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OCONTO COUNTY
Wisconsin
FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES

 .RUSSELL.

Alexander Russell Family
of Oconto
(Other surnames included: Ferris, Duggan, Barnes, Wren, Christ, Bergman, Laduron, Ruott, Bouchard, Stafinbil, Whiting, O'Shea, Parker, Backus (Backhaus), Gomber)

 Researched and contributed by:  AnnEllen Barr


This connects to research being done by Gloria A. Olson regarding the Laduron Family;  and by
AnnEllen Barr regarding the RUSSELL family

The following unidentified photographs pertain to the Amos Christ family of Wausaukee, the Bergman Family of Sheboygan and Escanaba, MI, the Wren Family of Oconto, and the Fitzsimmons family of Marinette. Any help in identifying them is appreciated. 

Please see these family connections
in the Family Tree below.

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clothing c:  1910
Unidentified Family from the Russell album.
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AnnEllen Barr
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Clothing c: late 1870s
Unidentified Women from the Russell album. 
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AnnEllen Barr
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Clothing c: late 1880s
Unidentified Women from the Russell album. 
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AnnEllen Barr
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Unidentified Family from the Russell album.
Possibly from the
 Margaret Edna Russell Bergman Family
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AnnEllen Barr

Sources for the following information include Canadian and United States Census Records, Canadian and U.S. Vital Records and indexes, Social Security Death Index, Church records, College Records, Cemetery records, Family Bible, Immigration Records, Military Service Records, Family Photograph Album.

Generation - in Canada


Robert Russell 

   
b: about 1806 in England (1851 Canadian Census)
    d: After 1871 in Ottawa City, Ontario, Canada
+ Ann Ferris -
wife of Robert Russell
   
b: 1809 in Ireland (Death Register - Ottawa Cathedral)
    marriage: December 1, 1835, St. Patrick's Church in Bytown, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Marriage Register - Ottawa Cathedral 1827-1980)
    d: August 5, 1863 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Death Register - Ottawa Cathedral)
    children of Robert and Ann:
        1. Peter Paul Russell
1837 - 1912
        2. Alexander Russell 1839 -   
        3. AnnEllen Russell (Jean) Philion 1842 - 1898; 5 children

Generation 1 - in Oconto


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Peter Paul Russell
1837 - 1912
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AnnEllen Barr
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AnnEllen Russell
1867 - 1927

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AnnEllen Barr
Peter Paul Russell
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Catherine Russell Gravestone
Oconto Catholic Cemetery
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AnnEllen Barr
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Russell House
421 Washington Ave.
Oconto
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AnnEllen Barr

   
    b: January 1, 1837 in Bytown, Ontario, Canada

    immigrated: 1863
    d: January 8, 1912, Wausakee, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA
+ Margaret Duggan - wife #1 of Peter P. Russell
    b: October 30, 1836 in Canada
    marriage: Feb 10, 1861 
in Bytown, Ontario, Canada
    d: January 9, 1862 in Canada

    child of Peter and Margaret:
        1. Michael James Russell
           
b: December 25, 1861 in Ottawa City, Ontario, Canada
            d: January 29, 1862
in Ottawa City, Ontario, Canada
+ Catherine Barnes - wife #2 of Peter P. Russell
   
b: December 19, 1843 (December 17, 1844  - cemetery records) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    marriage: May 31, 1863
in Ottawa City, Ontario, Canada
    d: April 9, 1889 (April 6, 1889 - cemetery records) in Oconto, Oconto, Wisconsin, USA
    burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
    children of Peter Paul and Catherine:
            1. Alexander (Alec) David Russell
(please see generation 2, below):

                b: 1864
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: 1913 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
            2. Peter Charles Russell

                b: September 18, 1865 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin

                d: February 12, 1869 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery,
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin           
            3. AnnEllen Russell
                b: April 13, 1867
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: October 2, 1927 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin; age 60 (see notes below)
                burial: Holy Cross Cemetery,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: block 17, section B, Lot 453; Grave 2
(notes on AnnEllen Russell:  Lived in Milwaukee; couple had 12 births, 11 mature children; widowed father Peter Paul Russell was living with the family in 1910 in Milwaukee; 
AnnEllen died following the drowning death of her youngest son, Francis, at the Eagle's Club pool in Milwaukee., age 60.)
            +
Francis "Frank" Wren - husband of AnnEllen Russell
               
b:
May 9, 1859 in NY
                married:  June 19, 1887  in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: March 14, 1934 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
                burial: Holy Cross Cemetery,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(notes on Frank Wren: Frank Wren's widowed father, Patrick Wren 1815 - 1889, is buried in  Oconto Catholic Cemetery, in
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MaryAgnes Russell
with friend Miss Looz
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 AnnEllen Barr

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c: 1910
MaryAgnes Russell
a member of the
Stout State College,  Womans Gymnastics Team

Menominie, Wisconsin

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AnnEllen Barr
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Peter Paul Russell
and Agnes Nettles

Marriage 
October 26, 1899
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 AnnEllen Barr
Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin)  
        
