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'Queries' 2003


Bob Hall ( Mon Jan 10 20:07:33 2000
My Great uncle Thomas P. HALL was in Lead City as a miner during the mid 1890's. He left Lead for the Sturgis area in 1895. I'm trying to determine where he might have been naturalized. He came to the U.S. in 1887, going first to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then on to Lead City South Dakota. Is it reasonable to assume that he might have completed his naturalization process in South Dakota?

Catherine Hammer ( Wed Jan 12 14:35:08 2000
Looking for any information on Andrew (Shorty), Charles, and Joseph FELT. Shorty moved to Butte, Montana and worked in the silver mines. Charles owned a saloon at 10 N. Mill, Lead, S.D. (down the road in Lawrence Co.) in 1909. Joseph married Annie BARLOW, who was from the Carolinas, and had 4 children: Lloyd, Edna, Helen and Ruth. We do know that Ruth was born in Newell in Butte County; She is my husband's mother. This line of the family originally came from Sweden, and settled in Mankato, MN, before moving to Butte County. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Ruth Ritchie ( Sat Jan 15 15:29:57 2000
I am trying to find information and/ or descendants of Colin Kirkwood CROSS son of Colin Edwin CROSS of Nova Scotia Canada. LA for the estate of his g- aunt Ann CROSS of Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia place Colin Kirkwood CROSS in Spearfish Dakota Territory in 1882. He had a sister Clara K BROWN wife of J. Augustine BROWN of Sioux Falls and a brother Charles E Cross of New York City.

Donna Glover ( Sun Jan 16 13:49:21 2000
I'm searching for information on Samuel Bessant father of Ellen Bessant Glover and George Bessant of Lead, South Dakota. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks

VEL ( Wed Jan 19 14:49:03 2000
FOLEY family, looking for any info. on margaret(maggie) b. 1885 d.1959 married ray INGHRAM. Margaret's dad- THOMAS FOLEY, mother- AGNES. Grandma SARA THOMAS. AGNES'S sisters name-ANGELINE, brother's name-HARVE. trying to trace family roots of FOLEY &THOMAS. WAS IN DEADWOOD early 1900's with sister, another name ELIZA FOLEY NICOLES, maybe sister.

Albert "Sonny" Williams ( Thu Jan 20 17:20:27 2000
I am trying to establish the parentage of my grandfather, Henry Arthur WILLIAMS who was born December 30, 1866, in Redruth, Cornwall, England. He died February 13, 1935, in Lead. We as married to Alice FREEMAN.

Sarah Strang ( Sun Jan 23 21:53:35 2000
I am looking for any information on the MARKOTA family who lived in Lead-which is in Lawrence County-around 1900-1910. The family was from Yugoslavia and worked at the Black Hills gold mine.

Leroy O. Bosanko Jr. ( Tue Jan 25 19:09:17 2000
My grandfather was born in Lead on 1-29-1893. He was the son of James Bosanko and Annie ( Osborn ) Bosanko, both from Cornwall, England. I'm trying to obtain any records or information regarding my grandfathers parents that may be available. Would also like to make contact with any relatives that may still be in the S.D. area. I can be reached at my E-mail address or my P.O. Box 1264, Atascadero, Calif. 93423. Thanks Leroy.

Pat Harris (Pat.Harris@Navix.Net) Fri Jan 28 18:42:03 2000
Am looking for information regarding my husband's family. Bill was born in Sturgis in July 1949. His parent's are Lillion (Jim?) Dale and Mabel Inez (Matheson) Harris. His father is listed as a hospital aid on the birth certificate. They lived in Whitewood next door to his maternal grandparent's, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Walter Orr. Mr. Orr was Bill's mother's step-father. This was not the first marriage for Mrs. Orr. She had been married to a Matheson who was Mabel's father. Mabel was born in Kansas. I will greatly appreciate any help on this family.

Marty Nelson ( Fri Feb 4 15:56:55 2000
GALLAHAN/ADAMS -- I'm looking for information about my great-grandfather, George C. GALLAHAN, born 1855 in Iowa and died 1920 in Idaho. George GALLAHAN is listed on 1870 SD Census index for year 1875 in Golden Gate, Lawrence County, SD. His parents, Andrew & Sarah Ann GALLAHAN were also listed on the 1880 South Dakota census records in Springdale, Lincoln County, SD. George GALLAHAN married Mary Jane ADAMS, daughter of Albert McLEAN ADAMS & Elizabeth MORGAN.

