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Cass County, North Dakota

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G Richards Fri Jan 8 13:00:06 1999
Searching for info on Oscar Lamberton dob 1872 and Lillian S. Richards dob 1867. Married in Fargo, ND abt 1900. Dau Evelyn born Mar 05, 1901 in Fargo, Family moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada by 1903.


Karen Dotson Fri Jan 8 21:46:16 1999
I'm looking for information on my great-grandmother MATHILDE JOHANSSEN, GUNDERSEN, born on 9-6-1886 In the 1900 census for Norway I found her with the name of VALE,which I believe it to be a farm name at that time she was still living with her parents,and brothers,and the family name was JOHANSSEN but later was changed to GUNDERSEN,what I'm looking for is any thing that could tell me what port she emigrated from Norway though and what port she Immigrated though in the USA and what ship she was on and if anyone came with her in 1906 since she was only around 19 years old.I believe she lived in Cass, Fargo,ND up to 1909 when she married my great-grandfather CORNELIUS MARTIN CHRISTIANSEN and than had their first child also in 1909 in Fargo,ND and than moved on to Minnesota the names of some of the area that they live were Beltrami county in Lammers township and also Kittson county in Hallock and Thomson townships and than moved to ST. Paul, Minnesota Ramsey county had a son there and moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin county where some time after 1909 the family than took the name of SEVERSON, and lived there until their deaths.
If anyone knows of this family and can help me answer these questions than please e-mail me at kdo3870869@AOL.COM Thanks, Karen


Jim Cook Tue Jan 19 21:07:25 1999
George COOK with wife Evelyn and children Claude, Eva, and Erina are listed in the 1885 Cass Co. census. George is listed as a farmer. Later he became a merchant in Gardner. Additional children, born in Gardner were Maude, Roy, Maidie, Glenn, and Tedd. Any information on this family would be much appreciated. Thanks.


Helen Houlihan Wed Jan 27 16:57:17 1999
Seeking information for Daniel, Ella, F.M., Laurie DUNBAR who are listed on the 1885 Dakota Territory Census from Cass County


Ginger Barnes Spalding Fri Jan 29 01:49:33 1999
Alice May (Mae) b. 10 Mar 1880 Fargo, ND m. Arthur L.BARNES 1898 in Berlin, Green Lake, WI d. 1943 Berlin, WI f. Almonzo GREENLEY m. Minnie NELSON
I cannot find any records on Alice to confirm her birthplace or parents and ancestors. Marathan CO. WI shows a Marriage Record for an Almonzo B.GREENLEY and Jennie WILLIAMS on 5 Feb 1880. I don't know if thiis is the same Almonzo as Alice's father or if there is another Almonzo. I also found an Almonzo B. Greenley on the Ransom Co. Cemetery Transcription and also a Orsamus GREENLEY who I believe is Almonzo B. Greenley's father. A Minnie Nelson appears in the 1885 Dakota Territory Census in Fargo. Lauriette DEWEY m. Orsamus GREENLEY>NY who sons are Almonzo B. and Clinton O. Greenley. They located to Waupaca, WI>ND. The Dewey Genealogy book says that soon after moving West Lauriette's husband died and she married a Zopher NELSON. Did Zopher have a sister Minnie Nelson who could be Alice's mother? I hope someone will know something of this family and any help is appreciated. Thank you.


Kit Zukas Fri Jan 29 18:04:11 1999
I am a sophomore at St. Francis High School and am writing a paper on the book TRACKS by Louise Erdrich. While the names have been changed, I am trying to discover if the events in the book actually happened or if any of the characters, places, etc are based on historical fact. Can anybody identify Turcot Lumber Company, Pukwan (a Native American Family), the town of Argus, the Lake Matchimanito, a 1913 tornado, or a consumption epidemic on a reservation around 1912?


Rose Vosburgh Sun Jan 31 10:20:39 1999
Looking for Charles NORTHRUP that died in 1861 was married to ANGELINE S. that lived in Fargo, North Dakota. Any information will HELPOR WARES.


