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If you do not have your surnames on Rootsweb Query boards, you might as well quit now. All of my hot leads have come from Query listings, sometimes a year later. I have found 2 relatives that no one else could find for years this way. And depending on how busy the list is, list often so your names are always close to the front. Ditto for email lists ~ and if they ever change email addresses, go back and relist your names


FOLEY ~ GRIFFIN
PENNICHON ~ GRAHAM
UMBREIT ~ UMBRIGHT
OLESON ~ BECHELSHEIMER ~ PURDY
ABRAMS ~ ABRAHAM
KENEFIC
TENYKE ~ TENEYCKE ~ TENIKE ~ TenEyck ~ TEN EYCK
FLESCHE ~ SMITH
KOLEGRAFF
BARTON ~ BYRNE
ALTFILLISCH ~ BADER
LINCOLN CEMETERY
MARTIN
CALBERT ~ CALVERT ~ COLBERT
ROHWEDER ~ SEIDLITZ
MARX
BALTUS
PETERS ~ SMITH ~ WOOD ~ KLEIN ~ PLEIN ~ SCHIERTS ~ HOWE ~ O'DONNELL ~ COSTELLO
QUIGLEY ~ O'DONOGHUE
TROST ~ KASPARI
KUEHN ~ KOOPMAN ~ SILVIUS
PETERSEN ~ DARBY ~ PALMER
SCHOUWEILER ~ KLEIN ~ LEHNERTZ
BERRY ~ BARY ~ LEMLEY ~ STEVENS ~ GLEASON
HUDSON
McCLANE
MATCHAM
RUSCH ~ KUEHN ~ KRUEGER
NELSON ~ JACOBY
TIERNEY ~ MAHER ~ LaROQUE ~ NORTON ~ SULLIVAN ~ HARLAND
GROVES ~ HERRING ~ FREDERICKSON ~ BARRINGTON ~ BRADEN ~ HAYES
SAMERSON ~ DOUGHTY ~ NEITZEL ~ WILKINS
KLINDWORTH ~ SPRICK
SCHURHAMMER
CARSON ~ GREER ~ HAZLETT
SCHLAIDER ~ YOUNG
RISCH ~ JANISCH ~ BECK ~ BERK ~ BURK
BANNISTER ~ TRITZLER
WOOD
LONGFELLOW ~ GRUNTMAN ~ SOMMERFIELD ~ PAHL
JOHNSON ~ LACKEY
LaPOINTE
DRENCKHAHN
LONGFELLOW ~ GRUNTMAN ~ SOMMERFIELD ~ PAHL
WABASHA ~ WAPASHAW
McDONOUGH ~ LYDON ~ BRICHER ~ SHIERTS
KNAPP ~ KING
FUNKE
BERKTOLD
TRUDEAU ~ TRUDO
PUTNAM
MAGISTAD
LIONEL HEATH
BALOW~ BINNER ~ BUDDE ~ AREN ~ YOST ~ GAUL ~ BANKE ~ AMERLAND ~ WEBER ~ VOSBERG
BERG ~ HEASER ~ HEISER
LEYES ~ LAYES ~ SCHENK ~ SCHANK ~ SCHANKE ~ SHANK ~ SCHENCK
NORDINE
BILDERBACK
PERKINS
OLIVER ~ HARBOLDT ~ BRYANT
GAYLORD, EASTON
HOUGHTON, PARR, MATHIESON, HARRINGTON
FULTON V. AMADON
YOUCK, MARKUS
ARENDT
COOK, COLLINS, DANA, DOW, DYERS, EMORY, HAZARD, HEATH, HULL, MORSE, OLSON, RICKER, SAWYER, SYLVESTER, TOWNE, VANCE, WHITCOMB
HUNTOON, HONTOON, OTTERSON, AUTHERSON
WILDE
WALKER, ANDERMANN
THIERSTEIN
KIMBLE
MIGRATION PATTERNS
SHEALEY, SHELY, RASICOT, RACICOT, ROSCOE, CAMPBELL, NIEHART
JOHNSON, SLY, HALVERSON
WOOD, BOLLAND
McCAFFREY
SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY
HARRISON
STONE
PURDY, BRADFORD

FOLEY ~ GRIFFIN
I am researching the Foley's of Plainview. Also any information about Mary Griffin Foley's family members who lived with her for periods of time. Her Father Thomas Griffin died there in Dec 1885. Mary had a sister Margaret and Ellen(Nellie) who lived with her and possible went to school in Plainview. I have the basic info for Micheal and Mary for DOD and burial location but would like any other information that may be available. I have contacted some of the living relatives but they don't seem to interested in genealogy or don't remember anything. I am curious to if Mary and were married there in Plainview or if they married in WI before they went to live in Plainview. I am also interested in finding out if Mary Foley was named guardian for her brother John Griffin who was committed to Viroqua, WI Asylum for Chronically insane sometime between 1880 and 1900. He lived there until his death in 1940. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks Cecilia
CeCe Johnson

PENNICHON ~ GRAHAM

I'm trying to prove that Nancy Lucy Graham (info below) is the daughter of SUSAN PENNICHON aka Hazahotawin, aka Istagawen(buried at St. Felix Cemetary Wabasha MN) dob 1776, dod 1848. She married in 1796 to: DUNCAN GRAHAM (also buried at St. Felix Cemetary) dob 1776, dod 1847. I'm looking for information on these relatives such as : Birth, Marraige, Death (picture of tombstone), Will or Probate # (for further research).

Nancy Lucy Graham married Joseph Buisson in 1832 Wabasha
dob 01/01/1807 dod 12/0/1888
Buried at St Felix Cemetary, Wabasha,MN

Joseph Buisson
dob 01/01/1797 dod 10/13/1856
Buried at St. Felix Cemetary, Wabasha MN

Thank you for any information you might have.
Cathy

UMBREIT ~ UMBRIGHT

Are there any obits for the Umbreit/Umbright name? I'm looking for a Mary Umbreit/Umbright, wife of Charles. Supposedly Charles died 3/10/1908. His wife Mary is listed as a widow on an 11/10/1910 civil war pension. This couple was shown on the 1880 Wabasha Co., Pepin Twp., Minn. census (5 children; lst 4 children born Il., last child born Minn.) Somewhere I took a note that Charles Umbreit bought land in Minn. 6/17/1887 & 12/30/1904

Thank you for any information you might have. calhoun@prairieinet.net

OLESON ~ BECHELSHEIMER ~ PURDY

I need information on my gggrandparents: Andrew Oleson, born about 1815 and Martha, born about 1817. They emigrated to Minnieska, MN from Norway about 1852 with 4 children: Ole born 1845, Bertha born 1847, Albert born 1849 and Johanna born 1851. These dates are estimated from the MN censuses of 1860, 1870 and 1880. Eight more children born in MN: Eliza (ggrandmother), Anna, Mary Edna, Martha, Hattie, Emanelia, Caroline, and Madelia. Eliza married Charles E. Bechelsheimer in 1874 in Red Wing, MN and had one child, Mary Estelle born 1875 in Elbe. After his death she married John Patrick Purdy in 1876. Their first child, Edward, was born in Weaver, MN in 1877, and the 2nd, John Patrick Purdy (my grandfather)was born in 1879 in the Chippewa Falls (Eagle Point) area of Wisconsin. John Patrick Purdy Sr. served in the reserves of the Lake City area with a position of a cook. I wonder what reserves there were in this time period, around 1876?

