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Robert Purdy ( Thu, 25 Jun 1998

I am trying to confirm the relationship of Benjamin Lockwood PURDY and Thomas D. Purdy (his brother?) Benjamin lived in NY, Baraboo, WI, and Fairbury, NE. In 1880 he was the federal census enumerator for Fairbury. I am also trying to ascertain that Benjamin's father John Wesley Purdy changed the family name from PARDEE to Purdy. Four of Benjamin's daughters married men of the KINNAMON, UNDERBUYER, GEIB, and KESTERSON families; all residing in Fairbury in the 1880's. ( Tue, 2 Jun 1998

BROCK, Robert and Catherine (Katharina) Blair, his wife. According to a hand copied bio from an old History of Pottawattamie County Iowa book Robert and Catherine Brock were the parents of my gr gr grandmother, Elizabeth Brock Rounds. It mentions that her parents were living in Fairbury, Jefferson County, Nebraska and that he was a farmer. I would really like to know if and when they died there and anything else that might help me track down their ancestral lines. This Brock family shows up on the 1850 Census in Libertyville, Lake County, IL , but are not there in 1860 or 1870. The bio goes on to say that Elizabeth Brock and her husband Harvey Rounds spent one summer in Nebraska in either 1872 or 1873, so I feel that the Brock's (her parents) must have been there by then. Any help greatly appreciated!!!!

Betty DeHolt ( Tue, 26 May 1998

I am looking for information on Morris G. S. Whitaker. He lived in Fairbury, Neb and died there in 1908. Also looking for information on his wife Martha J. Whitaker. They are my Great grandparents. Their son Harry was my grandfather and my Father Vernon G. Whitaker was born in Fairbury also. Any information would be appreciated. Know Harry had at least one brother, but not sure if there were other children.

Linda Vess ( Sat, 23 May 1998

I'm researching my grandfather's JACKSON's line. JACKSON, James Donald was born in 1913 and JACKSON, Jean Dorothy Marie was born in 1918, both in Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE. Their parents were JACKSON, James (born in Elgin NE) and BRIGHTBILL (or BRIGHTVILE), Lydia. Any information greatly appreciated and more than willing to share what I have. Linda

Jane Higley ( Thu, 14 May 1998

I am looking for descendents of George Galer from Pennsylvania, b. about 1827. Also relatives of Oliver Perry Galer of PA (b.1849). Found a Perry Galer (b. 1864) in Jefferson Co, Neb. through IGI. Were they related?

Jim Morey ( Thu, 07 May 1998

HACKBARTH, Harry; Son of August L. Hackbarth and Sophronia Allard Hackbarth. Born c. 1903 in Mahaska, Washington Co., Kansas. Last heard about in 1933 obituary of August L. Hackbarth. Harry was living in Fairbury, NE at that time. Would like to know his firm dates of birth & death, date of marriage (if any) and children (if any.) Please contact Jim Morey -, or 221 E. Hwy 24-40, Tonganoxie, KS 66086.

Carla Nash ( Fri, 1 May 1998

Looking for family of Edwin BUGBEE - born 16 Nov 1827 in New York; died 11 Nov 1917 in Steele City, Jefferson Co. NE. md Ruth WORTHING 1 Sep 1847 in Ashtabula Co. OH.

Penny Gregory ( Sun, 12 Apr 1998

I am assisting a co-worker locate his family. The inquery is for information on the F.J. O'Connell family from Fairbury, NE. Some of the children were: Marvin(Born Apr 8, 1913), Bernard, Donald, Helen, Everret, and maybe one more. Any infomation would be appreciated. Please contact Penny Gregory via email at:

Patti Bacon (wdm3634@montana.comt) Mon, 16 Mar 1998

I am looking for relatives of George T. Eich of Diller b 1841, possibly in Hagerstown, Salem, New Jersey; d in 1937 in Diller. An obit for my great grandmother Eleanor Eick Acker who died in 1933 in Scotia, Greeley, Neb. lists survivors as a brother, Geo. T. Eich of Diller, Nebraska who is 92 years old, and a sister, Mrs. J.H. Lynk of Wadena, Minnesota, who is 85 years old. This brother and sister are all that are remaining out of a family of eleven. I thought if I found an obit for the brother, George, it may tell more about their parents.

