Ridgely Refugees List

See the accompanying report and source notes on the civilian refugees at Fort Ridgely for help interpreting this table. Note that the recorder, Norman Culver, recorded the names of settlers the way he heard their names pronounced. I have preserved Culver’s phonetic spellings to maintain the integrity of the document. However, the accepted spelling may be different. If you recognize any of these settlers and have a significantly different spelling of the name, please leave me a comment.
Also check the comments at the bottom of the post for important clarifications of Culver’s spellings from scholars working on those families.
Thanks!
      
        Name                                        Age                         Place of Birth             Residence  1862       Lists 
Ahrens, Henry 27 Germany
Anderson, John 49 Ireland West Newton C
Anderson, William M A
Babbitz, Adolph A
Baker, Robert Lower Agency M killed at Ridgely
Bell, B. M. 12 Pennsylvania Kasota C
Bell, C. R. 4 Minnesota Kasota C
Bell, E. 6 Minnesota Kasota C
Bell, Elizabeth 38 Great Britain Kasota C C: “Husband [Charles R.] in 5th killed at Redwood Ferry”
Bell, M.C. 16 Pennsylvania Kasota C
Bell, M. E. 8 Virginia Kasota C
Bell, M. F. 2 Minnesota Kasota C
Bell, S. M. 14 Pennsylvania Kasota C
Bjorkman, Peter 41 Sweden 3 mi. above C
Blair, Charles J.R. Brown’s C son-in-law of Joseph R. Brown
Boelter, Julius 1 Minnesota Beaver Creek C son of John Boelter, killed
Boelter, Michael 31 Germany Beaver Creek C C.: “wife and children [3 daughters] killed or captives”
Boelter, Will A
Boesch, Anna 3 mi. W of FtR M  wife or sister of Werner
Boesch, Werner Switzerland 3 mi. W of FtR M A husband or brother of Anna
Bradford, Kenney M
Brisbois, Antoine 16 Minnesota Lower Agency C
Brisbois, Eliz. 37 Wisconsin Lower Agency C
Brisbois, Louis J. 8 Minnesota Lower Agency C
Brisbois, Louis P. 47 Wisconsin Lower Agency C M
Brisbois, Margaret 6 Minnesota Lower Agency C
Brunelle, Edward 36 Minnesota Redwood C
Buehro, A. 32 Germany Sibley Co. C husband John killed in Birch Coulie Twnshp.
Buehro, Anna 40 Germany Near Fort Ridgely C wife of N. Buehro
Buehro, E. 1 Minnesota Near Fort Ridgely C parents N. and Anna
Buehro, H. 1 Minnesota Sibley Co. C parents John and A.
Buehro, N. 33 Germany Near Fort Ridgely C
Buehro, W. 5 Minnesota Near Fort Ridgely C parents N. and Anna
BueryBuhrman, Baptiste 45 (see “Perry”)Canada Lower Agency C
Buhrman, Susan 32 Minnesota Lower Agency C
Butler, William M
Cardinal, Clement M
Carrothers, Althea 4 Minnesota Beaver Creek daughter of Helen and James Carrothers
Carrothers, Helen 19 Wisconsin Beaver Creek arr. Ridgely Tues. Aug 26 after escaping from Little Crow’s camp
Carrothers, Thomas 2 Minnesota Bever Creek son of Helen and James Carrothers
Chassie, John 46 Prussia Beaver Creek C
Chassie, R. 42 Prussia Beaver Creek C wife of John Chassie
Clausen, C. 57 Germany Lower Agency C
Clausen, John 28 Germany Lower Agency C
Coursolle, infant Lower Agency
Coursolle, Jane Lower Agency
Coursolle, Joseph Lower Agency
Cruer/Krieger, G. 11 Germany Beaver Creek C C: “father and mother killed”
Cruer/Krieger, John 9 Germany Beaver Creek C C: “father and mother killed”
Dailey, C. M.
Dailey, M.A. M
Dalssy, Herbert 30 Canada Lower Agency C
DeCamp, Joseph W. M A killed at Birch Coulee; husband of Janette
Dickenson, J. C. A see note on E. Dickinson
Dickinson, A. 4 Minnesota Lower Agency C
Dickinson, C. 1 Minnesota Lower Agency C
Dickinson, E. 30 New Bruswick Lower Agency C C: “husband below on express”
Diepolder, Frank M A
Diepolder, Henry 40 Germany West Newton C M A husband of O. Depolder
Diepolder, O. 44 Germany West Newton C wife of Henry  Depolder