I have information on only one sibling of Eliza's. Martha married W.R. Opie and had two children, Phyllis and Ross. At the time of the death of Eliza's 3rd husband, Martha was living in Langdon, ND. Any information on any these people would be appreciated, especially information on what part of Norway the Olesons may have emigrated from, or further information Eliza's husbands.

Thank you, Roberta Stepan

ABRAMS ~ ABRAHAM

I am trying to find Noah Abrams and his wife Nancy Abrams. The surname could be spelled Abraham. Noah is supposed to be buried in Hillside Cemetery in Minneiska Township. The year for Noah is 1892, March 26. I understand there is not a marker. Phyllis Toler

KENEFIC

I'm looking for information on a Edward Kenefic b. 1871 who lived in Wabasha city around 1913. He may have been involved in banking.
Many thanks, Carolyn Owen

TENYKE ~ TENEYCKE ~ TENIKE ~ TenEyck ~ TEN EYCK

Philo Tenyke and wife are mentioned as members of Methodist Episcopal Church in the 8-27-1864 class with Rev.Nelson Moon, Bear Valley, Chester Twp. in Chpt.15 "Zumbro Falls, Gillford and Chester" pgs 113-120 "History of Wabasha Co.MN" by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge. What was Philo's birthdate, place, age in 1864, wife's name? Were they born in MN or elsewhere? Did they have children? If so, who were they, what became of them? Spelling was atrocious so people heard Tenike and spelled it like it sounded-Tenyke.
Linda (Ten Eyck) Bonnell

FLESCHE ~ SMITH

I'm looking for information on Leander B. Flesche and his wife, Agnes Smith, who disappeared after his death in 1928.JoJo

KOLEGRAFF

Searching for info on Philip and Mary Kolegraff, who lived in Theilman or West Albany. Philip established a saloon in the fall of 1878 and sold it a few years later. They left the area around 1884. Thank you. Jane Kolegraff Wendell

BARTON ~ BYRNE

I am looking for any information on Thomas Burns Barton who was born in Winona, Minnesota in 1866. His mother was Lizzie Byrne born in Wisconsin and father T.B.? Barton born in Germany. Karin Naylor

ALTFILLISCH ~ BADER

My original ancestors came from Germany and first settled in Galena, IL and then went to Bellevue,IA. These are Mississippi river towns. The family members came over between 1852 and 1856. One of my great-great-grandfathers daughters met a man by the name of Joseph Bader. That was Katarina Altfillisch. They married in 1854 and went upriver and settled in Wabasha, MN. They had 7 children in Wabasha. Four died in childhood. In 1873 they moved to St. Paul. In 1876 they moved to Yankton, South Dakota.. She died in 1906 and he died in 1909. William Bader (their son) has a biography in The History of the Dakota Territory by Kingsbury (1915). I have tried to come up with records in Wabasha for the period between 1854 and 1873. No luck there. Do you know of any records for this period that have births, deaths, marriages and land purchases? Michael Altfillisch

LINCOLN CEMETERY

I am searching for some one to contact about a plot map or such for the OLD Lincoln Cemetery on Lincoln Rd. just outside of Oak Center. Any helps you can give me would be much appreciated. My great grandparents are buried there, plus now there may be more family members buried at this cemetery. Joan West

MARTIN

I am trying to trace some of my relatives who are buried in the old Lincoln Cemetery near Zumbro Falls. There last name was Martin. Any help would be appreciated! Cwffbks@aol.com

CALBERT ~ CALVERT ~ COLBERT

I am looking for Frank Calbert/Calvert/Colbert and his wife Sarah Jane and daughter Carrie. Carrie was born in 1868 and she is last listed as being in Wabasha in 1870. Her parents later moved to Minneapolis and are listed as being buried in Lakewood Cemetery in 1902 and 1907. I would really like to find out who Carrie married. Norma Harkness

ROHWEDER ~ SEIDLITZ

John Rohweder is my gggrandfather on my mother's side and his daughter Lizzie or Lizie Rohweder (Seidlitz) was my ggrandmother. I have found very little on my Rohweder side of the family, partially because Lizzie died at a young age of 29 in 1899 of tuberculosis and a new wife to her husband Herman Seidlitz who was Anna became the new mother to Lizzie's three children. I would appreciate any help in finding more info. on the Rohweder family or if there are any Rohweders in Winona that I could contact.

Thank you for all your help. Randy Roedecker

MARX

I am searching for information on pioneers Mathias and Margaret Marx. They are my great-great grandparents who originally settled on Pepin Hill. My great uncle Walter Marx and his wife Marie still live on the same land that Mathias and his wife owned, and my grandfather, Norbert Marx lives less than two miles from them. I have been told that at one time Mathias Marx owned most of Pepin Hill but was forced to sell it when the crash of '29 hit. Any info you may find would be of help.

Thank you, Mandy Marx

BALTUS

I am looking for information on Matt and Rose BALTUS. Matt and Rose moved to Wabasha County with their three daughters. Rose was quite active in community organizations such as the American legion Auxiliary, Royal Neighbors of America camp, and the R. C. church. My grand aunt Rose died in Wabasha in 1943. I wonder if there might be some more information about her and her family that someone has.

Thank you, G. Richards

PETERS ~ SMITH ~ WOOD ~ KLEIN ~ PLEIN ~ SCHIERTS ~ HOWE ~ O'DONNELL ~ COSTELLO

My name is Wayne Peters and I grew up in Plainview Township. I am starting to conduct some family research and am interested in the surnames of Peters, Smith, Wood, Klein, Plein, Schierts, Howe, O'Donnell and Costello as related to Wabasha County. If you are interested in these names or have done some research on these names, I would like very much to get in touch with you.

Thank you, Wayne Peters

QUIGLEY ~ O'DONOGHUE

I am wondering if there is a Genealogy Association in Wabasha where one would obtain more information on the Quigley Family. Michael and Judith (O`Donoghue) Quigley were my gr-gr-grandparents and I am descended from their son Jerry (Jeremiah). I have just recently read the entries for some of the family in the 1884 and 1920 editions of the History of Wabasha and hope to find more about them and their descendants. I would appreciate any information or direction.

Regards, Charles Hosler

TROST ~ KASPARI

I would like some photos of cemetery stones in St Mary's Cemetery for John Trost (b. Oct 8, 1821 d. Mar 12, 1900) and Magdalena Kaspari Trost (b. Sept 15, 1833 d. Dec 18, 1871). I'm also interested in information on both as to parents etc. Thank you, Bette Jo Lawson

KUEHN ~ KOOPMAN ~ SILVIUS

I am looking for Clarence and Margarett Kuehn.

I'm also looking for Lucy Koopman (possibly with two N's) who died in a mental hospital. Lloyd Silvius was my Grandfather's Dad and as the story goes, he was killed in a car accident, thus sending Lucy to the institution. Grandpa was born in 1922 so all of this would have happened after he was born.
Sandra Miller

PETERSEN ~ DARBY ~ PALMER

I would like to know why my relative aren't on here as well. Like Ole and Emma Petersen, Harry R. Petersen, Pearl L. Darby, Charles Darby, Harold F. Palmer and Olena Palmer. These individuals are at the Riverview Cemetery.