Janice Miller ( Sat, 14 Mar 1998

I am trying to trace my gGrandma Rosabella COPELAND's b.9/22/1858 d.5/22/1958 family. She is the only one I have for the Copeland's. The farthest I go back with her is about 1890, I found she lived in Diller, Nebraska, and had married a John STOTTS and started her family. Later they moved to Republican City, Nebraska. And lived there long enough for the children to grow up. I have everything after that. Any body looking for COPELAND like I am? I don't know where gGrandma was born yet. Thanks for any help, you can give me. Janice from WA state

Terry Kuebrich ( Sat, 28 Feb 1998

Charles and Catherine Carroll Dailey (Daly) lived in Fairbury. from late 1880's. Catherine died 10 Oct 1939, and is buried in Fairbury cemetery. Need info on children. Mary married Bert Wharton. Margaret married a Mr James. I have info to exchange on ancestors in Iowa.

Amy Robbins-Tjaden ( Mon, 02 Feb 1998

Would be grateful for contact with anyone with information about Minnie WARNKES ADEN. She was born about 1850 in Ostfriesland, married Adda R. ADEN in 1868 in Woodford Co, IL. She died in Fairbury, Jefferson Co, NE. I know about her parents and siblings but nothing else about Minnie. Also looking for information on Charles F. HAASE and any SAATHOFF families who lived in Fairbury. There seems to be a connection between Ostfriesland, Woodford Co, IL and Jefferson Co, NE which I would like to explore. Thank you.

Ginni Morey ( Sun, 01 Feb 1998

I am looking for information on any REINWALD particularly John REINWALD or his son Henry William. I am also looking for any information on John LANZ or any descendants. I know that John REINWALD was living with his father-in-law, John LANZ in 1880 in Plymouth, this according to the Census. John REINWALD was born 19-Dec-1855 in Germany. He married Katharine LANZ about 1875. They moved to Sask in after 1900. John LANZ was born abt 1830 in Germany and married Katharine ? abt 1855. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Chris Boner ( Sat, 24 Jan 1998

I am interested in help from anyone who has information on the SCRIVEN family in Jefferson County, Thayer County, Gage County from about 1880 to 1920. My great grandparents were Alpheus Clark SCRIVEN and Drucilla CRAIG (SCRIVEN). He died in Fairbury, Jefferson County, in 1919. She died in 1914.

I am particularly interested in finding the marriage of Charles Madison SCRIVEN, my grandfather, and Maggie WILLIAMS, probably between 1904 and 1917. Charles was 1st married to Ida THOMAS, in Fairbury on 7 May 1901. She was born around 1882 and was the daughter of John THOMAS and Samantha REAM, from Pennsylvania. Charles was born in Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, on 19 Dec 1879. A daughter, Hazel Ruth SCRIVEN, was born in 1901 or 1902. Another child was supposedly born in January of 1904. I would like information on the births of these children. Hazel married John Marion W. RIDENOUR in Fairbury on 18 Mar 1919. They must have been divorced soon after, as he is listed as single and living with his parents on the 1920 Census. Charles and Ida were also divorced, as she is listed as Ida KILGORE when her daughter, Hazel Ruth, was married. Any information on any of these people would be tremendous. We think Hazel was later married to a Mr. Young, and they had 3 daughters: Charolett (sp?), Audrey, and Virginia around 1927-1932, but they may have been born away from Nebraska. Anyone with information on these people or Levi and Nancy (Kimberlin) SCRIVEN, Frank Thomas and Grace (Watson) SCRIVEN, or others with that surname, please contact me at

Kathleen Rizer ( Fri, 23 Jan 1998

Napoleon Bonaparte Hayden died in Jefferson Co. 21 April 1930. He was born in 1845 in Fayette Co, Penn. Did his wife Jennie Skiles Hayden also died in Jefferson Co?? They had children: Arch Hayden b. 1870, Mabel b. 1876, Adela b. 1877 and married George Mesenbach; Margie b. & d??; and Brooks Chancy Hayden b. 1880.

