Benton County, MN

Genealogical Queries

The following queries related to Benton County genealogy have been submitted by researchers.
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I recently trimmed this list from 119 queries, to 10, and added 1 of my own. Most of the email addresses were 19 or 20 years old, and messages to them either bounced or were not answered. Please let me know if I have deleted your query that was still active, or if you have any new queries.

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BALDER / PETERS - Settled in St. George Township, Benton County, MN from Kanitz, Schlessien, now near Warsaw, Poland. He was a farmer in Duelm and is buried there. His son Frank owned a brewery in St. Cloud. Where is the Duelm cemetery? Any knowledge of my descendants? Connie Balder Mickolajak (last contacted 6 Oct 2019)

BOZYCH - Enoch BOZYCH and his wife Frances SCHULTZ came from Poland in 1872.  They first settled in Chicago and came to the Gilman area a couple of years later.  I would like any information about them that could lead me to their area in Poland.  I believe it was somewhere in the Poznan area.  Any help would be appreciated.  Dan Schyma (last contacted 7 Oct 2019)

DELANEY / BALDER / CROWLEY / ALBRIGHT - Looking for any information on George A. DELANY who homesteaded near Parent. His wife remarried a CROWLEY after his death in 1886. He and his son Edward DELANEY are buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Elizabeth [nee Shutter] Manley DELANEY CROWLEY is buried there also, along with Elizabeth and Crowley's son John W. CROWLEY b. Oct 17 1887 d. Oct 18 1895. I have no first name for this CROWLEY. Frances DELANY married Ben ALBRIGHT and farmed in the County. Her mother, Anna DELANEY married Louis BALDER, son of Frank BALDER, owner of the St. Cloud City Brewery, until his death on his 40th birthday in 1889. Frank's sister Theresa married Joseph KAMPA. This family lived and raised their family in Benton County, near Duelm. Any help would be appreciated. Connie Balder Mickolajak (last contacted 6 Oct 2019)

GAPINSKI - Andreas GAPINSKI lived near Koronowo, Poland, and married Marianne LOBODZINSKA in 1848. They had 6 children, from 1853 to 1870, in Poland. Marianne died 26 Oct 1875 in Poland, and Andreas emigrated to America. He settled, with some of his children in Gilman, Benton, MN, where he died 13 Aug 1898, age 74. Based on DNA evidence, I believe my gg-grandfather, Michael GAPINSKI, could be a brother or cousin of Andreas. So I would like to find out more about the GAPINSKI family in Benton County, and in Poland. William Haloupek

GORDON - Adelbert William GORDON (1854-1923) married Elizabeth "Lizzie" WYATT (1854-1917).  They started farming in the Watab area in 1880.  By 1915 they farmed 250 acres and has a home on the Mississippi River.  They had four children: Earle, Warren, Lois, and Ray.  Warren married Elizabeth BURTON.  Lois married Arthur B. NELSON.  Is anyone researching this family?  Adelbert GORDON is a 1st cousin of my grandfather, Everett PERRY.  Kal Perry (last contacted 5 Oct 2019)

HARY - Men with these last names married women from the HARY family between 1890 and 1898 in Gilman township (KUJAWA, SIPOLD, SIEGMUND, THOMAS, TRUZINSKI, WALCHESKI). Would appreciate hearing from descendants with hope we can help with background information. Thank you. Shirley (last contacted 10 Oct 2019)

MCDONALD - George and Angelina MCDONALD had a family of 4 boys and 4 girls. George was a farmer and they lived in the 1870s on the east bank of the Mississippi River, probably in Langola Twp. The family moved to Brainerd area by 1888. The 1870 Census [from Brockway Twp, Stearns County] lists these four children; Eva, Charles, Alonzo, Frank. I know Eva married John Dickinson McGee in 1876, Eva was probably born near the St. Croix reservation in Wisconsin. Is anyone researching this family? If so, please contact me. Kal Perry (last contacted 5 Oct 2019)