Donna Glover ( Mon Feb 14 13:29:27 2000
Looking for information on the poorhouse in the Lead area. Apparently it was located where the KOA campground is now. Who might have these records? Apparently George Bessant lived there for a time in the late 20's or early 30's. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Fred Felter ( Mon Feb 14 17:18:25 2000
Richardson, John Lawrence Born 8/10/1887 or 1888 Left S.D. at the turn of the century to Philadelphia. Parents are not known. Believed to have several brothers.

Al Hodnett ( Wed Feb 16 05:48:41 2000
I'm seeking information on my HODNETT ancestors who lived at one time in the Deadwood area of South Dakota. Albert, Charles, Henry, Mary, and Emma HODNETT were brothers & sisters, one of more of whom were living at one time in South Dakota in the 1870s and 1880s. There may have been others as well. Emma married James BRELSFORD and lived in Fall River area. Charles married Emma FULSOM and was living in South Dakota after 1900. It may have been in the Deadwood or Sturgis area. Please contact me if anyone can help track down these people.

Roberta Homiski ( Wed Feb 16 18:57:29 2000
I am seeking information on a Charles HARMS who was a grocer in South Bend Lawrence County in 1876. Did he have a daughter Harriet Mae HARMS? Was his wife's name Harriet MARSHALL? Did the daughter marry the son of J.N. WRIGHT? any help would be greatly appreciated.

Michelle Goforth ( Sun Feb 20 23:08:16 2000
I'm looking for information on the CASAVANT and GOFORTH families who lived in Lawrence County from about 1885 thru 1900. My gg-grandfather's name was Henry CASAVANT. They lived in Lead and/or Deadwood. I have some photographs that were taken in both Lead and Deadwood. They were French-Canadian. Henry CASAVANT was married to Marie QUINTEN. They had four children: Alma, Albert, Henry, and Mary. Alma CASAVANT is my g- grandmother who married Charles Wesley GOFORTH in Deadwood on November 23, 1904. All of their five children were born there. I am having a terrible time finding the CASAVANT name in any records. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have very little info on them. Michelle

Karen Miller ( Mon Feb 21 17:47:41 2000
KNAUST - my father grew up in Montrose, South Dakota. Sorry - don't know county - maybe you can help. Was browsing and ran across this great site!! Thanks for any help you can give me

Roxie Wheeler ( Thu Feb 24 07:11:30 2000
Hi. I look for the wife of my ancestor. My ancestor was Emory John PICKERING and he was born about 1847 in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. He moved to South Dakota after 1872 when his first wife died. It is said that Emory PICKERING remarried and had more children. Emory PICKERING died November 14, 1920 and is buried in the Whitewood cemetery. Does anyone know anything about his wife or children from this second marriage? I sure would love to know more. Thanks!

Hugh Morris- Stan ( Tue Feb 29 20:18:57 2000
I am searching for any information about my grandmother Gertrude WESTBURG and her father Otto WESTBURG who lived in S.D. at the latter part of the 1900s.He was (I believe) born in Sweden and according to family stories a gold miner. He died in the 1890s (I think). I believe that he also had sons named Ben & Sten WESTBURG.I believe my grandmother was born in 1889.I don't know if I even have the right county. Thank you for any help.

Bob Schoonover ( Tue Mar 7 12:28:31 2000
I am looking for information on Mary Jane THOMAS and her husband Robert EILBECK and their ancestors. They lived in Lead, Lawrence Co., SD and also in Central City. Mary Jane THOMAS was born in Cornwall, England in 1876 and immigrated to America in 1883; she died in Lead in 1945. Her siblings are William, Joseph, John, Susie and Gertrude. Robert Eilbeck was born in England and immigrated to America from Canada. He worked in the Homsestake Gold Mine and died in 1909. Please contact Bob Schoonover

Rosemary Benson ( Thu Mar 9 05:22:54 2000
I am looking for my gggrandfather Peter Michel Johnson, who came to US from Norway. He came with wife and 2 daughters. It is said that he went to the Black Hills. Peter Michel JOHNSON with wife Olina JACOBSDOTTER and two children, Jensine Marie and Jorgine Anna on 30 April 1870.It is said they were in Lawrence County. They were never heard from again. I would appreciate any information on this family. Thank You

Sharon Perry ( Thu Mar 9 21:55:31 2000
I am looking for Joseph RUSH married to Angeline BELFORD. My g-grandfather Joseph was born 9/29/1853, in Simpson Co., KY. My grandmother Flora RUSH was born in Mt. Ayr, IA., and as a young child moved to SD in 1881 when she was 7yrs old. She graduated from Teachers College and taught school in the Whitewood area. She later married Harry VROMAN.