William (Bill) DAWSON ( Fri Jan 2 1998

Seeking information about and descendents of Edith SEARS. Born Edith DAWSON Sept. 10, 1885, in Bradley, Ill. Daughter of John Thomas DAWSON and Mary E. BROOKS. Married Earl SEARS, resided in and is posibbly burried in Fairbury Neb. Sister of Rose May (DAWSON) JACKSON married to James A. JACKSON who also may have resided in Fairbury for a period of time.

Shirley Farrell ( Tue Sep 2 1997 20:28

Hello, I am looking for information on Sarah Jane (LEMON) or (RICH). Rich is her maiden name. Also Emma (WHITTINGTON) -Lemon They were located in the Steele City area. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My email address is Thank you very much!

Ron Cleavenger ( Sun Aug 24 1997 02:32

I am looking for the descendants of an Elizabeth "Betty" (Cleavenger) GILLETT, who was listed in her father Samuel CLEAVENGER's birthday party announcement in 1894, in a Washington County (KS) newspaper, that was sent to me; she is listed as Mrs. John (Betty) GILLETT, residing in Diller, NE, in this announcement; Elizabeth "Betty" CLEAVENGER was b.c. 1858 and was married to a John GILLETT. If anyone has any info on their descendants, please contact me at the following E-mail: Thank you in avance.

Shirley Fritz ( Sat Aug 23 1997 19:38

Looking for Frederick Arthur Frieler, b 25,Jan, 1905 Fairbury,Jefferson Co.,Ne s/o John Maxwell Frieler, Sr and Eleanor Marion Williams b 18, Oct. 1884 Geneva, Ashtubula Co, OH. Need any and all information possible.

Mary l. Roberts ( Sun, 13 Jul 1997 11:11

I am interested in any info on Chester Andrew MAPEL. I have him in JEFFERSON CO., NE, in the 1920 census with his mother CORA, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Some were born in KS, others in NE. CORA was born in INDIANA, and their father ??? born in IOWA. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

Shirley Allen ( Wed, 9 Jul 1997 16:08:11

William McCelland Clifton, b.1862? m. Annie, children Roy,John,Della,Pearl,Eva all b.1885-1893 in Fairbury, Jefferson, NB William's bros. Levi, Charles, Thomas

Jeanine Knight ( Mon Jun 23 20:00:48 1997

My grandmother Virtue Florence Linter, was born 14 Sep 1888 in a sod house in Minden, Kearney Co., Nebraska. She was the eldest daughter of John Hugh Linter, born in England, (1828-1897) and Hattie B. (Adams) Linter (1867-1937) born in Indiana. Their other children were named Cleverly, Blue, and Ida May. Seeking additional information on this family including marriage records. Hattie was the daughter of John Elijah Adams and Louisa (Blue) of Fairbury, Hastings and Oxford, and grandaughter of Thomas and Mary (Zuver) Adams of Juanita.

Freda Strampe ( Mon Jun 23 11:10:39 1997

Would appreciate any information on Cecil Harrington born about 1890 - 1895. In 1912, she was hospitalized in Council Bluffs, IA when she had a son. At the time she gave her residence as Jefferson County, NE. She gave up her son Archie (my father) for adoption when he was 2 days old. He was raised in Fremont, Dodge Co., NE by James and Dagmar Johnson. Her son died in 1943 while in the Navy. Cecil may have been living with and related to Dr. Ada Mitchell Allen Pound in Council Bluffs while waiting for her child to be born. Dr. Pound may have been a relative.

