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158 posts
May 10, 2008
5:22 AM
I have 2 Nels SWANSONs in my database of similar era; are they one in the same?

Nels SWANSON m Matilda ALLISON, children Mabel and Nels "Arthur" SWANSON m Vera DOW


Nels SWANSON m Cora BAILEY (later m Jay GREENMAN), child Stacey SWANSON

5 posts
May 11, 2008
6:55 AM
It appears they are the same one- at the cemetery there are two women buried next to him - one of them is Matilda I beleive. I don't remeber who the other one was but it was not Cora. Bonnie Swanson says that Cora was buried at Oak Knoll with Stacey Swanson but they did not have any record of her. Maybe Denise can pull it out of the cemetery records.
239 posts
May 11, 2008
7:15 AM
The Tampico Memorial Cemetery has the following buried in Section F:
SWANSON Eunice d. 9/14/28
SWAMSON Matilda 12/25/1859-12/12/23
SWANSON Nels d. 1/14/31

I'll see about finding their obits. (Busy week next week, so give me a few days....)

I checked Chris's site - Genealogy Trails/Whiteside. Only one Wm. SWANSON listed for Oak Knoll Cemetery, but I don't know if the list is complete. I'll ask her. http://genealogytrails.com/ill/whiteside/cemoakr-z.html

Here's some info on Stacey Swanson (Note that he is listed as Stacey "Greenman" in the 1920)
1900 United States Federal Census about Stacy A Swanson
Name: Stacy A Swanson
Home in 1900: Greenville, Bureau, Illinois
Age: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Illinois
Relationship to head-of-house: Nephew
Race: White
Occupation: View Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Head of House: James O Bailey 32 (PA), divorced
Sister: Cora B Obrian 27, Jan. 1873 (IL), divorced
Nephew: Stacy A Swanson 9, Mar. 1891 (IL)


1910 United States Federal Census
about Stacey A Swanson
Name: Stacey A Swanson
Age in 1910: 19
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Stepson
Father's Birth Place: Sweden
Mother's Name: Cara B (sic, Cora)
Mother's Birth Place: Illinois
Home in 1910: Greenville, Bureau, Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Jay Greenman 32
Cara B Greenman 38 (sic)
Stacey A Swanson 19 Step-son

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Stacey A Swanson
Name: Stacey A Swanson
City: 402 ------- Ave., Rock Falls, IL
County: Whiteside
State: Illinois
Birthplace: Illinois;United States of America
Birth Date: 24 Mar 1891
Race: Caucasian (White)
Married with "children"
Roll: 1642753
DraftBoard: 0

1920 United States Federal Census about J Greenman
Name: J Greenman
Home in 1920: Rock Falls Ward 1, Whiteside, Illinois
Age: 42 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Cora
Father's Birth Place: New York
Mother's Birth Place: Michigan
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 997
Household Members: Name Age
J Greenman 42, b. P-town, IL, Parents: NY/MI
Cora Greenman 46, b. New Bedford, IL, Parents: PA/PA
Stacy Greenman 21 (son), b. Rock Falls, IL, Parents: NY/NY & New Bedford/IL, Occupation: Laborer/Mftg.
Jos M Greenman 12 (son), b. Montana, Parents: NY/NY & New Bedford, IL

Social Security Death Index about Stacey Swanson
Name: Stacey Swanson
SSN: 334-05-8932
Last Residence: 61071 Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois, United States of America
Born: 29 Mar 1891 (The form looks like it says March 24 to me)
Died: Apr 1977
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois

(Happy Mother's Day to all)

Last Edited by on May 11, 2008 9:35 AM
242 posts
May 11, 2008
2:02 PM
Thursday, September 27, 1928

Funeral Service of the Late Mrs. Nels Swanson Held Tuesday Afternoon

The funeral services of the late Mrs. Nels Swanson were held Tuesday afternoon at the home at two o'clock. Rev. Wm. Swanson in charge. The little home was filled with sympathizing friends and the many beautiful floral pieces told mutely of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Mrs. N. E. Denison sang two songs. The pallbearers were W. Elmendorf, Mr. Curtis, Wm. Furry, F. E Potter, T. F. Dillon and Frank Winans.

