Thursday, December 25, 2014

On this day - December 25

I checked my genealogy database calendar and found the following birthday and marriage anniversaries. I wondered how they celebrated their birthdays and marriages on Christmas. Or was Christmas the more important day? I always found it interesting that couples married on Christmas. Perhaps it was because family was altogether to help them celebrate. Or perhaps it was a day when they didn’t have to work and had time to have a wedding.

My Dad’s side:
  • Maria Catharine Trösster was born 25 December 1813 in Oberhundem, Westfalen.  Maria is my 2nd great grandmother. She was the daughter of John Joseph Trösster and Maria Elisabeth Döbener, and married Joseph Henrich Horoch 2 Aug 1825.

My Mom’s side:
  • John Stubbs Stackhouse was born 25 December 1854 in Copiah County, Mississippi.  John Stubbs Stackhouse married Laura Ellen Coor 29 Apr 1886, who was the daughter of Daniel K. Coor & Susan Allen.  Laura is my first cousin 4 times removed.
  • John Samuel Lancaster and Sue S. Manning were married 25 December 1874 in Ellis County, Texas. John Samuel Lancaster was the son of Josiah R. Lancaster & Mary Jane Land. John is my first cousin 5 times removed.
  • John Eugene Coor and Mary Margaret Lyles were married 25 December 1884 in Erath County, Texas.  John Eugene Coor was the son of James Madison Coor and Melissa Ann Welch. John is my 2nd great granduncle.
  • Laudrick Edison Coor was born 25 December 1899 in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. He was the son of Dempsey P. Coor and Mary Victoria Pair. He is my first cousin 3 times removed.

My husband’s father’s side:
  • Jesse Gorrell and Sophia May Forney were married 25 December 1828.  Jesse Gorrell was the son of James Gorrell and Sarah Milholland. He is my husband’s 2nd great granduncle.

My husband’s mother’s side:
  • Dorothea Maria Petersdotter was born 25 December 1864 in Åsenhöga, Sweden.  She was the daughter of Peter Jaënsson and Stina Cajsa Nilsdotter.  She is my husband’s first cousin 3 times removed.
  • Ruth Marie Challberg was born 25 December 1899 in Nebraska. She was the wife of Carl David Harry Nilsen, who was my husband’s great uncle.

Contact me if any of these people are part of your family, too.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Blog Caroling: Twelve Days of Christmas

The Christmas season would not begin until the Burl Ives "Twelve Days of Christmas" record was played. I cannot imagine anyone else singing that song. That record was played to death; literally. So I was saddened when I didn't have one to play to my girls. A co-worker was kind enough to find the album on eBay, so now I begin our Christmas caroling season with good ole Burl Ives.

You can hear him sing here.

Here are the lyrics. I've only included the last verse to keep this post short.
On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Bishop Family: Petition for Partition, Part II

I found the newspaper item where Jacob Bishop requested the partitioning of a piece of property in Huntington Township, Ross County, Ohio, and listed all of the children and heirs of Henry Bishop and Catherine Schreyer.[1]  You can find that post here.

Then on 31 May 1838, another item was found in the Scioto Gazette.[2] It was a notice of the public sale at the Courthouse in Chillicothe of the same tract of land from the previous notice.  Here is the transcription.

Ross Common Pleas.
Scioto (Chillicothe Ohio) Gazette, 31 May 1838, p 3

Jacob Bishop,                    }
       vs.                               }  Petition for Partition .
David Bishop and others   }
By virtue of an order made in the above cause at the April
Term of said Court, in the year 1838, I will expose to
public sale at the Court House, in the city of Chillicothe, on
Monday, the 2d day of July next, between the hours of 10 A.
M. and 4 P.M. of said day, the following tract of land, situate
follows, to wit: beginning at a white oak, ash and hickory,
Southeasterly corner of surveys No. 2912 and No. 3816, run-
ning thence North 50 W 144 poles to a beech and sugar tree
thence South 4½ West 13 poles to a beech, thence S 8 W 10
poles to a sugar tree, thence S 25 W 102 poles to three sugar
trees, thence N 40 E 200 poles to a sugar tree and hickory,
thence South 50 E 54 poles to the beginning: containing one
hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less.
  Terms of sale—One-third of the purchase money to be paid
on the day of sale, one-third in one year, and the other third
in two years, with interest from the day of sale.
                                                CHARLES MARTIN, Sheriff R.C.
May 31, 1838                                                                      7w5

What is learned from this newspaper notice is:
·         there was a court hearing at the April Term
·         the public sale would be 2 Jul 1838 at the Courthouse in Chillicothe
·         the land description is identical to the previous notice to partition
·         a third of the purchase price to be paid on day of sale, one third a year later, and final third two years later

Obtaining the court record of the hearing might give me more information about the request for partition. Was the partition granted? Or was the land to be sold and the money divided among the heirs?

