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Danburg/Kelly Family History—Hand County—South Dakota

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 09062 A
Identifier: H2019-071

Content Description

The collection consists of various genealogical materials and descendants of John L. Danburg (1844-1941) and Esquire Kelly (1833-1919) who both resided in Hand County. Both men served in the Union Army during the Civil War and were members of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in South Dakota. The collection includes pedigree charts, photographs, news clippings, letters and other documents. John Danburg was born June 16, 1844 in Stockholm, Sweden. The family immigrated to the United States in 1852. John enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 with the 105th Illinois Infantry as a drummer boy. He served in several battles including General Sherman’s march from Atlanta to the sea and was honorabily discharged in 1865. John married Caroline Barber on July 23, 1866 in Dekalb County, Illinois and later moved to Nashua County, Iowa in 1867 and had five children. Caroline died in 1881 and John married Celia Pierce in 1882 and they had ten children. The Danburg family moved to Hand County in 1896, later moving to St. Lawrence in 1905. John died February 19, 1941 and is buried in the G.A.R. cemetery in Miller (S.D.). Esquire Kelly was born on December 9, 1833 near Ithaca, New York and in 1855 married Emma Myers in Pennsylvania and the had ten children. Kelly served in Company C of the 169th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry. The Kelly family was listed in the 1885 Dakota Territory Census. Kelly died on December 6, 1919 and is buried in the G.A.R. cemetery in Miller (S.D.).

Acquisition Type


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  • ca. 1830s-2000s



0.5 Cubic Feet