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Johnson Family - Galesburg, Illinois

Johnson Family - Galesburg, Illinois

Posted: 1371948641000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson, Beckman
My great-great grandfather was Peter Ulrich Johnson. He came from Sweden, through NY to Galesburg, Illinois (and then on to Kansas).

In 1888 in Galesburg he married Hilma Beckman.

I recently found some family documents and trying to piece together who they are:

1) Wedding Invitation for "Emma Johnson" and "Axel Johnson" to marry at 8pm Wednesday evening November 5 at 8pm in Galesburg Illinois, 1890 (any ideas?)
2) Various letters (in Swedish, yikes!) that reference family names. One appears to be requesting passage for a relative to America.

Any ideas who Emma and Axel are?
Anyone out there able to translate handwritten swedish letters from the 1800s? (they're legible, but I don't speak swedish and without an understanding, not sure I could type into google translator either)



Re: Johnson Family - Galesburg, Illinois

Posted: 1372122365000
Classification: Query
JOHNSON, AXEL N & JOHNSON, EMMA date 1890-11-05 Vol 00F page 0212 lic # 00009405 County KNOX

According to scanned copy of marriage license Emma Sophia Johnson's parents were Klas & Maria Johnson. She was born in Sweden in 1864 and died in Los Angeles CA in 1949. Axel was son of "Swan" & Johanna Johnson.

I am not related.

1900 Galesburg township, Galesburg City ward 3, Knox, IL - 1910 Galesburg ward 3 - 1920 Galesburg ward 3.
Axel W Johnson born Sweden April 1866 married 1890 arrived 1881 brick layer
Emma Sophia Johnson Sweden 21 May 1864 arrived 1886 six children by 1900, 2 more children born between 1900 and 1910 one of those died.
Harry W Johnson 05 Oct 1891 Galesburg registered WW I draft in Lorain City, Ohio 05 June 1917 tall, med build, blue eyes, light hair was married, occupation brick layer
Mangel/Manny S Johnson Dec 1892
Alta Johnson Mar 1894
Forrest Enoch Johnson 18 May 1895 - 14 Feb 1962 San Francisco CA
Frances E/K Johnson Sept 1897
Verda Johnson Feb 1899
Theresa M Johnson 1903

Emma S Johnson, who said she was married, dtrs Frances, Verda & Theresa lived at 1416 N Kellogg Street in 1920. The census also says Emma was born in Iowa and parents born in Sweden. Frances was a nurse and Verda was a school teacher.

Forest/Forrest Johnson was in Detroit, Wayne Co MI in 1920 working in the auto factory.

Name: Forrest Johnson
City: Detroit
County: Wayne
State: Michigan
Birthplace: Galesburg,Illinois
Birth Date: 18 May 1895
Race: Caucasian (White) tall med build, blue eyes, light hair
Draft Board: 22 WW I 05 June 1917, auto mechanic for Packard Motor Car Co in Detroit

Name: Axel W. Johnson
Titles and Terms (Original):
Event Date: 27 Apr 1926
Event Place: Galesburg, Knox, Illinois
Gender: Male
Marital Status:
Age: 62
Birth Year (Estimated): 1864
Birth Date: 05 Apr 1864
Birthplace: Sweden
Father's Name:
Father's Titles and Terms:
Father's Birthplace: Sweden
Mother's Name:
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Birthplace: Sweden
Occupation: Contractor
Residence Place:
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Titles and Terms (Original):
Spouse's Birthplace:
Burial Date: 01 May 1926
Burial Place: Linwood
Informant's Name:
Additional Relatives:
Digital Folder Number: 4008179
Image Number: 1817
GS Film number: 1613175
Reference ID: 15468
Citing this Record
"Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," index, FamilySearch (

Linwood City & East Linwood Cemeteries are in Galesburg.

