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Richland County, Wisconsin

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Becky Nix Sat Jan 2 12:40:35 1999
Looking for cousins who may be still in Richland County. My father was Donald W. Mathews b Tavera in 1922. His parents Joyce Shannon Mathews, and Lewis (Goldie) Mathews. Grandparents William Alex Shannon and Alice Markley. Great grandparents Warner Shannon, Nancy Endicott, William G. Markley and Narcissa Caples. Warner's sisters married into Harsha families. William Alex's sisters married Lymans. Any kin around? Thank you!!


Diane Hanson Wed Jan 6 09:15:02 1999
I found JOSEPH RETTERATH in land records as owning 40 acres in Twp 12 -N in Section 9. This deed was dated 1872. What Township is this? Can anyone help me? Thanks.


Diana Bryant Fri Jan 8 13:19:57 1999
Needing help with Bolemas BREECE and his wife Hannah TURNER. Their daughter Minnie Lovan Breece-GERTH was born in Buck Creek, Richland Co., Wisconsin 15 Oct 1881. At some point Minnie came down the Mississippi and then Missouri Rivers. She married William Louis Gerth near Bourbon, Crawford Co., Missouri close to 1900. After Williams death in 1938 Minnie went to Ada, Pontotoc Co., Oklahoma to stay with a daughter, Evelyn Northcutt. She died there in 1977. If anyone can help me with dates and places of birth on the parents and any siblings I will gladly share my files for your county genealogical library to use! Diana & God Bless


terri stoikes Mon Jan 11 06:14:06 1999
I am looking for information on the Pierce family or ? (unknown surname) Thomas PIERCE married Melinda GROSHAW, place and date unknown. They had two known children Francis Ann b. 1840 in Illinois and Mattie b. ca. 1843.Thomas died about 1843. It is not know if he died before or after the family moved to Mt. Hope in Grant Co. Later his family moved to Waterloo Iowa and at some point came back to Wisconsin finally settling in Port Andrew in Richland co. It is known that Melinda remarried but her second husband is unknown. It is also known that Francis married Marwood HOUNSEL(HOUNSELL, HOUNSHELL) of Clayton twp, Crawford co in Port Anndrew 23 May 1863. Any information on the children or on Melinda would be welcomed.


Linda Carr Mon Jan 11 15:46:25 1999
According to family stories Robert BUCHANAN was county clerk of Richland Co. sometime in the 1800's. His son Robert Jr. married Izabella Gray Hawkins. Isabella was living with her sister, Maria Washburn in Excelsior, Wis when she met Robert BUCHANAN JR. Any information or suggestions of where to look would be appreciated.


Marqel Breedlove Fri Jan 15 08:16:25 1999
I am looking for any infomformationon the following names: Balsley, Knaus, Maly, Millard, Twaddle, Unbehaun....all lived in Richland Center, Wi at one time or another....some still living in the area. Please email me if you know any information, so we can correspond. Thanks


June Cougle Sun Jan 17 08:41:00 1999
Lucinda(George)wife of Albert Bailey died Mar 1912,Richland. Henry and Mercy Ann Colvin Bailey are buried in Haskins Cem no date. Elvira Bailey bur Felton Cem no date.Henry Harry and Henry Otto, Jason W 1st mar Anna Duke 2nd Sophrone Moore, Ezra Bailey died abt 1865, Jenny E b 1873, Samuel Henry b 1868 William A b 1861. Many Bailey's went to Chippewa Co. Would like to hear from anyone searching these names.


Karen Haines Sun Jan 17 13:43:16 1999
Looking for the family of Henry and Phoebe (Brown) CARPENTER, who are listed in the 1870 Richland county census and had a daughter, Jeannette born about 1871 near Boaz, Richland county. It appears they had six daughters and one son, but I only have a little information on Jeanette.


William Jones Thu Jan 21 19:29:57 1999
looking for any info on the family of Lewis JONES and his wife Hannah , Hannah may have at one time or another moved into they area without Martin her husband ,wether it be health or death or seperation I dont know at this time,but they had at least 2 to 5 kids and Hannah may have remarried in Richland , they came from the indiana state area around the late 1890`s the kids they had are Martin L.,William A.,Jim, Joe, Mary, and Minnie any help would help me and others looking for our roots eespecially the person who gave me the names of the other youger kids.