Ron Boyer ( Mon Mar 20 09:39:12 2000
Looking for information on ERNEST BOYER married MABEL SPRATT in Hanna about 1880 also LINIUS BOYER married Bertha Marohn same time frame they had three sons LAVERNE, DELBERT,and RAYMOND BOYER

Janet Clark ( Sun Mar 26 07:31:07 2000
Looking for William Edward Valentine may have lived in Pennington County after 1905. If you have any information or recognize this name please contact me.

Mike Powers ( Thu Mar 30 20:24:45 2000
I am seeking any information concerning Frances Moselle DILLEHAY who married Robert Allen HAYS 19 September 1886 in Crook City, Lawrence Co., SD. Frances died 28 March 1944 in Whitewood, Lawrence Co., SD and was buried in Whitewood on 31 March 1944. Frances's mother Lydia Ann Ferguson DILLEHAY (DILLAHAY) died in January 1902, also in Whitewood. Thank you.

WILLIAM SCOGGINS (RLMWBS@AOL.COM) Mon Apr 10 07:22:25 2000

Mary Louise Stilwill Kinnaird ( Sun Apr 23 18:24:49 2000
Stilwill, Eugene Leroy Married Delma Hubbard 1902 Lived in Lead, last position, night chief of police. Left Lead about 1935. I am his youngest daughter, and lived in Lead until 18 years of age. I am trying to locate his army records, or any records of his siblings. Frank, Augustus and Fred.

Bob Kriz ( Mon Apr 24 21:10:06 2000
Looking for anyone researching James BYRNE, who moved from Wisconsin to South Dakota in the late 1800's(descendants located near Spearfish). I heard that his descendants had a reunion in Spearfish. My wife's ancestors are siblings of James BYRNE in Madison, WI. Bob

Mary Louise Stilwill Kinnaird ( Thu Apr 27 11:37:49 2000
Looking for information on EUGENE LEROY STILWILL born Atlantic, Iowa about 1880. Married Delma Hubbard, of Sturgis, in 190l. Was police officer in Lead, left in about 1934, and resided in Soldiers Home in Hot Springs. Had three brothers, Frank, Fred and Augustus, one sister Florence. Any information on this family greatly appreciated. Had seven children, Fred, Glenn, Madge, Florence, Walter, Clyde, Mary Louise.

Jim Boyle ( Sun Apr 30 08:52:27 2000
John BOYLE, Father. Father John Boyle was Catholic priest ordained in Ireland and sent to Deadwood, South Dakota between 1885 and 1920 to work as a missionary. Father Boyle is reported to have died in Deadwood and to be buried on the grounds of the Benedictine nuns. This burial place could be in Sturgis, SD. Father Boyle's parents were John Boyle and Mary Smith of County Mayo, Ireland and Glasgow, Scotland.

Thomas James Wilson ( Sat May 6 19:17:35 2000
WILSON, George Wesley, WILSON, George James. Wilson, Ora, Crawford, Nellie, Crawford, Janet, Kinear Were in and about Lead, SD in 1909 -1910 era. Also in the New Castle, WY area in this time frame. Kinear, Crawford, relatives of above. Am seeking any information regarding these relatives of mine. My Father being WILSON, George James, his birth name was Ernest Lewis Griffin (Griffen). Born 12/28/1910. Very important for finding this information.

tamarya shymanski ( Tue May 16 09:03:41 2000
ALEXANDER, Henry Ostrum M his wife Gertrude/Callie HAYS in Illinois and they went to SD, living at Sturgis and Deadwood. Family would like to make connect with these family members to update the family line. Thanks.

Linda Rutz ( Mon May 22 13:31:22 2000
Seeking information on any of the surnames below. Frank W. and Cora D. BABCOCK OWEN. Lived in Lead Lawrence County, SD 1888. They had Fred W. born in Salem MO, Hazel (HIEDEMAN) no dates or place of birth known, Julia Belle (PRINGLE)b. 10-26-1888 in Lead-she spent most of her life in the area. Than Ruth Abby (HIEDEMAN)b. 4-4-1892 Bridgewater SD d. 4-22-1965 MN, George Bailey OWEN (has the same name as his grandfather's) b. 7-11-1894 Bridgewater SD d. 4-28-1965 Galesburg, IL, and Nellie C. OWEN born in Sioux Falls, SD. she had a son but never married. Hazel and Ruth married brothers and both moved to Breckenridge MN area. I'm trying to fill in my dates of my great and great-great grandparents. George Bailey OWEN was my grandfather. Julia Belle married Edward R PRINGLE and they had five children. 3rd son Edward was killed in a helicopter crash near Whitewood Sep 4 1963. I have the newspaper clippings of the accident. Other children were Robert, Donald, Annable (SYLVESTER) and Frances (CORNELIUSON).

