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February thru April 2000


BROOKS, CALLAGHAN, KENNY posted by Karl D. Dennis on Wednesday, February 2, 2000

Looking for descendants of or information on family of Louis BROOKS and Ida KENNY, childen buried in Westport Cemetery are Roy T. BROOKS 1888 - 1918, and sister Fern BROOKS 1900 - 1945 and her husband Walter B. CALLAGHAN 1896 - 1975. Other children include Earl and Vivian.

BOARDMAN, SPECE posted by Cat Spece on Sunday, February 6, 2000

Looking for census info and any other info for Theodore and Philomene BOARDMAN in Aberdeen, Brown SD in 1900 or before or after. They went there from Wisconsin. Also, a possibility of Henry George SPECE and wife Mary Margaret BOARDMAN SPECE (daughter of above listed BOARDMAN) Henry George SPECE was a telegrapher or land agent for the railroad. Daughter Doris SPECE was born in South Shore, Codington, SD in 1890.

CHAFFIN, PARK, STEARNS posted by Kristin McQueeney on Sunday, February 20, 2000

Looking for information on a William B. STEARNS whom was married to Alice G. PARK. Their daughter Frances (Fannie) M. STEARNS was born in Jan 1897 in Aberdeen, SD and later married in New York to Bernard CHAFFIN. This makes her my great grandmother and great great grandparents. Thanks for any info!

MESPELL, WOODARD posted by Dan Lee on Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Looking for info: MESPELL, Emma and daughter Raphael homesteaded in E. Bath 1905-1910. Emma MESPELL or WOODARD. Other siblings included: Clair,Violet, Louis, Cora, Frances. Emma's husband was Joseph Hile MESPELL.

EGE, ELLIOTT posted by Larry Elliott on Thursday, March 9, 2000

Searching for more information on Francis (Frank) ELLIOTT who moved to Brown County in 1880 from Michigan and his family. Also Ezra ELLIOTT one of his sons and Harriet (Hattie) EGE ELLIOTT. Frank was my great great grandfather and Ezra and Hattie my great grandfather and great grandmother. Ezra and Hattie were postmasters in Verdon.

FARNUM, PAULSON posted by Patty Russell on Thursday, March 16, 2000

Looking for any information about Carl FARNUM and his wife Bertha who lived in Aberdeen, Brown County in early 1900's. Bertha's maiden name was PAULSON.

HARTRANFT, WOLFGRAM posted by Kathi Wertman on Sunday, March 19, 2000

Am trying to locate descendants of Harry Elwood HARTRANFT and Marta Ann WOLFGRAM HARTRANFT. They resided in Groton, SD for 30 years. Born Nov 5, 1871 in North'd Co., Pa., Harry moved to Oregon, Ill., then on to Groton SD. One son, Cloyd Elwood b. Aug. 27, 1916.

PETERSON posted by Dorothie Lindquist on Tuesday, March 21, 2000

I am searching for my family with the surname PETERSON. This family moved from Illinois to Claremont, S.D. They were resident in Claremont in 1921 - 1922 but those are the only years of which I am certain. Especially interested in the family of Bernice PETERSON.

MOTT posted by LaVerda Butler on Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Would someone be willing to lookup an obiturary for me? Looking for Walter MOTT died 14 March 1924 in Aberdeen, Brown Co., S.D. and Lucinda MOTT died 31 Jan 1945.

MAHER posted by Laurence Ryan on Monday, April 3, 2000

I have a copy of the first page (only) of a lonely letter written by a great-uncle of mine, William MAHER, to his brother in Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland, and dated Aug 28,1921. The page has a decorative printed/engraved heading of The First National Bank of Aberdeen, SD. (I am aware that this may not necessarily mean that the writer was an employee of the Bank ...) William was born at Cashel probably between 1850 and 1860. He refers in his letter to "a silence of 46 years", which may indicate that he left Ireland abt. 1875). This may be an unreasonable imposition on your kindness, but I should be most grateful for a little guidance towards my finding more about William MAHER in South Dakota - if indeed he was resident there at all.

MOEN posted by Jodi Tronsgard on Sunday, April 9, 2000

Looking for ancestors or descendants of Thorston (Thorsten/Thomas) H. MOEN who lived in Aberdeen, SD from approximately 1898 - 1909 with his wife Julia. They had three children while living in SD -- Albert R. MOEN, Henry E.T. MOEN and Ruby J.S. MOEN. Other children are Clara H. MOEN and Oscar R. MOEN (both born in ND) and Thelma MOEN born in NM. Owned a General Merchandise Store in SD in 1907.