I am also looking for a Henry Petersen that is buried at St. Felix and also any LaChapelles that are buried in Kellogg. I believe that would be Greenfield Township. Could you transcribe those dates for me please as well with the other names I have mentioned from t prior e-mail of today. Tania Darby


NOTE: GenWeb County Coordinators publish information which is contributed to their sites. If the information is not contributed or available in public records that they have found, the information cannot be published. I often assist the CC of the county where I live, Bartow Co., GA, in transcribing cemeteries, but, because of distance, I must rely on others to transcribe the cemeteries of Wabasha Co., MN. Barbara Timm

SCHOUWEILER ~ KLEIN ~ LEHNERTZ

I have been doing research on my Schouweiler, Klein and Lehnertz families for over twenty years. My great grandmother, Margaret Lehnertz married John (#1) Schouweiler in Iowa. She had a sister, Eva, who married John (#2), brother of Frank Schouweiler. Margaret and Eva had at least two brothers, John and Garrett Lehnertz who also settled in Wabasha Co. If anyone can help me with information, concerning the two Lehnertz brothers and families, I will be very grateful. Thank You in advance. Louise Huber

BERRY ~ BARY ~ LEMLEY ~ STEVENS ~ GLEASON

I am searching for information regarding an adoption. My great grandmother was Addie Berry or Bary. Although she was called Addie her name may have been Adeline since there are other Adelines which follow her. There were several siblings: Addie, Charles, John, Gila (male), and Minta (who may have been the wife of Charles or Addie's sister). The Lemley family adopted Addie and John. The Stevens family adopted Charles. Addie married an Archer H. Gleason in Lake City on January 5th, 1877 by Mr. E.R. Anderson. According to information in the family Bible, John and Addie took the Lemley name but Charles kept Berry (Bary?). Archer and Addie left for Glendive, Montana after marriage but I am not sure of the year. It seems by their wedding picture that they may have left soon after their marriage.

I would appreciate any help or adivce that you can give me. Thank you, Aprile Johnson

HUDSON

Addie Hudson's father, Aaron Hudson, had a brother, Charles Hudson. I found a Charles Hudson and his family, wife, S. E., daughters, Eliza P. and Adelia and a son Bradley in the 1860 census for Red Wing, Goodhue.. Charles' occupation was listed as a hotel keeper. The family was not in the 1870 census in Red Wing. A researcher from the library in Red Wing did not find any other reference to Charles and his family either. Please contact me if you have any information on this family. Lora Treadwell

McCLANE

I am looking for any information on John McClane around 1850. I found one thing saying that he was one of the first settlers in Wabasha and that's all I have found. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Christy McClane Wilson

MATCHAM

I found you in the results of a search for "William Matcham." Your site makes mention of a W. MATCHAM who held the office of DA for one term sometime around 1870/80. Do you have any additional information on this MATCHAM, or indeed any MATCHAMs in Wabasha?

Many thanks, Peter Doyle

RUSCH ~ KUEHN ~ KRUEGER

I am seeking a W. E. Rusch, who died May 15, 1917. His father was Carl A. Rusch. The informant on the death certificate was Paul Caspius of Wabasha. W.E. Rusch was buried in Lake City, MN. The funeral director as near as I could read was J. L. Gengnagel of Wabasha. W. E. Rusch had been attended by Dr. W. H. Riplogle. I do not know the birthdate of Mr. Rusch. I am thinking that he was born in Germany, but it is possible that he could have been born in Minnesota. I am requesting this information for a newfound friend who lives in LA. She is 84 years young and came to MN for a German Genealogical Conference at Luther Seminary in St.Paul. She would be most appreciative of any help you can give me.

I am also looking for the wedding of August Kuehn (b. Dec.11,1861) and Mary Krueger (Jan.30, 1867) in 1889. August came to America in 1884 from Germany and settled in Wabasha. After the couple were married they went to Alma, WI where they stayed until 1892, when they went to North St.Paul, Mn and stayed the rest of their earthly life.

Ruth

NELSON ~ JACOBY

NELSON, John Hord, born 5 Jul 1856 in Smounden Sweden, applied for naturalization 8 Nov 1881, married JACOBY, Hannah on 16 Mar 1886 in Wabasha. They lived in Minneiska for a few years and were in Plainview Township in the 1900 Federal Census. I would like to have the state census for him in 1875, 1885, and 1895. Any help with any of the state censuses would be greatly appreciated.

Sheila Mahler

TIERNEY ~ MAHER ~ LaROQUE ~ NORTON ~ SULLIVAN ~ HARLAND

My great-grandfather (James Tierney) lived in Wabasha in the 1800s. His two brothers - Jeremiah and Thomas - also farmed there. His sister - Bridget Tierney Maher - also lived there. Her descendents are the LaRoques, Nortons, Sullivans, etc.

I'm looking for anyone in Wabasha who might be interested in corresponding about Bridget Tierney Maher. I have lots of information about the Tierney family I would love to share. My ancestors are also the Harlands from Plainview. My great-grandmother was Sara Harland Tierney.

Thanks for any help & hope to hear from you. Nancy Tierney Colombo

GROVES ~ HERRING ~ FREDERICKSON ~ BARRINGTON ~ BRADEN ~ HAYES

I have my Great Grandfather, Stephen Jasper Grovesí Obituary from 1921. In 1870 he and his family lived in Plainview (I have that census page), but by 1880 they were living in Sleepy Eye, Brown county MN. Then from there they moved into Minneapolis. Angeline Herring, my ggrandfather's first wife, died in 1881, leaving Stephen (frequently called SJ) with several children, and soon after he married my ggrandmother, Marrianne Frederickson (a Norwegien immigrant living in New Ulm) and had a second family. The children from the first family are a real mystery as they were not mentioned in SJís obituary, but they were left in his will. By posting the obituary, perhaps someone who knows of this family line will write me. The children that I know of that were from his first family are Sarah (Barrington), Rose/Rosa (Braden), Newton J., Chauncey L., Lillian/Lillie (Hayes) and the youngest Leroy b. 1773, in MN, in Plainview most likely. Leroy may be the same person as Chauncey L, and am currently researching that angle.

Thank you, Rebecca

SAMERSON ~ DOUGHTY ~ NEITZEL ~ WILKINS

I am attempting to complete the Family Tree for my Wife's Grandmother Ruth LaVina Doughty Neitzel. Ruth LaVina Doughty born September 24, 1893 Lake City, Wabasha County, MN to Ernest Doughty born May 27, 1871 Arkansaw, Pepin County, WI and Grace Samerson. Ruth LaVina Doughty had a younger sister Maude Doughty believed also born in Lake City circa 1895.

I have searched high and low for details of Grace Samerson -- specifically the date of her birth, place of birth, date and place of her marriage to Ernest Doughty and date and place of her death. Family lore is Grace Samerson Doughty died early in life -- possibly circa 1900. The reason I believe circa 1900 is I found in the 1900 Lake City, Wabasha Co. MN Census a Ruth A. Doughty, age 7, born September living as a "boarder" in the Wilkins household. Additionally I have been unable to find any Census data for a Ernest Doughty. However, in microfilm for the 1910 Lake City, Wabasha County, MN Census Ernest Doughty appears 2WD Lake, Wabasha County and appears in the 1920 Lake City, Wabasha County Census now married to wife Emma Kahla Doughty.

I would welcome any information or suggestions for Lake City sources where I might be able to develop a genealogy for Grace Samerson.

