Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Amanda Wessman Documents

Amanda Mathilda Hall Wessman with an unidentified child. Amanda was a seamstress. Perhaps she made the baby's beautiful white dress.

Amanda's birth record from Tanum Parish.

The top says "Födde och Döpte år 1848" (Born and Baptized in 1848.) The record lists the dates she was born and christened and lists the names of her parents (Anders Hall and E.M. Bruhn), age of her mother (21) and the names of the witnesses at the christening.

Woman Grieving.
From the Tanum Rock Carvings, Tanum, Sweden.

As I mentioned last week, Amanda's mother Edla Maria Bruhn died two years later after the birth of her second daughter, Berta. Her father then married Juliana Gustava Andersdotter. They had three sons followed by five daughters. Juliana died in 1885 at the age of 55 and Anders died in 1901 at the age of 79. After moving to Utah, Amanda remained in contact with the family in Sweden, and the temple work was done for each of these family members after their deaths.

The copy of the birth record is from my mother, and I have a number of other parish records photocopied in my files. Many Swedish records are available at the Family History Library, and they're also on Genline.com, but it's a subscription service, and I have too much going on to want to subscribe and look everything up right now. Perhaps another year!

Amanda in the 1900 US Census

Amanda in the 1910 US Census

Amanda in the 1920 US Census

Amanda in the 1930 US Census

Amanda Wessman's immigration record.

This is the record for the ship Alaska traveling from Liverpool, England, to New York, arriving on October 24, 1893. She traveled with her four-year-old son Joseph. As mentioned previously, her two eldest daughters traveled to Utah first, followed by her two sons John and Henry, and then she and Joseph came. She left two children buried in Sweden. I will mention her husband's trip to Utah in a separate post.

The ship Alaska.

Here is an interesting article from BYU Studies (41, no. 4 (2002) pp 75-102): Latter-day Saint Scandinavian Migration through Hull, England, 1852-1894. (You can click on the link to download a pdf copy of the article.)

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