August 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 Johan a Larson, an Anderson or a Nordgren?

Tracking the Life of Johan Andersson from Sweden to Washington State

 

I thought maybe he was a Larsson, because that was the name his brother (also Johan/John B went by. But… It’s taken me years to understand where and how to look for information on my ancestor Johan Andersson who was born 6 May 1868 in Veddige, Halland, Sweden. I’m not done by any means, but this article will bring everything up to date regarding what I know now.

Johan/John Andersson Nordgren immigrated to North America in 1883/4 (1920 US Fed Census) and his oldest child Andrew Leonard Nordgren along with his wife Anna Lena Andreasd?tter (Anderson) who arrived later. I know this sounds convoluted, but as far as I know Johan came to America first, and his wife stayed in Sweden and didn’t arrive until around early 1892. I know she was in the United States because Andrew Leonard was born 01 Sept 1892. Going by the normal span of pregnancies lasting 9 months, one can assume that John and Anna Lena were together in one location near the end of December or early January.

The Andersson surname is a recent discovery I found on Ancestry in the Swedish marriage records for Johan/John and Anna Lena. Finding that record set me off in a whole new direction, but I’m still confused. Of course, that’s the fun of doing genealogical research. All these puzzle pieces, but in this instance each piece could be going by a few different names.

This is what puzzles me: Did John Andersson ever go by the surname Larsson/Larson while he was in the USA. The reason I wonder this is because John’s brother John Bernt went by the surname Larson. The two John’s mother was named Anna Lena as well and she also had come to the United States in 1892. She was a widow and her husband Anders Larson had died around 1876 in Denmark. [Note: I just read recently that if you’re looking for records in Denmark you might try looking in German records as well.]

Back to my John Anderson [Nordgren] line.

  • John, Anna Lena and their son [we called him Leonard] were in Hector, Renville, MN in 1892.
  • Uncle Leonard said that he and his mother went back to Sweden for a while. John went back to Sweden too, but then something changed their minds again and they came back to the USA sometime between 1893/4 and lived in an unknown location.
  • The next child, my grandmother Hulda was born in 1896 near Odebolt, Sac, Iowa. Why were they in Iowa? We’re they migrating and great grandma had to stop to have Hulda? They must have had to stay for a while in Iowa because in1897 another girl, Olive Josephine was born that year.
  • Two years later the family of five has moved on to Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington and we know this because another daughter is born in 1899. Sadly, this daughter Ester, died about a month later that same year.
  • Two more children were born in Washington, Oscar in 1902; Edith Elvera in 1906.

One last thing that I’m wondering is a woman called Alice Anderson. My mom told me that when she lived in Seattle during the war years (WWII) that a woman named Alice Anderson used to come see her and they would go exploring together. Mom was the only daughter left at home during those years, as her sister Jeane was married and living elsewhere, and the other sister Joyce, was either in nursing school, or had graduated and was working in Alaska or in the Army.

So, the big question is, “was Alice a relative to John”? There had to be some reason why she was around.

 

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!

Easy Canvas Prints Review

 

Recently, I was given a very generous offer from Easy Canvas Prints of a free 8 X 10 canvas print in exchange for my honest review of the outcome.  I can sincerely say the photo on canvas I received via FedEx a couple days ago was such a wonderful, and not unexpected,  result.

When I was contacted about the offer I immediately knew which photo I wanted to use for the canvas print.  It was one of my grandmother Helen Nordgren Moline. The original was quite small and I wasn’t sure how it would look in a larger format.

It was easy as 1-2-3-4 to upload my chosen photo, choose the size, and then the free design options. In my case, I chose to have the print wrap around the edge on a 1.50 inch thick canvas with a mirror image.  I did have to adjust the resolution once and reload the image to the site, but it wasn’t a big deal and took just a couple minutes to make that change.

And now, here’s the final result I received this week.  What do you think?

I’m thrilled with the result, and even though it’s hard to tell in this photo I took today, the image quality on the canvas brought out all the details in the photo and more.  You can see the texture of her coat and hat, and I was even able to see that Grandma had pierced ears!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Wouldn’t something like this make a wonderful present for Mom?  Right now, Easy Canvas Prints is having a sale for the holiday:

Enjoy 20% off all canvas and free shipping Plus get a Free 8×10 canvas on all orders over $60 (USA contiguous shipping only).

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