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2003 Queries Fri, 26 Dec 2003 12:04
I am trying to locate Benjamin Currier or his wife Mary Ann (Whipple) Currier's burial site, obit etc.  Their eldest son (John W Currier) moved to Dodge county from the Dakota territories.  I have second hand information that he died in Dodge county 3 May 1858.  His father Benjamin died in Dakota territory in 1881 and his body moved to the family farm?  in Canisteo, Dodge county MN.  I have searched in SD and can't find his or her burial sites on farms, cemetaries etc, although I have found several of his children.

Kathleen Wed, 17 Dec 2003 00:12
I'm looking for the parents of Ida Schoonover B. about1886 maybe Minnesota .She was a ward of the state public school in Blue Earth,Fairbault Co put there by order of the probate court of Dodge Co, Mn. she was adopted by the Robbins and renamed Gladys Robbins.Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kathleen

Cindy Michaelsen Tue, 16 Dec 2003 16:45
I'm looking for any information regarding my grandmother, Laura Gustafson, born in 1873 in Kasson, Dodge County, MN.  Unfortunately, I don't have any other information pertaining to her or her family, not even a birth certificate. She died of cancer when she was quite young leaving three children, one of which was my father, who also died of cancer very young, when I was several months old.   Any information you can find would be greatly appreciated.   Thank you kindly, Cindy Michaelsen

NorRean Baxter Mon, 17 Nov 2003 09:42
searching for information on my fathers family.his name willard frank SHAFFER, his father -leo,his mother emerice (FLEENER),his brother-gaylord"pete".they lived in wasioja in front of the old church where my parents were married (1958). any/all info,stories,contact welcome!!! Thanks,  NorRean Baxter  95 N. Broad St. Apt.#17 Lexington,Tn. 38351

Carolyn Lubker Mon, 3 Nov 2003 18:01
Oliver H. SORRENSON b. Norway abt. 1838 ( Lived in City of Portage, Columbia Co. WI in 1870 U. S. census 2nd Ward)
mar. 1 Nellie M. Nobel 1870 Columbia County, WI (dau. George Fitch Noble of Kilbourn, WI)
mar. 2 Caroline Johnsen 1878 LaCrosse, WI (dau. of Svend Johnsen & Ingeborg Kristiansdtr)
Civil War veteran 23 WI regiment, Co. C. Infantry  He is listed in Vesterheim Norwegian Civil War veterans as a Captain. 1880 U. S. Federal Census Dodge City, Dodge, Minnesota Oliver H. SORRENSON Age: 41    b. NOR   Occupation: Merchant Dry Goods Caroline Sorrenson  Age:  25   b. NOR    Caroline is listed a Wife. Lillie May Sorrenson Age:  8    b.  WI      Lillie is listed as Dau   Also, someone has sent me an email about an Albert C. SORENSON, who died Nov. 22, 1879, buried Riverside cemetery, Wasioja Township, Dodge County, MN, age 18 days, son of O. H. & C  "from John Dalby's Cemetery index"    Is there any further information about Oliver H. Sorrenson while he lived in Dodge County? Caroline was my husbands great aunt--his grandfather, Carl J. Johnson's sister.  Perhaps there would have been a newspaper ad about his dry goods store, etc. or  an obituary for either Oliver H. SORRENSON  (died in 1882) or even about the child Albert SORENSON, who died Nov. 22, 1879.    Help appreciated, thank you, Carolyn Lubker

Kathy Sigdestad Tue, 7 Oct 2003 15:06
I am searching for information on surname HARRAMB who may have lived in Dodge County or surrounding area around 1880.  My great great aunt, Anna Thoe, born 1854 in Norway, immigrated with her parents, Odd Knutson and Brita Thoe in 1872 to Dodge County.  Anna married a wealthy businessman with surname HARRAMB (Heramb).  His first name is unknown.  She lived in MN after her family left for SD.  She had a daughter named Tonette.  I am trying to find more information about this family (marriage record} and where they lived?  Following her husband's death, Anna lived with her family in Day County, SD until she was hospitalized at Yankton Hospital in SD.  She died in Yankton county but we do not know where she or her family are buried. I have been unable to find any information under this surname in MN - it may be spelled incorrectly. Thank you for any assistance. Kathy

