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 Lorinda Verkins FARKAS Sun, 12 Dec 2004 10:03
I am searching VERKINS, J H of Mantorville Village, Dodge Co. appearing on the 1870 Census. Hes was listed in the 1880 Census as VERKINS, Jackson at Dodge Center. No age or other information accompanied his name. Was this some kind of facility? Is there a roster for it? Perhaps he is in a Dodge cemetery? There were so few VERKINS/VEHRKENS that immigrated from Germany c1850 via Milwaukee that there must be a connection to Augusta VERKINS 1818-1888 in Waukesha co, WI or Frederick VERKINS 1830-1922 of Winona, MN.

If anyone can point me to info on the name or on Dodge Center please email me. Lorinda Verkins FARKAS


Jeff Babcock Sat, 6 Nov 2004 14:35
I am looking for information on my great-great grandparents Austin H. BABCOCK and Laura (WADE) BABCOCK and their children.

Austin BABCOCK is buried in Concord Cemetery, having passed away Feb 3rd, 1908.  The last known whereabouts of Laura is in Rochester, MN according to the 1920 Census, living with her youngest son Willis Austin BABCOCK.  As far as I know neither she nor Willis are buried in Concord Cemetery. According to the 1880 census, Austin BABCOCK ran a grocery store in Dodge Center.  Can anyone verify this?  Does the building still exist?  If so what is the current address?  Is it possible that today the building is a small diner?

Also, I have a copy of a Land Patent for 80 acres just west of Oronoco, dated Aug 5th,1869.  But the 1874 plat map on the Olmsted County website does not list him as owning that parcel.  Any information on Austin, Laura, Willis or Irness S. BABCOCK would be most appreciated.

Thank you, Jeff Babcock


Carrie Sun, 24 Oct 2004 21:37
In 2001 JON SAUNDERS wrote:

 "Carl "Charlie" "Charley" HANSSON or HANSEN (1868-) came to farm in Hayfield, Dodge Co., Minnesota about 1892 from Norway.  He married Anna Minnie BOSMAN (1865-) whose parents were born in Norway.  They had five children, Maymee, Gerald, Dewey, Leonard (1896-1976), & Walter (1904-1971).  Walter married Esther ENGVALDSON (1909-1995) and they apparently lived most of their lives in RochesterMaymee married a ROUKOFF (sp?).  I am looking to make contact with some of their descendants.  Does anyone have any leads?"


Jon Saunders email was bounced back to me. 


I am the Grandaughter of Esther and Walter.  My mother has original Birth/Marriage, death certificates and Citizenship papers as well as the Engvaldson family bible.  Uncle Lenny and Auntie Swan still have some children in Texas and My Mother also has their names as well as phone numbers, addresses and I believe pictures of family graves.  Walt and Esther have 3 surviving daughters.  One in Mpls, one in Indiana and one in Illinois.


What kind of information could I help you find?


Hope this note finds you and finds you well.  I would be interested in sharing information and family photographs with you.  You can contact me at


Betty Cary Mon, 18 Oct 2004 18:42
For years I have been trying to prove a great great uncle, Lewis Clark Masters, did not commit bigamy.  Latest information has him in the 1880 Ashland, MN census with his wife Jennie Easton Masters. I would appreciate your adding my quest to your site. Lewis Clark Masters born in Howard, Steuben Co., NY 1844 to John and Almira Janes Masters.  He married in Feb. 1865 Jennie Easton who is in the 1870 Steuben Co., NY census alone as a schoolteacher in Woodhull, NY.  A woman in IN claims Lewis Clark Masters took the name of Leslie Lewis Clark and married her great grandmother Nancy Jane Chastin in Boucher, IN.about 1872.  I have proof that this Leslie Lewis Clark was born in Tompkins Co., NY in 1843 and his family moved to IN about 1852.  I have his Civil War record, etc.  Anyone have any information on Lewis Clark Masters and his wife Jennie Easton?

