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Claire
14-08-09, 03:20
My grandfather, born Johan Erik Johannson Erkus on April 23, 1886, was the only surving male in a family of 12 children. Only he and three sisters lived to adulthood. He left Finland for North America as a young man, changed his name to John Erik Johnson and settled in Canada where his decendents remain. Did the Erkus family name disappear from Finland with him? Might there be some people left in Finland with the Erkus name who are related to me?

kivinen1
14-08-09, 05:26
Was this your old archived posting, and is the information still correct?


I would like to find information about my grandfather, Johan Erik Johansson Erkus, born April 23,1887 in Malax,Finland. He emigrated to the USA between 1909 and 1917. He met my grandmother in Eureka,California where she worked in a hospital.(Hilda Mattfolk born February 8,1888 in Korsnas,Finland) They married in Portland,Oregon in 1917 and my father was born there in 1919. The family returned to Finland where my aunt was born in 1923. The family emigrated to Canada before my uncle was born there in 1929.
I would like to be able to trace my family tree and possibly contact family members.

Claire
14-08-09, 05:59
Other than correcting the year of my grandfather's birth (1886 not 1887) and the town/village he was born in (Sundom, not Malax), the rest is correct I believe. :)

kivinen1
14-08-09, 06:12
OK, so in Talko is:

Johan Erik Johansson ENHOLM(ERKUS) JOHNSON
Birth 23 APR 1887 Sundom
Sex Male
Person ID I21635
Last Modified 06 May 2002

Father Johan* Eriksson ERKUS, b. 26 JUN 1850, Ö-Malax
Mother Anna-Lisa* Erik-Olofsdotter ENHOLM, b. 13 NOV 1847, Sundom
Group Sheet F6090

Family 1 Hilda* RöNNLöF?
Children
1. C. JOHNSON
2. D. JOHNSON
3. George* JOHNSON
Last Modified 06 May 2002
Group Sheet F7812

Notes

*


Familjen till Korsnäs 1919 men återvände till Amerika.

kivinen1
14-08-09, 06:16
So, it would seem that there is quite alot of family still in Finland:

Your's is bolded below, read all 2's as the same generation as your grandfather, all + as a spouse of the person above them and all 3's as your parent's generation and all 4's as your own generation...