Eunice Swanson fell asleep in her home in Tampico, September 22, after a painful illness of several weeks duration, at the age of 80 years. She was born across the waters in Old England and came to America at the age of fourteen and settled in Toronto, Canada with her parents. The family remained here for a short time then came across the line and became residents of Buffalo, N. Y. and in this city she grew to womanhood. In 1871 she migrated westward and came to Chicago the week that city was swept by the awful conflagration that laid two-thirds of the city in ashes. In that city she united in marriage with the man of her choice and to that union, nine children were born. Six of these children died in infancy and two sons died after reaching manhood, leaving only one daughter , Mrs. Ethel Black. About four years ago she was united in marriage to Mr. Nels Swanson who survives her. Besides her husband, Nels Swanson, Mrs. Black, husband and daughter, a step-son Arthur Swanson and a step-daughter Mabel Rogers are left to mourn her passing. Mrs. Swanson was a woman of intelligence, an energetic mood and a happy disposition, also a Christian character.

Last Edited by on May 16, 2008 9:53 AM
243 posts
May 11, 2008
3:37 PM
1900 United States Federal Census about Nels Swanson
Name: Nels Swanson
Home in 1900: Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois
Age: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860
Birthplace: Sweden
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's Name: Bertilda A
Race: White
Occupation: Day laborer/mill
Immigration Year: 1890 Alien Status
Household Members: Name Age
Nels Swanson 40, Sept. 1859, Sweden, married 7 yrs., Imm. 1890/AL
Bertilda A Swanson 42, Dec. 1857, married 7 yrs., 2 children, Imm. 1891
Mabel E Swanson 6, Jan. 1894, IL
Nels Arthur E Swanson 4, Nov. 1895, IL
Click on photo to enlarge. Click on magnifying icon in upper right corner of photo to enlarge again and pan photo.If you have a "google account" (i.e. g-mail), you can also leave a comment under photo!

Last Edited by on May 14, 2008 6:14 AM
6 posts
May 11, 2008
8:04 PM
Ok I give up- How many times was this man married- Matilda, Eunice, Cora, Bertilda( or is Bertilda maybe supposed to be Matilda?)
I know my dad used to be close to Art & Vera Swanson- too bad he is not still alive- I am sure he could fill in a lot of blanks!
244 posts
May 11, 2008
10:01 PM
Hi Deb,
I looked at the census record and it is definitely a "B" - Bertilda, not Matilda. Ancestry transcribed it as Bertilda also. IL State Archives shows the following:

ISA also shows a Nels marrying a Matilda, but not in Whiteside Co.

I'm still looking for Nels's obit. Cannot find it in the Jan. 1931 issues of the Tordnado. So I am searching the Gazette Index. Unfortunately, there are 71 pages for SWANSON. If you have ever been to that site, it is very, very slow. It will take me forever! '

I did find a Nellie Swanson obit in Feb. 1931. I'll post all of the SWANSON obits I run across. Will be on the road all day Monday, so will be another day or two before I can post it.

Here are some of the SWANSONs listed on the Gazette Index that may be of interest:
Swanson, Nels (Cora Bailey) obituary 18 Nov 1932;6;6
Swanson, Nels (Cora Bailey) obituary 22 Nov 1932;6;7;2

Swanson, Matilda Ellison (Nels) obituary 17 Dec 1923;7;2
Swanson, Nels Mrs. obituary 13 Dec 1923;8;7
Swanson, Nels Mrs. obituary 24 Sept 1928;10;6
Swanson, Eunice Mrs. obituary 26 Sept 1928;6;8

Swanson, Arthur weds Vera Dow 15 May 1919;10;1
Enlistments, Military{^} Swanson, Arthur into service 25 July 1918;6;3

Swanson, Mrs. obituary 12 Feb 1908;6;2

Swanson, Nels Mr. & Mrs. daughter born Jan 24 24 Jan 1894;3;2

Shere, A. A. and Linda Swanson anniversary - 60 2 Sept 1937;15;1
Shere, Ambrose A. and Linda Swanson anniversary - 50 8 Sept 1927;2;1
Shere, Linda Swanson and Ambrose anniversary - 50 8 Sept 1927;2;1

Danken, John weds Mabel Swanson 29 May 1922;3;2

Shere, Ambrose A. (Linda Swanson) obituary 25 Nov 1939;2;3
Shere, Ambrose A. (Linda Swanson) funeral rites 28 Nov 1939;9;1

I'll check them out next time I go to library and also see if I can find any similar items for those dates in the Tampico Tornado.