Patrick O'Connor Fri Jan 22 11:07:16 1999
Seeking info on a Bert (possibly Albert) ELMER living in Richland County around 1903.


Pat Alves Fri Jan 22 15:27:50 1999
Looking for info. on John and Catherine DWYER, parents of Michael and Julia DWYER RILEY who are buried at St. Bridget's, Westford area and died in 1888 and 1894. If there are any relatives still in the area I would love to hear from you!


Caryl (Smith) Brailsford Sat Jan 23 09:54:58 1999
I am looking for information about The Keehn family. Charles KEEHN was my Grand father. He married Ida SHANE. Her Mother was a DEITER and was from Germany. G Grandfather was August Keehn. GG Grandfather was William Keehn who married Eliza. The came from Indiana or Michigan but were born in Germany.
My father's family wwas Leon H Smith, Married to Evelyn Keehn. His parents were L Bernie SMITH who married Mattie RECOB. L Bernie's family was Loom Smith who came to Spring Green and started a cheese factory. He was from Pennsylvania.
any help is appreciated. I have very few dates to work with.


Peg Eckhart Sat Jan 23 16:02:45 1999
I am looking for information on John and Levi Eckhardt and John Koch families of near Sylvian in Richland County, Wisconsin.


Karla Staudt Wed Feb 3 11:22:27 1999
I am looking for information on the children of a family with the surname SIMPSON. Mr. Simpson was married to Eliza Jane Shookman. Eliza was born in 1867 and was the daughter of Philip and Lydia (Youse) Shookman. I have no marriage date for Eliza, est. about 1885-1895?
I would really appreciate anything you might be able to contribute on this family line.


Karla Staudt Wed Feb 3 11:28:44 1999
I am looking for information on the family of William Marion SHOOKMAN b.1860 d.1940. William is buried in Willow Valley Cemetery. I would like to know the name of his wife and children. I believe he had at least two daughters; Blanche b. 1894 and Florence. Does anyone know who they married, or where they might have gone?
Thanks for any help you are able to offer!


Dawn Dobbs Wed Feb 3 16:27:56 1999
Seeking information on decendants of William and Louise Keehn, who resided in Richland County for a while after the close of the Civil War, Wm was a veteran and joined in the 3rd Michigan Cav. so he originally started out in Michigan, I know that Louise was his 2nd wife, and his first wife died in Michigan. He possibly has more reletives in MICHIGAN and possibly a brother Fredrick that relocated here with him after the close of the war. William and Louise moved to ILLINOIS around 1892 and he died there, in FREEPORT on the 16th of May 1892 at the age of about 68 years. William KEEHN and Louise had 7 more children, JOHN KEEHN, HENRY KEEHN, FLORA KEEHN, CLARA KEEHN, EMILEE KEEHN, & ALMA KEEHN, if anyone is a decendant of these people in ILLINOIS, I would appreciate any information or correspondence from them at all. I belive William and Louise KEEHN'S children remained in Illinois information I have says HENRY KEEHN was from FORRESTON, CLARA KEEHN in AMBOY, and all the rest living in FREEPORT, as of March 1915. I have no information on these KEEHN'S at all! Any information would be so appreciated!!


Justine Miller Wed Feb 10 16:27:59 1999
I am searching for information about Harvey WARNER d. 2 June 1883 in Sextonville, Richland County, and wife (1) Mary ROCKWELL, and (2)Cynthia Jane ROCKWELL. Children: Elizabeth WARNER m. Wm SNYDER; David WARNER m. Sarah Ann CURRIE, Joseph WARNER m. Carrie Bell THOMPSON; Franklin WARNER m. Nellie; Jenny M. WARNER m. Ezra O. THOMPSON; Olive R. WARNER m. L. H. REHBUCK and/or any of their descendants. Thank you very much.


