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Colson

Posted: 11 Apr 2002 4:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Aug 2006 9:33PM GMT
I am trying to locate an William Colson who (according to a census taken in 1921) immigrated from Norway to Canada (Newfoundland area) in or about 1890. He was born in 1856 but it gives no city of birth. Any help would be appreciated.

Sincerely,

Karen Riddle

Re: Colson

Posted: 13 Apr 2002 2:35AM GMT
Classification: Query

Would you believe I found William spelled this many ways in the 1865 census? vilem, vilham, vilhelm, vilhjem, vilhlem, vilhlm, vilhm, vilhælm, viliam, viljam, viljen, villam, villeam, villeim, villem, villeum, villiam, villium, villjam, villom, villum, vilom, vilum, wileam, wilehem, wilem, wilh, wilham, wilhan, wilhelem, wilhelm, wilhelmn, wilhem, wilhilm. Those names, born 1855-56-57 give 176 possibilities spread in ALL provinces.

Colson is quite impossible. (At least for me, guessing at possibilities.)

I think you will have to find some more facts. The most useful would be his father's first name. Birth place or region, port of emigration?

Have you, by the way, looked on familysearch.org? Their searches are good at guessing at alternate spellings.

What did he name his sons and what were his brothers' names? That might be a hint as to his father's name.

The good news is that the 1865 census is very nearly complete, and a 9-year-old should be living with his parents. Find some more info and we'll find him.

Good luck!


Re: Colson

Posted: 14 Apr 2002 6:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Aug 2006 9:33PM GMT
Hi. Thanks for your reply. I was able to find a census that was done in 1911 in Sandy Point, Newfoundland that gives a little more information about William Colson. In this census the last name is spelled Colston and listed as place of birth is Christiana, Norway. The only problem is the 1911 census gives his year of birth as March 1861, while the census of 1921 gives it as 1856. I couldn't find a port of emmigration. He named his sons William, Peter, Edward and Ralph. And I'm not sure if he had brothers. I don't know if this will help any, but any information that you can help me with would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Karen Riddle

Re: Colson

Posted: 14 Apr 2002 10:57PM GMT
Classification: Query

I just wrote a long but not very helpful reply - then lost it.

I just can't figure out what Colson/Colston has to do with Norway. Of the 50 or so Vilhelm etc. (first or middle name) born Kristiania/Christiania 1855-1865, quite a few are foster children. A couple have mothers named Pedersdatter or fathers named some variant of William, but not enough to go on.

Occupation? Catholic? Middle name? Anything like naturalization papers or death certificate/obit or whatever corresponds to 'social security'? Married in Norway?

Afraid I'll have to give up on this one without more info. Sorry. Hope someone else steps in with good ideas.
Posted: 12 Feb 2013 10:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Colson
I am a descendant of the man you are looking for. I am interested in information that precedes his arrival to Canada. He would be my great-great grandfather. Please contact me by email.
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