So when at the Family History Library in January, the court records will also be searched along with the land records.

Henry Bishop and wife, Catherine Schreyer were the 3rd great-grandparents of my husband.



[1] “Notice,” Scioto  (Chillicothe Ohio) Gazette, 18 Jan 1838, p3, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 17 Nov 2014).
[2] “Ross Common Pleas,” Scioto (Chillicothe Ohio) Gazette, 31 May 1838, p3, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 17 Nov 2014).

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Bishop Family: A Petition to Partition in Ross County, Ohio

It's been a while since I posted. I am currently working on my husband's Bishop line.

I found this notice in the Scioto Gazette, a newspaper published from 1835 to 1854 in Chillicothe, Ohio, which is in Ross County.[1] Family names that were searched in this newspaper were GORRELL, SHOTTS, and BISHOP. What brought my attention to this article was Mary Shotts’ name along with her husband, Daniel Shotts. These are my husband’s paternal 2nd great-grandparents. Mary’s maiden name was Bishop.

Notice.
“Notice,” Scioto Gazette, 18 Jan 1838, p3,
GenealogyBank.com
(
http://www.genealogybank.com : 17 Nov 2014).
JACOB BISHOP, of Ross county, Ohio, hereby gives notice
To David Bishop, who resides in Indiana, Amos Bishop,
Mary Shotts, late Mary Bishop, and her husband, Daniel
Shotts, Eliza Toops, late Eliza Bishop, and her husband Tho-
mas Toops, and Catharine Bishop, all of whom reside in Ross
county, Ohio; Daniel Bishop who resides in Ross county, Ro-
bert Bishop who resides in Ross county, Elizabeth Terry, late
Elizabeth Bishop, and her husband ------ Terry, who resides in
Kentucky, Margaret Moore, late Margaret Bishop, who resides
in Indiana; the heirs and legal representatives of Henry Bish-
op, dec’d., their names and residence unknown; the heirs and
legal representatives of Mary Stagnor, dec’d., late Mary Bishop,
their names unknown, supposed to reside in Pickaway and Ross
counties; the heirs and legal representatives of Jacob Bishop,
dec’d., their names unknown, some reside in Ross, some in
Hardin county, the residence of others unknown; the heirs and
legal representatives of George Bishop, dec’d., who reside in
Kentucky, their names unknown; the heirs and legal repre-
sentatives of John Bishop, dec’d., they reside in Ohio, their
names or counties in which they reside not known; that a
petition was filed by him on the 13th day of January, 1838, in
the Court of Common Pleas, Ross county, in the state of O-
hio, against the above named parties, wherein he demands par-
tition of the following real estate situate in Huntington town-
ship, Ross county, Ohio, bounded and described as follows:--
Beginning at a white oak, ash and hickory, south-easterly cor-
ner of survey, No. 2912 and No. 3816, running thence North
50 W. 144 poles to a beech and sugar tree; thence South 4 ½
W. 13 poles to a beech, thence S 8 W. 10 poles to a sugar
tree; thence N. 50 W. 190 poles to a red oak, beech and dog-
wood; thence N. 50 W 102 poles to three sugar trees; thence
N. 40 E 200 poles to a sugar tree and hickory; thence S. 50
E. 54 poles to the beginning; containing one hundred and fifty
acres, more or less; and that at the next term of said
Court, application will be made by the petitioner for an order
that partition may be made of said premises.
CREIGHTON & BOND, A

There appeared to be a lot going on in this notice of court action. There are a lot of names, some familiar and not so much. It is about a petition filed by Jacob Bishop
“on the 13th day of January, 1838, in the Court of Common Pleas, Ross county, in the state of Ohio, against the above named parties, wherein he demands partition of the following real estate situate in Huntington township, Ross county, Ohio”

