The Vandegrifts of Mower County

John Miller Vandegrift Jr.

Major Figures
Early Vandergrift/Vandegrift History
John Miller, His Children, Their Spouses & Children
John Miller Vandegrift
John Miller Vandegrift Jr.
Thomas Hart Benton Vandegrift
Jacob Vandegrift Jr.
Fanny Vandegrift Stevenson
About the Author
Areas Needing Further Work


1892 Wedding Picture

John Miller Vandegrift Jr. was born 3 Apr 1849 in Wilmington, New Castle, De. to John Miller Vandegrift & Mary Worn. He married Anna Katrina Sorenson (born 9 Dec 1868 at Ormslev, Aarhus, Denmark) at Red Rock Twp., Mower, Mn. 6 Apr 1892. He died 13 May 1940 at Austin, Mn. Anna died 9 Jan 1948 at Lyle, Mower, Mn. Their children were all born in Red Rock Twp., Mower County, Mn.:

Mary Louise born 8 May 1893

John Miller III born 17 Dec 1894

Thomas Oliver born 11 Jan 1897

Chris Howard born 31 Oct 1898

Margaret A. born 16 Oct 1900

Miles Henry born 21 Aug 1902

Anna Alice born 17 Sep 1904

Sumner William born 17 Apr 1910

Lucille Beatrice born 8 Sep 1912


Following is a summary of census data for John Miller Vandegrift Jr.


1900 Census: Red Rock, Mower, Minn., Roll T623_777, P. 4A, 8-12 June 1900.

John M Vandegrift (Apr 1849, 41, De), married 8 years, farmer, owns farm free; Anna (Dec 1868, 31, Denmark, 4 children, all living, Immigrated 1889, 11 years in US; Louisa (May 93, 7) at school; John M (Dec 94, 5) at school; Thomas O (Jan 97, 3); Chris H (Oct 1898, 1); Christian Sorenson (Oct 1878, 21, Denmark) Brother-in-law, farm laborer; Eliza Gritzmanacher (Jul 1875, 24, Wis), servant; Daniel M Carroll (Mar 1878, 22, Wis), farm laborer.


1910 Census: Red Rock, Mower, Minn., Roll T624_712, P. 9B, 10 May 1910. John M Vandegrift (61, De), married 18 years, farmer, owned farm free; Anna (41, Denmark), 8 children, all living, Immigrated 1890; John M (15) att. school; Mary L (16); Oliver T (13)  att. school; Howard C (11) att. school; Marguerite (9) att. school; Miles (7) att. school; Alice (5) att. school; Sumner (1/12); Frank Mayzlik (21, Il) farm laborer; Jerome Graff (21, Mn) farm laborer.


1920 Census: Austin, 1st Ward, Mower, Minn., Enumeration District 79, p. 25, 21 Jan 1920. J M Vandegrift (70, De), owns home free, retired farmer; Anna (51, Denmark), naturalized; Louise (26) music teacher; Miller (25) salesman; Thomas (22); Chris H (21) trucker in packing plant; Margaret (19) att. school; Miles H (17) att. school; Anna A (15) att. school; Sumner W (10) att. school; Lucile B (7) att. school.


1930 Census: Austin, 1st Ward, Mower, Minn., Enumeration District 5, p. 4A, 16 Apr 1930. John M Vandegrift (81, De) owns home, value $ 7000, owns radio, age 42 at marriage; Anna K (61, Denmark) 23 at marriage, Immigrated 1887, naturalized; Margaret A (29) clerk at store; Miles H (27) mechanic at garage; Alice A (25) steno at power plant; Sumner W (19) att. School; Lucile B (17) att. school.


The following article is from the 1911 History of Mower County.



L. to R. John Miller III, Alice, Anna, Howard, Miles, Louise, John Miller Jr., Margaret, Tom (circa 1907)


Sumner, Lucille & Anna Vandegrift (circa 1917)

John Miller Vandegrift Jr. Obituary (Austin Daily Herald,13 May 1940, Austin, Mn.)


Anna K. (Sorenson) Vandegrift Obituary (Austin Daily Herald, 14 Jan 1948, Austin, Mn.)



T. H. B. Vandegrift