C3b: Gustafson i Minnesota / In English

17 children in Viking

John Gustafson & Signette Halvorson


  Johannes “Johan/John” August Gustafsson/Gustafson (28/11 1855 – 1950)
  C3 branch [1.2.10.3.4.2]
  Son of Karolina Johansdotter & Gustaf Andersson
  Säby, Småland
  General farmer
icon-globe  Emigrated to Viking, Minnesota 1889


  Cherste SignetteNettieHalvorson (Apr. 1864 – 23/1 1933) (m. 1883)
  Minnesota
icon-wrench  Farmer
  At least 17 children – Founding fathers of C3b branch: Gustafson in Minnesota


  Primary sources
  05-10-2018


Zion lutheran church in Viking. Source: Google.

The eldest son of poor but respected parents, Johan August emigrates to Minnesota in June 1878 at 23 years of age. There he marries local girl Signetta “Nettie” Halvorson in 1883, both of whose parents are from Norway. They first set up home as farmers in Otisco, Waseca co. In 1905 they move to 46 4th Avenue in the brand new village of Viking in co. Marshall which was founded in July that year.

They have at least 17 children, and so Viking is going to be a hub for this family as some of his siblings also move there and the children grow up to form a significant part of the village.

  • 1.   Carl Gustav Gustafson (5/3 1884 – 11/3 1975)
    •  Ida Marie Greenley 
  • 2.   Emil H. Gustafson (17/3 1885 – 1972)
    •  Andrina B.
  • 3.   Johnny TheodoreTedGustafson (12/6 1886 – 1964) icon-stop
  • 4.   Ida Caroline Gustafson (5/11 1887 – after 1910)
    • icon-user ? Johnson
  • 5.   Anna JosephineJosieGustafson (21/3 1889 – after 1910)
    • icon-user ? Laymon
  • 6.   EmiliaEmily” L. Gustafson (Feb. 1891 – after 1910)
    • icon-user ? Lundell
  • 7.   Axel A. Gustafson (Nov. 1892 – 1983)
    •  Minnie A. 
  • 8.   David A. Gustafson (Jul. 1894 – after 1910)
  • 9.   Minnie C. Gustafson (Apr. 1896 – 1976)
    •  William A. Forsberg
  • 10.   Oscar Gustafson (26/10 1897 – 3/11 1967)
    •  Doris N. 
  • 11.   John August Gustafson (Apr. 1899 – after 1920)
  • 12.   Julia Gustafson (1901 – after 1910)
    • icon-user ? Boe
  • 13.   Hulda Margaret Gustafson (1903 – after 1930)
    • icon-user ? Engen
  • 14.   Clarence L. Gustafson (23/8 1904 – 24/9 1994)
    •  Anne K. 
  • 15.   Effie Gustafson (1909 – after 1940)
    • icon-user ? Mattson
  • 16.   Hilma Gustafson (1910 – before 1940)
  • 17.   Gladys Gustafson (1912 – after 1920)
    • icon-user ? Anderson

The names of the children show quite clearly that the family grows increasingly American over the years.

In 1915 they have a grandchild to take care of as well, possibly a child of Hulda‘s. She is a school teacher in 1940.

Signette Gustafsons grav i Viking. Källa: findagrave,com.


Research data

  •  name (others’ spellings): Johannes August (1855); Johan August (1855-1912); John R. Gustafson (1905); John Gustafson (1910-1994); Johan Gustafsson (1911-1912)
  • icon-female name (others’ spellings): Nettie Gustafson (1905-1920); Signetta Gustafson (1930); Signette Gustafson (1933); Signetta Halvorson Gustafson (1994)
  •  b. Säby 1855: v36245.b66.s119
  •  hous. 1855-1878 Säby: v22054.b51.s328(1855-1860); v22056.b48.s438(1861-1866); v22059.b57.s392(1867-1871); v22061.b168.s549(1872-1878)
  •  cens. 1910-1940 Viking: 1910; 1920; 1930; 1940
  •  mant. 1910-1930
  •  her. v497173.b1970.s13(1911); v497173.b1990(1911); v497173.b2000.s14(1912); v497173.b2010(1912)

Archives

  •  icon-camera  Signette’s grave

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