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Anton Abraham lived in Skull Creek Township late 1800 - early 1900's. Martin Maca lived in Franklin Township in late 1800 and early 1900. Joseph Maca lived in Franklin Township in late 1800. If anyone has any info on these people I would like to be in contact with them. Thank you, Mary at (


My Grandfather Charles D. BALL was born and raised in the David City area and his mother Mary Francis SHEETS was married to James D. BALL in David City in 1873. The SHEETS family came to Butler County from Waynesville, Illinois in the early 1870's My Grandmother Emily Elmira BROWN was born in California in 1887 but was raised in David City. She married Charles D. BALL in 1907 in Wheeler County. Am trying to obtain records for marriages from Wheeler County. James D. BALL's mother was Clarissa STEPHENS. She was born in New York and lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Sauk, Wisconsin in the 1840's. She had four children. Her husband. Ira Eddie BALL died in 1853 in Sauk County from cholera. Clarissa then moved to David City, Butler, Nebraska and is buried in the David City Cemetery. If anyone can offer any more information, it would be greatly appreciated. Kevin Haddenham (


Hello, my name is Patti Smith, my Mother was born in Bellwood and had a lot of relatives in Butler County. Is there a list of cemeteries and has anyone walked these cemeteries charting them. I would be very interested in obtaining these list but don't know who to contact. (


I am looking for information on Easter (or Esther) McPherren BOYER, who died in Ulysses, NE on Jan 1, 1899. Her fourth husband was Jeremiah BOYER, and they were married on Feb 27, 1856 in Mercer County, Illinois. Easter's parents were George and Susannah McPherren. Contact Roger Cox (


I am originally from Nebraska and have been researching my ancestors. My great-grandparents were from Butler County, i.e., David City, Linwood and Wahoo. Their surnames are: great-grandfather Hayek/Hajek (The family name when they came over from the Czech Republic was spelled Hajek and later changed to Hayek by some of the family members) and great-grandmother Bouzek. I have two great Aunts who lived in David City, Mayme Hayek Hewit and Lydia Hayek Brunner. Both are buried in the David City Cemetery as well as their sister Alyce Hayek Morrison. My great-grandparents are buried in Czech cemeteries around Butler County. I am interested in any additional information regarding these two families. E-mail me at (


My wife's g2gfather, John Gray BROOKS, s/o Tinley M. and Ellen (GRAY) BROOKS b. 18 Sep 1817, Butler Co., OH, d. 9 Jun 1881 Hedrick, Keokuk Co., IA, fathered 16 known children. Six by his first wife Mary K. _?_, and ten more by his second wife, Rebecca Catherine CLECKNER/KLECKNER. According to John BROOKS' estate settlement, in 1881, several of his children were living in Butler Co., NE. Elizabeth Ann BROOKS m. Aurila ROBERTS, Rachel Margaret BROOKS m. John W. HART, and Leah Beauchamp BROOKS m. Oliver F. WADE. I would love to connect with any living descendants of these families. I have much to share. Any information however small, gratefully accepted. Thank you. Chuck Taylor, Austin, TX (


Burge, Jeremiah b 11 Apr 1831 Licking Co., OH, m Mary Ann LAWRENCE 1 Mar 1855 New London IA, d 6 Jan 1898 Ulysses NE. Children: John W. m Ella BYERS, Elvina L. m Charles WHITE, (Elvina was Charles 1st wife) Alfred H., Jeremy, James F., and Mary E. who died 1884 unmarried. Elvina and Charles were my g-gparents. Mary Ann's parents were Rev. John and Sarah Lawrence who came from Eng to IA. Contact Gaila at: (


Mary Pearl Chichester Duncanson was born Jan. 1, 1890 in Ulysses, Butler County, NB to Frank E. Chichester and Amanda Barrett(?) Chichester. Please email me with any information. Thanks. **


