Certificate of Service: Andrew ROWE

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Certificate of Service. Wisconsin Civil War Service (3 Sep 1864 - 20 Jun 1865). Andrew ROWE. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Volunteer Enlistment: Andrew ROWE (3 Sep 1864)


Volunteer Enlistment. Andrew ROWE (New Hope, WI: 3 Sep 1864). Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Digitally retouched by Mark D. Williams.

Muster and Descriptive Rolls: Andrew ROWE


Muster and Descriptive Roll. Andrew ROWE. Images courtesy of Verla Williams.





Muster roll records. Andrew ROWE. Images courtesy of Verla Williams.

Appomattox Court House (9 Apr 1865)

General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House on Palm Sunday in 1865 ended the Civil War. 20-year-old Private Andrew Rowe of Co. F, 5th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry was present at that historic occasion.


Plaque. Village of Appomattox Court House. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

In the field shown below west of Appomattox Court House, General Grant and his forces camped out in order to block General Lee's attempt to join forces with General Johnston.


Field west of Appomattox Court House. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

At the house of Wilmer McClean shown below Grant and Lee met to discuss the terms of surrender.


McClean House, Appomattox, VA. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

In the parlor of the McClean house, General Lee may have sat in the chair on the left below at a table like that on the right waiting for General Grant to write down the terms of the surrender.



Parlor. McClean House, Appomattox, VA. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

In front of the McClean House looking to the west one may see the road to Lynchburg, Virginia.


Road. Looking west in front of the McClean House. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Looking to the east in front of the McClean House one sees the Appomattox Court House at the end of the road.


Appomattox Court House. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.


Closer view. Appomattox Court House. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

At the place marked by the sign below Grant and Lee met on the morning of the 10th of April for the surrender of the Confederate troops and their arms.


Sign marking the spot of Confederate surrender. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Military Discharge: Pvt. Andrew ROWE (20 Jun 1865)


Military Discharge. Pvt. Andrew ROWE (Walls Hill, VA: 20 Jun 1865). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

To all whom it may Concern:

   Know ye, That Andrew Rowe, a Private of Captain Wm. Bremmer, Company H, Fifth Regiment, of Wisconsin Inf. VOLUNTEERS, who was enrolled on the (3) third day of September, One thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, to serve one years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States this Twentieth day of June, 1865, at Walls Hill Virginia by reason of War Department Order dated May 17, 1865. ( No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.)*

   Said Andrew Rowe was born in ______ in the State of Norway, is (20) twenty years of age, (5) five feet (7) seven inches high, Light complexion, Blue eyes, Light hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Farmer.

   Given at Walls Hill Va this Twentieth day of June, 1865.

William Bremmer Capt.
F Co. Fifth Wis. Inf. Vol.

Wisconsin in the War of the Rebellion

FIFTH INFANTRY

The record of the Fifth Infantry from its origin through the Peninsular Campaign, has been made, pages 260 to 287. Its movement from Malvern Hill to the field of the second Bull Run battle, 315, 316; thence to Crampton's Pass battle, 321, 325; at Antietam, 324 ; from Antietam to Fredericksburg, 342 to 344; battle of Fredericksburg, 344 to 350; battle of Chancellorsville, 350 to 357; at Gettysburg, 415, 417. The regiment was sent, with other troops, to New York, Albany and Troy, to aid in executing the draft of 1863.

November 7th, they, with the Sixth Maine, charged at Rappahannock Station, across an open field half a mile wide, under a destructive fire of grape, cannister and musketry, and stormed and carried the main fort and redoubts at the point of the bayonet, capturing seven pieces of artillery, and preventing the escape of the rebels. Eight regiments, with their colors, were captured, and the Fifth lost ten killed and fourteen wounded. November 26th and 27th they took part in the battle of Locust Grove and Mine Run, where the Federals lost 1,000 and the Confederates 2,500. December 2d, they went into winter quarters at Brandy Station.

Their action in the battle of the Wilderness is recorded on page 935; at Spottsylvania, 937; at Cold Harbor, 940; at Petersburg, 945. July 11th, they moved to Washington to assist in the defence of that city. Their original term of service expired on the following day, but they volunteered to remain to defend the capital. On the 16th, they left for Madison, Wisconsin, where they were warmly welcomed by the state authorities, and mustered out August 3rd.

