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Justina Carolina Wendland Boelter
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1832, Germany
Death: Feb. 15, 1919
Kenyon
Goodhue County
Minnesota, USA

Justina Boelter was born in Germany to parents Jacob and Caroline (nee Cobitsche) Wendland. In 1856, at 22 years of age, she came to America, settling in Marquette county, Wisconsin. Here she married John Boelter, a German immigrant. In June of 1862, Justina and John, with their three children, moved to Renville county in Minnesota. Their claim was in the southeast quarter of section 34, Flora township, in an area known as the Middle Creek settlement. Living next to them in section 35 was John's brother, Michael Boelter, his wife, Justine (nee Koberstein), and their children. On August 18, 1862, the first day of the Sioux uprising, Indians attacked the whites at the Lower Sioux Agency to the east, and at the settlements in the region, killing hundreds, and taking over one hundred, mostly women and children, as prisoners. Many in the Middle Creek area were killed, including Justina's husband, John Boelter, who was killed while checking their cattle. Justina and her three children somehow survived the attack. Michael Boelter also survived, but his wife and children were killed by the Indians. The five survivors were fleeing together, but were soon separated. Michael was carrying Justina's baby (Julius), and Justina was with her small daughters. She realized that it was impossible for them to keep up with Michael, and, observing the Indians approaching, she decided to hide in a nearby wooded area. Here she would stay for nearly nine weeks. Very much afraid, Justina and her two little girls remained hidden, surviving on some raw vegetables and vines, and enduring the rain and cold temperatures. During the fifth week her older daughter (Emelia) died of exposure and starvation. Justina and her surviving daughter (Ottilie) eventually returned to their home. In their ninth week of hiding, soldiers found them lying on the floor, nearly starved, but both were eventually nursed back to health. Meanwhile, Michael Boelter, fleeing with his baby nephew (Julius), and meeting other refugees on the way, managed to reach Ft. Ridgely, some 20 miles away. About a year later, on September 13, 1863, Justina and her brother-in-law, Michael (who lost his family), were married. 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. Michael died in 1914, and Justina died five years later in 1919.
Bill Cox 
 
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 Spouses:
  John Boelter (1823 - 1862)*
  Michael Boelter (1831 - 1914)*
 
 Children:
  Emelia Boelter (1857 - 1862)*
  Ottilie Boelter (1859 - 1880)*
  Julius J. Boelter (1861 - 1908)*
  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)*
 
*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# 58091672
Justina Carolina <i>Wendland</i> Boelter
Added by: Bill Cox
 
Justina Carolina <i>Wendland</i> Boelter
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Justina Carolina <i>Wendland</i> Boelter
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- garrett596
 Added: Aug. 29, 2013

- Lisa Burks
 Added: Aug. 20, 2013
Victim of the Sioux Uprising of 1862, noted on pages 66 and 67 of The Sioux Uprising of 1862 by Kenneth Carley published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press
- MN Headstone Hunter
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013
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