Thanks. Betty Cary  Wellsville, NY


Frank J. Doherty Sun, 10 Oct 2004 15:05
I am interested in the family of James Mantor who was born ca. 1790 in town of Beekman Dutchess County, NY and is found in the 1860 census in Mantorville, Dodge County.  I know that two of his children, Peter and Riley were there then also. 

Would like any other information that might provide clues as to his wife and his siblings.  His mother Catherine was in Albany Co., NY in 1800 with three sons and three daus

Frank J. Doherty,


Jim & Kathy  Mon, 6 Sep 2004 13:20
I am researching my grandmother's (Fannie Mae CONKLIN CROWELL) family, and her mother Mertie Ann SOUTH was born 31 August 1864 in Dodge County.  Mertie's parents were Sylvester & Cornelia SOUTH.  Mertie had brothers Herb, Guy, Jay, Frank and sisters Flora and Ida.  Mertie SOUTH married Frank H. CONKLIN 23 Sep 1885.  Does anyone have any information on Merite and her family?  I would appreciate anything that is out there!!  Thank you!


Grant Merrill Sun, 22 Aug 2004 12:50

I'm looking for info on the descendants of Frederick M. LOCKE (1841-1920) and his wife Louisa M. (HUMMEL) LOCKE (1850-1921).  I am also looking for info on Sara (KLINE) HUMMEL (mother of Louisa) (1817-1899).  All three are to the best of my knowledge buried in Rice Lake Cemetery, Claremont Twp, Dodge Co, Minnesota.  Neither Frederick nor Louisa appear in the Minnesota Death Certificate Index. Cheers, Grant Merrill


The Lambert Family Sun, 15 Aug 2004 11:04

I am trying to locate and find my relatives. You may not be able to help,but it's worth a try. Looking for the family of Donald LeRoy Lambert, his mother was Pearl Morse. Last I knew they lived in Fairbault MN. I know he had several brothers and sisters. If you can help please reply. Thank you  The Lambert family


Dennis Clark Mon, 02 Aug 2004 21:54

I am looking for a list of Lutheran Churches that were in the area between 1895 and 1925.  We are looking for my husbands deceased family.  We would like to check church records but need to know what churches were in the area.  My husbands  grandmother Emma Clark is buried in the Wasioja cemetery of Wildwood.  We would appreciate any help you could give us.  We are looking for a Frank Clark (his  grandfather) and Lester Clark (his uncle).

Tricia Clark and Dennis Clark


Shelby Berglund Tue, 27 Jul 2004 10:51

My great great grandparents homesteaded in Dodge county. I do not know too much about them. The last name is CANFIELD My dad says that the CANFIELD homestead is listed on the national historical registry. Can you give me any more information?
Shelby Berglund / Production Supervisor
Sara Lee Foods
Trails Best Meat Snacks
521 North 5th St.
Chandler, MN 56122

(507) 677 2291 ext. 2313


Tricia Clark Sun, 25 Jul 2004 23:35

We are trying to find a birth record for my father in law, Richard Harold Clark.  He was born January 25, 1907 in Mantorville, MN. we think.  He said

that is where he was born.  He was an orphan by the time he was 10.     His parents were Frank and Emma  Clark.  Mother died when he was quite small, his younger brother also.  His father immigrated from Ireland.  That is all the information we have. Thank you Tricia Clark


Mary Rydberg Sat, 10 Jul 2004 14:25
SMITH, Frank- Dodge Co Resident, 1876-bef 1948

In my search for the Ashler and Smith family I am trying to find a child of Mary Ashler Smith and Jacob Smith-- Frank R. Odd Smith. Frank was born in April of 1876 as per the 1900 census where he was found living in West Concord, Dodge Co, MN. He probably died between 1945 and 1948.  He is mentioned as a surviving brother in the obituary of Emma Bringgold in 1945.  He no longer appears as a surviving brother on the obituary of his brother, Albert Ashler in 1948. I have listed the  Frank Smith from the MHS Death Cert Index who died between 1945-1948 who seems like the most likely candidate and one other that seems a possibility.