Thanks much for your cooperation and assistance. Best, Charles W. Beam

KLINDWORTH ~ SPRICK

I am a granddaughter of Wilburt and Marilyn (Sprick) Klindworth. My great-grandparents are Raymond and Laura Sprick and Dick and Katherine Klindworth. I was born after all of my great grandparents passed away. I am looking for history, stories, anything I can find out about them. I'm also interested in Herman & Anna Klindworth and Gustav & Sopia Sprick. I was sent to this web page by a second cousin. I was overjoyed to find what I did. If you would happen to know any place or anyone I could get more information from, please contact me.

Thank you for your time. Stacia (Klindworth) Round

SCHURHAMMER

I have been looking for information on Joseph Schurhammer, born February 24, 1822, Katholisch, Glottertal, Freiburg, Baden and died July 2, 1901, in Wabasha County. He was married to a Mary (Magdalena) Tritschler. The had 9 children, one of which (George, b 4/21/1852) was my ggrandfather. Any help that you can provide would be appreciated.

Thank you! John Schurhammer

CARSON ~ GREER ~ HAZLETT

I am seeking any descendants of Sarah (Carson) Greer, widow of James Greer. She moved to Wabasha with her children during the Civil War or right after her husband died during the war. She re-married Rev. Silas Hazlett. Children were William Ard Greer, Allen J. Greer, Charles W. Greer and Mary Carson Greer. Any help would be appreciated.

Irene Greer Ihrig

SCHLAIDER ~ YOUNG

I am trying to find my gggrandmother. I think her name was Barbara Schlaider Young. She died in Reads Landing abt. 1859, and was supposedly buried there. Her husband, Frederick Young and she had several children. He remarried the same year to Eliza Fleming, and moved to Pepin, WI, had more children, and he is buried there. Maybe someone can help me to find information about her.

Thank you. Mary Beth McCullagh

RISCH ~ JANISCH ~ BECK ~ BERK ~ BURK

I've been trying to locate the grave of the following individual for years. With so many cemeteries now coming on line, maybe there's a chance...

She was born Mary RISCH around 1867 in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, just across the Mississippi River. She married Frank JANISCH, who died between 1900 and 1910. Mary herself is thought to have died around 1954. Relatives and descendants all believe that she was buried near Minneiska, MN, in Hillside Cemetery. HOWEVER....

We have searched that cemetery and found no stone for a JANISCH. It has been suggested that perhaps she remarried late in life and was therefore buried under a name we don't recognize. ..relatives vaguely recall hearing a name such as BECK, BERK or BURK.

I realize that Hillside Cemetery is not on line yet, but is there anyone working on it? Or anyone who has access to sexton's records? I don't know what kind of cemetery it is: municipal, county or church.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions you might have. Please feel free to forward this message to someone who has personal knowledge of Hillside Cemetery. Donna

BANNISTER ~ TRITZLER

I'm looking for Bannister connections in Wabasha. David Quincy Bannister and wife Venneta Roe lived there in early 1900's. David died in 1904 and Venneta married Joseph Tritzler (sp?). According to family history, David set out lights on the river to guide boats away from the sandbars.

CJ

WOOD

Hi I am from Elgin Millville High School and I am part of Mr. Keilholtz's Historical Research Class. We found two head stones with the names of Byron and Adella Wood on them. We were wondering if you had any information on them, so we can return them to the right place. Byron died October 27,1863 he was 4years old at the time of his death. Adella died in 1857 she was 10 years old at the time. If you have anything on them would please take time out to help us find out where they belong.

Thank You Brooke Beck at Elgin Millville

LONGFELLOW ~ GRUNTMAN ~ SOMMERFIELD ~ PAHL

I am looking for information about Henry Darvin LONGFELLOW born in MN 1886 and his wife Molly SOMMERFIELD born in Mezepah, Wabasha Co. MN 1900.
Henry died in Hennipin Co. 23 July 1960. His mother was Amelia GRUNTMAN.
Molly died in Hennipen, Co. 4 May 1993. Her mother was Minnie PAHL.

Thank You for your help. Myrle Theimer

JOHNSON ~ LACKEY

I am trying to locate any living descendants of Albert J. Johnson (wife Sarah Lackey) who resided in Wabasha in 1860s to 1900. They raised seven children: Henry, Clarence, Willis, Charles, Hattie, Fannie, Carrie. This is a genealogy research to trace roots, etc. I do not know if there are any descendants still living in Wabasha and I was unable to get on the community bulletin as I have webtv and not a computer. I would appreciate any help.
Tom Johnston

LaPOINTE

I have found the Grave site of my Great-Great Grandmother in Wabasha . She died in Jan of 1877. She was born a LaPointe whose Father and Mother were Francis and Catherine from PDS Wisc. Have you heard of them or could you point me in some direction to finding more?

If there are people tracing families that left Wabasha I will share where my Greatgrandfather went.

Thank you, Mike Oker

DRENCKHAHN

My name is Brian Drenckhahn. I am looking for information on my great great grandfather Christian Drenckhahn, (Drinkhorn) in the 1857 census. I am just beginning my genealogical quest. In the research I have done so far I recall Johann Drenckhahn married Julia Timm so perhaps we are related. My father is Kenneth Drenckhahn. My grandfather was Adolph W. Drenckhahn. My great grandfather was Charles Drenckhahn. I anxiously and thankfully look forward to learning more.

LONGFELLOW ~ GRUNTMAN ~ SOMMERFIELD ~ PAHL

I am looking for information about Henry Darvin LONGFELLOW born in MN 1886 and his wife Molly SOMMERFIELD born in Mezepah, Wabasha Co. MN 1900.

Henry died in Hennipin Co. 23 July 1960. His mother was Amelia GRUNTMAN.

Molly died in Hennipen, Co. 4 May 1993. Her mother was Minnie PAHL.

Thank You for your help. Myrle Theimer

KNAPP ~ KING

I am helping a friend find her ancestors. She is a descendent of Thomas Wabashaw. Thomas Wabashaw died at the Santee Agency after 1890 and before 1900. He is listed in the 1887 census of the Santee Agency at the age of 74 which would mean he was born in 1813. I don't know how he fits in to the Wabashaw family, could he have been a brother to Joseph Wabasha III? Has anyone come across the Name of Thomas Wabashaw? His Indian name was Wapate. I know that he was at Flandreau for a time because he is listed as a homesteader in 1878.

I copied the whole 1887 census for Santee if anyone would like me to look up something I sure can. Besides Thomas there are also Napolean (age 34) & Joseph (age 41) and their families.

Thank You for any help. Judy

McDONOUGH ~ LYDON ~ BRICHER ~ SHIERTS

I am a descendant of Patrick McDonough and Julia Lydon. I am also a descendant of John Bricher and Mary Shierts. Can you direct me to any appropriate sites/sources. They all arrived in Wabasha County in the 1800's; the McDonoughs and Lydons from County Galway, Ireland and the Brichers and Shierts from Luxembourg and Bohemia respectively. Thanks for any help you may provide.

Richard Grimes

KNAPP ~ KING

Researching the Knapp family of Highland, Wabasha County. Would like to find descendants of Francis Wright Knapp and Hannah E. King. Does anyone know when Hannah E. King Knapp died? Also, who was the second wife, Margaret N, of Francis Knapp. Whose children did they adopt between 1900 and 1910?

Nicole L. Martin Researching the King family

FUNKE

My computer crashed a few years back (12 years ago) and I had the Funke family tree on it. I lost everything except for a few notes laying around.