My great-grandfather was Mark Cook (but I have a family member telling me it may have been Thomas Mark Cook, although it was shown as Mark Cook in the federal census) I know I found the right person because my grandfather Lawrence Cook was shown as one of their children and at that time he was 6 which puts his birth year at 1904, which was my grandfathers birth year. Mark Cook was born 1874 in Illinois, both of his parents were born in Ohio. He married Edith in 1901. Edith was born 1883 in Nebraska, her father was born in Ohio and her mother in Iowa. They lived in Olive Township in 1910 at least according to the census. Their children were, Dora born 1902; Lawrence Edward born April 23, 1904 (my grandfather); Richard born Feb. 22, 1906; Elnora born 1908; Babie born 1909; Arthur born Oct. 19, 1912; and Pete. They lived in Olive Township in 1910 at least according to the census. Please e-mail me with any information. Wayne Cook (


Am searching for information on any of the above surnames. There was a Robert CROCKER and wife Julia CHILTON who came to Butler County, Nebr. Their 2 children died of sickness. Robert appears later on a census with a second wife Louise. Louise and Robert are buried in David City Cemetery. WHAT happened to Julia the first wife? Any information on any of these surnames is appreciated. Carol Palmer ( updated Dec 2013


I am seeking any information for any of the following persons who were residents of Butler County, NE. Frank CUDA b. about 1830 d. unknown m. Anne CUDA nee (unknown) b. about 1830 d. unknown. Children: James CUDA b. about 1852 d. unknown, m. Katherina CUDA nee KRIVANEK b. about 1830 d. unknown; Frank; John; Charles; William; and Antone. Frank CUDA b. 12 Jan. 1872 d. 18 May 1948 m. Marie CUDA nee JANKY b. 1878 d. 1916, Children: Edward; Joseph Frank; Minnie Sullivan nee CUDA, Adolph Albert Albin, Emil, Theodore Martin, Helen Martha, Merle James. Joseph JANKY b. about 1858 d. unknown m. Mary JANKY nee (unknown) b. about 1858 d. unknown. Children, Marie CUDA nee JANKY. Joseph VONDRA b. about 1857 d. unknown m. Rose (Rosie) VONDRA b. about 1857 d. unknown. Children: James, Joseph and Frank. James Vincence VONDRA b. 2 Feb. 1877 d. 14 Aug. 1937 @ Omaha, NE., m. Josephine VONDRA nee REJDA b. 9 July 1880 d. 29 Dec. 1955 @ Omaha, NE. Children: Joseph, Mary Georgie Shonka nee VONDRA, Edward James, Bessie Antonette Donat nee VONDRA, Stanley Selestine, Libby Tillie (Libusca Matilde) CUDA nee VONDRA, Charles John, James Theodore, Raymond Bohumir, Ladislav, Leona Elizabeth Thomsen nee VONDRA. John REJDA b. about 1860 d. unknown m. Matilda REJDA b. about 1860 d. 1926 @ Omaha, NE. Children: Josephine, Rose, Francis, Fred, James, Charles, Joseph, girl - name unknown. Thank You. James Cuda (


[Note: These folks were known to have lived in Seward County, but may have moved to, or gone to church in Ulysses. - John McCoy]

My great grandfather was Park Dobson, who came to the US from Mohill, Leitrim Co, Ireland with his parents in either 1863 or '73. His father was also Park, and Park, Jr. was a child at the time. There was a large family, and I haven't determined how many of the children came at the same time the parents did. I suspect some of the children had already come over before. My main questions have been, why would they have come to Nebraska, possibly during the Civil War. I have failed to find ship's records for them, and have recently changed my thinking that it may have been 1873 rather than '63 as family "records" tell me because I recently found a certified copy of Naturalization of Park Dobson in 1875 which indicates residency of 2 years. I believe that there were already some Dobsons there at the time in the 1870 census records, but not mine. I do know that there were two large families in Mohill, the Thomas Dodsons and the Park Dobsons. Trying to determine intermarriages between the two families may be a big task, if even possible. Every family seemed to have a Park and a Thomas. What ever books or information you can point me to would be appreciated! Thank you!! Nancy Lematta, Vancouver, WA (