JC Carver Tue Feb 2 16:54:39 1999
Phoebe Olive OHMNIES was adopted by Clarence 'Claude' and his wife, Minnie CARROLL. The family lived in Tower City. In the 1910 U.S. Census, (Microfilm Roll 1141, T624) shows Claude as 45 years, Minnie 44 years and Phoebe as 8 years old. Later in life, Phoebe was a bridesmaid to her biological sister, Mabel Irene (OHMNIES) PENDRAY. Phoebe graduated from the Jamestown College, circa 1925. Her photo can be seen in the college yearbook, "The Hea-Kan". She majored in French. What ever became of of Phoebe Olive CARROLL? Who did she marry and where are her descendants? Please email me to share in this genealogy research. The OHNMEISS Family Genealogy website is:


Thomas E. Paxton Thu Feb 11 14:18:56 1999
I am trying to verify the date and location of my great-grandmother's birth. She was supposedly born March 31, 1893 near Fargo. Thanks. gt4489c@prism.gatech.edu


Connie Froyen Fri Feb 12 10:06:42 1999
Seeking information about AGNES HENRIETTA TOCKSELIUS, b. june 18, 1886 in Fargo or environs, baptized @ Pontoppidan Church, Fargo, August 15, 1886. Her sponsors were J. Gaard and wife, C. Melby and Miss Lisa Valby. Born to parents Svan Tockselius, a tailor in Fargo at the time and mother, Johanne Viken. The mother died Nov. 5, 1886 and is buried in Riverside Cem. Supposedly the child, Agnes, was given to Helge Strandvold to raise but there is no record of that. The father seems to have been born in Sweden, the mother was born Trysil, Norway.


Gerald Ripley Tue Feb 16 18:39:15 1999
GERAGHTY, Ann Marie, born Fargo, Cass County, ND Jan 20, 1909 to Michael J and Margaret Legros GERAGHTY. Bapt. at St Mary's Cathedral. Jan 25, 1909. Does St Mary still exist and can anyone do a look-up or send me a contact address? Looking for siblings and/or information on parents. Margaret was Michael GERAGHTY's second wife, rumour has it he had a large family with 1st spouse. Thomas GERAGHTY born 1881 the only known sib.


Shirley J. FINDLEY Mon Feb 22 12:45:27 1999
I'm searching for any information on ROBERT EDWARD STEWART, born 10/13/1880 in Montgomery County, Iowa. He was the son of ROBERT GOURLEY STEWART and MARY JANE FINDLEY. He had a sister, Caroline. His maternal grandparents were ROBERT E. FINDLEY and CELESTIS HELEN HARRISON. I found his death record on the SSDI, he died in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota in MAY of 1970. Any information would be greatly appreciated..---My last name is FINDLEY--can be contacted at DFind72723@AOL.com


Sue Wolf Thu Feb 25 11:47:10 1999
I am looking for information about the two daughters of Henry SUKUT (born on 20 February 1905 near Cando, ND) He married Ellen Anderson on 9 April 1936, and died in Fargo, ND in May 1940. His daughters' names are Hazel Minerva and Shirley Joan. They may have changed their surname after his death.


S. Lee Sat Feb 27 16:41:40 1999
Looking for information on Sarah Maude Lee born 1863 Villard, MN. died August 25, 1853 Watsonville, Ca. Married George McKay. Children:
1. Edith McKay born ? Fargo, ND.
2. Vera McKay born ? Fargo, ND.
3. Bessie McKay born ? Fargo, ND.
4. Eva McKay born ? Fargo, ND.
5. Myrtle McKay born? Fargo, ND. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you.


