Spink County, South Dakota Databases & Family Data  


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Wedding Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wood
announce the marriage of their
Elsie Leona
Mr. Harry Cooper
on Wednesday, June the twentieth
nineteen hundred seventeen
Redfield, South Dakota
At Home
After July fifth
Wichita, Kansas
1017 N. Emporia Avenue

Transcription of original wedding invitation/announcement pasted in the photo album / memory book of Anna Elizabeth Coleman Mullinnex; album donated 2004 to Heritage Room, Library, Union College, 3800 S. 48th St., Lincoln, NE 68405. Transcribed 18 March 2004 by Linda Masden Vixie and contributed for free use by the USGenWeb Project and subsidiaries.

Linda Masden Vixie
Charles Henry Druliard - Born in Cottrellville, St Clair MI abt 1849 to John and Susan (McNiff) Drouillard. By the age of 17, Charles enlisted in the military, 1st SS (sharp shooters) Regiment MI and served for two years in which he was involved in many battles. After the war he worked as a land surveyor and eventually made his way to Spink County. According to a land patent Charles settled on 160 acres on August 15, 1883 in Redfield. Its value was $200.00 and was purchased at $1.60 per acre. His home was a 12x12 frame home with a well. On November 13, 1884, Charles married Sarah (Sadie) Eliza Graham at the German M.E. Church in Redfield. and had 4 children: Edgar b. 1885 (died at birth), Fredrick Graham b. 1888, Mary Edna b. 1891 (d. abt 3 years old) and Jessie Wilna b. 1893.
Charles and Sarah applied and received land through the Timber Culture Act on December 7, 1894 (sec 17 Twp 115 range 65 160 acres). According to affadavits from James Manson and Ellend L Tompson, Charles planted Box Elder and Cottonwood trees on property that was slightly rolling hills but devoid of any natual timber. After planting the all of the trees were destroyed by an extreme drought in 1890. He replanted the entire tract in 1891 and 1893 but again was destroyed by hot winds in 1893. Charles died that year on August 26 and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery just north of Redfield. Pension records of 1895 describe him as 45 years old, 5' 8" dark complexion, black hair, gray eyes.
Provided by John Hendricks
Alonzo Chace was in Spink Co. as early as July 30th, 1896. You will find this date on the proof of his father's will of which Alonzo was executor wherein the proof of will was done in Spink Co. in 1896 (see http://home.wanadoo.nl/j.b.chace/WillofThomasChaceSr.html ). I have listed the document reference at the top for verification.
Alonzo Chace was the son of Thomas Chace, my GGG Grandfather. His brother, Thomas Chace Jr., is my GG Grandfather. I have letters written by him, his father, his mother, and all of his siblings (six), and other information about him and his family. He died in Beverly Hills, California.
Provided by Jeffrey Chace
My GG GF, William Lawlor (Lawler) and his wife, Fannie, were married in Iowa in June, 1878. Their second son, James William Lawlor, was born in Spink County on Oct. 30, 1880. Two more sons were born there, Arthur J. and William J. They moved to Lincoln, NE before 1888. They were homesteaders, and raised wheat. After three years of drought, William "walked out", and declared bankruptcy.
In the 1880 census, Louisa Craig Yauney, Fannie's mother, is shown in the Lawlor household, along with two of her granddaughters, Harriet and Nora. Our family documentation suggests that James was the first white child born in Spink County.
Provided by Martha Lawlor - 293 Trail of Flowers - Georgetown, TX 78628 - Home Tel: (512) 868-2606
Samuel Ebbert (26 Oct 1839, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH; 22 Mar 1919, Spink Co., SD) came to Dakota Territory in 1883, with his son, Edwin Lincoln Ebbert, and his second wife, Anna Elkins, whom he had married 18 Sep 1882, IL. He settled near the emerging town of Doland. Samuel was in the House of Representatives of South Dakota, 1895 and 1897. Samuel was the son of Andrew Ebbert (28 Oct 1811, Hanover, York Co., PA; 14 Sep 1858, Wash. Twp., Grant Co., IN) and Mary Catherine Shank (1 Jan 1814, Perry Twp., Montgomery Co., OH; 1 Jun 1864, Wash. Twp., Grant Co., IN). They are buried in Union Chapel Cem., Grant Co., IN. Samuel and Anna had a son, Glenn Elkins Ebbert (1 Oct 1890, Doland, Spink Co., SD; Feb 1975, Eugene, Lane Co., OR). Both sons eventually left South Dakota for Oregon.
I descend from a younger sister of Samuel, Mary Catherine Ebbert (1 Jun 1850, Wash. Twp., Grant Co., IN; 27 May 1925, Wash. Twp, Grant Co., IN), who married 22 Mar 1871, Grant Co., IN, Benjamin Franklin Hix (13 Jun 1841, Wash. Twp., Grant Co., IN; 2 Jul 1889, Wash. Twp., Grant Co., IN). Other siblings of Samuel and Mary were: Eliza E. Ebbert (2 Apr 1841, OH; 2 Apr 1880, Wash. Twp., Grant Co., IN) and Elizabeth Ebbert (1847, OH; 1923, Wash. Twp., Grant Co., IN). I have information on all lines descended from Andrew and Mary Catherine (Shank) Ebbert, and am willing to share with others.