Cathy Kuhl Fri Feb 12 11:15:44 1999
Researching the family of Orrin H. Northrup, born about 1823, Geauga Co., OH. Married Sara A. DAVIS 25 March 1852, Green Co., WI. Sarah died 16 Jan. 1893 and Orrin married 2nd Grace Phillips Garland at Milwaukee in 1895. Orrin was a wagon maker at Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Known children: Frank born 1854; Charles born 1857; Emma born 1859; Hattie born 1861; Henry born 1864; Ella born 1868, and Mark born 1874.


Bob Warren Fri Feb 19 06:37:30 1999
Seeking any info on these family names. EARL BINGHAM was a cheese maker, and thought to be buried around Sextonville. I know nothing of his parents. The WARRENS, COLEYS and GRUNSHAW all lived on eastern edge of Richland or in Sauk counties.


William S. Jones Thu Feb 25 17:51:24 1999
Looking for any info that is associated with the JONES family, that came to this area and surrounding counties in the mid to late 1800`s, .....THANKs and good hunting


Mel Sherman Tue Mar 2 18:34:36 1999
Keller, Bernhart, b. 1818 mar. Gertrude Flamme; came to Richland Cty fr Wurttenberg. Germany w/wife & children in 1851; lived in Chicago 8 yrs, also Sauk County. Daughter Ida Keller mar. Merritt Sherman. Merritt's mother Ann Eliza McMillen, dau. of Samuel & Nancy ? McMillen. Merritt's father, Stukely Sherman. Gertrude Flamme's parents John b. 1823 fr. Germany mar Elizabeth Rasmueler b. 1824, in 1844, daughter of Harvey & Gertrude Rasmueler. b. 1844 fr Germany. All of theses families lived in Ash Creek, Oak Ridge, Orion Township, Richland County.


Cindy Fri Mar 5 11:19:04 1999
I am interested in corresponding with anyone researching these names. My Ebenezer and Caroline BUTTERFIELD owned a hotel in West Lima, Richland County from 1877-188?. Both Eben and Caroline died in Richland County. My THOMAS, EVANS, and REEDER lines all went mainly to Vernon County, however various family members lived for a time in Richland County. In fact, many of the THOMAS cousins settled there. Let's help each other with the research.


Loretta Craig Fri Mar 5 18:18:56 1999
Looking for info on EBER ALDRICH, who with his father ALPHIUS ALDRICH, had a blacksmith and woodworking shop in Lone Rock, Richland Co., WI called ALDRICH & SON untill Eber's death in 1884. Eber m. IDA JENKINS and his mother was HELEN CONABLE. Eber's older bro. was IRA who m. LOIS LOCKWOOD of NY, and Ira served in Co. D, 19th Infantry Wisc. Volunteers, enlisting in Fordham in Adams Co.
ABRAHAM WOLF was Postmaster of Lone Wolf for 17 yrs. after the civil war, having served in Co. I, 11th Wisc Infantry and in Co. G 38th Wisc Infantry, and, according to his obit notice.." lost his leg in the battle of "FORT HELL" seven days before the surrender of Lee."


Jo Ann Carter Sat Mar 6 16:42:48 1999
I am looking for information on the TOPTINE family. The following information is fragmented. Here is my family tree. My father Glenn Donald TOPTINE married Clara Elizabeth Walker, his parents were Orville Austin TOPTINE b. 30 Mar 1875,in Neilsville, Clark, WI, d. 10 Oct 1947, in Spokane WA and Mary Elizabeth SHORT, b. 10 Sep 1882 in Shortsville, WI, d. in Spokane WA, his siblings are Adelbert Austin TOPTINE, b. 19 Sep 1905 in Neilsville, Clark, WI, Milo Theron TOPTINE, b. 30 Jan 1912 in Glendive, Montana and Lucille Grace TOPTINE (Glover), b. 05 Nov 1921 in Reno Hill, Kaycee WY.