David Fair ( Sat Jun 14 11:33:46 1997

Looking for any info on my grandmother Edna May Black Born in Plymouth Ne. 12Aug1893, to William Black and Josephine Mariner/Baumghardt. She married Frank R. Fair of York, Ne. sometime before 1913. I'm having trouble tracing her mother and father. Anyone with newspapers from just after her birthday that may have a birth annoucments would be of great help.

Ted Evans ( Fri, 23 May 1997 12:37:51

Need help finding out who the ancestors and direct kin of my 2nd great Grandfather and Grandmother were.
My 2nd great Grandfather: Chauncey Acel EVANS, Born 23 June, 1835 at Richford, Tioga Co., NY. Died 5 Dec 1915, Collinsville, Tulsa Co., OK; Ridgelawn Cemetery. Came to Jefferson Co., NE in 1873 . Late in 1881 or early 1882 he moved the family to Swanton, Saline Co., NE. In December of 1903, following several of his older children, he moved the family to Collinsville, Rogers Co. (now Tulsa Co., OK), Oklahoma Indian Territory making it his home for twelve years until his death.
MARRIAGE: 24 December, 1857 to Emily Levina Robinson at Caroline, Tompkins Co., NY
2nd great Grandmother: Emily Levina ROBINSON, Born 2 August, 1838, Richford, Tioga Co., NY. Died 15 Jan, 1915; Collinsville, Rogers Co. (now Tulsa Co., OK), Oklahoma Indian Territory;
1. Cynthia Minerva EVANS; DOB: 27 JAN 1859; Richford, Tioga Co., NY
2. Frank Royal EVANS; DOB: 11 MAR 1861; Richford, Tioga Co., NY
3. Chauncey Duane EVANS; DOB: 6 MAY 1864; Richford, Tioga Co., NY
4. Cory A. EVANS; DOB: BET 1866-68; Richford, Tioga Co., NY
5. Emma Jerusha EVANS; DOB: 4 DEC 1868; Richford, Tioga Co., Ny
6. William H. EVANS; DOB: BET 1869-73; UNK...Tioga Co., NY or Jefferson Co., NE or somewhere along the way??
7. Annie L. EVANS; DOB: BET 1869-73; UNK... Tioga Co., NY or Jefferson Co., NE or somewhere along the way??
8. Amy A. EVANS; DOB: ABT 1873; Jefferson Co., NE
9. Earnest E. EVANS; DOB: BET 1873--78; Jefferson Co., NE
10. Carrie Josephine EVANS; DOB: 18 JUL 1878; Jefferson Co., NE
11. Florence Myrtle EVANS; DOB: 7 OCT 1881; Jefferson Co., NE

Looking for help locating history of the 109th Infantry Regiment, New York Volunteers and other records in the hopes of finding their parents etc.
Ted Evans, 770-482-2865; Fax 770-4821452 or email:

Thanks a million for your help. Kindest Regards Ted Evans

Kathy Scott ( Wed Apr 23 21:38:20 1997

Looking for info on Josephine L. ELLIOTT, born Minn, wife of Jared MARKS, born Polk Co. IA, son of Rev. Ives MARKS and Emily LEAMING. Jared died of diptheria in 1884 and is buried in Rose Creek Cemetery. Josephine and children then relocated to Colo. Does anyone know who her parents were?

Ella E. Smith ( Wed Apr 16 18:40:26 1997

I am searching for information on William T. HARDING who lived in Harlan Co., NE and died in 1911 in Harlan Co., NE. He was married at time of death to 2nd wife Mary Thomas Cline Harding. His 1st wife was Sarah Ellen MONROE who died in 1856 in Keokuk Co., IA. He first moved to Jefferson Co., NE, which was then changed to Thayer Co., NE, then to Harland Co., NE.I am especially interested in finding his Civil War diary which was mentioned in his pension files.

