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Peterson Family History

Peterson Family History

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Published by JB Peterson
What I think I know about our Peterson family history by JB Peterson
What I think I know about our Peterson family history by JB Peterson

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Published by: JB Peterson on Jan 02, 2011
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Peterson Family History
John and Minnie Peterson
Peterson Family History
I want to tell you what I think I know about the Peterson family history, the“Peterson family” being (mostly) the descendants of John Morris Peterson andMinnie Alace Putney. I say “think I know” because history in general and familyhistory (practiced mostly by non-historians) in particular is far from precise.There are countless opportunities for misspelling, misinterpretation, mistakes,mis……, etc. For instance, is Minnie Putney’s middle name Alace as recordedon what may be a page from a Putney Family Bible
or Alice as the Illinois StateMarriage archive
has it?In the pages that follow you will no doubt find what you consider to be errors.Some will have been inherited by me and others will have been created by me.When you find information you consider to be incorrect, I would be mostinterested in hearing the details from you. Please contact me with any commentsyou may have.I hope that this document will serve to inform you and perhaps motivate you totell me what I have left out that should have been included. For now I willdiscuss what I think I know about Johan Magnus Persson, Minnie Alace Putney,and their parents, siblings and children.JB Peterson2802 Hidden Knoll CourtSugar Land, Texas 77478March 21, 2004rcdjbp@gmail.com Peterson - Taylor Genealogy 
 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900 
Groom Bride Date Vol./Page CountyPETERSON, JOHN M PUTNEY, MINNIE ALICE 07/04/1881 00C/0021 HENDERSON
Peterson Family History
In Sweden
John Morris Peterson was born June 7, 1848, near Katteberg
in Skärstadparish, Jönköpings county in the province of Småland. According to SwedishChurch records
he was named Johan Magnus. His father was Per Jonassonand his mother was Brita Månsdotter. In accordance with the patronymic namingsystem used prior to 1900 in Sweden the sons of Per Jonasson took Persson(Per’s son) as their last names and his daughters took Persdotter (Per’sdaughter) as their last names. The “Americanization” of Swedish names led medown many blind alleys when I first began researching the Peterson familyhistory. The family history data I had access to in the 1990’s listed Per and Britaby their Americanized names as Peter Johnson and Mary Munson.As you may have noticed if you looked at the partial image of the SwedishChurch record in the appendix, Johan had a number of siblings in 1850. Theywere twins Maja (Maria) and Brita (Mary) born in 1836, Johannes born in 1839,Lars Petter born in 1842, and Anna Christina born in 1845. Johan’s arrival in1848 was followed by the birth of Johanna in 1851, Karl August in 1852, JohannaSofia in 1855, Per Alford in 1859 and Inga Carlotta in 1861.In various records dated through 1869, Johan’s occupation is listed as farmer (bonde). The family moved a number of times as Johan was growing up, stayingin Skärstad parish. In 1869 Johan joined thousands of other Swedes whoemigrated to the United States. Swedish emigration records show that Johan leftEsbjörnarp on March 19, 1869, bound for America. The American West
websitehas this to say about the Swedish migration to the United States:
“The Swedish mass emigration would not have been possible withoutthe Swedish railroads and the organized passenger traffic over theAtlantic. At this time no Swedish line carried passengers directlyfrom Gothenburg [Sweden] to New York. The Swedes therefore hadto use British or German ships. The emigrant route started with thetrain ride to the big port of Gothenburg, where the complete passage,such as Gothenburg-Chicago, of the British Wilson Line, brought theemigrants to Hull in England. A train took them across the country toLiverpool or Glasgow; from there the Inman Line or some othercompany's ships sailed them to New York. The whole voyageGothenburg-New York need not take more than three weeks in 1870.”
 Map of Katteberg (now Lyckås) 
 Swedish Church records for Katteberg 1847 – 1850 listing son Johan Magnus born 7/6 1848. 
 The American West 

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