Spink County, South Dakota Queries
July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001


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Dan Harvey - Mon, 04 Jun 2001
I am looking for information on the immediate and extended family of Thomas Oscar Cox, born 3 Nov 1859 in Commiskey, Jennings Co., IN and died 4 Aug 1923 in Tulare. It appears Thomas used the name Oscar as his common name. His wife's name was Lydia King (Porter) Cox, and his children were Lucy B. Cox, Flora Emily Cox, Polly Ann Armilda Jane Cox (also known as Mildred), Lethe or Letha Lourania Cox, Sarah Elizabeth Cox, Dora Gertrude Cox, and Alfred Roy Porter Cox. Thomas and Lydia lived in Jackson Co., IN prior to moving to Tulare, Spink Co., SD sometime between 1903 and 1916. Their daughter Sarah married Charles F. Ames on 23 May 1916 in Tulare, and Dora married William Friedrich Julius Neitzel in Tulare on 2 March 1916. Some time after Thomas's death, Lydia married a gentleman known as Charlie Johnson, and she died 26 December 1937, but I don't know where. Any information on these kinfolk would be helpful.
Lisa Pearson - Wed, 23 May 2001
I am looking for information on Benjamin Warden. He moved to Redfield, Spink Co. SD with his wife Susan and his brother William and his family in late 1870's. In the 1880 Census he is not listed. The other Warden's are buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. If anyone has any information as to what happened to Benjamin, when he died and where. He did purchase land there.
Susan Harris - Fri, 18 May 2001
Looking for information on Melford HAGEN family. b 1901 Roland, IA d 1993 buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Redfield SD. I have some information on this family but am trying to complete family history. Melford's father's brother was my great grandfather Anton HAGEN from Iowa. If you have any information or know of where I can write please let me know. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Susan Wood - Wed, 9 May 2001
I'm trying to find out if the town of Mellette, in Spink Co., had a "Violet Rebekah Lodge No. 63" in it's town in the 1916-1920 time period. If so are they still in excistance and how would I contact them.
Susan Wahl - Tue, 8 May 2001
Seeking info on the Runser Family of Redfield. 1880 census records parents Philip and Clara. Children: Anna, Clara, Joseph, Robert. Also Philip J. father of Philip. Later children include: Belle, Francis (F), Philip J and Katherine. I have good records on Robert, Philip (son) and Katherine. Looking for connections for the other children. Thanks.
Paul Steiner - Sat, 5 May 2001
Am looking for decedents of James David Floyd born about April 15, 1840 in New York, who came to Aberdeen/Brown County, and Mellette/Spink County about 1880 and married Dora Jorgensen in 1883. Family story is that he was previously married and had two children. Per 1890 Veteran schedule, he served in Kansas 12th infantry, Company C, but no record found. His second wife thought that he may have served from Illinois. Looking for decedents of first family.
Connie Duke - Mon, 30 Apr 2001
I am looking for any information regarding the family of Charles F. BACKER (BECKER). Charles was born Oct 1846 Prussia; died unknown. His wife was Amelia (Unknown) BACKER, b. Oct 1847 Prussia. Their children who resided with them on the 1900 census of Tulare Twp, Spink Co, SD, were Ida BACKER, b. Jan 1870 MN; Henry W. BACKER, b. Oct 1873 MN; and Helen BACKER, b. Nov 1875 MN. They also had an adopted daughter, Gertrude COTTER, b. Dec 1890 KS. As the family story goes, Charles BECKER was in the Civil War (have not found anything to substantiate this) and his name was written as BACKER in his records. Upon discharge he was advised to retain the BACKER surname for record purposes. The only other information I have on him is that he applied for 160 acres of homestead land in Spink Co, SD, on 17 Sep 1890.
Sandi Fincham - Sun, 29 Apr 2001
Recently, I ran across a picture of Fred SPINKS. It was stuck in a book about St. Lawrence County, NY. The book is dated late 1800's. I was curious about him and his connection to this area. Any help you could give me would be appreciated.