            4. Margaret Edna Russell
                b: 1869 
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: January 19, 1946 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
                burial: Little Suamico Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin
(notes on Margaret Edna Russell: Sometimes prefered using Edna as her first name; Married at age 25, widowed at age 26; raised on child, a son; Lived with son Donald in Wausaukee Village, Marinette County in 1910, Santa Clara, California with son in 1920, alone in San Rafael, California in 1930, with son and his family in Cook County, Illinois in 1940; did not remarry)
             +  Franz Joseph Bergman -  husband of Margaret Edna Russell
                b: July 1, 1856 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
                occupation: Master Brewer
                marriage: November 28, 1894 in Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin
                d: November 27, 1895 in Wells, Delta County, Michigan

                burial: Little Suamico Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin

            5. Gertrude Minerva Russell

                b: August 10, 1871
  in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: April 21, 1961 in Wausaukee, Marinette County, Wisconsin
                burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Wausaukee, Wisconsin

(notes on Gertrude Russell: the couple had 7 children)
            + Amos Charles Christ
                b:
March 1868 in Marquette, Michigan
                occupation: 1930 General Merchant in Wausaukee
                marriage: July 16, 1895 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin (St. Joseph Church)
                d: 1958 in Wausaukee, Marinette County, Wisconsin
                burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Wausaukee, Wisconsin
            6. Bridget Rosetta Russell 
                b: October 6, 1874
  in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d:  February 7, 1960 in Mantowoc, Wisconsin
                burial: Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Cemetery in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
(notes on Bridget Rosetta Russell: She joined the Order of St. Francis Sisters of Charity and became Sister Mary Austin Russell O.S.F.; in 1913 she lived in Cambridge, Ohio)
           7.  MaryAgnes Russell
                b:
May 19, 1878  in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: December 3, 1954 in San Rafael, California
                burial: Dominican Cemetery, San Rafael, California
(notes on MaryAgnes Russell: She joined the Dominican Order of Preachers - Sisters of San Rafael, California, and became Sister Inez O.P.; she had attended Stout State College, in Menominie, Wisconsin, majoring in Domestic Sciences in the early 1900s; in 1913 she was living in Oakland, California)           
            8. Eva Teressa Russell 

                b:
July 20, 1882 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                d: November 27, 1893 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery,
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin           
+ Agnes Mulvany - wife #3 of Peter P. Russell
    b: March 1, 1849 in Ireland
    marriage: (Her second was to Peter P. Russell) October 13, 1889 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    d: October 26, 1899
(note on Agnes Mulvany Nettles Russell: Agnes had 5 Nettles children, 4 living at the time of her marriage to Peter P. Russell, Peter and Agnes had no children together.)



Generation 2 in Oconto

Alexander (Alec) David Russell
   
b: June 18, 1864 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    occupation: carpenter and millwright
    d: April 23, 1913 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
(notes on Alexander Russell: In 1906, at age 42, he suffered a paralytic stroke which left him disabled; death at age 49 leaving 9 surviving children, the youngest age 5 years)

+  Mary Theresa Laduron - wife of Alexander D. Russell
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Mary Therese Laduron
1867 - 1945
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AnnEllen Barr
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Granville Alexander Russell
1892 - 1972
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AnnEllen Barr
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Gomber Gravestone
Oconto Catholic Cemetery
 
AnnEllen Barr
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Alexander David Russell
1864 - 1913
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AnnEllen Barr
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 Oldest Russell Children
c: 1898
top: Robert
center left to right: Grandville, Theresa, Truman
front:
Peter John
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AnnEllen Barr
    b: March 28, 1867 in Bay Settlement, Brown County, Wisconsin
    marriage: January 24, 1890
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    d: July 13, 1945 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin

    children of Alexander and Mary Therese:
    1. Robert Alfred Russell
        b: December 28, 1890 in
Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        occupation: 1930 City Electric in Milwaukee; 1940 owned boarding house and ashman in Milwaukee public sanitation
        d: October 1972 in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington
        burial: Park Hill Cemetery Vancouver, WA
(notes on Robert Russell: One child; 1930 and 1940 living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with wife, daughter and father-in-law)
    +  Lou Etta (Etta) Routt
        b: January 23, 1895 in Dundas, Richland County, Illinois
        marriage: December 28, 1921 in
Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin (St. Joseph Church)
        d: July 13, 1991 in Vancover, Clark County, Washington
        burial: Park Hill Cemetery Vancouver, WA
    2. Granville Alexander Russell  
        b: July 26, 1892
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        occupation: 1930 locomotive fireman, steam engine;
1940 proprietor of private dairy
        d: March 14, 1966 in Glendive, Dawson County, Montana