I'll run by the TM cemetery and double check on that death date for Nels. That date is just how it was listed on the cemetery index we have. Could be incorrect.


Last Edited by on May 11, 2008 11:09 PM
245 posts
May 12, 2008
5:11 AM
Wonder which one is the correct B/Matilda??? IL State Archives:

Here's another obit:
December 20, 1923

Mrs. Nels Swanson Died At Her Home Last Week Wednesday

Mrs. Nels Swanson, one of Tampico’s highly respected residents passed away Wednesday noon, Dec. 12, at her home on North Main Street after an illness of about three weeks during which she was cheerful and uncomplaining although in great pain much of the time.

Matilda Ellison, daughter of John and Matilda Ellison, was born in Brober, Sweden, December 25, 1857. Matilda came to this country over thirty-four years ago, and made her home in Sterling, Illinois.

On the eighth day of February, 1891, at Sterling, Matilda Ellison was united in marriage to Nels Swanson. Two children were born to this union, Mabel E and Arthur Swanson.

This couple lived in the vicinity of Tampico for over twenty-three years and in Tampico for the past nine years.

In early life Mrs. Swanson was confirmed in the Swedish Lutheran Church, and in September 1996 (sic) she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Tampico. To her, Christianity was real, and her Christian character attests her Christian faith. It could be said that she was faithful to her Church, but is should be said that she was faithful to her Christ. In her last days Jesus was especially precious to her. Always devoted to her home and family, she was truly a faithful wife and a loving mother.
She loved to do for others, and many times for the sake of others, she was cheerful and seemingly happy and strong, when in reality her body ******************** made their home with Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, were always the objects of her affection, devotion and sacrificial love; up to the last these children, and their care were uppermost in her thoughts.

On Thanksgiving Day she became suddenly ill, and from then to the last she steadily weakened. At noon time, December 12, 1923 the weariness of a brave struggle, and the ravages of disease, were more than she could bear. Willing hands and tender care could not stay the angel’s touch upon her swiftly falling life; she was “tired out,” and needed rest; a sweet smile came to her face and quietly and peacefully she fell asleep in Jesus. Had Mrs. Swanson lived to Christmas Day she would have been 66 years of age.

Those left to mourn a great loss, but who can rejoice I her great gain, are – Her husband, Nels Swanson of Tampico; a son and daughter, Arthur N. Swanson and Mabel E. Harms of Flint, Michigan; five grand-children. Clarence Leroy, Lyle Vernon and Edna Harms, and Edith and Melvin Swanson; also one brother, John Johnson of Sweden; and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 and at the Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, December 14, 1923, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Woodrow. Several beautiful and appropriate hymns were sung by Mr. Homer Turner and Mrs. R. E. McKenzie with Mrs. R. F. Woods accompanist.

Those who acted as pall-bearers were – Messrs Albert Ferris, Edward Winchell, Frank Peterson, E W. Meredith, William Love, Enoch Anderson.
Interment was in the Tampico Cemetery.

Last Edited by on May 16, 2008 9:54 AM
159 posts
May 12, 2008
9:09 AM
Debra and Denise,
Thanks for all of your effort and details here; and maybe it is buried in here somewhere; however, are the two Nels SWANSON's I noted in the start one in the same?

I think they are one in the same. I think he first married Cora BAILEY and then they were divorced (after which she married Jay GREENMAN.) Stacy A. SWANSON being their son.

I think Nels then married Matilda ELLISON, to which Nels "Arthur" and Mabel were born.

But...I want to be sure that they are one in the same person. Can you help verify the divorce and remarriage to prove they are the same?


Last Edited by on May 12, 2008 9:13 AM
246 posts
May 12, 2008
4:09 PM
Yep! That's what I am working on. I am posting as I find the stuff. Some of it I have to go to Sterling to get. It's a busy week for me, so I am getting it as I can. Still not positive they are the same person. What I wouldn't give for an 1890 census record! :>( Chris Walters gave me the name/number of the lady that is transcribing the Oak Knoll cemetery, so I will try to catch her as well. We also need that 1932 obit on Nels Swanson (Cora Bailey) in the Gazette. I hope to get to Sterling tomorrow! I'll also double check the headstone in our TMC that is indexed as having Nels and that he died in 1931. The plot thickens.....