I was wondering if you had any BIO's on the Funke's. Joseph Funke went to La Crosse to make the Funke Candy. One of the family members had a hotel in Read's Landing and also owned a ferry service to cross the river. Many years ago I went to museum in Reads and found a photo album good on Christ Funke. My family went back to find that book - and it was no where in site. It was full of newspaper articles on the family. My great grandfather is Nicholas Funke and he came to Reads in 1849 I believe.

Any help you can be - and then when I get going on the tree I will give you what I have learned. Thanks. Carol Loeffler

BERKTOLD

Madam

I was reading the stories of the three Berktolds in Wabash County. This is very interesting for my Research of the BERKTOLDS. My family records date back to 1640, originating in Wallis, moving to Berwang in Tyrol and into Bavaria. I have it all documented. Once I found a BERKTOLD on my PC and lost him somehow. He was a Captain in the Union Army and served during the Civil War. Maybe you can help me out.

Sincerly, Maximilian Berktold

TRUDEAU ~ TRUDO

I am putting together the biography of some kin who were residents of Wabasha. These are Octavo Barker and his brother-in-law Jean Baptiste Joseph Trudeau, who became known as "John Trudo." I have good information on Octavo "Bob" Barker and his family but need some help with John Trudo.

Both of these men were river pilots and Barker was a Civil War vet who survived Andersonville Prison ~ a very interesting man who became known as "Judge Barker" of Argyle, Minnesota.

John and his wife Marguerite are in the 1875 and 1880 Wabasha census. He is listed as "river pilot" 56 years old. Jean Baptiste Joseph Trudeau was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 22, 1825, the son of Louis Rene Trudeau and Archange Dumouchel. It while both young men worked on the river that John introduced Octavo Barker to his sister Celina. Celina Trudeau and Octavo Barker were wed in Wabasha on May 9, 1857, and Marguerite, John's wife, signed the record. Susie Barker, born in Wabasha, is my grandmother.

Is there anyone there at Wabasha who can help me with information on that "John Trudo" family? harrytatro@hotmail.com

PUTNAM

I am interested in locating some of our Putnam ancestors' graves so I can hopefuly film them next month when we are there. I think that three are in Minneiska: Judge Alvis Z. Putnam, who died after 1920 and his wife, Jane Elizabeth Fuller-Putnam who died in 1906. Their daughter, Flora Eugenia Putnam-Kading was born in 1849 and died after 1920.

Also, I believe there are Putnam graves in Elgin, Edgar and his wife Lelia Putnam.

Has anyone transcribed the cemetery lists for these locations? I see a few things online but not much.

Thanks, Betty

MAGISTAD

My great grandparents James and Carrie Magistad lived in Wabasha in the early 1900's. My grandfather Carl Percy Magistad was born there in July 1901. He had several brothers and sisters. Anyway at some point in time when my grandfather was a teenager, my great grandfather abandoned the family on the farm. There was a story told to my mother that someone had seen in the Wabasha paper that so many years ago on this date James Magistad was shot. The story as my mother heard it from my grandfather, there was a man James and Carrie knew whose son was treating him badly. The man came to live on the farm with James and Carrie. One day the man's son came and shot my great grandfather presumably because he had taken the father into his home. I'm not sure how much later James abandoned his family or if the two events are even linked. No one heard from him until in 1949 when someone (the hospital?) called my grandfather's home in St. Paul to notify him that James Magistad had died in Hastings, MN.

I'm basically looking for any documentation of the shooting and any other information about where James was for all those years, as well as any other information about the family. I live in NJ so it's difficult for me to visit places to gather what I'm looking for physically myself. If you could give me any phone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses or web sites that may help I would really appreciate it.

Sincerely, Christine Roeske-McMillen

HEATH

We've been working on my husband's family history and have come up against Lionel Heath. So far Lionel's winning but we hope that someone can shed some light on him. It appears that Lionel M. Heath of Clearfield County, PA was married to my husband's Ggrandfather's sister, Adelia Gardner, in the late 1840's. We believe we've found the correct Lionel and Adelia Heath with baby Clarissa in the 1850 Huston township, Clearfield County census. Six households later Alpheous and Louise Bundy Heath appear.

In the 1860 Fox Township, Clearfield census Lionel's living with the Dohner (I can't quite make it out but that's close) Bundy family sans Adelia and Clarissa. Next we find that he served in the military from February-October, 1864 from Minnesota, enlisting from the Wabasha area. We feel that the Clearfield, Bundy and Wabasha interconnections between Lionel and Alpheus are too numerous to be strictly coincidental. Does anyone have any information about Alpheus' brothers/cousins?

I am so looking forward to hearing from anyone with connections to this family! Lionel appears to be a man of many faces--and four wives. We really want to know what happened to Adelia and Clarissa. Thank you very much, Norma Scott

BALOW, BINNER, BUDDE, AREN, YOST, GAUL, BANKE, AMERLAND, WEBER, VOSBERG

I've been working, off and on, on my husband, Mike Balow's, family tree. It includes many Wabasha families. I have some (sometimes limited) information on several of these families. I look forward to hearing from you. Sherry Balow

BERG ~ HEASER ~ HEISER

We would like to find some information about Mathew Berg. He was Anna Heiser (Heaser)'s husband. All we have is his Obituary. He was born in 1850 and came here from Germany when he was 18. He died on March 1, 1902 in Oakwood. He lived most of his life in the Minneiska, Kellogg area. Also Anna Heiser Berg's 3 sisters all died in the same year, 1877. Their names and ages were Elizabeth 17, Caroline 12, and Mary 8. It would be nice to find their Obituaries. They were Joseph and Anna (Westline) Heisers children. Sometimes the surname was spelled Heaser. I think Anna spelled it Heiser. It would be nice to find some History on Joseph and Anna Heaser (Heiser) too. I know there is some with each spelling. I got the web page from Kathy on the Joseph Schurb family from your 1920 History book. That was a very interesting page. And Joseph was married to Dora Heaser, which was a sister to my husband's grandmother Anna (Heaser or Heiser) Berg. They had another sister Theresa and a brother Joseph. Like I said before the other three sisters all died the same year. I would like to hear from anyone with more information. Thanks, Caroline Mulcahey

LEYES ~ LAYES ~ SCHENK ~ SCHANK ~ SCHANKE ~ SHANK ~ SCHENCK

In the 1884 book, under the section about Minnieska Township is a mention of Peter Schenk and Mary Leyes. Theirs was the first marriage ceremony performed there. The date was July 16 1856. I am researching their child Catherine L. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has other information about the Schenk or Leyes lines. There are many variations on the way the names are spelled: Schank, Schanke, Shank, Schenck, Layes. Thanks, JoAnne

NORDINE

I am looking for Carl A. (abt 1889) and Hilda Nordine (abt 1885) who lived at 256 South St. in Concord NH. Carl was Machinist for the Railroad (B&M?) They had four children: Alice L. (abt 1912),Violet (abt 1915), June (abt 1917) and a son Iver Nordine (abt 1924). My Mom, Sandra Lee Nordine Morang Rezes was born to Alice Nordine in 1938 in Boston Mass. at the Talitha Cumi Home. Alice was working as a beautician possibly in Portsmouth, NH at the time that Sandra was conceived. Alice was 25 years old at time of Sandra's birth. Sandra was adopted by Fred and Adah Morang of Dover, NH. Mom never learned about adoption till age 62. I am also looking for info on a Nils A.(abt 1861) and Anna M. Westberg, Nordine (abt 1864 ~ they are Carl's parents) in Bow NH. They had four children: Carl A.(abt 1889), Wilfred R.(abt 1892), Edward Arvid (abt 1897) and Anna H Nordine (abt 1900). It appears that Nils and Anna lived in Sweden and then Canada before coming to the Concord and Bow, NH area. I am looking for any info on any living descendants. All info is based on birth certificates, census info, online data from family records, and personal accounts from family and friends. Thanks, Ron Rezes

