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Carol Litke
Christopher Schneider born July 22, 1886 in Salem, South Dakota married Emma Lange born December 29, 1888 in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Christopher died December 14, 1945 in Lyon County
Emma Elizabeth Lang Schneider died May 22, 1939 in Murray County, Minnesota
Both are buried in Pleasant View Cemetery in Dovary, MN.
They were the parents of at least five children
Delphine, Esther, Melvin, Clarence (Died an infant) and Glendora
The children were young when the mother died and we are wondering if someone can help us find out where the children went? It was said they went to live with some Langes.

Shelly Weickum
Martin (b. 1836) & Mary NELSON (b. abt 1846) from Sweden were present in Limestone, Murray, MN at the 1880 census with children Anna (b. 1864) and Peter (b. 1874).  This family is also present at the 1885 state census in Chanarmbie (formerly Limestone), Murray, MN.  By the 1895 state census, Martin is married to Johanna (m. 1991 per 1900 census) and children Ellen and Lena and living in Slayton, Murray, MN.  Where did Mary, Anna and Peter go?  Back to Sweden? 

Shari Cummings
I'm looking for the Thomas Richard (son of Roger & Catherine (Kelley) Cummings & Hannah Agatha (dau of Patrick J & Anna (Gannon)Behan) Cummings family.  They lived around Iona  from 1911- before 1917...Three of their children Anita 1911 , Richard 1912 & Mary 1914  were born in MN I could only find one of them Mary Clare #1914-19755 in the birth index. They left Iona sometime after Mary was born because they just couldn't deal with the tornados any longer returning to Iowa and having my father in law in 1917.

Judy Olson
FRIED: Alois, Lewis, Louis,John, Vincent, Vinzenz. I'm looking for someone who may have obits on any of these 1870s immigrant persons or their spouses in Murray County. Several are buried at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church cemetery, east of Fulda. I'm hoping to find information in an obituary that may connect this FRIED line in some way to my Ignatz FRIED. It would help considerably if I could just verify the connection between several of these persons. Mention of surviving relatives in an obituary could provide some clue. I'd also welcome a contact from anyone related.

Tim Kunzweiler
KUNZWEILER:List may begin with Mathias (Matthew?) and Josephine @1868? Sons and daughters may include August and Rose. Home may have been Fulda, MN.

Jim Hood
HOOD:John/Mary F(rancis) in 1895 Iona MN state census.  These are my g=grandparents.  Looking for info on their families and their origins.

Eric E. Durnan
DURNAN: I am looking for information regarding a James Durnan and a John (Jack)Durnan who lived and farmed near Fulda, Mn. They probably came to the area around 1900 and died there around Fulda. I know James had a family and was married ot an Agnes Kerns, or Schmeltzer. I do not know of any of Jack's family. I understand that they attended St. Gabriel Catholic church in Fulda. These two men would be my great great uncles and I am reseaching their family, which is mine, as their parents are my great great grandparents. Any information on them would be appreciated and I would certainly like to make a connection to any family currently in the area.

Lee Leier
JAMTO: John and Brute (Brethe) born in Norway. Found their census June 1905 and living in Holly, MN, Murray County, Organtza (sp) township. 10 children. My grandmother Helga JAMTO born about 1899, married Claud (e) Emmons HARP and died in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, MN in 1966. Helga and Claud(e) HARP had 2 sons Chester E HARP and Julius HARP all buried in Grand Rapids, MN. Any info on the HARP (Claude's mother's surname may have been MILLER) and JAMTO families would be greatly appreciated.

Laurie Radmacher
LARSON: I am seeking information about Ella, wife of Marius. Died 1918. Parents: Andrew Larson and Paulina Peterson of Westbrook; Sons: Arnold, Glen, Reuben and Gordon. I am looking for information on any children and spouses such as their full names, dates of births, dates of deaths, and address. Would like to hear from others researching this family tree!

FRISK (FRESK) - searching for any information or connections to this surname in and around the Avoca MN area.

SCHELLENBERG (SCHELLENBURG) - searching for any information or connections to this surname in and around the Avoca MN area.