Betty Shoultz - Fri, 27 Apr 2001
Am seeking information, on the Rudolph & Elfrida Grundman Family that farmed around Hitchcock, So. Dakota. He was known as Rudy. They are my Grandparents, and are listed in the Jan. 12 & 13, 1920 U.S. 14th Federal Census, as being in Lincoln Township in Spink Co., So. Dak., at that time, it has listed Rudolph, Elfrida, Helen and Mabel. They had four children; Helen, b: Sept. 6, 1916 ( Frankfort ); and Ralph, b: July 6, 1922 ( Hitchcock ). Any information, on the Grundman Family, would be greatly appreciated.
Mary Kay Ward - Wed, 18 Apr 2001
Seeking info about William THOMPSON of Doland, Spink Co, SD. He may have been born about 1900, and he married est 1920 Pearl WARD who was born abt 1900 in White, Brookings Co, SD. They had a daughter, Kay THOMPSON who married Terry KINSMAN and the family was living in DeSmet, Kingsbury Co, SD in Dec 1949. Pearl WARD was the 2nd of 6 children born to Zophar John WARD and Cora WINGAD of White, SD who were married 8 April 1897. Zophar and Cora WARD divorced in Brookings, Co, SD before 1920. Pearl WARD - THOMPSON's siblings were Linda Elizabeth WARD b abt 1898; Margaret WARD b abt 1902 in White, Brookings Co, SD who married Alfred BERG abt 1922 and they lived in Newell, Butte County, SD; James WARD b abt 1903; Joyce WARD b abt 1904; and Lucy WARD born 1907 in White, Brookings Co, SD. She married abt 1926 John LARSEN and they lived in Midland, Haakon Co. SD. Pearl WARD also had 2 half-siblings: Earl WARD born est 1884 in Wis. and Mabel WARD b est 1886 in WIS the children of her father, Zophar's 1st marriage to Laura LINDSAY. Please contact me with any info at 1432 Yeardley Drive, Richmond, VA 23225-2906; Ph: 804-232-9338.
Patrick Fish - Thu, 05 Apr 2001
I am searching for information on members of my GGgrandfather (Luke Minor Fish) and his children's family who were in Redfield, SD at some point. The info I have states Orlo and Harry (Horry) Fish owned and operated a steam laundry in Redfield in the 1890's. That is all the info I have to go on at this poi nt. If you have any info or know of any free source that may give me more on them, please contact me. Thank you.
Betty Shoultz - Sat, 24 Mar 2001
Seeking information on relatives in Spink County, by the name of HILLESTAD. I just found out this week, that two of them are buried at Frankfort, So. Dakota. Oscar HILLESTAD, buried April 17, 1947 and a brother; Anton HILLESTAD, also buried at Frankfort, on June 28, 1947. I was told there was a HILLESTAD CEMETERY, but don't know for sure. Is there only one cemetery for Frankfort? The parents were; Ingebrigt and wife Anna HILLESTAD, and sons; Leonard HILLESTAD and a Martin HILLESTAD, plus the other two sons, Oscar and Anton. Any information, on any of the HILLESTAD'S, would be greatly appreciated very much. Is there a Cemetery Log Book, that someone has, listing everyone's names, lots, blocks, dates, etc. Thank you for any help that can be given to me on this.
Leo Dehner - Mon, 5 Mar 2001
Looking for information on the death of Thomas Casper James. He came to Redfield in 1885 and died in September 1885. Can someone check the Deed index at the courthouse to see if he purchased any property ? Also could someone check any cemetary indexes that might exist ?