Ruth Harrah Wed, 17 Sep 2003 08:57
Seeking information on Ambrose and Phoebe (GILBERT) TIFFANY born about 1814 NY and 1818 NY. Known to have lived in Dodge co. in late 1850's.  Ambrose TIFFANY m.(1) Electa SHEPARD b. 1818 NY. m. (2) Lucy BUCKMAN MARSH widow. Ambrose d. in 1884 and buried in Rice Lake Cem. Phoebe d. 1857 and buried in Rice Lake Cem. Looking for any descendants of them. Daughter Theodora was my greatgrandmother. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Candy Atnip Tue, 2 Sep 2003 22:33
I am looking for birth records for Eva Irene Cook, my Grandmother. Born Dec,19,1898 in Dodge county. Parents Henry Harvey Cook and Genevieve Alice (Jones) Cook.(Given names could be reversed) Also any siblings born to this couple in Dodge county. I am looking for any information on H.H.Cook and G.A.(Jones) Cook. G.A.Cook was born March 13,1968. Unknown date for Henry Harvey Cook as he was left on the door step of an Angel or Angell family in Wisconsin between 1845 and 1850 I believe as he joined the Civil war as a drummer boy at 14 or 16. I am under the impression that on these dates the states merged so am trying where I do know. Thank you Candy Atnip

Marlin Miller Mon, 25 Aug 2003 18:32
I am trying to find information about ancestor HARRY MORSE LANE.  I just found his marriage record and his birthplace looked like it could have been, Ellington, Minnesota.  Previously we thought he was born in Hibbing.   He was born March 1897 according to his obituary.  Can someone check birth records for this ancestor?   Thank you. Marlin Miller

Fran Hase Pitts Thu, 14 Aug 2003 12:18
I am looking for the death certificate of Phillip HASE/HAYES. He was born on 7-9-1818 in NY. He died in Kasson City, Dodge Co. MN on 11-1-1897. I would like a picture of this death certificate and the parents names on it. Do you know how I can get this information? He was married to Hannah Wood and his children that lived with him in Kasson City are Washington, Mary Jane and Alphonso Hase. They have their name spelled both ways on records but mainly went by HASE. It is HASE on the tombstone. I would appreciate any help you can give me on this. Thanks,   Fran Hase Pitts

MaryAnn Taylor Sat, 9 Aug 2003 18:27
Balthasor or “Baltz” PFEIFFER married Barbary SOLOMON Nov 15, 1869 in Dodge Co, Minn., probably in Mantorville.  Baltz was born in Switzerland abt. 1838 and immigrated to USA in 1863.  He served as a union private in the Civil War in the 51st and 53rd Wisconsin infantry, listed as Balthazar Pfeiffer. He died Oct 1, 1904 in Mantorville, Dodge Co, MN., and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery. He and Barbary had at least three children: Kate, Mary, Eliza or Lizzie. I am seeking info about where Baltz was born in Switzerland.  If there are any PFEIFFER families still living in Dodge Co or surrounding areas, I would love to hear from them. MaryAnn Taylor,

Pam Offerdahl Tue, 5 Aug 2003 12:28
I am trying to locate a town or  place, by the name of Eagle Valley. I have a picture of a house owned by my great grandparents George and Phoebe SACKETT and it says that it was in Eagle Valley. I'm not sure it's in Dodge Co, but this is where all my Sackett ancestors were from. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Pam Schuster Offerdahl

Georgeen Carden Wed, 23 Jul 2003 12:25
My g-grandfather, James Pratt, farmed 80 acres in the northeastern part of Milton Township in Dodge County in the 1860s and 1870s. He married my g-grandmother, Margretta, sometime in 1863 and my grandfather, William Lamont, was born in July of 1864. James spent the next year serving in the Union Army, being discharged in September of 1865. Margretta died in September of 1866 at the age of 20. Family tradition says she died in childbirth. She is buried in the Pine Island Cemetery, but I have found no records of her death. I have been unsuccessful in determining who her family was. I have a letter written to her by a sister, Charlotte Holman, who lived in Pine Island at one time. I have reason to believe the sisters were  named Leach, but I'd sure like some confirmation. Can anyone help me? Georgeen Carden

Cindi Carter Sat, 19 Jul 2003 13:17
seeking information on a rev. WOOD, he officated with rev. B.C. GILLIS at the funeral of PHILLIP E. HASE, Nov. 3, 1897.  I  believe that this might be a possible relative of Phillips' wife Hannah. Phillip and Hannah are buried in maple grove cemetery and i am sorry, i don't know anything about the Rev. wood, but since in Phillip Hases' obit listed him as living in byron and that is in dodge co., i was assuming that he was maybe there sometime.  Phillip and his wife came to dodge county between 1862-1870. thanks for your time. any help would be greatly appreciated. cindi