Georgia Ferry
HENDRICKS: I would like to submit a query on the Hendricks family of Murray County, MN. and last found in the 1930 census in Twp. Bodin. Charles S. and wife Mary Cullen Hendricks and family. Daughters Mary M. b. 1908 Alice E.b. 1912 , Agnes D b. 1915, Ellen E. b. 1917 Rita Ab. 1920. Have just the birth years, taken from the 1930 census but no other information on this family. Charles was born 1877 Macon County,IL. and married Mary J. Cullen b. 1880 MN. Would like to find the children, and their spouses. I think they lived in Fulda, MN.

Isabel Vandervelde
SMESTAD: We are seeking descendants and ancestors of the Smestad family, of whom Hans, Knute, Mari, Arnt, Julia, and Martin are listed in the 1900 and 1910 U.S.Censuses of Murray County, some lived there until their deaths.
KETELBOETER, emil: middle name otto. date of birth April 17, 1903 date of death march 1973. lived in Currie, MN in Murray county. Spouse's name is Frances M. Ketelboeter (maiden name is Reinart). I need information on his children such as their full names, dates of births, dates of deaths, and address. Would like to hear from others researching this man.

FOLSOM: Family history says my ggggrandfather Zimri Allen FOLSOM died Sept.28 1882 in Hadley, Murray Co. MN. Would appreciate hearing from anyone else doing research on this man.

M Czuba
HERMELING, Joseph - born 1863 (Grandfather) I am researching my family for my grandchildren. Many family members still residing in Murray County. Would appreciate any information and contact.

PETERSON, Adolf Petter Nilsson, b. 1831. Spouse: SANDBERG, Anna Sofia Johannesdotter, b. 1829. Anna and Adolf Peterson, are from Jonkoping, Sweden, their children were born there also. Adolf changed his name from Nilsson to Peterson when he came to the USA. Immigrated to IL first before coming to Avoca, MN. I am looking for descendants of this couple, which I descend from also. Children: Frans Oscar b. 1857 married Carolina Magnusdotter Bjorklund, Ellen Augusta b. 1860 married Charles John Sandburg, Johan August b. 1863, Carl Fredric b. 1865, Ida Mathida b. 1867 d. 1867, Gustaf Adolf b. 1872 maried (1) Anna Gertivg (2) Mary Stohl, Anna Hilma b. 1876 d. 1876. I have more information and images that I would like to share.

Eileen Parris
GALLES, John Peter, Jr Looking for relatives. He moved to Slayton, MN in early 1880's from Silver Creek, WI & lived there until at least 1897. His brothers George(married to Jennie ROBBENOLT)), Nicholas(married to Ida SIEBERLICH), Frank(married to Angie MASON) also lived in Slayton. Their father, Jean/John Peter Galles,Sr died in Slayton in 1906, but I believe buried in Currie. Trying to get more information on his brothers and their families.

COOK, MORET, DYSTHE (CHAMBERS, MN): I am seeking information about Cornelius COOK and his family from Chambers, Minnesota. He was married to Cornelia BOOGAART, and they had at least three children: Daniel, Cora, and Nellie. Son Daniel COOK married Ruth DYSTHE and daughter Cora COOK married a MORET. Cornelius Cook was born in New Jersey January 28, 1870, and died in Chandler, Minnesota October 8, 1944. Cornelia was born in Holland November 9, 1869, and died in Murray County Memorial Hospital, Slayton, August 10, 1954. We believe that Cornelius and his family moved to Chambers by 1916.

Ann Benson
STONER: Emory STONER was in Chandler, MN in 1899 according to his mother' obituary from Sac County, IA. Emory was married to Lucretia Maynard Rowan STONER and they had a daughter born in Sac County, IA in Dec 1888. Jessie STONER, widow, and daughter Sadie STONER, 12, are in Garretson City, SD, in the 1900 census. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.

MEYER, WOLHAUPT: Looking for information on the descendants and ancestors of Dietrich August MEYER (1852-1911) and Louise MEYER (WOLHAUPT) (1859-1934) moved to Fulda in about 1901. Both buried in Prairie Hill Cemetery North of Fulda.

