John, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. This is my husband, Don's family. None of the names on your message are familiar, but it seems everyone has an Anderson or an Erickson. Our Newman roots go back to Kauhajarvi which is a little NE of Jeppo in the area of Purmo. Don's grandmother's family, the Ronnqvists are from the Jeppo area, where his father, John Emil Nyman (later Newman) was born to Johannes and Johanna Ronnqvist Nyman (Newman). We have ancestoral info back to the late 1700's and haven't seen a connection. We were in Finland in 1992 and the Ronnqvists cousins we stayed with thought the Nyman's may have been from Munsala but a researcher in Jeppo found our roots in Purmo. While in the Munsala we took video of Nyman headstones thinking it might help with our research. If you have names and dates that we could possibly have on the tape we would be happy to look at it. Don's dad was 7 when he came to the US in 1895. The family went to Michigan for a few years and were in Mason County by 1908. His dad was a logger in several towns in W. Washington, killed in a logging accident in 1937. We know of no other Nyman relatives that came to the States but have found others in Finland.
Our children have put together a family gathering at Long Beach to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We leave Saturday and will be gone for a week.
Neena and Don Newman
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