October 25, 2014

Second Marriage Record Might Reveal Original Swedish Surname

Since I’ve been researching my Swedish family of Moline, I’ve always known that John (Johan) Emil Moline was the son of Lars Petter Molin(e).  But, following some Swedish naming customs, Johan Emil Moline might have come to this country under the surname Larson.

This is when documenting each step really gets important. I have the original Moline family bible pages that belonged to John Emil Moline. There is no mention of the surname Larson on any of the pages. So, what makes me think great grandpa was a Larson at some point?

Today, as I was searching for the date of my Great Grandpa Moline’s second marriage to Hannah W. Skagerlind in the Washington State Digital Archives, the marriage license I found stated the witnesses were Axel and his wife (no first name given for her) LARSON.  The date was 19 August 1925.

Was Axel just visiting Washington to attend the wedding and be a witness? My great grandfather did have a brother named Axel Linus Moline. Was this Axel Larson a relative…perhaps a cousin? John Emil Moline did have another brother in the United States: Fridolf Ferdinand Moline who, until 1920, was residing in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fridolf later moved to Indiana.

Right now, one thing is for sure: John Emil Moline married the second time to Hannah Skagerlind in 1925.  Only time will tell who Axel Larson was!

1925 Moline - Skagerlind marriage, cropped

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