1 Johan* Eriksson ERKUS b. 26 JUN 1850
+ Anna-Lisa* Erik-Olofsdotter ENHOLM b. 13 NOV 1847
2 Maria Gustava Johansdotter ENHOLM(ERKUS) b. 29 AUG 1875 d. 5 MAR 1955
2 Anna Matilda Johansdotter ERKUS b. 23 OCT 1878 d. 13 OCT 1966
+ Isak* Johansson LåGAS-HöGFORS b. 2 JAN 1884 d. 13 MAY 1947
3 Nestor* Edvin HöGFORS b. 19 APR 1904 d. 1921
3 Artur Valfrid HöGFORS b. 3 MAY 1905 d. 16 AUG 1978
+ Ellen* RöNNQVIST
4 E.V. HöGFORS
+ S.A. RöNNHOLM
5 F.E. HöGFORS
+ M.B. AXELSSON
6 F.A.P. AXELSSON
6 J.N.E. AXELSSON
5 B.E. HöGFORS
+ C.F.G. BERGGREN
6 F.E. BERGGREN
6 C.A. BERGGREN
5 C.B. HöGFORS
+ A.T. PALONIEMI-HöGFORS
6 P.E.T. HöGFORS
6 E.C. HöGFORS
3 Johan Arvid HöGFORS b. 21 APR 1907 d. 14 APR 1969
3 Viktor Alfons HöGFORS b. 6 OCT 1908 d. 17 OCT 1981
+ Maria Katarina Lilly BLOMKVIST b. 9 MAR 1905 d. 16 FEB 1987
4 G. HöGFORS
+ H. KEILLER
+ Pentti HIRVONEN d. 3 OCT 1985
5 M.A. HIRVONEN
4 M. HöGFORS
+ B.E.O. LUND
5 K.M. LUND
+ M. EDBERG
5 C. LUND
+ C. STORFORS
6 E. STORFORS
6 H.L. STORFORS
4 K.A. HöGFORS
+ T.M. VUOLANEN
5 A. HöGFORS
+ Sami* KUJANPää
6 J. KUJANPää
6 J. KUJANPää
5 J.K. HöGFORS
5 R.A. HöGFORS
3 Elmer Leander HöGFORS b. 5 NOV 1910 d. 15 APR 1984
+ F.U. BONN
4 N.E. HöGFORS
4 T.E. HöGFORS
4 K.R. HöGFORS
4 B.E. HöGFORS
+ Karl Börje DAHLBäCK b. 13 APR 1950 d. 26 JUL 2000
5 C.T. DAHLBäCK
5 T.Y.P. DAHLBäCK
4 A.G. HöGFORS
4 H.M. HöGFORS
3 Anni* Evaldina HöGFORS b. 14 JAN 1912
3 Signe Ingeborg* HöGFORS b. 19 JUL 1913 d. 10 FEB 1983
3 Aino Valdemar* HöGFORS b. 22 FEB 1915 d. 11 AUG 1944
3 Isak Evald* HöGFORS b. 6 NOV 1917 d. 26 JUN 1977
+ E.A.K. BERGSTEN
+ M.A. LEHTO
4 S.K. HöGFORS
+ S.H. TIILIKKA
5 L.S. HöGFORS
3 G.V. HöGFORS
2 Vendla Sofia* Johansdotter ENHOLM(ERKUS) b. 30 JUL 1880 d. 8 JUL 1967
+ Jonas Edvard Jonasson BäCKLUND b. 9 JUL 1879 d. 15 MAR 1950
3 Anna* Emilia BäCKLUND b. 22 OCT 1908 d. 7 JUL 1998
+ Viktor Leander DAHLSTEN b. 7 APR 1903 d. 8 APR 1957
4 G.M. DAHLSTEN
+ Sven* August LILLTHORS b. 18 FEB 1928 d. 4 DEC 1989
5 A.C. LILLTHORS
+ K.E. STENBACKA
6 J.S.E. STENBACKA
6 J.E.C. STENBACKA
5 S.H. LILLTHORS
+ A. ERIKSSON
6 S.C. LILLTHORS
6 J. LILLTHORS
5 B.C. LILLTHORS
+ P. BONDE
6 M.B.T. BONDE
6 A. BONDE
5 J.C. LILLTHORS
+ S. ?-LILLTHORS
6 J.C. LILLTHORS
6 H. LILLTHORS
4 M. DAHLSTEN
+ H. FORTH
4 K. DAHLSTEN
3 Signe Alice BäCKLUND b. 26 JUL 1911 d. 26 JUL 1989
+ Ivar* Johannes DAHLKVIST b. 26 OCT 1902 d. 12 MAR 1959
4 M.A. DAHLKVIST
+
5 V.S. DAHLKVIST
+ L. ÖSTMAN
+ E.V. GALLS
5 L.J. GALLS
+ U. LILLKVIST
4 J.R. DAHLKVIST
+ S.A. MOSS
5 J.K. DAHLKVIST
+ T. SUORSA
6 O.J. DAHLKVIST
6 C.O.A. DAHLKVIST
4 P. DAHLKVIST
+ K.I. BäCK
5 K.A. DAHLKVIST
+ E.H. ENQVIST
6 K.E.A. ENQVIST
3 Evald* Enzio BäCKLUND b. 4 FEB 1917 d. 5 MAY 1973
+ Ingrid* NYGREN b. 6 OCT 1919 d. 25 NOV 1989
4 Siv Inga-Britt* BäCKLUND b. 11 NOV 1946 d. 16 NOV 1977
+ N.J. NORRGåRD
5 K.J. NORRGåRD
+ H.A. PAXAL
6 F.J.A. NORRGåRD
6 D.K.M. NORRGåRD
5 N.K.S. NORRGåRD
+ J.E. GRANNAS
6 J.S.A. NORRGåRD
5 M.T. NORRGåRD
+ H.L. SöDERBACK
4 I.K. BäCKLUND
+ L.G. KARLå
5 M.C.I. KARLå
+ K.P. SöDERMAN
6 J.P.K. SöDERMAN
6 J.M.I. SöDERMAN
5 A.C. KARLå
+ S.F. KRONKVIST
6 W.S.G. KRONKVIST
3 S.A. BäCKLUND
+ S.M. SVEDVALL
4 L.C. BäCKLUND
+ S.G. STRöMBERG
4 C.M. BäCKLUND
+ L.H. LINDHOLM
5 J.R. LINDHOLM
3 Karl Ingvald* BäCKLUND b. 7 OCT 1920 d. 16 JUL 2003
+ Astrid* Naimi SJöDAHL b. 25 NOV 1926 d. 18 JUN 1994
4 C. BäCKLUND
+ B.H. BJöRK
5 A.C.J. BäCKLUND
4 Alf Mikael BäCKLUND b. 8 DEC 1956 d. 18 JUL 1967
3 E.V. BäCKLUND
+ E. SJöMAN
4 B.M. SJöMAN
+ G.O. BJöRKQVIST
5 J.S. BJöRKQVIST
5 A.J. BJöRKQVIST
4 M.K. SJöMAN
2 Johan Erik Johansson ENHOLM(ERKUS) JOHNSON b. 23 APR 1887
+ Hilda* RöNNLöF?
3 C. JOHNSON
+ M. ?-JOHNSON
4 D. JOHNSON
4 C. JOHNSON
4 R. JOHNSON
4 K. JOHNSON
3 D. JOHNSON
+ E. VANDRISHE
4 P. VANDRISHE
4 P. VANDRISHE
4 G. VANDRISHE
4 B. VANDRISHE
3 George* JOHNSON
2 Kristina Elisabet ENHOLM(ERKUS) b. 12 APR 1889 d. 18 JUL 1983
+ Jonas Edvard* KNöS-BERGLUND b. 1 MAR 1890 d. 15 APR 1957
3 E.A. BERGLUND
+ E.L. BåTMAN
4 B.H.A. BERGLUND
+ G.I. HOLM
5 Y.A. BERGLUND
+ G.A. KAAS
6 K.A. KAAS
5 S.J.H. BERGLUND
+ M.U. VEST
6 J.B. BERGLUND
6 J.I. BERGLUND
4 S.J.H. BERGLUND
3 H.I. BERGLUND
+ Ture* Valdemar LAXELL b. 11 FEB 1917 d. 14 NOV 1998
4 B.V. LAXELL
3 E.E. BERGLUND
+ Einar* Alarik ÅNäS b. 15 JUN 1920 d. 9 JUN 1997
4 B.A. ÅNäS
+ S.M. LAULAJA
4 S.F. ÅNäS
+ B. MåRD
5 J.M. ÅNäS
5 A.S.F. ÅNäS

