View Full Version : Fredrik Eriksson Backlund family in MN

28-01-08, 22:07

I want to know more about this family:

- Fredrik Eriksson Wärnå-Backlund, b. 27 Oct 1851 in Esse
Married 15 Aug 1884 in Minnesota:
- Lovisa Andersdotter Tarvonen, b. 16 Aug 1858 in Lappfors, d. 15 Aug 1893 (MN?)

- Erik Edward Fredriksson, b. 26 Sep 1886, d. 1887 Brainerd, MN
- Maria Fredriksdotter, b. 9 May 1888, Brainerd, MN
- Erik Emil Fredriksson, b. 23 Mar 1891 in Wärnå, Esse Finland. Decl. dead 1982 (USA?)

Christian Dahlin

29-01-08, 03:34
Hi Christian,
I believe this is the correct Backlund family in this 1905 Minnesota Census, although Fredrik's spouse's name is Grethe (Greta). There is a son Erik, and daughter Marrie. There are 2 pages to this census as Fredrik and Grethe are on page 1 and the 2 children on the second page.

Denise :)

29-01-08, 03:41
1910 Census

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Fred Backlund
Age in 1910: 59
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1851
Birthplace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Spouse's Name: Greta
Home in 1910: Brainerd Ward 4, Crow Wing, Minnesota
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1900
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Fred Backlund 59
Greta Backlund 49
Emil Backlund 20

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Brainerd Ward 4, Crow Wing, Minnesota; Roll: T624_694; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 35; Image: 190.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census

29-01-08, 03:48
Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002
Name: Greta Backlund
Death Date: 10 May 1925
Death County: Anoka
State file number: 000171
Certificate Number: 000171
Certificate Year: 1925
Record Number: 430094

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002

29-01-08, 03:52
I'm guessing this is Fredrik's death record.

Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002
Name: Fredrick Elsworth Backlund
Death Date: 2 Dec 1934
Death County: Marshall
State file number: 008163
Certificate Number: 008163
Certificate Year: 1934
Record Number: 685408

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002

29-01-08, 04:01
Social Security Death Index
Name: Emil Backlund
SSN: 470-10-1938
Last Residence: Minnesota
Born: 23 Mar 1891
Died: Sep 1962
State (Year) SSN issued: Minnesota (Before 1951 )

Source Citation: Number: 470-10-1938;Issue State: Minnesota;Issue Date: Before 1951.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index

29-01-08, 04:08
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Emil Erick Backlund
City: Not Stated
County: Crow Wing
State: Minnesota
Birthplace: Finland
Birth Date: 23 Mar 1891
Race: Caucasian (White)
Roll: 1675390
DraftBoard: 0


Nearest Relative:


Color of Eyes/Hair:

Signature: View Image

Source Citation: Registration Location: Crow Wing County, Minnesota; Roll: 1675390; Draft Board: 0.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

29-01-08, 04:17
O.K. I don't think the previous death record for Fredrik Backlund is the correct person, as I now have found Greta Backlund as a patient in the 1920 Census which states she is widowed, so Fredrik died before 1920. I'll keep looking for a death for him


1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Greta Backlund
Home in 1920: Anoka Ward 3, Anoka, Minnesota
Age: 60 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860
Birthplace: Finland
Relation to Head of House: Patient
Father's Birth Place: Finland
Mother's Birth Place: Finland
Marital Status: Widow
Race: White
Sex: Female
Year of Immigration: 1899
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Image: 655
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Daniel F Mac Carthy 40
Mary C Schwartze 58
Amelia J Aas 55
Harriet Aberlee 52
Edna Aker un
Peter Alander un
Louise Allard 70
Anna Anderberg 63
Andrew Anderson 58
Augusta Anderson 50
Augusta C Anderson 64
Charlotte Anderson 57
Christian Anderson 56
Conrad Anderson 69
John Anderson 65
Katie Anderson 53
Margaret Anderson 54
Marie Anderson 33
Martha Anderson 47
Mary Anderson 35
Mina Anderson 50
Olof M Anderson 49
Paulina A Anderson 68
Sarah M Anderson 73
Serena Anderson 72
Sophia Anderson 75
John C Angemeier 29
Bertha Anceth 42
Minnie Antonson 62
Annie Antos 33
S J Applegnist 60
William Archer 52
Attilia Aretz 61
Abe Aronson 32
Daisy Arrowood 45
Milla Ashbridge 60
Louisa Atkins 76
Mary I Avery 64
Wilhelmina Axt 76
Patrizius Bachmeyer 41
Greta Backlund 60
August Bahlke 66
Ada L Baker 53
Mary L Baker 73
Naomi Baker 65
Hannah A Barnes 66
Lena Barnes 52
Mary Bartkowicz 27
James S Bassett 60
Christ Bay 57
Anna Belle Becker 53
Andrew Belchner 42
Maurice W Bell 46
William Bell 59
Jennie Benson 58
Mary Bellan 60
Michale Bennett 60
Andrew Berge 59
Nels T Bergen 47
Eli K E Berget 48
Charles Bergman 58
Anna Bernes 63
August Bernes 43
Albert Bialke 25
Lizzie Biernat 43
Mary Bishop 59
Annie Bitsek 45
Anna Bitsek 32
George C Bjerkeg 55
John Bjork 51
James Blair 74
Sarah Blaisdell 70
Elizabeth Blase 53
Christine Blegen 34
Eva Blom 68
Florence Blomgren 38
Maria Blum 46
Annie Boe 51
Bertha Bohlin 61
Elizabeth Bolland 75
Mary Bolton 65
Mary Bolton 75
Lucy Borchert 71
Andrew J Borsli 55
Alice Bourguin 57
Josephine Boynton 49
Mary H Brackney 67
Anna Brandt 50
Frans Gusty Brandt 53
Annie Breding 51
Anna L Brown 57
Edward Brown 40
Lillian Brown 40
Margaret D Brown 73
Rosella M Brown 68
Annie Bromberg 75
Esther Booven 36
Bertha Bruestle 50
Nelson Bruns 52
Ellen A Buckley 48

