Ekstrand family in Knox Co., Illinois
I am the gggrandaughter of Andrew Peter Ekstrand and Sarah Maria Pierson (Pettersdotter or Pearson -- we have come across all these spellings).Andrew was b. in Sweden, married Jan. 1843 to Sarah in Oster-Jitland, Sweden.Andrew died before 1880 in Knox Co., IL.In the 1880 census Sarah lived at Victoria, Knox Co., IL.She was a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church all her life.
Andrew and Sarah were the parents of 7 known children (Sarah's obit said 10 so 3 must have died in Sweden, probably between 1843 and 1847).Children born in Sweden were:
John, b. 9-3-1848 married 11-30-1872 in Galesburg, Knox, Il to Matilda Anderson.John d. Jan 1920 in Wataga, ILThey were parents of 3 children:James, Anna and Arthur. 1880 census he lived in Sparta, Knox Co., IL
Lewis (Louis), b. 1849-1850 in Lindkopinge Lan. Sweden
He married 3-6-1891 in Knox Co., IL to Hannah Olson.He died 1905 at Yates City, Knox Co. IL.1880 census he lived with brother John at Sparta, Knox co., IL
Sarah Catherine, b. 1854 in Husgvarna, Jongkoping, Sweden.She married 6-22-1878 in Knox Co., IL to John Ekwall.In 1915 this family lived in Shickley, NE.She died 1931 probably in Shickley, NE.
Infant was born at sea in 1856 and died.The family was on their way to the United States from Sweden.
Mary, b. 2-17-1858 in IL.She married 11-25-1876 in Knox Co., IL to Claus Nelson.She died 1924 in Villisca, Iowa.
Aleck Sander, b. 12-25-1860 in IL.In 1880 census he lived with mother in Victoria, Knox Co., IL.He married 11-9-1893 in Red Oak, IA to Ruth McCutcheon.He died March 1929 in Windsor, MO.Aleck & Ruth were my great grandparents.Aleck worked in the coal mines in Peoria as a young boy.Aleck and Ruth were parents of:Loyd Leslie, Leo Tracy, Lewis Morgan, Bertha Lola, Golda Mae, Dora Norris, John Simon and Walter Dale.
Emma, b. 1866 in Wataga, Knox Co., IL.She married 11-21-1882 in Knox Co., IL to Andrew S. Newberg.She died 1931 in Iowa.
Around 1878 the children, Mary, Aleck and Emma moved to Iowa settling in the area of Montgomery and Page Co.Aleck homesteaded for a year (1894 or 1895) in Dakota.In the late 1890's he moved to Windsor, MO.In 1915 he lived at Nodaway, Iowa before moving back to Windsor, MO.
I am interested in connecting this family to any other of the Ekstrand families that lived in Knox Co.
I know that a Victor J. Ekstrand, b. abt 1874 in Galesburg, married 10-28-1902 to Jennie Luella Clara Ekwall who was born 7-9-1878 in Galesburg.Jennie was the daughter of Louis Peter Ekwall who was a brother to John Ekwall who is listed above as the husband of Sarah Catherine Ekstrand.I would like more information about Victor's family.
Am willing to share Ekstrand information with everyone.
Marti Ekstrand Baldwin