Debra (Bullis) Bolton - Sun, 25 Feb 2001
My name is Debra (Bullis) Bolton. I desperately need any info on my ancestors! As does everyone, right? I'm glad I found the SD websites. I only found out that my grandfather, Leonard Roy Bullis was born in Spink County! Just now! I'm excited. Ok, I need any info on: Sheldon Peter Bullis m Margaret Martin in SD sometime between 1885-1990? A son b Leonard Roy Bullis born 4/22/01. Sheldon traveled with a circus as a young man and met Margaret in SD and married. Any info on any of that? Sheldon was not born in SD, neither was Margaret. I need help w/this. Thank You so much.
Joe Cameron - Fri, 16 Feb 2001
I am trying to obtain any info, family or professional, about Charles Louis (Deacon) Phillippi, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the first game of the very first world series in 1903. He was a son of Andrew Jackson Phillippi, who left Wythe County, VA about 1875, and settled near Athol, SD. Deacon holds records even today, yet, there is very little info about him anywhere. Even lots of the family back here in VA never heard of him. Deacon was one of 8 kids - surely someone in that family tree still lives.
Dr. Gloria J. Venning, PhD - Fri, 16 Feb 2001
I'm searching for information regarding my great-grandparents and any relatives: John August Johnson and Maria (Mary) Christine Youson Johnson who immigrated from Sweden with 2 children (Hilmer Elmer and Anna Marie) in 1887 settling near Conde, SD. They had 5 more children while living there (Ida Nettie, Carl Richard, Enger Emmanuel, Emma Olivia, and a baby that died at birth). In 1901 they moved to Claremont, SD. Please e-mail me privately. Thank You.
Dean Phillippi - Wed, 14 Feb 2001
Searching for information on Andrew Jackson Phillippe: ANDREW JACKSON PHILLIPPE was born February 11, 1843 in Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Virginia, and died 1/30/1903 in South Dakota. He married ELIZABETH JANE MARGARET HACKLER, daughter of PETER HACKLER and BARBARA SUTHERLAND, after 1874. She was born 1837 in Grayson County, Virginia, and died in Athol, South Dakota.
Thomas Smith - Sunday, 4 Feb 2001
Can you help me? My Mom was born in SD, Spink County. I'm looking for info on her dad's side - Wyland - on the birth slip of my Mom, Alfred Wyland. My Mom was born 6/1910, and had a twin brother born on the same date.
Phyllis Kay Hodge - Saturday, 3 Feb 2001
I am looking for information about any of the following: Herman Henry F. C. HOLTZ and his wife Eliza Abigail MASON HOLTZ who came to Doland about 1884. Their children Iona, Fred, Tessie and Oscar were born there; older children Carrie, Lulu, Mason and Lillian were probably born in Wisconsin. Carrie married Irving FLANDERS in 1901 in Doland. Lulu married William ARPIN in 1897 in Redfield. Mason married Susie BLYTHE in Irving in 1904. Lillian married a SMITH. Tessie married Edward RUSKELL. Oscar married Nellie MCELHENY. Herman came from Germany in 1863, died in 1896 and is buried at the Doland Cemetery. Eliza died in Sioux Falls in 1936 and is also buried at Doland. I will exchange information.
Joe Cameron - Wytheville, VA - Tue, 30 Jan 2001
Searching for descendants of Andrew J. Phillippi, who left Wythe County, VA in 1885, and settled in or around Athol, Spinks County, SD, where he is buried. He had 8 children, one of whom was Charles Louis (Deacon) Phillippi, who pitched in the very first World Series baseball game in 1903, while playing for the Pirates. Will share info. Thank !!
Alice Rosenberger - Sat, 13 Jan 2001
Is there anyone who lives near Northville who would look at cemeteries for the names Lawrence and Ada McGary; and Marietta Sutton. Ada McGarry was still living in 1953 per her sister's obit. She would have been about 66 at that time. Marietta Sutton was 72 in 1920 census.
Jeffrey Grimes - Fri, 5 Jan 2001
I've found a little more information about the Grahams and I'm hoping that it might help in the search. I found a family relative who remembers that Rob & Ida Mae Graham did indeed live in Doland for a long period of time besides 1923 like I knew before and I didn't know who Ida had married. Ida died prior to 1956. I did notice on the Land Grant listing that there was a Robert Graham who was listed as having three sections of properties. Meridian 5, twp 114N, Range 063W, Section 18 with acreages of 80,40.63 and 40.63 dated 07/11/1889. However I don't really know that this is one and the same. Any help would be greatly appreciated...