Mindi Fri, 18 Jul 2003 21:03
I am looking for any/all information on my g.g.grandparents.- They both were born in Glarus, Switzerland, and left their home country in 1872, although the exact date is not known. (this is the date where information for this family, "stops" in the Archives in Glarus).-   My g.g.grandfather was Mathias Eduard MARTI- he was born 11 Feb. 1845 in Engi, Glarus, Switerland.- dod- unknown. He married, first, Katharina LEUZINGER on 10 Sept.1868. This couple had one son, Johannes MARTI born on 12 Jan. 1869. Katharina died 3 months later, in the hospital of Glarus, on 6 April, 1869.   Mathias Eduard MARTI then married Barbara SCHLITTLER on 10 May, 1870. Barbara was born on 15 Aug., 1849 in Niederurnen, Glarus, Switzerland. dod- unknown. This couple had two more children while still living in Switzerland, they were Anna Maria MARTI born 29 Dec.,1870 and Samuel MARTI born 4 June, 1872.-   The records state: "This family emigrated to North America, nothing was heard of them since their departure. The civil court of Glarus declared in 1946 all of the above as missing and presumed dead, with effective date of July 4, 1872."-   I DO know that this couple had other children, I believe 10 in all. My g.grandfather, Edward Nicolaus MARTI being one. Although, by the time of his birth, which was 10 Aug. 1883, the last name had been changed to MARTIN. He was born in Allegheny, Pa., the family has always believed that his parents came to Pa., from Switzerland.... however, after MANY searches on my part... I have not been able to find them in that state until the 1880 census!?.... Which, when I found them, I also discovered that not only did my g.g.grandfather change our surname, he also "dropped" the use of HIS first name, and was by then using his middle name.... this too he changed from "Eduard", to "Edward".   WHY he/they 1.Changed our surname, 2. no longer used his given first name, or 3. never reported back to their home canton I have no clue.. they are some of the questions I hope to answer!   Since I wasn't able to "find" the family in Pa... I started to go back over my notes.. and I found an Uncle of my g.g.grandfather's by the name of Mathaus, (correct spelling has two ".." above the 2nd "a"..but, my PC will not allow me to do these?!...) anyhow, Mathaus, the uncle, left Switzerland in 1866 with his new bride, Maria LUCHSINGER.- The settled in Minnesota, and some in the family think that it MAY have been in Dodge Co.?- The records in the Archives of Glarus state: "Mathaus MARTI born 25 Oct. 1840 and his young wife, Maria LUCHSINGER, born 28 March, 1846 emigrated to North America to Minnesota, on 26 March, 1866 to 'follow a brother of the wife's'- This couple had no children, and Mathaus died in 1902 in Minnesota"   After reading this, I went back to my records for my g.g.grandparents, and I saw on the 1880 census for Allegheny, Pa., that they had a daughter, age 1 yr., with a place of birth being listed as Minnesota.- This lead me to believe that perhaps when my g.g.grandparents left their home country, they in fact came to Minnesota, as they would've had some family already there.?-   Since I am not sure of the location in MN, where the uncle lived, I am starting my search of the state in Dodge co.-   To date, I have been doing searches using my g.g.grandfather's given birth name of Mathias, I now believe that perhaps I should look for him under "Edward"?- I want to find out whatever happen to the uncle and his wife. Where they died, and where they are buried. Did they in fact, never have a child?- Along these same lines, I have found my g.g.grandmother listed in the 1900, and 1910 census, again in Allegheny, Pa., however in each, she is listed as 'head of  household", from this, I have to think that my g.g.grandfather had passed away by 1900.- I want to find where he died, and where he, as well as his wife, and the rest of the family is buried.?-   Also, in the 1880 census, Johannes, the first born son on Mathias and his first wife, is NOT listed?- WHERE IS he?? He would've only been 11 years old.. did he die sometime between 1872, and 1880, and if so, where? when? where is he buried?- Did he stay in Minnesota with his father's uncle for some reason?- The records in the Archives do say that he "emigrated to North America with his father, (step) mother, sister, and brother".- It is yet another "family mystery that I want to slove".   The family spoke German, and I believe that they were Lutheran.-   Did MN have a census in 1875? If so, would anyone be able to look for this family in the records for me?.... I have cked for a census for this same yr. for Allegheny Pa., but so far, have not been able to find any.... people tell me that they don't think there was one?-   Does anyone know of any MARTI families living in Dodge Co, or the surrounding area? Perhaps any MARTIN's? I don't know if my g.ggrandparents where the "only" MARTI's to change their surname to MARTIN?- I also don't know the middle name of the uncle, Mathaus, and don't know if he too poss. dropped his first name, and used his middle? It would appear that unlike my g.g.grandfather, the uncle, Mathaus DID report back to his home canton......if not, the records contained in the Archives there would not have the information on them, that they do.. such as the year he died.- This leads me to think that perhaps he did in fact keep and use his given birth name.   ANY/ALL help will be wonderful, and I thank you in advance for this! Continued good luck to all in their searches!! ~Mindi~

Julie Franz Wed, 9 Jul 2003 11:36
I recently discovered that my home was originally built and owned by Jabez Hyde Kasson. I was wondering if you had any other information on him and If my home could be listed on the historical society for dodge county. Please contact me at 107 7th Ave Sw, Kasson, Mn. 55944 or call me at 634-4367. I'm very interested in any information you might have. Thankyou!

