Gordon James Ecker, b. 1862 in NY was found in 1880 going by James G Ecker, in Montcalm, Mich, at 18, but I also found a James Ecker in 1880 at Golden Gate, in Lawrence Co, Dakota Territory, now SD. I find that Golden Gate was a mining company, in the town of Whitewood. Although the age is way off, he was one of a number of boarders, so someone probably guessed at the age. He was also working as a clerk in a store, which sounds very much like my ancestor. Would like to find further reference to him in this area and learn if he is mine. My aunt said he was married previous to my great grandmother, so I suspect there may have been a death in childbirth. Haven't a clue as to this mysterious first wife. He married again in Nov 1886, so it is a tight window - 1880-1886. Can someone help me with this Ecker in Lawrence County, South Dakota?