Lucius N. Renslow1

M, b. 31 October 1827, d. 5 April 1893
3rd great-grandfather of Barbara Joyce Zanzig
Clarence Stewart Jr.'s Ancestors
     Lucius N. Renslow was born on 31 October 1827 at Shelburne, Chittenden, Vermont, USAB,G.2,3,4,5,6 He was the son of Kelly Ranslow and Charlotte Wilder.1

     Lucius N. Renslow married Mary Ann Boyle, daughter of James Boyle and Isabell (?), on 1 February 1849 at Chesterfield, Essex, New York, USAB,G, at age 21.7 Lucius N. Renslow was a barber on 5 August 1850.8

     The US-Dakota War of 1862 (formerly known as the Sioux Uprising)

In 1862 in the Minnesota River Valley, the Dakota Sioux Indians were starving. Their crops had failed the year before and were not doing well this year either. The US was balking at living up to its treaty obligations. The Civil War was raging, and many Minnesota regiments had gone to fight the Confederates.

The Dakota on their southwestern Minnesota reservation--from the Minnesota River to the South Dakota border--were hungry and desperate. The Homestead Act had passed that year, and migrants and immigrants were flooding in. Crops had failed in the fall of 1861, the 1861 fall hunt was fairly unsuccessful, and the winter of 1861-2 was terrible.

Then came a bureaucrat. By treaty, the Indians ceded land for food and money aid. Thomas Galbraith, Indian agent at Lower Sioux Agency in Renville County, Minnesota, was a good bureaucrat and always followed the rules, which said the food and money were distributed together. Trouble was, the money was late, and the Indians were starving. Tension rose.

At a meeting between the Indians and the US government, an Indian is reported to have said, "This is our reservation, and yet you go out and you cut our grass for your animals. You cut down our trees for your building and your fire. You shoot our game, which we have very little of anyway. It's ours, you leave it alone."

In retort, a trader named Andrew Myrick said, "Well then, if you want it then you eat your grass. And we won't trade with you", implying the Indians were no better than horses or cattle.

Thus began the US-Dakota War of 1862, on August 17. Some Indians favored emptying the Minnesota River valley of settlers. Settlers, particularly at New Ulm, responded in kind. Fighting extended as far west as Wood Lake in Yellow Medicine County and to northern Iowa. Five weeks later, at least 300 settlers were dead along with countless Dakota. Myrick, appropriately, was found dead with grass stuffed in his mouth.

The Dakota lost their land, forced first southward to Davenport, Iowa, then westward onto reservations in South Dakota. They lost their culture, their economy, their society. 38 Dakota were hanged at Mankato in revenge. All treaties were abrogated, and all Dakota, for or against war, were treated alike. Uninvolved Winnebagos were ejected too. Settlers suffered too; many orphans never regained the lands settled by their families. Farms were sold for taxes. And in our case, Lucius and Mary Ann Renslow took their family back to Massachusetts for eleven years.

The wound is open today. At least one historian claims that until 9/11/2001, it was the highest civilian wartime toll in U.S. history.

(Grateful thanks to Minnesota Public Radio, whose piece in September 2002, was the basis of this summary) at Minnesota River Valley, Minnesota, USAB,G.9 He was a barber in 1875.7

Lucius spent part of the summer of 1875 panning for gold. According to Hon. Joseph A. Leonard, "In the summer of 1875 Lucius Renslow, a barber, and E. A. McDowell put in several weeks washing out the gravel on an island south of the College street bridge. Mr. Renslow showed me a homeopathic medicine vial half filled with small scales and sparks of gold; but he did not get enough to pay for his labor." at Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USAB,G.10
     Lucius N. Renslow died on 5 April 1893 at Rochester, MNB,G, at age 65.11,7


Residence25 August 1854Minnesota, USAB,G, "Renslows came to Minnesota in 1854. They returned to Massachusetts in 1862 and remained for 11 years, returning to Rochester in 1873. In 1887 they moved to St. Paul, Minnesota." -- L. Renslow12,7
Migration-To1862Massachusetts, USAB,G, from Rochester, Minnesota13
Migration-To1873Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USAB,G,7
Residence1890St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USAB,G

