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I know what you mean about confusing data about this family. I have records that show
Melvin Julius as born Julius Melvin, and Ovedia spelled Onedia. I've seen the
Keland/Kjeland spellings but I have Johan's wife's name as Anney according to the
1895 Iowa census. Though they don't beat Melvin's mom -- I have 4 spellings of her
name (Serjanna, Seyanna, Sorijanne, Ser Janna).
The Kelands touch my family with Melvin Staven, my gg uncle. I know he was a lawyer, was
a republican and Marshall Co States Attorney. He later lived in Brookings, SD and
apparently didn't die there (he doesn't show up on the completed county lists). He
served on the Brookings city council and as council president. Yet the Brookings paper
didn't run an obit on him when he died (or it isn't in the library file anyhow).
I just discovered Melvin's father Ole Staven fought in the Civil War with the 17th
Wisconsin from 1863-1865.
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