Provided by Ronald Lee Tetrick - 1404 Zartman Road - Kokomo, IN 46902-3263 - (765) 453-0643
JOSEPH BIXBY COTTON was born December 2, 1826 at Warren, New Hampshire and he grew to manhood there. He was the son of Solomon and Anna Bixby Cotton and brother to Hannah and Dudley Bixby. He gained his early education and was graduated from the Boston Academy of Music. The Academy existed to train teachers of music, principally religious music. Joseph's training at the Academy was principally under the direction of Dr. Lowell Mason, the well known composer of many well-known hymns including Nearer My God to Thee and How Gentle God's Commands.
Joseph married Mary Moran of Derby, Vermont on March 27, 1849 at Derby. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Harriet Brooks Moran. They were the parents of nine children.
Joseph was a farmer and a merchant during the years that he remained in New Hampshire. Sometime in the spring or early summer of 1865, Joseph moved his family to the small community of Pella, Iowa where he had accepted a position as Principal of the Music Department of the Central University (now Pella College). It was a fledgling college having been founded in 1853 by the Baptist Church. As Principal of the Music Department, Joseph organized the college glee club and made it a noted organization taking the group on annual tours.
In 1874, Joseph further established his position in the community by becoming involved in a partnership to establish the Pella Manufacturing Company. He was the active manager of the business for several years. By 1880, Joseph was acknowledged as being principally responsible for making the company one of the most important industries in the city. His most noted accomplishments, however, came from his involvement with the University. He was completely devoted to the success of the school and served on the Board of Trustees for several years and in 1880, he was elected as Vice President of that Board. In later years, after he and Mary had left Pella, the college honored him by having Cotton Hall named for him.
My great grandfather decided to move to Dakota Territory in 1883 and homestead. He was encourage by two sons and other neighbors to do so. He received land through the Timber Culture Act and moved to Hand County near Miller. It had to have been a very difficult decision since neither Joseph nor Mary were in good health. He homesteaded there for about six years before moving to Frankfort in Spink County in 1889. Joseph bought a hardware store there and again became a merchant.
Four years after the move to Frankfort, Mary became seriously ill. Their youngest daughter, Mabelle Blanche, was engaged to Freeman A. Cloutier, a resident of the area, with marriage planned sometime in 1894. Mary, realizing that she might not live until the wedding, asked that they move the date up. They were married at the family home on January 10, 1894 and Mary passed away on January 12th. She was buried at Pella, Iowa where the family had lived for many years.
Joseph returned to Frankfort and to his hardware business. He married Dollie M. Taylor in January 1895. With declining health, he took his son-in-law Freeman on as a partner. They incorporated the latest thinking into the operation of the store and subsequently opened one of the first department stores in South Dakota. The business was so successful that they had to move the store to a larger location in 1898. By 1903, his health was failing rapidly and he withdrew from the partnership in January 1904. He remained in Frankfort until his death on August 25, 1905. He was buried in Pella, Iowa, the community he loved so much and on which he had left such a mark.
Provided by Joseph Cotton.
GENTRY -- LaRelle Albertson, 98, of Gentry died May 8, 2001, at Quail Ridge Living Center in West Siloam Springs, Okla. He was born Dec. 3, 1902, in Frankfort, Spink Co. S.D., to Carl and Minnie Eaton Albertson. He was a longtime resident of Gentry, a farmer, and a former resident of California. Survivors include his caretakers, Don Dickson, Jody Smith and son, Bill Smith, all of Gentry; two stepsons, Robert Bryant of Sacramento, Calif., and Elvin Bryant of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Betty Albertson of Decatur. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs. Burial will be in Gentry Cemetery. (NWAR Morning News)
My ancestor is my great-great grandmother, Nancy Adeline Seaman, nee Cutshall. She was born in Randolph Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, 13 February 1822, and was the oldest daughter of George W. Cutshall (b. 1799- d. 1876) and Jane Sterling (b. 1804/1805 - d. 1883). She married John M. Seaman (b. Abt. 1805, New York - d.1877, Pennsylvania) on 03 March 1842, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Her marriage announcement as published in "The Crawford County Democrat," 15 March 1842, is as follows:
"MARRIED--On the 3d inst. by A. J. Stewart, Esq. Mr. JOHN SEAMAN, to Miss NANCY CUTSHALL, both of Randolph tp."