Last Edited by on May 12, 2008 4:17 PM
160 posts
May 12, 2008
6:32 PM
Hi Denise,

Thanks so much for what you have done so far. Don't go out of your way to do "extra" work to get these answers. If/when you are doing some other hunting and think of Nels and have a chance to check on him, that would be great.'

Thanks for all that you do!!!

8 posts
May 13, 2008
4:53 AM
It does appear that the two Nels' are the same- I am just not sure where Bertilda comes in.
Was the marrige to Eunice after Matilda?
I think I should print all of this out to see what happened when! LOL
247 posts
May 13, 2008
5:45 AM
Marriage to:
B/Matilda - Feb. 1891 (per her obit)
Eunice - Abt. 1924 (per her obit)

Cora - was married to J. T. O'Brien in 1893, was divorced by 1900 (per census). Her son, Stacey was bron Mar. 1891, which suggests she was married to Nels in 1890, since Nels was married to Matilda by Feb. 1891 (IF it is the same Nels).

I will try to find an obit on him today or tomorrow. That should clarify aalot (hopefully). The Bathilda vs. Matilda has me perplexed and makes me wonder if all of these references are to the same Nels. There was another Nels in Greenville Twp., Bureau Co. around the same time frame and he was close in age (abt. 4yrs difference).

I love a good mystery!
9 posts
May 13, 2008
11:19 AM
I don't think I have an obit for him but I will look- maybe these are two differnt ones.
A mystery it is!!
248 posts
May 14, 2008
6:19 AM
I have added a photo of the 1900 census record for Nels and "Bertilda" to the 5th message in this thread - May 11, 2008. You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Once you have opened the photo, you can click on the small magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner. This will enlarge the photo more and you can pan the picture.

If you have a free google account (i.e.- "g-mail"), you can also leave a message under the photo.

Notice in the census record, "Batilda's" birth date is listed as Dec. 1857, which corresponds with the obit for "Matilda"

The 1920 census clearly shows the name as "Matilda."

1920 United States Federal Census about Nels Swanson
Name: Nels Swanson
Home in 1920: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Age: 60 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860
Birthplace: Sweden
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Matilda
Father's Birth Place: Sweden
Mother's Birth Place: Sweden
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Year of Immigration: 1885 (This differs from 1900 census = 1890)
Occupation: Laborer on the CB&Q RR
Image: 514
Household Members: Name Age
Nels Swanson 60
Matilda Swanson 62


Last Edited by on May 14, 2008 1:50 PM
250 posts
May 14, 2008
1:48 PM
Here we go!
Sterling Dailey Gazette
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1932

Many Friends Attend Rites Held in Home

TAMPICO - Funeral services for the late Nels Swanson were held in the home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Warren Maxwell of the Tampico Methodist Church officiated, using for the text of his sermon, Luke 23:42, "Saying Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." Mrs. N. E Denison sang two beautiful numbers, "Just for Today," and "When You come to the End of the Long, Long Road."

Friends acting as casket bearers were E. W. Meredith, Glenn Glassburn, William Furry, Pete Pedersen, Harry Peterson and Robert Glass.

Nels Swanson was born in Sweden, Sept. 12, 1858, and died at the home of a daughter in Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 17, 1932, at the age of 74 years, two months and five days. Mr. Swanson came to this country when 21 years old, settling in Tampico, Ill., where he lived until his death.

Shortly after coming to Tampico, he married Miss Cora Bailey, to which union was born one son, Stacey Swanson.

Thirty four years ago Mr. Swanson and Mathilda Ellison were united in marriage. Two children were born to them. Mabel and Arthur. She died ten years ago.

Seven years ago he married Mrs. Eunice Jaquet, who died four years ago.

Nels Swanson was a member of the First Methodist church of Tampico, having joined the local church Sept. 23, 1906, under the ministry of Rev. J. G. Armstrong.

Surviving him are one brother Peter Steele of Valley, Neb., one step-daughter, Mrs. Ethel Black; one son, Arthur of Flint, Mich.; one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Isaacson of Chicago, Ill.; and several grand children. One sister, Mrs. Peter Pierceson, preceded in death in 1930.

A good father, husband, neighbor and friend has gone to his eternal reward. He was kindly and sympathetic and his passing will be keenly felt by those who knew and loved him.
****end of obit*****

This verifies that it is the same Nels Swanson married to Cora, Matilda and Eunice. I think it is safe to assume that it was a recorder error on the 1900 census record who wrote "Bertilda" instead of "Matilda" since all of the other data, including birth date are the same.