Alice Rosenberger - Tue, 5 Dec 2000
In the 1920 SD census Spink County City of Northville, I found Lawrence McGary, age 37; wife Ada age 33; son Donald age 12; and Douglas age 2, Also Ada's mother, Marietta Sutton, (which I see I already have on the list). I am looking for the death dates and cemetery where buried of Ada and Lawrence.
Is there a way to find out information on cemeteries around Northville SD. I see from the history that it is a very small town, so the cemeteries probably wouldn't be very large.
Deborah Graf - Dubuque, Iowa - Wed, 29 Nov 2000
My name is Deb Graf and I am trying to find some information on my great-grandfather, John Edward Graf, who married Alice Rose Bentley September 26, 1885, in Watertown, Dakota Territory. My grandfather, Bertram Monroe Graf was born November 21, 1888, in Athol Township, Spink Co. Dakota. I have a copy of his birth certificate dated in 1941.
Colleen Stokes - Michigan - Tue, 28 Nov 2000
According to the Bureau of Land Management Records, between 1884 and 1894, three different Spinks were mentioned as owning property in Spink Co, SD. I am tracing the Spink lineage descended from Ishmael Spink and Lucy Worden. Unofficially, I have a paper that said Ishmael's, son Ishmael b. about 1797 was the father of Solomon Lew is Spink. Since Spink County was named after him, I would like to know if the following Spinks had any connection: Ezra L, Hall, and Leroy H. Thanks for any help.
Nikki Newman - Mon, 27 Nov 2000
Zarnecke or Zarneke
Looking for information on the Zarnecke or Zarneke family (spellings used interchangeably). Herman Zarneke born in Burlington, WI, married Emma Boub of Burlington, Wis. Herman's brother August Zarnecke, no other info avail. Herman and Emma had at least 2 children: Lewis Charles Zarnecke born 11/22/1884 and Albert V Zarneke born 03/11/1891.
Fran Miner - Sun, 26 Nov 2000
Does anybody know of a James Miner in Redfield, SD? His father's name was James Robert Miner, mother Rose Miner. I don't know if there where any more kids, or not, or if he was a only child. He was my father born in 1925 in Redfeild, SD. He said he was Indian. There is no paper work that I have seen. He wouldn't tell us kids much. If anybody knows anything on this family I would surely appreciate it.
Janet L. Kral - Syracuse, NY - Thu, 23 Nov 2000
I am looking for any record and /or information about Heber F. MCCLUSKY. He is listed as being in the 1885 SD census, Dist.53 p 002. I have not seen the actual census. Heber and his wife Lettie BILLINGS were from Lapeer Co. MI. He may have returned to MI. I don't have a birth date, but it would be about 1845-55. He was a candidate for Probate Judge at one time in Lapeer Co., MI. Thank you.
Jennifer Sederstrom - Mon, 13 Nov 2000
Looking for information on the Waldner family who resided in Doland, Spink County, SD. I am told there is a Hofer (surname) Cemetary, next to the Ebineezer Church, in Doland. Anyone know of this place? Andrew J. Waldner b. 1912 Spink County, SD and D. 1986 Sanborn County. Andrew's father and mother John D. Waldner b. 1882 and Maria Kliensasser b. 1883 are supposedly buried in Doland at this "Hofer Cemetary." Anyone with information please e-mail me, thank you.
Ken Olsen - Mon, 13 Nov 2000
Looking for any information on Sylvester Fagan and Mary Fagan. They lived on a farm with a Northville address. They arrived from Iowa in about 1905. They had eight children that lived. Mary died in 1925 shortly after giving birth to her ninth child. Mary's body was taken to Iowa for burial, but we have no record of the baby's burial. We are assuming the baby survived a week or so and was buried locally. I believe Sylvester left the area shortly after the death of his wife.
