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February thru July 1999


BLAIR, DENNIS, HILLEARY, HOFFMAN, THOMPKINS posted by Mollie Patterson on Friday, February 19, 1999

This is in reference to the query I posted on Dec. 18th 1998 concering the surnames DENNIS, HOFFMAN, HILLEARY. I have since found out that Eugene DeWitt Clinton DENNIS was a newspaper publisher in the Dakota Territory & that he and Kate Lovonia HOFFMAN had two other children besides my grandfather Ralph. They were Mae and Livi. Mae married a Harry H. THOMPKINS and Livi married a John Bennet BLAIR.

DINGER, NUTTEN posted by Ron George on Sunday, February 28, 1999

I'm looking for any information on Polycarp DINGER, Robert DINGER, and William H. DINGER or anyone with last name NUTTEN. All 3 of them are listed in "Early History of Brown County, South Dakota." The DINGERs were residents of Brown County, Detroit Township and the NUTTENs were residents of Liberty Township. Probably the nearest town to either was Hecla, SD. Any info appreciated.

HURLEY, RYAN, WALSH posted by Bernard Hurley on Sunday, March 7, 1999

I am searching for information on my father's aunt, Mary Ellen HURLEY who married a RYAN. They lived in Aberdeen, South Dakota and raised a family of five children there. She was born in Cork, Ireland in the late 1800s, probably married around 1900, and lived into the 1940s at least. It is believed that she died in Aberdeen.

Her parents were J.J. HURLEY and Margaret Agnes WALSH. Her parents never left Ireland.

I realize that this information is pretty sparse, but it's everything that I know about her. I'd like to find out more about her husband and children.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Bernie Hurley

BLOEDORN, MCGREW posted by Sue McGrew on Saturday, March 13, 1999

Looking for information on the family of Clara Hannah BLOEDORN and Oscar Harry MCGREW. Oscar worked for the Railroad in NE South Dakota, Iowa, and North Dakota. At least one of their sons, Charles, was born in Aberdeen in 1922. Most other siblings were born in Dickey County, ND. Also, looking for Clara's parents, Julius & Wilhelmina BLOEDORN, who lived in Groton, Brown county, SD during at least 1913. When did they move to the area? Were each born there? Any help appreciated.

RINKE posted by Mike Harmer on Monday, March 15, 1999

I am looking for information on the RINKE family in Aberdeen, S. D. Frank RINKE owned a china store there sometime around 1930+. I believe he had a son and a daughter. Any help would be appreciated.

COWLES posted by Nancy Cowles Smith on Friday, May 14, 1999

My father, Leonard Franklin COWLES was born in Savo Township, Brown County, South Dakota on September 5,1889. His mother was Effie Mae Belt COWLES and his father Jason Elon COWLES (J.E. COWLES). I have found land records on the SDGenWeb site, but no other information about my family. I continue to search for information about the birth place of both his parents. I have family Bible information, but no details. Leonard had a sister Mildred and a brother Forest Charles. I hope this is helpful. Any other information you may have would be appreciated.

COYLE, LINGOR, SULLIVAN posted by Kirk on Saturday, May 22, 1999

Michael COYLE m. Margaret.
    Child: Patrick
Patrick COYLE m. Mary Smith
   COYLE Children: John, Thomas, James, Albert Mark, William, Catherine, Francis, Joseph, Mary, Peter.
Albert Mark COYLE m. Lucy Anna SULLIVAN
    Children: Albert, Gerald, Fredrick, Eileen.
Fredrick COYLE m. Johanna (Hannah) LINGOR and lived in Aberdeen SD. Any info on location or background of this line? Thanks!

BOSSLY, ELLMAUER posted by Helen Bossley on Saturday, May 22, 1999

Looking for desendents of Casper BOSSLY and Mary ELLMAUER of Sullivan County, NY. Casper was my husband's gr gr grandfather's brother. Casper and Mary had 8 children - 2 of whom went to live in/near Aberdeen, SD. Looking forward to hearing from any long lost cousins and sharing what I have on the BOSSLY family. Thanks.

JONES, LEWIS posted by Judith Rice-Jones on Monday, May 24, 1999

Seeking any information on Ed LEWIS who at some time in the last 30 to 50 years lived at 214 13th Ave, S.W. in Aberdeen, Brown Co., SD. His name appears with the notation "my cousin" in an address book belonging to my grandfather, John Davies JONES who died about 20 years ago. My grandfather emigrated from Wales with his two brothers so I'm assuming that Ed LEWIS did the same. Will gladly share information about the JONES side of the family. Many thanks.

HASTY, LEONARD posted by James Vollnogle on Wednesday, June 2, 1999

Looking for Eliza LEONARD HASTY Wife of Georqe HASTY. Daughter of Mortimer LEONARD. Died in Aberdeen, Brown county, SD early 1900's.

LINK posted by Susanne Farnham Hieber on Saturday, June 5, 1999

I would like to make connection with anyone researching the LINK family that lived in Aberdeen in the 1900 and forward. They were from Marshall MN. Some are buried in a local cemetery: Benjamin & Estella LINK. Are their grandchildren or great-grandchildren working on their family history? Please get in touch with me.

HEPP posted by Bob Cummings on Sunday, June 6, 1999

Looking for HEPP family members: My great grandparent Daniel Schaefer HEPP and his wife Estella lived in Hecla, Brown Co., SD around 1888. They moved to Chicago,ILL around 1890. Daniel was born in Illinois Jun 1859. Estella was born 1867 in Michigan. Please reply if you have any information. Thank you.

