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Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 11 Nov 2012 8:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson, Ericksen
Nils A. Johnson was born Aug. 3, 1863, supposedly in Bergen, but that might not be accurate. His parent's names were Marie Ericksen (sp?) and John Johnson (sp?). He emigrated to the U.S. in either 1880 or 1890 - census records, etc. are in conflict. I can find no trace of him or his parents on the Norwegian databases on Ancestry. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 6:22PM GMT
Classification: Query

Where is he appearing in the US censuses ( 1900, 1910, 1920) ?

Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 6:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
The best chance of finding Nils would be in the 1865 census. I looked in Bergen, but can't find a match there. Maybe he was born near Bergen - but not in Bergen.

Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 7:34PM GMT
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Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 8:29PM GMT
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Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 9:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
maybe this is correct?



U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)
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Johnson, Neal A. lab Anaconda Co. r 610 Washington
Johnson, Nils H. (Ethel R.) lab Anaconda Co. r 115 W 7th
Name: Neal A Johnson
Residence: date - Anaconda , Montana, USA

1910 United States Federal Census
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Name: Yats A Johnson
[Nels A Johnson]
Spouse: Johotia Johnson
Birth: 1861 - location
Arrival: year
Residence: 1910 - city, Flathead, Montan


Name: Yats A Johnson
[Nils A Johnson]
[Nels A Johnson]
[Nels A Johnson]
Age in 1910: 49
Birth Year: 1861
Birthplace: Norway
Home in 1910: Kalispell, Flathead, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1881
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Johotia Johnson
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members: Name Age
Yats A Johnson
49
Johotia Johnson
48
Anna Johnson
26
[21]
Lida Johnson
9


Married 24 yrs; 5/4 children;
Nils b. Norway x3; immig. 1881/ NA; carpenter – house
Jokobia, b. Norway x3; immig. 1885
Anna b. N.D; cashier – general store
Lida b. Minn.

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Name: Nels A Johnson
Birth Date: 1860
Age at Death: 59
Death Date: 17 Oct 1919
Burial Place: Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana, USA
URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-...
Birth: 1860
Death: Oct. 17, 1919


Family links:
Spouse:
Jacobia Johnson (1861 - 1956)


Burial:
Conrad Memorial Cemetery
Kalispell
Flathead County
Montana, USA

Created by: Burt
Record added: Jan 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17714341

Jacobia Johnson
Birth: Oct. 18, 1861, Norway
Death: Jan. 17, 1956
Flathead County
Montana, USA

The Daily Inter Lake
Monday, January 23, 1956
page 10

OBITUARIES
Mrs. Jacobia Johnson

Funeral services for Mrs. Jacobia Johnson, 94, were conducted Friday afternoon at Waggener and Campbell Chapel, with the Rev. J. M. Grimsrud, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, officiating.
Burial was in the family section of Conrad Memorial Cemetery with Mrs. Johnson's six grandsons, Harry, Gordon, and Arthur Torgerson, James Sonstelle, Allen Riebe, and Clarence Torgerson, pallbearers.
Jacobia Johnson was born in Sortevik, Standal, Safjord, Norway, on Oct. 18, 1861. She grew to womanhood there, and she was married to Nels A. Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson and her husband came to this country and made their home in Grand Forks, N.D., a short time and in May, 1901, came to Kalispell, where she had since made her home.
Mrs. Johnson had been a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church since 1901 and assisted in organizing the Sunday school of the church here. She was a long-time member of the W.M.F. of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sonstelle at 640 Second Ave. West, Kalispell, Jan. 17.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Nels, on Oct. 17, 1919, and one daughter, Nellie, in infancy.
Surviving her are her four daughters, Mrs. H. B. Henricksen and Mrs. Elmer Sonstelle, both of Kalispell; Mrs. Clark Torgerson of Spokane, and Mrs. Leonard Riebe of Wenatchee, Wash.; 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

Family links:
Spouse:
Nels A. Johnson (1860 - 1919)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Conrad Memorial Cemetery
Kalispell
Flathead County
Montana, USA

Created by: Burt
Record added: Jan 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17715436

Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 9:23PM GMT
Classification: Query

http://digitalarkivet.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&am...


birth #132
Kildeinformasjon: Sogn og Fjordane fylke, Kinn, Ministerialbok nr. A 6 (1857-1885), Fødte og døpte 1860, side 63.
Permanent sidelenke: http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=6890&i...


Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 9:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
No, this is a different Nils A. My Nils A. Johnson settled in Brooklyn, NY. His birthday was 3 Aug 1863 per his death certificate, which I have. He is listed in the 1900 US Census as having arrived in 1880. (Much of the 1880 and part of the 1890 census was destroyed by fire). In the 1910 Census, he is listed as having arrived in 1890, but an unknown person has added a note changing it to 1880. In the 1920 Census, it is listed as 1884. In the 1915 New York State Census, he is listed as having been in the US for thirty years, making the arrival date 1885. According to the 1910 Census, he married Marie Carlson (from Fredriksstad, Norway)in 1890. He was naturalized in 1891. There is an online record for a marriage certificate for a Nils Johanson for 23 Apr 1890 to Karoline Karlsen. I have a Digitalarkivet record for Marie his wife (as Caroline M. Carlson) that is definitively she. Only a trip to the New York City Municipal Archives will verify whether Karoline is the same as Caroline Marie, which I will do after all transit is running (hurricane Sandy - I live just outside NYC). Nils' father was named John Johnson and his mother Marie Erickson (these names might be Anglicized). It might also be that he is not from Bergen - the relatives who told me that are long dead, and much of what they told me about all my ancestors was frequently far from the truth! My hope is that finding information about his parents might lead me to the town where he was born and perhaps lived, as well as brothers and sisters. I have a picture of him as a baby, with his mother and sisters.

I am exceedingly grateful you are assisting me in my search. Thank you.

Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 1:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
In those various US censuses it was interesting to note the ages and listed birthplaces for the children of that family. One middle child was born in Norway -- the others appeared to have been born in New York. Nils and this wife (or perhaps an earlier wife) must have been in the US earlier than the immigration dates listed.

I've heard others discuss the many immigrant Norwegian who were in Brooklyn. This was years ago and I was not listening closely because of my lack of personal research interest in the area. They were talking about the records of Norwegian-Lutheran churches which were in Brooklyn and how valuable they had found the information they had gained from those... You might make efforts to search for where those records are now.

The 1890 US federal census was almost completely destroyed by fire. I've never heard of any portions of the 1880 US federal census being missing - there are several websites which can be used to search the 1880 census.

Re: Looking for records of Norwegian great-grandfather.

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 2:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
I know the story of why Astor Johnson was born in Norway. The family was settled in Brooklyn. Marie, Nils' wife, left for Norway to escort her newly widowed mother Andrea Andersdr Engebrigtsen, to Brooklyn. She discovered she was pregnant after sailing, and so stayed in Norway to have the baby and wait until he was old enough to travel. Then they sailed back to the US, where her mother lived out the rest of her days in Brooklyn as well. There used be a portrait of Andrea in the house when I was growing up, which sadly no longer exists.

As for the 1880 census, I read that fire destroyed part of it, but I have no proof. I've never been able to find any part of it that contained any of my family history. A pity, whatever the cause.

Thanks for your interest.
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