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Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 65.89.209.29
Posted on June 27, 2003 at 03:35:36 AM by John Freelund

Just beginning a search for ancestors. My grandfather, John Eric Freelund was born in Finland in 1879. Not sure when he left Finland, but suspect 1899. He married Minnie Newman in San Fransisco and their first son, Arvid John Freelund was born in San Franscisco 9/7/1903. They left San Fransisco and moved to Olympia, Washington where a daughter and two more sons were born. My father knows very little about his parents. I have requested death certificates in hopes that will give us more specific birthdate and place.
My Grandmother, Minnie (Newman) Freelund was born 9/28/1879 in Finland. I think John and Minnie were from Hilsinki or Munsala.
Has anyone done any research on the Freelund (maybe Frilund, Friilund,) name? I wonder did John Eric have brothers and sisters who came with him to America and/or parents who stayed in Finland?
I have done quite a bit of computer searching with little results. Johan E. J. Frilund is listed as a passenger with destination Olympia, WA, USA on 11/03/1899, 20 years old, port of depart., Hanko, ship Arcturus, ocean line Allan Linen.
Would appreciate any information about either of my Grandparents: John Eric FREELUND or Minnie NEWMAN FREELUND.
Sincerely,
John E. Freelund
5031 Kelly Dr
Trussville, AL 35173
or
freelund@charter.net



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Re(1): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on June 27, 2003 at 10:27:21 AM by Harri Blomberg

Institute of Migration in Finland.
Detailed passport information

Last name: Frilund
First names: Johan Erik
Birth date: . .1879
Occupation: Mäkitupal. pka (Crofter's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 306
Passport valid (year:month): 2:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA (Vasa län)

 

Re(2): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on June 27, 2003 at 10:37:25 AM by Harri Blomberg

Institute of Migration in Finland
Detailed passenger information

Last name: Frilund
First names: Johan E.J.
Age or age class: 20
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: Olympia
State of destination: WA
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 430
Ship from Finland: Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland: 11.03.1899
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: *
Ocean Line: Allan Linen
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 8/6
Remarks: *


Re(3): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on June 28, 2003 at 04:35:58 AM by Harri Blomberg

Through postcard inquires from the year 1934 Woldemar Backman searched after people who left Munsala parish for America. The official statistic tell us that 2431 persons travelled to America during the years 1893-1930, but only 2033 are knew. 27 % were women (555 persons). 37.2 % men and 14.8 % women came back and stayed in Finland. 78.7 % travelled only one time to America and stayed there, 16.2 % travelled two times, 3.8 % travelled three times and 1.3 % four or more times. For more information from the last mentioned, see Woldemar Backman: "Emigrationen från Munsala socken. En enquète av Samfundet Folkhälsan i Svenska Finland. Bidrag till kännedom av Finlands natur och folk. Helsingfors 1945, p. 35." (1)

Many have the surname Frilund. Here some examples:

Name: Frilund, Karl A. (Labour)
Ethnicity: Finland, Finnish
Place of Residence: Munsala
Date of Arrival: May 06, 1906
Age on Arrival: 44 years
Gender: M
Marital Status: Marriage
Ship of Travel: Philadelphia
Port of Departure: Southampton, Southamptonshire, England, UK
He travelled to his friend W. Eriksson in Matlock, Washington. (2)

Name: Frilund, Maria Sofia, from Munsala, died 7.6.1898 in San Francisco. Information in the Finnish newspaper "Merimiehet". (3)

Name: Frilund, Anders (Labour)
Ethnicity: Finland, Finnish
Place of Residence: Munsala
Date of Arrival: October 21, 1909
Age on Arrival: 44 years
Gender: M
Marital Status: Marriage
Ship of Travel: Oscar II (11 persons in the ship list page came from Munsala, almost the half group.)
Port of Departure: Copenhagen, Denmark
In Munsala he left his wife Lovisa Frilund. He travelled to his friend Aug. Anderson in Tacoma, Washington, the same state and also often town and person like many others in the group. (4)

Last name: Frilund
First names: Jakob
Birth date: . .1849
Marital status: 2
Occupation: Mäkitupal. (Crofter)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 21.04.1896
Passport number: 990
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: Sj vmo ja 5 lasta. (His wife and 5 children.) (5)

Last name: Frilund
First names: Kajsa Sofia
Birth date: . .1875
Marital status: *
Occupation: Mäkitupal. tr (Crofter's daugther)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 21.04.1896
Passport number: 993
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: * (6)

