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Re: Nylander from Grundsunda, Västernorrland, Sweden
Posted by: Andy (ID *****0702) Date: October 27, 2007 at 02:44:49
In Reply to: Nylander from Grundsunda, Västernorrland, Sweden by Virginia Babb of 35

[Information from responses to the query re Henrik Nylander have been incorporated into this outline of his children.]

The earliest known member of this family to be found thus far is LISA HENRIKSDOTTER. She was born in 1786 in Gideå, Västernorrland, and died in 1864 in Grundsunda, Västernorrland.

She was the mother of HENRIK NYLANDER, born 19 Oct 1820 in Grundsunda. By 1883 Henrik and all of his known children then living had emigrated to the United States. With the exception of one son in South Dakota, they were all in Minneapolis, Minnesota, around 1900.

The first American record of Hendrik is his arrival in New York City aboard the steamship “State of Florida” on June 23, 1882. He traveled by way of Glasgow, Scotland and Larne, Ireland. The passenger list shows Hendrik as a sawyer, age 62, from Sweden. Arriving with him were Mary Nylander, age 52, his sons Erick and Otto, laborers, and his married daughter Maria and her husband, Nils “Grundberg”.

Henrik is next found in the 1885 Minnesota state census at Minneapolis as HENRY "ELANDER". In the 1900 Minneapolis census he's listed as HENRY “NELANDE”, a night watchman. The 1905 Minneapolis census shows Henry Nylander, age 85, and wife Catherine, 75, living on Aldrich Street near the family of Henry’s daughter “Mollin” Johnson. The date and place of Henry’s death or his wife’s have not been learned.

HENRIK NYLANDER married at Grundsunda on 26 Oct 1845 CATHARINA JOHANSDOTTER, according to the LDS International Genealogical Index (IGI). It has been stated that the mother of Henrik's son Peter died shortly after his birth. If so, she would not be the woman listed as "Mary", age 52, on the 1882 passenger list with Henrik. Censuses of 1885, 1900 and 1910 list Henry's wife as Carrie or Catherine. This woman's age matches Mary's, so they may be the same woman. The 1900 census says Catherine and Henry had been married for 46 years, placing the year at around 1854, so she was presumably the mother of all the rest of Henry's children. Catherine, widow, was living with Otto in Minneapolis in 1910 at age 80, and was listed as his mother. She was also listed as the mother of five children, all of whom were living in 1910. If this information is correct, she would have been the mother of the five children born after Stina and Peter. Her year of immigration was entered as 1881, but 1882 is probably what should have been entered.

Except for Jonas, the known children of HENRIK NYLANDER are reported to have been born at Grundsunda.

1 STINA KAROLINA NYLANDER, born and died in 1847.

2 PER NYLANDER, b 1850. PETER NYLANDER was born 11 Feb 1850 and died 22 Aug 1935 at Kingsburg CA. He married around 1876 CAROLINE BACKMAN, b 20 Sep 1854, d 14 Jan 1946. They took up a homestead in Preston Township, Brookings County, South Dakota. Moved to California around 1922. They had three children:

21 MARY NYLANDER, b May 1882
22 JOHN EMANUEL NYLANDER, b 20 Feb 1887 Bruce, South Dakota
23 ALICE ELIZABETH NYLANDER, b 8 Sep 1889, d 3 May 1991 San Luis Obispo Co CA; m GEISE

3 JONAS NYLANDER, reportedly born in 1854 at Nordmaling, Västerbotten. Found recorded as JOHN H. NELANDER, JOHN HENRY NELANDER and HENRY NELANDER. Apparently he was called Henry. His occupation was creamery dealer in Minneapolis. From the birth record of his daughter Ruth Nilander as presented in the LDS International Genealogical Index we learn her mother's maiden name of MARIE (or MARY) OLSON. Mary was born in March of 1858 in Sweden. The 1900 census lists her year of immigration as 1883. She evidently died sometime between the 1900 and 1910 censuses, as Henry was a widower living with his daughter Lilly in 1910. It's not known whether Mary died in Minneapolis after 1900 or in Seattle after the family's arrival there before 1910. Records are inconsistent in stating Henry's age, showing him born anywhere from 1853 to 1861. The 1900 census gives the month of his birth as March 1856. In Seattle his occupation was listed as order clerk.

Henry died from an accident on 2 Nov 1913 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 700 West Raye St., Seattle. His daughter Lilly brought suit against the National Casualty Co. to collect on a $500 policy taken out by her father. The jury's verdict was in her favor. The insurance company appealed to the State Supreme Court and Lilly won again. The case, Boutin v. National Casualty, can be found cited in other cases. The text of the Supreme Court decision can be read at this web site:

(Also found through a Google search using keywords "Boutin" "Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of Washington".)


31 ESTHER NELANDER, b 1884 in Minnesota. Not listed with the family in 1895.
32 LILLIAN NELANDER, b 1888, d 13 Oct 1974, bur Mt. Pleasant Cem, Seattle; m WILLIAM J. BOUTIN.
33 RUTH NELANDER, b 1 Jul 1889, d 2 Jun 1958, bur Holy Cross Cem, Spokane WA; m RUSSELL E. FINNERIN.
34 ARTHUR NELANDER, b ca 1895, d 21 Jun 1916, bur Mt. Pleasant Cem, Seattle.

