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Bonde and Mary (Carlsson) (Högberg) Dahlberg family

Mary Carlsson (Högberg) with second husband Bonde Dahlberg and children Olaf Emmanuel Högberg, Martha Selma Christine Högberg, and Esther Victoria Dahlberg

About the Carlson name

Görn Karlsson Elsberg (b. 15 Apr 1818) was the son of Carl Elsberg and grandson of Görn Elsberg. However, he used the name Carlsson when he emigrated to McGregor, IA from Sweden in Apr 1870.

The Family in Sweden

The family moved from Ljusnedahls to Tännäs in Jämtland after the marriage of Görn Karlsson Elsberg to his second wife. They emigrated in April of 1870 from Tännäs, which is very close to the Norwegian border. This mountainous region was a mining area and is now a nice summer resort area. Tännäs is well-known for its fine fishing.

Carlson in the USA

My Emigrant Carlson Family

Name

Born

USA

Died

Burial

Görn Karlsson Elsberg

[John Carlson]

15 Apr 1818

Apr 1870

SS Norway of the Ennis line to McGregor, IA

before 27 Oct 1892

probably Clayton Co, IA

Unknown

(1st wife)

Brita Esbjörnsdotter

1814

Oviken, Jämtland, Sweden 

did not

30 Jan 1855

Ljusnedahls, Jämtland, Sweden

Probably Ljusnedahls, Jämtland, Sweden

Märeth Karlsson

[Mary Carlson]

30 Sep 1850

Ljusnedahls, Jämtland, Sweden

Apr 1870

SS Norway of the Ennis line to McGregor, IA

25 Aug 1910

hospital, Red Wing, MN

Vasa Lutheran Cemetery, Vasa, MN

(2nd wife)

Brita Olofsdotter

[Betsey]

18 Aug 1826

Apr 1870

SS Norway of the Ennis line to McGregor, IA

before Jun 1885

probably Clayton Co, IA

 

Unknown

Sigrid Karlsson

[Sarah Carlson]

15 May 1860

Sweden

Apr 1870

SS Norway of the Ennis line to McGregor, IA

before 1900

probably Wyalusing Twp, Grant Co, WI

 

Unknown

Karl Karlsson

[Carl Carlson]

12 Feb 1864

Sweden

Apr 1870

SS Norway of the Ennis line to McGregor, IA 

after 1885

Unknown

The family was listed as George, Betsey, Mary, Sarah, and Carl Carlisson in Mendon Twp, Clayton Co, IA in the 1870 census. They were listed as John, Britta, and Carl Karlson in Mendon Twp in the 1880 census. John Carlson was listed alone in the 1885 census, and his name was listed as John Collson in Clayton County land records. He owned 8½ acres in section 10 of Mendon Twp south of McGregor. I found no death records for John or Betsey.

Mary married Peter Högberg and was living with him and his parents in Douglass Twp, Dakota Co, MN during the 1875 Minnesota Census. Sarah married Carl Martin Lock in 1878 in Crawford County, WI and was living with him in Wyalusing Twp, Grant Co, WI in 1880. She was suffering from Mervons Debility in that census, and I know that she died before 1900. There is, however, no death or burial record for her in Grant County.

After Peter died in 1885, Mary sought assistance from her brother. Carl was a policeman in McGregor, IA. Being but a young man himself, he apparently refused to help. Mary returned to Minnesota and eventually married Bonde Dahlberg. I have, however, found no proof that Carl was a policeman and do not know what happened to him after 1880. Do you?

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