Ten children were produced from this union, all probably born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Approximately six years after the death of her husband, she sold her farm in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and removed to Spink County to homestead. BLM Land records show her initial homestead application (No. 3129) was filed 10 April 1883. The final homestead certificate (No. 3262) was issued 15 November 1889. At the time the final homestead certificate was granted, she was approximately 63 years of age. She died 01 August 1906 at the home of my great grandparents, Henry W. and Ida Evaline Seaman (fourth child) Kellogg in Vienna, Clark County, South Dakota. My great grandfather, Henry W. Wescott, is the informant on her death certificate. Her obituary, as published in the “Clark Pilot Review," Clark County South Dakota, 06 August 1906 is as follows:
"VIENNA-Mrs. Seaman passed away Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. W. Kellogg. She was over eighty years old and had been in a helpless condition for some time before death relieved her suffering. The remains were taken to Doland yesterday. Mrs. Seaman was one of the old settlers, coming to South Dakota in the early days."
Of the ten children born of her marriage to John M. Seaman, three accompanied her to and homesteaded in South Dakota:
1. Darius, first child, (b. Abt. 1842/1843, m. Hattie P. _____ date and location unknown, d. date and location unknown - prob. Spink County, South Dakota. BLM records show he homesteaded in Spink County, the issue date on his homestead certificate being 02 February 1889.
2. Lola C. Seaman, seventh child, (b. 15 May 1858, m. Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson) McFadden, 24 October 1875, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, d. date and location unknown - prob. Spink County, South Dakota. BLM records show he homesteaded in Spink County, the issue date on his homestead certificate being 17 July 1889.
3. Millard Filmore Seaman, tenth child, (b. 29 December 1866, m. Mattie A. Hart, 02 October 1890, d. 09 January 1958 in Doland, Spink County). His wife, Mattie A. Hart, (b. 21 December 1874, Wisconsin, d. 12 December 1929, prob. Dolan, Spink County) was the daughter of George D. and Lucy A. Hart. BLM records show he homesteaded in Spink County, the issue date of his homestead certificate being 04 December 1903. All of the children who accompanied Nancy Cutshall Seaman to her Spink County homestead are recorded in the 1885 Spink County Census - Nancy and her son, Millard, as District 57, Page 3, Line 5; the Jefferson and Lola McFadden family as District 57, Page 4, Line 23; and the Darius and Hattie Seaman family as District 57, Page 3, Line 1.
G. T. Kellogg, Jr.
Stafford, Texas USA
My great grandparents, John and Susan O'Connor, purchased their farm in Athol in approximately 1893. They bought it from Susan's uncle Dennis Galvin, who was a homesteader. My great grandmother, Susan O'Connor, had brothers named Robert and Frank Twiss, who also lived in the area. John and Susan had 9 children, all born on their farm. They were, Margaret, Emmet, Emery, Arthur, Leo, Genevieve, John, Jerome, Richard and Steven. The parents and Margaret, Emmet, Emery, Arthur, John, Jerome and Steven, as well as their spouses and some children, are all buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Athol. The cemetery is located on the O'Connor farm, now owned by Bob Woodring. My mother, Mary O'Connor McDermott, daughter of Emery, married my father, John McDermott, of Redfield. My McDermott grandparents, Thomas and Rose Della, as well as my brother, John Terence, are buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.
My mother was a greeter at the opening of the Spink County Courthouse in approximately 1926. She also adds that the Carnegie Library was built with money donated directly from the Andrew Carnegie fund.
Maureen McDermott
My ancestor, Henry Joynt, came from Storemont Canada with Henry Humphrey, and married his sister, Catherine Humphrey sometimes spelled Humphries. The family settled in Spink County near Zell. Son, Joseph Patrick Joynt, married Mary Magdene Niederhauer, it was she that got St. Mary's in Athol started. She was a midwife and delived over 100 babies.
This information is available in greater detail in the "Spink County Area History".
Filed land claim in Spink Co., Antelope Twp., Section 6, Dakota Territory.
Rev. Samuel & Malinda Hoy, and their 11 children, came to Spink Co., Dakota Territory in the fall of 1882. The Hoy homestead was in Antelope Township, Section 6. Land purchase, 160 acres, 2/23/1887. Homestead land, 160 acres, 2/12/1891.