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Anoka Ward 3, Anoka, Minnesota; Roll: T625_822; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 655.

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census

29-01-08, 21:41
Thanks Denise!

For information; Greta (Grethe) was Fredrik's second wife and also a younger sister of his first wife Lovisa.

Fredrik's first wife Lovisa died in 1893. Grethe immigrated in 1899. I suppose Fredrik lived in Finland between these years. In my database I have the information that the first two children; Erik Edward (died 1887 ½ years old) and Maria were born in MN. The youngest child; Erik Emil was born in Esse in 1891.

I have an information that Fredrik died 20 Jul 1912 in MN. It would be good to have this information verified.


Karen Norwillo
30-01-08, 02:26
I believe this is Emil in the home of his sister Mary in 1930. Says she was born in MN. I plugged in your date of death for Fredrik in the MN Death Index and he's not listed. I used it without any name, just the date, and nothing came uo. The only one that comes up with his name is the one Denise found.
Also found a 1900 arrival for Greta, Marie and Emil. maybe a trip home with the children. Going to Fredrik. Karen

Karen Norwillo
30-01-08, 17:52
On the MN Birth and Death Index I found Gladys Elisabeth Johnson born 1/21/1915 Crow Wing cert# 1915-07414 mmn Backlund. Strangely, I found another Gladys Johnson born 9/13/1916 Crow Wing cert# 1916-07289 mmn Backlund. There is a Johnson birth no first name, must be Leonard born 11/11/1914 Crow Wing cert# 1914-06928 mmn Backlund. Unfortunately, the death index skips the year 1915-1916 so I don't know if there were two Gladys born and first one died so they named second one same. Too bad they don't list father's name. But at least you know Marie or Mary's married name was Johnson. Her husband must have died between 1916 and 1930 as she's a widow in the 1930 census. I'll keep searching in the 1920 census for them. Karen

30-01-08, 20:26
Thanks Karen!

Your information is great! Sometimes I wish I could have this information too. But the same way it feels good to receive help from friends on the web.

I must try to figure out about Greta's and the childrens trip to Finland. Greta was a younger sister of Fredrik's first wife, but I do not know the whole story about where and when they married. I have seen this kind of sequence before. A woman dies leaving small children. Her younger sister "takes care" of the small children and marries her dead sister's husband.

It looks like Emil died single? But the information about Mary's family is interesting.

This family links to my grandmother's grandfather from Kiisk in Esse. I am a little bit curious to see if I can find living relatives in Minnesota.


Karen Norwillo
30-01-08, 21:11
Could this be Lovisa arriving 2 Jul 1892 on the City of Berlin. She's with Marie? and Ernst? Listed as age 3 and infant. Ages fit. Says from Finland going to Michigan. If so, this must be shortly before her death. But then again, maybe it's not her.

30-01-08, 21:45
Yes, it looks a lot like "my" Lovisa and Mary. But how does this Ernst (?) fit in? I could not figure out his relation to the others. His age was also unreadable to me.

And where was her youngest son Erik Emil, b. 1891 in Esse? It looks like Lovisa returned to Finland when he was born and returned back to USA later. Fredrik probably stayed all the time in USA, waiting for his family to return. Lovisa finally died one year later, probably in Minnesota.


Karen Norwillo
31-01-08, 15:14
The child listed as Ernst is only listed as infant. I think this child is Emil. Is it possible his full name may have included Ernst? I would guess "infant" is less than 1 year???

31-01-08, 16:20
A very reliable explanation! I will buy it!


01-02-08, 16:05
Hur kom några av Erik Andersson Wärnå .. Kisk (?) att ta namnet Backlund?
Kommer Backlund's från Humla från dessa grenar?


01-02-08, 17:29
Så mycket vet jag inte än. Ska vid tillfälle kolla med Wärnum byforskare.

Som du kanske anar så hör denhär släkten till Kiisk-Kronqvist. Erik Andersson Kiisk-Wärnå var bror till "Smeen". Som en kuriositet kan jag nämna att Erik och hans bror Johan (smeden) var gifta med var sin syster från Storgårds i Edsevö.:confused:

Tyvärr så verkar nog Eriks gren av släkten att till stora delar ha dött ut.