 CertID# 1947-MN-010965    

  Date of Death:

 County of Death:   05/05/1947


a possible though less likely candidate


 CertID# 1945-MN-005469    

 County of Death:   10/01/1945


I was hoping a volunteer might look up his obituary and copy and mail it to me. I would be happy to pay for postage and copying and/or send a SASE.  I would like to have the actual copy and the name and date of the paper it comes from.  Thanks for any help.

Mary Rydberg

A Desperate Researcher Not living in MN Researching:  Ashler, Bigelow,  Booth, Busch (Buschkowska) , Cain, Cooper, Rydberg (Johansson), LaFont, Learn, Miller, O'Dell, Rogers, Schilling, Waxlax, Wilson

Dan Durbin Sat, 26 Jun 2004 14:16
Seeking information about Thomas WEBB and family.  Thomas was born in England, approx. 1812.  Wife was Ann, born England, about 1814.  They are listed in the 1870 census in Dodge County in Mantorville with children Sarah, age 22; Emily, age 18; Charles Thomas, age 17 and Lizzie J., age 10.  Believe all children were born in England, except Lizzie who appears to have been born in Minnesota.  Family may have been in Mantorville area as early as 1860.
Have found entries that show a Thomas WEBB and wife Ann buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville,  in section 1 12 B.  DOB for Thomas 12 August 1812, DOD was 30 June 1886.  DOB for Ann was 1 Jan. 1815 and DOD 27 July 1902.  Daughter Sarah Ann is in same plot.  Her DOB 29 Jan 1846 and DOD 5 May 1923.
Charles Thomas WEBB shows being buried in Evergreen also in section 567C.  DOB of 1853 and DOD 1 Aug. 1933.   Wife Elizabeth COLEMAN WEBB also there.  Her DOB was 1862 and DOD was 8 May, 1916.
Thomas was a brother of my gg-grandfather, John Webb.  Would like to learn more about Thomas' family, but would especially like to connect with any living descendents.  If anyone would be willing to look for obits and/or take photos of headstones, please let me know. Dan Durbin

Cynthia Lawrence Sun, 13 Jun 2004 00:16
I am researching my great grandfather Charles E. LEWIS b. August 16, 1860 in Dodge Center, Dodge Co., Minnesota.  His death certificate (d. March 1, 1934 Jeffersonville, IN.) listed his father as William LEWIS.  Charles married Mary Ellen PARKS from Wayne Co., IN.  Children: Ralph Lewis b.1888, Blanche Lewis b. 1891, Harry Lewis b. 1895-6, Muriel Lewis b.1899, Minnie Rose Lewis b. 1902, Helen Lewis b.1905-6, Frank Lewis b. 1908.  Any information would be greatly appreciated. Cynthia Lawrence

Mary Rydberg  Fri, 21 May 2004 09:06
I am searching for Elizabeth LEARN who was married at one time to Wesley ROGERS, child to this marriage was Lulu or Lulie ROGERS, born 1881 in Fayette Co, IA and moved very early in life to Concord, Dodge Co, MN. Lulu married Jacob ASHLER, Jr. in 1898.  Elizabeth was also married to THOMPSON at one time.  Known children to this relationship are Bill or William and Mertie (perhaps Myrtle or Matilda?).  Mary Rydberg Looking for these MN families all related to Dodge and Goodhue Co, MN ROGERS, LEARN, ASHLER, O'DELL, RYDBERG, BRINGGOLD, GOLDEN, SCHLAEPPI, OPEM, HARTLEY, GERBER, HOLSTS, STARCH, OLSON, HOUCHEN

Mary Rydberg Wed, 19 May 2004 19:01
I am hoping that a volunteer might find and copy for me the obituary of Carrie BRINGGOLD born 1858, died 21 DEC 1907 buried Berne Cemetery.  I would gladly send a SASE and pay for the copy.  Thanks for any help you can give me. Mary Rydberg Researching:  Ashler, Bigelow,  Booth, Busch (Buschkowska) , Cain, Cooper, Rydberg (Johansson), LaFont, Learn, Miller, O'Dell, Rogers, Schilling, Waxlax, Wilson