Barb Unger
BURNS, MALLOY, O'HEARN-SWEETMAN COLONIZATION: Looking for Sweetman Colonization researchers. The Malloys immigrated from County Meath with Bishop Ireland help. Burns family from Steele Cty MN via St Lawrence Cty NY. Arrived in Currie 1888.

Carol Carletto
OLSON, TONNESON, THOMPSON, STERUD: I am looking for information on my 2nd Gr. Grandparents, who settled in Slayton, Murray Co., MN. Aumond OLSON b. 3/1/1839 Norway; m. 1/28/1865 to Bertha Marie TONNESON in Slayton, Murray Co., MN.; d. 8/26/1915 in Slayton, Murray Co., MN. Bertha Marie TONNESON b. 9/16/1837 Norway; d. 9/01/1904 in Slayton, Murray Co., MN Children: Josephine Marie OLSON b.10/30/1865; m. 10/1887 to Nels TONNESON II in Slayton, Murray Co., MN Tennis M. OLSON Oscar John OLSON b. 1/01/1869; m. 6/14/1899 to Eldre WALSETH in Slayton, Murray Co. MN. Bartemus OLSON b. 5/12/1871 in Slayton, Murray Co, MN; m. 12/16/1900 to Anna FRISK in Slayton, Murray Co., MN Bergina Louise OLSON b. 6/17/1873 in Slayton, Murray Co. MN; m. 6/14/1900 to Christian Adolph STERUD in Slayton, Murray Co. MN Amelia (Millie) OLSON b. 4/01/876 in Slayton, Murray Co. MN Anna M. OLSON b. 1/27/1879; m. 2/10/1899 to Thomas (Tink) Harold THOMPSON; d. 2/08/1968

Joe Van Wassenhove
WHITE, BEVINS: My great grandparents James L. BEVINS (1864 England-1932 Kewanee, Illinois) and Elizabeth Hunter WHITE (1879 Cherokee County, Iowa-1944 Kewanee, Illinois) were married in Slayton, Murray County on November 8, 1897. Elizabeth's parents James and Jane (Jean? HUNTER) WHITE emigrated from Scotland in about 1885. They supposedly moved from a farm near Odebolt, Iowa to a farm near Iona in 1896 or 1897. They moved back to Odebolt in about 1904. James' parents William and Mary (BORK) BEVINS emigrated from in or near Leicester, England in 1853 settling in Ohio, then Illinois and finally Cherokee County, Iowa after 1865. I'm searching for any information on the WHITE family, where they lived exactly and how they connected with the BEVINS family.

Kara Knox
BARNES: Thomas BARNES, died Holly Twp. 1874 wife, Eliza resided Holly Twp. 1878 son, Ebenezer, resided 1871-1898, Holly & Murray wife, Ruth, resided Holly, 1880 children, William, Fred, Mary, Emma & u/k dau.

BROUILLET: My great great grandparents are Damos and Victoria (Morin) Brouillet. They were married in Kankakee Illinois and then moved to Slayton Minnesota. I am trying to link both the BROUILLET and MORIN lines back to the Quebec area and eventually to France. Any help would be appreciated.

Steve Krahn
GULBRANDSON: Looking for info on John Gulbrandson brother of Andrew and Inga Hultgren (nee Gulbrandson we believe). Only info I have is from Aug 10, 1932 obit for Inga. She was survived by brother John of Slayton and Andrew of Gibbon. It gives her place of birth as Haengnasen(sp?) Saerna Congregation, Westerdalen Sweden.

More info on the Hultgren, Youngberg families of Kandiyohi County MN.

Mike Connor
CONNOR: My Great Great Grandfather, Thomas Connor (B: Oct 12, 1842), was a long time resident of Currie, MN. He arrived in the area, apparently considered by some as an early settler, on or about 1866. He died in 1901 and is buried along with his first wife, Mary Willard, in the local Currie Catholic Cemetery.

I have been able to collect his U.S.Naturalization papers, Census material, Death Certificate and the like and found that he was born in Ireland, his parents were Thomas (Sr) and Mary Stewart, are also from an unknown Ireland location. According to one of his Obituaries, prior to his arrival in the U.S. Thomas (Jr) was gold miner in Australia. A lot of traveling and experience for a 24 year old to bring to Currie.

