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Re: St. Ansgar info

ALLANSON, NILSEN, ANDERSEN, THOMPSON

Posted By: Tom Randolph (email)
Date: 9/14/2017 at 14:27:59

In Response To: Re: St. Ansgar info (Mark ashley)

I want to thank Kermit and Mark for the great tips! I was able to meet up with my newly discovered 2nd cousin who lives in Mason City and a couple of other distant cousins in the area, and they showed me my great grandparents' farm near Deer Creek, and we were able to spot the house they built in St Ansgar at 113 S. George St. We sorted out some gravestone issues in the First Lutheran Cemetery, but still have an issue with my 2G grandmother who probably died near Carpenter in Worth, but was buried in St Ansgar, but we haven't been able to find the death certificate in either county. The problem is that they don't have quite the right name on the gravestone, so we want to confirm for sure. The cousins shared with me a Gordon-Anderson-Hanson family history written in 1956 that has my ggrandparents, 2ggrandmother and her sister's family (Andersons), and notes that my ggrandfather's brother, Carl Johan Erlandsson, at age 15 came with his aunt Stina Anderson (m. to Olaf) in 1854, but died in the Civil War in Mississippi in July 1862 with the 4th Minn Vols Co. F under the name Charles J. Allen, but there is no source given. The 1860 census showed a Charles J. Allen as a laborer at Albert Lea, and then enlisting in 1861, but nothing to link him back to the family in Iowa or to Norway. I wonder if a local newspaper would have announced his death -- were there any newspapers operating in the area at that point?
Tom

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