Frank D. Guffey ( Tue May 23 20:26:32 2000
I am trying to locate the marriage record for David C. HORNING and Mary GUFFEY. The information I have suggests they were married between 1898 and 1900 in Lawrence County, South Dakota. I have contacted the SD State Vital Records to obtain this information and have been told their records do not go back past 1905. I assume that these earlier records are held at the county level. I would appreciate it if someone could check the county records for a marriage certificate for this couple.
Audrey Wiebenga ( Fri May 26 11:50:22 2000
I am searching for information on John Francis STANTON, b. in Oakwood, Ohio in 1852. He married Anna Marie RUNSER ( 2nd wife ) November 28, 1894 in Redfield, Spink County, SD. I have a legal document signed by him on January 29, 1896 in Deadwood, Lawrence County, SD. I would appreciate any information on the STANTON or RUNSER families in Lawrence County, SD.
Rebecca Allina ( Fri May 26 16:53:55 2000
HOLZNER, Teresa aka FARRELL, Teresa often known as Mrs. T.H. FARRELL She owned the Holzner Hotel in Deadwood SD in the late 1800's, early 1900's. I am looking for any information that might have a date of birth or date of marriage and any other general information. I have some old Photos of her and the hotel. She is a great, great, great aunt. I am looking for any family connections.
Shirley Vinsand ( Fri May 26 18:51:45 2000
VAN ALSTINE Hawley son of Mr and Mrs Edwin Van Alstine was born in 22 Feb 1859 at Poplar Grove, Illinois. When he was 2 and a half, years of age his father father was frowned while attempting a rescue and his mother was left with two children to support. His boyhood was spent in Poplar Grove and Rockford Illinois. It was the time when the Homestake Mine at Lead South Dakota, was the largest gold mine in the world and Hawley worked for 18 years in various capacities connected with this mine. 21 May 1892 he was united in marriage to Lille Thomas at Galena South Dakota. In 1904 he bought his family to a farm north of Gilmore City and has made this community his home ever since except for 8 years at Ft Dodge Ia.
Mary Kelly Mills ( Sun May 28 07:50:57 2000
HEMLER-Four HEMLER brothers, Jacob Thomas/Tom. John Henry/Harry, Francis Christian/Frank and Joseph Jerome /Joe all lived or worked around Spearfish, LAWRENCE Co in the early 1900's. I think some of the family remained, while others may have moved on. Thomas HEMLER m. Isabelle NOEL; Harry HEMLER m Mary V.ALTOFF; Frank HEMLER m Hernrietta/Hetty ALTHOFF. She ran a boarding house in Spearfish and was active in the Catholic Church there. What happened to her children? Who did Joseph Jerome HEMLER marry? Did the other HEMLER brothers have children? This family has its roots near Bonneauville in Adams Co. Pa. I can directly link this family to the immigrant ancestor, Christian HEMLER, I am more than willing to share.
Erik P Conard ( Tue May 30 21:25:51 2000
Robert KENNEDY...born 29 Jul 1874, nr Dervock, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland. To US 1909. Married an Irish born girl, Catherine --?--, had family and died a rather young man...perhaps in 1920s. Had son James, 1915, dau Margaret, 1917, perhaps more. This Robert s of James & Margaret (-?-) KENNEDY of Derrykeighan, Antrim, North Ireland. Some more of family to US including my great grandpa, Robert's uncle. Visited Ireland in '92. Had first KENNEDY reunion in '98 in N.Mex. Robert & family in Lawrence co in 1920 census. Want to contact kin in Lawrence Co., will share data...looked for years, finally found Robert today! Am in Denver, can swap work!
John Going ( Sun Jun 4 08:55:47 2000
I am seeking to find out how to obtain Lawrence Co. District Court Records. From other records, I believe that my ggf William Henry Going filed a declaration of intent in District Court 6, Lawrence Co., D.T., Oct 25, 1880; the judge was R.Z Dawson(?). Are there any microfilms; what is the contact for requesting a copy? W. Going was a citizen Veterinary Surgeon with the 2d and 7th Calvary; assigned to Ft. Meade and buried in the National Cemetery
John A. Swearingen ( Thu Jun 8 14:36:58 2000
I am looking for names and addresses of any descendant of a Dr. Bernard F. BETTELHEIM of Spearfish, SD. The last information I have is that he resided there around 1930. I am a novice at genealogy research and am pretty lost here, so would appreciate any direction anyone can give me. Any assistance anyone can please give me is deeply appreciated.