Mike Oiseth Sat Feb 27 20:16:32 1999
Seeking information about an M. O. THORSON and his wife, Thora Marie BEAVER (she may sometimes have used the patronymic Johannesdatter/Johnson) who resided in Cass County, ND at least during about Feb-June 1891. Thora Beaver (who occasionally may have used Marie as her first name) was born in Norway 22 Jan 1871 and emigrated in 1875. By 1880 she was living in Becker County, MN; by 1885 she was age 15 and living in Rolette Co, ND. She is said to have lived in York, Benson Co, ND from 1886-1890 and to have died at place unknown in 1911. At points she may have resided in Hay Twp of Cavalier Co, and in Washington, ND. It is believed she helped to operate one or more hotels in those areas. I know less about her husband Thorson -- whose first name may have been Marcus, Martin, Matias, or Michael (Mikkel?).
Any additional evidence of this couple in Cass County would be much appreciated. Are they possibly buried in Cass County? THANKS! Mike Oiseth, Bloomington, MN.


Sue Wolf Mon Mar 1 14:15:37 1999
I am looking for information about the family of Otto and Augusta (BOECK) SUKUT. They lived in Haggert, which is now West Fargo, around 1915. Sukut Street in West Fargo is named after their family. I would also like to find the daughters of Henry SUKUT, of this family. Their mother's name was Ellen ANDERSON. Their names are Hazel Minerva and Shirley Joan. They were born around 1937-1939.


Janet (Borgen) McNeely Mon Mar 1 17:27:54 1999
I am looking for the family of Ole Borgen who came to the US from Norway in the late 1800's. His one sister was Inga and she married an Olson b/1861 and d/1939. Also a sister Dina who married an Olaus or Olaf Enger and lived near Hatton. A brother named Martin Olaf Borgen who lived with Dina and her husband and worked as a hired hand but never married. There also was another brother name Thomas Edward which I have no Idea where he went to.I have no info of where the family came from in Norway or how they got here.I grew up outside of Larimore but we never met any of my grandfathers family. Any help will be appreciated. God Bless Janet


KRAIG KRAUS Tue Mar 9 18:59:22 1999
Looking for my roots. Edward and Gertrude,my grandparents, lived in Alice, ND. My father Charles, was born there. The family originated from somewhere in Austria. Gertties maiden name was Slate.


Mike Ballentine Fri Mar 12 13:14:15 1999
Looking for info on William Wesley BALLENTINE who died in Fargo April 15, 1941 and was born May 30, 1883 (I believe in Fargo). He was married to Nellie Mable CRAIG-WALKER. Had children Ethel, Charles, Alice, Gweneth and Hollis. Hollis is my grandfather and was born in 1922 in Minot, ND. So we know by 1922 William no longer lived in Fargo. Any help would be greatfully appreciated.


Ardell Drube Sat Mar 13 08:30:20 1999
Seeking to find death information and buriel sight of Marit (Mary) Arntson Dahl, born in Sor-Trondelag, Norway in 1875 to Arnt and Ingeborg (Esphaug/Ellevsen) Estensen Sortomme. She came to America in 1888 and lived in Chippewa County. MN and then the Dakotas. She married Peder Dahl and lived in Willmar, MN. They had children in Cass County and we believe that is where they died and are buried, possible in Leonard, ND.


Dee Anna Grimsrud Sat Mar 13 13:09:54 1999
My gt gt grandmother, Sigri ENGER (b Sigdal, Norway), married either Nilso Olson TROMALD or his brother Peder Olson TROMALD circa 1880, possibly in Cass Co.
The three of them are buried in N. Pleasant Cem., outside Hickson. Dates on tombstones are: Sigri b.24 May 1841 d.3 Jul 1926; Nils b.12 Nov 1845 d.7 Oct 1883; Peder b.13 Jun 1849 d.20 Feb 1885.
Sigri's husband supposedly died 3 years after they were married, of gladers (a horse disease). But which brother was her husband? Family says Nils, but she is buried on same side as Peder's inscription. Am writing the Lutheran Church in Hickson (formerly Red River?, into which N. Pleasant merged in 1940) to see if records are there.
Where were the Tromald brothers from? Haven't found them yet in 1880 Census.
Dee Anna Grimsrud, 309 N. Brearly St, Madison WI 53703-1601, (608) 259-1958


