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MANION, Timothy M. was born in Frayzerburg, O., May 31, 1862, son of James and Bridget (Murphy) Manion, natives of Ireland, the former being born February 19, 1826, and the latter in 1836. The parents were married in New York City in 1853, after which they moved to Catskill, still later locating in the town where our subject was born. In 1864 they settled in Oak Grove, Pierce County, upon the homestead now occupied by their son, John. In 1900 they moved to Prescott, Pierce County, where they now reside. They are the parents of seve sons and three daughters, all of whom live in the St. Croix Valley. Timothy received his early education in the district schools and at the River Falls High School. He worked on the farm with his father and remained under the family roof until 1887, when he came to his present location in Clifton Township. He owns 200 acres, 180 of which are under cultivation, carrying on general farming and stock raising. A Republican in politics, he is a member of the county board of supervisors at the present time. He has been school clerk for fifteen years and is a director of the River Falls Insurance Company. Fraternally he belongs to a Catholic order, of which he is treasurer. The family faith is that of the Catholic Church. Mr. Manion was married in 1890, April 21, to Regina Ruff, daughter of John and Johanna (Snyder) Ruff, the former of whom was born in 1843 and died in 1896, and the latter of whom was born in 1853. They were married in 1870, moved to Hastings, Minn., in 1879, to River Falls, Wis., in 1885. They were the parents of nine daughters and two sons, all of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Manion have three children-Jean, born in 1891; Virgil, born in 1899, and Norbert born in 1907. (Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909).

MASON, James F. (Civil War) was born in Cook county, Illinois, March 30, 1843, and moved to Adams county, Wisconsin, in an early day, where he resided on his father's farm until the breaking out of the Civil war. He enlisted in Company H, Eleventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. Alexander Christie. He was a brave soldier, taking part in many of the more important engagement of the war. He was at the siege and surrender of Vicksburg, July4, 1863. Our subject was wounded at the battle of Vicksburg in the neck by a minnie ball; also had his shoulder shattered so that there were twenty-three pieces of of bone taken out. He was discharged at Madison, Wis., September 4, 1865. He was earlier discharged January 3, 1864, in Texas, but he re-enlisted as a veteran in the same regiment. He was a member of the Ellsworth Post, No. 118, and its commander. While he was in the war his parents moved to Ellsworth, Wis., and on his return from the army he made that village his home. He purchased forty acres of land in Ellsworth Township and farmed it. He was deputy sheriff of Pierce county for a number of years and superintendent of the Pierce county poor farm for four years, being also one of the organizers of the Pierce County Telephone Company. His father, Stephen D., was under-sheriff of Pierce county for several years and died at the age of fifty-six. Mr. Mason married May 1, 1870, Phoebe Haight, who was born in Otsego county, New York, came to Wisconsin with her parents about the year 1855 and settled in Calumet county, where her father and mother died. Mrs. Mason has had four children, three of whom are now living. Nellie was the wife of Henry Gardner. She died and left one child, Etta. Maude is the wife of Albert Hamilton, of Ellsworth, Wis., and three children have been born to them, Lestie, Lela and Leona. Pearl married Joseph Kaluzer, of St. Paul, Minn., and they have a daughter, Flossie. William works the home farm and married Myrtle Raphael. They have one child, Inez Helen. Mr. Mason died on his farm October 30, 1903, and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Mason is residing on the old home farm. All the children of Mr. and Mrs. Mason were born in Ellsworth township on the farm. (taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909).

McCaughey Isabella lived in Pierce County from about 1892 until her death in Prescott Wisconsin on January 4, 1917. Isabella was the daughter of George McCaughey and Mary Jane Simpson of County Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Isabella McCaughey was born January 25, 1865, in Ballynafie, Portglenone, County Antrim, Ireland. She first married James Paul Crawford in Ireland and they had one son named David Paul Crawford.  John Paul Crawford was a railroad work foreman in Ireland and was killed in a railroad construction accident near Ballymoney, Northern Ireland in 1886.  Shortly after his death, Isabella's and John Crawford's son, David Paul Crawford was born on November 21, 1886. Isabella McCaughey-Crawford immigrated to Quebec, Canada in about 1890 with her cousins. About 1892, Isabella left Canada and immigrated to Pierce County, Wisconsin to be near her sister, Mary Jane McCaughey.  On October 18, 1893 Isabella McCaughey-Crawford married John McKeever in Oak Grove Twp.  Isabella and John McKeever had the following children: Mildred Crawford, Ray Watt, Nellie J., Elizabeth Isabella, George William, Samuel Mullen, Emma M., and Robert John.  All children were born in Pierce County, Wisconsin. About 1900 Isabella's first child, David Paul Crawford immigrated at age 16 and joined the McKeever Family in Pierce County. John McKeever died on March 27, 1913, and left Isabella McKeever with a house full of children. Isabella McCaughey-McKeever died at home in Prescott, Wisconsin on January 4, 1917, and was buried in the Big River Cemetery in Section 1 of Oak Grove Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. The cemetery is run down and neglected and no headstone has ever been located. Both the newspaper obituary notice and Wisconsin Death Certificate confirm the burial location.  The three boys, George, Samuel, and Robert McKeever were sent to live at the farm of their Aunt Mary Jane McCaughey-Rasmus and William Martin Rasmus and/or Peter Rasmus' farm near Ellsworth, Pierce Co., Wisconsin. The McKeever girls all left together and settled in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. The two older boys, Ray Watt McKeever and David Paul Crawford stayed close and spent many years working in the telephone business in Wanamingo, MN and Wells, MN. Email:

McCUE, Timothy was a native of Ireland, born in 1830, coming to America with his parents in 1833, being a brother of Michael McCue, of whom mention is found in this history. Timothy was educated in the schools of Bayfield, Canada. He lived for at time in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Diamond Bluff, Wis., with the rest of the family. He engaged in the wood business in Diamond Bluff for five years, then in the general merchandise business for five years more, after which he removed to Red Wing, Minn., running a hotel for twenty-two years. In 1887 he went to St. Paul and continued the hotel business until within three years of his death, when he took up the retail fruit business. He died March 2, 1898, and is buried in Red Wing, Minn. Our subject was married in Michigan in 1855 to Margaret Cleary, daughter of Patrick and Margaret Grady Cleary. To this union five children were born, four of whom are living-Emma, born August 25, 1856, is now Mrs. William Kemp, of St. Paul, Minn.; Margaret Frances, born March 22, 1859, is now Mrs. Bernard Garlock, of Red Wing, Minn.; Catherine, born September 18, 1863, married James Vaux and died April 20, 1889; Joseph Ignatus, born October 5, 1873, lives in St. Paul. The family faith is that of the Catholic Church, and Mr. McCue always voted the Democratic ticket. (Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909)

McCUE, Michael, was born in Canada, in the town of Bayfield, March 8, 1840, son of Michael and Winifred (Kennedy) McCue. His parents moved to Detroit, Mich., when young Michael was about four years of age. They lived there for a time and then went to Ann Arbor, Mich., where they took up farming in the outskirts, Michael receiving his education in the public schools. They came to Red Wing, Minn., and after two months' residence there moved to Diamond Bluff township in 1855. The following May the family located in St. Paul and remained for some twenty months, during which the father died of typhoid fever, Michael also being seriously stricken and nigh unto death. The family then returned to Diamond Bluff, where they continued to live. Michael had one brother and four sisters-Emeline, who married Michael Butler, of Michigan, died about 1883; Sophia married Lonzo Bliss, of Ann Arbor, Mich., where she still lives; Ellen married John Sheehan, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and moved to Prescott, Wis., where she died about 1884; Mary married Edward Murphy, of Hammond, Wis., where she still lives; Timothy B. lived in Diamond Bluff, Wis., then in Red Wing, Minn., and passed away at St. Paul, Minn. When the family came from St. Paul, Michael went to work in the wood camps and later engaged in the wood business for himself, following it for about twenty-three years on the Mississippi river and Lake Pepin. After leaving the wood business he purchased a farm in River Falls township from Jesse A. Fargo, and a few years afterward bought another from H. S. Miller, of Prescott, Wis., both of which farms he still owns, embracing a total of 220 acres. Mr. McCue was married at Hastings, Minn., October 22, 1865, to Emma Coalman, daughter of Charles and Hannah (Murphy) Coalman, of Athens, O. this union resulted in eleven children, nine of whom are living. John H. was born in Diamond Bluff, Wis., July 25, 1866, and now owns a good farm in River Falls Township. Margaret M. is now Mrs. Thomas McGee, of Toledo, O. She was born March 11, 1868. Michael H. was born October 4, 1869, and owns forty acres of his own. He also conducts his father's farm in River Falls Township. Alphonse L. was born March 3, 1871, and died April 5, 1878, having been buried in Diamond Bluff, Wis. Mary E., born October 20, 1875, is Mrs. Thomas La Fave, of Seattle, Wash. Frank L. was born May 18, 1877, and lives in Minneapolis. Charles E. was born February 18, 1879, and lives in Montana. Joseph R. was born June 18, 1882, and lives in Minneapolis. Alice R., born June 18, 1884, died March 28, 1886,and is buried at Diamond Bluff, Wis. Oscar R. was born January 15, 1886, and lives in St. Paul. Percy V. is a telegraph operator of Albert Lea, Minn. He was born October, 25, 1888. Mr. McCue belongs to the Catholic Church, and his wife is a Methodist. He is a Democrat in politics, and has served as light postkeeper on the Missisiippi river since 1877. (taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909).

