Maria Svensdotter Swanson

Maria Svensdotter Swanson
birth: 17 September 1849 in Svenarum, Jonkoping Sweden to Sven Gustaf and Stina Gundmundsdotter Johannesson
death: 19 March 1880 in Baileytown, Porter, Indiana
burial: Augsburg Lutheran Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

marriage: 10 January 1871 in Baileytown, Porter, Indiana
Samuel August Samuelson
birth: 3 January 1839 in Stora Haddebo, Västra Harg, Östergötland, Sweden to Samuel and Anna Elisabet “Lisa” Torstensdotter Erickson
death: 14 January 1908 in Chesterton, Porter, Indiana
burial: Augsburg Lutheran Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

Children of Maria Svensdotter Swanson and Samuel August Samuelson:

  • Johan Viktor “John Victor” Samuelson 1872-1921 Hilda Josefina Charlson
  • John Louis “Louie” Samuelson 1873-1919 Sophia Rebecca Swanson
  • Alfreda Frederika Samuelson 1874-1881
  • Ada Emilia Samuelson 1876-1955 Sven “Sam” Oscar Edward Charlson
  • August “Gust” Theodore Samuelson 1877-1879
  • Gustaf Theodore “Gust” Samuelson 1879-1947 Lulu May Cook

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Baileytown, Porter, Indiana

Other Information:

Maria was the youngest child of six children born to Sven Gustaf and Stina Gundmundsdotter Johannesson on 17 September 1849 in Svenarum, Jonkoping Sweden. The family emigrated to the US separately. Brothers Johannes, who changed his last name to Sandstedt when he left Sweden, and Anders departed Jönköping on 14 May 1869 for Chicago. Johannes left behind his pregnant wife and son who followed later. On 28 May 1869, Sven Gustaf emigrated from Göteborg, Göteborg Och Bohus, Sweden. The record is not clear as to who may have accompanied him to LaPorte, Indiana. The number 3 is listed on his line; it is possible he brought his wife and daughter Maria. Johanna, who had married Claus Peterson in 1866, emigrated with her husband and two children before 15 September 1870 when they are found in the federal census. Daughter Inga departed Rössby Mellangård, Sweden with her husband, Pehr Isaksson, and daughter Hulda on 11 September 1870. Carolina is shown emigrating on 2 August 1872 with her parents, who may have returned to Sweden to bring her to the US. Maria worked as a housekeeper for her future husband, Samuel August Samuelson, in 1870; also in the household was Matilda Sophia Johnson, who would soon wed Carl Gustaf Johnson, Samuel’s cousin. According to family stories, Maria and Samuel received a marriage license on 10 January 1871 and were wed at her parents’ home in Baileytown, Porter, Indiana on 17 February 1871 by J. P. Nyquist. Records confirm the dates but not that the wedding occurred at her parents’ home. The couple quickly started a family of six children, four boys and two girls. Maria died on 19 March 1880 in Bailytown at age 30, leaving behind a husband and children ranging in ages from 11 months to 10 years. She was buried in Augsburg Lutheran Cemetery, Porter, Indiana.

Since Porter County, Indiana death index was not begun until 1884 and vital records were not implemented in Indiana until 1882, no cause of death is known for Maria Swanson Samuelson.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

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