Donahue, baby girl Minnesota Lower Agency C
Donahue, Dennis 38 Ireland Lower Agency C A
Donahue, Francis 2 Minnesota Lower Agency C
Donahue, James 5 Kansas Lower Agency C
Donahue, Monny 28 Ireland Lower Agency C wife of Dennis Donahue
Dufrene, Alfred M
Dunn, Elizabeth M. 27 New Brunswick Greenleaf, Meeker Co. C M C: “Husband in 4th Regiment”
Dunn, H. A. 8 New Brunswick Greenleaf, Meeker Co. C
Dunn, Marshall B. 7 New Brunswick Greenleaf, Meeker Co. C
Dunn, W. A. 3 Minnesota Greenleaf, Meeker Co. C
Earle, Ezmon C A
Eitkamp, Henry 29 Germany West Newton C
Emrick, William 24 Germany Lower Agency C A
Falteen, John 36 Germany West Newton C
Fenske, J. C. M wounded at Ridgely
Frazer, Jo./Jack M A sent as courier to Ramsey on 8/21
Frazier, Mrs. Jack
Frenier, Antoine
Froscap, Eliza 18 Germany LaCroix Creek C
Froscap, Mary/Maria 65 Germany LaCroix Creek C wounded with shot while escaping to fort
Galbraith, Thomas J. 36 Pennsylvania Yellow Medicine M Indian Agent
Glasner, Peter A
Halter, C. 8 Chicago Fort Ridgely C son of S. Halter
Halter, S. 45 Norway Fort Ridgely C C: “husband enlisted in Hamilton’s”
Hamm, Conrad 25 Germany 8 mi aboveLSA C A
Hatch, Edwin C. A. M accompanied annuity payment to Ridgely
Hayden, Catherine 1 Minnesota Beaver Creek C
Hayden, Margaret 19 Canada Beaver Creek C husband Patrick killed at  Beaver Creek
Healey, William 48 Ireland West Newton C A
Heffron, Mary A. 23 Virginia West Newton C M
Heffron, Patrick C. 35 Ireland West Newton C M A
Hern, E. R. 1 Lowell MN Lowell MN C
Hern, Margaret 23 England Lowell MN C M Husband in 4th Regt.
Hern, Minnie E. 4 Lowell MN Lowell MN C
Hern, Walter 3 Lowell MN Lowell MN C
Hewitt, Charles B. 23 New Jersey Lower Agency C Episcopal missionary
Hicks, George F. M A
Hinman, Samuel D. 23 Connecticut Lower Agency C Episcopal missionary
Holveson, Ellen 35 Norway 4 miles above Redwood C wife of John Holveson
Holveson, G. 2 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C
Holveson, John 37 Norway 7 miles above Redwood C A
Holveson, Martin 1 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C
Holveson, Thomas 4 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C
Horan, baby Minnesota 8 mi. above W. Newton C 8 months old
Horan, Bridget 24 Ireland 8 mi. above W. Newton C wife of Keron Horan
Horan, Keran 37 Ireland 8 mi. above W. Newton C M A also “Coron”
Horan, Millie 3 Minnesota 8 mi. above W. Newton C
Hose, John 35 Germany Lower Agency C M A
Humphrey, John Ames 12 Connecticut Lower Agency C A Son of Philander Humphrey. Family killed.
Jones, E. L. 2 Fort Ridgely Fort Ridgely C
Jones, G.W. 6 Maryland Fort Ridgely C
Jones, M. 47 England Lafayette C wounded
Jones, M. 28 England Fort Ridgely C wife of Sgt. John Jones
Juni, Benedict Sr. Beaver Creek  A 10 yr old son captive
Juni, child <10
Juni, Christian <10
Juni, Fred 1
Juni, Lizzie >10
Juni, Mary wife of Benedict Juni
Juni, Mary Ann >10
Kaertner, H. 23 Germany LeCroix Creek C Husband Henry killed
Kelly, Catherine 26 Ireland West Newton C C:”husband in Sharp Shooters”
Kelly, Jones (infant) Minnesota West Newton C
Kelly, Margaret 3 Minnesota West Newton C
Kennedy, Duncan Escaped FtR 7:30 PM 8/24/1862
Kerlinger, John Murray Baltimore  MD
Klaron, Peter 29 Germany 3 miles below C
Kleinschmidt, Edward A
Klock, Katherine 25 Germany Lower Agency C C: “Servant woman to Mrs. Dickinson”
Kochendorfer, John Z. 11 Illinois Beaver Creek (Flora) C  A C: “Parents and sister killed, relatives in Illinois”
Kochendorfer, Katie 7 Illinois Beaver Creek (Flora) C
Kochendorfer, Maggie 5 Illinois Beaver Creek (Flora) C
Kochendorfer, R. 9 Illinois Beaver Creek (Flora) C
Koehler, Joseph [Germany] [New Ulm] M A