1930/1940 Los Angeles, LA CA
Emma S Johnson widow born Sweden 1865 arrived 1887
Theresa M Johnson born Illinois 1903 counselor/psychologist for city schools

Name: Emma Sophia Johnson
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 20 Jan 1949
Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Birth Date: 21 May 1864
Birthplace: Other Country
Gender: Female
Father's Name: Johnson
Mother's Name:

1930 Alhambra, LA Co CA - 1940 San Francisco city, San Fran Co
Forrest E Johnson IL 1896 accountant for air craft co in 1940
Polly P "Genevieve" Johnson Massachusetts 1905
Phyllis B Johnson 28 Jul 1928 Los Angeles Co CA mother's maiden name "Pollia"

Name: Forrest E Johnson
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 14 Feb 1962
Event Place: San Francisco, California, United States
Birth Date: 18 May 1895
Birthplace: Illinois
Gender: Male
Father's Name:
Mother's Name: Johnson
"California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, FamilySearch (

Name: Forrest E Johnson
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 22 Jan 1927
Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 31
Birth Year (Estimated): 1896
Father's Name: A W Johnson
Mother's Name: E S Johnson
Spouse's Name: Genevieve Polly Pollia
Spouse's Age: 22
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1905
Spouse's Father's Name: P Pollia
Spouse's Mother's Name: S Merlino
Page: 85
GS Film number: 2074640
Digital Folder Number: 005698451
Image Number: 00175
"California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," index and images, FamilySearch (

Name: Forrest Enoch Johnson
Service Info.: SK 1 US NAVY
Birth Date: 18 May 1895
Death Date: 14 Feb 1962
Service Start Date: 16 Jun 1917
Interment Date: 16 Feb 1962
Cemetery: Golden Gate National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 1300 Sneath Lane San Bruno, CA 94066
Buried At: Section Y Site 4352

Johnson Family Tree owner: Ghillie2
Emma Sofia Johnson
21 May 1864 other country - 15 Jan 1949 Los Angeles
Father: Klas Johnson
Mother: Maria Johnson with question mark
Spouse: Axel W Johnson 1866-1926
Harry William 1891 - 1966
Mangel S Johnson 1892 -
Alta M Johnson 1894 -
Forrest E Johnson 1895 -
Frances E Johnson 1897 -
Verda Johnson Chandler 02 Feb 1899 - Sarasota Cty FL 08 Aug 1988
Theresa Johnson 1903 -

This Ghillie2 has attached a scan of Axel's & Emma's marriage license which shows Axel with middle initial of "V" son of Swan & Johanna Johnson and Emma Sofia dtr of Klas & Maria Johnson.

Also copy of California death certificate for Emma Sophia listing Theresa Johnson as informant with burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Theresa said her father was John Johnson mother unknown.

Also a copy of Axel's death certificate who sadly committed suicide by gunshot, Alta J Weir was informant of Rio, Illinois. He was born 05 Apr 1864, parents unknown.

1920 Rio, Knox IL - 1930 Los Angeles CA - 1940 Los Angeles CA
G Wayne Weir IL 1895-1929 MI was Gordon Wayne Weir of Rio & Galesburg son of Charles Weir of IL & Agnes Harvey of IL
Alta M Johnson Weir IL 1895
Gordon B Weir 20 Jul 1919 IL - 11 Feb 1987 Los Angeles
Barbara E Weir 1925 IL

Name: G Wayne Weir
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 16 Feb 1929
Event Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 22 Feb 1894
Birthplace: Rio, Illinois
Birth Year (Estimated): 1895
Father's Name: Charles Weir
Mother's Name: Agnes Harvey
GS Film number: 001972991
Digital Folder Number: 005362589
Image Number: 02982
"Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952," index, FamilySearch (

Alta M Weir 17 Mar 1894 IL died in Los Angeles 23 May 1977 buried Forest Lawn Plot: Memory Slope, Map F25, Lot 710, Space 1 son Gordon buried space 2.

1930 Berwyn, Cook, IL - 1940 River Forest, Cook, IL
Richard Malcomb Chandler 28 Aug 1900 TX son of Richard Eugene Chandler b. TN 1872 and Luna White b. TX 1880 married Wilbarger Co TX 06 Sept 1899. Richard Malcolm Chandler died 03 Jul 1995 Sarasota FL
Verda Johnson Chandler 1899 IL parents Sweden
Anita L Chandler 1925 Ohio
Patricia Ann Chandler 1927 IL
Priscilla Chandler 1931 IL

Theresa M Smith 24 Sept 1903 IL - 14 May 1986 Los Angeles Co but does not give parent's surnames.

Re: Johnson Family - Galesburg, Illinois

Posted: 1372219880000
Classification: Query
WOW! Thank you so much. I'd found that couple on ancestry but couldn't confirm their wedding date -- wonderful additional resource, thank you.

Now I have to figure out if it's Emma or Axel that my Great-Great Grandfather is related to since both are named Johnson.

Many many thanks, this jump starts my research.


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