Last name: Frilund
First names: Maria Johanna
Birth date: . .1877
Marital status: *
Occupation: Loisen tr (Dependent tenant's daughter)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA
Passport date: 11.04.1899
Passport number: 861
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: * (7)

Last name: Frilund
First names: Nils
Other names: *
Birth date: . .1859
Marital status: 2
Occupation: Taloll. pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 06.04.1897
Passport number: 304
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: Sj vaimo. Sotap. suoritettu. (1.His wife. 2.Military training done.) (8)

1) Anders Myhrman: "Finlandssvenskar i Amerika" - Helsingfors 1972, page 19.
2) Ellis Island database.
3) K-G Olin: "Guld och röda skogar" - Jakobstad 2002, page 264.
4) Ellis Island database.
5-8) Institute of Migration in Finland, Detailed passport information.

Re(4): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on June 28, 2003 at 10:42:07 AM by Harri Blomberg

Three of the four last persons (not Nils Frilund) in the last list I show have more information about destination in the Detailed passenger information, Institute of Migration in Finland:

Last name: Frilund
First names: Jakob
Age or age class: 46
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: Commonwealth
State of destination: WI (Wisconsin)
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 275
Ship from Finland: Astraea
Date of departure from Finland: 25.04.1896
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: * Ocean Line: State Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 3/81
Remarks: *

Last name: Frilund
First names: Sofia (Kajsa Sofia)
Age or age class: 20
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: Commonwealth
State of destination: WI (Wisconin)
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 275
Ship from Finland: Astraea
Date of departure from Finland: 25.04.1896
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: *
Ocean Line: State Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 3/80
Remarks: *

Last name: Frilund
First names: Maria
Age or age class: 21
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: Norway
State of destination: MI (Michigan)
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 271
Ship from Finland: Polaris
Date of departure from Finland:
15.04.1899
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: *
Ocean Line: Dominion Linen
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 5/10
Remarks: *

Observe! Commonwealth in north Wisconsin (around 250 kilometres west of Norway, Michigan) we find many Swedish speaking Finns in the beginning of 20th century. The Year 1907 many of them moved to Lake Stevens or Hartford in the state Washington, USA. (1)

1) Anders Myhrman: "Finlandssvenskar i Amerika" - Helsingfors 1972, page 241.

Re(5): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on June 30, 2003 at 07:05:28 AM by Harri Blomberg

Detailed passport and passenger information from Institute of Migration in Finland tells us about these persons from Munsala who travelled with Johan Erik Frilund from Hangö in Finland via Hull in England to Olympia in the state Washington in USA. The spring 1899 the ship ARCTURUS was new (built 1898), but took only 139 persons and that was a reason that many from Munsala travelled before and after this date to Olympia. I do not believe that Frilund and his friends from Munsala came to Ellis Island, New York because no body of these who left Hangö 11.03.1899 will be found in the archives on Ellis Island. Maybe they travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, USA? The Ocean Line - Allan Line - used the routes Hangö - Copenhagen (Denmark) - via Hull to Liverpool and from there to New York or Boston, and to Quebec or Montreal the year 1899.

Beside Johan Erik Frilund these persons from Munsala travelled to Olympia the same day:

1) Last name: Gästgifvars
First names: Erik W. J.
Age or age class: 19
Port of departure: Hanko
Place of destination: Olympia
State of destination: WA
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 430
Ship from Finland: Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland: 11.03.1899
Ocean Line: Allan Linen
List and page: 8/6
Remarks: *

And the Detailed passport information tells about him:

Last name: Gästgifvars
First names: Erik Wilhelm
Birth date: . .1879
Marital status: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 310
Passport valid (year:month): 2:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: *

2) Last name: Gästgifvars
First names: Leander
Other names: *
Birth date: . .1881
Marital status: *
Religion: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son... A brother to Erik Wilhelm Gästgifvars?)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 309
Passport valid (year:month): 4:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: *

3) Last name: Harjux
First names: Anders Eriksson
Birth date: . .1878
Marital status: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 314
Passport valid (year:month): 1:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: Sotap. kelpaamaton (Unqualified for military training.)

4) Last name: Sjöholm
First names: Isak Alfred J.
Birth date: . .1881
Marital status: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 307
Passport valid (year:month): 4:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: *

5) Last name: Storsved
First names: Anders Johan A.
Birth date: 1878
Marital status: *
Religion: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 308
Passport valid (year:month): 1:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: *

Observe! John & Alice Freelund, this person is the same you wrote about in the letter to me to day. Your book this person owned for over 110 years ago. He must got it during his confirmation in Munsala church 1892, 14 years old:

"Swenfk Plalmbok, 1890 (Swensk Psalmbok, 1890) Swedish hymn book, 1890.
hand written on inside cover: Anders Johan Storsved, Munsala, 1892
hand written on last page: Anders Johan Storsved, Munsala, Finland, Europa
hand printed on the outside of side page edges (readable only when book is closed): 1903 E E S
hand written on the outside of the bottom page edges: Erik."

