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Research about Mary Anne Johnson, her husband Gustave Nelson etc.

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Suggestions for the origins of Mary Anna (Johnson) Nelson (1843-1934) and her family who went to Logansport, Indiana.

After a lot of searching for Frank Nelson, Gustave Nelson, Anna Peterson and Mary Anne Johnson in different ways, I decided to use the data on the 1880 census that is on Mary's profile [1] to search the indexes in the Swedish pay site Arkiv Digital.

In the 1880 census record, Gustave Nelson and his wife Mary O have several relatives living with them. Mary is 36 years old. In the household are two siblings of hers. Otto Johnson, 24 years old, and Charlotte Johnson, 34 years old.

I searched for an Otto J born between 1852 and 1858, who lived in the household of a "ma*" and a "char*". In all of Sweden.

In parallel I searched the emigrant index in Arkiv Digital. I searched for an Otto Jo* who emigrated before 1880, who was born between 1852 and 1858. I got about 10 hits. In these hits, there was a hint of where they came from, so I searched for all emigrating Otto's in their home parish. One Otto was a poor young man who came from Algutsboda in Småland. I searched for him earlier in his life. He had a sister called Mariana born in 1843, and a sister called Charlotta born in 1848! The siblings' father was called Joel Christoffersson (1809-) (added a profile for him). So their LNABs were Joelsson and Joelsdotter.

Mariana Joelsdotter, born in Algutsboda, 1843 Jan 20th. [2]

Charlotta Joelsdotter, born in Algutsboda, 1848 Feb 5th. [3]

Otto Joelsson, born in Algutsboda, 1852 May 10. [4] Emigration 1879 to Logansport. [5]

I had to find out if these sisters emigrated. I found them in the emigrant index. Charlotta emigrated in 1880. [6] Mariana emigrated in 1870 (no. 1635. [7] It said she was married when she emigrated, but her husband was not listed. The place they were emigrating to was noted: Logansport.

I tried the marriage index of Arkiv Digital. There was just one hit of a Mariana Joelsdotter marrying. She married Johannes Gustaf Nicolausson. They married in Algutsboda on the 17th of Jan 1869. Marriage no. 40. [8]

Then realized that the profile connected to Mary's familysearch record, Mary Joelson, had the correct name, or at least almost.

Ok, now, I think I have a good guess of the origins of Mary Anne, Charlotte and Otto. Need to look for Mary Anne's husband Gustave, and his cousin Frank.

Mary Anne's husband was in the marriage called Johannes Gustaf Nicolausson. I found that he was born on the 15th of Dec 1843, also in Algutsboda. He was the son of unwed mother Anna Maria Jonasdotter (1817-1848) (created profile). [9]

Johannes Gustaf lived with his maternal grandmother Stina Lisa Johansdotter, born in 1792. She has a son called Samuel Gustaf Häggqvist. He has a son, Johannes Gustaf's cousin, called Frans Elof, born 25th May 1854. [10] Frans Elof and his sister Ida Amanda emigrated to the U.S., according to the household examination book, he emigrated in 1872 [11][12], and she emigrated in 1873. [13] This Frans Elof and his sister are called Gustafsson. It is not certain that Frans Elof is the Frank we are looking for. Need more investigation.


  1. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHMN-7YR : 20 December 2021), Mary O. Nelson in household of Gustave Nelson, Logansport, Eel Township, Cass, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 30, sheet , NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm .
  2. Algutsboda kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/VALA/00004/C/5 (1837-1862)
    Riksarkivet View source C0023984_00127 sida 237
  3. Algutsboda kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/VALA/00004/C/5 (1837-1862)
    Riksarkivet View source C0023984_00251 sida 483
  4. Algutsboda kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/VALA/00004/C/5 (1837-1862)
    Riksarkivet View source C0023984_00453 sida 865
  5. Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900) (O) EIX:13 (1879) Bild 890 / Sida 173
    Arkiv Digital page info v479737.b890.s173 | To page (paywall) | Riksarkivet
  6. Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900) (O) EIX:15 (1880) Bild 750 / Sida 147
    Arkiv Digital page info v479739.b750.s147 | To page (paywall) | Riksarkivet
  7. Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900) (O) EIX:3 (1870) Bild 1760 / Sida 347
    Arkiv Digital page info v479727.b1760.s347 | To page (paywall) | Riksarkivet
  8. Algutsboda kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/VALA/00004/C/6 (1862-1869)
    Riksarkivet View source A0006890_00284 sida 555
  9. Algutsboda kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/VALA/00004/C/5 (1837-1862)
    Riksarkivet View source C0023984_00148 sida 279
  10. Algutsboda kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/VALA/00004/C/5 (1837-1862)
    Riksarkivet View source C0023984_00351 sida 667
  11. Algutsboda kyrkoarkiv, Inflyttningslängder, SE/VALA/00004/B I/3 (1860-1880)
    Riksarkivet View source C0023979_00064
  12. Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900) (O) EIX:6 (1872) Bild 1810 / Sida 357
    Arkiv Digital page info v479730.b1810.s357 | To page (paywall) | Riksarkivet
  13. Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900) (O) EIX:7 (1873) Bild 1140 / Sida 225
    Arkiv Digital page info v479731.b1140.s225 | To page (paywall) | Riksarkivet

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