My grandfather's parents were George Washington TOPTINE b. Dec 1851 in PA, d. 17 Aug 1939 in Richland WI, and Charlotte HOPE b. May 1852 in WI, d. 14 June 1941 in Richland WI. My grandfather's siblings were; Newton TOPTINE, b. 24 Feb 1874 in WI, d. Jul 1967 in Neilsville, Clark, WI and Dora TOPTINE, b. Jun 1881 in WI, d. 4 May 1959 in Richland WI. I have found information in the 1905 Clark Cnty., Town of Washburn, Wisconsin State Census page 525 that George, Charlotte, Austin, Newton and Dora all lived in the same household. It only listed their ages and page 525.
From there I can't connect the following people:
Julia TOPTINE b. 25 Nov 1889 in WI, d. June 1982 in Wickliffe, Lake, OH
A. J. TOPTINE b. 1855 in PA married Martha E. ?, b. 28 Apr 1859 in IN, information on these two was found on the 1880 WI census recorded in Richland Cnty, Sylvan Town, WI
Charles A. TOPTINE b. Nov 1853 in PA, married Mattie E. KANABLE b. Jun 1858 in IN, brothers Olery O.KANABLE, b. Feb 1868 in WI, and Jasper J. KANABLE, b. Mar 1875 in WI were listed in the 1900 WI Richland census.
Henry Thomas TOPTINE b. Mar 1850 in PA married Millie E. b. Sep 1867 in WI, they are listed in the 1900 WI Richland census along with his mother; Martha J. TOPTINE, b. Jan 1828, she is listed in the 1905 WI Richland cnty, Sylvan Town, census, the 1900 WI Richland census and the 1850 Butler cnty, PA census along with her husband and sons Husband - Charles TOPTINE, b.1823 in Germany
Son - James TOPTINE, age 3 on the 1850 Butler cnty, PA census
Henry Thomas TOPTINE, age 5/12 on the 1850 Butler cnty, PA census
Other names I can't connect are:
Orval G. TOPTINE - married Dec 12 1906 Clark Cnty, WI, vol 3 pg. 71 (don't know who he married or who his parents are)
John TOPTINE, - d. 1 Feb 1894 as recorded in Richland Cnty, vol 1, pg. 208, reel 115, image 0618, seq. no. 391291 and
John D. TOPTINE, d. 1 Feb 1894 as recorded Vernon Cnty, vol 1, pg. 155, reel 129, image 0639, seq. no. 391292 (are they the same person)((found on miro-fische))
John Topline is listed in Richland Cnty WI as died on the same date as John TOPTINE and John D. TOPTINE (I found Topline on Rootsweb site under Richland Cnty Wisconsin on same page as other TOPTINE names. Could it be a type o? The code for Topline, John, died 1984 is D-203. I can't remember the exact site, I'm a novice on the net and writing the information down as to where I get information on the net from.)
Andrew TOPTINE is listed in the 1905 Richland Cnty, Town of Sylvan, WI census, pg. 355 age 51 b. 1854, he's listed with wife Martha TOPTINE, so I'm thinking he is A.J. TOPTINE, but can't prove it.
Also listed on the same page is George TOPTINE age 53. I am confused because I have information from the 1905 Clark Cnty, Town of Washburn, WI census, page 525, listing the family of George TOPTINE age 54, along with wife, Charlotte, and children Austin, Newton and Dora. I believe the latter to be George Washington TOPTINE. So who is the prior George? How are all these people related to me and where are all my relatives? I'm sure there is someone out there that is related to me. I hope someone can help. Please email me if you have any information concerning the above people.


Peggy Tucker Sun Mar 21 18:49:21 1999
searching for any available information in Richland County for George, Sr., George, Jr., Gustafson, Nicholas, Harry, or Dwight Francisco. i.e. schools attended, marriages, any new articles or photos.


Alan Todd Sun Mar 21 22:01:52 1999
I am looking for children of Earl Marshall. I believe Earl lived in Richland Center and later in Hinsdale, Ill. Earl had 2 daughters and 1 son that I know of. They were living in Hinsdale Ill around 1960-1964. Would appreciate any help on locating this branch of the Todd family.