Then the property is described as:
Beginning at a white oak, ash and hickory, south-easterly corner of survey, No. 2912 and No. 3816, running thence North 50 W. 144 poles to a beech and sugar tree; thence South 4 ½ W. 13 poles to a beech, thence S 8 W. 10 poles to a sugar tree; thence N. 50 W. 190 poles to a red oak, beech and dogwood; thence N. 50 W 102 poles to three sugar trees; thence N. 40 E 200 poles to a sugar tree and hickory; thence S. 50 E. 54 poles to the beginning; containing one hundred and fifty acres, more or less;
I think I have figured out who the first set of people listed are:
David Bishop, who resides in Indiana, Amos Bishop, Mary Shotts, late Mary Bishop, and her husband, Daniel Shotts, Eliza Toops, late Eliza Bishop, and her husband Thomas Toops, and Catharine Bishop, all of whom reside in Ross county, Ohio;

David Bishop, Amos Bishop, Mary Bishop Shotts, Eliza Bishop Toops, Catherine Bishop, and Jacob Bishop (the petitioner) are children of Frederick Bishop and Susana Cress.

The next set of names that were separated by a semicolon are:
Daniel Bishop who resides in Ross county, Robert Bishop who resides in Ross county, Elizabeth Terry, late Elizabeth Bishop, and her husband ------ Terry, who resides in Kentucky, Margaret Moore, late Margaret Bishop, who resides in Indiana;
These are some of the children of Henry Bishop and Catherine Schreyer. Frederick Bishop was also a son of Henry and Catherine Bishop. I have 11 children born to Henry and Catherine, however not a Daniel. Perhaps Daniel is a middle name for one of the sons or I have missed one of the children.

The next sets of names separated by semicolons are heirs of deceased children:
·         the heirs and legal representatives of Henry Bishop, dec’d., their names and residence unknown;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of Mary Stagnor, dec’d., late Mary Bishop, their names unknown, supposed to reside in Pickaway and Ross counties;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of Jacob Bishop, dec’d., their names unknown, some reside in Ross, some in Hardin county, the residence of others unknown;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of George Bishop, dec’d., who reside in Kentucky, their names unknown;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of John Bishop, dec’d., they reside in Ohio, their names or counties in which they reside not known;
By 1838, Henry Bishop and wife Catherine have died; Henry in 1830 and Catherine in 1836.[2] Children of Henry and Catherine who have died included:
  • Frederick, the father of the first set of names, died in 1819.[3]
  • John, 1809[4]
  • Henry, 1832[5]
  • Jacob, 1819[6]
  • George, 1835[7]
  • Mary, 1834[8]
  • David, 1856[9]
  • Robert, 1875[10]
  • Margaret, unknown
  • Elizabeth, unknown
  • Nancy, unknown

This newspaper notice gives clues as to the location of the children of Henry & Catherine Bishop.

Name
Names of Heirs
Heir Location
Frederick
David, Amos, Mary Shotts, Eliza Toops, Catharine
Indiana and Ross County.
John
unknown
Ohio, counties unknown
Henry
Unknown
unknown
Jacob
unknown
Some in Ross Co, some in Hardin, some unknown
George
unknown
Kentucky, counties unknown
Mary Stagnor
Unknown
Pickaway & Ross counties
David


Robert

Ross County
Margaret Moore

Indiana
Elizabeth Terry

Kentucky
Nancy


Daniel Bishop

Ross County

There was no information about two of the children of Henry and Catherine: David Bishop and Nancy. Is it possible that the Daniel Bishop who was listed could be a misprint and really David? And could Nancy be one of the other daughters? John F. Bishop, whose Family Group Sheet I have did list a Nancy Bishop between Mary Bishop and Elizabeth Bishop. But there was no vital information. Other vital information came from some family bible.

So what is this land that Jacob wants partition? And why hasn’t it been dealt with before? Henry had died in 1830 and Catherine in 1836.

On 6 Jun 1832, George Bishop, John Long, and Thomas McCann presented to court $250 to bind themselves.[11] George Bishop was appointed Administrator of the estate of Henry Bishop. Previously on the 5 Jun 1832, that letters of administration be granted to George Bishop on the estate of Henry Bishop, deceased. The motion accepted that the widow, Catherine was incapable of administering owing to infirmity of age. The court also ordered that Daniel Grubb, Samuel Thilboron and Isaac Bradford, freeholders appraise the personal property of Henry Bishop, deceased.

The appraisal was conducted 25 Aug 1832 and the public sale was 29 Nov 1832 and the bill of sale was included in the probate package. She received a total of $103 and 73.5 cents. The bill only showed a list of items and value but not who purchased the items.

There was no mention of land in the estate papers. The next task is to search for land records for Henry Bishop before his death and what became of the land after his death. With this description as listed in the newspaper notice, it should be simple to compare to the land purchases and sales of any Bishop land. The land records for Ross county are not digitized on Familysearch.org yet, so the microfilms will have to be searched at the Family History Library next month when I’m there.



