Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: Looking for my swedish old grandfather in the US

  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    5

    Lightbulb Looking for my swedish old grandfather in the US

    Hello, this is a long shot (my last try i guess to find out, no one in my family wants to research this person)


    Scroll down if you dont want the backstory.


    My father's father's mother (grandfather's mother?)


    Jenny Olivia Danielsson (1898 - 1993) gave birth to my grandfather when she was only sixteen and werent married, as you might know Sweden where back then a very christian country and the comunity didnt take this lightly when a bastard son where born.


    the man who impregnate her werent man enough and took off, leaving Jenny alone in the northern parts of Sweden (Jämtland county) to take care of here self and her son. She made her own Shotgun amunnition (wolf pellets, buckshots?) and hunted wolves for their skin to sell. Later on she married another and it all worked out.


    this man who fled from his responsibility went to USA, and this is why im writing.


    Backstory ends


    Info about this man:


    First Name: Axel
    Surename: Jonsson (EN: Johnson?)
    Born: Somewhere about Jennys age so 1885 - 1898 prehaps
    Born: Sweden, Jämtland (dont know the town)
    Fleed to the USA: Chicago
    Workmanship Carpenter
    ethnicity White
    marital Single
    Children "None"
    Other info I know that my grandpa Walter had to go to Stockholm to the american embassy to recive his heritage (so im pretty sure he didnt had any children in the US) but one thing that amazed me is did he write a will on his dying breath? how could the embassy know that he was the father of Walter?


    the only info I have on Axel might not be accurate, but the city and Workmanship seems to be right.
    If so, here is the info I got but I cant verify it:


    Name: Axel Johnson
    Date of birth: 14 Jan 1890
    Birtht: Sweden
    Died: 16 Mar 1946
    Place of death: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    Funeral date: 19 Mar 1946
    burial place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    burial place name: Irving Pk
    Age of death: 56
    Workmanship: Carpenter
    residence: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    Fathers name: John Johnson
    Fathers place of birth: Sweden
    Mothers name: Albertina Akholm
    Mothers place of birth: Sweden
    FHL-filmnumber: 1985096


    I can find info on all my other relatives who went to the US (what boat, port, what house and so forth but nothing on this man due to the lack of info from my side, but they all went through New york, dont know about this guy, didnt find anything)


    /kind regards
    Johan from Sweden

  2. #2

  3. #3
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    5
    Hi Val,

    Thanks for the quick reply,

    yes, its the same info as ancestry's got... its only one file (and its the info that im not sure is correct)
    Chicago is not a port town so to speak so he must have taken the boat to new york but I cant find him in those papers as well....

  4. #4
    Member Sylvia C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    2,164
    When did this man leave Sweden for the US?

    Was it before your grandfather's birth, or after it?


    That just narrows the time period for searching entry into the US, eg through Ellis Island, or censuses.

    You have checked Ellis Island records, have you not?
    Last edited by Sylvia C; 13-01-19 at 00:54. Reason: spelling mistake
    My avatar is my mother and her mother, Scarborough ca 1925-1930.
    Researching Cadd, Schofield, Cottrell in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire; Taylor, Park in Westmorland; Hayhurst in Yorkshire, Westmorland, Lancashire; Hughes, Roberts in Wales.

  5. #5
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    5
    Hi Sylvia,

    ive tried Ellis Island records but I couldnt find "Axel Johnson/jonsson" + "Jämtland/Jamtland" only "Axel jonsson + sweden" and I think the timeline was off as well.
    He must have left arount the birth -1, = to +1 year.

    Ive also tried to search "Axel Jonsson" in the town "Stugun" where Jenny was born but didnt find anything....

  6. #6
    Member Sylvia C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    2,164
    I found this version of his death on FamilySearch, it gives a little more information

    https://www.familysearch.org/search/...rname%3Aakholm


    He died 16 March 1946, buried 19 March 1946

    His address was 5835 N Wastenaw Ave, Chicago, Cook, Illinois

    His father is named as John Johnson ..... which doesn't sound right for the Swedish name!

    Mother's name Albertina Akholm


    the informant was Minnie Johnson ...... but it states that he was single, so who is she??
    My avatar is my mother and her mother, Scarborough ca 1925-1930.
    Researching Cadd, Schofield, Cottrell in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire; Taylor, Park in Westmorland; Hayhurst in Yorkshire, Westmorland, Lancashire; Hughes, Roberts in Wales.

  7. #7
    Member Sylvia C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    2,164
    so your grandfather was born 1914?
    My avatar is my mother and her mother, Scarborough ca 1925-1930.
    Researching Cadd, Schofield, Cottrell in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire; Taylor, Park in Westmorland; Hayhurst in Yorkshire, Westmorland, Lancashire; Hughes, Roberts in Wales.

  8. #8
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    5
    Yes, this is very strange, ive tried to search "Jon Jonsson" "John" "Johan" and so forth and I came up with nothing... and "Albertina Akholm" never heard a swede with that name... but Minnie Johnson is a name I havent researched yet....

    my grandfather:
    Walter Edström
    1913–2005
    BORN 16 JULY 1913 • Nyhem, Jämtland, Sweden
    DEATH 3 JUNE 2005 • Bräcke, Jämtland, Sweden

  9. #9
    Member Sylvia C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    2,164
    ???????????????????

    from FindMyPast

    1940 US Census

    Minnie Johnson Head Widowed Female 54 1886 Sweden
    Axel Johnson Brother Single Male 50 1890 Sweden
    Lester Johnson Son Single Male 24 1916 Illinois
    Elsie Johnson Daughter Single Female 21 1919 Illinois
    Mildred Johnson Daughter Single Female 15 1925 Illinois

    Address:- Washington Avenue

    they'd been living there since at least 1935
    Last edited by Sylvia C; 13-01-19 at 01:36.
    My avatar is my mother and her mother, Scarborough ca 1925-1930.
    Researching Cadd, Schofield, Cottrell in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire; Taylor, Park in Westmorland; Hayhurst in Yorkshire, Westmorland, Lancashire; Hughes, Roberts in Wales.

  10. #10
    Member Sylvia C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    2,164
    Minnie, Lester, Elsie and Mildred, + another son Herbert (b.1915) are on the 1930 Census. But no Axel

    Minnie is widowed, says she arrived in the US at the age of 26 in 1907

    Address:- 5835 Washtenaw Avenue


    Looking at the 1940 census image again, the address is 5835 N. Washtenaw Avenue

    It does not ask when arrived in US
    My avatar is my mother and her mother, Scarborough ca 1925-1930.
    Researching Cadd, Schofield, Cottrell in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire; Taylor, Park in Westmorland; Hayhurst in Yorkshire, Westmorland, Lancashire; Hughes, Roberts in Wales.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •