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looking for great grandfather who might have come from Norway 1873 to USA

looking for great grandfather who might have come from Norway 1873 to USA

Posted: 22 Nov 2013 1:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson/ Norway/Grandfather
I would like for someone to see if they have a person in their ancestry tree that resembles my person although the name may have been changed once in the USA. My great grandfathers name was Charles C Johnson, name could have been changed to this. He was born in Dec 1855 and it said Sweden although Sweden did rule Norway at one time. I do not know where or what his parents names would have been. I had one relative that said he was told Charles was from Norway. He settled in Menominee county Michigan USA and had his family there. He died in Rhinelander Wisconsin in 1942. I tried to get his naturalization papers from MI, but the state said there were so many Charles Johnson's in that county in that time span, they would never be sure they had the right one for me. And they didn't require much information on the papers at that time.
I had a Johnson male take the YDNA test and I do not have any Johnsons there. That is why I think he changed his name to this name. So if you have anyone on your tree that resembles these dates or have a match with my tree, or the birth date or immigration date let me know. Thank you. The immigration date might be off a bit or his birth date, on the marriage certificate showed in 1882 he was 25. Unless it was a mistake all other records but one had 1855 the one different had 1853.

Re: looking for great grandfather who might have come from Norway 1873 to USA

Posted: 22 Nov 2013 4:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 23 Nov 2013 2:16PM GMT
Your Charles C. Johnson must be the one that was married to Caroline and had children Edwad, Annie and Carl, right? I see the family in the 1910 census for Holmes, Michigan. Both this census and the 1940 Oneida County, WI census say he was born in Sweden in 1855. The 1910 census says he immigrated in 1873.

His first name in Sweden was probably Carl/Karl - and not Charles. His last Name could have been Johnsson or Johansson.

Did he marry in Menominee County, Michigan? The 1880 shows a Chas Johnson, 26, Born in Sweden, living in Breitung, Menominee, Michigan.

Re: looking for great grandfather who might have come from Norway 1873 to USA

Posted: 22 Nov 2013 3:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
For some time Sweden and Norway were united under one king - but the people knew the actual name of the country they lived in and the records of the churches and administrative areas were separately kept. Norway did not lose it's identity.

For naturalization in the US one document asked new citizens to list the name of the head of the nation they were from and those US documents most often listed that as the King of Sweden and Norway... some may have reversed the word order but meant the same thing.

Your job will be to scour any and all records for Mr. Johnson AFTER he emigrated to see any ANYTHING listed a parish name where he came from. That is vital to your continued success in tracking his family history. Many times a Lutheran minister in the new country may have made some notation of the parish where a member of the congregation was originally baptized and/or confirmed -- that's one possibility.

Re: looking for great grandfather who might have come from Norway 1873 to USA

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
His tombstone is on findagrave.com in Oneida county, Wisconsin. Have you gotten his obituary from their historical society in Oneida county?

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Jo...;

Birth: 1855
Death: 1942


Burial:
Forest Home Cemetery
Rhinelander
Oneida County
Wisconsin, USA

Created by: Tami L
Record added: Sep 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76645668

If my link above doesn't work, go to findagrave and find person #76645668

There should have been some write-up in the newspaper. Also, if you can request his death certificate either from the Oneida county courthouse, or the historical society in Oneida county, maybe it says more information. Exact birthdate, or name of father, or maiden name of mother.

This page has some historical society addresses
http://wigenweb.org/oneida/hissoc.html

This looks promising:

HISTORY CENTER and ARCHIVES (HCA)
Formerly known as ARC-NORTH (Area Reseach Center) The History Center and Archives at Ashland is a branch of the Wisconsin Historical Society and holds records for nine counties including Oneida: Naturalization Records; Pre-1907 bdm; newspapers on microfilm; platmaps; etc.
located in the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland
address: 29270 County Hwy G, Ashland WI 54806-9339
phone: (715) 685-2647 fax: (715) 685-2680

Lots of activity was done on this same search earlier this year:
http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.immigration.depswe/232/mb....

Lots of information presented here too:
http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.scan-balt.sweden.gener...

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