ALBERS, HATFIELD, HUTTON posted by gail schrader on Friday, August 4, 2000

I am looking for any information on Henry Fredrich Schrader who married Anne Albers. They had a farm in Bridgewater township sometime after 1860. He died in 1944 and I am looking for his obituary.

PRATT, ROACH posted by Dori on Sunday, August 6, 2000

Looking for cemetary records, obits for Abram (abraham) W Roache and wife Altie Pratt died in Northfield, Dundas Rice Co MN Abram d 2 Mar 1932 Altie Pratt Roach 13 Feb 1935

WEINMAN, WYMAN posted by Glenn Olander-Quamme on Tuesday, August 8, 2000

WYMAN family. Looking for descendants of Benedict Wyman (birth name WEINMAN). Benedict located in Forest Township, Rice County MN after the Civil War. I have much info re his ancestry.

CITROWSKE, CITROWSKI posted by Jeff Miles on Saturday, August 12, 2000

Researching the surname Citrowski/Citrowske in Minnesota and California. If you have any information on this rather rare surname, please contact me.

ERICKSON, SHERVEN, SHERWIN, SKJERVEN, THOESON posted by Eric Fosaaen on Monday, August 14, 2000

I am looking for information about the father of my wife's great great grandfather, Oliver Sherwin. Oliver's father was Ole Skjerven (changed to "Sherven" and later "Sherwin" in America). The following is what I know about Ole Sherven: "Ole Sherven Sr. and Ole Sherven Jr. moved to Calmar Township in 1851 (or 1850) along with Erick Stovrem, Ole P. Haugen, Andrew Kitlelsby, Thron H. Egen, and Thora Bagaarson." "Past and Present of Winneshiek County", Edwin C. Bailey (S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1861). "Ole Sherven was born in Norway on the 26th of July 1831. He went to school and worked on a farm in his native country. In 1850, he emigrated to America, landed at New York, then went to Albany, thence to Buffalo, and thence to Milwaukee by way of the Great Lakes. He remained three weeks in Dane county , Wisconsin, then with oxen drove to Winnishiek county, Iowa, took land, built a log house and remained there five years. He was married in 1853 to Miss Inger Thoeson. He came to Rice county, Minnesota, and settled in Wheeling, section eighteen, where he still resides. He built a log house in which he lived seven years then erected their present frame house and in 1878, he built a barn 40x64 feet with a stone basement, and in 1881, a granary 20x30 with an addition 12x20. Mr. and Mrs. Sherven were blessed with eight children, five of whom are living; Oliver, Theodore, Andrew, John, and Edward. Mrs. Sherven died in 1870, thirty-eight years of age. In 1876, he married Miss Maria Erickson and they have one child, Julius. Mr. Sherven has held a number of local offices and was the first Assessor of the town." "History of Rice County", Rev. Edward D. Neill (Minnesota Historical Co., 1882). The children of the first marriage were Oliver, Theodore, Andrew, John, and Edward. Andrew and Julius were still living in or near Nerstrand, MN in Rice County when Oliver Sherwin died in 1931. Ole Skjerven (or Sherven) may have been among a group of about 100 emigrants who sailed from Bergen to New York. Such a group that followed the same route to Winneshiek County is described in Nordmændene i Amerika, deres Historie og Rekord (Norwegians in America, their History and Record) by Martin Ulvestad (History Book Company, Minneapolis 1907), p. 77. Ole Skjerven may have come from the Ringerike region of Norway in Buskerud. There is a Brukt (a farmstead or land holding) called Skjerven which is bruktnumber 69 in the Hønen farm, gårdnumber 86 in that region.

WOODWARD posted by Sue Spain on Wednesday, August 16, 2000

I'm looking for information concerning Nelson Edward WOODWARD b. 1857 in Enosburg,Franklin, VT. He married Minnie Fassett in 1879 in Moretown, Washington, VT. They were living in Northfield, MN about 1890.

TORGERSON posted by Nancy Morlock on Friday, August 18, 2000

Am looking for any information about a Gunder or Metle (Mattie) Torgerson who lived in the southern Minnesota area around Bricelyn. Also any information about their children: Martha, born 1867, Torger, born 1869, Karsten born 1872, Bergette born 1875. Martin born 1876, Hjertine born 1877, Petrene born 1880 or Louise born 1886. Gunder was born in 1842 and died in 1893, Metle died in 1896.