Chris Fisher ( Fri Jun 9 08:38:25 2000
BENSON, DOTSON I am looking for Charles H. BENSON and Virginia Florence DOTSON married on 12-15-1872 in Nebraska. Moved to Lawrence about 1878. Charles was a miner and was always looking for gold. I found them on the 1880 Dakota, Lawrence, Falso Bottom Census. children (4) Florence Virginia BENSON, Charles O. BENSON, Mamie BENSON 6- 9-1881(born in Deadwood), and William BENSON. Florence BENSON died and was buried at Spearfish on 4-26-1889. I am looking for any information for this family. Thank you Chris Fisher

Deanna Kaebisch ( Sun Jun 11 21:27:04 2000
I am coming to Lawrence county July 2000. I will be trying to locate any records of my Great Grandparents John Magus SWANSON and Hulda (nee OLESON)SWANSON. Hulda is buried in the Lead cemetery by her twin brother Emil OLESON. My Great Grandfather was a Blacksmith and worked the mines. They built a home in town. The time period was approximately 1885-1905. Where can I look for any existing records? Births, deaths, baptisms, Blacksmith logs?
Bruce Craig Laine ( Sun Jun 18 03:37:06 2000
I am looking for the burial location of Andrew CRAIG. He is my Great Great Grandfather. He died in Lake Charles, Louisiana in September or October of 1897. There is no record of him in Louisiana because of a fire in the Parrish Courthouse in 1910. Andrew CRAIG lived in the Deadwood Area from approx. 1880-1895. I am hoping information about his death would have gotten back to Deadwood. Any information about Andrew, his wife Lita (FISH), or their children Minnie & Irvin would also be appreciated.
M. Matthews ( Mon Jul 3 13:39:59 2000
Looking for Edmund WHITMORE. In 1860, Edmund lived with his father and mother in Ira, Vermont. 1860 CENSUS, Ira, Rutland, VT: WHITMORE, Merritt; Maria, wife; EDMUND, 8, son; Charlotte, 5, dau;  Meritt, 3, son; Sylvanus, 19, nephew; Chloe, 73, widow, (mother) In 1879, at the age of 27, Ed left Vermont and moved west. I found the following in my father’s memory notes: "Sylvanus WHITMORE, wife, and two daughters, along with a cousin, Ed WHITMORE and his family, homesteaded together (in) Knox County, Nebraska. Ed’s wife was named Clara. Ed had several children—one daughter named Ella who married a WETMORE, and a boy, Merritt WHITMORE, who was crippled when he ran out of a doorway with no outside steps…." According to Knox county land records, Edmund WHITMORE proved up on his Nebraska claim and sold it to my great grandfather, Sylvanus L. WHITMORE, on Oct. 6, 1884—at which time Ed and his family lived in Lawrence County, Territory of Dakota (now in South Dakota). In 1889, one Edmund E. WHITMORE bought 160 acres of Federal land in Meade County, SD, and one Edmond E. WHITMORE purchased forty acres of Federal land in Meade County in 1902. Did Ed move to the adjacent county after 1884? If he lived an average lifetime, he probably died between 1912 and 1932. I would like to hear from Cousin Ed’s descendants. M. Matthews, Oregon
Vince Barker ( Tue Jul 4 19:55:17 2000
Looking for information on Roy SWANSON, died in Lead about 1957-58. Married to Daisy (Morehead). They had 2 sons, Gordon and Edward. Trying to find out who Roy's parents were and where they were from/born. Thank You!
Keith Sankey ( Sun Jul 16 05:46:00 2000
Seeking info re: BOOMER, Andrew and wife Mary Jane (Hildreth). Strawberry Gap and Crook City, Moved to Harding Co. after a cyclone destroyed the home they built in Crook City. after1875 and before 1894. Andrew was a carpenter and Mary Jane cooked for the miners. Keith Sankey

Keith Sankey ( Sun Jul 16 06:29:30 2000
SEEKING INFO RE: unnamed HARRIS buried in the hillside cemetery at Crook City (late 1890s very early 1900s) He was father of Addie HARRIS/SANKEY, my great grandmother. Keith Sankey (