McGREGOR, Duncan, Among the men who have sought the genial climate of the foothills in the Sierra Madre Colony, as a desirable place of residence, is the above-named gentleman. Mr. McGregor is a native of Scotland, dating his birth March 4, 1821. His parents were Peter and Clementina (Sems) McGregor, both natives of that country. In 1822 his parents emigrated to Canada East and located at Cornwall, where his father engaged in farming and lime-burning. Mr. McGregor was reared as a farmer until eighteen years of age. He then learned the trade of a bricklayer and mason. In 1837 and 1838, when the Patriot Rebellion broke out in Canada, Mr. McGregor, despite his youth, enlisted in the British army, or the Canada Loyalists, and served until the Rebellion was ended. In 1843 or 1844 he came to the United States and worked at his trade in New Orleans, and also worked in Pittsburg soon after the great fire of 1845. In the fall of the latter year he returned to his home. In 1848 he married Miss Jane Moss, a native of Canada, and the daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Hill) Moss. Her father was a native of Canada, her mother of Scotland. Mr. McGregor remained in Canada until 1849 and then decided to try his fortunes in the United States. In that year he located in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, which at that time was an unbroken wilderness; and he was the second settler who located in the county. He took up his residence near what is now the thriving town of River Falls on the Kinnickinnick River. There he took up prairie land and commenced the life of a farmer. As the settlement of the great Northwest increased he engaged in work at his trade in St. Paul, and other points. He saw cities spring up as if by magic, where he had first found nothing but small trading posts, and thriving and populous towns take the place of the wilderness. Mr. McGregor prospered in worldly goods, and took a leading and prominent part in developing the resources of his section. He was called upon to fill many positions of trust and responsibility in the community in which he resided. In 1851 he was the first assessor ever elected in his district. In 1853 he was elected the chairman of the town board of councilmen, of Hudson, and was also chairman of the county board of supervisors. In 1855 he was the chairman of the Kinnickinnick board of councilmen, and a member of the county board of supervisors, and in 1857 was the first chairman of Troy board of councilmen, and a member of the county board. He was universally respected and esteemed for his manly qualities ad straightforward, honest dealings. In 1876 Mr. McGregor entered into mercantile pursuits and established a hardware store in River Falls. This enterprise he conducted until 1883, when his failing health admonished him that he must seek a less rigorous climate than Northern Wisconsin. He retired from his business and spent two or three winters in California, in Santa Clara and Sonoma counties, and in 1880 he came to Los Angeles County and located at Los Angeles until August of 1887, when he decided to take up his residence in the Sierra Madre Colony. He therefore purchased a lot upon which he erected a comfortable and well-ordered cottage residence, and also planted orange and deciduous fruit trees, for family use. Of Mr. McGregor's family there are three children living. His eldest son, Roderick, is a resident of River Falls, Wisconsin; Malcolm M. is a resident of Billings, Montana; Norval is a resident of San Jose, Santa Clara County. Source: An Illustrated History of Los Angeles County, California. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1889, p. 561. Submitted by Judith Nollar (

McKEEVER, Elizabeth Isabella "Lizzie" was born on the McKeever farm north of River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin on March 21, 1900. The daughter of John McKeever and Isabella McCaughey-McKeever. She grew up on the farm living there until 1917. She spent some time working for a tackle manufacturer in Prescott, Wisconsin. Lizzie McKeever, like her sisters, left Wisconsin after the death of her mother in 1917 and moved to Sioux City Iowa. Lizzie McKeever met and married William Julius (b1919 in Baileyville, Illinois). They were married on August 13, 1919, in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. Their children are: (1) Wilbur Robert Julius (b1920 in Sioux City married Dorothy M. Newton) (2) Marian Ruth Julius (b1922 in Sioux City married Glendale Aubrey Larsen) (3) Donald Lee Julius (b1925 in Sioux City married Mary Margaret Flaherty). Elizabeth "Aunt Lizzie" was a frequent visitor to Minnesota to see her brother Walt and niece Gloria F. McKeever-Patrick. She was always a joy to have in our home and was quick to lend a helping hand. She was an extremely kind and gentle lady. Elizabeth Julius' husband, William Julius died November 17, 1957, in Sioux City, IA and he is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa. Elizabeth Isabella McKeever-Julius died on December 25, 1985, in the Hallmark Care Center, Sioux City, Iowa. She is also buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa. Email:

McKEEVER, Emma M. was born August 4, 1905, in Prescott, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  She is the daughter of John McKeever and Isabella McCaughey-McKeever. She grew up in Prescott and lived there until about 1917. Her father died in 1913 and mother in 1917. Emma spent a short time living with her Aunt Mary and Uncle Harvey McKeever in Spooner, Wisconsin. After leaving Spooner she moved to Sioux City, Iowa near her other sisters. About 1921, Emma McKeever married Walter E. Mingo of Sioux City, Iowa. Walter is the son of Napoleon and Eulalie Lillian Mingo. Emma and Walter Mingo had one child named Bonnie Marie Mingo. She was born February 13, 1924, in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. Bonnie Mingo married Grant L. Bedlion in 1943 in Reno, Storey County, Nevada. Bonnie Mingo-Bedlion passed away March 4, 1980, in Sioux City, Iowa. Emma M. McKeever - Mingo died February 11, 2000, at the age of 95.  She died in Winchester, Idaho while visiting her grandaughter Cyndy Beck. 