La Moyne Mc Caulley ( Tue, 15 Apr 1997 09:34:47

Frank Cramer Schwinler born 1859 in Ill. Married Mary Ann Pretzl where I don't know. I believe that Mary Ann was born in Jefferson Co. They lived around Meredian Precinct Ne. on the C.F. Stark farm, Powell and I think Alexandria. Mary Ann was a nurse in Fairbury for many years. Any information appreciated.

Cindy Haase ( Sun, 6 Apr 1997 22:00

Looking for descendants of Michael or Levi Karschner came to Jefferson Co. in 1860's, moved to Kearney Co. in 1882.

Harry Dalke ( Wed, 02 Apr 1997 09:37:12

My homepage is I am researching the Dalke's, Isaac's, Stevenson's and Salsbury Who lived in Fairbury in the 1920-1950's. AM looking for connections before 1875.....

Roger Michels( Sun Mar 9 09:56:22 1997

MICHELS-Gerhardt(George) Freidrich/Fredrick MICHELS came to what was then Thayer County now Jefferson County about 1870. He had a farm located on Section 20, Lincoln Township, on land owned by Ernst C. Janssen. He was a breeder of Percheron horses. He married Ottelia FANDREI. Dates are not known at this time.

Jerry McClure ( Sat Feb 22 1997

I am researching the family of David BENNETT and wife Elizabeth DENNIS who moved to Jefferson Co. in 1867. He was town marshal in Fairbury for many years before moving to Endicott where he operated the Endicott- Fairbury bus line. The Bennetts had four children: William H., Emma (m. Peter Peterson), John Andrew (m. Ruth Jacobs), and Georgina. I would like to exchange information with any interested in the Bennett family.

William S. "Bill" Holly ( Fri, 21 Feb 1997

The WELLS family came from Ohio. Settled in Jefferson County, Steele City Area. Grandfather was Frank S. Wells who lived many years 7 miles North of the County Seat Fairbury, NE was a farmer and a member of the NE legislature 22 years in the 1920s and early 30s. Had children: Opal, Mabel, Ella, Mildred, Docas and son Glen. The HOLLY family came to Jefferson County, Steele City area via Texas & Oklahoma. Grandfather was William Thomas Holly who lived on various farms in Jefferson County and retired in Fairbury, NE. He resided on the area known as the flats. South of the Rock Island RR tracks. Married a Clara surname unknown. Any information re: these families would be appreciated.

William S. "Bill" Holly
Franklin, NE USA

Barbara Harvey ( Mon Feb 10 1997

I am seeking information on Cyrus W. HARVEY (B: 11/11/1861, Indiana - D: 11/15/1951, Los Angleles)) and his spouse Caroline UNLAND (B: 7/18/1867, Minnesota, D: 3/4/1940, Los Angeles). Married in 1886 somewhere in Nebraska. I am seeking their marriage plance and date. Children of this union: Ethyl - B: 2/1887; John, B: 11/24/1889 in Dewitt; Clarence, born 10/16/1892 in Dewitt; Eleanor, born 6/5/1899, Nebraska; Amelia born 8/15/1902. This family resided in Lincoln, Plymouth and Superior. Cyrus was a banker. I would like to share information.

Karen Rowe ( Sun Feb 9 1997

George BUCHMEIER from Deckbergen, Schaumburg, Germany (1838-1933) married Friederike WECKE (1838-1891) to Will Co., IL and Plymouth, NE. Children: George (married WIETING); Friederike (married WIETING/SCHERLING); Friedrich; Mathilde (married SEITZ); Minna (married VOGT); Maria; Auguste; August (married MAHLOCK); Henry.

Gale Richard Allen ( Fri Jan 31 1997

I'm starting to search for my father's biological family. I recently found out that he was adopted. His information as I know it is as follows: Charles Richard ALLEN Born January 3, 1909 Fairbury, Nebraska He was adopted by Edward R. and Edna Boyle Allen Edward R. Allen was born in 1868 and Edna in 1874. The above information on Charles' birth may not be accurate.