Lori Fortner Tue, 18 May 2004 10:03
Looking for information on Anton L."Tony" Jensen (April 18, 1886) a Danish immigrant and wife Bertha Kyler (June 01, 1881).  Bertha was born in Janesville, Iowa (Bremer county) to Jacob and Lizzie (Buck) KylerTheir children Thora, Nora, Alfred (died December 28, 1969 bur. Mantorville, MN), Forrest, Wilbur, Ferne and Lenora.  The family lived in Dodge county about 1920Thora moved to Kankakee, Illinois, to live with a cousin.  Her parents eventually settled in Kankakee as well.  Both Bertha and Anton "Tony" Jensen are buried in Kankakee county, Illinois. Lori Fortner

Dennis Roll Wed, 12 May 2004 14:52
Looking for a marriage date for Martha Avis HOAG to a Richard McClure. She was born near Mantorville, abt 1860 to Charles and Arvilla (Beeman) Hoag. She married Richard and lived near Sumas or Nooksack, WA from before 1910 until she died March 13, 1918. Both her and Richard are buried at the Sumas Cemetery, Sumas, Whatcom Co., WA. Would like also to know if they had any children. Any assistance is appreciated. Thank you. Richard was my great uncle.

Wendy Winkelman Fri, 16 Apr 2004 11:07
I am trying to track down Lars and Kari Jacobson. They are in the 1870 and 1880 census for Doge Cty, Vernon Township. In 1870 they were 70 and 71 years old. Does anyone have a cemetery listing for this West St. Olof Cemetery? Could they look and see if their names are there? Also, anyone know what the local newspaper was in 1880? Perhaps I could go look for an obit - although I don't have a death date for either of them. Wendy Winkelman

Susan Egan Mon, 29 Mar 2004 21:45
I am looking for any information on the Rudolf BAUMGARTNER family living in Concord, Dodge, MN in the 1870 census. Census lists Rudolf, wife Susan and sons, Jacob, Rudolf, John and Fred. John is missing in the 1880 census and I would really like to know what happened to him. Can anyone look into the death index in Dodge County for the years 1870 and after? Thank you Susan Egan

Robert A. Hatch Mon, 29 Mar 2004 01:30
I'm looking for information on the death, burial, and parentage of:   Hiram HATCH, b. abt. 1823, NY state; d. after 1880; He appears in census for 1870 and 1880: Kasson, Dodge, MN Post Office:  Mantorville; Hiram owned a hardware store;   His wife is Harriet P. [unknown maiden] Hatch; Daughters: Ida P. Lillie L. Corey Nellie V.   I suspect both Hiram and Harriet died and are buried in Dodge Co.; Any assistance greatly appreciated!   Thank you! Bob Hatch

Susan Grummon Sun, 28 Mar 2004 14:46
BLODGETT, Cornelia C. Born:  August 02, 1834 Died:  May 03, 1893 Buried:  Maple Grove (Kasson) Cemetery, Canisteo, Dodge County, Minnesota Spouse:  BUTTON, Norman Born:  May 13, 1833 Died:  November 16, 1918 Buried:    Maple Grove (Kasson) Cemetery, Canisteo, Dodge County, Minnesota Children:  Arthur W. Button, Lewis D. Button & Fred E. Button Moved to Mantorville, Dodge County Minnesota between 1870 - 1880   I am hoping that someone has access to this book and would be willing to do a look-up for me.   Given Name:  Cornelia C. Surname:  Blodgett Book:  OLM. WINONA DODGE Year:  1884 Page:  1210   Thank you for your assistance.   Susan J. Grummon

James Healey Wed, 17 Mar 2004 16:08
My dad, Dennis HEALY/HEALEY, was born in Claremont, MN on May 23, 1913, his father was Thomas S. HEALY/HEALEY, his mother Hattie UPHAM HEALY?HEALEY.  Thomas worked on railroad.  Any info on either HEALY/HEALEY or UPHAM.   Jim Healey

