Håkansson (Hawkinson) Family Immigration
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Great-grandfather Fred Hawkinson and his siblings all immigrated from their home in Kälvagård Hemmesjö, Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden to Minneapolis, Minnesota:
(above photos about 1917)
(Roy is the second from the left, Fred is the small boy, and Bob is standing behind Fred)
Nattie Hawkinson (Alfrida Nathalia Håkansson) - Oct 28, 1884 - Feb 24, 1974 Forest Lake, Minnesota
Bob Ernst Hawkinson (Ernst Robert Mauritz Håkansson) - July 23, 1886 - Oct 9, 1934 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Roy Hawkinson (Thure Reinghold Håkansson) - April 18, 1888 - May 3, 1963 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Betty Hawkinson (Betty Maria Håkansson) - Mar 17, 1890 - Jul 8, 1974 Onamia, Minnesota
Fred John Hawkinson (Johan Walfred Håkansson) - Jan 29, 1892 - Feb 8, 1985 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Elsie Victoria Hawkinson (Elsa Wigtoria Håkansson) - Jan 3, 1894 - Mar 31, 1956 Almelund, Minnesota
They had another young sister who died of TB at the same time as their father Frans:
Sigrid Karolina Håkansson - May 20, 1896 - 1897
The Hawkinson children had other siblings after their mother Matilda remarried:
Halfsister Signe Alfhild Karola Kristina Johansson - Dec 19, 1902 - Dec 11, 1970
Halfsister Ada Gunhild Viola Johansson - b Aug 13, 1906
Here are their stepsiblings from Carl Alfred Johansson's first marriage:
Stepsister Elna Ann Alfrida Carlsdotter b Jan 15, 1884
Stepbrother John Carl Albert Carlsson b Mar 29, 1885
Stepbrother Klas Alfred George Carlsson b Jul 3, 1886
Stepbrother Knut Arvid Gunnar Carlsson b Nov 16, 1887
Stepsister Alfrida Signi Natalia Carlsdotter b Aug 26, 1889
Stepbrother Bror Konrad Arthur Carlsson b Jul 18, 1891
Matilda's siblings were all born in Tösagård, Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden and some were important in the lives of the Hawkinson children:
Aunt Anna Lovisa Johansson May 27, 1867 – Dec 3, 1928 Almelund, Minnesota
Aunt Carolina Hedvig Johansson May 4, 1870 – Jan 5, 1917 Chisago City, Minnesota
Aunt Hilda Maria Johansson May 6, 1872 – Oct 20, 1951 Hemmesjö, Kronoberg, Sweden
Aunt Yenni Elizabet (Jenny Elisabeth) Johansson Jun 29, 1875 – Dec 3, 1911 Chisago City, Minnesota
Uncle Per Magni (Magni) Johansson Jun 8, 1879 – Apr 2, 1918 Chisago City, Minnesota
Alfrida Nathalia Håkansson
Nattie left Ekeberga Kronoberg Län, Sweden via Malmö for Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 18, 1902 and then left Liverpool, England on July 23, 1902 aboard the Cedric (White Star Line). She arrived at Ellis Island on August 1, 1902. Nattie headed to meet Aunt Jenny Moleen (see below) at 2508 - 7th St. in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nattie appears to have traveled alone.
Nattie married Axel Andreas Lindquist in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 12, 1906 in Minneapolis and they had six children, four who reached adulthood. (1910) (1920) (1930) They met through Magni Johnson (Johansson see below) who worked with Axel. Nattie was living with Axel, Jenny, and Hedvig Johnson (Johansson see below).
Nattie died on February 24, 1974 in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Axel died on November 27, 1975 in Forest Lake, Minnesota. They are both buried at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Ernst Robert Mauritz Håkansson
(Bob and Florence Woods married June 12, 1918)
(Bob, Florence, and Fred)
Robert "Bob" left Hemmesjö Kronoberg Län, Sweden via Malmö for Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 20, 1903 and then left Liverpool, England on March 21, 1903. He arrived at Boston on April 1, 1903 aboad the Saxonia (Cunard Line). He traveled with his brother Roy (see below) to meet their Uncle Eric Molin (see Aunt Jenny below) at 2508 - 7th St. in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. The passenger record indicates that their Aunt Hedvig Johnson (Johansson see below) was also living at that address and that they traveled with their aunt Ingrid M. Johanson (Johansson). Bob married Florence Woods on June 12, 1918 and they had one adopted son, Robert Hawkinson, Jr. (1920) (1930) (WWI)
Bob and his brother Roy volunteered for the army during WWI. Bob tragically died of a burst appendix on Oct 9, 1832.
The Hawkinson brothers were boarders at the Peter and Delia Mayhew residence in 1910.
