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Russ Herre Thu Nov 27 15:47:28 1996
Looking for information or stories about Robert Marion HERRE b.1886 m. Jennie RATHBURN 1908. Worked at Citizens Bank for many years, and raised his family in Ainsworth, Brown county, NE. Also GeorgeW. LAMBLEY known as 'June Lambley' b.1885 m.. Marion C. HERRE (Mayme) in Ainswoth, Brown county NE. Need to know dates on George W. LAMBLEY's father's also named George LAMBLEY (he was a doctor?). Would be interested in sharing information, with any LAMBLEY's living in the area. 
RON LEE Sun Dec 1 16:39:11 1996
Looking for any information on Lorin Fernando Lewis who married Jesse Fremont May. They had a Son named Orin Willard Lewis who was born on Nov. 22, 1884 in Ainsworth. Lorin is listed as a station agent on his sons birth certificate. 
Russ Herre Mon Dec 2 03:06:30 1996
Looking for any information on Augustus RATHBURN, known as 'Gerst', lived in Ainsworth, Brown county NE around 1900.
Jill Hunt Wed Dec 11 01:02:02 1996
Searching for information on Cornelius Hulshizer, have no information except his wife Harriet Bridie Emelia Gorden B: 4 April 1860 D: 7 Dec 1914 and is buried in Long Pine Cmty which I was unable to find on the Cmty listing on you page. Does it still remain or am I wrong? Hattie died in Ainsworth according to my information, Thank you for your help.
Phyllis Magelky Thu Dec 12 15:45:15 1996
I need information regarding Thomas Henry BREWER. Born 23 July 1844 in Tippecanoe Co., IN. In Aug. 1915, he was living in Ainsworth, NE, according to a newspaper article in Stewart IA, where he was visiting his sister, Mrs. Charles Mallatte (Susanna BREWER). I would like his date of death and also to know whether he is the same Thomas BREWER Civil War Vet Buried in Park Cem.
Scott T. Kraus Thu Feb 20 13:53:07 1997
HYDE/LAMBLEY/ANDERSON: Oliver Jenks Hyde (b. 29 Aug 1831, Crawford Co., PA, d. 21 Mar 1913, Ainsworth, NE), and wife, Abigail (b. May 1838, d. Ainsworth, 9 Jan 1928), came to Ainsworth abt 1908. They had three children: Abigail (b. 1864) who md. George Lambley, MD; Ann (b. 1866) who md. Mr. Anderson; Cleo (b. 1882). Seeking desc. of the Hydes and obits. Will gladly share my information. Thank you, Scott Kraus.
Ella Hartwig Mon Feb 24 13:06:34 1997
Our Grandfather William Henry COWAN was born in New York on July 3, 1857. He lived in Ainsworth, NE. William was married on Oct.13,1888 in Messena, NY to Ella Eretha COAKLEY born on Dec.15,1864 in Ireland. They moved to Ainsworth, NE.Where their first four children were born, then in 1895 they moved to Harrison Co, IA., where they settled. They had 11 children, the names are: Harrison Thomas(b.8/9/1889), Lena Mae(b.9/20/1890), John Bernard(b.5/19/1892),LeoVincent, (b.7/25/1894), Warren Frances(8/25/1895), William Edward(12/12/1898), Alvy (1/19/1901), Viola Eretha(b.2/12/1902), Daniel Elmer(b.8/11/1904), Alice Catherine(b.12/17/1906), Harold Eugene(b.11/12/1908). We would like any information on this family Ancestors and Descendants.
Ralph Biddle Tue Feb 25 15:19:23 1997
Need information and obits for Isaiah and Mary(MCCLINTOCK)FOWLER who moved from Harrison Co., Ohio in the 1880's and lived in Ainsworth in the 1900 census. Did they have any children and where are they buried? Will share Fowler family data.
Diane Buckley Fri Mar 21 08:06:36 1997
Interested in the ALDEN family during their short stay in the Ainsworth, NE area. (about 1882-1886) Joseph Wood ALDEN +Jeannette (TUCKER) Alden 1 William Tucker Alden + Elizabeth (MOREHOUSE) Alden 2 Claude Leroy Alden, b. Ainsworth,NE June 11, 1884 Joseph Wood was a business owner. He ran Alden and Sons Cyclops, a livery business. He also owned a skating rink. I am interested in any information or suggestions to leads to information about this.