In case you didn't notice, I have embedded a copy of the 1900 census in a prior message in this thread (May 11) showing how it was written. It is written as "Matilda" on the other census records.


Last Edited by on May 16, 2008 9:56 AM
161 posts
May 14, 2008
3:44 PM
Hey,,,this is GREAT!!!! Super job Denise!!!

But now, more mysteries:

1) According to this, Nels died in Nov. 1932, but the Tampico Cemetery listing has Nels Swanson death date as Jan. 1931 - were they predicting his death a year earlier or is the listing incorrect?

2) This obit says he had a sister, Mrs. Peter Pierceson - is this Nellie, buried in Tampico Cemetery?

3) This obit has dau Mabel ISAACSON - somewhere along the line I had Mabel m Unknown HARMS, is this correct? Was she married 2x?

Thanks again!

251 posts
May 14, 2008
6:58 PM
Jeez - you're such a "slave-driver" Les! (giggle). I am working on these questions. I haven't had a chance to get over to the cemetery yet to see what the stone says. I am guessing it is just an error/typo. I doubled checked the original list I typed from and it says 1931.

Also, I think I have run across 3 different last names for Mabel. Still following that as time allows.

It's frustrating - I am so anxious to follow these leads, but it's just one of those weeks with a bazillion appointments. I'll try to answer these questions as best I can. Maybe Deb can add some more ......


Last Edited by on May 14, 2008 6:59 PM
162 posts
May 14, 2008
7:30 PM
Hi Denise,

Don't you just love it!!! These are the kind of mysteries that make genealogy so much fun; and we are so very fortunate to have you as a big part of our team - we are truly blessed in you!!


Ps - The "HARMS" link comes from Mabel's mother Matilda's obit. Soooo, now we need to figure out these mysteries.

Thanks again for all you do......!!!!
10 posts
May 14, 2008
8:26 PM
Well I can help with one of these things- his sister ( Pernilla Svenson/Svensdotter) Nellie is buried in the Tampico cemetery with her husband Peter- next to Arthur, John, Temple and my dad Glenn. They are burried on the last road to the south.
Peter Steele had settled in Fremont, Ne when he first came to America changing his name to Steele- They also had a brother named Strid Svenson- Strid taranslated in Sewdish is "steel" Perhaps that is where he came up with
Steele? I see that he is listed as living in Valley, Ne- I do know that he also spent some time in Fla in his later years- he had sveral children- one of them being a daughter named Mabel- those Swedes did not like to change names very often!
By the way great job you two!
Now Les we must find out who that little girl is in the "Dow" picture!

Last Edited by on May 14, 2008 8:34 PM
164 posts
May 15, 2008
8:31 AM

Thanks for the added info.

So, Nels SWANSON's brother went by Peter STEELE (not SWANSON), correct?

Also, which DOW picture are you referring to?

11 posts
May 15, 2008
6:57 PM
That is correct- Peter did not use the Swanson name.
The picture I am referring to is posted here- it has Sarah & Benjamin, Lauer & spouse. Pleasant & spouse, Zilla & Will Shere- a few years ago we debated if that little girl next to Will Shere is Nellie - rememeber?

Last Edited by on May 15, 2008 6:57 PM
253 posts
May 16, 2008
4:50 AM
I think she is talking about the first photo in the DOW family album:

Home of Benjamin Dow 1897

After you open the photo, you can click on the DOW Families (includes Jones, Scott)> in the upper left corner of that page to open the entire DOW family album.

Last Edited by on May 16, 2008 4:55 AM
166 posts
May 16, 2008
6:10 AM
Ok - but...I am going to start another tread.
256 posts
May 16, 2008
9:50 AM
YIPES! I went to the cemetery yesterday and took picture of Nels/Matilda/Eunice Headstone. It says JAN. 1931. That is weird! I'm not sure what to make of that. Any ideas?/click on photo to enlarge and read details. The photo BEFORE this one shows all 3 names on the stone.
168 posts
May 16, 2008
11:59 AM
As Artie Johnson would say on Laugh In, "Very interesting........"

Hi Denise,

I can only think of 3 things:

1 - Obit was wrong. Although it had 1932 in the header and in the text, if it was transcribed incorrectly, the date could have been 1931. I am guessing, however, that you did the transcription so that would negate that error.

