Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Our Great Great Aunt Josephina and the Mattson's of Sweden

Carl Lidman and our Great Great Aunt Josefina (Walter Mattson's Aunt)

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello Mattsons,
A short post today with additional information on the family of our Great Grandfather, John Albert Mattson (or Albert John Mattson. He changed it to Albert John when he immigrated, saying there were too many Johns in this country). I thought it might be prudent to discuss our other Swedish family (the Mattsons), considering the recent posts on the Tornbergs.

Let's begin with the Relationship Chart (Click to Enlarge)

As you can see, our Great Grandfather Mattson had nine brothers and sisters. You'll also notice two Carl's. The second born Carl died in San Fransico in 1883. The youngest Carl was born in Sweden in 1884 and named for his brother who died the year before.

The eldest child was Josefina. She came to America first and worked to help her siblings immigrate. According to Luella, all the brothers and sisters came to the United States except for Walfrid. He died in Sweden in 1945.

Our Great Great Aunt Josefina married Carl Lidman in Lead South Dakota. They had one child, Carl Jr. Carl Jr. married a woman named Rose. Together they had seven children. Luella knows the two youngest, they are both alive, one living in Montana and the other in Colorado.


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