Thank you for any help that you can provide
Gale Allen

George W. Ulbrick ( Thu Jan 30 15:32:39 1997

I am beginning research on the story of great-great aunt, Veronica ULBRICK. She was the daughter of Peter Ulbrick who homesteaded in Jefferson Co., NE during the 1860's. I am trying to locate resources that will help me identify the exact location of the homestead site. It was the scene of one the county's last Indian raids during the summer of 1867.

A raiding party of what I believe to have been Black Kettle's Cheyennes was raiding farms and ranches along the Big Blue and abuducted two of Peter Ulbrick's children. A boy of 12 was killed and the daughter, Vernonica, was taken captive and held for two years. She was returned during an "exchange" in 1869.

Peter Ulbrick and family subsequently moved to Otoe Co., NE where he lived the remainder of his life as did Veronica at a later date. The history of the family is reasonably well-documented during the Otoe Co. phase. Living decendents still reside there.

I am basing part of my information on the Peter Ulbrick homestead from an original handwritten petition to Gov. David Butler circulated during the summer of 1867. It requested military protection for the settlers of the area based upon this and other similar incidents.

This artifact of local history should probably reside in a more suitable location. It has been in my family for more than 60 years having been retrieved from a consignment of documents destined for the incinerator at the Nebraska State capitol during the 1930's. Any ideas on my search and the disposition of the document would be welcome.

Robert Greenwalt ( Tue Jan 28 1997

Researching GREENWALT and LAMPRACHT in Howard County. Have a good record of the two male children of Paul GRUENWALD (Greenwalt) and Julia Hildbrandt Greenwalt, but lost thier daughter Josi who married Anton Kowalski. So I need info on Josie KOWALSKI who married 1884? near St. Paul or Fairbury?. Need much help on the children of Anton LAMPRACHT, also spelled LAMPRACHT and sometimes LAMPRECHT.

JARED L. SCHEEL ( Sun Jan 26 13:37:39 1997

I'm looking for info on John SCHEEL and Sophie (KOLLMORGAN) Scheel. They were married in Fairbury NE February 11, 1883. John Scheel was born in Germany June 1, 1848 but I don't have a birth place. Sophie was born August 30, 1859 in Mackleburg Germany. Sophie's fathers name was Hartvick Kollmorgan. John and Sophie moved from Fairbury NE to Bluff City KS around 1909.

I'm also looking for info on John Wesley BOND and Marie Sophie (HEIDELK) Bond, they were married December 15 1899 in Jansen NE. Marie was born June 23 1877 in Jansen her father was Cris Heidelk. John was born July 3 1876 in Knoxville Tennesse, his fathers name was George Bond.

Any info would be helpful.

Nancy Simmons Burke ( Tue, 14 Jan 1997

Mary Ann (Drake) BLAIR was the wife of James A.BLAIR. She died 27 January 1909 in Jefferson Co. NE. She is buried in Powell (Keeney-Knispel) Cemetery in Fairbury, Jefferson co. NE. Where did she die?

Thank you.
Nancy Simmons Burke
Mt. Vernon, WA USA

Peggy Hardesty Ostman ( Mon Aug 5 07:34:15 1996

Am looking for any information I can find concerning my great grandparents-Joseph BARTLETT and Virginia (Jennie) ASHBURN HARDESTY. They lived in Salina and many othe small towns in Kansas. I have their death certificates. He was of German descent and she was full-blood Cherokee. Her father (Chief Ashbone) came from Tazewell County Illinois. She changed her name from ASHBONE to ASHBURN (?). In later years their children (my grandfather and family) moved just over the border into Steele City, Nebraska. However, both my mother and father were born in Kansas. Father's name is William Tate Hardesty and my mother is Jessie (Hock) Hardesty. He is deceased and she is still living.
Any information you may have concerning the HARDESTY family or HUBBARD family from Kentucky, please notify me at e-mail:
Thank you, Peggy Hardesty Ostman.

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