BILDERBACK

I looked in your index for Bilderback and didn't find any listing. My grandfather, Heywood E. Bilderback, was born in Minneiska Minnesota. I would like to hear from anyone who has information concerning the Bilderback family. Thanks, Marshall

PERKINS

I am interested in finding more information on these Perkins Family members from the Cattaraugus Co. NY area:
I would love to share information and brainstorm. Mary

OLIVER ~ HARBOLDT ~ BRYANT

Saw your site on Wabasha County and read through it. Very nice! My OLIVER family lived in Wabasha Co, actually Hyde Park and Zumbro Falls mostly around 1858. There were 10 children who all married local people, so many of the names on your site are familiar to me. Orris Oliver and Martha Forbes Oliver were the parents of these children and came to Zumbro Falls from Clinton County, NY. While I have extensive information on most of them, there are 2 children that elude me. One was Martha Marie Oliver, who married John Harboldt. I cannot find anything on them and think they perhaps moved away from Zumbro Falls. Do you have anything on the Harboldt family? Also, another daughter was Mary Oliver who married a C.D. Bryant and I later found C.D. in Menomonie, WI. Mary had died by 1892. I have never been able to determine if C.D. is "Curtis or Charles". Anything on the Bryant family from this area around 1860? Have many pictures of the Oliver family from this era. Thanks for sharing this information with all of us. It is appreciated. Let me know if any of these names are familiar to you. I have traveled several times to Lincoln Cemetery in Zumbro Falls to the grave sites of the Olivers. Not too far, since I live in the Twin Cities. Bye for now. Kathy

GAYLORD ~ EASTON

I'm trying to find out more on Henry Sheldon Gaylord, my Great Grandfather. He died 29 years young: October 4, 1880-October 1909. My Grandmother Mildreth Louise Gaylord was born July 18, 1901 and was his only offspring. My grandmother married Emmett Ray or Bailey Easton and they had two children: my father, Robert Morrell Easton and my Aunt Doris Louise Easton. Any further help would be welcomed. Thanks, Robert M. Easton, Jr.

HOUGHTON, PARR, MATHIESON, HARRINGTON

I am very interested in Elgin, MN since all of my relatives are buried in the Elgin Cemetery. and many of them lived in Elgin years ago, eventually going on to Fargo, ND. I have just received photos from a cousin of mine (on the Mathieson side) of gravestones of Houghtons all the way back to the early David Houghton; Parr all the way back to Wm. Riley Parr; Mathiesons and Harringtons. These are all of my relatives. My sister will also be sending me other pictures that she took at a different time. Can you tell me if the stones in this cemetery have been copied by the MN Gen Records Committee for the DAR? Also I understand some of the graves are in poor condition including my parents Hubert and Doris Harrington. My sister and I would like to try to put them back in shape if we can. Is there a Cemetery Assoc? I understand that our great-grandfather John Moses Houghton's home is still intact tho remodeled. It is right near the Cemetery and from the back of the house one can see the cemetery thru the trees and brush (so my sister says). When she was in Elgin, the lady who has the cemetery records was unavailable. She didn't find out her name. The house that I mention was owned by Carl Houghton after my gr-grandfather had it. We never have established Carl Houghton's relationship to our gr-grand John other than that he was a cousin. The Wabasha website is very well done and I presume you have either done it or done it with others. Thanks so much. I was only in Elgin once in my life and recall absolutely nothing about it except that we were at Cousin Carl's home after a burial of someone in the family. Thank you for any information that you might have. Sincerely, Ruth

FULTON V. AMADON

My Great-Grandfather was Fulton V. Amadon. So far, I have not found anyone researching this family. Fulton and his wife Hilda were divorced in 1900 and my Grandfather was adopted by Hilda's new husband after they moved to Montana, so I have very little information about the Amadon family. I would like to hear from anyone who may have information on this family. Thanks, Pat

CHRISTINE (YOUCK) MARKUS

I am looking for any information on my great-grandmother, Christine (Youck) Markus. I know she immigrated from Switzerland and married Matthias Markus in Wabasha in June of 1882. Thank you for any information you can provide. Jo Ann Lukens

ARENDT

Thanks again for your work with The History of Wabasha. The chapter 18 section on Religious paragraph 4 refers to Philip & Nicholas Arendt as heads of households. Our Nicholas was both a farmer & stone mason. He built his stone residence which was still inhabited in 1977 (based on our family information). We also believe he was instrumental in building the Catholic church in 1877. If anyone in the local historical society wants to be in touch we will gladly share data. Our Nicholas was married to Josephine Weber. We do not know if Peter or Frank Weber in your paragraph 4 are related to our family. We strongly suspect that Philip who became very active in the church was realted to our Nicholas. We would love to connect with Philip's descendants. Your objective of putting this history on the net was reached in this case. Jim

COOK ~ COLLINS ~ DANA ~ DOW ~ DYERS ~ EMORY ~ HAZARD ~ HEATH ~ HULL ~ MORSE ~ OLSON ~ RICKER ~ SAWYER ~ SYLVESTER ~ TOWNE ~ VANCE ~ WHITCOMB