McKEEVER, George William is the second son of John McKeever and Isabella McCaughey-McKeever. He was born December 28, 1902, in Clifton Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  George was only eleven years old when his father died. His 1/2 brother, Matt McKeever came from North Dakota and took George back to his farm after the funeral.  George lived with Matt and Jennie McKeever in Pembina County, North Dakota until about 1918. George left North Dakota and joined the US Navy. In the 1920 US Census, George is serving aboard the USS Sproston - DD-173, stationed out of San Diego, California. George McKeever met and married Ethel A. Adkins-Chapman in (poss. San Joaquin County) California. Ethel was divorced and already had five small girls to take care of. George McKeever married Ethel A. Adkins about 1926. On October 5, 1928, they had a daughter, Nellie Rae McKeever born in San Joaquin County, California.  In 1931, El Dorado County, California, they had a second daughter which was named Georgette McKeever. She was named after her Father George.  The George McKeever family was living in Placerville, El Dorado County, California and George was a laborer in a lumber mill and an automobile mechanic. In October 1931, Robert John McKeever, George's brother, was staying with them and the two decided to go deer hunting. George W. McKeever was killed in a freak gun accident.       OBITUARY - THE MOUNTAIN DEMOCRAT - PLACERVILLE, CA  - OCTOBER 9, 1931 Hunter Killed Friday by charge of own gun - George W. McKeever Pulls Rifle Toward Himself, Barrel First    The familiarity which breeds carelessness in the handling of firearms claimed the life of George W. McKeever, 28, last Friday afternoon. Starting on a deer hunt near the Jack Snow place in White Rock Canyon, McKeever reached into the automobile for his gun, and pulled it toward him barrel first.    The trigger caught and was sprung, the bullet entering McKeever's abdomen. Rushed to Placerville hospital, he died soon after arrival. With McKeever was his brother, John, who was the principal witness at a coroner's inquest Saturday night.  John McKeever said he had left the car and was about twenty-feet away. He heard a shot and turned and found McKeever shot. The jury returned a verdict finding the death an accident. Surviving are the widow and two small children and five stepchildren, in addition to three brothers and three sisters.    George W. McKeever is buried in the Uppertown Cemetery, Placerville, California. The other McKeever descendants have lost touch with the daughters of George and Ethel McKeever and would very much like to correspond with them. Email:

McKEEVER, Harvey Ward, the youngest child of John and Margarette Anna McKeever. Harvey McKeever was born February 28, 1883, in Trimbelle Township, Pierce County.  He was only 12 when his mother passed away. Harvey grew up in Pierce County and married Mary Margaret Rasmus on May 12, 1903, in St. Croix Co., WI. Mary is the daughter of John Rasmus and Margarett Peterson-Rasmus - being born July 24, 1877, in Ellsworth, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Harvey and Mary McKeever had three boys: (1) Donald John (b1904 in Pierce County and married (1st) Lila Gurine Harris in 1932 and (2nd) Beatrice Grevoy in 1943). Donald John died October 14, 1956, and is buried in the Spooner Cemetery at Spooner, Wisconsin (2) Howard Curtis (b1906 in St. Croix County, Wisconsin and married Mildred E. Wingler in 1932). Howard died April 30, 1973, in Loves Park, Illinois and is buried in the Spooner Cemetery, Spooner, Wisconsin (3) Garnett Rodney McKeever (b1908 in St. Croix County, WI married Harriette Lillian Susee in 1930 in Pine County, Minnesota). Harvey McKeever tried his hand at farming in Bowesmont, North Dakota, but wasn't cut out for the farm life. Harvey moved back to Spooner, WI and got a job as a Spooner Policeman. Harvey Ward McKeever served the city of Spooner, WI for close to 30 years. Harvey McKeever passed away on May 26, 1947, at the Shell Lake Hospital and is buried in the Spooner Cemetery in Spooner, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Mary Margaret Rasmus-McKeever died on October 1, 1976, in Rockford, Illinois and she is also buried in the Spooner City Cemetery. Email:

McKEEVER James is the son of John McKeever and Margarette Anna Mullen-McKeever. James was born December 18, 1861, in Trimbelle, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  On the 1880 Pierce County census he is enumerated as a servant for the William Staples family of River Falls, Wisconsin. On February 13, 1889, James McKeever married Mary H. Filkins of Oak Grove, Pierce County.  Mary H. Filkins is the daughter of Daniel H. Filkins and Jennie Filkins of Oak Grove. Mary H. Filkins was born August 10, 1866, in Pierce County. James and Mary "Mamie" H. McKeever left Pierce County about 1890 and traveled to Grand Forks County, North Dakota and started a farming operation. James and Mary "Mamie" H. McKeever children are: Clarence J. (b1890), Lee Chester (b1892), Glenn (b1895), Daniel Henry (b1898), and Jesse J. (b1904). All the boys were born in Grand Forks County, North Dakota.   Mary "Mamie" H. Filkins-McKeever passed away in August 1932 in North Dakota. James McKeever died in December 1934 in Thompson, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Both James and Mary H. McKeever are buried in Thompson (Protestant) Cemetery in Walle Township, Grand Forks County, North Dakota. Email:

McKEEVER, John, Jr. is the first born of Margarette Anna McKeever and John Campbell McKeever of County Antrim, Ireland. John McKeever Jr., born March 22, 1859 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland or Waukesha County, Wisconsin or Trimbelle, Pierce County, Wisconsin. There are numerous conflicting reports on the location of his birth. He spent his entire life living in Pierce County, Wisconsin. On May 1, 1895 he married Maria Alice Thompson of Waverly, El Paso Twp., Pierce County. The marriage took place in the brides home in Waverly, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Maria Alice Thompson was born in October 1864 and is the daughter of Merrill C. Thompson and Clara M. Tryson-Thompson. John and Maria A. McKeever had twin boys on February 15, 1903 but both died shortly after birth. The twin boys were buried near River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  The 1908 Pierce County Plat Book shows John McKeever owning 113.50 acres of land bordering the Village of Waverly, WI in section 24. John McKeever's mother died when he was a young boy and he made his own way in life, mostly as an engineer, working on threshing rigs, on the Hudson bridge, and in the mills at Waverly. John was the Postmaster at Waverly in the early 1900's and then owned and operated the Spring Valley Elevator from about 1920 to mid 1930's. Maria Alice McKeever died in 1931 and is buried in Poplar Hill Cemetery. John had become close with his 1/2 Brother Ray Watt McKeever and was visited frequently by Ray and his daughter Gloria F. McKeever. John McKeever passed away on November 25, 1939 at the Rollie Traynor Farm in Gillman, Pierce Co., Wisconsin. John McKeever and his wife Maria Alice McKeever are buried next to each other in the Poplar Hill Cemetery in Rock Elm Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Email:

McKEEVER, John Campbell - Born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire County, Scotland August 10, 1838. Family report is that John Campbell and another boy got into a fight with a school teacher in Glasgow, Scotland. They thought they had killed him and John fled to Ireland and was befriended by a family named McKeever. John assumed the name McKeever and lived near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. John met and married Margarette Anna Mullen about 1857 in County Antrim, Ireland. They had one son, John McKeever, Jr. on March 22, 1859 in Ireland.  About 1860, the John McKeever Family immigrated to the United States. First settling in Waukesha, WI and then Pierce County, WI. John and Margarette McKeever had a total of 9 children: John, Jr., James, Robert, Nancy, Mary, Margaret Ann, Matthew, William Henry, and Harvey Ward McKeever.  Margarette Mullen-McKeever passed away  at home in Prescott, WI on January 10, 1892. She is buried in Big River Cemetery in Section 1 of Oak Grove Township, Pierce County. John McKeever married again to Isabella McCaughey of County Antrim, Ireland on October 18, 1893 in Oak Grove Twp., Pierce Co., WI. John and Isabella McKeever had 8 children by their marriage: Mildred, Ray Watt, Nellie J., Elizabeth Isabella, George William, Samuel Mullen, Emma M., and Robert John McKeever.  John McKeever passed away on March 27, 1913 at his home in Prescott, Pierce County, WI. John McKeever is buried in the Big River Cemetery in Section 1 of Oak Grove Twp., Pierce County, WI.  - Isabella McCaughey-McKeever passed away on January 4, 1917 in Prescott, Pierce County, WI and she is also buried in the Big River Cemetery in Pierce County, WI.  - Some of the young children were sent to relatives, such as George and Samuel going to live with William Martin Rasmus and Mary McCaughey-Rasmus of Ellsworth, WI. The younger McKeever girls all settled in the Sioux City, Iowa area. Email contact:

McKEEVER, Matthew was born on November 6, 1872 on the McKeever farm near Trimbelle in Pierce County, the son of John and Margarette Anna McKeever from Scotland and Ireland. Matthew married Jennie Esther Dunseath on July 5, 1899, in Pierce County. Jennie is the daughter of John Clifton Dunseath and Marion McKennan Davidson-Dunseath of River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  Matthew and Jennie moved from River Falls to Duluth, Minnesota after their marriage. Matt McKeever was an Engineer in a saw mill there. They had a son, Raymond McKeever born July 25, 1890, in Duluth, MN, but he died shortly after his birth. About 1907, the family moved to North Dakota where Matt was a very successful farmer and ran a steam threshing rig. The other children were: (1) Irma Marian McKeever (b1906 in the Davidson home in River Falls, WI) who married Theodore Harlow in Drayton, ND (2) Verna Jamesetta McKeever (b1909 in Bowesmont, ND) who married James Albert Wells in Marshall County, Minnesota (3) Matthew Marvin McKeever (b1918 in Grafton, ND) who married Gladys Lois Smith in Marshall County, Minnesota.  Matthew died September 2, 1930, in Bowesmont, Lincoln Twp., Pembina County, ND and is buried in the Hamilton Cemetery in Pembina County, ND. Jennie Esther Dunseath-McKeever and her sister Nannie were killed in an auto accident on August 30, 1957.  The accident occurred at Hay Creek in Red Wing, Minnesota and she was brought back to North Dakota and buried near Matthew in the Hamilton Cemetery in Pembina County, ND.

McKEEVER, Margaret "Maggie" Ann - The sixth child of John and Margarette Anna McKeever was born in 1871 in Trimbelle Township, Pierce County. She lived in Pierce County until the year 1900 when she traveled to North Dakota to live with her sister Nancy and brother Matthew McKeever. On April 5, 1901, she married James Albert Cryderman at Drayton, Pembina County, North Dakota. James Cryderman is the brother of Nancy McKeevers husband, Abraham "Abel" Cryderman. Maggie and James Cryderman lived in Baldwin, Ontario, Canada. They had two sons, Clayton Harvey and Johnson "Jonsey" Cryderman. Clayton H. Cryderman married Florence Warren in 1936 and they had one son, Bruce Warren Cryderman. Clayton H. Cryderman died on August 24, 1967, in New Market, Ontario, Canada.  Johnson "Jonsey" Cryderman married Evelyn Dow about 1945 and they had one daughter, Margaret Ann Cryderman in 1946 in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. Margaret "Maggie" McKeever-Cryderman died in 1938  in Baldwin, Ontario Canada and James Albert Cryderman died about 1945 in Baldwin, Ontario, Canada. Email:

