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From: "Gary Klofstad" <>
Subject: Re: [NOR] Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 22:10:56 -0500
When I started researching this family I learned that there were over 100
Norway farms named Moe. The only way I got the right one was to find
a Hustad farm along side.
On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 3:32 PM, Nancy Tollefson <> wrote:
> Interesting. My maiden name was Moe.
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> From: "Gary Klofstad" <>
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> Subject: [NOR] Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
> > This summer I was out of the loop, but I recall seeing mail items from a
> > person willing to do lookups in their copy of the History of Yellow
> > Medicine
> > County in Minnesota. Please see if you can find out anything about this
> > child. I would like to clear up this issue for the cousins in Norway.
> > I am searching for the birth parents of a child named Agatha (Agathe)
> > about 1904, possibly 1903, I think in Yellow Medicine. This child became
> > family member of my brother-in-laws family, the Peter Moe family. I am
> > trying to find out "who is her Swedish mother", and the father? The
> > Minnesota Historical Society indexing of births does not reveal this
> > named Agatha. But, it specifically says they do not index any children
> > are illegitimate.
> > Here is some of what I know. The families Moe, Kvistad and Hustad all
> > immigrated from Hjorundfjord near Aalesund.
> > 1920 - Fergus County Montana - The Mother (Syneva) has by now passed
> > Moe, Peter Age 44 - born Norway
> > Moe, Julo age 10 - Born Minnesota - Father born Norway, mother Norway
> > Moe, Knut age 6 - This is my brother-in-law - born Montana, father born
> > Norway, mother Norway
> > Moe, Agatha E. age 16 - Listed as a niece - Born Minnesota, father born
> > Norway, mother Sweden
> > (The Moe family has always referred to Agatha as a cousin. They lost
> > contact
> > with her when she became an adult).
> > 1910 - Sioux Agency - Yellow Medicine County
> > Moe, Peter age 34 - born Norway
> > Moe, Syneva (Hustad) age 34 born Norway - I added the "Hustad" for better
> > understanding.
> > Moe, Jule age 9 Months - born Minnesota, Mother and father born in
> > Hustad, Agatha age 6 - Listed as daughter - born Minnesota, father born
> > Norway, mother born *Sweden.*
> > I was surprised when I found Agatha (I will bet lunch it is the right
> > Agatha) in the following: Period of Residency Columns
> > 1905 - Minnesota Territorial - Sioux Agency township, Yellow Medicine
> > County
> > - Wood Lake Y M Y M
> > Kvistad, Ole K. age 45 born
> > Norway
> > 23 5 16 Blank
> > Kvistad, Agatha, age 42 born
> > Norway
> > 20
> > B 16 B
> > Kvistad, Knute, age 10 born Minnesota, Father born Norway, Mother born
> > Norway. 10 11 10 11
> > Kvistad, Agatha O. Age 1 born Minnesota, father born Norway, Mother born
> > Sweden. 1 6 B 3
> > Kvistad, Carl age 19, Born
> > Norway
> > 2 3 2 3
> > Agatha Kvistad and Syneva (Hustad) Moe are sisters. They were both born
> > Hustad.
> > This 1905 census does not list relationships. The heading for residency
> > are
> > too faint for me to read, but it appears to me that Agatha joined the
> > family
> > at age 3 months, but is 1 year and 6 months old. I am assuming that I am
> > interpreting these columns correctly. I imagine that it is even possible
> > that the child was not born "Agatha", but given the name when Agatha, the
> > adult, took the child into her home. For the fact that Agatha is listed
> > "Agatha O.", Ole could be the father. Coincidence!
> > Agatha Kvistad, the adult, died in 1907. Ole Kvistad returned to Norway.
> > Young Knute Kvistad eventually returned to Yellow Medicine County as an
> > adult.
> > I appreciate that there may not be any evidence. Another possibility is
> > that
> > the documentation of a Swedish mother is a mistake, but it persists into
> > future census records.
> > Any info you may find in the Yellow Medicine History Book would be
> > appreciated. If any other readers know of other ways to learn more,
> > reply. I have not exhausted Minnesota records and do not have
> > experience looking at them.
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