[1] “About The Scioto gazette,” Chronicling America (http://www.chroniclingamerica.gov/lccn/sn84024214/ : accessed 15 Dec 2014).
[2] For Henry’s death, "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 35869435, Bishop Hill Cemetery, Ross Co OH, Heinrich "Henry" Bishop. For Catherine’s death, "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave  (http://www.findagrave.com), Bishop Hill Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio, Memorial# 97926638, Catherine Schreyer Bishop.
[3] Weekly (Chillicothe, Ohio) Recorder, digital image, Genealogybank.com (http://genealogybank.com), "Died," 15 Sep 1819, p 35, obit of Frederick Bishop.
[4] Estate of John Bishop, 1809, Ross Co, Ohio.
[5] Estate of Henry Bishop, 1832, Ross Co, Ohio.
[6] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[7] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[8] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 97928283, Bishop Hill Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ohio, Mary Bishop Stagner.
[9] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[10] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[11] Ross County, Ohio Probate Records, 1832, Henry Bishop packet #529, familysearch.org  : accessed 26 Nov 2014.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

SNGF: Timelines

Randy Seaver over at Genea-musings has another assignment for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Tonight, it's to create a timeline for one our our ancestors.

I used RootsMagic software to create my timeline of my second great-grandfather, Vincent Sievert. Because I have added various "facts" to the software, my timeline has quite a few events of his life.


The small superscript numbers at the end of each line refer to the sources. I elected to have them be endnotes and they are here:


I have sources for most of the events in his life once he arrived in the United States in 1852. What I don't have are original sources for his birth and marriage. Between 1860 and his death, I have quite a few events about his life, but the time between their ship arrival and the 1860 census is unknown as well. Someday I'd like to search for local Joliet, Illinois newspapers. I'll probably have to visit Joliet and read the microfilmed versions myself.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On This Day–Raymond Joseph Hork b. 11 Nov 1889

Raymond Joseph Hork was the eighth child of John Anton Hork and Julia Ann Sievert. He was born on 11 Nov 1889 in Stuart, Guthrie Co, Iowa.[1] The family had lived there at least since 31 Oct 1886, when his next oldest brother, Anthony was born.[2] By the 1890’s, they were living in Oregon, where the next sibling, Urselle was born.[3]

Raymond lived a short life, dying on 1 Dec 1917.[4]  He was only 28 years old. So what happened in his short life?

Two census records give some minute detail. The family finally settled for good in Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana, where they were found in the 1900 census.[5] His father was a tailor and they were renters. Raymond was listed as being born Nov 1890 and 9 years old. In 1910, he was a 21 year old, living at home with his widowed mother, Julia, three brothers, Albert, Tony, and Cyril, and two sisters, Carrie and Urselle. Raymond was a printer.

Newspaper accounts give some information. He was invited to children’s parties along with his sister, Urselle.[6]
1900-10-22 Anaconda Standard p 10 - Raymond Hork

He played a country boy in the play “The Whirl O’ The Town” at the Eastern Star Lodge.[7]
He played baseball with the “Peshick’s Pets” as the first baseman.[8]
1910-07-14_The Missoulian_p8_Ray Hork baseball_loc-crop
In 1910, he learned to work a linotype machine in San Francisco by taking a two month’s course.[9] He was working at the office of the Western News. He had been working there at least since 1907 when he worked as a compositor.[10] By 1909 he was a foreman at the paper.[11]

Around 1912, he left Hamilton. In April of 1913, he was working on a Mergenthaler keyboard in Topeka, Kansas.[12] His family was worried when they didn’t hear from him after a cyclone had passed through the region. His older brother, Albert, who was also the County Clerk, sent a telegram to the secretary of the typographical union at Topeka to ask about Raymond. About a week later, the family received a card saying he was fine. 1913-04-03_The Missoulian_p3_Ray Hork_loc
Other places he worked were on a Mergenthaler linotype in a newspaper office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[13]

By Sep 1913, he was back in Montana, working for The Missoulian in Missoula.[14] He was still working there in 1915.[15]

And then there was no news until his death.

He died on 1 Dec 1917 in Warm Springs, Deer Lodge Co, Montana. The death certificate said it was the Montana State Hospital. There was no named informant and many of the lines were filled as unknown: birth, parent’s names and birthplaces. Cause of death was exhaustion of dementia precox and contributory cause of dementia precox. The doctor had attended him from 7 Oct 1917 to 1 Dec 1917. It was unknown how long.