I have been trying, for a long time, to determine where in Ireland this Connor family hailed from and what attracted Thomas (Jr.) to Currie, MN. without much success. I know that the Catholic Church bought large tracks of Minnesota land and resold them to the poorer Irish but I believe this was done in the 1870's or so. Thinking that possibly Thomas came to Murray County to meet up with people he knew, I am hoping a local resident or someone with information about Murray County could tell me where in Ireland other residents came from.

Any information would be appreciated. If in reading this message you are related please contact me direct as I have information on most of his descendants.

Monica Janczak Swafford
BROUILLET: I am researching the family of Damos and Victoria Morin BROUILLET. Damos and Victoria moved from Kankakee, IL to Iowa, then to Slayton, MN. After Victoria's death, Damos moved back to Kankakee, IL. I would like to share information with anyone researching this family.

Pat Mount
BUSSE and THURNAU: Looking for my great Grandparents William BUSSE and Sophie THURNAU (sometimes seen as Turner)who lived in Fulda. Son William BUSSE born in Fulda 28 Apr 1899. Obituary of William Jr. says that he grew up in and attended school in Fulda. Other children were two daughters - Pauline and my Grandmother Caroline (Carrie)who would have been about 10 years old when William Jr. was born.

Becky Roorda Mihelich
BUYSMAN, Henry J. and Anna. I am looking for any information about Anna BUYSMAN, nee HOEKSTRA. Anna was born c. 1883 in Berlikum, the Netherlands, and emigrated with her parents, Sye and Tryntje HOEKSTRA to Orange City, Iowa in abot 1886. Later they lived in the Sheldon and Sanborn, Iowa areas. She was married to Henry in 1912. Henry's father's name was Hendrick Jan BUYSMAN Henry was born in Zwalle, the Netherlands. By 1924 Henry and Anna were living in Chandler, MN. Henry was probably a farmer. I don't know how long they remained in the Chandler area. I would appreciate any information about this

Venita Spier Mon, 3 Jul 2000
CZEPA: John CZEPA II. Born Aug 21, 1837 in Austria. Died Aug 2, 1919 in the Slayton Hosp., Slayton, Murray Co., MN. Buried St. Gabriel's Cemetery, Fulda, Murray Co., MN. I believe he was married 3 times. Two of his sons came to America (and Murray County) also: Alois (b Jan 19, 1873) and Frank (b Oct 6, 1868). John CZEPA III (b May 1881) also resided in Murray Co., but I don't know for sure whether he was born in Austria or IL. John II's last wife was a FRIED or FRIERD. I am planning a trip to Germany and Austria and am desperate to find out where the Czepa's came from for on-site research, so any clues would be helpful. I have seen both countries listed as birthplace in many records. I have also seen Maliglitz, Austria listed in Frank's obituary. Additionally, I plan to finally publish what I have on the KUNZWEILER and CZEPA families after my trip, so any photos, stories, or information on those families is very welcome.

Marjorie Bednarek
YOUNG-MARLETTE-BONNELL: Ida YOUNG b. January 20, 1856, daughter of James and Luthera (MALLORY) Young married Richard Davis MARLETTE on October 23, 1874 in Currie, Murray County, Minnesota. Four children born to them, Ethel Marlette m. Charlie Bonell, James, Merle and Cecil Marlette. Ida and Richard "Dick" divorced and Ida died July, 1907. Where did Ida (Young) Marlette die? Ethel lived in Wisconsin, would like contact with BONELL Family for Genealogical exchange. Any and all information needed.

