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.


The Williamson Family Picnic, 2010

Williamson First Cousins

Del Williamson and Kids

Second Cousins

The Gathering,

I think we had a good turnout considering it was well over 90 degrees. I don't have the actual count with me, but I think were were between 35 and 40 there. It was a good day for the youngsters to play in the creek.
For me, the best part of the day was seeing Kriss Williamson Seidel and Kathy Mauch Kinsall, both healthy after their cancer treatments. They were both blessed with a lot of prayers.
Another highlight for the day was the "guest book" from the old family reunions. My Mom and Dad had a guest book she started in 1958, everyone signed the book every year. Before my Mom passed away, she turned the book over to our cousin Teresa. When Teresa died, I thought the book was probably gone, but Teresa' son, Lee Madison had the book and made sure it got to the picnic. Everyone had fun looking through the old names.
It was a great day catching up and enjoying our family. Hope to do it again next year.