Gary Cline Fri Mar 28 13:56:25 1997
I am researching the surname Cline. Specifically Jessie (aka Jesse, Jessy) Washington Cline who homesteaded in Brown County and his brothers Newton and Ira Cline. Their deeds were recorded in the Land Office in Valentine, NE.
Rob Robinson Tue Apr 22 23:02:30 1997
Any information on the COX family that were in Long Pine in 1890-1900's. Zed COX was a sheriff around the turn of the century. Millie was his wife. His son Fred COX was a farmer. HIs wife was Eunice RANDALL. They are in the 1900 census in Chester precinct. Would like any info on them or their death info.
Rob Robinson Tue Apr 22 23:17:07 1997
I am looking for information on James A FERGUSON who homesteaded around Harrison Rock County and Long Pine Brown County. He is in Rock County around 1900. I am looking for any death info(obits) on him or his wife Christina.
Maxine Davie Thu May 22 13:40:50 1997
PAINTER:I have information about the Painter family who came to Keya Paha Co.(formerly part of Brown Co) to settle in April 1884. Levi & Elizabeth Painter.Their daughter Minnie is the writer of a nice article that I have written in 1936 & sent to the Lincoln,NE State Historical Society.I also have information on other family members if you're interested.
Brian Farleigh Tue Jul 1 05:32:44 1997
I am looking for more information on Dr. Thomas J. Farleigh. He was Johnstown's forst doctor and lived there from 1884 to about 1905. His wife was Helen and his siter-in-law ran a drug store in Johnstown.
Joyce Smith Sun Jul 6 18:09:34 1997
Can anyone tell me the exact location of the Cub Creek Cemetary and the Union Church Cemetary. My husbands great grandparents are said to be buried in these cemetaries. Jed W. Smith died Sept 26, 1918 in Ainsworth and buried in Cub Creek Cem. Phoebe Sweet Smith died April 20, 1915 in Meadville and buried in Union Church Cemetary. I need something telling me their parents names. Thank you. Joyce Smith
Joyce Smith Sun Jul 6 18:55:25 1997
My husbands great grandparents lived in Ainsworth, Brown County around 1910-1918. Jed W Smith died Sept 26, 1918 at Ainsworth.He lived with his daughter, Lucy Hurless. His wife was Phoebe Sweet, She died April 20, 1915 near Meadville. Jeds first wife was Mary Sellors. They had 3 children, William, Henry and Ezuba. Jed and Phoebe had these children, George A., Lucy A., Fred A., Jed A., Phoebe Annie, Levina, Charles, Frank, Howard,& possibly Arol. I need information confirming who their parents were. I need an obituary for Phoebe and wills, death certificate or other documents for both of them. Was Jed in the military?
Rob Robinson Wed Jul 9 07:50:24 1997
I am looking for any information on Benjamin E.(or Edwin B.) STEVENS. He was born on April 1883 in Minnesota. Was in 1900 Brown County census with Uncle Zedoe COX. 1910 census has him with wife Janis(?) M daughter Ruth E. and son Albert S. living in Lakeland precinct. Looking for any info on them. Also looking for info on his sister Elta M. STEVENS b. April 1866 in Minnesota(in 1900 census). In that census she is living in Pine precinct of Brown County(Long Pine Village). In the 1910 Brown county census she is not listed under that name. Any help would be appreciated.
Connie Lovitt Bates Thu Aug 28 06:46:57 1997
I am looking for info on John William & Sarah Elizabeth (HUNTER) LOVITT, who came to Johnstown, Brown Co, about 1886 with their children, as well as info on David Joseph & Nancy Elizabeth (DICKESON) RICHARDSON. David was listed as a blacksmith in the 1890 Nebraska Gazateer, in Johnstown. Nancy Elizabeth's father was Anton DICKESON, who was born 1828, Canada. I have a picture of him taken in the spring of 1908 at Wood Lake, NE, so he died some time after that. Sarah Elizabeth HUNTER's parents may also have moved to Brown Co. They were Samuel and Lydia (HEISLER) HUNTER. Any info greatly appreciated!