The reenlisted veterans and recruits were organized into an Independent Battalion of three companies, under command of Captain Kempf, of Campany A, and moving into the Shenandoah Valley, engaged in the, action at Snicker's Gap, on the 18th, after which they returned to Washington, having marched one hundred and fifty miles. On September 19th, they participated in the battle between the forces of Sheridan and the rebel Early, at Cedar Creek, in which they lost four men killed and eleven wounded.

After the muster-out of the main part of the regiment, in August, 1864, seven new companies were recruited in Wisconsin, and Colonel Allen recommissioned as colonel. These companies were mustered in and left the State October 2d. October 20th, they joined the Independent Battalion, and December 4th, took position before Petersburg. Their action at Hatcher's Run is given on page 955; that in the charge on Petersburg, April 2d, 1865, page 968. In the pursuit of the enemy; they marched through a deep swamp at Sailor's Creek, and came under a heavy fire, but pressed bravely after the rebels, and General Ewell and staff surrendered to Sergeant Cameron and six men of Company A. The sergeant was thenceforth lieutenant for his gallantry. The regiment was highly praised by division and corps commanders. They lost sixteen killed and seventy-nine wounded. They shared in the review at Washington and reached Madison June 20th.

Captain Louis G. Strong, killed in the assault on Marye's Heights, May 3rd, 1863, was one of the first volunteers from Berlin, his home in Wisconsin. He was for three years a student in Lawrence University, and a graduate of Union College and Albany Law School. He was a generous hearted, noble young man, and a heroic soldier.

How often mankind are eager for some step in life which proves the cause of their death! George W. Adams, of Milwaukee, was rejected from the First Wisconsin, because he lost one finger when a child, but through the personal efforts of friends, was admitted to the Company of Milwaukee Zouaves, which joined the Eifth. He was wounded at Williamsburg, and fell, shot through the head, in the celebrated charge on Marye's Heights, at Fredericksburg. He was brave, respected and beloved.

The bravery and hazards of skirmishers and outlying pickets generally fail to be duly esteemed. But many soldiers before Petersburg learned it all, as they so often saw their wounded or dead comrades brought in from the picket line, and heard the whistling of bullets through their tents. Charles S. Fourt, of Company K, when on picket, near Yorktown, early on April 24th, 1862, gave a most seasonable alarm, and shot the advance officer of an approaching rebel force, though receiving a severe wound himself that caused him months of suffering. Samuel E. Orvis, of Company E, came out of a storm of bullets at the battle of the Wilderness, with a shattered arm, whose broken bones grated as it swung by his side, and walked more than a mile rather than take the place in an ambulance that some more needy one might want. Chaplain Reid superintended building rough chapels for the regiment, in which were held preaching services, prayer-meetings, Bible classes, class meetings, spelling schools, temperance meetings, debating societies. Union League meetings, and choir practice. Colonel Allen was leader of the regimental choir.

Thomas Scott Allen was born in Andover, Alleghany County, New York, in 1824. He was, in succession, a printer-boy, teacher, student at Oberliu, Ohio, printer in Chicago, Galena and Mineral Point, county clerk, and member of the "Wisconsin Assembly. He enlisted as a private, became lieutenant, captain, major, and lieutenant colonel of the Second Wisconsin, then colonel of the Fifth, and was brevetted brigadier general for gallant services. He was a hero in many battles, was four times wounded, had several horses shot under him, and his clothes often cut with bullets. His father, Rev. A. S. Allen, of Black Earth, built forts to protect our seaboard against the English, in the war of 1813, his father's father fought in the Revolution, and the family are of English and Scotch Pui'itan lineage. A younger brother of the general, William Wirt, was taken prisoner at the second Bull Run battle, and nearly starved to death. He was afterward assistant surgeon of the Fifth. The father so long and so earnestly hated slavery, that the sons had a special right to fight for its destruction. The general was elected secretary of state in November, 1865. The muster-out roster was as follows:
Colonel-THOMAS S. ALLEN
Lieut. Colonel-James M. Bull Surgeon-George D. Wilbur
Major-Charles W. Kempf 1st Ass't Surgeon-Ambrose Jones
Adjutant-William B. Sturges 2d Ass't Surgeon-Wm. W. Allen
Quartermaster-Alexander Samuels Chaplain-Brant C. Hammond
Company Captains 1st Lieutenants 2nd Lieutenants
A Evan B. Jones Thomas Blair Francis Kelly
B Charles D. Moore Theodore Marcoe
C Miles L. Butterfield Henry H. Linnell Angus Cameron
D Jonas W. Van Myers James La Count James Young
E Charles R. Nevitt John McCabe
F William Bremner Calvin D. Richmond William J. Baker
G Henry Curran Ransom D. Squires Charles Bracken
H Charles T. Wyman Harmon S. Kribb H. Levander Farr
I Thomas Flint Lars E. Johnson Henry B. Mason
J Shadrach A. Hall Alfred T. Fleetwood Philetus Tiffany