Linda Fries Wall Mon Mar 22 08:58:09 1999
Wanting to connect with any of the lines listed in Richland Co., Wis. Have info on most of them listed above. I am the daughter of Frank FRIES and Theo SCHOONOVER FRIES, born 9 July 1945. Have spent years doing research on the above names. Am still in touch with other ones working on some of these lines. Have info dating back to Germany on the FRIES line, plus WOLF line. SCHOONOVER line back to Holland. Would enjoy hearing from ones who are also working on these lines. Thanks, Linda Wall


Linda Fries Wall Thu Apr 1 11:04:03 1999
Susan Mae ANDERSON married George Arthur FRIES. Sue is the daughter of Josephine WAGGONER and husband, Cyrus Newton ANDERSON. Josephine is the daughter of Henry WAGGONER and Matilda TANNER WAGGONER. Cyrus Newton ANDERSON is the son of Jacob ANDERSON and Elizabeth M. KEVER. Jacob ANDERSON is the son of Hugh ANDERSON and Catherine DRAKE ANDERSON. Hugh was born 3 Oct 1793 in Pa. Married Catherine DRAKE in Jefferson Co., Ohio, moved to Brown Twp. Carroll Co. (was at that time Stark Co) Ohio until they moved to Allen Co., Indiana in 1841. Had 12 children, most moved to Allen Co., Ind. with them. Hugh died there in Allen Co., Ind. 27 Aug 1872, his wife Catherine died 15 Sept 1857. Hugh remarried to a Elizabeth MAJERK/MAGERK a few years before he died. Some of the children remained in Ohio, Indiana, and some moved to Richland Co.,Wis. Earlier names listed at the biginning of this query. Have a lot more info I could share with anyone. Thanks, Linda Wall


DC VAN FLEET Sat Apr 3 11:05:40 1999
WI, RICHLAND COUNTY - SAVAGE, ELEANOR born OCT 1849, WI, Richland Co, Sylvan or Sylvan Corners. Parents may be SAVAGE, ASAHEL (born NY) and MARY A. (born OH) (maiden name unk). Any information would be appreciated.


Judy Swope Thu Apr 8 08:34:00 1999
My mother is Beverly Jean Nicks....bornOct.27,1930. She tells me that her mothers name was Frieda and her father was a man named Squires.She was taken in by a family named Bethke and raised by them.She has also mentioned someone called Uncle Harry who lived in Madison,Wi.I would love to be in contact with anyone with any information about my mother or any part of anything that would help me find any relatives. Growing up I never had any relatives that I new about.If you can help that would be great.
Thank you, Judy Swope


Dennis Cook Sat Apr 10 14:19:05 1999
I'm trying to collect information about my ancestors Arthur Cook b.1821 d.1901 married Elizabeth; their John Cook b.1844 d.1932 married Cassandra S.Bailey; their son Emmett Cook b.1870 d.1941 married Nora Felton; their son Aubrey Ethan Cook b.1890 d.1918 married Josephine Fischel and John Cook Jr. b.1918 d.1998 married Marian Hanson. Any thing on my grandmothers would be appreciated also.

Paynes Chapel

donna payne Tue Apr 13 05:48:04 1999
Looking for info on Paynes Chapel or United Brethern Church


Gloria Olson Tue Apr 13 22:02:47 1999
James and Rachel (BAXTER)Davis came to Richland Cty.between 1860 and 1870.There were three sons,David Henry,Harrison O.and Charles C.The brothers also had a sister Clara.Clara married a Bird and lived in Richland Cty. I am seeking any info. on Rachel or the name Baxter.I believe Rachel was born in Ohio.


Maryn Merrifield Wed Apr 28 08:40:17 1999
Looking for info on Gordon V MERRIFIELD family, father was Syrus/Cyrus, mother was Nettie PIERCE. Gordon was born 1878, Mill Creek, WI. Don't know if this is the right county, as there are three counties with a Mill Creek. I would appreciate any help if you know of these families. Gordon was married to Maria E GEBAUER 1899 Mosinee, WI. Her parents were John GEBAUER, Barbara WITZ.
Thank you Maryn


Dennis Cook Fri Apr 30 15:39:55 1999
Looking for anything on the Fishel name in Richland County. My grandmother was Josephine Fishel married Aubrey. Thanks


