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Charles Wesley Northup was born in Wisconsin in Dodge County on May 11, 1851. He was the 8th child of Caleb and Clarissa (Burdick) Northup He married Eliza Blanch Durrin, in Warsaw, Minnesota on December 24, 1872. (Eliza was born 24 May 1854 in Saginaw, Michigan. Died 1917.)Charles and Eliza moved to Lyon County and in the spring of 1877 took a homestead in Monroe Township near Amiret. Following, a description of the homesteaded land:

Name: CHARLES W. NORTHUP
Date: 15 Jan 1885
Location: MN,
Document #: 5117
Serial #: MN1390__.083
Sale Type: HOMESTEAD
Acres: 95.8800
Meridian or Watershed: 5TH
Parcel: Township 109 N, Range 40 W, Section 4

Here, 6 of their 8 children were born, the exceptions being Esther, who was born in Rice County and Simeon who was born in Delavan. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Delavan. Eliza's parents were Ambrose and Hannah Durrin.Her brother, William was the proprietor of Madison Lake Sawmill. They made pickets for picket fences and wood for wagons and cabinets. At one point, Charles took a load of corn to sell to trade for coal, then returned home with it as it was cheaper to simply burn the corn for fuel. The house was completely buried in snow during a blizzard and they tunneled to the barn. On October 16, 1896 the family moved to Ottertail County near Phelps Mill. In 1897 Charles went to Delavan to work. Simeon was born here in Faribault County. Then after 3 years, they moved back to the Phelp's Mill area and Charles died there after suffering a stroke of paralysis on Dec 3, 1916 at a house they built that was later occupied by the Archie Northup family and still later by Martin McNulty around 1922. Grandma Eliza died the following year, in 1917, and Uncle John followed, a year later in 1918, right after the Armistice was signed.

Charles Wesley Northup Family

Children of Charles Wesley and Blanch Northup


Hollis Anson Northup; B. April 1, 1873 M. Anna?; ?? died; 1921
Francis Armenia Northup; B. May 22, 1875 M. Ira Lord died ??
Archie Ambrose Northup; B. Sept. 24, 1878 M. Myrtle Johnson died 19 February 1959
Esther Northup; B. Mar 29, 1882 M. Roy Sherman died ??
John Wesley Northup; B. Jan. 25, 1885 M. ?? died 1918
Lelah Grace Northup; Jan. 4, 1888 M. Alfred Thompson died ??
Hattie Luella Northup; B. Oct. 14, 1890 M.Martin McNulty died ??
Louis J. Northup; B. ?1893 M. no died 1893
Simeon Emmit Northup; B. Oct 30, 1897 M. ArvillaEstelleIla Blanche
died ??
Charles Wesley Northup at 20 years old
Charles and Eliza
a family photo
Charles Wesley Northup Grave Marker
Charles Wesley Northup Family 1915