Regimental Statistics. — Original strength, 1,058. Gain: by recruits in 1863, 210; in 1864, 684; in 1865, 25; substitutes, 50; draft in 1865, 25; veteran reenlistments, 204; total, 2,256. Loss:— by death, 285; missing, 4; desertion, 105; transfer, 33; discharge, 405; muster-out, 1,424.

SOURCE: Wm. DeLoss Love, Wisconsin in the War of the Rebellion: A History of all Regiments and Batteries... (Chicago: Church and Goodman, 1866), pp. 978-981.

Military History of Wisconsin

FIFTH INFANTRY — (REORGANIZED.)

On the muster out of service of the " Old Fifth," Governor Lewis authorized its reorganization, and recommissioned Colonel Allen as the colonel. Under his supervision, seven companies were rapidly recruited, organized and mustered into the United States service, and left the State on the 2d of October, to join the battalion at Winchester. The following is the roster of the reorganized regiment:

Colonel — THOMAS S. ALLEN.

Lieutenant Colonel—JAMES M. BULL; Major—CHARLES W. KEMPF; Adjutant—WM. B STURGES; Quartermaster—ALEXANDER SAMUELS; Surgeon—GEORGE D. WILBUR; First Assistant Surgeon—AMBROSE JONES; Second Assistant Surgeon—WILLIAM W. ALLEN; Chaplain—Rev. B. C. HAMMOND.
Co. Captains First Lieutenants Second Lieutenants
A John B. Doughty Charles Mayer Henry Curran
B Charles D. Moore Theodore Marcol Benjamin Smith
C Miles L. Butterfield Henry H. Linnell Evan R. Jones
D John W. Van Myers James La Count John S. Cooper
E Charles R. Nevitt John McCabe Percy B. Smith
F William Bremmer John Jolley Calvin D. Richmond
G Henry L. Walker Ransom D. Squires Charles J. Bracken
H Charles T. Wyman Harmon S. Kribb H. L. Farr
I Thomas Flint Lars E. Johnson Nelson E. Allen
J S. A. Hall Lewis A. Day Alfred T. Fleetwood

The seven companies arrived at Washington, received arms, and were sent to Alexandria, where they remained, doing provost guard duty, until the 20th of October, when they proceeded by way of Martinsburg and Winchester to Cedar Creek, where they joined the battalion and the forces under General Sheridan, and remain at that place until the 1st of December, Colonel Allen being put in command of the brigade. With the Sixth Corps, they rejoined the forces of General Grant in the trenches before Petersburg on the 4th of December, where they remained until the 5th of February, 1865, when they took part in the extension of the lines at Dabney's Mills, on Hatcher's Run, suffering little loss in that engagement, being held in the reserve. Riley C. Tryon, Company G, and Charles Berringer, Company C, were wounded.

On the 25th of March, 1865, the regiment participated in the general skirmish along the whole line, and succeeded in driving in the rebel outpost then in front. Here Sergeant William Hall, Company C, was killed, and Corporal James D. Splain, Company G, Edward Martin, John Morrison and H. S. Otis, Company D, and Charles 0. Foot, Company, K, wounded. Edward Martin is reported as having died of his wounds.

