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June Pelo
11-08-05, 02:45
Does anyone know of the Bjerstedt name in Ashtabula? Three brothers Bjerstedt lived there around 1900: among them the baker Sven Edward Bjerstedt, founder of Bjerstedt Wholesale Bakery, supposedly the first firm in America to sell Swedish hard rye-bread, "knäckebröd".


11-08-05, 13:58
Hi June,
The Rootsweb Astabula, OH has a site search engine
which results with 7 hits for the surname.
I found two Bjerstedt in Astabula County in the 1910 census.
Surname,Given Name,Age,Sex,Race,Birthplace,County,Locality,T624-Roll,Part, Page,Subpage,State

No spouse is listed for Anton in the index at
while Mary is listed as Edwards spouse.

Found at CENTER CEMETERY Route 20 Conneaut, Ohio
Name | Birth |Death |Other
BJERSTEDT, Anton None Given None Gvn Large Family Monument
BJERSTEDT, Dorothy | 1917 |1942
BJERSTEDT, Hilda | 1874 |1942

The following Anton is one of the brothers sons but which one I don't know.
ANTON BJERSTEDT 06 Jun 1904 Feb 1981 44004 (Ashtabula, Ashtabula, OH) (none specified) 296-09-9826 Ohio

HAZEL E BJERSTEDT 22 Oct 1907 27 Jul 2004 (V) 44004 (Ashtabula, Ashtabula, OH) (none specified) 293-03-2604 Ohio


ASHTABULA - Hazel Estella Bjerstedt, age 96, a resident of Ashtabula, OH, died Tuesday July 27, 2004, at Fairview/Grace Hospital in Cleveland, OH.

Born October 22, 1907 in Jefferson, OH, she was the daughter of Frank and Flora (Seelye) Mullen. She lived 75 of her years in Ashtabula, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

During W.W.II, she worked in the war plants in Ashtabula making bayonets and bomb cores. In her last fourteen working years, she was employed by the U.S. Bureau of the Census until her retirement.

Mrs. Bjerstedt looked forward to attending the Book Forum Luncheons, and took part in many activities with the Ashtabula Chapter of the Wayside Garden Club.

In her late seventies she enjoyed traveling and has visited Sweden, London, Alaska, Hawaii, and the west coast of Canada, as well as several mainland states. Most of all she enjoyed time with her loving family.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Francis and Irene Bjerstedt; daughter, Patricia Bjerstedt; grandsons, Thomas (Ines) Bjerstedt, and Robert (Cindy) Bjerstedt; granddaughters, Mary Lynn (Anthony) Tonti, Carol (Andrew) Thomas, and Leslie (William) Shearstone; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Anton Bjerstedt; and a granddaughter, Karen Bjerstedt.

Service will be held Saturday, July 31, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. at ZABACK-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula, with Reverend Ray Williams, Pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

Calling Hours will be Friday, July 30, 2004, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at ZABACK-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 4353 Park Avenue, Ashtabula, OH 44004.


11-08-05, 15:01
Id#: 0428172
Name: Bjerstedt, Karen Lynn
Date: Aug 3 1961
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #094.
Notes: Bjerstedt. Karen Lynn Bjerstedt of Mentor, 14-month-old darling daughter of Frank and Irene (nee Jarosz), dear sister of Thomas and Robert, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Bierstedt, of Ashtabula, and Mrs. Anna Jarosz, of Cleveland. The family will receive friends 7 To 10 P. M. Friday at the Brunner Funeral Home, 8466 Mentor Ave. (Rt. 20), Mentor. Mass of the Angels 11 a. m. Saturday, St. Mary Church, Mentor. Interment All Souls cemetery, Chardon.

Id#: 0027049
Name: Bjerstedt, Hilda
Date: Jul 1 1942
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #007.
Notes: Bjerstedt, Hilda (nee Bachlund)--Mother of Myrtle Cousins, Irvin Mischka, Fred Mischka and the late Dorothy. Friends may call at Svetek Funeral Home, 478 E. 152 st. Services Thursday, July 2, 10 a. m. Interment Conneaut, O.

Id#: 0027048
Name: Bjerstedt, Dorothy
Date: Feb ? 1942
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #007.
Notes: Bjerstedt: Dorothy, residence, 880 Maxwell ave., beloved daughter of Hilda and Amon, sister of Myrtle Cousins, Irvin Mischke and Fred Mischke, Friends may call at Svetek Funeral Home, 478 E. 132 st. Services Thursday, Feb. 5, at 10 a. m. Interment Conneaut, O.


11-08-05, 23:11
Social security and military images first

11-08-05, 23:13
Anton 1910 census image

11-08-05, 23:15
EAB Jr 1930 census image

11-08-05, 23:18
Tough to read online so:
Edward, head, age 51, 1888 Na 1896 Sweden Wholesale merchant - bakery
Mary E, wife, 40, Ohio, none :)
Harriet, dau, 21, single, Ohio, bookkeeper bakery
Edward, son, 20, single, Ohio, truck driver, bakery
Robert, son, 9,

11-08-05, 23:35
HARRIET BJERSTEDT 25 Sep 1898 Dec 1971 44004 (Ashtabula, Ashtabula, OH) (none specified) 292-14-1192 Ohio
City Cemetery Conneaut, Ohio
Name | Birth |Death |Area No. |Comments
BJERSTEDT, Harriet Porter |1898 |1971 |F12-005 |Porter is her married name.

ROBERT BJERSTEDT 02 Jun 1910 Jun 1986 98382 (Sequim, Clallam, WA) (none specified) 302-14-5481 Ohio
ELEANOR R BJERSTEDT 15 Nov 1914 Feb 1994 98382 (Sequim, Clallam, WA) (none specified) 285-14-8338 Ohio

These two complete the Ohio Bjerstedt people
MARGARET BJERSTEDT 30 May 1931 19 Jun 2002 (P) (72) (none specified) 271-28-6458 Ohio

ROBERT E BJERSTEDT 12 Apr 1960 18 Feb 1982 (VA) (none specified) 273-48-9059 Ohio


June Pelo
11-08-05, 23:46
Wow! Jeanette and Chuck, you two take the cake. I can hardly wait to send your data to Sven. I know he will be surprised and happy because he didn't think there would be any information about his relatives. Chuck, is it possible to send those census records to my e-mail address? I tried to copy them but couldn't.

I told Sven we have eaten knäckebröd all our lives and we still eat it. He said he has it for his breakfast every day.



12-08-05, 01:26
I've mailed the fotocopies.


June Pelo
12-08-05, 02:23
Thanks, Chuck. I sent all the data to Sven and he is happy to get it and asked me again to thank everyone who has helped.


12-08-05, 11:56
Could either of these men be the third brother?(from 1910 census index)


June Pelo
12-08-05, 19:07

I don't know if they are part of the family, but I'll send it on to Sven. The Bjerstedt name doesn't seem to appear very much, so there may be a link.