INGLIS, RADKE posted by Ronald Lee Radke on Monday, June 7, 1999

I am interested in finding the vital records of my paternal grandfather William August RADKE and my grandmother Clarice Eva Amanda INGLIS of or near Ferney South Dakota. Both were born in 1905, He on July 5, 1905 and she on Dec 28, 1904. His father was known only as "Pa" RADKE and was buried in West Hanson cemetery (Lutheran) near Ferney South Dakota. I have just begun to search my heritage...I may be going about this all wrong!

CHASE, GOWEN, HART, HOWELL, RUSSELL posted by David L. Howell on Thursday, June 24, 1999

My father (Ruel H. HOWELL) came to Ordway Twp., Brown County, South Dakota, from Gillett, Wisconsin. He purchased a farm from his Uncle George GOWEN. The time period would be early 1900s. I want to trace George GOWEN back as far as possible, I further need any and all information that anyone has on the names above as well as RUSSELL, CHASE, and HART.

GALLAUGHER, VANRIPER posted by Tracey Gallaugher on Friday, June 25, 1999

Looking for William E GALLAUGHER. born in Henry Township on Dec. 3,1890. Married Margaret VAN RIPER. Looking for his parents.

SWIFT posted by Barbara Swift on Friday, June 25, 1999

I am looking for information about Charles W. SWIFT and Oliver C. SWIFT (1831-1921). They both have land patents in Brown County in 1886 and 1888. The descendents of O.C. SWIFT are Herbert H. SWIFT (1860-1919), Clinton P. SWIFT (1884-1959), Shirley H. SWIFT (1909-1968) and Peter C. SWIFT (1930). Charles and Oliver came to S.D. from Wisconsin.

CLEGG, DOLAN posted by Judy Lynch on Sunday, June 27, 1999

Mary E. DOLAN, married Joseph D. CLEGG. Had children in Clark Co., SD and my grandmother, Doris Beth CLEGG, in Aberdeen, Brown Co., SD.

HELMKA posted by Peggy Perkins on Monday, July 5, 1999

HELMKA, John, George W., and Charles. Looking for any info on these brothers born in Ontario, Canada. Moved to Lapeer Co. Mich. in the late 1850 and then to Bath, Brown Co., Dakota in 1880's. Would like to correspond with anyone researching these ancestors. Thanks, Peggy.

MACHEEL, RIEBE posted by Kathy Cisco on Thursday, July 8, 1999

Looking for information on August H. RIEBE, 1856-1944. Living in Aberdeen at time of death. Married to Agnes Bertha Maria MACHEEL. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you Kathy

PELLIKKA, VUOLU, WUOLU, YLIKORKOLA posted by David Wuolu on Wednesday, July 14, 1999

Looking for more information on Simon WUOLU (VUOLU originally in Finland?) and Brita Liisa YLIKORKOLA (sp?). The following is from "History of the Finnish Settlement in Brown and Dickey Counties 1881-1955": Simon WUOLU, born in Paavola March 11th 1841, married Brita Liisa YLIKORKOLA in 1867 (born in Paavola November 2nd 1848). He emigrated to Michigan in 1882, and then went to Duluth, Minnesota and arrived in Dakota 1883, where he took a homestead in Brown county west-south-fourth Sec. 3-128-61. He then walked to Duluth together with Henrik PELLIKKA, and returned to Dakota by train. His family came from Finland in 1884. They had 7 children in Finland: Maria Gustaava, Jaako (dead), Johan, Henrik, Karl, Briitta Kaisa and Anna Sofia. Their first house was made of turf. Wuoli [sic] was known for his accuracy and honesty and his wife for being friendly and helpful. They were frequent church attenders in the Apostol. Luth. congregation. They had 3 children in America, Loviisa, Liisa and Jacob Walter. Simon died in 1915 and his wife in 1918.

CHASE, CHRISTIANSON, NELSEN, NELSON, SHIPLEY posted by Rhonda Hoyle on Saturday, July 24, 1999

Looking for information on the NELSON or NELSEN family that originally lived in Brown County (Aberdeen & Westport areas). Edith Hattie SHIPLEY and Sigurd Siever NELSON were married in Aberdeen 9/27/1909. They had at least 3 children while living in Brown County: David, Arvid & Thorald. Sigurd's parents were Peter NELSON & Christina? CHRISTIANSON. Peter lived 1866 - 1924. Peter's father's name was Hans. Edith SHIPLEY's parents were named David O. SHIPLEY & Eva CHASE. Edith was apparently adopted. Any information would be appreciated.

RILEY posted by Sandra Barton on Sunday, July 25, 1999

I am trying to locate a Henry Cossett RILEY who died and is buried in Brown County. His DOB was July 19, 1832 and his DOD was November 28, 1914. He died in Mansfield, Brown County, SD. His wife Roxie's DOB was Feb. 23, 1838 and her DOD was Mar 26, 1902. I am trying to locate the cemetery where they were buried and wonder if any other RILEYs are buried with them. I do know that they had a son George that died in Edmunds County and is buried in Ipswich. I would appreciate any information you might be able to provide.

VAHLDIECK posted by Bill Bojanowski on Wednesday, July 28, 1999

I am researching Bertram VAHLDIECK who lived in Aberdeen, Brown Co., SD in the early 1900's until he died in 1964. I don't know if he married or had children. Please reply if you know anything about him or if you know of anyone with the same surname in the Aberdeen area.

PRICKETT, THOMPSON posted by Kathleen Rizer on Thursday, July 29, 1999

Francis Marion THOMPSON and his wife, Emma PRICKETT, moved to Brown Co., South Dakota about 1909. Dates for Francis M. THOMPSON are 1859-1920 and for his wife, Emma PRICKETT THOMPSON are 1861 - 1919. Would like further details on their children: Maude, Roy Vernon, Lottie, Carl, and Farrell THOMPSON.



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