For those studying Henry Cook / Elizabeth Collins of Grant and Richland counties, WI, this may be of interest. I would like to find Cook, Collins, Sylvester descendants/ancestors. Their daughter, Matilda A. Cook, married at Highland, WI George Washington Sylvester, son of Caleb Barker Sylvester and Joanna Whitney of Mifflin, WI who came from Phillips, ME. George and Matilda moved to Plainview, Wabasha, MN where they lived out their lives and were followed by descendants including George Franklin and Edwin Lawrence Sylvester. Extract 1 register of Anglican Church, Granby, Township, Quebec Province, Canada 1843 on front of folio 4 Quebec National Archives microfilm #124.3: Baptized 13 July 1843 by George Slack Protestant Episcopal Minister, Matilda, daughter of Henry Cook of Shefford Township and of Elizabeth his wife, maiden name Collins born Oct 5, 1837. Sponsors Dorothy Cook, grandmother and Jared Griggs, neighbor. Extract 2 register of Methodist Church, Shefford, 1836 on back of folio 20, Quebec National Archives microfilm #124.12: On 24 Nov 1836, Henry Cook, farmer, Township of Granby and Elizabeth Collins of same township, Both parties being of age after Due publication of Banns were married in the presence of William Collins, brother and Jefse Smith, brother-in-law to Elizabeth Collins aforesaid. Note: Henry and Elizabeth had the following children: Matilda, Lidia, George, Lucinda, Abbie, John, Maria, Solomon. His parents were John Cook and ? Catlin from Ireland and his children were: Henry, Jacob, John, William Dorothea and Adam. I am studying Cook/Collins ancestors back to Ireland but have not yet attacked the Ship Passenger lists or Irish Census but may go to Ireland and England to do work in genealogical centers where I have been before, particularly the one at Kew, London. It is interesting to note that they were Protestants and there is a connection to potato famine, unavailability of land and opportunities, homesteading opportunities, establishment of Wisconsin and Minnesota territories, and transportation improvements. In studying Cook, Collins and Sylvester families of Wisconsin, I note that many were involved in Civil War as well as travel to California gold fields (Eben, George, Charles Sylvester among them). Do you know anything about Tralaie (sp?) Corporation which now owns Caleb Barker Sylvester original farm enlarged by Eben and Homer north of Mifflin, near Leffington, and Montford WI? My brother, Burt, and I found the farm last summer but did not ask about present owners. I wonder if any Sylvester or Cook descendants own it. (Other Sylvesters married Cooks/Collins) Lately I have found references to popcorn production under that name. We also found Caleb Barker Sylvester and family graves in Graceland Cemetery, Mineral Point, and former farm of Henry Cook south of Montford a few miles from Caleb Barker Sylvester's farm. I intend to visit the area next summer to get pictures. Since I live in Connecticut, I also intend to detour to Granby/Waterloo, Shefford Co, Quebec Province, Canada to see if I can find Cook and Collins descendants and home places. I have just joined Patriots and Founders of America having descended from William Dyer and Mary Barrett. She was hanged by Boston authorities on Boston Commons, has a statue on Boston Commons commemorating her early Quaker stand and women's rights, for speaking against established Congregational Church. Their son, Samuel married Anne Hutchinson and escaped further hangings by moving to Rhode Island to help Roger Williams found that colony. I am a member of Descendants of the Mayflower (John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley) and active in Connecticut Chapter. My line goes through Caleb Barker Sylvester's wife Joanna Whitney, to Cobb, Chipman, Howland. Do we have any information we can share on Sylvesters, Cooks, Collins, Dyers, Hazards, Dana, Towne, Vance, Ricker, Emory, Dow, Heath, Sawyer, Whitcomb, Morse, Hull, or Olson lines? My Sylvester line goes back to Richard Sylvester and Naomi of Scituate, MA. My Sylvester generations moved north to Maine and then to Wisconsin, and westward. I was born and brought up in western Minnesota but have lived in Connecticut for 50 years. I am now retired as Associate Professor Emeritus, Central CT State University. Kenneth

HUNTOON ~ HONTOON ~ OTTERSON ~ AUTHERSON

I am researching our family history. Leandrew Huntoon (Hontoon) was born in Coaticook Quebec in 1846 and was a great-grandfather to my wife. He traveled to the USA (unclear of where exactly) where he herded horses and worked in mining. He met and married Mary Ann Otterson (possibly Autherson or related to them) and then moved back to Bancroft Ontario Canada. He had a son Charles born in the US who was 2 yrs old when they came to Canada. Leanrew had a brother named Philandrew and Leandrew died in 1912 in Bancroft and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery here. There is evidence of Native America or Native Canadian heritage in the Huntoon or Otterson families. Would you have any information on these families from your area? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, John

WILDE

I'm looking for information about F.H. Wilde. He was born in Germany, probably around 1836 or earlier, and arrived in Minnesota between 1877-1880. His wife would not join him in the U.S., so he remarried in Minnesota. F.H. lived in Plainview, MN. He was supposed to have been quite a philanthropist and something in Plainview was named after him. Supposedly, he died in Plainview. The oral history states that F.H. Wilde, his son John William, and possibly others, emigrated to the States together. John paid for passage for Minna Hager to join him and in 1881 she arrived and they married in St Paul. John was listed in the city directory for St Paul as a bookbinder (an occupation he continued with until his death in Seattle, Washington). He was born in 1856 in Germany. I look forward to hearing from others who are researching this family. Terry

UPDATE: I've found some more information on Wildes living in Plainview. According to the 1920 Census, Plainview Twp, Wabasha County, MN: Herman A Wilde, 43, b. Germany and Emma M., 38, wife, b. IL
Children: Ella A, 16, IL, Elmer A, 14, IL, Emley M, 12, MN, Herman A, 10, MN, Henry F, 9, MN, Elma A, 7, MN,
F.H. Wilde was said to have died in Plainview. Even though there would have been a 20-year age difference between F.H.'s son, John William and Herman, I believe they're related. John lived in Chicago, IL for several years. Herman may have followed him there. Herman's son, Henry F, might have been named after F.H.

WALKER ~ ANDERMANN

I am looking for the families of my ggrandparents from the Wabasha area: Frank WALKER married Edith ANDERMANN in 1900. Edith may have been born HOLCOMB, and have a sister named Emma. I believe Frank may have been the son of John Samuel WALKER and Elizabeth BIRTCH who married in in Wabasha in 1856. My father has Edith Andermann's childhood autograph book from the 1880s which mentions Read's Landing. I have just begun helping him trace his family, and would appreciate any information. Beth

THIERSTEIN

I am searching for information on current living descendants of Fredrick Thierstein whose biography is in the 1920 book. I would like to know where I could obtain a legal description of the location of the Thierstein home. I would like information about the ancestors of Mr. & Mrs. Thierstein and about the village in Canton Berne from which they came. I would like more information about my ancestors, Samuel and Elizabeth Thierstein for the short period in which they lived in Wabash County. I will look forward to hearing from fellow researchers. Gerry

KIMBLE

I am looking for any information regarding Albert L. Kimble. Albert and his wife Ada lived in the area to around 1890-1900. Thanks for your help, Bill

MIGRATION PATTERNS

My wife's grandfather and his brother, as young men, emigrated from Sweden, one in 1879 the other in 1880. Both listed their destination as Lake City, Minnesota on the ship manifest. On the single page where the name of one appears, 12 other Swedish emigrants list their destination as Lake City. This level of interest in Lake City, Minnesota did not come about by accident. I am curious to know what kind of promotional activity resulted in so many men heading for the same small town. Was a railroad being built through the Lake City area at this time which recruited workers in Sweden? Or did the Lutheran Church promote this type of migration. Do you have an explanation? J. N. Jones

Dear Mr. Jones,
I don't have an explanation, but I do have a few educated guesses.
          First of all, there are several historical sketches on my web site which may provide clues. See especially the pages on Pepin Township, which includes Read's Landing, and Lake Township which are linked on the 1884 index page. Unfortunately, I don't have the entire section on Lake City transcribed - only the section on the fires. I don't know if you're familiar with Wabasha County. If not, here's a good reference map: Wabasha County
It seems that when the county was first taking shape, Read's Landing was a popular and accessible place to leave the riverboat and set out to find land on which to stake a claim. Later, it seemed that Lake City took its place. This may well have been because of the railroad being established there. In addition, the lower portion of the county is very rugged where the bluffs meet the river valley. The passage inland may have been a bit easier at Lake City. There's another possibility, the example for which was provided by my children. As they graduated from high school in Kentucky and North Carolina, they "followed the leader" and migrated to the Atlanta area where construction work was plentiful. Word of mouth is a powerful draw. It may be that the first settlers from Sweden came to the Lake City area simply because that was the route to the West which had been recommended by a riverboat captain or a teamster in the East. The first sent word back to friends and family who joined him as they could. As I have transcribed these biographies and historical sketches, I have seen many instances of early settlers congregating in areas where there were others from the same country as they. This would be logical for sharing common language, customs, religion and for strength in numbers. See the biography for Kaspar Scheer for just one small reference to disembarking at Lake City. You might like to search the site for "Lake City," "Sweden," and early 1800's dates. Many bits and pieces of information are contained in the biographies themselves. The autobiography of Morris C. Russell, editor of the "Sentinel," Lake City, contains much historical information. Hope this might have been of some help, Barbara