Just two months.

After some research, I found that dementia precox, or “premature dementia” is a psychotic disorder that often begins in early adulthood. The cognitive ability becomes impaired and there is a “disruption in cognitive or mental functioning such as in attention, memory, and goal-directed behavior.”[16] This differs from manic depressive illness. It was believed that one did not recover from dementia precox. The term was popularized by a German psychiatrist named Emil Kraepelin. Later, the term schizophrenic reaction was used for this disorder.

Also learned a little about the Montana State Hospital. It was the only mental hospital in the state and was located in Warm Springs, which is near Anaconda.[17] It was founded in 1877 before statehood and was run by two doctors, Armistead H. Mitchell and Charles F. Mussigbrod. Between 1891 and 1907, it was run by Dr. O.Y. Warren and then Dr. J.M. Scanland. In 1912, the hospital became a state institution. In 1917, there was a special investigation to look into charges of gross mismanagement and corruption at the hospital. The management were not found guilty of any charges. Gradually the hospital changed from being primarily a custodial asylum to a hospital using modern treatments.montana state hospital
The Montana Historical Society Research Center in Helena, Montana has the records for the State Hospital between 1877-1973. Patient records are restricted but the website said to contact the archivist. I might do that to find out what I can about what caused him to be admitted.

Mental illness does run in the family. His father, Anton Hork, was an alcoholic, and another brother, Frank was in the same hospital since before 1910 until his death in 1952.

After his funeral at St. Francis Catholic Church, he was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.[18] So sorry you had such a short life, Ray. No pictures that I know of. Just this marker to remind us of your short life.
1917 Tombstone - Riverview Cem - Hamilton MT - Raymond J Hork
 

[1] Hork Family Bible, Heilige Schrist, privately held by Alice Irene McGee, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Lexington, Kentucky., "Geburten", #8, Raymond Joseph, 1889.
[2] Ibid, #7, Anthony, 1886.
[3] Ibid. #9, Urselle Clementine, 1992.
[4] Montana State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate, Deer Lodge Co, no. 126234, 1917, Raymond J. Hork.
[5] 1900 U.S. Census, Ravalli County, Montana, population schedule, Hamilton, ED 81, Sheet 15, line 79, John A. Hork, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Jun 2011), citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 914.
[6] “Hamilton News,” 22 Oct 1900, p 10, Raymond Hork.; digital image, Genealogybank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com: accessed 6 Dec 2008).
[7] “Cast is Announced in Hamilton,” The Daily Missourian, 27 Mar 1910, p 9, col 4; digital image, Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 9 Nov 2014).
[8] “Valley Mercantile Company Picks Up Defi of ‘Peshick’s Pets,’” The Daily Missourian, 17 Jul 1910, p 8, col 3; digital image, Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 9 Nov 2014).
[9] “Hamilton Notes,” The Anaconda Standard, 10 Aug 1910, p 7, col 5, Genealogybank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com: accessed 11 Jul 2008).
[10] Missoula and Hamilton City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Jun 2012), 1907, p 368, Raymond Hork.
[11] Ibid, 1909, p 502, Raymond Hork.
[12] “Ray Hork is Safe in Cyclone Region,” The Daily Missourian, 3 Apr 1913, p3, col 1; digital image, Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 9 Nov 2014).
[13] “Hamilton Briefs,” The Daily Missourian, 27 Aug 1913, p 5, col 1; digital image, Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 9 Nov 2014).
[14] “Hamilton News,” 13 Sep 1913, p 12, col 2; digital image, Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 9 Nov 2014).
[15] Missoula and Hamilton City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 9 Nov 2014), 1915, p 401, Raymond Hork.
[16] “Dementia Praecox,”Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia_praecox : accessed 9 Nov 2014).
[17] Guide to the Warm Springs State Hospital Records, 1877-1973,” Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA), http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv86189 : accessed 9 Nov 2014.
[18] St. Francis Catholic Church, photocopy of death/burial register, p. unk, #7, Raymond Joseph Hork, 1917. Also photo of tombstone, Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, Montana, taken by author, July 1999.






































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, Genline.com (http://www.genline.com : accessed 22 Apr 2009).
[2] "New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957" manifest, \i City of Manchester\i0, 9 Jul 1866, Alfred Eliason, digital image, (http://www.ancestry.com : 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, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 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 (http://www.findagrave.com), 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 (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 55782842, Turlock Memorial Park, Turlock CA, Mathilda Louise Lundquist.