. Hans Pedersen, Sr., John Ostergren, John Nelson, and Ole Olson donated twenty acres on which the village was located. Dunnell was named after Mark Dunnell, an Owatonna statesman." It goes on to tell about it's business & school development. There are no DUNNELL or variation in the surname index.'
Thanks, Maureen!)

Eunice Stefanski Fri Mar 21 18:05:09 1997
I am doing research on EHLERS, AHLERS, VAN BRUNT, STEFANSKI, SHUMSKI. All names are or were living in Martin County at one time. I am very interested in the EHLERS name for that is my family name. My great grandfather either died or disappeared in 1897. Was to have taken a load of grain to town and never returned. Can anyone HELP..
Thank You Eunice

Larry Hartsog Mar 9, 1997
Searching for decendants of the Charles MC CABE family. wife Mary Ette (SIMPSON), came from NY lived in Martin Co. at least by 1870-1908 where Charles died in Sherburn. children are Andalusia, Lousia, Claria and Lydia. maybe some children earlier. Louisa married Calvin Crooks and lived in Murray Co. 1880 census.

Linnea Feb 26, 1997
I am looking for the family of Orrin Sylvester BURDICK. He and his family are listed in Red Rock township of Mower County for the 1870 census. I cannot find them again until the 1895 Martin county census. Orrin's wife's name was Mercy Jane GREEL(E)Y. Their children's names were Harriet (Hattie) Mae (later Anibal), Minnie Cordelia (later Preston) and Milton. They were originally from McKean County, PA. Thanks!
R Wagner Feb 24, 1997
I'd like to share information on the family of Friedrick and Dora (ALBRECT) HOLTZ/HOLZ who settle in Martin and Jackson Counties in the late 1800's.
Noel Feb 20, 1997
WINSLOW, Leonard?, had 7 children, I know of: Zora Violet, b 1883; Edna (Eddy); Lucille (Lulu); Margaret (Markey); Cecille (Cece) - wife's name Margaret (possibly LEONARD, but what a coincidence!) Zora married Albert Kanzi Johnson in 1904. Their youngest child was Ruth Ann, b 1923 in Fairmont. She was my mom. Please E-mail - also have many many Johnsons.
Linnea Feb 13, 1997
I am looking for information about my grandmother's family. Beatrice MILLER was born in Farimont in 1904. Her parents were John Charles Ruger MILLER and Harriet (Hattie) Mae BURDICK. Hattie's first husband was a Leonard ANIBAL and her parents were Orrin Sylvester BURDICK and Mercy Jane GREELY, both of whom I have reason to believe died in Martin County. Ruger MILLER's parents were Charles MILLER and Martha Jane ADAMS. Charles was born in PA and Martha Jane in North Carolina or Tennessee. Martha Jane's first husband was a William CORBETT and I have also lost track of this family. Martha Jane's parents were Tarlton ADAMS and Selah WARD. I have reason to believe that Tarlton also died in Minnesota. Martha Jane also had a sister named Rebecca ADAMS CUTLIP DAUGHENBAUGH. If any one is related to any of these folks, I would love to exchange information!
Shirley Bawden Feb 8, 1997
Looking for information on living and deceased members of the NELSON and SEAQUIST families in and around Blue Earth County. Anna M. NELSON, b. 26 Nov 1866 in/near Judson, MN, married Charles Albert SEAQUIST, b. 23 Nov 1866?. Charles emigrated to the US from Sweden in 1872 with his parents, Jacob Carlson SEAQUIST (SJOQUIST) and Charlotta Petersdotter(ABERG) SEAQUIST. Would appreciate any help. Thanks.
Christy Torkelson Feb 4, 1997
I am looking for anything on history of the TORKELSON Family how they came here and so on if there is any questions please hotmail me at my address it would be greatly appreciated if there were any one that could help me out on my family history this is a very important project please if you could help answer me at my address.
Judy Reynolds Feb 1, 1997
Seek parents of Lourena LONG, born 1835, married 1851 to Martin ETTER McMinn County TN, died 14 Aug 1915 in Brown County, MN. The family also lived in Watonwan County for some years.
Dave Needham Jan 26, 1997
My great grandfather DeWitt W. Needham lived in Fairmont from about 1900 until 1926 when he died. He ran a store downtown. I would appreciate any information on him or his family. Dave Needham, 112 Shady Lane, Dixon, IL 61021-1970.
Chad K. Flentje Jan 3, 1997
I'm looking for information on the following families: - FLENTJE (1900 - 1950's)(Henry, Rosa, & Emma) - LAABS (late 1800's early 1900's)(Albert Carl, Augusta, Robert, Selma) - JASKULKE (late 1800's early 1900's)(Leopold, Adeline, Selma) They all are connected to the Fairmont area.
Kevin Kuchenbecker Dec 17, 1996
I am looking for information on my great grandparents, Johan and Matilda Kuchenbecker. They had six children. Ernest, Otto, Clarence, John, Earl and Minnie Kuchenbecker. Minnie was born November 30, 1883 and died in March 1967. Her SSN is 472-60-2581. Her last residence was Elbow Lake, Grant County, MN. She is the sister to my grandpa John Kuchenbecker. Any information on Kuchenbecker's would be greatly appreciate. Thank you in advance for you assistance.
Barbara Sample Schuler Nov 10, 1996
I am interested in any information available of the family of Mary Ellen Sample Hutchinson, born in Granby, Quebec November 24, 1854 and died December 11, 1897, being buried at Fairmont, MN. She had three children, Bert, Edith (m. Anthony Krauth), and Alta (m. Ken Drake). I am doing genealogy research of her Sample family, which is also mine. Would be happy to exchange information of the family.
M. Reed Sep 10, 1996
I am interested in finding other people researching the surnames LEMKE, SCHULTZE, WALKER & ROWLEY, all from Martin County.

I am also interested in finding a book that was the history of East Chain Township written by Timothy Rowley. I don't know when it was written, but it was before 1948 because that's when he died. I don't know the exact title either, but it is referenced in "Martin County, MN History" published 1988. Thanks,

Maureen K. Reed, Olathe, KS

W. Larson Aug 21, 1996
My grandfather, Lars Peter Larson (Larsson) was buried in township Manyaska in Martin County, MN around the turn of the century. Anyone knowing of this particular cemetary or descendants of Lars please contact me. I would like to find his grave and would entertain taking a trip back there.
USTO Aug 13, 1996
"I am looking for a book called Martin County Minnesota History published around 1988. Even the publishers don't have any more copies. Please let me know if you know of anyone who may have an extra copy. A good portion of my family tree is from Martin County and many of my ancestors are in the above named book."
USTO Aug 11, 1996
I am looking to make contact with people doing genealogy on the surname GODFREY, particularily in Southern Minnesota. Martin County, Faribault County, Freeborn County, Hennepin County and others. Some of the Godfrey's in my tree are Elijah Godfrey, Grover Godfrey, James Godfrey, John Godfrey, William W. Godfrey, William Ernest Godfrey, Dora, Herman, Byron, George, Zorah, Ellen, Melva, Alberta, Afred and Winnifred. If you have any of these Godfrey's in you family tree, please let me know. I would like to share information. Other surnames BARDEN & REEVES.
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