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.