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At the September Genealogy Association meeting the topic of early Kittson pioneers came up. Old Census records can provide lists but we were looking for something prior to a census. Cindy Adams, the director of the museum, managed to find an old tax book that contained three tax lists.  The first was for Kittson County in the year 1879 and contained some thirty names. It also contained two 1880 lists, one headed Hallock and the second called St. Vincent.

So far, these are the oldest lists that have been located of names of the very early pioneers. I am posting the first list and would ask that you review the names and see if any of your family members are on the list. Secondly let me know if you recognise a name on the list.  Any information you can provide about a name will help us understand who these people were and where they came from.

We plan to search other records in the research center in order to build up some background information on these pioneers.

Later we will post the lists for 1880 for Hallock and St.Vincent.  I recognize a number of the family names that are still active in the county a hundred and thirty years later.

We are interested in your comments, questions, or suggestions. This web site need to become more active or it will be shut down.

Please become involved in sharing information on a regular basis. Even if you have no information to contribute at this time, could you please insert a comment indicating that you are following the posts and find them interesting. It you can think of other topics you would be interesting in reading about please let us know.


1879 Tax list of personal propery

Bird, J.H. & co.         Brawley, Daniel. F.         Carrigan, Patrick       Daly, Peter & Co.             Doran, Richard         

Eliott & Vanstrum     Gooding, C.J.                  Gosla, Andrew          Guydon, Leroy                 Jadis, Edmond W.

Jerome, Andrew        Lucy, John                       Miller, W.H.             Moven, Ulrich                   Murphy, Andrew             

 Newcomb, T.B.        O'Connell, Pat                 Parker, George          Smith, William                 Smith, Peter   

Sullivan, Jerry           Sullivan, John                 Stack, Anna               Stewart, John W.              Thompson, Robert

Thompson, William  Toner, Thomas               Wiltse, Olen               Winter, J.B.

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Comment by Georgine Cleem Whalen on September 26, 2011 at 10:06am
I bet the Gosla name is Gooslaw or Goselin.  I have found when others wrote names down they used the sound of the name instead of the correct spelling :(
Comment by Glenn Browne on September 26, 2011 at 3:22pm
Thanks Georgine, that is a very good point and your suggestion is appreciated. The more people that become active on this page, the more we are all going to learn. I will check out some other lists and see if I can find an Andrew Gooslaw/Gosla/Goselin. It also may be an improper spelling of a French name. Two more 1880 lists to follow shortly.
Comment by Cindy Adams on October 18, 2011 at 10:32am
Thank you, Glenn, for taking the time to record and post this information.  If there is anyone interested in coming to the museum to work on projects such as this, please email me or  call.  There are a lot of historical resources like this in the Museum's archives that need to be indexed. 
Comment by vicki lynn hill on November 13, 2011 at 10:23am

Yes, I am following the posts and find them very interesting. 

Comment by Jackie Edkins on July 24, 2012 at 10:00pm
Oops. I lost my post when I accidentally hit the little "x". I had said I was looking at your list and do not see any family that I connect with. Looking forward to seeing more and finding out if and when my family came to St Vincent. Looking for information on Andrew E Anderson, his wife Annie,(possibly Donnally) son John Harris, and daughters Mable, Barbara, and I think Mary. My family also includes Thomas Edkins, son of Charles and Elizabeth (Newman) Edkins. I believe it was Harriet Edkins that married Hammond Clow and there is also a Rose Edkins that married John Reese. Anyone with information would appreciate hearing.


Sure sad that I could not make it to St Vincent for the big celebration. Waiting for information.
Comment by Sheldon Gardiner on May 1, 2017 at 8:29pm

Hi there, I'm a little late to the game. Found this website while doing family history research.  If still interested, I can give some information on William Thompson, on that list. 

Also wondering where I could find cemetery records from late 1800's early 1900's


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