Kort, Fritz A
Krause, Frederick 32 Germany Sacred Heart C C: “wife [Dorothea] and 3 children  captured”
Krieger, Minnie 5 daughter of Justina Kreiger
Krieger, Gottlieb J. 11 Sacred Heart
Krieger, John G. 9 Sacred Heart
Krieger, Lizzie 12 daughter of Justina Kreiger
Kumro, F. (infant) Minnesota LaCroix Creek C A
Kumro, John 37 Germany LaCroix Creek C Husband of Mary Kumro
Kumro, L. 3 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Kumro, Mary 32 France LaCroix Creek C wife of John Kumro
Kumro, William 6 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
La Frambois, Eliza 7 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C See note on William LaFrambois
La Frambois, Justine 12 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C See note on  William LaFrambois
La Frambois, William 13 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C A Bryant lists their father as Joseph LaFrambois.
LaCroix, Francis A
Landmeier, William Redwood hired man at J. B. Reynolds’
Le Croix, Adrienne 7 Minnesota La Croix Creek C
Le Croix, L. 10 Minnesota La Croix Creek C
Le Croix, Louis 55 Missouri La Croix Creek C M
Le Croix, Louis Jr. 12 Minnesota La Croix Creek C
Le Croix, Olivia 2 Minnesota La Croix Creek C C: “girl”
Le Croix, Rosette 25 Missouri La Croix Creek C
Le Croix, Spencer 8 Minnesota La Croix Creek C
LeCroix, Mary LeCroix Creek
Lenz, A. 11 Germany Beaver Creek C parents Ernst and W.
Lenz, Carl A
Lenz, Ernst 45 Germany Beaver Creek C husband of W. Lenz
Lenz, F. 43 Germany Beaver Creek C wife of T. Lenz
Lenz, H. 1 Minnesota Beaver Creek C parents Ernst and W.
Lenz, L. 6 Germany Beaver Creek C parents Ernst and W.
Lenz, T. 43 Germany Beaver Creek C husband of F. Lenz
Lenz, W. 42 Germany Beaver Creek C wife of Ernst Lenz
Lettou, Anna 42 Germany Beaver Creek C
Lettou, August 10 Germany Beaver Creek C
Lettou, Augusta 5 Germany Beaver Creek C
Lettou, F. 12 Germany Beaver Creek C
Lettou, W. (infant) Minnesota Beaver Creek C
Levant, August 11 Germany Beaver Creek C C: “parents, 2 sisters and brother killed”
Loeffelmacher, Charles 40 Germany West Newton C
Loeffelmacher, Hannah 12 Germany West Newton C
Loeffelmacher, John 60 Germany West Newton C A
Loeffelmacher, Laura 12 Germany West Newton C
Machansky, Ant. (infant) Minnesota Near Fort Ridgely C
Machansky, Jo. 5 Lousiana Near Fort Ridgely C
Machansky, M. 7 Illinois Near Fort Ridgely C
Machansky, Mary 28 Poland Near Fort Ridgely C
Magner, Ann 13 Illinois 4 miles above LSA C Parents John and Nancy
Magner, Catherine 4 Minnesota 4 miles above LSA C Parents John and Nancy
Magner, David 9 Illinois 4 miles above LSA C Parents John and Nancy
Magner, David 1 Minnesota 4 miles above LSA C Parents Edward and Julia
Magner, Ellen 7 Illinois 4 miles above LSA C Parents John and Nancy
Magner, Ellen 9 Illinois 4 miles above LSA C Parents Edward and Julia
Magner, James 15 Pennsylvania 4 miles above LSA C M? Parents John and Nancy
Magner, James 14 Illinois 4 miles above LSA C Parents Edward and Julia
Magner, John 35 Ireland 4 miles above LSA C M A C lists residence for Magners “8 miles above LS.”; husband of Nancy
Magner, Julia 26 Ireland 4 miles above LSA C husband Edward killed at home
Magner, Margaret 16 Pennsylvania 4 miles above LSA C Parents Edward and Julia
Magner, Mary 5 Minnesota 4 miles above LSA C Parents Edward and Julia
Magner, Nancy 32 Ireland 4 miles above LSA C wife of John Magner
Magner, Pat 3 Minnesota 4 miles above LSA C Parents Edward and Julia
Magner, Thomas 12 Illinois 4 miles above LSA C Parents John and Nancy
Mannweiller, C. 23 Germany Beaver Creek C nee: Lentz C: “husband [Gottlieb] killed”
Martelle, M. 24 Red River Lower Agency C wife of Oliver Martell