Faye Muller Tue, 8 Jul 2003 16:06
I am searching for the James Peak(e) family who is believed to live in the Kasson or Genoa area in the 1880s.  Would appreciate any items of information on this family. Faye

Ann Mullen Fri, 13 Jun 2003 19:26
Researching - Harmon HOUK and Almira "BENJAMIN" HOUK My ggrandmother Ida Mae HOUK was born 1864 in Mantorville, Dodge County, MN.  Her brother Clifford was born MN. abt 1866.  It appears Harmon came from WI and lived in MN between 1860-1870.  Harmon and Almira were from NY or PA.  Harmon also had an older son Frank living with him, born in WI about 1860.  Frank was not the son of Almira  The 1880 census shows Harmon's family, now 7 children and a new wife Amanda EVANS in Center, Calhoun County, IA.

Dick Riley Mon, 9 Jun 2003 20:16
James Casey - (possibly James L. Casey)  The last I heard of him he was in Mantorville, MN in 1978-79. He would be in his 70's by now. He wore an eye patch. Someone told me that he ran a photographic shop in Mantorville for awhile. It was the kind where you dress in period clothes and get a photo done. He used to be an auctioneer in 60's, maybe he kept it up. I also heard a rumor that he had some sort of a pony and cart rig to give rides to children. He used to live on Bear Lake, near Emmons MN in the mid-60's then was divorced and moved away from there. Mantorville is the last I have on him.  Reply to: Use subject heading - "Query - James Casey" so I will know to look at it. Thanks.

Eileen Robinson Wed, 02 Apr 2003 18:35
I am researching the famil;y of Michael & Aase RINDAHL who lived in Vernon Township, DOdge Co, Minn.  I have found them on the 1870 & 1880 census in that place.  There is no 1890 census to look at. I am trying to find the death & burial of Aase RINDAHL sometime between 1880 and 1897.  I believe she might be buried in the Lutheran Churchyard in Vernon. Can anyone help me locate these records? Eileen Robinson

Sandy Jo Mon, 17 Mar 2003 14:21
I am looking for any info on Gina Saterdalen, or any Saterdalen, for that matter. Gina was born in 1892-1981, I would appreciate any help, she lived in Hayfield Mn, I understand she set the longevity record at the time of her death. If you  respond  please, have saterdalen posted in  subject line, as I delete mail i do not know the person sending, Thank you for your efforts, Sandy Jo

Heather Shepard Fri, 14 Mar 2003 13:48
Hello!  I am looking for information about the Herbert HARMER and Elizabeth Denny SWAM family.  Herbert Harmer was b. 4 Mar 1852 Green Lake County, Wisconsin, married 4 Feb 1874 to Elizabeth Denny Swam in Kasson, Dodge, Minnesota, died 10 Nov 1926 in Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Minnesota, and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center, Dodge, Minnesota.  His parents are Matthew HARMER and Mary Ann SKINNER.  Elizabeth was born 1 Jul in Stillwater or Elizabethtown, New Jersey, died 9 Mar 1930 in St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, and is also buried in the Riverside Cemetery.  Her parents are John SWAM and Elizabeth DENNY.  I believe they had nine children:  two Elizabeths that died in infancy or stillborn, Herbert Francis (sp. Mabel DAGGETT) , Richard Denny (sp. Lucy Blanche INGHAM), Paul Matthew (sp. Gladys JOHNSON), Pearl Elizabeth (sp. Charles Lester COWELL), Clifford (sp. Neva Belle MATTISON), and Velva Salome Harmer (sp. John Delbert NOREEN). 
I am missing some information on the children of Herbert and Elizabeth and Matthew Harmer's family, and I have hardly any information on Elizabeth's parents or siblings.  I would really appreciate any information on these family members.  Heather Shepard

