Friday, October 3, 2014

52 Ancestors: Pehr Alfred Andersson Lundquist (1856-1932)

Pehr Alfred Andersson Lundquist was my husband’s maternal great grandfather. He was born in Sweden 19 May 1856 in Wädbäcken, Grolanda, Skaraborg to Anders Eliasson and Cajsa Pehrsdotter.[1] Last week’s 52 Ancestors post on Anders Eliasson is here.

Pehr Alfred immigrated to America when he was just 9 years old, arriving with his family in New York on 9 Jul 1866 aboard the City of Manchester.[2] Once in America, the family's surname became Lundquist.

By 1870, he was the only child still living with his parents on a farm in Jefferson County, Iowa.[3] He purchased 80 acres of land on 11 Oct 1883 in Montgomery County, Iowa from the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company for $1120.[4] The railroads only needed the land wide enough to lay their tracks and build a few stations and yards, so then sold the excess land to farmers.

Pehr Alfred married Mathilda Lovisa Ericksdotter-Holm on 15 Mar 1892 in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa.[5] Their marriage application stated that he lived in Stanton and was a farmer. He was going to be 35 at his next birthday. The bride lived in Red Oak and was 20 years old.

Why did he wait so long to marry? My first thought was he took care of his parents and waited until they passed away. However, his father lived until 1882 and his mother to 1885. Why would he then wait and additional 7 years to marry. Perhaps he waited until Lovisa was old enough to marry. There was a 14 year difference between their ages. She didn’t come to America until sometime after 1887. We may never know.

Pehr Alfred and Lovisa had three children: John Edward, Agnes, and David William.
P.A Lundquist, David, Agnes, John, Lovisa

In 1915, the family packed up and moved to Hilmar, California, which is in northern Merced county, not far from Turlock. There was a Swedish colony started there in the early part of the century. Lovisa’s sister and her husband, Carolina and Charles E. Johnson, also came to Hilmar.

Pehr Lundquist bought land and built a very nice home in Hilmar. According to my husband’s aunt, the farmhouse was one of the first to have indoor plumbing. The counters were lower than normal because Lovisa was very short. And one wall was made of cupboards from floor to ceiling.

So what did he grow on the farm? According to the 1926 farm directory, he was growing alfalfa, grapes, and beans.[6]

Pehr Alfred died 30 Jan 1932 at home and was buried at the Turlock Memorial Park in Turlock, California.[7] His wife, Lovisa died 12 Mar 1942 and was buried with her husband.[8] Their son, Dave never married and continued to farm on the land until his death.

[1] Grolanda, Skaraborg, Sweden, Births, C:4 1830-1861, p 79, 1856, Pehr Alfred Andersson; digital image 1519.20.35900, ( : accessed 22 Apr 2009).
[2] "New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957" manifest, \i City of Manchester\i0, 9 Jul 1866, Alfred Eliason, digital image, ( : accessed 1 Jun 2011), citing "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1957," National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, Roll 268; Line: 25; List Number: 783..
[3] Iowa, Jefferson, 1870 U.S. census, Lockridge, p. 145b, dwelling 304, family 298, Andrew Longquist; digital image, ( : accessed 1 Jun 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration, M593, roll 399,.
[4] Montgomery Co, Iowa Deeds, 1854-1927, 17: 419, CB&QRR to PA Lundquist, 11 Oct 1883; FHL microfilm 1,480,962, item 1.
[5] Montgomery Co, Iowa District Court, Marriage Record of Per Alfred Lundquist & Mathilda Holm.
[6] Stanislaus County Ranchers Directory, September 1926, 979.457 E4r, 1926 volumes. (Modesto, California: Smith's Print Shop, 1926), 124.
[7] California Department of Health Services, Death Certificates, death certificate Merced Co bk 9, p 163 (1932), Per Alfred Lundquist. For burial, "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (, Memorial# 55782844, Turlock Memorial Park, Turlock CA, Pehr Alfred Lundquist.
[8] California Department of Health Services, Death Certificates, death certificate Merced Co bk 13, p 484 (1942), Matilda Louise Lundquist. For burial: "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (, Memorial# 55782842, Turlock Memorial Park, Turlock CA, Mathilda Louise Lundquist.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

52 Ancestors: Anders Eliason Lundquist (1821-1882)

This week's ancestor belongs to my husband--his great great-grandfather.

Anders Eliason was born on 28 Sep 1821 in Grolanda, Skaraborgs län, Sweden.[1] He was the son of Elias Pehrsson and Kjerstin Ericsdotter, the third of seven children.  

Birth record of Anders, son of Elias Pehrsson & Kjerstin Ericksdotter
He married Cajsa Florine Pehrsdotter on 11 Jul 1847.[2] She was the daughter of Pehr Andersson and Maja Andersdotter, born on 12 Sep 1812.[3]
Marriage of Anders & Cajsa in 1847
In 1866, Casja and Anders immigrated to the United States aboard the City of Manchester. Two of his children, Sofia and Alfred, and his brother, Gustaf and his family were on board, too.
1866 ship list of the City of Manchester
The family ended up in Iowa with new surname of Lundquist. It has not been determined why the name was changed to Lundquist. Perhaps there were other family members already in Iowa who had adopted this name.