J Carlson Sat Sep 20 05:40:34 1997
Looking for information on Benjamin SHRIMPTON or any SHRIMPTON in Brown County. Last date family was living in Ainsworth in 1952. Benjamin was born in Illinois about 1869. Would like to know when he died, where buried and information on spouse and children.
Leniegh Miller Schrinar Tue Sep 30 09:40:49 1997
MILLER SWIM ESTERLY HAUN My great grandfather's sister is Amelia Eliza 'Millie' MILLER who married Charles C. SWIM. Both of them are buried in Ainsworth, Brown Co. NE. Charles d. 1942 and Millie d. 1968. Children: 1. Mytle Rosie SWIM m. John Adam ESTERLY in Ainsworth 2. Leona Adeline SWIM m. William Henry LARSON 3. Earl Charles SWIM m. Eva Martin RECTOR 4. Vernon O. SWIM m. Esther Amber RECTOR 5. Ora Francis SWIM m. Lillian Opal ADAMS 6. Ernest Antone SWIM m. Josie Bell HAUN 7. Gerald/Jerald SWIM m. Edith HAUN I would like to find living descendants. Thank you. Leniegh Miller Schrinar 145 Mazet Road.
Robert Bee Wed Oct 15 17:34:05 1997
Can anyone tell me where Lattin, Nebraska was. The obit for my gg grandfather said it was in Brown County. The obit was 1889. I would like to know where in the county it was located. Thanks.
Judith Runestad Wed, 7 Jan 1998 18:31:58
I am descended from MARY ANN RICHARDSON PRATT--sister of DAVID JOSEPH RICHARDSON of Brown County--children of WILLIAM RICHARDSON & MARY ANN UTTER RICHARDSON, and have had some success on following that line. I would like to exchange information anyone else who is working on these lines. Judith King Runestad.
Charlene Kolterman Sun, 8 Feb 1998 17:39:42
Looking for decendents of Lewis Philip MOONEY 1846-1911 and wife Emma WIGHTMAN 1852-1948, lived south of Ainsworth early 1900's. Buried in Ainsworth cemetery. Other names connected with this family include: HOLMES, ROGERS, MACKEY, and SWAIN. Thanks! Charlene Kolterman
E & A Smith Sat, 14 Feb 1998 10:10:31 -0700
MENTERS--lived in Ainsworth vicinity 1906-1925. Mary HANSEN MENTER, died Ainsworth, 1925. am looking for cemetery maintained by a Nils FREDERICKSEN. Menter babies burial places on Calamus River. Also Angie THOMPSON HANSEN. Carrie HANSEN m. Joe THOMPSON. Angie m.Earnest HANSEN. also a HANSEN/FREDERICKSEN connection by marriage. Thanks from MONTANA.
SPRINGMOTH Wed, 4 Mar 1998 20:39:59
Trying to locate my gg-parents that lived in brown co. ne in the 1880's but due to some things such as the 1890 census being lost haven't been having much luck . The name I'm looking for is JAMES ALLENDER and his MATTIE there were 2 children at that time ANNIE and JESSE !
Nancy Eddy Thu, 19 Mar 1998 10:12:20
I'm researching the Eddy family of Ainsworth. Christopher Eddy (originally Eide) was born in Alensoen, Norway on 2 Jun 1857 and died in Ainsworth 14 May 1939. He was married to Serena Seal, born in Illinois, died in Ainsworth 11 Sept 1922. Iona Woods, who still lives in Ainsworth, is the daughter of Christopher's brother Lawrence. I have a fair amount of information, but would be happy to learn more about earlier generations. Nancy Eddy
Eric and Amy Peterson Sun, 22 Mar 1998 10:29:55
I am looking for death certificate or obituary for Lewis Jeter, d. 5 aug 1922 in Brown County.
David L Barber Sun, 22 Mar 1998 15:17:58
Looking for the parents , death date, siblings of Annabell CAMPBELL. She married JOHN CLARK HAGERMAN in Illinois in 1849. John died in Ainsworth, Ne. 1905.
Ron L. Hitchcock Mon, 23 Mar 1998 15:08:05