Dr. Joseph Henry Downing was my ggranduncle he was a practicing physician in David City. Judy Wittke (


From PA to area of Bellwood, Butler Co. NE. Some lived in area of Rising City and David City. Some are supposedly buried in Bellwood Cemetery. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me! (


Mary Pearl Chichester Duncanson was born Jan. 1, 1890 in Ulysses, Butler County, NB to Frank E. Chichester and Amanda Barrett(?) Chichester. Please email me with any information. Thanks. (


My husbands family all came from the Butler County are and I don't find any information on any of them. My father-in-law was Harry Fredrick EAST who was born or lived in Ulysses and his birth date was Dec 28, 1916. His Father was Jess EAST who lived in the Brainard area and was born on Aug. 7, 1893. Jess's wife was Daisy LAUVER or LAWVER who came from Rising City as far as I know and her birth date was Dec 18 1895. I know that there was a family connection with the Way or Whay family in Rising City and that my husband used to refer to his Uncle Ray Way. I don't know if there were any deeds or land records to these families. I believe that Ray Way had a large cattle ranch in Rising City. I believe there is still one member of the family still living there, but I don't remember her first name. I know the last name is WAY. My name is Marilyn A. EAST and my husband is Michael H. EAST, who is the oldest son of Harry F. EAST. I can be reached at the following e-mail address. (MEAST1946@AOL.COM)


I'm looking for anyone that has information about the EATON family. John EATON and Susannah INSEY (LINDSAY) EATON were the parents of James Alexander EATON who lived in Butler County the latter half of the 19th century. James married Martha Agnes SLEIGHT. (see my other query). James died 25-Sep-1917 at Ulysses, Butler Co. and is buried at the Edholm Cem., near Octavia, Nebraska. Have any of my 'cousins' in the area been able to research the Eaton family back beyond John? You can contact Connie (Douglas) Snyder at (


Looking for info on George & Mary Wilson FRENCH. George was born Dec. 2, 1837 in Bavaria, Germany and Mary was born Dec. 22, 1844 in Raleigh, NC. Mary was the daughter of James D and Sarah Mizell? Wilson. They were married Dec. 15, 1864 in Bertie Co., NC. They came to Butler Co. from Cass Co., IL in 1882. They had 4 surviving children, Mamie (Withrow), David, Hattie (Miller) and Kate (Ford). In 1929, David was in Boulder, Co., Hattie in Buffalo, NY and Kate in Lingle, Wy. George did Dec. 12, 1904 and Mary died Nov. 5, 1929. She is buried in David City and I would assume that George was also as they lived there at the time of his death. Contact me by e-mail at (


Looking for information on Gleisburg/Gleisberg family. Chris or Christian (on 1880 census) was born Nov 3, 1880 a twin, Herman was his twin brother. I understand they were born in either Butler or Seward County. The parents, Herman Fredrick Gleisberg was born in Prussia, his wife Johanna Timmer was born in Holland. Contact me at: (


Looking for information on Elizabeth (Riblet) Grubaugh and husband in Butler County late 1800's. Alva L. Van Houten (


Looking for the maiden name of mother of Ezra D. STEWART. Ezra lived near Ulysses, Butler, NE. about 1890. Ezra was born, 1861 in IL. He married 1887 to Ada A. HALL. Both Ezra and Ada were teachers. Ezra's father was George W. STEWART and his mother was Ada ?. Looking for Ada's Maiden name. Thanks for any information. Russ Herre (


I am looking for information on Irene Valentine HORACEK. Her parents, siblings, and any other information anyone may have. Thank you, Jeanie. E-mail me at (