B. Bettenhausen Fri May 7 11:45:07 1999
Seeking info on the family of John (b~1806, PA) and Barbara (b~1809 PA) SOMMERS/SOMERS. They had the following children All born in Preble CTY, OH: Susannah (b 1831), David (b 1833), Catharine (b 1836), Daniel (b 1838), John B. (b 1840), Mary J. (b 1842), Amos (b 1844), Angeline (b 1846), Elizabeth (b 1850).
Elizabeth Ellen SOMMERS married Lewis Albert/Albert Lewis CLARK in Forest, Richland CTY WI 2 Mar 1871 (my g-g-grandparents).
Mary Jane SOMMERS married Jessie Oliver SMITH 5 Feb 1865 in Forest, Richland CTY WI. John B. Sommers married Rosetta JOHNSON 13 Jan 1867 in Forest, Richland CTY WI.
If anyone has any information about the SOMMERS/SOMERS family it would be greatly appreciated.


Anita Standish Tue May 11 21:34:59 1999
I am seeking information on the family of William Rudolph Standish. He was born July 8, 1850 in New York state. I believe he came to Eagle Township as a child His parents were Ansel & Lucinda STANDISH. William married Clara Harsha, and after her death, married her cousin, Elizabeth Jane Harsha. All three are burried side-by-side at the Basswood Cemetery, Richland Co. Any information on these people or their families would be greatly appreciated.


Bob Nobis Wed May 12 22:49:52 1999
I am looking for a record of the death of my great-grandparents, Heinrich Ferdinand NOBIS and Ida Pauline NOBIS. They lived with my grandfather, Max Ludwig NOBIS.
It is beleived that Heinrich NOBIS died in Richland Center, Richland Co. sometime in the period 1872 to 1884. Ida Pauline NOBIS died in about 1904 to 1907. Any hints on how I could narrow this down to the actual month and year would be greatly appreciated.


Mark Miller Sat May 15 20:23:43 1999
I am interested in any info about Jesse S. Miller, commander of Co. D 11th wis. infantry. Thanks.


Alan Anderson Fri May 28 18:01:39 1999
I am interested in contacting anyone of the Charles and Cora Barto family who lived in Richland Center in 1920. Cora was the daughter of Elizabeth Webb who was the daughter of Robert Mackey.


Selma Bonewald Fri May 28 19:15:20 1999
I have the following families in Richland County, Wi
BENNETT, Washington & wife Mary Jane FRANKS
BENNETT, George W. & wive's Sarah Catherine SEARLS
SEARLS, William & wife, Electa WALBURN
SNEATH, AMOS & wife Almeda BAKER
(BAKER & YOUNG lines are not from Richland Co)


Kathleen T. Choi Mon May 31 23:16:24 1999
William David CLARK was born in Lagrange, IN, in 1850, the son Anson CLARK and Emily LEWIS. He referred to himself later as being "from Wisconsin;" so I assume the family moved when he was young. I just saw an Anson CLARK in the 1855 state census index for Richland Co., and I'm hoping that might be my Anson. Does anyone know this family? William supposedly had at least two older sisters, one probably named Emily.


GLORIA OLSON Tue Jun 1 13:19:05 1999
I am seeking info. on Clara Davis born in 1858 in Ohio and moving to Richland Cty as a child. Clara was the daughter of James and Rachel Baxter Davis. Clara had three brothers: David Henry, Harrison and Charles Chifton. Clara would marry a ? Bird and live in Richland Center. Have info. on the brothers of Clara.


Phyllis C. Plambeck Mon Jun 28 22:25:20 1999
George T. CRAMER and wife Lydia Ann PARKER CRAMER, appear on the 1855 Wisconsin Census in Richland County - town of Buena Vista. Anyone having any information about them, please contact me...Thank you.


Judy Mon Jun 28 23:02:41 1999
I am seeking any info about Loren Carley who married my grandmother, Nancy Jane BURNS. Loren was born in 1862 or 64. He married Nancy in 1897 or 98. They had 5 children together: Bert, Emma (died 1911), Clifford, Ernest, Harold, Gilbert (died at 17 mos. old.) He had other children by other women.


Judy Mon Jun 28 23:06:30 1999
I am looking for information about a Malissa HARDY. She was born Malissa CARLEY, brother Loren CARLEY, and married Albert HARDY 3/20/1879 in Highland, Wi. Loren lived part of his life in Richland Center.

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