I am looking for birth, death dates and cemeteries for the children of Hugh Wesley and Florence Annette (Flock) Hitchcock.Hugh Wesley b.Feb.10, 1858 d. Mar.5 1935 buried where ? Florence Annette Flock b. Feb. 17,1869 d. Mar 12, 1946 buried where ? Married date ? There children 1) Frank Hitchcock b. 1899 died 1948 married ? 2) Julian Hitchcock b. 1902 d. 1966 not married 3) Howard Hitchcock b. June 12, 1912 married Edna Pelster b. ? Their children (a)Gordon Wesley b. 1944 married Shily ? Their children 1) Jay Julian b. Jan 19 1968 2) 3) Kara-Lee b. Aug. 9, 1973 (b) Phyllis Charlene b. 1944 married Gary Leach Aug. 12, 1972. I acquired this information from my great aunt Olive who travelled to NE, IA,IN and OH with her husband Orville Hitchcock searching the family history. Hugh Wesley was the brother of my great grandfather (Samuel Lyman) and lived in Ainsworth NE. This was stated in the obituary of Samuel Lyman who died Sept 26, 1934 in Estevan, Sk Canada. I am trying to finish the work that Olive started and go as far as I can in either direction of time. Hugh Wesley would have settled in Ainsworth in the late 1800's . His parents Jacob and Elizabeth moved to York NE sometime after 1873. Jacob was buried in York NE. Any help you can give me to fill in the blanks would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Ron Hitchcock 5953 Hague Cres. Regina, Sask. Canada S4X 3K6.
Virgel C. Law Thu, 2 Apr 1998NEED HELP LOCATING: mattie allender it was in the 1800, 18:25:35
I am looking for info. on DR. JOHN LAW OR LAWS, his birth name was Alonzo John Law, in Ohio, buried at Longpine, practiced medicine in Lynch area and died at Lincoln in 1902, following surgery at age 52. Virgel C. Law, Rev.
Springmoth Fri, 3 Apr 1998 19:46:11
mattie or matilda allender were living in brown co. neb . with her husband james and her two children anna and jesse the children were probably of school age . my grandmother "anna" told me that her mother died when she was very young so i figure that "mattie " may have died when they were in brown co. (1800 's) to complicate matters there were no 1890 census . would appreciate any help or suggestions i can get >
#032 Tue, 14 Apr 1998 14:20:06
I am researching the Joseph Almon JORDAN (b: 02 Mar 1870 in Crawford Co. IA) family who homesteaded in Brown Co., south of Long Pine between 1907 and 1914. Joseph was married to Mabel Louise JOHNSON 17 May 1903 in Cedar Co. NE and their first three children, Vursa Elma, Belva Juliet, and LueSetta Belle were born there. By the time their son Bernard, b: 30 May 1914 was born they had moved to Brown Co. At some point, the William Riley JOHNSON family also moved to Brown Co. William was married to Loretta McKim, and they had at least 4 children, Joseph Almon, Benjamin Alma, James Samuel, and Amy. The sons all lived in Brown Co. I believe. I would be happy to exchange any info on these families. Please contact me by e-mail: Thank you. Also BOURN & William Riley JOHNSON.
Karen McQueen Tue, 21 Apr 1998 16:54:17
I am searching for information on my grandmother. Maiden name: Flossie Porter (may have been Florence, but we don't know). She was one of several sisters. We do know that she received a Certificate of Attainment from the Long Pine Public Schools indicating that she had successfully completed the grammar department and could go on to high school. The certificate was dated May 24, 1907. Anna B. Potter was the teacher, E. B. Gowan was the principal. She married my grandfather sometime during 1912 or 1913 I think, possibly in Omaha, NE. She died three years later and we have found her gravesite in Omaha. Any suggestions on where to continue this search would be helpful. We would like to know more about her family and if there are relatives. Thanks for your help. Karen McQueen Troy, MI April 21, 1998.