SHEALEY ~ SHELY ~ RASICOT ~ RACICOT ~ ROSCOE ~ CAMPBELL ~ NIEHART

I have read the articles on the history of Wabasha County and searched expectantly for my ancestor's names and for bibliographies of my ancestors to no avail. I know they lived there because I have copies of numerous letters written in the 1870s both to and from Reads Landing, and "Reads" is mentioned often. One even has a Post Mark that says Reeds Landing. My gggrandfather was Patrick Shealey: at least that is how it is spelled in the land records for Township 111N, Range 11W, Section 21. He moved into the area in the spring of 1855. A quote from a son's bibliography written in 1898 says: "We started for Minnesota in the fall of 1854, reached Galinas, the end of railroad transportation and found navigation closed. The next spring, we took the first boat for St. Paul, the War Eagle which took the famous 1st Minnesota Reg. South. We reached Reads Landing, an Indian trading post, and found Lake Pepin full of ice. The boat went back. My father went out through the wilderness and took a farm on unsurveyed lands. We lived in a log house for a number of years, I used to have to walk three miles to school, making six miles per day." Notice that Section 21 is just about three miles from Reads Landing. I have identified five sons and possibly a daughter of Patrick Shealey and his wife Hannah. His sons were John J. Shely, William Shely, Michael Shely, Terrance (Terry) Shely and my great grandfather James P. Shely. There may also have been a daughter named Ellen Sheely. James P. Shely married Floria Jane Rasicot (per the spelling in the Wabasha Co. clerks office) on 24 Feb 1879. Floria Jane had ten siblings, including a twin, all except William, the eldest, were born in Reads Landing between 1840 and 1859. William was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1838. Floria Jane's parents were Oliver Racicot or Roscoe and Madeline Campbell. They may have been married in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1837. Madeline was the eldest daughter of Scott Campbell and Margaret Manaigre. Scott was an interpreter at the Indian Agency in Fort Snelling for 25 years (1818-1843) and both he and his wife were each at least 1/2 Native American. Oliver Racicot's oldest son William married Anna Niehart in Highland on 19 Oct 1866. Anna's father Christopher Niehart also homesteaded in Section 21 (NWNW) in 1860. I look forward to contacting anyone who is researching this family. Miles

JOHNSON ~ SLY ~ HALVERSON

I am hoping you can help me find information on my husband's grandmother and grandfather. His name is Nicholas Johnson and his wife is Anna (Halverson) Johnson. Anna died in 1913 or 1914 after giving birth to my husband's father. He was born in 1913 and he was told she died giving birth to Leonard Albert, my father-in-law. We can find no record of her. My father-in-law was adopted by Anna's sister, Olive Sly, and moved to Wisconsin. His 3 older siblings; Carol, Gladis, and Vernon, were on their own and three younger were put in an orphanage. Baby Earl died in the orphanage and we have no information on the others. The family would not talk about this to my father-in-law, and now they have all passed away before I joined the family. Please, if you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. Cynthia

WOOD ~ BOLLAND

There are two Carlos Wood's listed in the 1870 census, one in Lake City the other in Mt. Pleasant. I presume that they are related. The one born around 1854 is my great-grandfather. He married Ann(ie) Hunter, aka Hattie or Addie (born in Illinois, father was Heil Hunter). They had a son, John Henry Wood, born in Wabasha Co. in 1877. In the 1880 census they are listed as living in Sioux Valley, Union Co. SD. In 1881 my grandfather, Frank Hiram Wood, was born in SD. At some point (1900-1910?) he returned to Minnesota. In about 1913 he married Mary (Engela Marie) Bolland, daughter of Catherina (Weinberg) and Johann Wilhelm Heinrich Bolland of Belvidere. John returned also. He died in 1945 in Hay Creek. Ann remarried in SD and returned to the area after her second husband died. She is buried in the Bay City Cemetary as Hattie Brown (1854-1938). I was wondering if Carlos was related to any of the Wood's listed in The History of Wabasha County. Frank died in 1928 in the Red Wing Hospital. Almost nothing is known about that side of the family. I have a quite a bit of information about the Bollands. I would like to share information with anyone who is researching these families. Becky

McCAFFREY

I saw your postings on the Wabasha message boards and I just thought I would ask if you've ever come across the name George McCaffrey (his wife was Catherine). He was also one of the pioneers of that area; he arrived in the Wabasha area (Greenfield Twp?) around 1858. Apparently he came down from Montreal, to Galena, IL and then to Wabasha. Do you have any theories as to his migration pattern? What might've brought him to Galena? Then to Wabasha?? Was that a common migration pattern? If you can shed some light on any of these questions, I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks, Mary

SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY

I was looking on the web for some information on the history of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and came across your site. Do you have any information on this? Please let me know when you get a chance. Thanks. Kristen

HARRISON

My gggrandparents, Benjamin & Henrietta Harrison, are on the 1880 census for Wabasha County (Mazeppa) with 5 children (Calle is not mentioned): Joe age 14, Mary age 12, Lottie age 10, Ada age 6 and George age 4. In 1870 they were in Graham Lakes, Nobles County, and Calle was 16. By 1900 this family was in Cass County and Joseph, age 33, was the only child still at home. In a book written by Arthur P. Rose, there is an article about this family, however I am unable to locate a copy of the book. Any information on the family is appreciated. I believe that Benjamin had a brother named Henry. Benjamin was born in Indiana, about 1826 and Henry was born in Illinois about 1838. Henrietta was also born in Illinois. I do not know where or when Benjamin, Henrietta or Joseph died, or where they are buried. Thank you. Sue

STONE

My name is Edward L Stone. I am the 2nd great-grandson of Chapman & Clarissa Stone. I am looking for any information I can find on Chapman and family. I know that Chapman was born 16 Dec 1805 at Hudson, New York and died Oct 31 1857 in Minnesota, I believe. I have Chapman living in Lake County IL in 1850, but he is gone by 1860. As for his wife, Clarissa, the census tells me she was still alive in 1880 in Wabasha County, MN. I have the children of Chapman listed as follows:
Rhonda Stone, born 19 Sept 1832, Livington County, NY, married Henry Wells, 24 Feb 1852, Lake County IL, died March 29 1909, Wauconda IL.
William P Stone, born 08 April 1833, Hudson NY, married twice: first; Elizabeth Hill, Jan 1 1856, she died leaving one daughter, second; Cynthia S Warner, 01 Jan 1870. William died July 26 1911, Wauconda IL.
Adeline Stone, born 1836 NY, married Monroe Cook, Lake County, IL, 12 Dec 1855, died Feb 14 1886.
His other children are: Martha J Stone, born 1838; Ira Stone, born 1843; Chapman Stone, born 1846; Clarissa Stone, born 1848.
I have a ton of Stone Family information dating back to William Stone, born 1608, England, died 16 November 1683, Guilford CT. Hoping to hear from you. Maybe we could help each other out. Please e-mail me! Thanks!

PURDY ~ BRADFORD

I am looking for any information on Franklin Purdy and family or on James Bradford family who both lived on High Street in Lake City. James ran a nursery for a number of years. Later Helen Purdy married John Gage Bradford and lived a number of years in Lake City. The Hunn's and the Morse's may also have lived there. I do know that Sam Hunn originally started a country store in Plum City and lived across the river for many years. Any information would be appreciated. Many of them are buried in Lakeview Cemetery. Kay

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