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June Pelo
09-09-06, 18:48
I have a request for help in finding members of the Herlevi family in the US. Brita Johanna Herlevi from Ashtabula Ohio, married a Matti Kleemola. (No dates given.)

Could she be the daughter of Johan Alfred Herlevi? There was a John Herlevi of Ashtabula Harbor who had moved there from Ironwood Michigan. Johan Alfred Herlevi, born 16-09-1870 in Ullava, died in the USA 06-07-1924. To the US in 1892. Could he have been the John mentioned above?

Johan Alfred was the son of Alexander Johansson Puumala and Susanna Jeremiasdotter Herlevi - from Ullava.

Also, does anyone know how to locate Margaret Herlevi who formerly worked for the Ashtabula Genealogical Library?

Any information or suggestions are welcome.

June

Art Fors
10-09-06, 00:23
Hello June,

To begin the search for members of the Herlevi family in the US, this is what I found so far. It appears Julia Ringer was a daughter of Matti and Brita Johanna (Herlevi) Kleemola.

Re: Ohio Deaths, 1908-1944 and 1958-2002 Records

Name: Julia Ringer
Birth Date: 16 Aug 1900
Birth City: Ashtabula
Birth County: Ashtabula
Birth State: Ohio
Birth Country: United States
Gender: Female
Race: White
Hispanic Origin: Not Hispanic
Residence County: Ashtabula
Residence State: Ohio
Residence Country: United States
Death Date: 12 Mar 1992
Death Time: 8:40 AM
Hospital of Death: Long-Term Care Facilities
County of Death: Ashtabula
Certificate: 023447
Age at Death: 91
Certifier: Physician
Referred to Coroner: No
Autopsy: No
Filing Date: 18 Mar 1992
Hospital Status: Other/Nursing Home
Injury in Ohio: Yes
Type Place of Injury: Unspecified Place
Social Security Number: 271-62-7308
Father's Surname: Kleemola
Mother's Maiden Name: Herlevi
Marital Status: Widowed
Industry of Decedent: Homemaker, student, unemployed volunteer
Occupation of Decedent: Homemaker
Primary Registration District: 0400

Art

Art Fors
10-09-06, 00:44
Hello June,

Re: 1900 United States Federal Census > Ohio > Ashtabula > Ashtabula > District 4

Name: Matti Kleemolo
Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867
Birthdate: Mar 1867
BirthPlace: Finland
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouses's Name: Johanna
Number of years married: 10
Birthplace of Father: Finland
Birthplace of Mother: Finland
Number of years in the United States: 13
Occupation: Dock Labor

Name: Johanna Kleemolo
Age: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1863
Birthdate: Mar 1863
BirthPlace: Finland
Relationship to head-of-house: Wife
Spouses's Name: Matti
Number of years married: 10
Mother of how many children: 6
Mother of how many children living: 4
Birthplace of Father: Finland
Birthplace of Mother: Finland
Number of years in the United States: 13
Occupation: None

Name: Ida Kleemolo
Age: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1891
Birthdate: Feb 1891
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter
Birthplace of Father: Finland
Birthplace of Mother: Finland
Occupation: None

Name: Matti Kleemolo
Age: 5
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1894
Birthdate: Jun 1894
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Birthplace of Father: Finland
Birthplace of Mother: Finland
Occupation: None

Name: Fanny Kleemolo
Age: 3
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Birthdate: Oct 1896
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter
Birthplace of Father: Finland
Birthplace of Mother: Finland
Occupation: None

Art

June Pelo
11-09-06, 00:01
Art,

Thanks for all that information. Looks like Matti and Johanna lived in Ashtabula. And it's helpful to note the names and birthdates of their children. Now I have to try to establish that Johanna Herlevi Kleemola was the daughter of Johan Alfred Herlevi who died either in Ashtabula or Ironwood in 1824. All I know about him is that he came to the US in 1892.

Someone else contacted me to let me know that his brother may know something about Margaret Herlevi who formerly worked at the Ashtabula Genealogical Library - it's possible she is related in some way to this family.

I'll pass all this info. along - I'm sure someone will be happy to get it.