Sarah Churchill Wed, 10 Mar 2004 15:17
! My name is Sarah Churchill and I am an occupational therapy student at the Univeristy of North Dakota (UND). I have been trying to apply for a scholarship for which I need to be a relative of a WWI veteran. My Great Grandfather, Charles Isadore Hoehn, was an army veteran of WWI. I have contacted the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO but they needed more information to find his name than what I have available.
I was wondering if, by chance, you would happen to have any information on his serving in WWI on record there in Dodge County, and if not where I could look elsewhere to find papers or documentation, or something to prove that he served in WWI. My Great Grandfathers name was Charles Isadore Hoehn. He was born in IA, ID, or MN. His SS# is 482-38-5003 which was issued in IA. He was born 2/4/1890 and died in Hayfield, MN on 3/1975.
If you have further questions, you can contact me at or call me at 701-775-5024. You can also call my parents, Steve and Marie Churchill of Dexter, MN at 507-584-6601 for further information. Thank you very much for your help. 
Sarah Churchill

Mary Rydberg Wed, 10 Mar 2004 00:37
I am hoping a volunteer might find, copy, and mail to me the obituary of Rosetta Schlaeppi, who died March 8, 1957 at Kasson, Minnesota.  She was born August 7, 1866 in Switzerland.
Thanks to anyone who might respond. Mary Rydberg

Julie Smith Sat, 28 Feb 2004 18:52
I am looking for information regarding the KIRKLAND family that lived in the Hayfield area in the 1960's.  The father's name was Pete (or Peter) KIRKLAND, I know that he had at least one son by the name of Robert KIRKLAND that was born around 1936. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Julie Smith

Mark Porter Sat, 28 Feb 2004 13:49
I am looking for information on my grandfather, Frank PORTER, who was born in 1866 in Mantorville, Dodge County Minnesota. Specifically I am looking for Frank's father's name. His grandfather was Lemuel Porter of Mantorville(1792-1841). I have information on the family tree before Lemuel and after Frank. I am missing Frank's fathers name. Any help would be appreciated.   Thanks Mark Porter

Dan Wed, 25 Feb 2004 19:37
Searching for the MEYER family who lived in Havanna Township in Steele County near Rice Lake. They came from Germany in 1868. Ernest and Therese had 9 children: Julius, August, Henry, Tresa, Ernest, Robert, Dena (Kuchenbecker), Alvina (Mussman), and Bertha (Schuldt). Ernest died in 1904 and is buried in the Havanna Cemetery. Henry and Alvina lived in/near Claremont, MN thus the connection to Dodge County.

Mary Rydberg Mon, 23 Feb 2004 16:21
I am looking for a birth record for Rudolph Ashler, Eschler or Ashley (or perhaps Smith).  The first mention of this child is in the home of Jacob Smith and Mary Martig Ashler Smith in the 1875 census.  In future references he is named as Smith.   I would also very much appreciate a photo copy of the below census record if someone could sent that to me. Thanks for any help.
Mary Rydberg

1875  Concord Twp, MN
Jacob Smith  30 Switzerland    Switzerland    Switzerland
Mary  Smith  39 Switzerland    Switzerland    Switzerland
John  Ashley 17 looked like Illinois
Caroline Ashley 15 Minnesota
Susan Ashley 13 Minnesota
Jacob Ashley 8 Minnesota
Albert Ashley 6     Minnesota
Rudolph Ashley 2 Minnesota
baby Smith       0     Minnesota

Mary Rydberg Tue, 17 Feb 2004 12:12
I am searching for death information on Jacob Ashler (sometimes seen as Eschler or Asher).  It would be very helpful to see an 1875 MN Census listing for these people, a marriage record for Jacob Smith and Mary Ashler or other document to confirm what the census data seems to tell me.
 JACOB ASHLER  (HENRY ESCHLER) was born 1837 in Switzerland, and died Abt. 1873, probably in Dodge Co, MN.  He married MARY MARTIG in Switzerland.
Note that Ashler is sometimes as Eschler, Ashley or Asher.
1860 Federal Census
Mantorville, Milton Twp, Dodge Co, MN
Jacob Ashler 30 Farmer Berne, Switzerland
Mary Ashler 23 HK Berne, Switzerland
Henry Ashler   5 Ohio
John Ashler   4 Ohio
Caroline Ashler 2 MN