Cheri Hankins - Mon, 6 Nov 2000
I'm desparetly searching for any information about my Grandfather, Frank Kearns. He was born 6-2-1900 in Oregon, Ogle County IL, and moved to SD, possibly the Redfield area in the early 1900's. He married in Huron SD in 1929, but we don't know who his parents are or who he lived with prior to this. We've been told that his mother is possibly Mary Kearns Beckman (she married a Beckman after my Grandfather was born), and that's who he moved to SD with. Any help would really be appreciated. Thank You SO Very Much.
Letha Chunn-Mendivil - Tue, 31 Oct 2000
My grandmother, Ethel Lydia Reed, was born in Tulare, Spink County, SD, on 5 Sep 1898, the daughter of Bert Allen Reed and Minnie Alice Bishop. Her grandparents also lived there for a while: Charles Arthur Reed and Lydia E. Hart. I am looking for information about this family, particularly death records for Lydia E. Hart Reed who died there prior to 1927. Can anyone help? Thanks!
Rosemary Kurtz - Wed, 18 Oct 2000
Reference my November 1999 query. I am still searching for Robert T. Lee, but I now have some information from the 1920 census that may pertain to a daughter. In the 1920 federal census, in Ashton South Dakota, resides RALPH E. WATKINS age 38, and his wife MARY age 33, and children ROBERT H. age 12, LEE R. age 9, AGATHA M. age 5, and MARY R. age 3. Can anyone provide information on this family?
John Druley - Wed, 11 Oct 2000
My Greatgrandfather settled in the area in 1881. If you have a way of getting anymore information, I would be very happy. His name was Alonzo Druley, His wife's name was Anne (Corcoron) Druley. My Grandfather was born there in the 1920's, and there were 9 siblings I believe. My father was born in Aberdeen in 1940. Many thanks .
Eleanor Roman Count - Mon, 9 Oct 2000
Francis Roman and Eleanore (sometime the e is omitted) lived in Spink Co. in 1893 as Luba Roman was born their. The first child Lucinia Roman was born in Clark Co... Not sure when they moved. They also had Hiram Roman born July 20, 1886. Zeah Eleanore Roman born Jan. 27 1892. Laurence Roman May 21, 1895, and Deneige Roman DEC 1, 1896 The Roman family left SD in 1897 for ND. If you find out the above were born in Spink, please let me know. Thank you.
Vaughn Cover - Sun, 24 Sep 2000
Seeking info on Jonathan Lester FRAZIER, b. 27 SEP 1818 Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio. d. 23 July,1903, Mellette, Spink County, SD. m. 1859 (1) Josephine Emeline Sterling. (2) Axie Finch?. Father Benjamin Frazier. Mother Barbara. Seeking proof he resided in Spink County, is buried in Spink County, ever lived in Spink County, and leads on descendents Almeda Sterling Frazier b. 1860, Thomas Benton Frazier b. 1964, William Edgar Frazier b. 1867, Emma Frazier b. 1869, Mary Ellen Frazier b. 1871, Alice Emeline Frazier b. 1873, and Norman Douglas Frazier b. 1876. All children b. Mt. Sterling, Crawford County, Wisconsin.
Tim Meyer - Sat, 26 Aug 2000
Looking for info on Helen Beebe, daughter of Warren D and Jane E (Jones) Beebe. She was born 1866 and lived in Redfield, Spink Co. from 1880 to at least 1912. Have family info to share.
Kathy Coe - Wed, 23 Aug 2000
I am looking for Fridley families that had land in Spink County SD in 1884-1897. Some of them came to Warren Co. Iowa.
Craig Pfannkuche - Sat, 19 Aug 2000
A SELDON P. and his wife, HARRIET TTOWNER, RICHARDS were living in Crandon, Spink County, SD in 1883. Harriet had a child there in that year. Does anyone have any data concerning this Richards family from Elgin, Illinois in 1878?