2 - There were in fact 2 Nels SWANSONs. The 1932 for this Nels SWANSON mentions his 3 wives by name and the headstone clearly has him interred next to his last 2 wives, so that would negate that error.

3 - The headstone is simply incorrect. If the headstone was purchased by a family member or friend years after the deaths of Nels and his wives, the date of his death may have been given incorrectly to the manufacturer.

It would be interesting to see if there is an obit, or mention of Nels SWANSON in or around January 14, 1931.

257 posts
May 16, 2008
4:49 PM
(Oh yes, I remember Artie....AND Laugh In....smile)

Hi Les,
The first thing I did was look for an obit for 1931, both in the TORNADO and in the GAZETTE. Not there! I did find an obit for 1932 in both the TORNADO and GAZETTE. I added the TT obit to the Gazette obit in the obits section of site.

I know there was another Nels Swanson in the area and he was about the same age, within 4 yrs. However, census records have him married to an Anna, I believe. Of course, if you do a generic search for "Nels Swanson" on Ancestry, it's just about the same as searching for John Smith.

I think you may be correct that the gravestone is just incorrect. Perhaps that's when it was purchased and it was presumed to be the death date as well. Who knows. If I see Butch McNinch, Secretary of the Tampico Cemetery Assoc., I'll see if they have a record of it (doubt it).

Last Edited by on May 16, 2008 4:50 PM
15 posts
Jun 01, 2008
10:18 PM
I´ve looked in the CD-ROM Emigranten Populär after Matilda Eliasson/dotter but no one is fitting. I calcualeted that she would have come to the US around 1889.

Also I´m thinking of the placename Brober. Perhaps it´s the placename Broberg? I´m not very familiar with all of the swedish parishes and places but I can look if there is a place called that.

Now I´ve looked in the CD-rom Rosenberg´s Geografiskt-statistiskt handlexikon över Sverige 1878-1880. Broberg is farm names in Bro and Lycke parishes.
Brober can be somewhere else too and another namevariation.

In Emigranten Populär are 820 Nils Svensson that have emigrated in Emihamn, 11 in Emibas Göteborg, 76 in Emibas Värmland, 5 in Emisjö, 15 in Emipass, 21 in Emisal,8 in Emivasa, and 17 in Emilarssson.

Last Edited by on Jun 01, 2008 10:35 PM
25 posts
Jun 03, 2008
4:46 AM
Hi Anna- Nels may have emigrated to Princeton, Il as his destination.
I do not know anything about what parish Matilda may have come from.
1 post
Jul 13, 2008
1:15 AM
Yes Nels appeared to be a lady's man. He was married to Cora,Matilda and Eunice.
I received alot of info from Paul Stacey Swanson who was the son of Stacey Swanson who was the son of Cora and Nels, Paul married Ethel McCombs of Tampico and he passed away Dec 18, 2006, in California. Paul wrote Cora Belle Bailey(Swanson) Greenman was born Jan. 27th. 1873. She died in Vicky Missouri Dec 22, 1943. Buried in Sterling Illinois Tuesday December 28, 1943. He didn't know anything about a divorce.
Nels and Matilda were my Great Grandparents.
My grandfather was Nels Arthur son of Nels and Matilda.
I have Nels,Matilda and Eunices death cert. I also have Bathilda's (Matilda)and Nels, Marriage License from the State of Illinois, and she is listed as Miss Bathilda Eliason age 27,they were married on Feb 10,1893 in Sterling. Matilda's obit said they were married on the 8th.
What is strange is on the marriage license, parents listed as Ole Olson and Ellen Maston, and the info on the death is John Ellison and Mathilda Elison. When I was in Tampico four or five years ago and meet Debra, I had no idea who Eunice was but did find her listed as wife on Nels death cert. Sorry I didn't see the orginal post and save some digging, I haven't been working on family tree for awhile and just thought I would check out the web site to catch up. Also Nels death date is Nov 17, 1932.
Aunt Mabel was married at least 3 times that I know, Harms,Isaacson and McGregor.
Obit listed her as Elizabeth Mabel McGregor,
died May 1980, Chicago,Cook,IL Bonnie

Last Edited by on Jul 13, 2008 2:23 AM
29 posts
Jul 13, 2008
6:06 PM
Hi Bonnie! How good to see you posting here! I was not sure you were still online.
If you have time email me at prairieprim@comcast.net

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