Martelle,Oliver 43 Canada Lower Agency C M co-operator of LSA ferry
Martelle, Pierre M brother to Oliver
Mastch, Crescentia 18 Germany New Ulm
McAllister, E. A. 6 Pennsylvania Leseur Co. C
McAllister, Juliette 23 Pennsylvania LeSeur Co. C M Husband (Henry) in 5th Regt. killed at  Redwood Ferry
McAllister, L. 3 Minnesota LeSeur Co. C Parents Henry and Juliette?
McConnell, David 40 Scotland LaCroix Creek C son of Ellen McConnell
McConnell, Ellen 70 Scotland LaCroix Creek C C:”has a daughter and two child’n captives” Mother of Martha Clausen
McConnell, Joseph 25 Scotland LaCroix Creek C A
Meyer, John 36 Germany Beaver Creek C M A C: “wife and 3 children killed or taken prisoners” (killed)
Muller, Alfred
Muller, Eliza M wife of Ridgely physician
Murnane, Patrick A
Nairn, Celcilia 10 Scotland Lower Agency C
Nairn, James 6 Fort Ridgely MN Lower Agency C
Nairn, John 33 Scotland Lower Agency C M A LSA Carpenter
Nairn, Magdalen 34 Scotland Lower Agency C wife of John
Nairn, Margaret R. 3 LSA Lower Agency C
Nairn, William LSA Lower Agency C age 6 weeks
O’Shea, Dennis 27 Ireland 4 mi. above W. Newton C M A artillarist
Overbaugh, Agnes M
Overbaugh, Dennis M
Overbaugh, Joseph A
Overbaugh, Mary D. M
Parsely, M. A. (infant) Minnesota C
Parsely, R. A. 22 Ireland Minnesota C C:”Husband [Thomas] in 5th Regt.”
Pelzel, Dora 19 Germany Lower Agency C C:”Servant woman to Mrs. Dickinson”
Pereau, Elizabeth 33 Siouix Agency LaCroix Creek C M
Pereau, Genevieve 12 Canada LaCroix Creek C
Pereau, George 8 Canada LaCroix Creek C
Pereau, Joseph 10 Canada LaCroix Creek C
Pereau, Melvina 9 Canada LaCroix Creek C
Pereau, Philomene 5 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Pereau, S. 1 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Perry, C. 14 Buffalo NY LaCroix Creek C
Perry, Emely 4 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Perry, George 37 France LaCroix Creek C
Perry, George Jr. 6 Canada LaCroix Creek C
Perry, M. 12 Buffalo NY LaCroix Creek C
Perry, Martha 1 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Perry, Mary 3 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Perry, Sally 34 France LaCroix Creek C
Peterson, Hallek 27 Norway below LSA C husband of Julia Peterson
Peterson, Halver A
Peterson, Isabella 1 Minnesota below LSA C
Peterson, Jacob (infant) Minnesota below LSA Son of Halleck & Julia
Peterson, Julia 22 Norway below LSA C M wife of Halleck Peterson
Peterson, Peter 3 Minnesota below LSA C
Picard, C. 2 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Picard, Elizabeth 22 LaCroix Creek C M Husband Eusebius killed, daughter Elizabeth at Camp Release
Picard, Eusebius Jr. 6 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Pratt, B.F. M A
Ramsey, Justus C. M accompanied annuity payment to Ridgely
Randall, Benjamin H. 39 Vermont Fort Ridgely M Ridgely Sutler
Randall, child
Randall, child
Randall, Frank L. 6
Randall, Wilhelmina M
Reed, George 38 Virginia St. Paul C
Resoft, John M Ridgely blacksmith
Reyff, Emanuel 12 Germany Lower Agency C C: “Parents  said to be killed. Relations in Wisconsin.”
Reyff, Mary 16 Germany Lower Agency C see note on Emmanuel Reyff
Reynolds, child Redwood child of Joseph and Valencia Reynolds
Reynolds, child Redwood child of Joseph and Valencia Reynolds
Reynolds, Joseph B. 43 United States Redwood C A operated government school  at LSA
Reynolds, Vanecia J. 35 United States Redwood C M wife of J .B. Reynolds
Rieke, Adam 22 Prussia M A
Rieke, August M A
Rieke, Frederick A
Rieke, George 28 Cairo, Renville Co. M A
Rieke, Heinrich 19 Cairo, Renville Co. M A died in the Fort on Saturday 8/23/1862 of a heart problem