June

Art Fors
11-09-06, 03:26
Hello June,

I found this piece of info from Ellis Island passenger records which I thought you might find interesting.

This has to be the same family you're looking for but I'm not sure why Brita used Herlevi as their surname instead of Kleemola.

Notice that this family lived in Michigan in 1898 except for Maria who was born in Finland. All the remaining children were born in the United States.

Also notice that their final destination is listed as Ashtabula, Ohio were Brita's husband, Matti Kleemola lived.

Ship of Travel: S.S. Servia
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Departure Date: 9 May 1899
Port of Arrival: New York, USA
Arrival Date: 17 May 1899

Name: Brita Herlevi
Age: 36
Sex: Female
Marital Status: Married
Nationality: Finn
Last residence: Kalvia, Finland
Final destination in US: Ashtabula
If in US before: Michigan 1898
Joining a relative and address: Husband, Ashtabula

Name: Ida Herlevi
Age: 8
Sex: Female
Nationality: US born
Last residence: Kalvia, Finland

Name: Matts Herlevi
Age: 4
Sex: Male
Nationality: US born
Last residence: Kalvia, Finland

Name: Fanny Herlevi
Age: 2
Sex: Female
Nationality: US born
Last residence: Kalvia, Finland

Name: Maria Herlevi
Age: 8 months ??
Sex: Female
Nationality: Finn
Last residence: Kalvia, Finland

Art

Art Fors
11-09-06, 04:46
Hello June,

Here is Brita Herlevi's passport record from the Institute of Migration.

Last name: Herlevi
First names: Brita Jakobsdotter
Other names: *
Date of birth: . .1863
Marital status: *
Religion: *
Occupation: Taloll. tr
Home parish: Ullava
Province: VAA
Passport date: 12.04.1899
Passport number: 0
Passport valid (year:month): 0:6
Destination: P-Amerikka
Passport issued by: KOK
Remarks: Sj: ei ketään. Sp 4 lasta.

Here is Brita Herlevi's passenger record from the Institute of Migration. Also noted are: Ida, Matts, Fanny and Maria Herlevi

Last name: Herlevi
First names: Brita
Age or age group: 36
Port of departure: Hanko
Place of destination: Ashtabula
State of destination: OH
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 108
Ship from Finland: Polaris
Date of departure from Finland: 29.04.1899
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: . .9999
Ocean Line: Cunard Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 9/25
Remarks: Mk Ida, Matts, Fanny & Maria Herlevi.

Art

granskare
11-09-06, 05:13
Swenson S 27-3 =Michigan, Iron Co, Crystal Falls, Finnish Lutheran (merged with Swedish to form United Lutheran)
Pos Given names Surname Other data Born Parish Em.

S 27-3 60h Matti Kleemola May 10 1878 Isokyrö 1900
S 27-3 60w Sofia Tuuri Jun 29 1884 Isokyrö 1903
and also
S 27-3 61h Juho W. Kleemola Sep 10 1875 Isokyro 1898
S 27-3 61w Helena Mathilda Dec 22 1877 Isokyro 1899

Art Fors
11-09-06, 06:26
Hello June,

Here is some information that leads me to believe that Fanny Kleemola's married name may be Rauha. See details below.

Re: United States Obituary Collection Record

Name of Deceased: Ruth E. Christopher
Age at Death: 82
Birth Date: Aug/15/1921
Death Date: Feb/14/2004
Newspaper Title: Star-Beacon
Newspaper Location: Ashtabula, OH, US
Obituary Publication Date: Feb/17/2004
Locations Mentioned in Obituary: Conneaut, OH; Johnstown, OH; Commerce; Strongsville, OH; Columbus, OH; Cleveland, OH; Union; New London, CT
Other Persons Mentioned in Obituary: Ann E. Christopher; Jack E. (Laura) Christopher; Viola Chandler; Fanny (Kleemola) Rauha; Molly Laughlin; Julie (James) Gibb; Emily Laughlin; Laura (Michael) Laughlin; Anthony J. Christopher; Clyde A. McGee; John A. Christopher; John E.