I'm looking for ancestors and living relatives of Frank Horacek who married Theresa Krivanek. Their son Frank married Theresa Antonin and had a son John/Johan Horacek born 25 December 1841 in Ivancice, south of Omice in the district of Brno, Moravia. He died 4 October 1901 and is buried in the Brainard Nebraska cemetery. John married Clara Stanek (parents Mike Stanek and Marie Kachlik). John & Clara had son Joseph Alois Horacek (born 26 February 1892) who married Anna Hattie Svoboda (born 27 June 1896 in Brainard, NE). Anna's parents were John F. Svoboda and Anna K. Sypal. Joseph and Anna had daughter Adeline (born 9 Dec. 1916) who is my mother--other children were Raymond, Alyce (now a Styskal), Leonard, Donald, Loretta (now a Swoboda), and Rose (was a Spicka, then a Wustrack, and now is a Keelan). Edwin J. Spicka (


I am searching for any records of Jesse & Laura HORN - I have postcards from them Postmarked David City 1911 and postcards from a Blanche HORN, which was Jesse & Laura's Daughter, postmarked David City, Nov 28 1910. Postcard from Blanche (HORN) MILLER postmarked David City Mar 27 1911. If you have any information, please contact Danny L Horn (


Nahum HOWE m Mariah EATON, lived most of their married lives in Butler Co. NE. Ch: Wells Flint, Jesse W., Lydia Estelle, Minnie Etta, Bessie, Owen Roy, Julia M., Rilla, Alice. Julia was my g-m. Bessie m a PHILMALEE. Would like contact with any descendants. Contact Gaila ** at: (


Loretta (Wonderchek) Kearney, granddaughter, seeking information about Anna Stella (Hunacek) Wondracek born 31 October 1845, Barovtina Czechoslovakia. Married to Anton Wondracek 30 June 1878 in Vienna Austria. Immigrated to Chicago Illinois in 1879. After six years moved to homestead near Atkinson, Nebraska. In 1922 moved to town of Atkinson to live with daughter Minnie. Died on 4 May 1928, burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Survived by husband Anton & their 9 children: 4 daughters; Mary Smolik, Emma Kyte, Anna Bedwell, and Minnie Wonderchek and 5 sons; Edward, Frank, Arthur, William and John (father of Loretta). Contact ( or write to Loretta Wondercheck Kearney, 912 9th Street, David City, Nebraska 68632.


I also have many news clippings and photos that my grandmother saved during the 94 years of her life. She passed away in 1979. I have an alphabetized listing of the names I've found so far that go with the clippings, etc. and would be happy to share information. Thank you very much. Genelle (
More information on this family at Bruno Website


I am looking for anyone who has information about either Stephan KASPAREK or his wife Agnes KANTOR KASPAREK, who were married In Bee in 1915, but lived on a farm between Bee and Valparaiso. In order to add something to our KASPAREK family history, I'm looking for either a Butler county history or other publications about living conditions for the many Czech and German immigrants who settled in this part of Nebraska between 1890-1920. Has a history of Butler county been published? I am trying to learn more about how these and other foreign-born families lived and worked during those early days, maybe in their own words, or written by someone who had thoroughly researched the local history. Thank you very much. Bob Dowless (


William MORAN and Margaret Kelly were married in Ulysses, Butler Co. NE, 3 Jan 1900. Edward KELLY and Mary Murphy Kelly moved to Butler Co from McLean Co, IL, in 1884 with Margaret, age 4. John MURPHY (Mary Murphy Kelly's father), moved to Butler Co from McLean Co, IL in 1885 with 3 children ages 8, 13 and 15. Patty (


I am looking for information regarding my ancestor Renier Lom (or van Lom). Renier moved to Center Precinct in Butler County about 1877. I the 1880 census I find him on a farm living with his son Andreas. Andreas and Renier had moved from Wisconsin (probably De Pere). Renier was born in the Netherlands 1 Jan. 1808 in the town of Bleerick province of Limburg. He was living in the town of Oeffelt in the province of Noord Brabant prior to his immigration to the US in about 1871. I believe that Renier died in Butler County but have yet to search for a death record. I would like to hear from anyone related to these people or anyone descended from the Catholic Dutch folks who seem to have moved to Butler County after first settling in Wisconsin. I have a great deal of information about this families roots in the Netherlands.
Bill Peppey (


