Meeker County, Minnesota Genealogy and History

The region known as the “Big Prairie” west of the Big Woods” has been known to white settlers but 21 years, and yet the twilight of uncertainty has already thrown its shadows, and the night of forgetfulness seems about to descend and forever obscure many little incidents which, although in detail seem of little consequence yet all go to make up a readable history of any community.

The Centennial year of our great Republic seems to open up an opportunity, which the President of the United States recommended to our people to improve and place in permanent shape for preservation, the historical data of the various counties and towns of the Republic.

In a little while the venerable gentlemen who composed our first settlers will all be gathered to their fathers “their children engrossed by the empty pleasures or insignificant transactions of the “present age (or in the greedy pursuit of the almighty dollar,) will neglect to treasure up the “recollections of the past and posterity will search “in vain for memorials of the days of the Patriarchs” (Knickerbocker’s History of New York.)

Smith, A. C. A random historical sketch of Meeker County, Minnesota : from its first settlement to July 4th, 1876. Litchfield, Minn. : Belfoy & Joubert, 1877.

Meeker County, Minnesota County Officials 1856-1876

The following is a list of men who served in administrative capacity in the county of Meeker, Minnesota from 1856-1876. County Commissioners 1856-1876, Meeker County, Minnesota 1856 – Thos H Skinner, F N Ripley and J Huy1857-J T Kinnison, John Wigle, J W Griswold1858-J Wigle, J T Kinnison and T…

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Biography of Dr. Frederick Noah Ripley

Dr. Ripley arrived at Shakopee, Scott county, Minnesota, in September 1853, and resided at that place, boarding at the “Warren House” during the years 1853-4. He came from New York city, where he was educated, and where he left a mother and an intended wife. In 1855, he first made…

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Biography of Lucy Ann Lobdell Slater

Biography of Lucy Ann Lobdell Slater – A Wild Woman’s History: The Slayer Of Hundreds Of Bears And Wild-Cats! As published by A. C. Smith, A random historical sketch of Meeker County, Minnesota: from its first settlement to July 4th, 1876, p. 98-111. Litchfield, Minn.: Belfoy & Joubert, 1877.
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Elected Military Officers, Meeker County, Minnesota

The following is a list of men who served as elected military officers for Meeker County in the Civil War. J. B. Atkinson 1st LieutenantH.. Stevens 2nd LieutenantWm. Branham 1st. SergeantH. S. Howe 2nd SergeantDan. McGraw 3d SergeantF. G. Gould 4th SergeantA. F. Heath 1st CorporalH. J. Hill 2nd CorporalT….

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Mustered in August 24th 1862, Meeker County, Minnesota

The following is a list of men who were mustered into service for the Civil War from the county of Meeker on 24 August 1862. J. B. AtkinsonM. GortonJas. M HarveyO. B. ToddA. F. HeathG. W. WaggonerJ. HeathWm.. CaswellH. J. HillJ. V.. Branham jr.G. S. Sholes sen.Jerome RogersS.W. WhiteChas. D….

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Volunteers from Meeker County in the Civil War

Volunteers from Meeker County who served in the Civil War. NamesRegiment &c.Angier, AlbertThirdAllen, L. DFourthAtkinson, J. B.Capt. ArtilBradshaw, J. H .ThirdButler, DanielFourthBrink, J. A.ScoutBaldwin, S D LFourthBorgusrode, RFifthBennett, Wm PHatch Bat.Branham, E. F.SecondBranham, Wm2d CavalryCampbell. DanSecondCampbell, Wm M. (re-enlisted as Vet’n)CavalryCampbell, E A  (re-enlisted as Vet’n)CavalryClinton, HSecondChapin, IsaacSecondCates, W SFourthCaswell,…

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