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Johan Severin Martinsson, Bohuslan b.1879

Johan Severin Martinsson, Bohuslan b.1879

Posted: 4 Apr 2012 11:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Martinsson, Johnson, Edgren
I'm looking for help with details about my grandfather, born Johan Severin Martinsson, 29 January,1879. Family stories are that he was from Bohuslan, but his family also owned a farm known as(or in) Rolanda. He may have been born there. As a young man, he served in the Swedish Navy as a ships carpenter. He emigrated to the US as a single man, arriving in New York 27 May,1902(?). I know he had a brother "Gust"/Gustav/August who also emigrated to the US before him. They had several siblings who stayed in Sweden, whose descendants still own the farm @ Rolanda as far as I know.
He changed his name in America to John Severin Johnson and became a Naturalized Citizen 24 January,1908 in Chicago,IL. He married Elsa Edgren 25 February,1911. I believe she was from Stockholm & born in 1885. They had 2 children- Eleanor Sylvia(1912) & John S,Jr(1921). Eleanor & John Sr. went back to visit relatives after WWII.
Any details would be appreciated. Please note that I don't know Swedish or 'Genealogist Lingo' although I'm sure I could decipher either ;=) Bob Johnson ["at"]

Re: Johan Severin Martinsson, Bohuslan b.1879

Posted: 8 Aug 2012 6:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Martinsson Johnson
Johan Severin was born in Tegneby parish in Gothenburg /Bohus county. His father was Johan Martin Jansson b. 1849-02-26 also in Tegneby. His mother was Johanna Sofia Johansdotter b. 1854-03-13 also in Tegneby.
I have found six sibblings: Olle August 1880-08-26 (probably the August you mentioned), Clara Martina 1882-08-16, Conrad Samuel 1885-01-07, Hanna Elisabeth 1887-02-07, Gerda Maria 1889-09-12, Emma Sofia 1891-06-28.

I hope this helps you.

Re: Johan Severin Martinsson, Bohuslan b.1879

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 12:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Aug 2012 12:19PM GMT
According to the household examinations Johan Severin left his family in Rålanda for America on May 5 1902. His brother Olle August left on May 6 1898. I found two more siblings, both born in Tegneby. Agda Josefina b. Aug 8 1893 and Gustaf Hjalmar b. Feb 1 1896.

Their parents Johan Martin and Johanna Sofia got married Nov 3 1878. Johan Martin died Oct 23 1914. Johanna Sofia died Jan 3 1933. Johan Martin died in an accident. According to the note in the church book a police officer confirmed it was an accident. It seems his carriage was knocked over somehow. Johanna Sofia died from brain hemorrhage.

There are some more information in the household examinations for 1903-1933 regarding the children and who they married etc. Not sure if you are interested in that but if you are let me know.
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