Susan Lloyd - Sat, 5 Aug 2000
My name is Susan Lloyd, I live in Texas and am trying to do some research in Spink County. My grandmother (Pearl Ebinger) was born in Redfield in 1910. All that I know about her early years is that she seems to have spent them at the old State School under the care of Dr. John Kutnewsky, the Director, and his daughter, Edna. She was adopted by a couple by the name of Stebbins who passed away while she was young and then by a couple by the name of Ebinger. I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not any records from the School from this time period are still in existence as they would shed a great deal of light on whom her parents were. Any information you might have in this regard would so very much be appreciated.
Janith Farnham - Fri, 4 Aug 2000
I am conducting research on the Farnham family many of whom lived in Spink County. The following names are ones I have some information on and need to confirm and expand that information:
George Washington Farnham - died October 1934
John Ralph Farnham - born Aug. 18,1883 Married June 18, 1906
Hattie Leona Farnham - died May 30, 1907
Frances Cassette Farnham married January 1, 1909
Harry Leonard Farnham, Sr. married January 1, 1909
Can you give leads on how to confirm this information?

Charles Weldon Farnham was an early pioneer of Rondell township and was buried in the Rondell Cemetery. I am looking for an obituary that would give me leads on the names of siblings. Ralph Cowles came to homestead in Mellette in 1879. His daughter married Charles Weldon Farnham. The wedding of Charles and Ida was written about in Prairie Echoes. I am also trying to find anything I can on Frances Cassett who married Harry Leonard Farnham January 1, 1909. He was the son of Charles Weldon Farnham.

Does the Rondell Cemetery still exist and are there burial records available?

Dianna J Diehm - Sun, 30 Jul 2000
I am looking for information on Martin Markuson. He is hopefully a brother of my Great Grandfather Tobias Markuson. Info shows him in the Trinty Lutheran Cemetery in Mansfield. I show his children as follows:
Millian Mary Markuson DOB 19 Mar 1900 - Mansfield, Spink, South Dakota
Andrew James Markuson DOB 24 Mar 1902
Goldie June Markuson DOB 09 JUN 1905
I would be interested in knowing the name of Martin's parents and where they came from.
Dee Yeager - Tue, 18 Jul 2000
Looking for Francis Marion BEETEM, who is last known to have resided in Spink County, SD. His wife was Sarah Ellen HOLBROOK. They had two known children in Spink County, Margaret Emily Beetem b. 4/28/1888 and Clara Alberta Beetem, b. 9/13/1894
Blake J. Urban - Aberdeen, SD - Wed, 12 Jul 2000
Herbert B. Blake, born 1872 in Huntington Co., IN, son of Alfred L. Blake: farmer, steam traction engineer, and Lucina May Pearson Blake, born 1875 in Huntington Co., IN, and daughter of Alva James Pearson. They moved to the Northville area in 1908 from Huntinton Co. Indiana and several are buried in the Northville cemetary.
Carl (Charles) A. Urban, born 1884 in Manitowac, WI., son of Andrew Urban, musician, and Grace D. Vogel Urban, born 1888 in Antigo, Wisconsin, and daughter of August(?) Vogel. They moved to Redfield about 1921 via Palisades, Neb., and then to Northville about 1932. They are buried in the Northville cemetary.
Dolores C. Clark - Fri, 7 Jul 2000
I recently located two birth records in Sprink Co. for a family I am researching. They are the family of William Henry CARICO/CARRICO and Lucinda BEDSAUL from Carroll Co., VA. They md in Carroll Co., VA 28 July 1870 and had 6 children before they left the county. The birth records indicate a son, Frank Harvey, bn 1 Aug 1885 and a son, Charles Earl, bn 26 Apr 1893. I would appreciate hearing from anyone having knowledge of this family. Per the Social Security records, Charles died in South Dakota in 1975.


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