I'm related to the original William DAVID and Phoebe MILES. I am looking for any publication, web site or individual that can help me with my research on the MILES and DAVID families. (


Looking for information William Hudson Moore who reportedly lived at Ulysses, NE. Reply to James Kinman **


I am seeking info. on Frank and Meri NOVAK. They lived in David City in 1879. They had five children: (Frank, Mary, Anna, Josie and Joseph). Frank Sr. worked in a Brick Yard, and later became a Carpenter. Frank, Jr. was born in 1870 and was killed in a grain elevator cave-in perhaps when he was a teenager approximately 1887 or 1888. Please send any info to: Charles F Novak, 21439 Park Brook Dr., Katy, TX 77450, Or E-Mail----(


Research & share. In and around Ulysses, Butler Co. and others in Nebraska.

Katie Brammer (
Woodacre, CA USA - Friday, March 28, 1997 at 13:45:43 (GMT)
[email updated 7/12/2000]


I am looking for information on Henry Austin Patterson who was in Butler County about 1880.
Tom Belton (


Many my relatives are buried in the David City Cemetery, David City, NE. Jane Case (


Am trying to locate information on Mary or Marie PETROVA/PETRU who was born in Dec 1843 in Bohemia, married Frank (Frant.) KOVAR and who died on 19 Dec 1909 in Butler County, Nebraska. Lived in Butler County her whole married life. I need her parents and siblings. Have found different spellings of her name Petrova/Petru in Court house and Church not sure which is correct. Also need information on Frank (Frant) KOVAR and his brother Ignac Kovar. We know that Frank was born Jan 1836 in Datice, Moravia (Bohemia) but have no information about his parents or his brothers family. Hope someone can even give me some information on these two families. Thanks. Shirley (


I am looking for any descendants of Charles (Carl) Pischel settled near Rising City, 12 Aug. 1872. Homestead. Born in 1817-1820 Germany. Father of (my gr.grandmother) Emma Pischel, Henry Pischel and 3 other children. Carl died between 1882 - 1886 where I find his wife Ernstine as a widow. Emma & Henry were born in Mich 1856, 1859. Carl was Enrolled Sept 19, 1864 at Pontiac, Mich in Co. K., 22nd Reg't of Mich. Henry Pischel and wife Clara were living in Butler Co. 1887. Any information will be appreciated. Bettie Enevoldsen (


I am looking for information on Frank Fucik and Vincent Rolenc. They lived in Butler County around 1900. I have some information on them and their descendants but it is full of holes. Also looking for information on Frank (Frantisek) Plasek he lived in Butler county about 1870. I have information about the descendants of his son Joseph, but we think he may have had a brother or more than one sons. I would be willing to share the information I have. Thank you,
Jerry & Deb Plasek (


My father, Edward Rezac, was born 23 July 1901 in Linwood. Moved to ND in 1914 with parents and siblings. His parents were James Charles Rezac (15 Nov 1869-4 Feb 1928) and Theresa Rose Treblik (15 Oct 1871-26 Aug 1969) married 23 Apr 1890, Abie, Nebr. His father's parents were John Rezac (1835?-1875?) and Frantciska Hevoat Kopecky Kominek (9 Mar 1837-18 Jan 1916). Frantciska is buried in Seward cemetery. There is a John Rezac buried in Linwood Hill Cemetery but my John had twins born after 1875. His mother's parents were Frank Treblik (18 Aug-1834-17 Mar 1918) buried at Dwight and Mary Katrina Chromy (9 Mar 1842-19 Dec 1931) buried at Dwight. They were married in 1865. The Rezac's came from Czech between 1870-1874 on unknown ship, departure or arrival port or home area in Czech. Their names don't show on Hamburg ship passenger list and most of Bremen list was destroyed. David City court records supposedly burned. Roman Rezac, (


