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Orin Reams, Jr. Thu Dec 26 11:02:57 1996
Merry Christmas! I'm hoping to find more information on my GGGrandfather, Nicholas D. WAGNER, b. March 14, 1823 in Germany; emigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 10. Nicholas married Sarah in Waterloo, Canada and emigrated to Fillmore Co, MN in 1857. Nicholas died Sept 28, 1896 at Preston Village, MN; his wife, Sarah died July 1897 and is buried at the M.E. Church, Preston Village. Sarah was born about 1827 in Vermont. Nicholas obit stated he left a wife, two sons and seven daughters! One of his daughters was my GGrandmother, Mary Jane "Jennie" WAGNER, b. Spet 17, 1855, Canada. Jennie married George D. HURLBUT. Jennie died October 20, 1893 at Preston Village. Some of the younger children were raised by other people. My grandfather, Owen D. HURLBUT was six years old when his mother died and he changed his name to Daniel REAMS later in his life. His grandmother was Catherine REAM; I suspect he was raised by his cousins. It like to learn more about Nicholas and Sarah, and their other children. This is my first MINNESOTA email, it's taken me six months of genealogy research to work my way west of the Mississippi River! Looking forward to hearing from you'all. Sincerely, Orin Reams, USN (Ret) now anchored at Fredericksburg, VA

Verne W Whittaker II Fri Dec 27 12:15:37 1996
Looking for info on Buell G. WHITTAKER, his son John Wesley WHITTAKER and his wife Mareline and their children. Daughters Anna and Alma were born 17 NOV 1875 in Alexaner, Douglas County, MN, a son Willian was born 4 MAR 1877, somewhere in MN, a son Wesley was born 19 DEC 1879 in Wycoff, Fillmore Cty, MN. 1880 census, in Rochester, Olmstead Cty. Daughters Albertha Hortense, b 4 FEB 1881, and Blanche M. b. 28 JAN 1884, in LaGradn Township, Douglas Cty. Daughter Nellie, b. 9 NOV, in Henning in Otter Cty. Family later moved to Eagle Bend in Todd Cy. We think that daughter Alma WHITTAKER died (1889-1893) while the family lived in Eagle Bend in Todd Cty. Will share info. My address is: 35586 Hendricks RD, Creswell, OR, 97426, or,

Glen Buschmann Fri Dec 13 02:36:21 1996
Am seeking Frederick TROGSTAD, my GGfather and his ancestors and his death record. Frederick lived in Harmony, Fillmore Co at least between 1880 and 1895. Married Isabelle / Ingeborg Larson Dec 1878. Gmother Tilla Ella Nora (called Nora) Trogstad born 16 Jan 1886. Ingeborg died 29 July 89, age 37. Frederick and 2nd wife Emma sent Nora & bro Ted to Tacoma c. 1900. to live with Tobias and Gulbinda Larson, older childless relatives formerly of Harmony. Tobias was a minister of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Harmony, and then so. of Tacoma. Although Ina Trogstad, dau of Frederick and Emma, is mentioned in an obit for her half brother Ted in 1950 as living in Caledonia, MN, and my gmother and she corresponded at least into the 70's, the Trogstads disappear from all census records after 1895.

Vicki Nishioka VickiNish Sun Dec 1 16:37:43 1996
HUGH and THOMAS PARSLEY, early settlers in Chatfield, circa 1853. I know Tom moved on to SD but Hugh seems to have died about 1861. No grave in the local cemetaries - is he on the farm - sections 10 and 11 were his and Tom's areas. Also want to find out when they immigrated from Ireland.

Laurie Esch Sun Dec 1 18:35:34 1996
Searching for any information about the descendants of Christian and Agnetha OLESON. Christian died in 1890 in Money Creek Township just across the county border from Rushford. Agnetha died in 1898. He left behind their children: Clara Oleson Johnson, Theodore, Irene, Amelia, Olive, Caroline, Alexander, Rebecca, Julia and John Olson. Any information would be very much appreciated.

Susan Helgeson Fri Oct 4 1996
My great great grandfather, Holge HALVORSON, came to Fillmore County from Norway (Aal Parish, Buskerud) in 1850, but I do not know anything about him in the US. The family (he brought a large family with him) lived in Newburg Township and were probably farmers. Holge Halvorson was born in 1797. His son Ole HELGESON was born in 1829 and his other son, my great grandfather, Halvor Helgeson was born in 1846. I know that Halvor Helgeson went to Ada, MN, but don't know what happened to Ole or to the daughters (Ingri or Ingrid, Randi, Haldis and Anne).

Susan Helgeson Sat Oct 19 1996
I'm looking for information about my great grandmother. Her name was Sophia, Sophie, Jane or G. Sophia (I am sure it is the same person) and I don't know her maiden name. My grandfather (Herman A. HELGESON)'s birth certificate lists her as Jane born in Norway. Some old Census records list her has having been born in Wisconsin. She was born November 04, 1852. Her husband was Halvor Helgeson and they were probably married in Fillmore County (Newburg Twp) between 1865 and 1874 when their first child was born. In 1879, the family (Halvor, Sophie and three children: Ina, born 1874, Herman, born 1876 and Oscar, born 1878) moved by covered wagon to Anthony Twp in Polk County (which became Norman County) and are thereafter associated with Ada, MN. Sophie died there October 24, 1894. I want to know her name, who her parents where, where she was born, and when she was married.

Barbara Sample Schuler Sun Oct 20 1996
I am researching James SAMPLE and wife Clarissa Fralech Sample, my great grandparents. Also James Y. CAMPBELL and wife Mary Snyder Campbell who lived in Spring Valley in the late 1800s and Mary's parents, David and Eva SNYDER who also lived in Spring Valley for a time in the mid to late 1800s. Surnames of the daughters of James Sample are Hedges, Cotton, Click, LaBrec, and Hanson.

Hudson Leighton Mon Oct 28 1996
Looking for lists of cemetary locations in Fillmore, Olmstead & Mower Counties.

Tim Presber Tue, 24 Sep 1996
I am looking for Andrew CHRISTOPHERSON (Christofferson, Christorperson, and variations thereof) as is noted in the 1880 census index I found in Seattle for Fillmore Co. I don't know if he is related, but he is the only one in Minnesota, and my Andrew was in Minnesota then. Any info to help identify this one would be appreciated.

J Hitchcock 8/10/96
PEEBLES, Ellen Sedate b. Mar 21, 1849 probably in NY. Married Darius LUDWIG. Moved to MN and found in Fillmore Cty, Sumner Twp. In 1870 census. Many other Ludwigs also found there. Need connections.

Babe in FL 8/19/96
I'm looking for the surnames of KNIGHT, SAGE and SMITH. These folks lived after 1850 in the Chatfield, Fillmore County, MN area. Sure would like to hear from someone. Thanks for any help given. Babe in FL.