In the charge on the enemy's works at Petersburg, April 2d, the Fifth Wisconsin and Thirty-seventh ^fessachussetts, led by Colonel Allen, were in the extreme front, supported by two lines in the rear. At 4 A.M., the signal for the charge was given, and the colors of the Fifth were the first planted on the enemy's works, that regiment being the first to enter the captured works of Petersburg. Colonel Allen led a portion of the regiment two miles through the abandoned lines of the enemy to the South Side Railroad. By 8 A.M., the troops were reassembled, marched six miles to the left inside of the late rebel works, capturing many prisoners, then back to the right, where the regiment was engaged in skirmishing till night. The losses as officially reported were:

KILLED. — Company A — Captain John B. Doughty. Company E — Privates William H. Arnet and Ira Gilman. Company F — Privates H. Lysner and Albert A. Beggs. Company G — Private Hiram Billington. Company H — Private Allen Graham. Company I — Private Frank Gilbert — 8.
WOUNDED.— Company A — Lieut. Charles H. Mayer, died, Privates Ferdinand Werhle, August Ahrendt and Benjamin Mitchell. Company B — Lieutenant Benjamin Smith, Sergeant P. W. Lord, died; Private L. Bishop. Company C — Lieutenant E. R. Jones, Sergeant Thos. Larkin, Privates Hirman Brown, died, and Fred Mercier. Company D — Sergeant J. G. Troy, Corporal Wm. L. Moffatt, died. Privates P. H. Blodgett, Herbert Ward and Calvin Blood. Company E — Sergeant Thomas E. Chubbuck, Corporal Gilbert S. Main, Privates A. C. Phelps, Stephen Meridam, George H. Hutzell, John H. Park, George Knowles, M. Meutsh, Daniel S. Edson, William H. Hoskins, J. M. Ruibank, Gustavus Hirsch and George W. Barton. Company F — Captain William Bremer, Sergeant Ed. A. Allen, Privates Jos. Echman, died; Elias Marlatt, died, Jas. Bower, Peter Reuther, E. L. Aber, died; A. Dorman, S. M. Manly, A. D. Cory and Wm. M. Phelps, died. Company G — Lieutenant R. D. Squires, Sergeant Samuel T. Daggett, Privates Thomas Roach, N. J. Barker, R. C. Barker, Wm. Flynn, died, F. A. Bovee and E. Running. Company H — Corporal H. P. Cady, Privates A. W. Baswell, Luther Shooner, August Leoney, F. W. Beshel and John Rehome. Company I — Corporals George West and William Smith, Privates John Bragg, died ; James Dunn, Thomas Underwood, Theophilus George, B. Tally, John Lemuel, Henry Tipp, E. M. Fessenden, George Vanderbloom, James Witlie and Spencer Hurlbut. Company K— Sergeant John S. Barger, Seymour Beaman, Joseph Leistz, D. R. Babcock and Fred Ringling — 71. Died of wounds, 9.

The loss of the regiment was about one-tenth of that suffered by the whole corps, consisting of fifty regiments.

On the afternoon of April 3d, they joined in the pursuit of Lee, marching with great rapidity by day and night. The Sixth Corps encountered General Ewell's forces at "Little Sailors' Creek," on the 7th. The lines were hurriedly formed, and they pushed forward at a double quick, the regiment marching with unbroken line through a swamp waist deep, under the fire of the enemy's musketry. They moved to the brow of a hill, where the enemy was discovered but a few paces distant, admirably posted, and fighting with the energy of despair. The regiment was in an extremely hazardous position, being subjected to a severe flank and cross fire. Colonel Allen rode in advance of the line as calmly as though danger was unknown. Company G, Captain Henry Curran, and Company C, Lieutenant Evan R. Jones, were deployed as skirmishers. Lieutenant General Ewell and staff, surrendered to six men of the skirmishers, under command of Sergeant Cameron, Company A, who was promoted Lieutenant on the field, for his gallantry. The action of the regiment elicited high encomiums from the corps, division, and brigade commanders.