1870 Federal Census
Mantorville, Milton Twp, Dodge Co, MN
Ashley, Jacob  33 MW Farmer Switzerland
Mary 35 FW Keeping House Switzerland
Mary 16 FW At Home Ohio
John 13 MW Working on Farm Ohio
Kate 8 FW MN
Rosa 6 FW MN
Emma 3 FW MN
Jacob 2 MW MN
Caroline 10 FW MN
Albert 2 mo MW MN

Notes for MARY MARTIG:
MARY MARTIG was born 28 Sep 1835 in Switzerland, and died 22 Mar 1890 in Dodge Co, MN.  She married (1) JACOB ASHLER in Switzerland, son of HENRY ESCHLER and SARAH WOOLF.  She married (2) JACOB SMITH /Schmitt Aft. 1870.

1880 Federal Census,
Dodge Co, MN
Schmitt, Jacob 45 Farmer Switzerland
Mary 43 Keeping House Switzerland
John E. 23 Laborer Ohio
Carrie 20 Servant MN
Susie K. 19 Servant MN
Rosetta 17 MN
Emma 16 Mn
Jacob 11 At Home MN
Albert 9 MN
Rudolph A. 7 MN (it is unclear which husband this child was born to)
Henry A. 5 MN
Frank R. 4 MN
Jennie 8 mo., born Sep MN

Children of JACOB ASHLER and MARY MARTIG are:
i. MARY ASHLER, b. Abt. 1854, Ohio.
ii. HENRY ASHLER, b. Abt. 1855.
iii. JOHN EDWARD ESCHLER, b. 15 Aug 1856, Ohio; d. 21 Aug 1926.  John married Emelia Hanson.
iv. CAROLINE ASHLER, b. Abt. 1860, MN.
v. SUSAN KATE ASHLER, b. 1862, MN; d. 1934, MN.  Susan married Louis Golden.
vi. ROSETTA ASHLER, b. Abt. 1864, MN.
vii. EMMA ASHLER, b. 16 Mar 1865, Berne, MN; d. 24 Jul 1945, Red Wing, MN.  Emma married John Briggold.
viii. JACOB ASHLER, JR., b. 27 Mar 1868, Dodge Co, MN; d. 4 Apr 1939, St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Olmstead Co, MN.  Jacob married Lulu Rogers.
ix. ALBERT ASHLER, b. 14 Apr 1870, Dodge Co, MN; d. 20 Nov 1948, Concord, MN

Jerry Mon, 16 Feb 2004 14:51
Need information on descendants of Malvina Craig KUEHNTOPP who was born in Wisconsin in 1851. Her parents were Sylvester and Christina Harper Craig. Her husband was Robert KUEHNTOPP. She died of a right hip fracture Jan 5, 1938  She had been living with a widowed daughter in Kasson village.

Dennis Bartholomew Sun, 25 Jan 2004 15:10
Seeking information on Herbert M. BARTHOLOMEW
Born 1886. Son of Daniel E. Bartholomew and Henrietta (Nesson) Bartholomew. 1880 Census indicates the father Daniel lived in Dodge Co. Parents were Married 8/31/1881 in Dodge Co. Minnesota. Mother passed away 11/13/1887. Can not locate what happened to Herbert after his mother passed away. Thanks Dennis

Sarah Berg Tue, 6 Jan 2004 20:30
Kari DAHLE LEE birth: 1859 marriage: 1882 died:  around 1934 lived on a farm near Kasson, MN in Dodge County Spouse: Ole Larson Lee Parents: Lars Knutson Dahle and Ingebord Jacobson Dahle Children: Winnie, Louis, Obert, Adolf, Anna, Arnold, Nora, Elma   Want to know:  Where did Kari go to school, any info on where she got married, where she worked, what they probably on their farm, where she is buried and died

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