I am trying to locate any information on the J. C. ROGERS family that was on the 1900 Butler County census, with wife Annie and son Walter. I also think that J. C. Roger's brother, H. C. Rogers was in Butler County in 1885 as he appears on the Agricultural Production list. John C. Rogers appears on the 1880 Coles County, Ill., census, so I figure he was "on his way to" Butler County, Nebr. His children were John P, Minnie, James, and Walter. Any help will be appreciated. (Posted 2/27/1998)


I am researching the Rosenstock family. My great-great grandfather was Christian Rosenstock, who first lived in Sharpsburg, Washington Co., Maryland, then in 1850's moved to Mount Carroll, Carroll Co., Ill., where he died and is buried. Family tradition has it that two of his children moved to David City, Ne (date unknown). I am trying to find information on Christian such as his father's name, etc. any help will be greatly appreciated.
Ken Boyer (


I am looking for information regarding my great grandparents, Charles K. and Augusta Miller Schubert. They came to the USA from Romerstadt, Austria and settled in Butler County, Nebraska. Charles arrived at Castle Rock, NY around 1880 with Augusta arriving sometime the following year. Upon arrival to the USA, Charles, like so many of the Austrian immigrants, headed for Nebraska. He and Augusta were married in Butler County in 1883. I have visited Ellis Island in search of any information I could find on them. However, I was told that the immigrants who came prior to 1890 landed across the harbor at Castle Rock, and until recently their records had been thought to have been destroyed. The LDS church is currently working on the restoration of those document for entry into their archives. In the meantime, I would greatly appreciate it if anyone had any information about my great grandparents. Jerri Beeman **


Martha Agnes SLEIGHT, daughter of Adam S. SLEIGHT and Jane T. D. Burger was born 06-Dec-1846, Indiana, and died 09-May-1881, Bruno, Nebraska. She is buried with her husband at the Edholm Cemetery, near Octavia, Nebraska. Can anyone tell me more about her and her parents? Contact Connie (Douglas) Snyder at (


I am looking for information on a Roy Stein that once lived in Ulysses Nebraska. All the information I have is that he lived in Ulysses in 1927. From that point on I am finding no information. I hoped that he might have gone to school in Ulysses but I am not sure. If anyone can give me any information, I would greatly appreciate it.
W. Kirk (


My grandfathers wife Mary Steskal came with her father and mother to Bulter county in 1878 to David City. It would have been John and Josephine Steskal Josephine maiden name was Betnack/ trying to locate my ancestors. Bary W. Hetrick (


I'm looking for any information about my gggrandmother, Connie STONE and her son, John Mack STONE, born April 1884 in Rising City. I have no information about John Mack's father. Ky Ann Buck, 410 North Burford, Watonga, Oklahoma 73772 "Ky Buck" **


I am seeking information on Nathan TALBOT. He settled in eastern Butler Co. near the Saunders Co. line by July 1876. He was born in ENGLAND and moved to Nebraska from ILLINOIS with his wife Elizabeth DEYLOP & several children. In 1880 he was living in YORK CO. with a son or grandson but after that he is lost. Nancy Evans, e-mail address is (


I am looking for information on Mary THEIL, born in Hungary on 1-3-1867. Died in Harper, KS in 1938. The only way I know she was ever in Butler Co. is that is where her son Frank John REIDA was born in 7-1886. She was married to Rudolph REIDA in Oct. 1884. Please send information on parents and siblings. Also any information on the REIDA family. Other names I am researching that may be Butler Co. names: Antone BOHATA, Frank REIDA, Bertha Alice WINFREE. Any information appreciated, Jeanie. E-mail me at: (


I'm looking for Adolf Vavra born 25 October 1877 in Abie, Butler, Nebr., to Josef Vavra and Katerina Cabel. If you have any information please email Marie Northrup **

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