The following were the casualties in the action of April 7th, as officially reported:

KILLED.— Company A — Private Gustave Loefller. Company B — Private John Rierdon. Company C — Color Corporal Alexander Johnson and Corporal John L. Heberlies. Company D — Sergeant John Purdy, Privates John Gallagher and Lysander M. Muzzy. Company E — Privates Allen K. Augur, George Mills and J. D. Gurney. Company F Corporal George L. Welty, Privates C. Truax and George Truax. Company G — Privates James Conlin and Stephen Smith. Company H — Private Edmund Bigford — 16.
WOUNDED.— Company A — Color Corporal August Franz, Sergeant William H. Landott, Privates Christian Erickson, Duncan McLenan, Charles Sheffnet, Robert Miller and C. Spinner. Company B — Corporals William Meade and Johnson, Privates George H. Rees, J. H. Keyes and P. Wells. Company C — Privates Cornelius M. Bonnell and Ephraim Purdy. Company D — Privates George Ross, George Buffan, died, James Tooney, Francis Goodness, Freedom Cromwell, John Banker, John Nelson, William Conniff, Lyman Smith and Milo Wells. Company E — Corporal E. W. Mellon, Privates Theodore Bandow, John Polar, Abram Casslar, Thomas Leet and W. Lansing. Company F — Captain William Bremer, Privates C. H. Gee, Orson Foucher, Fred Gross, Andrew McFadden, August Gessel, Reuben Stock, John Hanson, Theodore Czeskleba, Andrew Rowe, O. Gesse and F. Ott. Company G — Corporal John W. Curran, Privates Samuel Vasnow, Lewis A. Nelson, Edward Tierney, Smith Owen, John W. Stafford, Adelbert E. Lane, Thomas Marshall, Torger Peterson, L. W. Stoner, Alexander Hamilton, Charles C. Vanalstine, died; John Stetzner, John Stichner and Simon Anderson. Company H — Sergeant Charles E. Woodridge, Privates Peter Peterson and John L. Nelson. Company I —Privates Henry Goodman, Daniel Smith, Jacob Peterson and T. Czeskleba. Company K — Color Corporal John O. Hoisington, Corporal George C. Lefever, Privates J. R. Whitney, H. D. Warden, Nelson Gillett, Nicholas Hammond, Albertus Hoffman, J. W. Wiggins, D. P. Howell, J. D. Crapser, M. Ware, Cordon Wyman, M. H. Parcel, died, L. Parsons and C. O. Foote — 79. Died of wounds, 3.

The pursuit was continued until the 9th, when Lee surrendered. On the 10th, the regiment commenced its return, and reached Burke's Station on the evening of the 13th, encamped till the 23d, and marched to Danville, arriving there on the 27th, left Danville, May 3d, by rail, arrived at Wilson's Station, May 4th, and May 18th, marched for Eichmond, which they reached on the 20th. On the 24th, left Richmond, for Washington, where they arrived on the 2d of June, after a long and tedious march. Left Washington, June 16th, and arrived at Madison, June 20th, and were soon after mustered out, thus closing the record of the "Fighting Fifth."

Colonel Allen was brevetted Brigadier General for gallant and meritorious services during the war.

Regimental Statistics. — Original strength, 1,058. Gain — by recruits in 1863, 210, in 1864, 684, in 1865, 25 ; by substitutes, 50; by draft in 1865, 25; by veteran reenlistments, 204; total, 2,256. Losses — deaths, 285; missing, 4; desertion, 105; transferred, 33; discharged, 405; mustered out, 1,424.

SOURCE: E. B. Quiner, Esq., The Military History of Wisconsin: A Record of the Civil and Military Patriotism of the State... (Chicago: Clarke & Co., 1866), 522-525.

Anders ROE


Cabinet card. Anders Roe (Jackson, MN: King, c. 1885.). Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Digitally retouched by Mark D. Williams.

1870 US Federal Census: Anders Roe Family

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Detail of 1870 US Federal Census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.


146 / 106 Roe, Andres [sic] / 25 / M / W / Farmer / 300 / 400 / Norway
Roe, Elsa / 25 / F / W / Keeping House / Norway
Roe, Julian / 3 / M / W / At Home / Minnesota



Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Belmont, Jackson, Minnesota; Roll: T132_6; Page: 96; Image: 446; Family History Library Film: 830426.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Insurance Agent Certificate: Anders ROE (29 Jun 1871)


Insurance Agent Certificate. Anders ROE (29 Jun 1871). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

1875 MN Census: Anders ROE Family


1875 MN Census
. Des Moines, Jackson, MN.
Roll: MNSC_10. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.

32 / Anders Roe / 30 / M / W / Norway / Norway / Norway
     Elsa Roe / 30 / F / W / Norway / Norway / Norway
     August Roe / 6 / M / W / Minnesota / Norway / Norway
     Alfred Roe / 4 / M / W / Minnesota / Norway / Norway
     Emma Roe / 2 / F / W / Minnesota / Norway / Norway




Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Territorial and State Census, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977. Microfilm. Reels 1-47 and 107-164. Minnesota. Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849-1855. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 2000. Microfilm. Minnesota. Minnesota 1857 Territorial Census. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, USA.

