Coming to America
The Nilsson Family
|Anders (Andrus) Andersson||Kajsa (Svanskog) Svensdotter||Anders Berg||Nils "Skog" Nilsson||Lisa "Eliza" Andreasdotter|
|John (Johannes) (Andersson) Backman||Mary (Lisa Maya) (Nilsdotter) Nelson|
|Fritjiof Fritz/Fred Backman|
Eglon Township is just east of Hawley Minnesota
According to Poppa:
My parents came from Värmland, Sweden. My mother's parents immigrated -- came to Upper Michigan -- Negaunee and Ishpeming. And from there got to Minnesota where they homesteaded just East of Hawley. Then they homesteaded in Eglon Township where he built the log home and the other farm buildings. And, of course, broke ground for fields and started farming. He was good at building log houses so he built log houses and barns for other people at the time.
Doris thought that the Nilsson's immigrated from Sweden to the United States through Canada. One of these days, someone will have to check out Canadian ports of entry for around 1873 to see if there is a record of them arriving.
Husband: Nils "Skog" Nilsson
Born: 17 DEC 1821 in Skogen, Sillerud Parish, Värmland, Sweden
Wife: Lisa "Eliza" Andreasdotter
Born: 08 MAR 1820 in Laxarby, Sillerud Parish, Värmland, Sweden
01 (F): Kristina Johannesdotter
02 (M): Nils Nilsson
03 (F): Anna Cajsa Nilsdotter
04 (M): Anders (Andrew) Gustaf Nilsson
05 (M): Gullick\Girlick (William) Nelson Nilsson
06 (M): Carl Nilsson
07 (F): Mary (Lisa Maya) (Nilsdotter) Nelson
08 (F): Augusta (Nilsdotter) Nelson
Nils "Skog" Nilsson: Landsarkivet, Goteborg - household examination roll 1856-186l of Sillerud, Vol. AI:29, page 5l0 for marriage and household listings of persons
The family came to America (Michigan) in 1873. They came to Eglon twp and farmed in section 8. He farmed there until his death in 1899.
Lisa "Eliza" Andreasdotter: Lisa Nilson was considered to be the oldest woman in Eglon twp. She died in 1918 at the age of 98 years, 7 months and l day.
Anecdote: Uncle August recalls that she would walk to the Backman family farm on Saturday evenings to spend the night in order to ridein the family farm wagon to church on Sunday morning. August said that his grandmother would add sugar to the last of her coffee, pour this into her hands and then use it as a hair dressing (to hold her hair in place) as the family left for church.
(01) Kristina Johannesdotter: Illegitimate daughter of Lisa Andreasdotter
(02) Nils Nilsson: Landsarkivet, Goteborg dated 1987-04-28 (report letter) - Nils, the oldest son of Nils Nilsson and Lisa Andreasdotter worked as a farmhand. He went to Norway in November the 25, 1869, according to the moving record, 1861-1883, vol B:3
(04) Anders (Andrew) Gustaf Nilsson: He farmed in Goose Prairie Township, Minnesota
(08) Augusta (Nilsdotter) Nelson: Came to America in 1873 with her parents Nils and Lisa Nelson (Nilsson). The family settled on a farm in Section 8, Eglon township. Augusta was the next owner of this farm after her father died in 1889. Augusta was a seamstress.