Anders and Casja had 6 children:
  • John Gustaf Lundquist
  • Augusta (died young)
  • Anna Sophia
  • Fredrig (died young)
  • Pehr Alfred
  • Frans (died young)

Here they are in the 1870 census in Jefferson County, Iowa[4]:

Anders was naturalized on 8 Oct 1874.[5] Sometime before 1880, he moved his family to Montgomery County, Iowa where he was a farmer.[6]  
1880 agriculture schedule for Anders Lundquist (see line 5)
The agriculture schedule taken in 1880 gives us some information about his farm. He had 70 acres tilled. His farm was worth in $1600 and his farming implements and machinery were worth $60. Livestock was worth $720 and he produced about $600 of product in 1879. He owned 7 horses but no mules and he had two milk cows. During 1879, 2 calves dropped and 19 pounds of butter were made. He also had 17 swine, 4 barnyard hens and produced 15 dozen eggs the previous year. While his neighbors grew corn, oats, and rye, he grew only wheat; 20 acres produced 180 bushels. He also had a quarter of an acre in potatoes which produced 20 bushels.

Anders died 15 Sep 1882 and Casja died 15 Aug 1885. They are buried together in Nyman Cemetery.

[1] Grolanda Parish (Skaraborg, Västergötland, Sweden), Church Records, "Births 1753-1758," Anders Eliasson, 1821, p 241;Digital images, ( : accessed 6 Jul 2011), citing Swedish Church Records Archive. Johanneshov, Sweden: Genline AB.
[2] (Grolanda, Skaraborg, Sweden), “Marriages 1831-1861” C:4, pg 119, image 1519.20.37900; 1847, Anders Eliasson & Cajsa Persdotter, digital image, ( : accessed 22 Apr 2009).
[3] Grolanda Parish (Skaraborg, Västergötland, Sweden), Church Records, Födde (Births) 1753-1758, 1773-1829 (C:3),Caisa Pehrsdotter, 1812, p 225, digital images, ( : 3 Jul 2011).
[4] Iowa, Jefferson, 1870 U.S. census, Lockridge, p. 145b, dwelling 304, family 298, Andrew Longquist; digital image, ( accessed 1 Jun 2011) citing National Archives and Records Administration, M593, roll 399.
[5] Jefferson County District Court, Naturalization Certificate for Andrew E Lundquist, 8 Oct 1874; privately held by Bernice N Hopkins [address withheld].
[6] Iowa, Montgomery, 1880 U.S. census, Scott, enumeration district (ED) 148, p. 375b, dwelling 45, family 45, Andra Lundquist; Digital images,, ( : accessed 1 Jun 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), T9, roll 357.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Matrilineal Monday: Marriage of William Cyril Hork to Anna Marie Sullivan, 30 Nov 1922

Matrilineal Monday is a blogging theme to celebrate or share something of your mother’s line.

When I started on the process of locating my grandparent’s marriage record, all I knew from my aunt (their daughter) was they got married on Thanksgiving and the reception was at Aunt Sadie’s.

I didn't know who Aunt Sadie was.

I wasn't sure of the year, so I didn't know when Thanksgiving fell.

All I knew was William Cyril (known as Cyril) came from Hamilton in Ravalli County, Montana and Anna (later known as Anne) came from Anaconda in Deer Lodge County.

Letters sent to the county recorders in both counties came back with no record found. Gosh, why wouldn't they be married in one of their hometowns?

Letters were sent to the Catholic churches in both counties with the same results: no record of marriage found there.

So, who was Aunt Sadie?

My daughters and I had taken a trip to Montana to visit both Hamilton and Anaconda, hoping to find more information about this marriage (among other things). I made a quick call to my aunt pleading for more information about this Aunt Sadie.

It seems she was married to a Sullivan. She lived in Butte (which is in Silver Bow county) and had three children: Margaret (who never married), Daniel (who was a priest), and John (who was in the electrical business). These were better clues.

So off to Butte we went.

The county recorder’s office found no marriage for Sullivan and Hork. Sigh.

Not completely discouraged, we went to the Catholic Church close to downtown. The office woman took us to a side room and brought all of the old church record books from that church and others in the area that were no longer present. I divvied out books to each of my daughters (who were 8 and 10) and said to look for the names Sullivan and Hork together.

So quietly we searched through the old record books. We were so busy looking that I didn't think to take a photo of us working.

Suddenly daughter #1 yelled out, “I found it!” There in the St. Patrick’s Church book on page 434, Hork & Sullivan were handwritten in the margin.[1] They were married on 30 Nov 1922. The witnesses were Daniel J. Sullivan (the one who would become a priest) and Ethel Sullivan (Anna’s sister).

1922 Marriage record from St. Patrick's Church in Butte, Montana
of Cyril Hork and Anna Sullivan

With the photocopy the office secretary was so nice to make for us, we returned to the courthouse and requested another search of their records. Of course with the known date, the record was found.[2] It had been indexed incorrectly (I can’t remember now how Sullivan or Hork were misspelled).

1922 Marriage record of Cyril Hork & Anna Sullivan
The information was basically the same between the two documents with some minor misspellings.
Later at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, I found a newspaper notice about the marriage with a bit of help from my daughters:[3]

1922 Marriage - The Butte Miner - 3 Dec 1922 - col 4 - Hork-Sullivan
From Butte Miner, 3 Dec 1922

No mention of the reception at Aunt Sadie’s but she and her husband, Michael J. Sullivan were living at 162 West Granite Street in Butte.[4] Michael was the brother of Anna’s father, John H. Sullivan.

There is no other record of the wedding: no photos, no invitation. In fact, I have no photo of Cyril and Anne together.

[1] St. Patrick's Church, Butte, Montana, Marriage (Church) Record of William C. Hork & Anne M. Sullivan, p 434, Hork-Sullivan.
[2] Silver Bow County, Marriage Record of William C. Hork & Anna M. Sullivan, record A-14551, photocopy, 30 Nov 1922.
[3] Marriage Announcement of William C Hork & Anne M. Sullivan, Dec 3, 1922, col 4, p 7.
[4] 1920 Silver Bow Co, Montana, population schedule, Butte, ED 214, sht 3a, dwl 29, fam 43, Michael Sullivan, digital images, ( : accessed 12 Apr 2013).