Kristi Bequette ( Fri Jul 28 20:21:39 2000
Looking for information on the family/descendents of William Hale HIGGINBOTHAM, married to Clara LANE, died Jan. 27, 1898 in Deadwood, buried in Bear Butte Cemetery near Sturgis.
Steven Hall ( Tue Aug 8 22:16:07 2000
Looking for information about my G-Grandfather George W. Hall, lived in Spearfish SD until about 1893 when he moved his family to Idaho. His oldest son (my grandfather) born in Spearfish on 30 October 1889. Thanks.
Scarlett Glover ( Thu Aug 10 15:57:33 2000
RIIUTTA...I am looking for any descendants. I have found living relatives in Finland. See obituary of her brother, Americanized name: Henry ANDERSON. Finnish name: Johan Henrik Antinpoika (TIILIKKA) SAMPILA. Antinpoika meaning Anti's son. Henry ANDERSON, age 83, answered the final summons on Monday, January 21, 1929. Death was due to influenza and infirmities of old age. Funeral services were held at the Snoma school house, near Fruitdale, on Wednesday, January 23rd, and interment made in Snoma cemetery. Henry ANDERSON was born in Finland in 1846. He married Mary TIILIKKALA (actually her maiden name we believe was Matintytăr) in 1869, and to this union were born seven children, three of whom are dead. Three of the living children reside in Finland and one son, John SAMPILA, lives near Newell. Mr. ANDERSON came to America in 1886. He first located in Hancock, Michigan, then later moved to Snoma where he obtained a homestead. His wife died here in 1916. He lived in Snoma until five years ago when he had a stroke of paralysis, and then came to live with his son in Newell. He leaves to mourn his loss four children, Hilma, Marie and Oscar, living in Finland, and John, living in the vicinity of Newell; also a sister and brother in Finland. Another brother, Stephen ANDERSON, lives in Fruitdale and a sister, Mrs. RIIUTTA, lives in Deadwood. He also leaves five grandchildren and one great grandson.
Tricia McKinnon ( Fri Aug 11 21:35:13 2000
Looking for: IVERSON - Lee born in Lead; married Glenda _____ DIRKSEN - Bob; married to Marianne Thoresen Stott Marianne born in Deadwood BOUSA - Judy and Sandra, born in Deadwood (?) to Peggy (Jane Elmira) Thoresen and James Bousa THORESEN - Tom, son of Arnold & Delores (both deceased). Tom & Arnold both born in Deadwood THORESEN - Tom and Ardith and daughters, LuAnn, LeAnn and Robin (Tom & daughters born in Deadwood) IVERSON - Delores aka "Toot", sister to Lee.
Bob Swenson ( Wed Aug 16 15:23:18 2000
We are looking for family of Anna Rose LAPIN (?LAPPIN) b. Webster, Day County 11/5/1883 of unknown parents. Anna married Wallace FARRAGUT and they had at least two children, Virginia b. 1914 Illinois, and Wilma C. (Mina) b. 1917 Mississippi. Mina Farragut became a movie actress and dedicated a WWII destroyer named after other side of family (USS FARRAGUT, DD-3348) Surviving crew and officers want to know more about family. There were few LAPPINs in early SD but there was a Patrick LAPPIN & wife Mary HAYES of Lawrence County. Of considerable interest is that Wallace FARRAGUT worked for a Arizona silver mine company in 1920 - perhaps relevant to SD mining? Any input greatly appreciated. Sincerely Bob Swenson for the USS FARRAGUT crew 650-494-6934
carol tramp ( Wed Aug 16 20:20:34 2000
Searching for information on John C VANCAMPEN who was a civil war soldier in the Hot Springs SD old soldiers home. In 1917 he married my great great grandmother Mary Rebecca Smith. I would like to know when he died and if he is buried in the national cemetery at Hot Springs? He previously had lived at Highmore Sd but I don't know anything else about him.
Mayves (Teppo) Anderson ( Sat Aug 19 07:05:46 2000
I'm looking for any info of my Grandfather Adolph LOHONEN, All I know is that he lived in Lead and he married Matleena Louisa Purrunen, they had one child Mary Evelyn. He worked in the Homestake mine and died there around 1910.He applied for homestead land. I thank you for any info you could send me.
Gregg Stewart (havetwodab) Sun Aug 27 19:48:35 2000
I'm looking for information on my Great-uncle Gregor "Scotty" STEWART. He was Sheriff of Lawrence County in the late 1940,s and early 1950's His wife was Jessie SIMPSON. I know they are buried in Oakridge cemetery. Any info would help. Thanks Gregg Stewart
Ned Hirz ( Mon Aug 28 21:45:59 2000
I am searching the family of Elizabeth BOHN who married Charles Henry WENDT. He was known as Henry. Henry died in Castle Rock. Elizabeth died in Rio Vista, California. Her services were held in Whitewood, Lawrence County, South Dakota. Would like to correspond with anyone who knows of this family or is related to the WENDTS. Elizabeth was the daughter of Franz BOHN and Maria or Anna HIRZ/HERZ. Elizabeth was born in 1874 in Germany and came to the U.S. in 1892. She died in 1953. HELP PLEASE!!!
Richard Ray ( Tue Sep 5 17:08:44 2000
Any information concerning RAY family around 1889-1895. Roy Gilbert RAY born Lead City 1894. Thank you very much
Carey Pelto ( Thu Sep 7 07:50:00 2000
I'm looking for any information on EDWARD PELTO, born 21 Aug. 1906 in Lead, SD. He was reportedly adopted by the Pelto family shortly after birth- natural mother's name unknown (possibly ELLIS?) and lived in Lead for over 30 years. He worked at the Homestake Mine in Lead, then moved to Wisconsin, Ohio, and died in Queens, NY in 1965. I don't know the name of his adopted parents (PELTO), nor any other info. Any help, or suggested resources, would be appreciated.
Maysu Teppo ( Sun Sep 10 11:47:34 2000
Please help me find my grandfathers time of death and record of his burial, Adolph LOHONEN; The time of death is around the very early 1900's no later than 1910. He is said to have been buried in Mount Moriah cemetery in Lawrence county in the city of Deadwood South Dakota Thank you for any help.

