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Magdalena Seppälä
07-11-06, 20:39
Hallo! I am trying to find my two uncles and their children/grandchildren, if there are any. I know that my granparents went to America as newly wed about 1890. Anders Brunell from Kokkola b. 30.6.1859 and his wife Maria Matilda Wefvar b. 16.7.1869 from Kokkola. Their first child Alfhild Maria was born 8.4.1891 in Michigan. The family returned to Finland but later, about 1920-25 two of theire sons emigrated to America. One was Anders Edvin Brunell b. 13.2.1898 in Vasa and the second one Uno Evald born 19.8.1901 also in Vasa. They both moved to Parainen some in 1920. I would be greatful to hear from anybody that knows anythin about any Brunell or Wefvar that could be related to me. Best regards
Magdalena Seppälä b. Brunell, Espoo/Finland

28-06-09, 16:24
Hi Magdalena,

I'm also looking for Brunells, and I'd like to ask if your Anders Brunell is related to Johan Fredrik Eriksson Brunell, b. 16 July 1827 Kokkola, d. 20 January 1891. He was widowed as he moved to Kälviä and married Maria Andersdr Iivari (or Ahllund) in 1875.

Karen Norwillo
28-06-09, 17:17
I found both brothers in Manhattan, NY on the 1930 Census. Both single and are ironworkers. Also found possibly Anders Edvin as Edvin in a 1923 passenger list from Sweden on the SS Stockholm going to Ill. There are lots of arrivals for an AE Brunell, but his first name proved to be Arthur.

June Pelo
28-06-09, 18:57
I have the birth records for Kokkola/Karleby, but there was no one named Johan Fredrik Eriksson Brunell, b. 16 Jul 1827. However, there was someone by that name born in Kelviå to Erik Mattsson Vintur married 12 Jul 1818 to Maria Helena Mattsdotter Alm. Could he be the Brunell you are looking for?

As for Magdalena's request concerning Anders Danielsson Nygrann-Brunell, b. 1859 married to Maria Mathilda Henriksdotter Vevar, b. 1869 - I have them in my database and have 5 children born to them: 1 in Michigan and 4 in Vasa. But I don't have any information about these children.

Brunell seems to be a name taken by a lot of people who had other family names such as Broända, Forsnäs, Nygrann, Storå, Brännkärr - mostly from Karleby, Kronoby and Nedervetil.

28-06-09, 19:34

I found somewhere that Johan (or Juho) would have born in Kaarlela. But I really don't know about his past.

However, Juho and Maria had seven children of which five, including their mother, moved to the States around 1900. I read they used "Peltomaa" as their surname in ship manifests but in the State their surname was Brunell.

On Ellisisland.org I could find only two of them so my search will continue.

June Pelo
28-06-09, 22:23
I'll try to find more about Johan/Juho's birth and will let you know if anything comes up.

29-06-09, 02:32

I found 3 Vintur, or Vintturi, in Juuret Kälviällä II and they all were born in Kaustinen. But neither of them was Erik Mattson Vintur.

29-06-09, 03:56
Hi Magdalena,
From the Institute of Migration:

Best Regards,

Detailed passport information

Last name Brunell
First names Anders
Other names *
Date of birth . .1859
Marital status *
Religion *
Occupation Rakennusmestari
Home parish Kokkola
Province VAA
Passport date 13.04.1896
Passport number 884
Passport valid (year:month) 1:0
Destination Venäjä
Passport issued by VAA
Remarks *

Detailed passenger information

Last name Brunell
First names Anders
Age or age group 22
Port of departure Hanko
Place of destination New York
State of destination NY
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket FIM 4300
Ship from Finland Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland 25.07.1923
Ship from England Berengaria
Date of departure from England 04.08.1923
Ocean Line Cunard Line
Port of departure in England Southampton
List and page 124/21
Remarks Uusikaarlepyy!

29-06-09, 04:15
Hi Magdalena,
From familysearch.org:

Best Regards,

IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index

Andrew Brunell

Father: Daniel Brunell
Mother: ...elena Broanda

Spouse: Mary Matilda Wefvar
21 JUL 1889 Ludington, Mason, Michigan

Source Information:
Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:
M018764 Film

June Pelo
04-07-09, 19:46
He was born 16 Jul 1827, Lochteå, to Erik Mattsson Vintturi, b. 13 Aug 1793, Kaustby, and Maja Lena Mattsdotter Alm, b. 12 Jul 1791, Kelviå. I can take both Vintturi and Alm back several generations, if you are interested. Send me your e-mail and I can send an ahnentafel.

05-07-09, 11:40
Hello all
There is also lot´s of Brunell´s in Nykarleby .I´m not sure if there is any relationship between those familys.

31-07-15, 14:53
I know this thread was started several years ago but I just found this forum and registered. I am related to the Brunell family from Ohio. My grandmother was Ida Lusina Brunell B.12 July 1885. Her father was Juho (Johan) Fredrik Brunell b.16 July 1827 d.20 Jan 1891. Johan's father was Eric Mattsson Vintur and his mother was Maja Lena Mattsdotter Alm. I am interested in hearing from anyone that has any information about this family.

June Pelo
31-07-15, 16:09
I replied to the Brunell query several years ago.. have the data in my database, but I'm away from home and don't have access to my data now. I'll be able to check in a week or so.

01-08-15, 16:38
Thank you very much.

02-08-15, 20:37
Hello Lynda,

Ida Lusina's (or Rosina) mother Maria was my great-great-grandfather's sister. I remember sending a couple of emails with photos to a woman I found via Ancestry.com(?)... Was it you, perhaps? :)

June Pelo
06-08-15, 03:17
I have the ancestry of this family... Johan Fredrik was first married to Brita Cajsa Eriksdotter from Kotka... she died 1868. He remarried 1875 to Maria Andersdotter Ivari... they had a son Otto, b. 1878, Finland and the family moved to Ohio. If you don't have the ancestry of the family, I can send you what I have if you can send your e-mail address.