Thurtell and Related Families

Notes for Grace MCCLAIN

Much of the information about Grace McClain, her husband, and their descendants was received from Pearl McClain Sawyer in 1998.

Grace L. McClain is shown as age 10, born in February 1890 in South Dakota, and attending school in the 1900 U.S. Census for Meade County, South Dakota (Volume 11, SD 1, ED 34, Sheet 7, Line 29). She is living with her parents, John and Grace McClain, and four siblings in the second ward of the City of Sturgis, Sturgis Township, Meade County, South Dakota.

She is listed as Grace Tescher in the 1920 U.S. Census in Volume 23, Enumeration District 170, Sheet 4, for Duell Township, Perkins County, South Dakota. Roll Tescher is shown as a white male age 33 born in Indiana, with his father born in Indiana and his mother in Kentucky. He is shown as a farmer with a general farm that he rents and operates on his own account. His wife, Grace Tescher, is shown as age 29, born in South Dakota, with both her parents born in Wisconsin. Both Roll and Grace Tescher can speak, read, and write English. All five of their children are shown as born in South Dakota with their father born in Indiana and their mother in South Dakota. Lee Tescher, their son age 9, and Thelma Tescher, their daughter age 6, attended school in the prior year. Barbara Tescher, their daughter age 4 1/2, John Tescher, their son age 2, and their unnamed infant son age 1/12 are not yet in school.

An online birth certificate was found for Grace L. McClain in January 2000 on the internet at http://www.state.sd.us/doh/vitalrec. It shows that a delayed birth certificate was filed for her on February 11, 1957, under South Dakota State File Number 770395 showing that Grace L. McClain was born February 16, 1890, in Meade County, South Dakota, the daughter of Grace Thurtell and John McClain.

A database index of Bureau of Land Management Records found on the internet in January 2000 at http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/sd/land/perkins.htm shows that Roll E. Tescher had three cash purchases of land patents in Perkins County, South Dakota, all at the 7th Meridian, Township 018 N, Range 012 E, in Sections 9 and 10. Document number 92616 dated December 1, 1909, is indexed to cash sales of 80 acres in Section 9 and 80 acres in Section 10 to Roll E. Tescher. Document identification number 123814 dated April 7, 1910, refers to a cash sale of 40 acres to Roll E. Tescher in Section 10. There is also a listing of a homestead patent for John C. Tescher in Perkins County, South Dakota, all at the 7th Meridian, Township 018 N, Range 012 E, in Sections 17, of 160 acres with a document identification number of 340696 dated June 11, 1913.


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