Ella M Hatfield ( Wed Sep 27 10:03:36 2000
I am looking for information on my Father & Mothers side .I was adopted when I was 10 in Ca. Fathers name Curtis Moody , Born in 1892 in Deadwood S Da. Married my Mother . Stella Niecnalsky ,Born in Poland in 1905 . She later remarried ,& name Stella Schaeder This information I got off my Birth certificate & adopted records . I'm 73 now & any information you can give me would be wonderful. Many thanks as I want to know something of my back ground. Thanks again . Ella (

Maysu Anderson ( Fri Sep 29 08:19:36 2000
My grandfather Adolph LOHONEN lived in Lawrence county, Married Matleena PURRUNEN, worked at Homestake Mining Co. Both were born in Finland. Adolph LOHONEN is buried at Mount Moriah cemetery. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Sandra Romans ( Mon Oct 9 18:16:15 2000
We are looking for the WIFE OF Squire Peter ROMANS. The Deadwood newspaper - June 22,1886 tells of him going to 'the end of the line' to pick up his wife - they return and are residing in the Miller building on Lee Street at the corner of William. We know he later married a lady named Cora from CT - so did this wife die there in Deadwood? We didn't know there was a first wife until finding the newspaper online - don't know her name - just that the newspaper tells of him meeting her and bringing her to Deadwood. Could someone look in the death records of 1886-1900? I wonder if she died in childbirth???
Dan Karvonen ( Thu Oct 12 00:29:36 2000
I am looking for information on John MATTI (1870-?) and his descendants. John was born in Ylitornio, Finland and moved with his family to Kukkola, Sweden (near Haparanda) when he was a baby. He immigrated to the US from Sweden and I believe he settled in Lawrence County. His sister Emma MATTI JOHNSON was my great-grandmother and she lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John had many children, among them Selma DAVEY, Edna TAYLOR, and Effie NEELY.
Stephanie Smith ( Sat Oct 14 10:27:40 2000
Looking for information on DICKEY family Great grandfather is Walter Earl Dickey who lived in Spearfish and worked at the First National Bank. Info on him (personal antidotes etc) his parents and his Wife Margaret COOPER who's father worked on the Spearfish Canyon railroad any info would be helpful.
Sandy Paris ( Mon Oct 16 11:15:27 2000
Lawrence Co, Lead City. Found 1880census John DUNDON index DUNDIN/DUNDAN/DUNTON. Wondering if any descendants out there. I lost a Dundon, moved west. Not sure if this is mine, or where this gentleman came from back east. Any information appreciated. Will exchange any info, or help do look up in OHIO Summit Co.
Denae O'Brien ( Wed Oct 25 19:12:24 2000
I'm looking for marriage info for Charles E. Johnson and Sigrid Peterson in Lawrence county about 1910 or 1911. Also Sigrid worked as a maid in a hotel at the same time frame. Charles worked in a mine in Lawrence county. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
Arleen Buchanan ( Wed Nov 1 20:52:33 2000
I am looking for a picture taken from the upper road in Terryville of the Clarence LONG family home. It has many happy memories to go with this families genalogy. Thank You in advance.
Daniel Jones ( Fri Nov 3 10:17:53 2000
SANGIOVANNI: I am looking for any biographical information for G. G. R. Sangiovanni. He was a restaurateur and bar owner, and lived in Deadwood from 1876 to 1900. Also, if you have any information about the restaurant or bar business, I am trying to compile a history and would like to know what these men experienced in their jobs. Thank you very much for your help.

Gregg Clark ( Thu Nov 16 13:34:10 2000
Lawrence County - Lead, South Dakota Keith Henry Clark born around 1934 Ensign in US Navy between 1948 and 1952 father , Henry Clark, other relatives unknown This is my father whom I haven't seen in 34 years. trying to find cousins or relatives who still may be in the area. Looking for birth information along with family history.

