I'm hoping to locate some information on my Great Grandfather. His name is John E Peterson. My best guess is his middle name would be Edwin, (his first born son was named Edwin). According to my records he was born Feb 26, 1865, somewhere in Sweden. I know that's not much help! :-)
I know he had a brother named Herman. Herman never emmigrated to America. Herman's birthday is 2-4-1870, but I'm not sure if this means February 4th or April 2nd. I have a photo taken outside on his 80th birthday and there is no snow on the ground, but other than that the date could either be Feb or April. Herman probably died between 1950-1960. We have other photos of him taken by photographers in Vara, and Hjo.
John E Peterson emmigrated to America in 1887 according to family stories and 1887 is documented in a US Census as the year he arrived in America. After much research, my best guess is that this emmigration record is the best match for "my" John E Peterson, given the date of emmigration and his age. Here is the info I have:
|Name:||Johan E Peterson|
|Birth Year:||abt 1865|
|Place of Origin:||Fröjered Västra Götaland Län, Sverige|
|Record Date:||23 sep 1887|
|Port of Departure:||Göteborg|
|Archive Call Number:||33:169:1634|
Peterson Johan E
I am not certain that this record is actually "my" John E Peterson, however there are some anecdotal reasons to think it might be. (ie: Birth Year, Destination, Year of Emmigration). I have been trying to use this information about his "Place of Origin" to narrow down his parrish and geographical location.
I have been trying to locate a Household Examination Record that would show a Joh(a)n E and a Herman living in the same household. After many hours of searching through Genline microfilm, I have come up empty. I came across this site and thought there might be some other resources available that I might have overlooked or am not aware of.
I'm hoping Annelie or someone on this board might have a better idea of where to look!
Thanks in Advance!
p.s. On a side note, I have been able to locate my Great Grandmother's information in the Genline microfilms, and found her family information in the Household Examination Records for Varola, but I knew to look there specifically. Her name is Augusta Josefina Anderson, born in 1862, and her family is from Varola. I do not know if John knew "Josie" when they lived in Sweden or if they met in Chicago after they came to America. It is interesting however that Josie emmigrated to America on Sept 9, 1887, and the John Peterson referenced above emmigrated on September 23, 1887, they were both headed to Chicago. Their first two children were born in Chicago! Hmmmm...
The John E Peterson you find in the emigrantrecord seems to be the one you are looking for.
In Census 1880 for Sweden
Andersson, Johan Peter Owner b. 1837 i Sjogerstad (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)
Magnusdotter, Anna b. 1825 i Varola (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)
Johan Edvin b. 1865 i Värsås (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)
Herman b. 1870 i Sjogerstad (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)
Stenbohlet Korsberga (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)
In the household there is also a sister to Anna
Magnusdotter, Greta b. 1831 i Varola (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)
From the Death Index of Sweden
18700402-595 Pettersson, Herman Gottfrid
Dead 4/27/1956 Kyrkebyn 1:1, Ekelid, Grevbäck, Hjo kn (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland).
Born 4/2/1870 in Sjogerstad (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland).
Married man (7/1/1920).