Rieke, Herman 9 Cairo, Renville Co. A
Rieke, Mary M
Rieke, Victor 26 Cairo, Renville Co. M A see note on George Rieke
Robert, Louis 51 St. Louis St. Paul C M A
Robinson, James B. 45 Ireland West Newton C A
Robinson, John 51 Ireland West Newton C A
Roseyuse 26 Canada Yellow Medicine C C.: “wife captive”
Ryder, Riley Big Stone Lake Trader
Samson, Anna 34 Norway below LSA C husband Ole and two children killed; C:”birned [sic]”
Samson, Samuel 1 Minnesota below LSA C see note on Anna Samson
Scheibel, Christian A
Schillling, E. 16 Germany Fort Ridgely C
Schlumpberger, Christian 26 Germany 3 miles above C M A S.: notes res. as “3 miles above fort”
Schmahl, Al. 3 Minnesota Fort Ridgely C
Schmahl, H. 2 Minnesota Fort Ridgely C
Schmahl, J. 7 Minnesota Fort Ridgely C
Schmahl, Jacob 45 Germany Fort Ridgely C A husband of R. Schmhl
Schmahl, M. 6 Minnesota Fort Ridgely C
Schmahl, R. 36 Germany Fort Ridgely C M wife of J. Schmal
Schmahl, S. 4 Minnesota Fort Ridgely C
Schoeppe (male) A
Schott, Andrew A
Senz, Peter 35 Germany 8 miles above Redwood C
Sharron, Frank 3 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C
Sharron, Jane 41 Red River 4 miles above Redwood C
Sharron, Louis 40 Canada 4 miles above Redwood C M A See note on William La Frambois
Sharron, Louis Jr. 2 Minnesota 4 miles above Redwood C
Shneider, Joseph A
Siers, B. 52 England Faribault C
Simon, David A
Sloan, Catherine 20 Illinois Chatfield MN C
Smith, child 9 Lower Agency child of N. & S. Smith
Smith, child 7 Lower Agency child of N. & S. Smith
Smith, Ellen 38 Ireland 4 mi. above W. Newton C
Smith/Schmidt, Felix W. 3 miles from Ridgely see F.W. Scmidt
Smith, Hubert 38 Germany Lower Agency C C: “has one 2 year old boy killed or captive”
Smith, John 10 Minnesota 4 mi. above W. Newton C
Smith, M.E. 5 Minnesota 4 mi. above W. Newton C
Smith, Millard 12 Wisconsin 4 mi. above W. Newton C possibly “William”
Smith, N. C. 12 Pennsylvania Lower Agency C
Smith, S.N. 37 Pennsylvania Lower Agency C wife of Hubert  Smith
Spencer, Mrs. M
Stafford, Gustav 42 Germany West Newton C M A
Sweet, John 12 Fort Ridgely child of Joshua & Julia Sweet
Sweet, Joshua Fort Ridgely M Ridgely chaplain
Sweet, Julia Fort Ridgely M wife of Joshua
Sweet, Mary Emily @13  mo. Fort Ridgely child of Joshua & Julia Sweet
Sweet, Reuben 1 month Fort Ridgely child of Joshua & Julia Sweet b. July 1862
Sweet, William 11 Fort Ridgely child of Joshua & Julia Sweet
Thiele, Louis 33 Germany Flora Township M A
Thinnes, Nikolas M A
Thompson, James 57 Virginia Redwood C C:”Wife and 6 children prisoners”
Urban, August Sacred Heart
Vannasse, Onesime M
Vanosse, Joseph
VanVorhes, AndrewJ. M accompanied annuity payment to Ridgely
Voltin, John A
Walter, John M
West, Emily J. 52 Fort Niagra Lower Agency C M Episcopal missionary
Whipple, John C. 39 United States Faribault C M A
Wichman, D. 40 Germany Beaver Creek
Winona 17 Winona LaCroix Creek C
Witt, A. 1 Minnesota LaCroix Creek C
Witt, C. 45 Germany LaCroix Creek C wife killed
Witt, C. 7 Germany LaCroix Creek C
Witt, L. 9 Germany LaCroix Creek C
Witt, M. 4 Wisconsin LaCroix Creek C
Witt, W. 14 Germany LaCroix Creek C mother killed
Wykoff, Cyrus G. M accompanied annuity payment to Ridgely
Yess, A. 14 Germany Beaver Creek C
Yess, C. 48 Germany Beaver Creek C wife of Michael, daughter Henrietta captive
Yess, Michael 45 Germany Beaver Creek C
Zable, Anna widow of Gottlieb Zable
Zeus A
Zimmermann, Elizabeth 14 Ohio LaCroix Creek C
Zimmermann, Mary 17 Germany LaCroix Creek C
Zimmermann, Mary 44 Germany LaCroix Creek C husband John and sons John and Gottlieb killed
Zimmermann, Sam. 7 Ohio LaCroix Creek C
Zolner, Xavier M A sent from New Ulm to get a canon; arr. 8/20