Patricia ( Sun Nov 19 10:11:51 2000
Need help in locating newspaper in Spearfish that would have had obituary for David C. ROSS, died 8 Feb 1915. He was a Union veteran and had lived for some years in Spearfish. His daughter Nancy Melissa GAST died 3 April 1914 and she had quite a lengthy obituary. Many of David C. ROSS's descendants now living in Oregon. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Beatrice E. Moon ( Wed Nov 22 15:09:25 2000
I posted a query on July 26, 1999, asking for help in locating my father EDWARD JAMES STANLEY, who said he had lived in Deadwood, Lawrence County, SD, as a child. Since that query, I have had to change my email address. If someone has information on him or his parents, Ernest and Jenny STANLEY, I would be most happy to hear from you. Thanks a million
betty greenwood ( Sun Nov 26 13:40:02 2000
Lawrence Co PROBST, HUFFMANN Herman John Probst b 12 Feb 1884 died 17 Nov 1934 Leeds ? South Dakota married Delia Jane Huffmann would like date of marriage and obits for each. Do not have any info for Delia.
LEROY OSBORN BOSANKO JR. (leroy Thu Nov 30 15:13:58 2000
Jonathan B Schilling ( Sat Dec 9 07:48:18 2000
I am looking for info on the birth of a baby boy to Margaret rose (TAMMI) SAINSBURY during the months of MAR, APR or MAY 1982. The child is my biological son that I think was named after his mothers husband Jayson SAINSBURY. I was told he was given up for adoption to a couple in Montana. Any info on birth or adoption will help me find my son. thanks
Jesse H. JAMES, Sr. ( Mon Dec 11 23:30:43 2000
My wife and I are trying to find adoption/birth records for April of 1956. I was born in Deadwood/Lead, South Dakota at St. Joseph's Hospital. From my understanding Frank M. JAMES, MD, I'm told is my biological father and also the Doctor who delivered me. My birth mother was at the time a nurse at the hospital and my father practiced medicine out of the Hospital. On the day in question he called his wife, Juanita W. JAMES, and she adopted me within hours of my birth. The birth certificate that I have says nothing about being adopted and shows both parents as my biological parents. I am trying to locate the original adoption/birth records from the night I was born. I am confused because on the birth certificate I have, there is a 6 month 9 day lapse in time from my birth to the filing of the birth certificate. I'm also told that my biological mother still lives in the area. I'm simply attempting to locate her. I have no name and according to the word I get she would be in the neighborhood of her early 50s to middle 60s, even 70. She was an employee of St. Joseph's Hospital where my father, Frank JAMES, practiced. He played around on his wife and it seems this young lady was the target of his affection. Thanking you in advance, Jesse H. James, Sr.
Jeffrey Grimes ( Tue Dec 12 13:21:11 2000
SEAMAN surname I am trying to find information on Chester Seaman who married Ora Alice Grimes and any family members, who last lived in Spearfish, Lawrence, SD and was born 11 Jul 1906 and died 4 Nov 1990. His obituary would be great.
Kathy Walker ( Tue Dec 26 18:24:06 2000
I am searching for information on Gertrude Adeline ANDERSON and on her husbands. Noah BERGEVIN, John E FREDIN, and Pierre John FREDIN. Gertrude was the daughter of John Albert ANDERSON and Matilda WESTERDAHL. She was born 6 Mar 1902 at St. Onge and died 6 July 1970 in Escondedo, California. They lived in the False Bottom area between Whitewood and Spearfish. They were on the Lawrence Co. Census's.
Erika Zimmerman ( Sun Dec 31 08:31:43 2000
I am looking for anyone in the Spearfish, Lawrence County, South Dakota area who know of or might be related to the COLE family. My mother, JUANITA COLE, was raised in Spearfish along with her two sisters, BETTE and VERNITA, and her brother EUGENE. Her father was ROY VALENTINE COLE (DOB 2-14-1910) and her mother FERN LUCELIE (BUNDSHUH) COLE (DOB 11-16-1919). I think one or more of ROY'S brothers settled in either the Butte or Lawrence County areas. ROY'S brothers were ALVIN JULIUS (DOB 7-4-1912 Midland, S.D.) and ROBERT WARREN (DOB7-10-1917). I am told that my grandfather, ROY, has several uncles who lived in Spearfish at one time - PETER COLE (Beresford, S.D.), CORNELIUS COLE (DOB 9-1882), and possibly TUNIS C. COLE, GRACE COLE, JENNIE COLE, and MABLE COLE. I know that my gf-ROY, his father TUNIS, and several of the uncles worked in construction, and I think they had something to do with building a very large dam in the area. If any of this sounds familiar I would love to hear from you! Email me at

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