Surnames: ELKINS

Submitter: Catherine Elkins (

Date: 05 May 1998

I am searching for any Elkins in brown county. I am especially searching for R' Dean Chester Elkins and his family. His fathers name was Chester Elden Elkins.


Submitter: K. Anding Crook (

Date: 17 May 1998

Seeking information on SALZMANN family. John Henry Salzmann, born 1859 Germany, died 1931 in Ainsworth, wife Anthone Theresa Schlueter--their son, Albert Salzmann, born 1897 and died 1968 in Ainsworth,His wife Leona Bowers their son, Sidney Eugene SALZMANN born 1927 and m. Ruth Bachelor in 1949-- their children Mary, 1950, John Albert, 1952, Ann Marie, 1954 and Steven James 1960. John Henry Salzmann was my grandlothers brother and am interested in finding family in Nebraska.


Submitter: Randell Paisley (

Date: 20 Jun 1998

I am Looking for the place of death or information on Eliza Booth wife of Myron Booth Who was living in Newport, Brown Co., NE in 1885 when his (Myron's)brother Orrin died here in NY. Eliza Booth is a daughter of Thomas and Martha (Kirk) Paisley my immigrant ancestor. I am seeking descendants of this couple for inclusion in a book. Thank you for any assistance.

Surnames: EDWARDS

Submitter: Jean Mangrum (

Date: 28 Jun 1998

I am searching for a uncle - Sibbie Eddie EDWARDS. (Also listed as S.E.) Around 1912 he was in the hotel business in Ainsworth. He was a son of Amos Heald Edwards and Eliza Carolina (Grant) Edwards. He was born in Wisconsin in 1856. In 1912 that would make him about 56 years old. Any information about him or any relatives would be greatly appreciated. Jean Mangrum, 37171 Hwy 226, Lebanon, Oregon 97355-9463.


Submitter: Mary Karr (

Date: 16 Jul 1998


Love, Edward Morris ,JR.-Looking for information about my grandfather. His parents must have here for him to be born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on October 26, 1889. His father, Edward Morris Love, SR was a Lawyer and born in Economy, Indiana on March 3, 1859. Especially want to know about Senior's wife - Lydia C (opeland) Vesey whom he married on Oct. 6, 1885 in Mo. Valley, IA. Any help would be greatfully appreciated.


Submitter: Lindsay Henderson (

Date: 19 Jul 1998

Anything on the Brown Co Hendersons would be appreciated. I also have a wealth of info on them. Also anything on the HAAK, MILES, or MILLHOUSE families. Lindsay Henderson -


Submitter: Lindsay Henderson (

Date: 24 Jul 1998

SWETT, HAAK, MILES Families of Annis SWETT (b. 9-12-1857, Harlan Co. Iowa). Married Sam J. MILES, daughter Dessie MILES, who married Milton C. Henderson and died in Brown Co. Also looking for family of Leo HAAK. His daughter was Sarah (Sadie) HAAK (b. March, 1918), married Lester HENDERSON.



Submitter: Nancy Thomas (

Date: 21 Aug 1998

My ggrand mother was born in 1870 in Ainsworth and I need information regarding her. Her name is Dora Duke or Dooke or Deeke and she married Chester Odgen or Ogden. My grandmother is Flossie Fern Ogden or Odgen and she was also born in Ainsowrth on December 27, 1885. Her brother Earl Chester was born in 1886 in Betrice. Her second brother Ray was born in Hastings in 1887 and the last child Clarance was born in South Dakota in 1898. Any information would be great!

Surnames: WALRAVEN

Submitter: Bill Cameron (wlcameron@cablespeed.comt)

Date: 21 Aug 1998

I'm looking for information on the Walraven family who lived in the ong Pine area in the late 19th century.


Submitter: Raleigh Emry (REmry@MSN.Com)

Date: 28 Aug 1998

Will exchange information.


