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MCBRIDE posted by Jane E. Beese on Monday, May 8, 2000

I am still hoping tohear of information about Moses and Olena, and son,Thomas MCBRIDE family. They are mentioned in the Brown County Book. They are my great granparents and great uncle. When I was very small I met Olena once. And that was about 70 some years ago. Thank you for any help you can give me.

PRETZER, SCHWANDT posted by Loretta Morris on Thursday, May 11, 2000

Looking for Louise Caroline or Caroline Louise PRETZER, married Herman SCHWANDT and farmed Brown late 1800s. She had a brother August and sister Bertha and relatives Edward and Albert PRETZER.

JOHNSON, NYGAARD posted by Terri Oestreich on Sunday, May 14, 2000

I am looking for any information on Joseph JOHNSON or Willimena Andrea NYGAARD - JOHNSON who resided in Brown County /Aberdeen, S.D. in the 1920s and on, Joseph worked as a maintainance person or janitor at the Aberdeen American News until his untimely death of pnemonia in 1926 at the age of 39, leaving behind 2 young boys, Kenneth (who is my grandfather) and Joseph Jr. A baby girl named Florence died just a month before of unknown causes, at 3 months old. Joseph rode a bike to work every day, so he must have lived close or in town. Any kind of information that you could help me with would be kindly appreciated. My grandfather was only 4 when his father died, and little is known about his personal life as in birthdate or birthplace.

SANKEY posted by Keith Sankey on Sunday, June 4, 2000

Seeking info on Lee SANKEY, age 26, lived in Brown Co. abt. 1887. He worked with his father Joseph SANKEY in a livery in Walnut, Iowa before Brown County.

LACHER posted by Gary Huntley on Friday, June 9, 2000

I am looking for information on Richardis LACHER who passed away 9/13/97. Any family or friends who might have known this lady from Aberdeen SD, I would appreciate contacting me.

ROMANS posted by Sandra L. Romans on Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Looking for more information on John B. ROMANS who was an attorney in Aberdeen in the late 1800s. Have lots or information to share if interested.

BARBER, MORGAN posted by Beverly Hlavnicka on Sunday, June 18, 2000

I am looking for information on Claude MORGAN born in Aberdeen in about 1881. Father's name was Myron MORGAN, mother's name not known at this time. Claude and his mother later moved to Enid, OK. Claude's grandmother (Sarah Ann (BARBER) MORGAN) lived in Manilla, Iowa until around 1914 when she died.

MILLER, SCHAEFER, SCHAFFER posted by Sheridan Mitchell on Wednesday, June 21, 2000

John and Theresa SCHAFFER (alternative spelling SCHAEFER) lived in Aberdeen South Dakota and homesteaded in St.Joseph's Colony Saskatchewan Canada. John claimed a homestead there Febuary 1906. In 1907, John was single and age 25. He was born in Kendal Russia year 1882. He married Theresa last name unknown--she was born in Columbia South Dakota in 1888. John always returned to Aberdeen every winter. March 1908: John and Theresa were married. 1st daughter born 1909, Kathryn in South Dakota. In 1910 sold his Canadian homestead and moved to Aberdeen where he purchased a farm a few miles from Aberdeen. They had a family of 10 children. John SCHAFFER died in 1965 and Theresa died 1979. Other surnames associated would be MILLER. I would be interested in exchanging genealogy information I have, with anyone. Thank You

BEHRENDS posted by Jan Hoftiezer on Thursday, June 29, 2000

Searching for information on my great-uncle Herman BEHRENDS and his wife Chloe. Herman died in 1973 in Aberdeen and is said to be buried in Riverside Cemetery. There was one living daughter with children in 1960.

MELBURG posted by Chuck Melberg on Monday, July 3, 2000

I am attempting to find information on my paternal grandfather E.M. MELBURG, which the Brown County web site states was a pioneer of Brown County SD. E.M. MELBURG (Eliot or Elias) was born in Sweden apparently on August 24, 1854 or 1845. When my grandfather lost his wife in Minnesota in 1901, he placed his three children, including my father, in an orphanage. He wrote a few letters to his daughter from the Great Park Hotel in Great Falls Montana until 1906. He then disappeared without a trace. I found in Federal Census records that he immigrated to USA in 1869 and became a naturalized citizen. I found his marriage record in Fargo, North Dakota which gives only Sweden as his birth place. He was married on 20 March 1890 in Fargo, North Dakota. A daughter was born 18 July 1890. He lived in Minnesota. If you have information or suggestions that will help me determine a true history of my grandfather, it would be much appreciated. I am 75 years old and my children are very interested in our family history.

CLOUGH posted by Sharon Lawyer Bishop on Tuesday, July 4, 2000

looking for James N. CLOUGH and wife Annie, found in the B.L.M.records for Brown Co.S.D. in 1885. Trying to find the names of 2 male children, who died at age 15 or 16 years of age.