Thure Reinghold Håkansson
Roy immigrated with his brother Bob (see above). The Hawkinson brothers were boarders at the Peter and Delia Mayhew residence in 1910. Roy married Stella Evangeline Johnson on Aug 30, 1936 in Minneapolis, MN and they had one son. (1930) (WWI) Roy and his brother Bob volunteered for the army during WWI. Roy died on May 3, 1964.
Stella was born on a farm in Renville Co., Minnesota to an immigrant Swedish father and an immigrant Norwegian mother. She had ten brothers and sisters. After Stella's father died, her whole family moved to Minneapolis prior to the 1930 census. (1900) (1910) (1920) (1930) Later Stella was a school teacher living near Bob and Roy's store. After marrying Roy, she became the bookkeeper for the store. Stella died on January 13, 1985. Both of them are buried at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Betty Maria Håkansson
(Betty and Sigurd Olson married May 30, 1917)
Betty left Hemmesjö, Kronoberg Län, Sweden via Malmö for Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 11, 1904 and then left Liverpool, England on November 16, 1904. She arrived at Ellis Island on November 26, 1904 aboard the Baltic (White Star Line). She went to meet Aunt Jenny Moline (see below) at 2508 - 7th St. in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. Betty traveled with two others from her home parish, Anders Wilhelm and Hilda Sigfridson (Sigfridsson), whose destination was Carlos, MN. Betty married Sigurd Theodore Olson on May 30, 1917 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and they had three children. Betty died in her sleep at the Princeton Elim Home on July 9, 1974.
Sigurd's WWI draft card is interesting because he states that he "Does not believe in war". (1920) (1930) (WWI) Sig had a massive heart attack on New Year's Day in 1975 and died on January 4, 1975.
Johan Walfred Håkansson
(Fred and Florence married June 19, 1917)
Fred left Hemmesjö, Kronoberg Län, Sweden via Malmö for Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 11, 1906 and then left Liverpool, England arriving at Ellis Island on June 24, 1904 aboad the Cedric (White Star Line). He traveled with his younger sister Elsa. They were detained at Ellis Island for some reason as seen on the passenger record. The Hawkinson brothers were boarders at the Peter and Delia Mayhew residence in 1910. Fred married Florence Bernice Olson on June 19, 1917 and they had four children. (1920)
Elsa Wigtoria Håkansson
Elsie traveled with her older brother Fred (see above). She married Frank Edward Abrahamson (1910) of Almelund, Minnesota on March 4, 1917 in Chisago Co., Minnesota and they had three children. (1920) (1930) (WWI) Elsie met Frank because her family regularly visited her Aunt Anna (Johansson) Ringstrom (see below) who lived on a farm near Frank's family, north of Almelund, Minnesota. Shortly after they were married, they took in a baby girl whose mother died during a flu epidemic. They had her for five years until her father remarried.
Elsie told stories of being embarrassed because she had to begin 1st grade as a 12-year-old due to her lack of English skills. She died on March 31, 1956 after a long and painful struggle with cancer.
Frank was born in Amador Township in Chisago County, Minnesota to two Swedish immigrants. He had eleven siblings! (1900) (1910) (1920) Frank's parents were sweethearts in Sweden and immigrated separately, his father in 1880 and his mother in 1881. After getting married in St. Paul, they immediately moved to the farm in Almelund where they raised their large family. Frank died of a heart attack on March 29, 1962.
Below is a photo of Matilda Kristina Johansson (Johansdotter), Fred's mother, and one at her funeral - Born Dec 4, 1862 Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden - Died Apr 27, 1921 Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden.
Married Oct 21, 1883 Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden.
Here is a document associated with her funeral.
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In a posting on Rootsweb.com, Judy Baouab provided a partial translation for the above notice:
She was born (född) Johansson. She died in her home at 2:40 P.M. at the age of 58 years, 4 months, and 23 days. Children were in Sweden and in the U.S. and there were grandchildren (barnbarn; children's children), sisters, and friends. It tells that the funeral will be Thursday, the 5th of May at 12:30. (etc., including a gathering = samling).
In another posting on Rootsweb.com, Bo Johansson provided a complete translation for the above notice:
God according to his all-wise councel have called home
my tenderly and inexpressibly loved, faithful wife,
our dear, unforgettable mother,
Matilda Kristina Johansson,
who after a long with admirable patience and resignation endured suffering
peacefully and calmly fell asleep, in faith in her Savior,
at her home today at 2:40 p.m.,
at an age of 58 years, 4 months and 23 days,
deeply and sincerely mourned and missed and
in lightest and most thankful memory preserved by me,
children, here and in America, and also grandchildren, sisters,
other relatives and numerous friends.
Lilläng, Tegnaby 27 April 1921.