Re: Ohio Deaths, 1908-1944 and 1958-2002 Record

Name: Fanny E Rauha
Birth Date: Est. 1897
Birth State: Wisconsin
Birth Country: United States
Gender: Female
Race: White
Residence City: Conneaut
Residence County: Ashtabula
Residence State: Ohio
Residence Country: United States
Death Date: 27 Jan 1980
Hospital of Death: Long-Term Care Facilities
City of Death: Ashtabula County
County of Death: Ashtabula
Certificate: 006581
Age at Death: 83
Certifier: Physician
Social Security Number: 277-26-4376
Marital Status: Widowed

Re: Social Security Death Index Record

Name: Fanny Rauha
SSN: 277-26-4376
Last Residence: 44030 Conneaut, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States of America
Born: 11 Sep 1896
Last Benefit: 44030 Conneaut, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States of America
Died: Jan 1980
State (Year) SSN issued: Ohio (Before 1951)

Art

Art Fors
11-09-06, 20:41
Hello June,

Attached below is an obituary notice for Ruth E. Christopher, daughter of Fanny (Kleemola) Rauha.

Obituaries - Star Beacon February 16, 2004

RUTH E. CHRISTOPHER

CONNEAUT — Ruth E. Christopher, 82, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2004, at The Villa At The Lake after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on August 15, 1921, to John E. Rauha, Jr. and Fanny (Kleemola) Rauha in Conneaut, OH.

She graduated in 1939 from Conneaut High School with Very Special Honors and also graduated from Dyke School of Commerce in Cleveland. Mrs. Christopher played the French Horn for six years in the High School Band and the Conneaut Harbor Band, and was the first recipient of the Kaarlo Mackey Music Award in 1939.

She was employed for six years with the Conneaut Water Department, six years as Secretary-Treasurer of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and ten years as Treasurer-Manager of the Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Employees Federal Credit Union, retiring in 1985.

She married Anthony J. Christopher on July 1, 1944 in New London, CT.

She was a third generation life member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and was very proud of her Finnish heritage. She learned to speak, read and write Finnish at an early age. She was also a charter member and director of the Luther Girls’ Choir for ten years, then Chancel Choir Director for 25 years and a choir member for 27 years. She was a long-time member of the Cover Girls Quilting Group and the Lutheran Church Women.

She enjoyed good music, cooking, sewing, and her family.

Survivors include her five children, Ann E. Christopher of Columbus, OH, John A. Christopher of Strongsville, OH, Laura (Michael) Laughlin of Johnstown, OH, Julie (James) Gibb of Conneaut, OH, and Jack E. (Laura) Christopher of Cleveland, OH; two grandchildren, Emily Laughlin of Columbus, OH, and Molly Laughlin of Johnstown, OH; and a sister, Viola Chandler of Conneaut, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband in 1989.

Funeral Service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lake Road and Grove Street, Conneaut, with the Reverend Dr. Clyde A. McGee officiating. Burial will be in East Conneaut Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Church on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Trust Fund of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the Church and at MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty Street, Conneaut, OH, which has charge of arrangements.

Art

June Pelo
11-09-06, 21:24
Wow, just turned on my computer and all this info. came on the screen. I'm trying to digest it all. But at a glance it appears that Brita Herlevi, married to Matti Kleemola, wasn't the daughter of Johan Alfred Herlevi. He was born in 1870 and Brita was born ca 1863. Then I thought that Johan and Brita could be siblings, but that didn't work out. HisKi doesn't have Ullava records for 1863, so I'll have to figure out something else. Somehow all these people have to be related.

Thank you, Art, for all your searching. I'm going to forward all this data to Waino.

June

June Pelo
11-09-06, 21:41
Chuck,

Thanks for those Kleemola names. Don't know if they're pertinent, but will pass them along.

June

Art Fors
12-09-06, 00:23
Hello June,

In the 1910 US Federal Census I found the following information on Matt and Johanna Kleemola's family. For some strange reason their surname was listed as Hell, Hill or Hall. See below.