23 Responses to Ridgely Refugees List

  1. You have compiled a good list of names; however, I believe that one of them should be dropped from the list and his name is John Murray Kerlinger. He enlisted in Co I, 9th Minn Regiment on August 15, 1862 at Shakopee, three days before the Dakota Conflict. As I see it, he could not have been at the Lower Agency to escape to Fort Ridgely nor could he have been a defender of Fort Ridgely. He was stationed at Fort Ridgely after the Siege, tho.

    • Carrie says:

      Roger, Thank you for noting this! This is an “every name” database, meaning I established it exactly so people can do what you are doing here: testing a reference against other references. His name does not appear on any of the official lists. But my database from which I extracted this report notes John Murray Kerlinger was: “Making tin types at LSA on August 16-17; spent night of August 17 at FtR en route to St. Peter; news of the outbreak arrived at FtR the morning of the 18th and Kerlinger stayed through the siege” and the citation I noted for that is Mary Huggins Kerlinger’s reminiscences in the Alexander G. Huggins Family Papers at MHS, vol. 1, p.259-281. MHS recently digitized this volume and the text is available via the MHS Library website by scrolling through the electronic finding aide to the Alexander G. Huggins Papers. I am re-reading that volume myself, preparing for a trip to Ohio to do further research on the Huggins family. So when I get to that section of Mary’s story, I’ll read that passage carefully in light of your note and see if perhaps I misinterpreted what she wrote.