McKEEVER, Mary is the fifth child of Margarette and John McKeever. Mary was born July 2, 1868, in Trimbelle, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  Mary was born crippled and remained disabled all of her life.  The cause of Mary's disability is believed to be from a tragic accident. Mary's mother, Margarette was pregnant with Mary and was riding in an Oxcart that that was loaded with grain. The cart somehow tipped off the edge of the roadway and flipped over. The pregnant Margarette McKeever was thrown off the cart and the cart tipped over on her.  It was after that accident that Mary McKeever was born with a curved spine and a deformed arm. According to the family, Mary had the best spirits and was very religious. The other children always took care of Mary and she was reportedly very intelligent. After her father died in 1913, Mary only had her stepmother Isabelle McKeever. Mary got along very well with her stepmother and she was heart broken when Isabelle McKeever passed away on January 4, 1917.  Mary went and lived with her brother Harvey McKeever after Isabelle McKeever died, but she was very distraught. Mary McKeever passed away just two months later on March 4, 1917, either in Hertel or Spooner, Wisconsin. It is thought that Mary McKeever was buried next to her Aunt Alice Mae Soice-McKeever in Lakeview Cemetery, LaFollette Twp., Burnett Co., Wisconsin (Wife of William Henry McKeever). There is no headstone next to the Alice Soice McKeever grave but there is a depression in the ground and this could be the location. Email:

McKEEVER Mildred Crawford was the first born child of John McKeever and Isabella McCaughey. She was born July 17, 1894, in Clifton Township, Pierce County. She grew up on the family farm and helped with chores with her younger brother, Ray Watt McKeever.  Mildred once related how the farm had no cattle fences and that they put bells on the cows necks and they went by the sound of the bells to pick out their cows and where they were. Mildred stated that the first farm was in Trimbelle and then they moved to a place called, "The Mounds." The farm was on a slight hill. This was the farm where both Mildred and Ray Watt McKeever were born.  This is the farm that John McKeever lost to some kind of bug infestation. After the first attack destroyed the crops, John borrowed money from the bank and replanted the crops again. Only the bugs came again the next year and wiped everything out. The bank foreclosed on the farm. The McKeevers rented farm land from then on and the next farm was one mile north of River Falls, Wisconsin.  Later, Mildred worked as a cook in a hotel which was out of town from Prescott, Wisconsin.  Mildred moved to Sioux City, Iowa about 1917, after her mother had died. She lived with her sister in Sioux City, Iowa. There she met and married Thomas Oswald Mattingly on April 5, 1919, in Sioux City, Iowa. Mildred and Thomas Mattingly's three daughters were: (1) Allene H. (b abt 1921 in Iowa) (2) Ruth L. (b abt 1922 in Nebraska) (3) Rose Alma (b abt 1920 in Iowa). Thomas Oswald died on June 20, 1947, in Sioux City, IA and Mildred McKeever-Mattingly died July 27, 1994, in Riverside, California at the age of 100. Mildred McKeever-Mattingly is buried in Visalia Cemetery, Tulare Co., California. Submitted by descendant Robert Patrick, E-mail

McKEEVER Nancy is the fourth child of John and Margarette McKeever of Trimbelle, Pierce County. Nancy McKeever was born in 1865 and married Lincoln J. McLaughlin of Trimbelle, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Lincoln is the son of William and Elizabeth McLaughlin of Pierce County, Wisconsin. Lincoln McLaughlin and Nancy McKeever were married December 6, 1893, at the Baptist Parsonage in River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  Lincoln J. McLaughlin died two years later in 1895. In the 1900 census Nancy McKeever is enumerated as living with her parents in Troy Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin and her occupation is shown as dress maker. Nancy left Wisconsin about 1901 and went to live with her sister Margaret and brother Matthew McKeever in North Dakota. Nancy McKeever then married Abraham Abel Cryderman in 1901-1902 in North Dakota. Abraham Cryderman and Nancy McKeever-Cryderman gave birth to the following two girls:  (1)Ethel Margarette Cryderman (b1902) who married Edgar Arnold Falos in 1924 (2)Amy Frances Cryderman (b1904) who married Domenic M. Stellon in 1926.  Nancy McKeever-Cryderman died on March 30, 1937, in Bowesmont, Lincoln Twp., Pembina County, North Dakota. Abraham Abel Cryderman died on January 1, 1946 in Bowesmont, Pembina County, North Dakota. Email:

McKEEVER Nellie J. was born in May 1898 in River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin. She is the daughter of John McKeever and Isabella McCaughey-McKeever. She was raised on the family farm one mile north of River Falls until she was about 7 years old. The McKeever Family then moved to Prescott, Wisconsin in about 1905. When Nellie was about 16 years old she worked in the Hotel in Prescott, Wisconsin. Nellie J. McKeever married John Carlson in about 1920 and moved to Sioux City, Iowa to live near her sisters. Nellie and John Carlson had two children: Carol Carlson (born about 1921 in IA) and Leonard Carlson (born about 1923 in Iowa). Nellie Carlson died a tragic death on April 1, 1928, at the hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.  Sioux City Evening Tribune - April 1928 - Sioux City Woman Victim of Fire - Mrs. Nellie Carlson dies 10 days after suffering severe burns - Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Nellie Carlson, 28 years old, 2100 Dewey Street, who died in a local hospital late Saturday from burns suffered when her clothing caught fire while burning rubbish in her yard Friday, March 23. Services will be conducted at 2 o'clock in the West Funeral Home, 1309 Nebraska Street. Rev. B.M. Watson, Pastor of Riverside Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa. The woman died eight days after the accident although doctors and attending physicians had battled to save her life. She was unconscious for several days after the accident and was reported improving several days ago. She suffered burns on her face, arms, legs and body when burning rubbish ignited her dress and before help could be obtained she was badly burned. Death Record Information: Woodbury County Recorders Office, Death Record Book J, Page #42 - Burial at Graceland Park Cemetery, Laurel Section - Lot #85, Sioux City, Iowa. Email:

McKEEVER Robert is the third child of John McKeever and Margarette Anna McKeever of Trimbelle, Pierce County. Robert was born in Trimbelle in February of 1863 and was raised on the family farm near Trimbelle. In 1886, Robert McKeever married Mary Keefe of Beldenville, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Mary is the daughter of Daniel Keefe and Nora Roach.  Mary Keefe was born in September 1861, in Beldenville, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Robert and Mary McKeever moved from Pierce County, Wisconsin about 1890 and moved to Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota. DULUTH EVENING HERALD - Monday, September 30, 1907 Robert McKeever Dies - Robert McKeever, a resident of West Duluth for over fifteen years, died yesterday at St. Mary's Hospital after an illness of about a year.  He was removed to the hospital some weeks ago in hope that his condition could be improved, but he sank steadily. He was 45 years old, and is survived by his wife, living at 111 North Sixty-third Avenue west in Duluth, Minnesota. Robert McKeever was well known to almost every resident of West Duluth. He owned a livery business and later was employed at the Mesabi Docks in Duluth.  He was a Dock Foreman in Duluth until he was compelled to relinquish his position on account of illness.  He was of a jovial disposition, a pronounced wit, and his many friends in West Duluth will mourn his loss. Burial was at Oneota Cemetery, 6403 Highland St., Duluth, MN in Old Section L, Block 5, Grave #472 with no headstone. Mary Keefe-McKeever also had three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Loughran, Anna Keefe and Nellie Keefe all of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1934. Mary Keefe-McKeever kept in touch with many of the McKeever relatives in North Dakota and in Cook County, Minnesota and visited them frequently until her death. Mary McKeever passed away in an area hospital in Duluth, Minnesota on October 10th, 1934 and she was buried at Calvary Cemetery, 4820 Howard Gnesen Road, Duluth, Minnesota. Email:

McKEEVER, Robert John was born January 14, 1908, in Prescott, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was the youngest child of John and Isabella McKeever. Robert lived in Prescott, Wisconsin until his mother died in 1917. After his mothers death, Robert lived with Peter and Sarah Rasmus on their farm in Trimbelle Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. After leaving the Rasmus farm, Robert spent some time as a laborer in Sioux City, Iowa. He lived with his sister Emma and her husband, Walter Mingo in 1930. On June 10, 1936, Robert McKeever married Florence Eleanor Morris in Iowa. Robert and Florence McKeever had the following children: Robert John McKeever, Jr., born in 1937, Richard James McKeever born in 1938, and Beverly Anne McKeever born in 1939, Gary Charles McKeever born in 1941, Patrick McKeever born in 1946, and Russell Lee McKeever born in 1955. All of the children were born in Sioux City, Iowa. Robert McKeever, Sr., for Burlington Northern Railroad and retired after 38 years of service. Robert McKeever died on April 21, 1984, in Sioux City, Iowa and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City,

McKEEVER, Ray Watt "Walt" Ray Watt is the first son of John McKeever and Isabella McCaughey-McKeever. He was born on the family farm in Oak Grove Township, Pierce County on March 12, 1895. Ray was given his name from a second cousin of Isabella and the middle name came from the name of a family minister. The school children teased Ray about his middle name and he simply changed it by always using "Walt" as a name. Walt McKeever grew up working on the family farm and left home when about 14 years old. He worked for a while as a telephone lineman with his 1/2 brother, Dave Crawford. In 1910, at the age of 15, Walt was running the small telephone company in Hammond, Wisconsin. On April 3.1918 he enlisted in the US Army at Hudson, Wisconsin. He was in France for part of W.W.I. Walt McKeever was an Army Private serving with Battery B, 69th Artillery. After the war he returned home and again worked and lived with his 1/2 brother Dave Crawford in Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin. While working in Luck, WI in 1922, Walt met Betras Christine Christensen. They were married August 13, 1923, in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Walt went to work for the Hartland Phone Company in Hartland, MN. About 1932 he went to work for the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company in Wanamingo, MN. The telephone company changed ownership to Wanamingo Telephone Company and then to Minnesota Telephone Company. Walt McKeever managed the phone company for many years and up until 1967. Walt and Betras McKeever had two children: Eugene Delbert McKeever (b1924 who married Delores Stella Halls in 1945) and Gloria Francis McKeever (b1926 who married Lucius Edwin "Pat" Patrick in 1945). Ray Watt "Walt" McKeever died November 7, 1967, at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, MN. Ray Watt "Walt" McKeever received a veterans burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Section O, Grave 1566, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Walter McKeever was featured and pictured in a unique newspaper article by George Grim in the Minneapolis Tribune Newspaper, Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, February 5, 1967, Page 1B. Email:

McKEEVER, Samuel Mullen is the third son of John McKeever and Isabella McCaughey-McKeever of Pierce County, Wisconsin.  Samuel Mullen McKeever was born January 10, 1904, in Clifton Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was raised on the family farm until his mother died in January 1917. Samuel went to live with his Uncle Martin Rasmus and Aunt Mary McCaughey-Rasmus on their farm near Ellsworth, Wisconsin.  While living at the Rasmus farm, Sam met and married Lillian Hazel Heacox. Samuel McKeever and Lillian Heacox were married in 1924 in Pierce County, Wisconsin. Their daughter, Betty June McKeever was born in 1926 in Beldenville, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  Betty June McKeever married Kenneth Byrnes of Cameron, Barron County, Wisconsin and they had seven children.  Samuel M. McKeever is a veteran of W.W.II having served with the US Army. He was a member of the Pieper-Marsh American Legion Post in Cameron, Wisconsin. Sam worked many years in road construction as a heavy machine operator and worked with his father-in-law, George Heacox. Samuel Mullen McKeever died May 13, 1969, in Cameron, Barron County, Wisconsin and was buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Section P - Grave #2588. Email:

McKEEVER, William "Willie" Henry, Son of John and Margarette McKeever born on October 5, 1875, in Trimbelle, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Willie McKeever married Alice Mae Soice of Chaska, Carver County, Minnesota on November 9, 1904, in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Wesley Methodist Church. Alice Mae Soice is the daughter of John Soice and Catherine Zimmerman-Soice. Willie and Alice moved from Pierce County Wisconsin about 1910 and settled in Hertel, Burnett Co., Wisconsin and then on to Grand Marais, Minnesota about 1935. Their children were: (1) Lora Mae McKeever (b1907 in Pierce Co., WI, married Roe Louis Clark in 1931) (2) Fay Soice McKeever (b1909) Shot in hunting accident in Cook Co., MN on November 30, 1947 (3) Rodney Earl McKeever (b1916 in Hertel, Burnett Co., WI, married Mary Louise Brisson in 1938 (4) Roger Clark McKeever (b1916 in Hertel, Burnett Co., WI, married Marion Christine Mickelsen in 1940 - Rodney and Roger McKeever are twins. Alice Mae Soice-McKeever died just 2 days after giving birth to the twins. She died January 14, 1916, and was buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Hertel, Wisconsin. The young children were tended to by a neighbor lady named Ivy Viola Ghoslin.  On March 17, 1918, William Henry McKeever and Ivy Viola Ghoslin were married at Lakeview, Burnett Co., Wisconsin. Ivy Ghoslin is the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Ghoslin and Alice Ione Wilcox-Ghoslin. William and Ivy McKeever had the following children: (1) Edith Laverne McKeever (b1920 in Washburn Co., WI, married Clarence Mickelsen in 1943 (2) Merieta Eloy McKeever (b1922 in Washburn Co., WI married 1st Lester Ervin Engel in 1941 - 2nd Husband: Robert Joseph Altrichter in 1971 (3) Iris Adeline McKeever (b1925 in Washburn Co., WI, married John William Parrott in 1946. William Henry McKeever died on January 18, 1955, in Grand Marais, Minnesota and Ivy Ghoslin-McKeever died October 29, 1965, in Grand Marais, Minnesota. William H. and Ivy M. McKeever are both buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery, Grand Marais, Cook Co., MN. E:mail:

McMURPHY, George W. was born at Newcastle, Del., in 1821. In 1845 he came to St. Croix Falls, and in 1848 to Clifton, where he pre-empted a homestead and where he successfully followed farming. He was repeatedly elected to town and county offices. In 1848 he married Maria A. Rice. Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909.

MORGAN, L.D. one of the early settlers of Pierce county, Wisconsin, and now leading a retired life at the city of River Falls, was born at Russell, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., March 2, 1834, and received his education at the district schools of his native place. His father was a farmer. He was born in Massachusetts and died in St. Lawrence County, New York, when our subject was about eighteen years of age. His mother was born at Troy, New York, and died three years before her husband, about 1849. In 1855 Mr. Morgan came west, settled at Stillwater, Minn., and worked at the lumber mills at Baytown, Washington county, for about two years. Then he moved to Diamond Bluff, Pierce County, Wis., where he bought 200 acres of timber land. He added to this from time to time until he owned 420 acres, 200 of which he brought under cultivation and was engaged in general farming and stock raising. He sold the farm to his son. In 1899 he moved to River Falls, where he now resides. He has a section of land in Cass County, North Dakota, which he rents out. In politics he is a Republican, and held the office of supervisor of Diamond Bluff Township for a number of years. In 1863, April 6, he married Diana Franklin, who was born in Hammond, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., May 1831, daughter of Abel and Lucy (Culver) Franklin. Her father was a native of Massachusetts and her mother of New Hampshire. Mrs. Morgan was educated at the place of her birth and came West in 1858. She has had five children. Eugene died January 2, 1881, at the age of seventeen years. Franklin was born December 21, 1865, and died July 27, 1866. Addie was born February 6, 1868, and died February 11, 1868. Mina J. was born January 22, 1869, and resides at Bondurant, Ia. She married C. M. Coulter, a general merchant of that place, and they have three children, Bell F., Mae and Harold. The fifth child of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, Jay E., was born September 4, 1871, and resides on his farm in Pierce County. He married Esther Morrow, a native of River Falls Township, born March 15, 1873, daughter of Thomas and Agnes Morrow, who were early settlers. They have had three children. Blanche was born October 20, 1898, and died in 1899. Glen was born February 24, 1901. Clair was born November 30, 1903. The children were born on the old homestead of their grandfather and the birthplace of their father. Reference: Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909

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