Submitter: Susan Chadwell (

Date: 09 Sep 1998

We are looking for information on William LEHN. He was born March 12,1890 and was buried in July 1964 in an Ainsworth,Brown county,NE cemetry. We have his father as being Frank LEHN born on March 19,1854 in Milwakee, MI and died Feb 1, 1937 in Ainsworth,Brown county, NE. William Married a Goldie Jane GASKINS. Could you please help.

Surnames: HALL

Submitter: Nancy Fisher (fisher@bbc.web)

Date: 11 Sep 1998

Frank Leroy Hall born in Ainsworth December 4, 1883 to Leroy and Charlotte Rowland Hall. Supposedly the first white child to be born in Ainsworth.


Submitter: Catherine Stevenson (

Date:10 Oct 1998

Searching for information on John Edgar Ingraham who married Eliza Waterman and lived in Nebraska, Brown, Custer counties. Children Edna Louella, Grace Darling,Bertha Myrtle, Mary Fay,Perry Dale were all born in Nebraska. He was the son of Jacob Ingraham and Lucy Franklin Ingraham. From the line of Jacob Clinton Ingraham and Eliza Pierce. ANY info will be appreciated.


Submitter: Lin Van Buren (

Date: 18 Oct 1998

MAGILL, MCGILL, VAN BUREN - William H. MAGILL or MCGILL was born in Sept 1845 in NY, probably in Troy, Rensselaer Co NY. Who were his parents? His mother was Rebecca ___, who m 2ndly Samuel VAN BUREN (1830-1905) of Troy. William served in a NY Regt in the Civil War and then headed west. He married Florence A. __ who was born in May 1853 in Wyoming, and by 1882, the couple were living in Nebraska. They had twin sons, Lewis H. MAGILL and Leo S. MAGILL, born in Aug 1882 in Nebraska. In the 1900 US Census, they lived in Pine Precinct, Brown Co NE. Would love to hear from anyone who recognises this family. Thank you.

Surnames: TWEED
Submitter: Susan Johnson (

Date: 22 Oct 1998

Information on the Tweed Family who homesteaded in Keha Paha, Rock andpossibly Brown Co.

Submitter: Lindsay Henderson (

Date: 23 Oct 1998

HAAK, MILLHOUSE Searching for any information on the family of Leo Haak and Mary Millhouse. Their daughter, Sarah Frances Haak, was born September 3, 1918, graduated in 1935 from Ainsworth High School. Please contact me if you have any information at

Surnames: JESSEN
Submitter: Paul Jessen (

Date: 23 Oct 1998

Looking for Dr. Julius Jessen. Three sons Harold,Donald,and Paul. Trying to get some genealogy on my family

Surnames: DIXON
Submitter: Janet Dixon (

Date: 27 Oct 1998

George Albert Dixon Born - 20 Dec. 1883 Ainsworth, Howard Co. Nebraska Looking for information on parents and grandparents.

Submitter: LaVonne Shaul (
Date: 06 Nov 1998

I need the date of death of a Anzeneta, or Angelita Van Epps, she died between 1920 & 1940 at Ainsworth, her married name was also Sopher. There was a John Sopher who lived in Ainsworth and has 5 children born there they are, Stella, Clyde, Pearl, Manyu and Gladys born between 1897 and 1904, any information on any surving kin would be a help in tracing the families

Submitter: Betty Bisom (
Date: 10 Nov 1998

I am researching the surnames OBLISK and GUSTAFSON from Ainsworth,Nebraska. Very interested to hear from anyone doing research on these names.

Surnames: BEATTY
Submitter: Dinah McDonald (
Date: 11 Nov 1998

Seek info on Martin BEATTY, living in Brown Co., Ainsworth in 1914. Thank you for any help


Submitter: Judi Schuerman (

Date: 22 Nov 1998

Hermann and Minnie Schuermann Brown County Nebraska. Herman was born in Germany in 1830 and Minnie was born in Germany, around that time. Hermann was a Private and first sergeant in 9th Wisconsin Co. H during the Civil War.


Submitter: George Hardy (

Date: 26 Nov 1998

Looking for Runolfson family.

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