      I am not a military expert by a long shot but understand that it was fairly common during the Civil War that when men enlisted in a regiment that was not close to being full, they were often given leave for a few weeks and told to report –in his case, probably to Fort Snelling –at a certain date, when training would begin. I do not know for a fact that is true in John Murray Kerlinger’s case, but it might explain the anomaly you note. Please let me know if you find more information commenting on whether he was, or was not, at Fort Ridgely during the siege of 1862!–Carrie

  2. Mary Bakeman says:

    The Buerry family from LaCroix Creek (Renville County) is shown here under the name ‘Perry,’ just another variation on the name in various records!

    • Carrie says:

      Thanks for identifying them, Mary! This makes me wonder if the families surnamed “Buerho” and “Pereau” on Culver’s list may be related to the Buerry (Perry) family? Culver wrote the settlers’ names down phonetically, as they sounded to him. So there may be more families like the Buerrys here in hiding under a “sounds like” version of their name.

  3. Glenn Vogtman says:

    Just a minor name correction: The ‘Perry’ family name is actually Buery. Buerry is another variation found primarily in the /History of the Minnesota Valley… by Edward D. Neill/ along with the correct spelling of Buery.

    There is no familial relationship between the Buery family and the ‘Buerho’ or ‘Pereau’ (Perreault)famililies.

    However, ‘Sally Perry’ (Buery) and ‘Mary Kumro” were sisters.

    ‘C. Perry’ (Catherine Buery) married John Vogtman in 1865 and are my great-grandparents.

    • Carrie Zeman says:

      Thank you very much, Glenn! Was Catherine’s future husband, John Vogtman, in the area in 1862? The Adjutant General list (which I collated here with Culver’s since there is considerable overlap in the names listed) lists a “John Voltin” (alt. spelling “Vollin”) with no other information. His name appears on none of the lists that provide more detailed identity information so my question is purely a guess based on the possibility that someone mis-recorded his name as “Voltin.”

      I’ll gladly correct “Buerry” to your family’s preferred “Buery.” Unfortunately I need to leave the main entry as “Perry” here because that is how Culver recorded it. However, a significant amount of new information like this has come out thanks to people like you in the 14 years since I began this database. In the future I think it might be more useful if I reconfigure it to allow accepted spellings as the main entry. I’ll work on that!

      • Carrie says:

        Glenn and Mary,

        Word Press barely supports tables and I need to recreate the Ridgley Refugees list to make the correction to the “Buery” reference appear correctly. Please excuse the temporarily muddled entry while I work on fixing the problem. Thanks!

      • Glenn Vogtman says:

        There is no family history or documentation placing John Vogtman in Renville county at the time of the Uprising. I believe he was in Mankato, Minnesota at that time. In the 1860 US Census he was recorded in Mankato Township, Blue Earth County in his parents household. He served in Company E, Minnesota 1st Regiment Cavalry “Mounted Rangers” from Nov. 3, 1862 untill Nov. 24, 1863 for frontier duty against Indians. He and Catherine Buery were married in Mankato in January 1865. Sometime later that year, Catherine’s father George Buery and his family returned to his claim at Birch Coolie, Renville county from where they had fled during the Uprising. John and Catherine Vogtman accompanied them and established an adjoining claim.

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  5. Jon & Candy Severson says:

    Two names on the Fort Ridgely refugee list, we believe, are a couple we have heen tracking – Baptiste & Susan Buhrman. Baptiste would be Jean Baptiste Beauchemin, a French-Canadian, born 30 Jul 1818 in Lower Canada (from his Declaration of Intention document of 1848). He said he came to the US in 1837, working in the fur trade, one of the early settlers of Pig’s Eye. In 1846 he married Susan Bourcier (age 14), daughter of a French-Canadian, Joseph Bourcier, and a Sisseton woman, Henaskina. Susan is the half-sister of Joseph Coursolle (also on the refugee list) – same mother, different fathers.

    Since they were not literate, the spelling of their name has always been at the discretion of someone else. The 1850 census for Pig’s Eye – Baptise & Susan Bouchemin, 1855 Sioux Affidavits (#81, at Mendota) – John Baptiste Boshman & Susan Boassia, 1857 census for Rice Co. – John B. & Susan Bushman, 1865 census for Mendota – B. & Susan Bushman.

    After 1865, we lose track of them, they did not have children.