6) Last name: Lundqvist
First names: Johan J.
Other names: Pesonen
Birth date: . .1869
Marital status: *
Religion: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA
Passport date: 06.03.1899
Passport number: 337
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: Sotap. suoritettu. (The military training done.)

If we count with Johan Erik Frilund they were seven persons from Munsala who left Hangö 11.03.1899 for Olympia, Washington. One week later two another persons from Munsala left Hangö for Olympia. Maybe the ship Arcturus has no room for more people? Maybe the rest from Munsala wait in Hull or in USA: s east coast? They travelled with Anchor line. Another people from Munsala left the home parish the same days, but travelled to another parts of America. These two persons travelled to Olympia from Hangö 18.03.1899:

1) Last name: Pesonen
First names: Anders
Age or age class: 33
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: Olympia
State of destination: WA
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 438
Ship from Finland: Urania
Date of departure from Finland: 18.03.1899
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: *
Ocean Line: Anchor Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 9/81
Remarks: *

And the Detailed passport information tells about him:

Last name: Pesonen
First names: Anders Johan
Birth date: . .1866
Marital status: *
Religion: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 311
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: *

2) Last name: Karf
First names: Henrik
Age or age class: 23
Port of departure: Hanko
Place of destination: Olympia
State of destination: WA
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 438
Ship from Finland: Urania
Date of departure from Finland: 18.03.1899
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: *
Ocean Line: Anchor Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 9/81
Remarks: *

The Detailed passport information tells us about him:

Last name: Karf
First names: Henrik Johan
Other names: *
Birth date: . .1877
Marital status: *
Occupation: Taloll. Pka (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA
Passport date: 04.03.1899
Passport number: 313
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: Sotap. kelpaamaton. (Unqualified for military training.)

A third person with the surname Pesonen from the parish Munsala got a passport in the same time, but I do not find her name or destination place in the passenger list from Institute of Migration in Finland, maybe she did not left Finland? Her name was:

Last name: Pesonen
First names: Edla Maria
Other names: *
Birth date: . .1884
Marital status: *
Occupation: Taloll. Tr (Farmer's daughter)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 03.03.1899
Passport number: 296
Passport valid (year:month): 5:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: ??

 

Re(6): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on June 30, 2003 at 10:47:10 AM by Harri Blomberg

About your grandmother, Minnie (Newman) Freelund, who was born 9/28/1879 in Finland. We do not knew anything about her birthplace or what name she used in Finland. It can be the Swedish Nyman or the Finnish Uusitalo... or anything else. First about Uusitalo... Some Swedish speaking Finns have Finnish surnames because the buy or own a farm with a Finnish name. Uusitalo in English will be Newhouse, but the most took the name Newman when they change it to an English variant. Will we find any Nyman from Munsala in Olympia, yes because detailed passenger information (Institute of Migration in Finland) gives us this:

Last name: Nyman
First names: Karl
Age or age class: 19
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: Olympia
State of destination: WA (Washington)
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 443
Ship from Finland: Polaris
Date of departure from Finland: 08.04.1903
Ship from England: Celtic
Date of departure from England: 15.04.1903
Ocean Line: White Star Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 33/6
Remarks: *

And the detailed passport information (Institute of Migration in Finland):

Last name: Nyman
First names: Karl Juho (Johan)
Other names: *
Birth date: . .1885
Marital status: 1
Religion: Lut.
Occupation: Talollisen poika (Farmer's son)
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 02.04.1903
Passport number: 1050
Passport valid (year:month): 1:8
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: *

And the passenger lists on Ellis Island give information that another person with the surname Nyman should travel to Olympia:

Name: Nyman, Johan Mattson (labour)
Ethnicity: Finland
Place of Residence: Munsala, Finland.
Date of Arrival: May 16, 1903
Age on Arrival: 27 years
Gender: M
Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: St. Paul
Port of Departure: Southampton, Southamptonshire, England, UK

