Author Archives: Lisa Perry

Bess L. Nelings Autograph Book

Anna Christian was 16 years old when she signed Bess’s book in 1893. In 1895, Anna was living in Banner Township in Beadle County, right over the county line from Osceola. Bert Christian, Anna’s brother, also signed the book. Birl … Continue reading

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Civil War Letter March 1864

Alexandria Lousa March 23 Dear Mother I thot I wold write you a few lines to let you know that I am still alive—I don’t know when this letter will get started. We can’t tell enything about the mail here. … Continue reading

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Bancroft SD Registry List

Years ago, while visiting Bancroft SD, we found many books of city records in the Jail. Registry List Precinct County Election To Be Held 19 [On the inside, fold-out sheet of paper] Le Sueur July 1st, 1886 Town of Le … Continue reading

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Cairo Illinois

Civil War Letter   Cairo Nov 15 1862 Dear Mother We have got to Cairo at last, but we don’t know how long we will stay her. We got here on Friday. Thare is about 800 prisners here. They look … Continue reading

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Civil War Letter   Fort Snelling Novem 3 1862[1]   Dear Sister   I receved your letter yesterday and was very glad to here from you all. It has been some time since we herd from you. We got all … Continue reading

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Civil War Letter Oct 24 1862

This letter was sent from the James and William Nelings’ parents and siblings to the boys somewhere in Minnesota. Both James and William, and their cousin Daniel A. Neelings served in the 27th Iowa Infantry, Company E. The 27th was … Continue reading

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David Dickie Nelings Autograph Book, pt 3

In addition to family, friends and neighbors also signed Dick’s autograph book. Mathilde Ulrich was a neighbor of the Nelings in 1895. Rose A. (Johnson) Kingdon was a resident of Broadland, a neighboring township. Roy Parks, who is currently unknown.

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