William Parnow


Born: Aug 1854 in Germany

Died: Aft 1918 in ?

Father: ?

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Othelia Bernsdorf (1856 – ?)

Married: Abt 1877 in Germany

Child: Selma Parnow ( – )

Child: Clara O. Parnow (1880 – 1960)

Child: Otto Parnow (c. 1883 – )

Child: Paul Parnow (c. 1885 – )

Child: William E. Parnow (c. 1889 – )

Child: Oscar Parnow (c. 1893 – )

Child: Erma Parnow (c. 1899 – )

Child: Alex Parnow ( – )

Child: Ernest Parnow ( – )


William immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1895, two years before his wife and most of his children.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 13 Apr 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1905 Minnesota State Census
[applies to name, birth]
A History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota, Volume 2
by John Turner and C. K. Semling (editors); Indianapolis, Indiana: B.F. Bowen and Company, 1918. [applies to name, birth, death, marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

In the 1900 U.S. Census, William is shown as immigrating in 1895, his wife and children (except Erma, who was born in MN) in 1897. This disagrees with "A History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota" which states that William immigrated in 1893, prior to his wife, who arrived in 1896. This information from this history is paraphrased here: William emigrated from Germany about 1893, prior to his wife. He lived in Blue Earth County, Minnesota until 1896, when he and his wife moved to Clay County, Minnesota, where they purchased 160 acres in Felton township. In 1904 they moved to another 160-acre farm east of Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota, and were still residing there in 1918.

There exists a Minnesota death certificate (ID 1925-MN-011019) for a William Parnow who died 22 Nov 1925 in Pennington County, MN.