June Jahn Wed, 5 Mar 2003 12:59
Looking for information about George LEWIS born about 1852 Dodge Center, Wasioja township, Dodge County Minn. Married Georgianne HARRIS about 1870 Dodge Center Georga(Georgianne) HARRIS was born Jan. 26, 1856 Dodge Center. Georga’s parents were Jacob L. HARRIS and Letitia PIERCE.  Any information or confirmation would be greatly appreciated. I will be happy to send a donation. Thanks June

Laurie Westberg Fri, 28 Feb 2003 12:32
I am looking for obits for the following:
Teunis S. Slingerland b. 3/22/1823 NY married Catherine Elizabeth Bouk -- died January 27, 1914, buried Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
Catherine Bouk Slingerland born July 27, 1834 New York died January 20, 1877 - buried Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
Teunis Slingerland b. 1854, died July 7, 1932, wife Estella - buried Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
Estella Slingerland, died January 10, 1936 - buried Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
Catherine Slingerland, daughter of Teunis & Estella - born November 14, 1899, died March 27, 1900 - buried Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville.
I am also looking for any living descendents of Teunis and Estella Slingerland (grandchildren or great grandchildren).   I am a descendent of Nancy Slingerland, sister of Teunis S. Slingerland.   Thanks much.   My e-mail is:   Laurie Westberg

Gerber, Russ Thu, 13 Feb 2003 15:00
GERBER family, according to 1880 Census, includes JOHN SR., wife MATTIE, and children WILLIAM, LOUIZA, SAMUEL, ADOLPH, and EMMA.  I am trying to find out when John Sr. and Mattie arrived in Dodge County, and ultimately when they arrived in America.  Any help is appreciated. John Sr. is my g-g-grandfather. Russ Gerber

Jerry Bich Fri, 17 Jan 2003 13:13
I am starting to research my mothers family.  Her great grandparents, Dennis and Ellen LYNCH, came from Montgomery County, New York, in 1855 to Wisconsin and then in 1857 to Ashland Township in Dodge County.  Dennis died in 1874 and Ellen died July 13, 1885.  They had 9 children, one of whom was Nancy Lynch.  She was still single and living in Ashland at the time of Ellen's death in 1885.   From there I do not know how she met and married John R. THOMPSON.  They then went to Belfield, North Dakota where my mother's mom, Ellen Thompson (an only child) was born.  I do know that Nancy Lynch was born May 4, 1850 and was 10 yrs older than her husband, John R. Thompson who was born in June of 1860.   I want to work on getting more info on the Nancy Lynch and John Thompson connection. Jerry Bich

Tom O'Neil Sat, 11 Jan 2003 07:16
Father: Philo Porter, b. 1806 in CT, d. 1878 in Claremont, Dodge County Mother: Clarissa Skinner Children: William Emerson, b. 1836 in CT, d. 1914 in WA, m. Delia Kibbe Allen Louisa Clarissa, b. 1842 in Dodge County, d. 1849 in Dodge County Emma H. Porter, b. aft 1847 in Dodge County Horace Philo, b. 1849 Any information will be appreciated.

Charlene Zuhars Thu, 09 Jan 2003 23:09
The 1870 census for Ripley in Dodge County has entries for Peter & Mary DESSAINT.  Three of their children, ages 13,10,4, were listed as deaths for May 1, 1870.  The entries stated lightning bolt,  house struck,--    Does anyone know what may have happened at that time to have three deaths on the same day?  Thanks for any information or resources that I might access.   Charlene Zuhars Wichita, KS

Daniel Schafer Tue, 07 Jan 2003 16:33
I have purchased a large ledger book that was kept by the postmasters of Dodge Centre.  In it they list all of the postal money orders from 1875 - 1885 (I think).  Basically, this was money flowing in & out of Dodge County. The sender, receiver and locations are all listed.  Do you think anyone up there would be intereseted in buying this for the local historical society? All the best, Dan Schafer

Jerri Eckmann Tue, 07 Jan 2003 13:01
I am searching for any information on Hans P. ECKMAN (OR ECKMAN). Specifically who his parents were, and what ship they came over on from Denmark. Also, any marriage records or land records would be appreciated. He was on the 1900 Federal census for Dodge County, Township of Mantorville. I believe that it says that he lived on Keys? St.  He lived their with his wife Anna, and three sons, Harry Jr., Anscil, and Raymond. Hans P. (later Harry) Eckman(n) was born in 1870 in Denmark.  He immigrated here in 1877.  His father was Swedish and his mother was Danish.  Hans (Harry) and Anna were married in 1892. Anna Marie (Hartwick) Eckman(n) was born in 1867 in Wisconsin.  Both of her parents were born in Norway. Harry Jr. was born in 1894, Anscil in 1896 and Raymond in 1899. Thanks, Jerri Eckmann

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