Teaching Certificate: Anders ROE (28 Jan 1875)


Teaching Certificate. Third Grade. Anders ROE (28 Jan 1875). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

1880 US Federal Census: Anders ROE Family


Detail of 1880 US Federal Census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.

162 / 157 / Roe, Anders / W / M / 35 / Farmer / Norway / Norway / Norway 
     Roe, Elsa / W / F / 35 / Wife / Keeping House / Norway / Norway / Norway 
     Roe, Julian A. / W / M / 11 / Son / Minnesota / Norway / Norway 
     Roe, Alfred / W / M / 8 / Son / Minnesota / Norway / Norway 
     Roe, Emma / W / F / 6 / Daughter / Minnesota / Norway / Norway 
     Roe, Albert / W / M / 3 / Son / Minnesota / Norway / Norway



Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Heron Lake, Jackson, Minnesota; Roll: 624; Family History Film: 1254624; Page: 503B; Enumeration District: 121; Image: 0249.
Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. 
Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

1885 MN Census: Anders ROE Family


Detail of 1885 MN Census. Manyaska, Martin, MN. Roll: MNSC_33. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.

64 / Andros [sic] Roe / 40 / M / W / Norway
     Elsie [sic] Roe / 40 / F / W / Norway
     Julian Roe / 16 / M / W / Minn.
     Alfred Roe / 14 / M / W / Minn.
     Emma Roe / 12 / F / W / Minn.
     Albert Roe / 8 / M / W / Minn.
     Rich Roe / 1 / M / W / Minn.




Source Information: Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Territorial and State Census, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977. Microfilm. Reels 1-47 and 107-164. Minnesota. Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849-1855. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 2000. Microfilm. Minnesota. Minnesota 1857 Territorial Census. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, USA.

1895 MN Census: Anders ROE Family


Detail of 1895 MN Census. Enterprise, Jackson, MN. Roll: V290_71. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

21 / Roe, Anders / 51 / M / W / Norway / Farmer
      Roe, Elsa / 51 / F / W / Norway
      Roe, Alfred / 26 / M / W / Minnesota / Farmer
      Roe, Emma / 22 / F / W / Minnesota
      Roe, Albert / 18 / M / W / Minnesota
      Roe, Richard Henry / 11 / M / W / Minnesota




Source Information: Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Territorial and State Census, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.  
Original data: Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977. Microfilm. Reels 1-47 and 107-164. Minnesota. Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849-1855. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 2000. Microfilm. Minnesota. Minnesota 1857 Territorial Census. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, USA.

1900 US Federal Census: Anders ROE Family


Detail of 1900 US Federal Census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.

97 / 98 / Roe, Anders / Head / W / M / Sep 1844 / 55 / Norway / Norway / Norway
     Roe, Elsa / Wife / W / F / Nov 1844 / 55 / Norway / Norway / Norway
     Roe, Emma / Daughter / W / F / Dec 1872 / 27 / Minnesota / Norway / Norway
     Roe, Albert / Son / W / M / Nov 1876 / 23 / Minnesota / Norway / Norway
     Roe, Richard / Son / W / M / Jan 1884 / 16 / Minnesota / Norway / Norway




Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place:  KimballJacksonMinnesota;  Roll: 771;  Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 106; FHL microfilm: 1240771.  
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

1905 MN Census: Anders ROE Family


Detail of 1905 MN Census. Enterprise, Jackson, MN. Roll: MNSC_130. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.

4 / Roe, Anders / R.F.D. N2 Jackson / M / 60 / W / Norway / Norway / Norway / Farmer
5 / Roe, Elsa / " " / F / 60 / W / Norway / Norway / Norway
6 / Roe, Richard H. / " " / M / 21 / Minnesota / Norway / Norway / Farmer




Source Information: Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Territorial and State Census, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977. Microfilm. Reels 1-47 and 107-164. Minnesota. Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849-1855. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 2000. Microfilm. Minnesota. Minnesota 1857 Territorial Census. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, USA.