SAYLER posted by Beverly Stierstorfer on Tuesday, April 18, 2000

I am looking for a Gustav SAYLER born 19 Oct 1899 in Venturia, McIntosh, ND and died in 1 Aug 1970 in Aberdeen, Brown, SD. If anyone can help with finding the obit-- would greatly appreciate it!!!!

LEIDY, LIEDY posted by Diane Depew on Wednesday, April 19, 2000

Am trying to locate information on William LIEDY from Pennsylvania who moved to South Dakota. I know in the 1950s he was living in Aberdeen. He was born November 6, 1881 in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, son of Josiah and Susan LEIDY.

CHRISTENSEN, CLEARY, GILMAN, HURST, LEFLEUR posted by Dorothy E. Esping on Thursday, April 20, 2000

Seeking information on GILMAN, CHRISTENSEN, HURST and CLEARY families. Grace GILMAN married a Sam CHRISTENSEN when? (2nd marriage?). Was married to a HURST. Had 2 daughters by HURST, one was May HURST. Had Betty CHRISTENSEN who married a LEFLEUR by Sam. Grace had brother Albert. Grace lived in Aberdeen before moving to California. Ollie Dobbins Gilman CLEARY was Grace and Albert's mother. Will share information.

LEE, RUDDY posted by Patrick Lee on Saturday, April 22, 2000

Requesting any information regarding Thomas LEE and Mary Ann RUDDY of Brown County--Riverside Township--1880 to1900 era. They had seven children. Any information would be apreciated.

LUND posted by Susan Mortensen on Sunday, April 23, 2000

Looking for more information on Niels LUND, and any LUND family in Brown or Edmunds Co., SD. Niels LUND, from Denmark, bought land in Brown Co. in 1883. I would like to know when he died and more on his family.

ERDMAN, ERDMANN, STANGE, ZAHN posted by Rich Rowe on Tuesday, April 25, 2000

ZAHN, ERDMANN, STANGE. There were families of ERDMANNs and STANGEs who moved from Dodge County, WI, to Brown County, SD in the late 1800s. Friedrich STANGE (1832-1883, WI) married Friederike Alberta ZAHN (1839, Prussia - 1916, SD). 7 children. August ERDMAN (1836, Prussia) married Wilhelmine Caroline ZAHN (1836, Prussia). 13 children. Moved to Brown County, SD. His bio is on this county site. Does anyone know if the ZAHN womwn were sisters, and who their siblings and parents are? I posted some information on these surnames on World Connect, database "rower".

CONNOR, MCPARTLAND, NEILAN posted by Donia Neilan McDonald on Wednesday, April 26, 2000

My great grandparents, Patrick and Eleanor (Ellen) O'CONNOR NEILAN are buried near Verdon on a parcel of land that he donated to the catholic church. They and 2 of their daughters are known to be buried there; Mary Elizabeth Neilan MCPARTLAND & Catherine NEILAN. There may be others that are not known to me. Patrick and his sons homesteaded near Verdon.

BURDICK, HORTON, MOTT, NEER posted by LaVerda Butler on Friday, April 28, 2000

I'm working on the MOTT line and was wondering if you might be able to help me. Walter MOTT and Lydia HORTON MOTT came to S.D. sometime between 1883 and 1888. I first picked them up in 1890 Vet. sch Marshall co. S.D. 1900 and in 1920 they are in Brown co. S.D. Walter died 14 march 1924 Aberdeen S.D. Have obit and death cert on Walter. Lydia (walter wife) died 31 Jan 1945 buried state home cem.
Children (1) S.Eugene b 1881 Wisc move to Minn
(2) Bertha I b 1883 Wisc married a BURDICK
(3) Walter Fay b 1888 S.D. married to a Mabel
(4) Grace E. living in Aberdeen in 1924 husband ? NEER
(5) Myrtle E. living in wesport in 1924 husband ? Morris
Would you have any information on any of Walter and Lydia's Children? Who they married or if any died in Brown County S.D. Any help will be appreciated.

BENSON, FARGO posted by Allen Benson on Friday, April 28, 2000

Looking for info on Lester BENSON who moved to Stratford and Verdon in 1882-1887. He came from Fillmore Co. MN with his brother-in-law Leon FARGO. Interested in obituary for either and any other interesting info.

SCHLEY, STANGE posted by Cory Ragan on Saturday, April 29, 2000

I would like any information about and/or the actual obituary for my grandfather William STANGE (1903-1943) . He was from the Stratford area. His parents were Henry STANGE (1864-1940) and Augusta (SCHLEY) STANGE (1871-1923).



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