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Pierce & Boyington


Subject: Re: [MNMOWER] Surname Registry - PIERCE, BOYINGTON I'm researching the following PIERCE and BOYINGTON families of Mower Co., MN John PIERCE b. 1855 Ireland married Mary Alice RILEY b. 1868. Their children are Mary Elizabeth, Joseph Edward (married Donna COSGROVE), Alice (Married Russell WODARZ), Paul Revere (married Genevieve EVANS), Ambrose Riley (married Elizabeth Ruth BOYINGTON), Jesse Morgan (married Rose MURPHY). Elizabeth Ruth BOYINGTON (b. 1895 Austin, Mower Co. MN) married Ambrose Riley PIERCE (b.1891 Pleasant Valley, Mower Co., MN). Her parents are Charles Enos BOYINGTON (b. 1863 MA) and Elizabeth Mary GERAGHTY (b. 1862 IL). The BOYINGTON children are Irene, Cecile, Elizabeth Ruth, James C. and Agnes Maureen Pierce Arizona




Skjel & Gravaas/Gravos

Anne Thomasdtr Iverson Skjel and Albert Gravaas/Gravos. Anne's parents were Tommas Iversen Skjel and Marit Tostensdtr from Vestre Slidre. Vicki Walberg Backus, Minnesota

Molitor & Schaefer

Anna Molitor and Peter Schaefer were married in Mower County in 1877 "Near Taopi, Mower County, Minnesota" and were living there in 1880. [1880 United States Federal Census > Minnesota > Mower > Lodi > District 163, page 8] I am at a brick wall with Anna and Peter. They were born in Germany and apparently she had a brother John. Cannot find him in Mower County either. Maybe one day someone can help. They moved to Walworth County, SD in 1882 0r 1885 and stayed there till they died. Thanks, Pamela Mumma

Gregg and Smith

I am researching the families of David Long Smith and John Wesley Gregg.

My great grandmother, Agnes Elda Smith Gregg, is supposedly buried in Rosecreek cemetery. She died in 1889 as a result of childbirth. Her husband was Olin Leslie Gregg. Olin later married her sister, Minnie Smith, about 1891.

I noticed the names of other Gregg kin in Rosecreek, but not my grandmother. Possibly the grave is not marked?

Carolyn R. Bland

Researching Thomas Gillespie

U.S. Census for 1880 recorded his last name as Gelisby or Gelispy.

His wife was Mary Bracken Gillespie, and their sons are Thomas, John and Andrew. Daughters are Maggie and Mary.

Karen Gillespie Thomas

Researching John S. Irgens

The family was in Mower county in 1860 and 1870 Censuses.

John S. Irgens was Secretary of State for Minnesota, and later moved to North Dakota. I have information on the family when they lived in Modum, Norway between 1825 and 1850.

    Jon Mamen

Researching Parritt Family

My name is Celeste Oden at

I am interested in the Parritt family, Dexter and Alice (Cadwallader) Parritt, and Dexter's parents, Mahlon and Mary Jane. This site is wonderful, as is Kip2u, who sent me photos of their headstones, except that Dexter is buried at Belmont Cemetery in Youngstown, Mahoning Co., Ohio.

I am trying to learn who the two children were that accompanied the family when they moved to Mower County in 1857? Whatever became of them? I do have some materials on the Parritt's when they lived in Hillsville, Pa., if anyone there is interested? I would love to see a photo of Dexter, if one exists?

  Thank you for this wonderful site,


Researching Carlton Arden Geer Family

In regard to getting a name added to the list on this page I am seeking information about Carlton Arden Geer, who lived in Austin, Mower County in the early 1860s before going to war. He died at the end of the Civil War and his wife, Elizabeth “Betsey” Lucretia (Rolfe) Geer and their 3 children (Byron, John and Alonso) were recorded to have lived in Austin at the time.

I have found no evidence of them in Austin yet, only Carlton’s military records show that he lived there.

Thank you,

Elaine Lahey in Oregon

Researching Ancestors: Beattie and Lee
Thomas and Jane Beattie, and children: John, Sarah, Thomas, Robert and William Beattie. They immigrated to Mower county in the 1870's.
Also: Oliver Lee, Levi Lee, Jacob Lee, Elijah Lee, Frank Lee, Hannah Lee George Lee and John Lee. They are from New York. Oliver Lee married Thomas Beattie's daughter Sarah, in 1882 in Austin.

Clark Griffeth