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I am researching the following families:

MIKKELSON: The Mikkelson family came from Norway, town of Hordaland, lived on the Grindheim farm. People in the 1800 century often took the farm-name where they lived and made it their surname. Others took his/hers fathers name and made this the surname. In some cases two brothers could end up with different surnames. This is how Mikkel Olson Grindheim's son Ola became Ola Mikkelson Grindheim. After arriving in the U.S.A the farm name was dropped in some cases.
Lars Johanneson Grindheim born 1714 died 1777 in Norway. Married Anna Johannesdatter.

Ola Larson Grindheim born 1756 died 1796 in Norway. Married Dortea Mikkelsdtr farm name Totland.

Mikkel Olson Grindheim born 1782 died 1859 in Norway. Married Anna Eivindsdtr farm name Vestvik.

Ola (Ole) Mikkelson Grindheim born 1813 in Norway died 1893 in St. Cloud, MN. Married Kari Johnsdtr. Second wife: Ingeborg Knutsdtr farm name Grimstveit.

Mikkel Olson Grindheim Mikkelson born 1845 in St. Cloud, MN and died 1924 in St. Cloud, MN. Married Julia Levorsdtr Nelson.

Martin Adolph Mikkelson born 1876 in St. Cloud, MN, died in Belgrade, MN in 1832. Married Josephine Pauline Zwicky.

ZWICKY: Dr. Caspar(Kaspar) Johan Zwicky born 1794 in Mollis, Switzerland married Barbara Kubli born 1808 in Mollis, Switzerland. Son Caspar(Kaspar) Johan, Sr. born 1825 in Canton Glarus, Switzerland, died in Scandinavia, Wis in 1887. Married Anna Ingwerson. Caspar Conrad was born in Scandinavia in 1852 married Anna Johansdatter Indlaeggingen Gunderson decendant of Iver Gundersen. The earliest Zwicky in this tree is Fridolin born around 1500 in Mollis, Switzerland.

PHILLIPS: Fred Phillips born in 1854 and died in Algona, Iowa in 1930. Married to Annie Jones born in 1864 and died in 1940 in Algona, Iowa. Son Perry Phillips born 1881 died 1969, married Ida Grace Clifton.

CLIFTON: John Clifton born 1806 in Ross Co. Ohio married Elizabeth Taylor. Son John J. Clifton born April 02, 1856 in Ross Co. Ohio married Sarah Dewey. Son Frank Clifton born in Dowagiac, Michigan married Emma D. Deffke and a Margaret ?? daughter Ida Grace born 1887 and died 1963 in Algona, Iowa.

SASS: Johann Joachim Sass who married Marie Catherine Beckman both from Germany. Son Johan Ernest Karl Sass born in Germany, 1834, died in Scribner, Nebraska 1894. Married Sophie Catharina Kroeger, 1840 in Germany, died 1923 in Scribner, NE.

KROGER: Hans (John) Kroger or Kroeger born 1612 in Germany. Son Hans (John) born 1653 in Germany married Anna Sophia ??.

MEYER: The family of Johann Henry Meyer whose daughter, Anna Johanna Gensine Meyer married Christian August Martin Sass.

SCHULENBERG: Diedrich Heinrich Schulenberg born in Schmalenfleth, Germany married Ahlke Margarethe Bredendick. Son Johanne Christian Schulenberg born 1836, Germany and died Oct. 1875 in Meta Missouri. Married Anna Catherine Runge born 1837 in Germany, died 1927 in Meta Missouri. John Christian Schulenberg born 1874, married Anna Dorthea Kroeger, lived in Hooper, NE.

Any information on the above families would be appreciated. If you are intersted in the generations following the ones listed, please write me. Will share what I have.



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