Bob Shoring Sat Mar 13 22:53:09 1999
I am seeking info on OLE JOHANSEN SORBY (or SORBYE), half brother of my great-grandfather Lorents Sorby.
Ole would have been born about 1860, most likely on the Sørbye Farm, Rakkestad, Ostfold, Norway. His father was Johan Olsen Sørbye (b. February 24, 1837 in Rakkestad) and his mother was Juliane Knatrod (or Knatterud). Ole's mother Juliane died along with his two brothers in a dyptheria epidemic in the mid 1860's, and Ole went to live with his grandmother Thale Cathrine Simensdatter Sorbye. Meanwhile Ole's father Johan remarried and had 6 children, the oldest of which was my great-grandfather. After Ole's grandmother died, he is said to have emigrated to USA to what was then known as "the Dakotas" and farmed and died there, most likely in the Fargo area.

I have no record of his children or wife. However, I notice there are several people with the name Sorby in the Fargo, North Dakota area and I am wondering if any of them could be his descendants.

Ole might have just taken the name Johansen or Johannesen as his father was Johan. It is not clear in family records.

I would appreciate any info or leads on how to find out about him.
Thank you.
Bob Shoring


Jan Wamby Tue Mar 16 22:33:47 1999
I´m looking for information on one relative GOTTFRID PERSSON. He was born June 12 1886 in Brandstad, Sweden. He emmigrated from the city of Malmo in Sweden on March 28 1904. His destination was Fargo ND.His older brother LARS PERSSON emmigrated on Nov 26 1895, he left for New York 20 years old. I´m thinking of the two brothers joining in Fargo.


Dorothy Huntley Wed Mar 17 19:58:58 1999
I am looking for information on Joseph HUNTLEY and George HUNTLEY who both appear on the 1885 Dakota Territory Census in Fargo.


Suzi Kicker Fri Mar 19 22:17:42 1999
I am looking for any information about Rev. William Robert MORRISON a Methodist minister and his family. His wife, Sophia MORRISON nee HENDERSON was supposed to have died in 1919 in an auto accident. I would love to find the cemetery that she is buried in. We are taking my 84 yr old mother-in-law to Detroit Lakes, MN to visit the graves of her father, Rev. Wm. Thatcher and grandfather, the Rev. Wm. Morrison. I would love to find the cemetery her grandma is buried in and let her visit her grandma's grave. She was 4 yrs old when her grandma died. Any help would really be appreciated.


Lynne Blinkenberg Wed Mar 24 07:27:30 1999
I am looking for someone to look up the cemetary record on page 108 in the Cass County Cemetary Transcriptions, Northern Half, Index, Vol. 1. Also, any information on JAMES CLAUDE BLINKENBERG and JOHANNE CAROLINE (RASMUSSEN) BLINKENBERG,, d. May 19, 1961 in Page, N.D. Other name: JOHN MITCHELL HEDLUND.


Lynn Brandvold Thu Mar 25 15:00:53 1999
Searching for the descendents of Gustav and Henrietta (Cottrell) Lawrence. They came to Fargo in 1883. They had the following children:
Lizzy (1869) who married George Tibert
Fred (1871)
Isabelle (1874) who married Fred Anderson
Milton (1876)
Frank (1878)
Lulu (1888) who married Max Nielsen


ROSE SAUNDERS Sun Apr 4 15:26:04 1999
Wondering if Marianne RUSSELL, Stanley TWP in Cass Co 1880 Census is my great grandmother. They came from Canada, probably Quebec and settled in Wild Rice around 1871. Their name was ROUILLARD and her husband froze to death in a snowstorm. An early pioneer, Georgiana RIVARD recalled the family in an article written by the FORUM 24 MAR 1957. They changed their name to RUSSELL and my grandfather and father's names were both Pierre or Peter. The first Peter lived in WALCOTT with his METIS wife and the 2nd Peter (my DAD) died when I was a baby 1936 Cogswell, ND. Are there RUSSELLs around the area connected to these?


