Family Genealogy
Sunday, November 29, 2009

The picture shows my Certificate of Baptism. What I want to point out though are the spellings of my father's last name and my mother's maiden name. For dad it is Marcuson and for my mother it is Fredrickson. Both spellings are somewhat different from the way their grandfather's spelled their surnames (which they adopted when they immigrated to America from Norway). Dad's grandfather spelled his last name Markuson and Mom's grandfather spelled his last name Frederickson.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

In the 1850 Indiana census John and Mary Young and family were living/staying with Mary's brother Evan and his family in Fall Creek Township in Madison County. John had bought a farm earlier in the year in Tipton County. The question is why were John and Mary living/staying with Evan instead of on their farm at this time. In 1850 there was a Cholera epidemic in Indiana and in Tipton County it was very bad. Could it be that John had brought his family to Evan's farm because the epidemic was not as bad there as it was around their farm in Tipton County.
Saturday, November 21, 2009

This is a picture showing the tombstone for Washington K. Bennett. He was my ggg-grandmother Beulah Fish's fourth husband. The others were Joseph Weinhart (my ggg-grandfather), Sylvanus Knight, and James Crabtree. He died in 1927 and is buried in Perry, Dallas County, Iowa next to his first wife. Beulah died the following year and is buried in Ankeny, Polk County, Iowa.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

When my g-grandfather Erik Gunhus immigrated to the United States in 1849 he made the trip with all his siblings plus his mother and step-father. Also making the trek with them was the daughter of Erik's step-father and her husband and two children. Their names were Sivert and Guri Sivertson. I am pretty sure I have located them in the 1875 census residing in Goodhue County, Minnesota. Close neighbors of theirs would have included the Benson family (my gg-grandparents) and the Markuson family (my g-grandparents). The Erik Gunhus's homestead would have been within a quarter of mile from the Sivertson's home. The picture is from the 1875 census.
Monday, November 02, 2009

Nathaniel Meader was one of the sons of my 9th great grandfather John Meader. Nathaniel was born in New Hampshire in 1671 and he died in 1704 in an Indian attack. This occurred in the Queen Anne's War which was one of the several wars between England and France that took place during this decade. The picture has more information about the attack. As far as I know he and Charles Weinhart (May 8, 2008 entry), a great grand uncle, are the only two ancestors of mine killed by Indians.
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