Re: 1910 United States Federal Census > Ohio > Ashtabula > Ashtabula Ward 1 > District 3

Name: Matt Hell
[Matt Hill]
Age in 1910: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867
BirthPlace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Spouses's Name: Johanna
Marital Status: Married
Number of years at present marriage: 21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1886
Household Members: Name Age
Matt Hell 43
Johanna Hell 46
Ida S Hell 20
Hilja J Hell 17
Matti A Hell 15
Fanny E Hell 13
Julia Hell 10
Nancy M Hell 7
Matt Sala 27
Charles Sala 19
Marie H Wistarals 22

Name: Johanna Hell
[Johanna Hill]
Age in 1910: 46
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
BirthPlace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Spouses's Name: Matt
Marital Status: Married
Number of years at present marriage: 21
Mother of how many children: 10
Mother of how many children that lived: 6
Race: White
Gender: Female
Year of Immigration: 1886

Name: Ida S Hell
[Ida J Hill]
Age in 1910: 20
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Name: Johanna
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female

Name: Hilja J Hell
[Hilja J Hill]
Age in 1910: 17
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Name: Johanna
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female

Name: Matti A Hell
[Matti A Hill]
Age in 1910: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Name: Johanna
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male

Name: Fanny E Hell
[Fanny E Hill]
Age in 1910: 13
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Name: Johanna
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female

Name: Julia Hell
[Julia Hill]
Age in 1910: 10
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1900
BirthPlace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Name: Johanna
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female

Name: Nancy M Hell
[Nancy M Hill]
Age in 1910: 7
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1903
BirthPlace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Name: Johanna
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female

Art

Art Fors
12-09-06, 00:37
Hello June,

It seems like Matt and Johanna Kleemola changed their surname to Hill in the 1920 US Federal Census. See below.

Re: 1920 United States Federal Census > Ohio > Ashtabula > Ashtabula Ward 1 > District 3

Name: Matt Hill
Age: 52 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1868
BirthPlace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouses's Name: Johanna B
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Year of immigration: 1888
Occupation: Shoveler/Dock
Household Members: Name Age
Matt Hill 52
Johanna B Hill 56
Matt A Hill 25
Nanny Hill 16

Name: Johanna B Hill
Age: 56 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
BirthPlace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouses's Name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Female
Year of immigration: 1888
Occupation: None

Name: Matt A Hill
Age: 25 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's name: Johanna B
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Occupation: Car Repairer/Railroad

Name: Nanny Hill
Age: 16 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904
BirthPlace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's name: Matt
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's name: Johanna B
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Female
Occupation: Laundress/Laundry

Art

Art Fors
12-09-06, 00:51
Hello June,

Here are details about Matt A. Kleemola-Hill and family (son of Matt and Johanna Kleemola).

Re: 1930 United States Federal Census > Ohio > Ashtabula > Ashtabula > District 13

Name: Matt A Hill
Age: 35
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
BirthPlace: Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouses's Name: Hildur J
Race: White
Occupation: Riveter/Shipyard
Father's Birthplace: Finland
Mother's Birthplace: Finland
Household Members: Name Age
Matt A Hill 35
Hildur J Hill 27
Edna M Hill 6
James D Hill 4 3/12

Name: Hildur J Hill
Age: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1903
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Occupation: None
Father's Birthplace: Finland
Mother's Birthplace: Finland

Name: Edna M Hill
Age: 6
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1924
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Matt A
Mother's Name: Hildur J

Name: James D Hill
Age: 4
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1926
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: Matt A
Mother's Name: Hildur J

Art

Art Fors
12-09-06, 03:14
Hello JUne,

This could be the passenger record for Johan Alfred Herlevi that I found at Castle Garden.

Name: Juho Herlovi
Occupation: Farmer
Age: 22
Sex: M
Literacy: Y
Arrived: 21 Jun 1892
Origin: Finland
Port: Bremen
Last Residence: Abo
Destination: New York
Plan: Unknown
Ship: Darmstadt
Passage: Unknown

Art

June Pelo
12-09-06, 22:08
Thank you, Art,

That is the first bit of information we've seen about Johan Herlevi - everything seems to fit. And thanks, also, for the Hill data, etc. I've been away from my computer for a couple days so I'm trying to catch up on what I've missed. I'll be sending all this on to Waino - I know he'll be happy to get it.

June