Glenn W. Russell Mon Apr 12 19:47:25 1999
Looking for information on Frank Russell and wife Susan A. (Cummings)Russell, both born in Maine, married 14 Feb 1885. Lived in Cass County in 1900. Had six Children, Carl, Ethel, Lester, Wayne, Hazel and Cecil.


Dalene Tue May 11 20:46:37 1999
I am looking for any info on CHRISTIAN KARL ZIMMERMAN who was born in Switzerland and died in Casselton on 2-17-1941. Thank you.


Myrtle Ellis Sun May 30 19:21:35 1999
Does anyone remember The BON TON, a confectionary store in Fargo, North Dakota between 1907 and 1919? It was located at 808 Front Street and owned by Fred and Carrie (OSTBY) JONES.


karen Wed Jun 9 13:14:04 1999
Looking for descendents of Elvin B. and Beatrice Benson. They had 4 children Elvin Jr., Phyllis, Beverly and James. If you have any information please email me.


Irene Schaaf Sun Jun 13 08:36:07 1999
Searching for anything on Janice DODD. Daughter of Elsie and Leonard DODD. Born CA:1948 in Detroit Lakes,MN area. CA: 1950 she and her siblings were placed at the Fargo Childrens Village for adoption. Brother Leroy anxious to locate her.


Sheri Baker Tue Jun 15 17:57:06 1999
Looking for information on Andrew Menser and Martha Bliss. Martha was Andrew's second wife whom he married in Pennsylvania. His first wife, Mary, died in Wisconsin. His adopted daughter was left to be raised by Mary's sisters.


Mary Taylor Sat Jun 19 14:21:08 1999
Looking for any info or relations to Claus and Catherine Tiedeman. My greatgrandfather Claus was part owner of Tiedeman and Theis grainery in Fargo or Varona. If you know anything about this please write. Thanks.


Elisabeth Ernström Fri Jul 9 15:56:56 1999
I´m looking for information about my great grandparents KLAS WILHELM (born 1875) - and AUGUSTA CHARLOTTA ANDERSSON (born 1879. Her last name was KRAFT when she came to the U.S.A). They were both Swedish emigrants and lived in Kathryn, Cass county ND. They had two children, MALVINA (born 17 may 1905) and GLADYS VILHELMINA (born 9 sept. 1907), before they moved back to Sweden 1911-1912.
If there is anybody who know something about them, please let me know! I would also like to know more about Kathryn.


mary wooledge gillen Sun Jul 25 20:51:42 1999
I'm looking for any information I can get for Wooledges who were living in Cass county. I found a HENRY WOOLEDGE listed in a s.s.index. He died 3-1969. His address was listed as Fargo. He was born 8-8-1911. I am wondering if he is related to me somehow (my maiden name was Wooledge).


Rheba Massey Wed Jul 28 10:16:47 1999
I have a baptism certificate for Merlyn Martha Berge, daughter of Albert and Adell Berge, born April 22, 1931 at Fargo, ND. Would like to send this to family members.
Rheba Massey
Local History Librarian
Fort Collins Public Library


Stan Wells Thu Jul 29 21:00:36 1999
I am looking for Matt Wagner and his wife, Louise Barr, both born around 1900. Their son, Clarence Edward Wagner, was born December 6, 1917, in Fargo, according to his marriage license when he wed Maybell Sensiba in Fort Peck, MT in July 1939.
Any help would be appreciated.


Don Van Arnam Sat Jul 31 13:47:22 1999
Searching for info. on VAN ARNAM, GOFF and LAWRENCE families.
Van Arnam family members moved from Illinois to Cass and Richland Counties in early to mid 1800s. Grandfather Jacob Van Arnam in 1883 married Mary Lawrence b. Canada. Father George Lawrence, mother Sarah Goff. Jacob and Mary VA had three children in ND in 1890s then moved to Oregon. Grandfather's brother Judge George Van Arnam married Mrs. Nettie Heath Knuppenburg. Also had brother Senator John van Arnam

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