About the Högberg name
Peter and Sven Svensson and their father, Sven Olafsson, took the name Högberg when they came to America from Sweden. Sven eventually shortened his to Hoberg. Peter's grave marker and that of his son, Olaf, list Hegberg. Högberg translates literally as "high mountain".
The Family in Sweden
The family came from Funnäsdalen in Tännäs parish of Jämtland, 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.
Högberg in the USA
My Emigrant Högberg Family Name Born USA Died Burial Sven Olofsson Högberg 2 Apr 1815 Funnäsdalen, Tännäs, Jämtland, Sweden 19 Jun 1867 Fregatskibet Neptunus from Norway to Quebec 22 Apr 1882 Dakota Co, MN probably Cannon River Lutheran Cemetery (old), Cannon Falls Twp, Goodhue Co, MN Sigrid Pehrsdotter 31 Oct 1810 Funnäsdalen, Tännäs, Jämtland, Sweden 19 Jun 1867 Fregatskibet Neptunus from Norway to Quebec 18 Mar 1877 Dakota Co, MN probably Cannon River Lutheran Cemetery (old), Cannon Falls Twp, Goodhue Co, MN Olof Svensson 17 Jul 1841 Funnäsdalen, Tännäs, Jämtland, Sweden probably not Unknown Unknown Peter Svensson Högberg 28 Jun 1843 Funnäsdalen, Tännäs, Jämtland, Sweden 19 Jun 1867 Fregatskibet Neptunus from Norway to Quebec 26 Feb 1885 Dakota Co, MN Cannon River Lutheran Cemetery (new), Cannon Falls Twp, Goodhue Co, MN Sven Svensson Hoberg 30 Jun 1847 Funnäsdalen, Tännäs, Jämtland, Sweden 19 Jun 1867 Fregatskibet Neptunus from Norway to Quebec 10 Aug 1910 Swift Current, Saskatchewan Swift Current, Saskatchewan Bengt Svensson 05 Jan 1854 Funnäsdalen, Tännäs, Jämtland, Sweden no 18 Jul 1858 Unknown
Sven Olafsson, wife Sigrid, and sons Sven and Peter Svensson left Sweden on 26 Mar 1867. They set sail on the Fregatskibet Neptunus from Trondheim, Norway on May 2 and arrived in Quebec, Canada on Jun 19. They travelled by train to Chicago, IL and then took another train to Minneapolis, MN. We then lost track of them for a while, though they might have spent some time at Fonda, Pocahontas Co, IA.
The 1875 census for Douglas Twp, Dakota Co, MN shows P.O. (Sven), Sarah (Sigrid), Peter and Mary Hogberg. The 1880 census shows Peter and Mary Hogberg with son Swan and father Swan. Cannon River church records at the Cannon Falls, MN library say that Peter married Mary (or Märeth) Carlson on 29 Nov 1875, but they don't mention where. They also say that Mary arrived in the area in 1876, which was an estimate after the fact. Their first two children in 1878 and 1879 died young, but their next in 1882 and 1883 lived to a ripe old age.
The 1879 Dakota County Platbook shows that Peter farmed in Section 25 of Douglas Twp right across the road from Cannon Falls Twp, Goodhue Co. Peter died there only six years later, shy of his forty-second birthday. Here is a photo of the farm 121 years later.
Son Sven married Maret Ahlness 10 Dec 1872 at Spring Garden Lutheran Church in Leon Twp, Goodhue Co, MN. They had nine children, one of which died as an infant. The births seem to have taken place in Nebraska, except for one in Minnesota and one in Pepin Co, WI. The family then lived in Spring Brook, ND before homesteading in Saskatchewan in 1909. Sven died there one year later at the age of sixty-three.
Norm Johnson, descended from Sven Hoberg, was one of the notable players of the old Western Hockey League and also played some with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. See some photos and stats.
Another Sven Hoberg descendant is CFL linebacker Stefen Reid of the Montreal Allouettes. He is currently president of the Kamloops Junior Football Association and head coach and director of football operations for the Kamloops Broncos. See a photo, another, another, another, and another.
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