THEESFELD posted by Marcia Johnson on Thursday, July 6, 2000

RE: Westport, Brown County, South Dakota. Simon and Wilhelmina THEESFELD. Children: Anna; William; Henriette; Ted; and Henry. Simon and Wilhelmina are my grandparents who, according to family history, lived in Westport in July of 1910 but were back in Iowa in the fall. I would like to find out if they appear in the 1910 census of your area or if they slipped in between the cracks! When was the census taken that year? Could someone do a lookup to see if this family is in it. I doubt I would find any written documentation that places this family in Westport (probably on a farm) other than a possibility of being in the census. They were German (Ostfriesen) so am wondering if there was a big group of them who settled in that area. I cannot understand why they went so far except I know my grandfather was always searching for a better place to live. It would be fun to prove this bit of family lore. Thank you very much for any help.

KARLS posted by Robert B. Karls on Saturday, July 8, 2000

Rose Annie KARLS is sister of my grandfather, Joseph KARLS. She is listed under Brown County in pre-1900 South Dakota birth records. Seeking more info.

JOHNSON, MAYNARD posted by Betty Moerke on Sunday, July 9, 2000

Am looking for any relatives of George JOHNSON, b. New York August 1858. Lived on a farm in Brown County with his wife Ida E. Willard JOHNSON. They had three children (as far as I know) . One: Marshall E. JOHNSON b. August 16, 1890 Wife:Gladys Amy MAYNARD. Two: Leonard M. JOHNSON, b. 1896 wife: Effie Marie MAYNARD. Three : a daughter (name unknown).

KOTI, RAUMA, WAISANEN posted by Darrell Kaikkonen on Monday, July 10, 2000

I am doing a search on my greatgrandfather Isaac RAUMA born about 1857 and died in 1917. His wife was Anna WAISANEN born 4-14-1854 and died 4-3 -1899. They had a son William Isaac RAUMA born in 1890 in Frederick SD and a daughter Hilda (no dates available). Isaac's second wife was Mary Rauma KOTI born 1861, died 1941. They moved to the Sebeka, MN area before the 1910 census was taken. If you have any information available on them will you contact me. Thanks in advance.

DRUM posted by Thomas T. Graham on Monday, July 10, 2000

Any information on Hawley Ransom DRUM and family, and Raymond DRUM and family, both lived in Aberdeen in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

CHRISTENSEN, CHRISTIANSON, HANSEN, HANSON, HJORTHOLM posted by Dianne Jenkins Spitzer on Monday, July 24, 2000

I'm looking for information about the family of Hans Jorgen HANSON / HANSEN. Born in Denmark in 1836, Hans married Dorothea CHRISTENSEN or CHRISTIANSON and immigrated to USA in 1866. According to a county history article about their son Christen Hansen HJORTHOLM, they had 13 children. I've only been able to identify these: (1) Christen b.1865 Denmark (2) Matilda b.abt.1868 Wisconsin (3) Sena b.abt.1871 Wisconsin (4) Julia b.abt.1875 Wisconsin (5) Jane b.abt.1877 Wisconsin (6) Charlotte b.abt. 1884 South Dakota (7) Dagmar b.abt.1888 South Dakota The family moved to Brown Co, SD, sometime between 1877 & 1880. Both Hans & Dorthea died in Brown Co.--1901 & 1905, respectively. Does anyone have information about additional children, any descendants, or who these daughters married? Did any of the daughters carry the HJORTHOLM surname? I'll gladly exchange info I have about their son. Thank you.

EVERSON posted by Calvin Burns on Friday, July 28, 2000

I wrote you some time ago concerning my mothers family, her father was Henry D. EVERSON , his father was Ben EVERSON. I am sure you have heard of the EVERSON family (They were the 1st white settlers in Brown County.) I was in SD in June of this year and went by the old homesteds,Cemeteries,and the museum we were vary disappointed to find that the history of the EVERSON family is all but wiped out and much of the early history of Brown County and Columbia is not completely accurate. My mother has collected a great number of documents over the years and would like to set the record straight. Any help or information on this family would be appreciated.

BIEGLER, SAVER posted by Merrie Williams on Sunday, July 30, 2000

Trying to find info on relatives of Anton BIEGLER born 8 Sep 1897 in Aberdeen, Brown Co. His parent are Frank BIEGLER, born 1858 Odessa, Russia. His mother Christina SAVER born 1858. His sister Katherine, born 1880 and Margaret about 1903. Anton,his wife, his parents, his sisters, their husband and their children all immigrate to Alberta Canada in 1908. Help in this matter would greatly be appreciated. Thank-you.

ANDERSEN, BREKKETO, HALVORSEN, ŘEN, JORGENSDATTER, KJOSVIG, QVAALE posted by Christina Brecto on Monday, July 31, 2000

ANDERSEN/HALVORSEN/QVAALE. Searching for information on Halvor ANDERSEN BREKKETO/QVAALE married to Kari JORGENSDATTER KJOSVIG, he emigrated 1847 from Seljord, Telemark, Norway, to Otsego Township, Columbia County, Wisconsin. He and his son, Anders Halvorsen QVAALE, residing in Brown County, 1887. Anders married to Gunhild H. ŘEN (both born in Wisconsin) at Spring Prairie Church, DeForest, Wisconsin in 1887. Please contact me at the email address listed. Thanks.



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