Children of Lucius N. Renslow and Mary Ann Boyle

Unique ID=RENSL-37860
Last Edited=12 Dec 2020


  1. [S502] Larry Renslow, "Email: Renslow, 2002 02 07, "Kelly Ranslow Individual Detail Report"," e-mail message from e-mail address (Pleasanton, CA) to Barbara Zanzig, 7 Feb 2002. Hereinafter cited as "Kelly Ranslow Detail."
  2. [S372] Paul Van Buren, Family File, Renslow (, online, Renslow ( Family File (Pleasanton, CA, e-mail address), 17 Feb 2002.
  3. [S398] Lucius W. Renslow, Minnesota death certificate 45, Collection of Barbara Zanzig, Bothell, King, Washington, USA. Hereinafter cited as Lucius Renslow Death Certificate.
  4. [S374] Lucius N. Renslow, Register of Deaths, City of Rochester Book BD-2 p. 146, This source claims he was born 30 Sep 1827, Funeral card, Lucius N. Renslow, n.p., Collection of Barbara Zanzig, Bothell, King, Washington, USA. Hereinafter cited as Lucius Renslow funeral card.
  5. [S565] 1870 US Census MA, Hampden, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, population schedule,, (, Lucius Renslow (indexed as Duclies) household, Town of Westfield, page 91 (406A) (image 91/163, dwelling 544, family 764, accessed 13 Dec 2019; citing Roll M593_619.
  6. [S1839] "Massachusetts, State Census, 1865", Database and images, New England Historical Genealogical Society,, URL 2014, Lucius Renslow household, Hampden > Westfield, n.p., image 23/72, dwelling 321, family 383, accessed 13 Dec 2019, citing 1855–1865 Massachusetts State Census [microform].
  7. [S352] Larry Renslow, "Email: Renslow, 2002 02 07, "Lucius Renslow Individual Detail Report"," e-mail message from e-mail address (Pleasanton, CA) to Barbara Zanzig, 7 Feb 2002. Hereinafter cited as "Lucius Renslow Detail."
  8. [S563] 1850 US Federal Census (MA, Hampshire), Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, population schedule,, (, Ephraim Wilson, Northampton Twp., Roll M432_320, p. 92, dwell. 205, fam. 259.
  9. [S740] Minnesota's Uncivil War, online…. Hereinafter cited as Minnesota's Uncivil War; 26 Sep 2002.
  10. [S544] Joseph A. Leonard, History of Olmsted County, Minnesota (Chicago, IL: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1910), p. 41. Hereinafter cited as History of Olmsted County.
  11. [S791] Olmsted County District Court, compiler, Olmsted County Death Records Index (1870-1984) (Salt Lake City, UT: Family History Library, FHL Film #2196327, 24 Apr 2000), Lucius N. Renslow, book B, p. 45, line 45.
  12. [S391] Charlotte I. Renslow entry, photocopy of certified State of Minnesota record 432637 year 1854, Vol. 82, page 18, no. 140 (9 Nov 1978), Collection of Barbara Zanzig, Bothell, King, Washington, USA.
  13. [S375] Donald Dale, "Family Group Sheet(s), Don Dale" (Fayetteville, Pennsylvania). Checked 20170106

    Photocopy courtesy of Donald A. Dale, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania.
  14. [S499] Larry Renslow, "Email: Renslow, 2002 02 07, "Charlotte Isabelle Renslow Individual Detail Report"," e-mail message from e-mail address (Pleasanton, CA) to Barbara Zanzig, 7 Feb 2002. Hereinafter cited as "Charlotte Isabelle Renslow Detail."
  15. [S498] Donald Dale, "Email: Dale, 2004 01 18, "Re: Kling/Boyle"," e-mail message from e-mail address (Fayetteville, Pennsylvania) to Barbara Zanzig, 18 Jan 2004. Hereinafter cited as "Mary Ann Boyle's siblings/children."