Biography of Anders Roe


Arthur P. Rose, "Biographical History: Anders Roe," An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota (Jackson, MN: Northern History Publishing, 1910), pp. 342-343.

1910 US Federal Census: Anders ROE Family


Detail of 1910 US Federal Census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com. 

52 / 55 / Roe, A[nders] / Head / M / W / 65 / Nor / Nor / Nor
      Roe, Elsie [sic] / W / W / 65 / Nor / Nor / Nor 

53 / 56 / Roe, Richard H. / Head / M / W / 25 / Minnesota / Nor / Nor



Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: EnterpriseJacksonMinnesota; Roll: T624_696; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0097; Image: 1101; FHL microfilm: 1374709.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Certificate of Death: Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE (11 Aug 1910)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Elsa Fredriksen Roe death certificate
Death certificate. Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE (Jackson, MN: 11 Aug 1910). Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. Scanned and retouched by Mark D. Williams.

Obituary: Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE

Obituary. Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE (1844-1910). "The Grim Reaper at Work," Jackson Republic (19 Aug 1910), p. 5, col. 6. Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

The Grim Reaper at Work.


A death that takes a loving' wife and mother from the home circle, occurred on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Aug. 11th, when Mrs. Andrew Roe passed peacefully away at her home in Enterprise township. She had been ailing for about three years but until the past three weeks was her illness of any serious nature.

Mrs. Andrew Roe was born in Norway, on Nov. 9, 1844, and immigrated to this country with her parents in 1857, settling in Wisconsin. In 1857 she was married to Andrew Roe, and to this union five children were born, four boys and one girl, all living but the eldest, a son, who died about twenty years ago. In 1868 the deceased with her husband came to.Minneaota and took up a homestead in Jackson county in Enterprise township, where they have made their home ever since.

She was a good Christian woman and a member of the Norwegian Evangelical church, and by her womanly qualities and pure life made a host of friends who with the sorrowing relatives are. left to mourn her departure from among them. A devoted wife and mother has gone to her final rest. She leaves a husband, four children and seven grand children.

The funeral services were held in this city in the Norwegian Lutheran church on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. L. Wiek, of Minneapolis. The remains were interred in Riverside cemetery.

Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE Pall

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Pall. Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE (Jackson, MN: Anderson, 1910). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Pension Certificate: Andrew ROE (18 Mar 1913)

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Pension Certificate. Andrew ROE (18 Mar 1913). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Certificate of Death: Anders ROE (8 May 1913)


Death Certificate. Anders ROE (Jackson, MN: 8 May 1913). Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. Scanned by Mark D. Williams.

Interesting and possibly disturbing is that the cause of death is listed as "arsenic poisoning."

Obituary: Anders Roe

Friday, January 14, 2011


Obituary. Anders Roe (Jackson Pilot, 15 May 1913). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

DEATH CALLS ARE MANY THIS WEEK

Anders Roe, Pioneer Citizen and Respected Gentleman Dead

HAD HELD POSITIONS OF TRUST

Death Also Summons Two Young People and the Funerals Were Held First of the Week

The Grim Reaper has again called and another Jackson county pioneer has answered the summons.

The news of the sudden passing of Anders Roe at his home in Enterprise township on last Thursday morning came as a great shock to his many old friends, for while it was known that he was in poor health, the fact that he was in Jackson only two days before his death, made the shock the more severe.

Mr. Roe was a gentleman held in the highest regard by a wide acquaintance. He was a thrifty citizen and a good neighbor. He will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Mr. Roe was bom in Norway September 13, 1844, the son of Osborn and Ragnilda (Roe) Roe. In 1852, at the age of eight years, he came to America with his parents and for short periods of time lived in Dane county, Jefferson county and Columbia county, all in Wisconsin. He then located in Portage county, Wisconsin, where he took up government land and where he lived until coming to Jackson county.