Wayne E. Locher
SAGE - PASEK - SANFORD We are looking for descendants or relatives of Mrs. Pearl SAGE, Fulda, Murray County, Minnesota. She lived in Fulda, MN during 1944 when here parents Cornelius D. SANFORD and Ada S. KUNTZ SANFORD celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Correctionville, Iowa. Pearl SAGE may have died July 1975 at Sious City, Iowa. We are also looking for her sister Mrs. Cornelia PASEK Botna, Iowa. We have been tracing the Sanford family from New York, through Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Christer Gustavsson
ANDERSDOTTER/ANDERSSON: I´m looking for information about Emilia Amanda ANDERSDOTTER, born Aug 30, 1867 in St. Åby, Sweden, and her family. She was married to Anders Gottfrid ANDERSSON. She died 87 years of age (1954-55). She left Sweden in 1888. In 1896 she was living in Chicago, Illinois. Her adress in 1925 was “Currie, Box 16, Minnesota”. They had four children, two sons and two daughters. The youngest daughter was born June 19, 1903. I have no other adress, but they owned a farm before the moved to a town. Two years ago I got information from cemetery records for Faith Swedish Cemetery, Avoca, Minnesota: Anderson, Gottfred born 1865 died 1960, Anderson, Emelia born 1867 died 1954, Anderson, Lauritz G. born 1892 died 1968, Anderson, Palmer born 1897 died 1972. Two sisters, Florence and Frances, were also mentioned. As I´m planning a trip to USA in June, it should be interesting to get in touch with descendant to her. I´ve found the information in a letter to her sister, my mothers grandmother, from 1925.

J Farris
HEGSTAD: Seeking any information on HEGSTAD families in Slayton. John HEGSTAD emigrated in 1867, sister Marie HEGSTAD in 1883 and brothers Nels and Ole HEGSTAD in 1885. John married Susan (Syneve) ? and had Sivert, Martin, Olaf, J. George, Jacob, Marie Josephine. Ole married Mary ? and had Josephine M., Peter H., Olga M., Hilda, and Ione L.,. Nels married Marie Larsdatter Stolpnesseter and had Maren, Louis, Berit, Pauline, John M., Stina, Peter Severin, Inga, and Oscar.Nels and Marie moved to Tacoma in 1900.

Rose Anderson
VOLK-WALDEN-HOBERT: My relatives spend many years in Murray County and I am looking for decendants that may still live in the area or know of these relatives. Names: Grandparents: Fred Joseph Volk married to Hannah Walden. Freds parents were John Edward and Amelia Waeckerle Volk. Hannahs parents were Carol Gustof Walden and Blenda (Hobert) Svensson. My grandparents moved to South Dakota in the 30's and didn't keep in contact with many of the Volk relatives especially. Would like to resume contact and find lost cousins.

M. Proctor
KOOB/SCHUSTER I am trying to find information about my great-grandparents, Martin SCHUSTER and Agnes Madeline Roeinstein. My grandfather, Ferdinand SCHUSTER had a sister, Mary SCHUSTER, who was married to Henry KOOB and lived in Iona MN. about 1942. She had been born in Germany and came to US before 1896. Any information on this branch of my SCHUSTER tree would be appreciated.

Sharon Johnson
JOHNSON-JÖNSSON ,John-Jöns b. 5-24-1852 married to Boel Persdotter (Persson) b. 10-7-1851, daughter Hanna b. 11-5-1873, Nils Magnus b. 12-29-1875, daughter Anna b. 1-19-1878, and Boel's mother Anna Mårtensdotter(Martenson or Martens) from Skåne, Sweden came to Skandia Township in 1879. Boel is Hans Person's sister. They joined Sellerud church. They had five more daughters; Ida b. 7-20-1880, Emelia b. 3-9-1885, Hulda b. 9-16-1887, Lydia b. 1-5-1890, and another that died at age three. Nils Magnus married in 1899 and had a son, Raymond Leo b. 9-21-1900. In 1899 John Johnson moved his family to Tracy, Minnesota. I believe Nils Magnus stayed in the Skandia/Balaton area. Anna married Andrew Green and had four sons; Alvin Ferniand b. 7-25-1898, Harold Gordon b. 12-27-1899, Wallace Winton b. 1-28-1901, Glenn Roland b. 11-23-1903 and I believe they also stayed in the Skandia/ Balaton area. I know that Anna Martensdotter died about 1897. I do not know where she died or where she is buried. I am looking for any information on anyone from this family. I have been researching Hans Person(Pearson) and his wife Maria and with this new information of his mother and sister and her family coming to this area maybe I can find out where they are buried and if I have relatives I never knew I had.

Johanna Swanbeck
KLEIN: Charles Henry Klein and Josie Jorstad born 1887 Iowa died 1937 Currie. Children: Pearl b. May 1912; Opal Arleen b. 20 Dec 1913; Charlotte Janette died; Gladys 15 Dec ??; Earl Raymond ??