[reference to a bible text and two psalms]
Invited to be present at the deceased's funeral at Hemmesjö
churchyard Thursday 5 May at 12:30 noon.
Assembly at the house of mourning at 9 a.m.
After the end of the church service there will be dinner at H. Willhelmsson's house
The reverse side of the above document was my first indication of Fred's full Swedish name.
Frans August Håkansson, Fred's father, died relatively young.
Born Jul 8, 1863 Tingsas, Blekinge, Sweden – Died Feb 17, 1897 Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden. He died of TB at the same time as his youngest daughter Sigrid.
Married Oct 21, 1883 Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden.
Aunts and Uncle in America
Anna Lovisa Johansson
Anna left Tösagård, Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden for Almelund or Watertown in Chisago Co., Minnesota around 1888. She married Sven Herman Johansson Ringstrom also of Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden on Oct 1, 1899 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Almelund, Minnesota. He had four sisters and four brothers who all immigrated to America. Anna and Herman had seven children, all born, baptized, and confirmed in Almelund, Minnesota.
Anna died of pneumonia on Dec 3, 1928. So one daughter helped Herman until she was married and then a series of housekeepers helped. Olive Hedberg and her son, Richard, eventually became housekeepers. This resulted in the 1940 marriage of Olive and one of Herman's sons. Herman died on June 25, 1939 of a lung disease. They are both buried in Almelund, Minnesota.
Carolina Hedvig Johansson
Hedvig left Tösagård, Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden for Minneapolis, Minnesota via Göteborg on July 15, 1893. She arrived at Ellis Island from the port of Christiania on July 31, 1893 aboard the Amerika (Thingvalla Line) and traveled with her younger sister Jenny (see below).
She married Carl Alfred Hanson of Ottums Annex, Skarab, Sweden on Apr 25, 1903 in Minneapolis, MN. Carl left for Minneapolis, Minnesota via Göteborg on Mar 27, 1893, left Copenhagen and arrived at Ellis Island on April 15, 1893 aboard the Thingvalla (Thingvalla Line). They had no children. Hedvig died on Januray 5, 1917 in Chisago City, Minnesota and Carl died on November 29, 1959 in Chisago City, Minnesota. Both are buried there as well. After Hedvig died, Carl sold the farm to Magni and Emma (see below). After Magni died, Carl helped them run the farm.
Yenni Elizabet Johansson
Jenny immigrated with her sister Hedvig (see above). She married Sven Eric Molin (Moline or Moleen also seen in records) also of Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden on October 14, 1899 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their 2508 - 7th St. in South Minneapolis, Minnesota address served as a arrival point for most of the Hawkinson children (see above).
Eric departed Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden for Minneapolis, Minnesota via Göteborg and then left Copenhagen on December 29, 1892 and arrived at Ellis Island on Jan 14, 1893 aboard the Norge (Thingvalla Line). After their only child died in 1910 and after Jenny died in 1911 of medical complications related to the birth and of a broken heart, Eric returned to Sweden in 1917 and died on January 11, 1952 in Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden. He is buried in the Old Tegnaby Churchyard. Jenny is buried in Chisago City, Minnesota.
Per Magni Johansson
(Emma Erickson Johnson and her children Magnhild and Gunard "Gunner")
Magni left Tösagård, Tegnaby, Kronoberg, Sweden for Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 9, 1899. He arrived from Liverpool, England in Boston on June 24,1899 (page2) aboard the Ultonia (Cunard Line).
He married Emma Erickson of Gimsbarke, Dunvnes, Stora Tuna, Dalarna on May 27, 1906 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Emma left for Minneapolis, Minnesota via Göteborg on August 31, 1903 and left Liverpool, England on Sep 4, 1903 aboard the Celtic (White Star Line). She arrived at Ellis Island on September 13, 1903. Emma headed to meet her sister Helena M. Svard (1900) at 1205 Washington Ave. in South Minneapolis, Minnesota who also paid for her passage.
After Magni and Emma were married, they moved to Almelund, Minnesota. They had two children. Magni died of pneumonia on April 2, 1918 when their two children were young. At one point, Emma and her children spent a year in Saskachewan, Canada to care for her sick sister. Fred and Florence Hawkinson took care of the farm during that time. Emma died on August 22, 1975 in Chisago City, Minnesota after she was hit by a car while walking to Magnhild's house. Both Magni and Emma are buried in the West Green Lake Cemetery.
Hawkinson Brothers' Grocery Store
Bob and Roy owned "Hawkinson Brothers" grocery store on September 27, 1909, later called "Red and White". They sold the store in 1918 to join the Army but the war ended before they could be deployed, so they bought the store back in 1919. Here are shots of the two stores.
The first store at 4306 Upton Ave S in South Minneapolis, MN.
The second store
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