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Michael Boelter
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Birth: May 22, 1831, Germany
Death: Oct. 2, 1914
Kenyon
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA

In June of 1862, Michael Boelter and his brother, John, both natives of Reetz, Arnwalde, Germany, moved their families from Wisconsin to Flora Township, Renville county, in Minnesota. Michael, his wife, Justine (nee Koberstein), and their children moved to a claim in the southwest quarter of section 35. John, his wife, Justina (nee Wendland), and their three children had a claim in the southeast quarter of section 34 (adjacent to Michael's claim). The area was known as the Middle Creek settlement, and many in the community were killed by Indians in an attack on August 18, 1862, the first day of the Dakota uprising. Among those killed were Michael's wife (Justine), their children, his parents, and his brother (John). On that morning , while traveling to the Lower Sioux Agency for supplies, Michael and a couple of Sacred Heart neighbors discovered the bodies of a woman and two children, apparently killed by Indians. They visited some area farms, and found more dead. Upon returning home, Micaheal found his mother and children murdered in the farmhouse, and, upon checking the field, where his wife, father, and brother had been working, he heard Indians, so he ran to get his sister-in-law, Justina, and her three children. The five of them were fleeing together, but were soon separated. Michael, carrying Justina's baby, Julius, and meeting the Lenz family and the Kochendorder children along the way, reached Ft. Ridgely, some 20 miles away. Justina and her two small daughters, unable to keep up, hid in a nearby wooded area, and, fearing another Indian attack, remained there for several weeks. Emelia, the older daughter, died of exposure and starvation in the fifth week. Justina and her surviving daughter (Ottilie) later returned to their home, where soldiers found them, nearly starved, in their ninth week of hiding. About a year later, on September 13, 1863, Michael married Justina, his brother's widow. They moved to a farm in the southeast quarter of section 20, Holden township, Goodhue county, near Kenyon, MN, where they had seven more children. They farmed here and in the northeast quarter of section 29 for the next 45 years, moving into town in 1910.
Bill Cox 
 
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 Parents:
  Gottlieb Boelter (1801 - 1862)
 
 Spouses:
  Justine Koberstein Boelter (1838 - 1862)
  Justina Carolina Wendland Boelter (1832 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  John Julius Boelter (1864 - 1938)*
  Elizabeth Louise Boelter Eigenbrodt (1866 - 1949)*
  William Frederick Boelter (1868 - 1942)*
  Henry Boelter (1871 - 1949)*
  George August Boelter (1871 - 1927)*
  Simon John Boelter (1874 - 1950)*
  Lydia Emelia Boelter Snyder (1877 - 1950)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Boelter (1823 - 1862)*
  Michael Boelter (1831 - 1914)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Kenyon Cemetery
Kenyon
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: The grave is located in the middle of the cemetery where two roads intersect. There is an old handpump in the cemetery. If you can find this, walk about 100 feet south and then about 40 feet west to find the plot.
 
Created by: Bill Cox
Record added: Sep 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58091447
Michael Boelter
Added by: Bill Cox
 
Michael Boelter
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Michael Boelter
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