September 19, 2017

Documentation that John Nordgren’s middle name was Gormley

John Nordgren’s middle name was Gormley

This newest documentation is also proof that you should always revisit sites like Ancestry again and again, because new information is being added all the time. That’s where I found this birth record for my great aunt Edith Elvera Nordgren.

It’s a little hard to decipher the document because it doesn’t seem like a normal birth record. It doesn’t have any identifying official notations at the top of the page, other than “Register of Births in _______ County, State of Washington”. In looking at the locations where the children and their parents lived, it was quite a spread out area, but I suspect it was all in Whatcom County even though it’s not noted on the sheet.

Specifically, for Edith’s family the details for her, and them, are hard to read. What I can see is that Edith is listed with her full name, date of birth, gender, her mother’s name*, mother’s age and mother’s place of birth; in the line for her father it list his first and middle name**, age, and place of birth. It also lists the father’s vocation and who he is working for at the time.***

*The mother is listed as Anna Lena Anderson. This is Anna Lena’s married name, not her maiden name, which was Andreasdotter.

**Since Edith is listed as Edith Elvera Nordgren, but the year is 1907, that means that John G was already going by the surname of Nordgren which leads me to believe he had changed his surname from Andersson some time before. He came to America as Johan Andersson. His brother John Bernt went by the surname Larson. The mother of the two boys was Anna Lena Jönsdotter Larson who had also come to the United States. We know this because she is listed in census records, and she is buried in Minnesota. (Originally, the surname was probably Larsson when they were living in Sweden.

Also, keep in mind that John had filed more than once for Naturalization, and eventually made it in 1907. Was he already going by Nordgren because that was the name he filed under and did it for continuity?

***John Gormley Nordgren was listed as an Engineer working for C I Hood. I have not yet found the company in Washington State business records. It could have been an out of state company doing business here.

Still, some mysteries remain for John G Nordgren. We know he lost his hand somehow because my mom remembered that he had a hook prosthesis.

  • The oldest child, Andrew was born in Minnesota.
  • The next two children, Hulda (my grandmother) and Olive Josephine, were both born in Iowa. Why were they living in Iowa? What occupation was John working that allowed him to take his wife and little son to Iowa? Did they know someone there? Or, was it just there was a job he could do? This time frame is the late 1800s. My grandmother was born in 1896, her sister the next year.
  • The next child, Esther, was born in Sept 1899 in Bellingham, Washington. Sadly, Esther died in October of that same year. Great grandmother Anna Lena was under great stress (my assumption) by having to have two babies born right after each other while they were in Iowa, and then sometime after 1897 the family made another major move which took them from the Midwest (Iowa) to Washington State. Could that have contributed to the loss of the baby Esther? Or, was there some other reason like illness involved?

I do know that from Washington State birth records that all of the children born here were delivered by midwife. Two more children, Oscar and Edith were both delivered by that method. Midwifery in those days had to be somewhat more primitive than present day midwifery.

 

 

 

Was Great Grandpa Named John GORMLEY Nordgren?

 His Middle Name Is Gormley?

My genealogical head-scratcher for the night is/was I was looking at some of my recent ancestors who might be in the latest release of the SS records and happened upon someone who has my GGrf in their tree with my pictures (which is OK, I make them public) but it shows in their tree that my GGfr’s middle name (of which I have no record) as Gormley. John Gormley Nordgren. This person who added it is connected to the Croasdill family, which includes John’s youngest child, my aunt Edith Nordgren Croasdill. Edith took care of her father near the end of his life, so maybe someone in her family ran across my Nordgren family documentation.

I think this person who owns the Chester_Chesler Family 2015 Tree on Ancestry will contact me soon so we can solve this mystery!

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

16 Great-Great-Grands of Carol Yates Wilkerson

I might be late with this, but I figured it was “better late than never”, right? FTM doesn’t have a ahnentafel feature that will show just the great-great grandparents, so I had to improvise and do a custom report. It really wasn’t that difficult, other than I hadn’t done it before. Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings did this for Saturday night genealogy fun, but we were home late on Sat. night, so I’m doing it on Monday.  Thanks Randy!

It kind of goes without saying that I am a combination of English and Swedish. Mostly English, with 6 Swedes.

16 Great-Great Grands of Carol Yates Wilkerson

Name    Birth date    Birth location    Death date    Death location

  1. Borjesson, Andreas    01 Jul 1833    Landa, Hal, Sweden    21 Jul 1916    Landa, Hal, Sweden SWEDISH
  2. Breedlove, John Watts    15 Nov 1841    St. Francois, MO    15 Dec 1908    Pottersville, Howell, MO ENGLISH
  3. Kelsay, Mary M.    1840    Washington, TN    Bef. 1871    TN ENGLISH
  4. Larson, Anders    14 May 1831    Veddige, Hal, Sweden        Denmark SWEDISH
  5. Larsson, Anna Lena    22 Feb 1829    Veddige, Hal, Sweden    31 Jul 1917    Hector, Renville, MN SWEDISH
  6. Magnusson, Inger Lena    14 Jul 1836    Landa, Hal, Sweden    26 Apr 1903    Landa, Hal, Sweden SWEDISH
  7. Moline, Lars Petter    03 Sep 1824    Lerbäck, Sweden    16 Jan 1890    Sätra, Sköllersta, Örebro, Sweden
  8. Moren, Per Persson    16 Oct 1817    Skollersta, Sweden    14 Sep 1887    Skollersta, Sweden SWEDISH
  9. Nilsdotter, Anna    03 Jan 1830    Ekerby, Orebro, Sweden    21 Nov 1865    Skollersta, Sweden SWEDISH
  10. Osgathorpe, Almarinda Helen    1839    TN        Jackson, TN  ENGLISH
  11. Pentecost, Eli Blankenship    13 Jun 1830    Sangamon, IL    12 Jan 1871    TN ENGLISH
  12. Persdotter, Karolina    21 Mar 1831    Bo, Sweden SWEDISH
  13. Smith, Elizabeth Jane    23 Mar 1834    Cumberland, KY    28 Dec 1919    Brandsville, Howell, MO  ENGLISH
  14. Smith, John W.    1836    Jackson County, TN    1907    Jackson County, TN ENGLISH
  15. Wright, Elizabeth Jane    04 Feb 1842    Franklin, Simpson, KY    17 Nov 1911    Pottersville, Howell, MO  ENGLISH
  16. Yates, James Knox Polk    17 Apr 1842    Roane,TN    02 Sep 1918    Roane,TN  ENGLISH

Carol's G-G chart

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