Phyllis Zane
McMAHON: Daniel McMahon and his wife Bridget HOLMES came to the US from Ireland @ 1880.May have lived in Wi. Moved to Murray County, Mn @1883. According to 1885 census, they had at least 4 children (all born in Ireland): Edwin born 1857, Hannah born 1860, John born 1862-died 1927, and Patrick born 1857. John married Catherine (Katie) CONWAY on 3 March 1886 and they had 11 children born between 1886 and 1910:Mary, Ellen,Margaret, Ted, Edward, Patrick, John, Catherine, Jim, Josephine, and Winifred. Patrick married his first wife, Kate Manderschied, 17 March 1899. They had a son James who married Bertha Tracy 28 Oct. 1917. John and Patrick (Daniel's sons) and families moved to the Watertown-Esterly,South Dakota area @1900. John moved to Sargent Co., N D in1913. I am looking for info on any of Daniel McMahon's descendants and will share info.

Barbara L Selzer
PRYOR: Researching Floyd Thomas PRYOR b. January 21, 1897 d. 1972 I believe in Slayton, Murray Co. I believe his parents were Jonathan PRYOR b. April 9, 1850, d. November 15, 1927 and Margaretta RAPSON b. June 8, 1854 d. July 8, 1921. I have information about other PRYOR'S but don't know if they are related. I'll be happy to share any information I have.

Scott Brunner
ULRICH: I am interested in hearing from anyone with information on the Ulrich family that lived in the Lime Creek area from 1880's to about 1905.

Sharon Johnson
PERSON,PEHRSON,PEARSON: My great grandfather Hans Person lived in Skandia Township was a farmer. He arrived in 1878 from Skåne, Sweden, married Mary (Maria) Anderson in1880. They had five children; Alfred b. 1881,Oscar b. 1883, Clara b. 1885, Otto b. 1886, and Lorence b. 1891 d. 1893. Hans died in 1906, where I don't know. The farm was sold in 1913 to Leo Arnsdorf. Mary moved to the town of Balaton, Alfred,Oscar, and Otto moved to Wendel,MN and Clara married Oscar Wretlind; they had two children Sophie and George. I am interested in finding any information on where Hans and Mary died and were buried and what happened to Clara Person Wretlind.

Karen Dotson
FARNLOF... GUNDERSEN/SON: Looking for any information on Emmanuel FARNLOF and his family, wife was Hilda FARNLOF maiden name was GUNDERSEN/SON and a daughter Stella and a son Clarence FARNLOF around 1900-1920 in Murray Count. Marriages, Births, Deaths.....

Nancy Pearson
SHEERIN, HENDREN, LOWE: I am looking for relatives of MARY SHEERIN, she married James HENDREN and they lived in Murray Co. then in Woodstock. She had a sister and brother in Slayton and maybe her sister was married to a sheriff named Jim LOWE.

Michael Schmidt
RUPP, SCHMIDT, BACHMANN, MULLER: I'm trying to find out more about my ancestors.They were mennonites and left Galicia Austria in the late 1800's.And settled in Rosehill(westbrook)and des monies river township in murray county.I'm looking for info on my great great grand parents Jakob SCHMIDT SR and his wife christine(BACHMANN)SCHMIDT and Daniel RUPP and his wife Barbara(MULLER)RUPP and my great grand parents Jakob SCHMDT JR and his wife katharina(RUPP)SCHMIDT.

Linda Swanson
NELSON, ERICKSON, HOSMER: Am looking for information on Augusta Swanson NELSON who was married to John NELSON. I am not certain where they were married. Augusta was born 11-24-1858 in Oland, Sweden. It is not certain when John died but at least Augusta lived in Lake Wilson in the 1930's and somewhere beyond Aug 7, 1943, as she is noted attending a funeral of a relative in northern Minnesota. She had a child named Effie. People accompanying Augusta to the already noted funeral were M/M J.W. ERICKSON and M/M J. TOWSER(it may actually be HOSMER). I am wondering if Effie was the wife of one of these couples. I am looking for information on Augusta, John, Effie and any descendants that may or may have existed.


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