He was licensed to preach May 24, 1855. In 1871 he was elected Presiding Elder of his church and retained this position until he moved to South Dakota in 1882. He became a charter member of the Dakota Conference of the Evangelical Church. He served the church in Frankfort, Watertown, Redfield, Aberdeen, Miller and Irving. Harrison and Antelope Townships became known as a "Hoy Settlement" because of the numerous Hoys. Within a few years the name was commonplace in the teaching profession, the ministry, and in local civic and school governments. At one time there was even a Hoy baseball team. I believe they called themselves the "Prairie Kings".

In 1888, Samuel Hoy went back to Ohio to raise money to build a church. Thus the Irving Church in section 20 of Harrison Township came into being. The church eventually lost ground to the changing times and no longer exists. Only a little ill-kept cemetery remains wherein are the graves of Samuel and Melinda Hoy. Source: Orville Hoy (My 2nd cousin, now deceased)

Dwight Hoy
This entry was taken from page 330 of SPINK COUNTY (SOUTH DAKOTA) AREA HISTORY compiled by Leta Anne Nolan, Project Director, Copyright Curtis Media Corporation 1989, ISBN 0-88107-152-8

Eman Masat was born in Bohemia-Czechoslovakia to Adam and Amalia Masat Dec. 13, 1873. He immigrated to New York, and after working there and in Chicago worked his way to Iowa, settling in Tama as a farm laborer. Mary Tomasek was born to Josef and Josefa (Tatousek) Tomasek in Bohemia-Czechoslovakia December 8, 1876. She came to America at the age of 16 and worked for the Timms family in Tama Iowa.

Eman and Mary were married in the Catholic Church at Chelsea, Iowa on February 22, 1897. During the eight years they lived and farmed five miles South of Tama, several of her sisters emigrated from the old country, and their two eldest sons were born Lewis was born June 11, 1899, and was baptized at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tuna March 31, 1900. Lester was born November 9, 1903 and likewise baptized there. In 1905, the family bought and moved to a farm 2 miles Northwest of DeSmet, South Dakota. During this period of time, three children were born, William on June 21, 1906, Blanche (Brink) born on October 28, 1908, and May (Blume) on October 7, 1912.

After striking up a land purchase in the summer of 1916, Eman, Lewis and Lester journeyed with the livestock, hones and machinery by train to Ashton to the homesite 4 miles East and 2 miles south of Ashton in March of 1917. Mary and the three younger children followed on the train to Redfleld, where they then traveled by sleigh, over obscured fences to the farm. Here the family resided, gradually farming more land and rebuilding the house and barn. The children attended country school, with the sons missing much to help with the farming. Eman died August 18, 1944 at home of adenocarcinoma (a malignant tumor of glandular origin or with a glandlike cell arrangement). Mary died November 26, 1962 in Yankton, South Dakota of heart failure. Both are buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield. (Source: Esther Masat Haber)

Clayton Davis - Maryland
This entry was provided by Geary Neilan

My Great Grandfather, Henry Stoltenberg, and his wife, Mary Dunker Stoltenberg, came to Spink County SD prior to 1888. My Grandfather Harry A. Stoltenberg was born in Spink County, SD in 1888. He died in 1977, and is buried in Oak Wood Cemetery in Northern Spink County. Thank you Geary Neilan, 47573 255th St. Renner, SD 57055

Geary Neilan - Renner, SD

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