Our subject served one year in the union army during the closing days of the war, being a member of the Fifth Wisconsin volunteers, having been mustered in at Madison, Wisconsin, in September, 1864. With his regiment he took part in the battle of Petersburg, Virginia, on April 2, 1866, and on April 6 he participated in the battle on Sailors creek. In this latter engagement he was slightly wounded but did not leave the ranks. He also assisted in the closing days at Appomattox court house, when General Lee and his army of twenty-five thousand men surrendered. He was mustered out at Halls Hill, near Washington, June 20, 1865.

After his discharge from the army Mr. Roe returned to his old Wisconsin home, and in the spring of 1868 came to Jackson county. The trip was made by ox team and took four weeks time. Mr. and Mrs. Roe journeyed with three other families as far as St. Charles, Minnesota, when the party divided, all going in different directions. At the time there were on the route taken only two houses between Fairmont and Jackson. One of these was between Fairmont and the present location of Sherbum and the other was near the present location of Sherbum. This point was twelve miles and forty rods east of the old Thomas cabin and was known as Lone Cedar postoffice. On one occasion the team mired in Ten-mile creek and the only way Mr. Roe could get out of the mire was by unloading. They lost their way and had traveled as far south as the present town of Tenhassen before they realized they were off the proper course. They arrived in Jackson county on the 28th day of June, 1868.

Mr. Roe on July 9, 1868, took as a homestead claim the west half of the northwest quarter of section 30, Enterprise township, land which he still owns and upon which he now resides. He engaged in farming there for a number of years. During the latter part of the grasshopper scourge he worked for the John Paul Lumber company at their yard in Jackson. In the fall of 1879, when the railroad extended and the town of Lakefield was founded, Mr. Roe moved there and took charge of the John Paul lumber yard, which he conducted until that office was discontinued. He then went to Sherburn, where he conducted the company's yard three years. Mr. Roe again located on his farm, where he has since resided.

In the early days of the county's history Mr. Roe served as sheriff of the county and he was also judge of probate two years. He was a member of the Lutheran church of Jackson.

On November 27, 1866, Mr. Roe was united in marriage to Elsie Frederickson. To them were born five children, as follows: Julian, born August 16, 1868, died September, 1887; Alfred, born February 2, 1871; Emma, born December 15, 1872; Albert, bom November 8, 1876; Richard H., born January 24, 1884. Mrs. Roe died August 11, 1910.

The funeral was held on Monday afternoon, short services were held at the home, after which the remains were brought to Jackson where services were held in the Synod Lutheran church and when the Rev. John Blaness of Clear Lake, S. D., paid a high tribute to the life of the deceased. The floral offerings were many and beautiful and the remains were laid to rest in the Riverside cemetery besides those of his faithful wife.

The Pilot extends sympathy to the children who are called upon to mourn the loss of a good parent.

Anders ROE Pall


Pall. Anders Roe (Jackson, MN: G. A. Anderson, 1913). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

ROE Gravestones

Thursday, January 13, 2011


ROE gravestones
(Jackson, MN: Riverside Cemetery, 2009). Anders (Sept. 13, 1844-May 8, 1913) and Elsa (Nov. 9, 1844-Aug. 11, 1910) ROE. Image courtesy of Verla Williams (24 May 2008). The gravestone of Anders and Elsa's son Richard H. ROE is in the background. The grave marker for their grandson, Sherman Arthur ROE (1907-1964) is to the right of Richard's stone.



ROE gravestones (front view). Images courtesy of Verla and Vince Williams.


Closeup of the gravestone for Civil War veteran Private "ANDREW ROWE" (Anders Roe), Co. F, 5th Regt., Wisc. Inf. Years of service (Sep 1864-Jun 1865) Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Children of Anders and Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Children of Anders and Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE (Jackson, MN: Anderson, c. 1900). Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Digitally retouched by Mark D. Williams. Back: Emma and Albert ROE. Front: Richard and Alfred ROE.


Children of Anders and Elsa (Fredriksen) ROE. Black and white copy of above. Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Digitally retouched by Mark D. Williams. Back: Emma and Albert ROE. Front: Richard and Alfred ROE.

Julian A. ROE Gravestone


Gravestone. Julian August ROE (1868-1887). Slabakken Cemetery, Jackson County, MN. Image courtesy of Vincent Williams (Jul 1993).


Closeup of gravestone. Julian August ROE (1868-1887). Slabakken Cemetery, Jackson County, MN. Image courtesy of Vincent Williams (Jul 1993).


 
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