MEEHL, MEHL, MIEL posted by Morgan McCabe on Sunday, August 20, 2000

My gmother, Clara Agnes, said she was raised in Faribault, b. 1900, to a large German family, last name Miel, Mehl, Meehl...? Mother's name was Caroline, I believe. Father killed by a bull around 1905. There were 10 or 12 children, several sets of twins, of which she was one (sister Cora Amelia). Both moved to WY (1918?). She often referred to herself as PA Dutch. If anybody has any info that will assist this search, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Hi, I'm looking for information on my great- grandfather John P. Schwanke who was born in 1872 in Usch, Germany/Prussia (present day Ujcie, Poland) "J.P." immigrated in 1888, arriving in Baltimore, settling in Faribault, MN for one year and finally moving to Kenosha, WI. His siblings were Praxeda, Stencil, and Paula, and his parents were Michael and Anna Clobeck or Clop. I am having no luck with this branch of the family, perhaps due to the great degree of variation in how the Schwanke name is spelled... also difficult because they originated in what is now present-day Poland, and a lot of these records have not been archived by the LDS researchers. Given the fact that J.P. was only in Faribault for one year, do you think there would be any records there that would offer further information? Also wondering why J.P. moved there for one year? Did he have other relatives, perhaps established Schwankes that lived there? I look forward to hearing from you, and hope we can make a match. Kim Please e-mail me at

BOYLE, MCGUIRE posted by Jim Cannon on Friday, September 8, 2000

Researching the family of Thomas McGuire and Mary O'Boyle. They located to Dakota County, Ravenna Township, in 1858 from Freeport IL where they raised ten children.Please respond if you have any information or questions.

BOWMAN, CARR posted by Carole Painter on Monday, September 11, 2000

Seeking information about Nancy Ann Bowman, b abt 1846 Ontario Canada? According to her death infor- mation. She married Isaac Dennis Carr in 1857 Rice County Minnesota and died Nov 1880 in Hennepin County,Minnesota.

WEED posted by Joel Foley on Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Hi, I'm new to this site and would like to know how I can get a lookup in Rice County History, 1882, for Warren WEED (page399). Also, if possible, in History of Rice & Steele Co., Vol I, 1910 (Pg 447). I am hoping this will give me some bit of information to help me in my search. Thanks in advance. Joel Foley

BARRY, MEESE, RADKE posted by Teri Meyer on Thursday, September 14, 2000

RADKE/BARRY/MEESE looking for connections in the Rice County and Wheeling Area.

RANSLOW, RENSLOW, ZION posted by Charlotte E. Falkowski on Sunday, September 17, 2000

Seeking information on the Ranslow or Renslow Family that lived in rice Co in 1860. There was Renslow girl who married a ZION and had a daughter named Mary. Can anyone tell what happened to this girl.

GIBBS posted by Harold Wells on Sunday, September 17, 2000

Looking for descendants of Frank Gibbs. He died in 1954 and is buried in the Northfield City Cemetery. Also looking for descendants of his brother Arthur who died in 1961 and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Northfield. Harold Wells

BAUER, KIELMEIER, KIELMEYER, MEDER, THURNAU, WIER posted by Kevin Allen on Tuesday, September 19, 2000

I'm looking for any & all information concerning these surnames in Rice County. Leopold Meder (d circa 1920) md Regina Wier (d circa 1920) and had the following children: Katie Meder John Meder (b Sept 10, 1877) Cecelia Meder (b Apr 14 1881, d May 14, 1958) md Edwin Kielmeyer Frank Meder (b circa 1884) Mary Meder (b May 14, 1885) Henry (Heinrich) Fredrick Kielmeyer (b July 22, 1834) md Caroline Thurnau (b June 27, 1841) and had the following children: Caroline Kielmeyer (b April 10, 1858) md William Thurnau Marie Charolette (b Dec 15, 1859) md John Bauer Helen (b March 11, 1862) Matilda (b June 13, 1864) Henry (b Dec 14, 1866) Herman (b Oct 2, 1871) Emma (b Apr 13, 1874) md Charles Koelle Emel (b May 10, 1876) John (Joe) Henry (b Sept 17, 1878) md Louise Grote Edwin William (b Dec 4, 1880) md Cecelia Meder Ida (b June 24, 1884) Frank (b May 9, 1886) Ella (b Mar 8, 1887) My wife descends from Edwin & Cecelia Meder Kielmeyer's son Amor. Would love to contact anyone researching these names.

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