Present affected by uprising

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My grandmother, Erma Keller Nelson, lost her mother's parents and youngest sister in the Uprising.    The Surviving children got to Fort Ridgely then back to St. Paul where homes were found for them.  Their name was Kochendorfer.   Since then all of grandma's children suffered from mental and alcoholic problems...some in next generation too.  My sister and I prayed for a reason and we both got the uprising where a spirit of fear had entered .  Fear is the root cause of alcoholism and mental problems.  I have retraced their steps and done a lot of research on the story including letters the family wrote on their treck to settle in Renville county.  

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