        burial:  Sacred Heart Cemetery, Glendive, Montana

    + Cordelia Alexandria Bouchard  - wife of Granville A. Russell - 5 children
        b: June 30, 1896 in St. Jeans, Deschallion, Canada
        marriage: May 13, 1918 in Didney, Montana
        d: January 15, 1979
in Glendive, Dawson County, Montana
        burial:  Sacred Heart Cemetery, Glendive, Montana
    3. Theresa Evelyn Russell  
        b: June 9, 1894
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d:January, 1986 in Spokane, Washington
    + Herman G. Stafinbil  - husband of Theresa Russell; 5 children
        b: October 5, 1889 in Dawson County, North Dakota
        occupation: farmer in 1918 & 1920, miner in 1930; Steam engineer on road construction 1940
        d: February 20, 1977 in Kalispell, Flathead, Montana
    4. Truman Charles Russell 
        b: January 10, 1896
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        occupation: 1920 Chaufeur; 1930 Cafe Cook;
        d: October 2, 1954
    + Elizabeth Whiting - wife #1 of Truman Russell; 2 children 
        b: July 29, 1898 in Wisconsin
        d: December 8, 1928
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery,
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    + Myrtle nee ? - wife #2 of Truman Russell
        b: 1905 in New York
        d:
    5. Peter John Russell
        b: October 26, 1897
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d: January 25, 1920 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        burial:
Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
(notes on Peter J. Russell: Sargent US Army, World War I,  11th Company, BN H.A.F., Quartermaster Corps)
    + Elizabeth  nee ? - wife of Peter John Russell
        b:
        d:
    6. Gerald L. "Jack" Russell 
        b: April 15, 1900 
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d: April 4 1919 at Langres, France
        burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
(notes on Gerald Russell: age 19, 
Died at Langres, France: Private First Class, World War I, 316th Salvage Squad, 29th Division)
    7. Matilda Catherine Russell - 1 child with O'Shea, Russell J. O'Shea born October11, 1923 in Nebraska, died December 3, 1997, burial in Oconto Catholic Cemetery with mother.
        b: 1902
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d: June 24, 1969 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
(notes on Matilda Russell: 1930 Census, living with O'Shea surname with son as lodgers and working as a saleslady in Minneapolis, Minnesota ; 1940 Census, living with husband #2 and son Russell O'Shea in Chicago, Illinois; buried under the O'Shea surname; son born in Nebraska)
    +  Neil O'Shea - husband #1of Matilda Russell
        b: in Wisconsin
        marriage: about 1921
        d: 

    +  Edward H. Parker - husband #2 of Matilda Russell
        b: 1900 in Massachusetts
        d:
    8. Margaret Mary Russell  
        b: September 12, 1904
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d: April 17, 1907 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
    9. Edna Minerva Russell - 5 children
        b: February 5, 1906
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d: December 10, 1981 in Cudahy, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
        burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cudahy,
, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
(notes on Edna Russell: 1930, 1940, living in Pensaukee, Oconto County)
    +  Elroy Backus (originally Backhaus) - husband of Edna Russell
        b: 1902 in Kewauskum, Washington County, Wisconsin
        marriage: November 4, 1925
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        occupation:
1930 cheesemaker and owned the factory and store;1940 WPA)
        d: September 15, 1960 in Cudahy, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
    10. Marie Rosetta Russell
        b: April 29, 1908
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d: December 20, 2000 in Naples, Collier County, Florida
        burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
(notes on Marie Russell: She lived with and cared for her widowed mother, especially in later years)
     + Clarence Dudley Gomber - husband of Marie R. Russell
        b: September 13, 1903
        occupation: 1930, 1940 teacher in Public School, Goodman, Wisconsin;
        marriage: June 1, 1935
in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        d: December 7, 1995 in Oconto, Oconto County, Wisconsin
        burial: Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin
(notes on Clarence Dudley Gomber: father was Dr. Jacob Gomber, physician and surgeon, living in Gillett, Oconto County in 1910; In 1920, 1930 Clarence was living with his family in Goodman, Marinette County, Wisconsin, 1940 Clarence Dudley was living in Oconto with his wife at his mother-in-law's home and teaching in
Goodman, Marinette County)

As a girl of age 13 in 1880, Ann Ellen Russell did this piece while a student (probably 8th grade). It has 13 flesh-tined shades in the petipoint of the face of the Christ Child.  In 1944, her daughter, Genevieve Wren Sass, took it to Marshall Field & Co in Chicago to be properly framed and sealed. At the time they offered to purchase the piece but it was far too precious to the family as an heirloom. Up until this point it had benn in a bos in th attic of Ann Ellen Russell Wren's home in  Milwaukee, Wi. Unframed and esposed to light and air, it had deteriorated rapidly. The original background was black but has faded. Genevieve Sass wanted to be certain it was preserved so had it specially framed.

When Genevieve Sass was moving to a retirement apartment, she asked her daughter, Ann Ellen Sass Barr, named for Ann Ellen Russell, if she would like to have the piece. It is very precious due to its provenance and it is my hope that it will be carefully preserved for our family when I am no longer  here to care for it.

Ann Ellen RUSSELL (1867 - 1927)  did needlework throughout her life making many of the altar cloths for St. Joseph's and then for St. Thomas Aquinas in Milwaukee after they moved there.  Despite 12 children, she was always busy doing crochet work using the big pocket in her apron to contain her items in progress.   

AnnEllen Barr



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