    • Carrie Zeman says:

      Jon, I’m glad you could recognize them by that spelling. Thank you for filling in some more details! I know a great researcher-descendant working on the Coursolle family and will let her know about your comment. Is it okay if I share your contact info. with her?

      • Jon & Candy Severson says:

        Carrie – feel free to share our contact info. I am a decendant of Joseph Bourcier & Margaret McCoy (Joseph R Brown’s second wife). There is some overlap with the Coursolle family that we are tracking.
        –Jon

  6. Glenn Vogtman says:

    Carrie,
    If you wish to expand or correct names on the Refugee List, here are some [in brackets] that I am familiar with:
    Kumro, F. [Ferdinand]
    Kumro, L. [Louvisa/Louisa]
    Perry, C. [Buery, Catherine]
    Perry, M. [Buery, Margaret]

    Also, all Perry entries are actually [Buery] as noted in the October 15, 2012 reply above.
    Kumro, Mary and Perry[Buery], Sally were sisters, née Kauffmann/Kaufman, born in France.

    • Carrie Zeman says:

      Thanks, Glenn. The list I published here reproduces the list Culver wrote –errors and all. That’s a historical choice –to reproduce a primary source without ‘cleaning it up.’ If I did, it would not be a primary source anymore; it would be a secondary source (mine).

      I am grateful for the clarifications you and others have provided and have placed them in the database on my computer. But WordPress does not have the ability to host a living database –one that is updated every time someone finds new information so anyone viewing it can see the most up-to-date version. The best I can do for now is leave all these comments publicly visible so others can read the information you and others have supplied.

      When I’m at Fort Ridgely in June I plan to ask their opinion on the best way to make the full database public.

  7. Jan Klein says:

    Carrie, my ggrandmother, C Clausen and son John are listed in Satterlee’s book as being from Birch Coulie but the chart above shows Lower Agency. We know they were at Birch Coulie when the outbreak began so wonder where the agency info came from. Thanks.

  8. Glenn Vogtman says:

    Birch Coolie, La Croix Creek, and Lower Sioux Agency all seem to be used to describe the same general area depending on the source. May have to do with Lower Sioux Agency being the Post Office for that area – or possibly how the refugees literally reported their residence.

  9. Glenn Vogtman says:

    Carrie – any chance of getting the “muddled” Buery/Buhrman entry straightened out? I think you recognized this problem in your entry of October 15, 2012 at 8:40 am.

  10. Roger Carroll Breckenridge says:

    Good stuff. I haven’t had time to check out all of the names, but it sure looks like you have done a very good job. Thanks for all of your hard work and for posting these names. Much appreciated.

  11. Roger Carroll Breckenridge says:

    By the way, I know a lot about the Jacob Schmahl family. This family later settled at Redwood Falls.

  12. Roger Carroll Breckenridge says:

    I also know something about Joseph B. and Valencia J. Reynolds. I don’t believe that they had any children of their own. However, during their escape to Fort Ridgely they stopped and picked up two of John Nairn’s children and took them to the fort. Valencia J. Reynolds tells this story in her own words which were published in the book History of Redwood County, pgs 160 to 164. She did not name the children nor did she say anything about their ages. Valencia tells a most interesting story of their escape in this book.

  13. Roger Carroll Breckenridge says:

    There were five or more men riding escort (shotgun) for the annuity payment: Cyrus G. Wykoff, Justus C. Ramsey, Edwin C. A. Hatch, Andrew J. Van Voorhees and Marvin Averill Dailey.

  14. Roger Carroll Breckenridge says:

    John Nairn fled toward Ft. Ridgely with his wife [Magdalene] and four children. The older Nairn children (ten-year-old Cecilia and six-year-old James, went in the wagon of the government schoolmaster [Joseph B. Reynolds]. The others, two and one-half-year-old Maggie and six-week-old William, rode in their parents’ wagon, with Maggie strapped in a kerchief on a neighbor’s back. [The neighbor appears to have been Miss Eliza Frorip]. Information comes from a biography of John Nairn and family.

  15. Roger Carroll Breckenridge says:

    John C. Fenske, a nineteen year old, from New Ulm was shot with an arrow at the Lower Sioux Agency during the first minutes of the Uprising.

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