4 MAGDALENA NYLANDER married ANDERS JOHANSON, had son HJALMAR ANDREAS JONSSON b 1879 in Sweden, and emigrated to the United States in 1881. Census records show “Malin”, “Mollin” or “MOLLIE” JOHNSON, b ca 1856, as the wife of ANDREW JOHNSON, b ca 1855. She was born around 1856. Widow in Minneapolis running a boarding house in 1920, with son Emil and his family in the household.

41 ELMER ANDREAS JOHNSON, b 1 Jun 1879 Sweden, d 15 Apr 1961 Minneapolis.
42 ANNIE C. JOHNSON, b ca 1882 Wisconsin
43 MERRITT J. JOHNSON, b ca 1885. Possibly the Merette J. Johnson, b 1 Feb 1885, who d in Hennepin Co 9 Feb 1969, mother's maiden name "Neulanders".
44 EMIL EMANUEL JOHNSON, b 15 Sep 1887 Bruce, Brookings Co., South Dakota, d 9 Dec 1970 Minneapolis. Machinist.
45 AGNES A. JOHNSON, b ca 1890 Minnesota

5 MARIA KRISTINA NYLANDER, b 1859. MARIE NYLANDER was born in 1859 and died 18 Jun 1942 in Everett, Washington. She married first NILS GRUNDBERG in Sweden and immigrated to New York with him aboard the “State of Florida” in 1882. He was born around 1860 and apparently died before 1900. The 1895 Minneapolis census shows Nels Granberg 35, at 419 Margin St., with Mary, 35, and three sons. Marie married by 1900 ALBIN H. HOLMBERG, b ca 1869 in Sweden. In 1895 he was living with or near the family of Andrew and Mollie Johnson. The Holmbergs appear in the 1900 census at Minneapolis. Albin died at Everett 21 Nov 1847 at the age of 77.

51 JAMES GRANDBERG, b ca 1883
52 JENNY GRANDBERG, b ca 1885, m WILLIAM A. SQUIER, b ca 1883. Family is in Bellingham in 1930. 1920 Seattle household shows these children:

521 CLIFFORD E. SQUIER, b ca 1906
522 ROLAND A. SQUIER, b ca 1909
523 WILLIAM J. SQUIER, b ca 1911
524 MARIE SQUIER, b ca 1913

53 EMIL GRANDBERG, b 21 Jul 1886, single, was a sheet metal worker living with his mother and stepfather in Everett in 1930.

54 HENRY JOHN GRANDBERG, b 2 Oct 1888, d Sep 1972 Everett WA. Lived next door to Marie Holmberg in Everett in 1930. Glazier with Everett Sash and Door Co. Wife Belle, b 6 Aug 1891, d Oct 1980 Everett.

55 CLIFFORD HOLMBERG, b ca 1902 in Washington. Appears as an 8-year-old in the Holmberg household in 1910 but is not listed with the family in 1920.

6 ERIC ADOLF NYLANDER, b 1864. Listed as Erick Nylander on 1882 passenger list and in 1920 census. He appears to have adopted the spelling ADOLPH NILANDER. 1891 Minneapolis directory shows him at 1215 N.E. Washington, a tinsmith working for W. F. Boehning. He might be the "Adloph Wilander" working as a sheet metal worker in San Francisco in 1910. Apparently remained single. Living with parents in Minneapolis in 1900, birth date given as March of 1866. Living with his sister Marie Holmberg’s family in Everett, Washington, in 1920 and 1930. Obituary, evidently from a Bellingham, Washington, newspaper:

NILANDER, ADOLPH, age 86, of 1015 Indian Street, passed away in a local hospital Tuesday, August 8 (1950). Mr. Nilander had resided in this community for the past 10 years and was a member of the F.O.E., Aerie No. 1 and Red Men Lodge, Chief Seattle Tribe No. 25, both of Seattle. Surviving relatives are three nieces: Mrs. W. A. Squier Sr. of Bellingham, and Mrs. William Boutin and Mrs. Ruth Finnerin, both of Seattle, and two nephews, Emil and Henry Grandberg, both of Everett. The remains rest at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth, where services will be conducted by the Rev. Gordon W. Loren, Thursday, August 10, at 1 p. m. Final resting place, Bay View Cemetery.

7 KONRAD OTTO NYLANDER, b 1866. OTTO NELANDER or NILANDER was born Nov 1866 in Sweden. Minneapolis is in Hennepin Co MN, where county death records show Otto Nilander died 16 Apr 1918. Otto immigrated with his father in 1882. He married about 1892 JENNIE ERICKSON, b Dec 1870 in Sweden. Hennepin County death records show Jenney Nylander died 12 Oct 1912. Otto's mother, Catherine, was living with him in Minneapolis in 1910. Like his brother Adolph and nephew Emil Grandberg, Otto was a sheet metal worker. Children Roy, Frances and Hazel.

71 ROY WALTER NYLANDER, b 18 Nov 1892 Minneapolis, d 17 Sep 1977; bookkeeper; m ALPHILD LINNEA LINMAN (1894-1979), had children:

713 WALLACE E. NYLANDER, b ca 1920. SSDI shows Wallace E. Nylander, b 19 Dec 1919, d 6 Oct 2000, last SS payment to Vancouver WA.

73 HAZEL NYLANDER, b Apr 1898

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