NORTON - Harvey Stillman NORTON and Sallie [Sara Ann] FINICAL NORTON, his wife-lived in Benton County, with their five children, between 1864/5 and [about] 1887. The children were: Edwin [b. 1859 IL]; Laura [b. 1862 IL]; Bertha [b. 1864 MN]; Martha ["Mattie," b. 1867]; William Eugene [may have been called Eugene, b. 1869 MN]. The family came to Benton County at the end of the Civil War, about 1864/5. Previously the family lived both in Hennepin County, MN and [during the war] in IL. Harvey served with both an IL and a MN unit during the war [MN 11th infantry 1864-1865]. Listed as Benton County residents in both the 1870 and 1880 census. Harvey is listed in the poll tax for St. George Township 1867-1884. Active in local affairs there [election judge, justice of the peace, chairman of the Board of Supervisors for St. George, etc.]. He also was a grange organizer. The family farm was located at Lot 26 [W 1/2, SE 1/4, 80 acres] and was later sold to a Henry BAKER. Neighbors included K. ADELMANN, P. POPILECK, Jos. SHINDSELORR and N. ADELMANN. Harvey later purchased another farm in Benton County, this time in Minden Township. Harvey and Sallie NORTON, with their youngest/minor children then moved to NE, by 1890. [Edwin-the eldest son-left home by 1880; Mattie died, at age 8, in 1875 of diphtheria; and Sallie married in 1881, at Alexandria MN.]. Harvey Stillman NORTON was born in Onondaga, New York about 1828, and lived with his parents in Geauga, Ohio in the early 1800's. Sallie's parents were Samuel E. FINICAL and Harriet B. RAMSAY. They came to Hassin, Hennepin County, MN in the mid-1800's from PA and KY via Indiana. There is a brief family sketch of the NORTON family in the History of the Upper Mississippi Valley. Any information greatly appreciated. Contact Darlene Cruikshank Joyce, 4624 Greenhaven Drive, White Bear Township, 55127, (651) 415-2762 (last contacted 6 Oct 2019)

OKONEK - Searching for descendants of Paul, Joseph, and Thomas OKONEK who homesteaded in Saskatchewan and later returned to the USA, thought to be from Benton County. (last contacted 5 Oct 2019)

RICHARDSON - I am interested in finding out about: RICHARDSON, Kenneth E. - Born 1 Mar. 1888 in Rice to Stephen A. & Laura Richardson, and RICHARDSON, Stephen M. - Born 19??-July 1891 "near St. Cloud" (Also Rice?) to Stephen A. & Laura Richardson. and RICHARDSON, ??? - any baby born to Stephen A. & Laura Richardson who was born before 1888 or between 1891 and 1894 and who did not survive (a census report that there were children she had who did not survive), and RICHARDSON, Stephen A. - Born 1895 in IL; looking for land or marriage records to Laura, maiden name unknown, who was born in Oct (?) 1865 in IA (and was out of Swiss/German heritage).  Thank you for your assistance. Stephen Richardson (great-grandson of Stephen A.) (last contacted 6 Oct 2019)

SMITH - Charles Edward SMITH, doctor. Married Laura Marion NORTON [see separate NORTON query.] Marriage took place on July 30, 1881 at Alexandria, MN. The bride was, at that time, listed as a resident of Douglas County although she was still a Benton County resident per the 1880 census. She may have gone to live with her brother in Douglas County, since he is listed as a witness to the marriage there [speculation]. Charles E. SMITH is, however, listed on the marriage license as a resident of Benton County is 1881. Charles SMITH was a doctor, but it is not clear whether he became one before or after the marriage. I have been unable to locate information about Charles SMITH in census or Benton County records, except for a reference to a Dr. Smith working with inmates at the prison in St. Cloud at about this time. Any information greatly appreciated. Contact Darlene Cruikshank Joyce, 4624 Greenhaven Drive, White Bear Township, 55127, (651) 415-2762 (last contacted 6 Oct 2019)

ZAWACKI / FROST - Seeking ancestors and descendants of: Edmund Mark ZAWACKI b. March 12, 1847 in Danzig (now Gdansk), Poland d. January 2, 1916 in Gilman, MN. He married Maryanna FROST, daughter of Joseph FROST and Unknown. Edmund's parents were born in Germany according to his death certificate and his occupation was listed as farmer.  In April 1880, Edmund landed at the Port of New York from Poland, a German citizen. He became a United States citizen April 16, 1897 and was in charge of wood lots for the Government.  Edmund and Mary had 8 children, Martha, John, Anton, Joseph, Apolonia, Mary, William, and Benedict. Ron Zurek (last contacted 10 Oct 2018)

Updated 10 Oct 2019 by William Haloupek

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