Sunday, 31 May 2015

52 Ancestors Challenge 2015 (#2): Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson
(October 28, 1841 - March 9, 1915)

Martin Anderson was born Martin Andreasson on October 28, 1841 in Lärje Månsgården, Angered församling, Älvsborg län, Sweden to Andreas Andersson and Maja Helena Börjesdotter. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Angered Stom, Angered församling, Älvsborg län, Sweden, where Martin grew up alongside older brothers Adolph Viktor and Johannes Edvard, and younger brothers August and Carl Bernhard. Martin also had a younger sister, Augusta Mathilda, who passed away on Christmas Eve, 1847, aged two and another younger brother, Carl Bernhard, who died September 24, 1854, aged four.

Throughout his lifetime, Martin worked as a blacksmith.

Martin left Sweden on October 25, 1865 for Denmark, returning nearly four years later in June of 1869. On October 24 of that same year, he married Augusta Andersdotter. Upon getting married, they first moved to Lerjeholm, Angered församling, Älvsborg län, Sweden before moving back to Angered Stom, where they remained until October 28, 1898.

During their marriage, Martin and Augusta had ten children, Carl Johan "Charles" (b. Mar. 5, 1870), Anna Maria (b. Nov. 12, 1871), Emma Gustava (b. Oct. 9, 1873), Amanda Charlotta (b. May 24, 1876), Betty Josephine (b. Sept. 8, 1878), August Robert (b. Apr. 8, 1880), Aron (b. Feb. 5, 1883), Ottolina (b. Aug. 24, 1885), Augusta Matilda (b. Mar. 21, 1888), and Augusta Matilda (b. Nov. 5, 1898). Two of their children passed away during infancy. Betty Josephine passed away on March 1, 1879, aged six months, and Augusta Matilda passed away on May 2, 1888, less than two months old.

Martin departed from Angered Stom on October 28, 1898 and departed from Sweden a week later on November 4. He, along with his wife and children August, Aron, Ottolina, and Augusta Matilda, sailed aboard the S. S. Romeo to Hull, England. Upon arrival, they took a train to Liverpool, where they departed from on Nov. 10 aboard the S. S. Canada for Boston, Massachusetts. The ship arrived in Boston on November 18. When they arrived, Martin had fifteen dollars to his name. From Boston, the family made their way to North Easton, Massachusetts, where Martin and Augusta's son Charles, Charles' wife Selma, and their children, lived on Mechanic Street.

On March 25, 1903, Augusta passed away in Easton from heart disease. Her funeral took place two days later at the Swedish Lutheran Church, North Easton, with burial taking place at South Easton Cemetery, South Easton.

Martin eventually moved in with his son, August, his wife Hedvig, and their daughter Lillian on Main Street in North Easton. Around 1911, Martin followed August and his family when they moved to 684 Plain St in Brockton, Massachusetts, Martin remained there until his death on March 9, 1915 from stomach cancer. His brother, Carl Bernhard, passed away three days prior in Sweden but due to lack of communications available during that time period, Martin never found out. Martin's funeral took place at his residence on March 12. Interment took place in South Easton Cemetery, with him being buried alongside his wife.

Copyright © 2015, David J. McRae

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