Claire
14-08-09, 07:42
Thank you for this. I did meet some of my grandfather's relatives when I was in Finland in 2005. No one by the name of Erkus. So, unless my grandfather's father had brothers with sons, grandsons, great-grandsons... I might assume that no one with the name Erkus lives in Finland now.
Interesting that my grandfather wrote his last name in his Bible as "Ericcus" not Erkus. Also interesting that when I search the name "Erkus" on facebook, it would seem to be a last name in Turkey!

Claire
14-08-09, 07:49
I must add that I see a couple of mistakes in Talko.

My grandmother's last name was never Ronnlov as she left Finland in 1909 before the last names were determined.

The children of my grandparents should show their third child as E.S. Johnson not George. There are no Georges in that generation.

Claire
14-08-09, 07:57
Are you able to translate this for me?

Familjen till Korsnäs 1919 men återvände till Amerika.


Thank you.

kivinen1
14-08-09, 08:15
The family went to Korsnäs in 1919 but returned to America.

June Pelo
14-08-09, 22:12
Just a bit of history: Here is a map of Sundom, which was a village and part of Korsholm parish until 1860. Then it became part of Solv when it split from Malax. http://www.sundom.fi/document.asp?id=fsip1lorbg4 Other interesting info. about Sundom there, also.

Sundom consisted of two villagaes: Översundom and Yttersundom.

Enholm was one of the 25 homes there.

It's my guess that Erkus is derived from Ericus or Eriksson.

June Pelo
14-08-09, 22:26
HisKi doesn't have births for Malax for 1850, but in their death records there are 25 Erkus names up to 1850:

Mårten Simonsson Erkus, 1675-1740
Mårten Mårtensson Erkus, 1700-1777
Mårten Markusson Erkus, 1744-1832
Markus Markusson Erkus, 1798-1815