On the original list I find that he was labour, have 20 $ in the pocket and should travel to his friend Mat(t)s Westberg in Mat(t)lock, Olympia, Washington. On the same list side I find two persons from Munsala region in "Vasa län" who travelled with him to the same person in Matlock, Olympia, but first more information about Johan Nyman. Detailed passenger information (Institute of Migration in Finland) gives us this:

Last name: Nyman
First names: Johan
Age or age class: 26
Port of departure: Hanko
Place of destination: Olympia
State of destination: WA
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 455
Ship from Finland: Regulus
Date of departure from Finland: 02.05.1903
Ship from England: St. Paul
Date of departure from England: 09.05.1903
Ocean Line: American Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 22/44
Remarks: *

Now to rest of the group from Munsala and this neighbour parish Oravais who travelled with Johan Mattson Nyman:

1) Anders Johansson Aspnäs, Munsala, labour, 27 years.
2) Johan Simonsson Hillgren (Hellgren?), Oravais, labour, 36 years.

But it is possible, not usual, to write Nyman like this person from Munsala. Detailed passport information (Institute of Migration in Finland) tell us about:

Last name: Neuman
First names: Anders Wilhelm
Other names: *
Birth date: . .1878
Marital status: *
Occupation: Loisen pka
Home parish: Munsala
Province: VAA (Vasa län)
Passport date: 06.04.1897
Passport number: 305
Passport valid (year:month): 3:0
Destination: Amerikka
Passport issued by: VAA
Remarks: *

And we also find a Neuman in Olympia who came self from Munsala. Farm labour Carl Georg Neuman came to Ellis Island 24 December 1916, with the ship Kristianiafjord from Kristiania (Oslo), Norway... travelled to a friend. His father was Carl J. Neuman, Storsved, Munsala. The history about the Swedish hymn book 1888 (hand written on inside cover: Anders Johan Storsved, Munsala, 1892) you have in your home can not be any accidental occurrence. Carl Georg Neuman was 17 years old in December 1916.

And now I have found the solution... I can say that the Family Neuman from Storsved, Munsala are your relatives... because in Ellis Islands website I have find the connect. Karl Johan Neuman, 39 years 7 months old, married labour, arrival with the ship Baltic 5 May 1907 from Munsala via Liverpool to Ellis Island. From there he should travel to brothering law J. Frilund, Pa..(Pamsfel?), Seattle, Washington. J. Frilund must be your relative, maybe your grandfather John Freelund? (I will send you the original lists from Ellis Island.)

The detailed passenger information (Institute of Migration in Finland) tell this about Karl J. Neuman:

Last name: Neuman
First names: Karl J.
Age or age class: 39
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: Seattle
State of destination: WA (Washington)
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 484
Ship from Finland: Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland: 17.04.1907
Ship from England: Baltic
Date of departure from England: 24.04.1907
Ocean Line: White Star Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 52/97
Remarks: *

Re(7): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on June 30, 2003 at 11:48:14 AM by Harri Blomberg

Village Monäs, Farm Nyman and Village Monäs, Farm Neuman are situated like neighbours in Munsala. If I have understand it right.

Re(8): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on July 1, 2003 at 06:53:41 AM by Harri Blomberg

People from the parish Munsala in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia in Washington, USA.

Seattle:
+ 8 000 inhabitants (1900)... + 500 000 inhabitants (1960). The biggest town in Washington, situated near Puget Sound. Swedish speaking Finns Organisations - "Nykterhetsföreningen Sveaborg (2 June 190(6) or before), number 22 in SFNF", "Sjukhjälpsföreningen Ankaret (20 August 1915) ", "Runebergslogen nr 101 (1920-1921)", "Ålandsklubben (1933)" and different Churchs.

Erik Blomquist, with wife. (1907)
Martin Blomquist, with wife. (1907)
John J. Erikson, with wife. (1907)
John Sundsten. (1933)

Tacoma:
Swedish speaking Finns Organisations - "Nykterhetsföreningen Mount Tacoma, number 61 in SFNF (12 July 1908)", "Sjukhjälpsföreningen Hemmets stöd (26 Nov. 1909)", "Runebergslogen nr 106 (around 1929)" and different Churchs.

Maybe the brothers Carl and Leonard Svedberg (1924), Carl Svedberg Jr. (1960)?

Olympia:
11700 inhabitants (1930). Capital in the state Washington.
Swede-Finns own a half cooperative company called Olympia Veneer Co with factory to make veneer products, started 1921 and a reason that many Swede-Finns who earlier lived in another places in Washington moved to Olympia. Swedish speaking Finns Organisations - "Runebergslogen nr 121 (28 January 1923)" and different Churchs.

Jack (John Jakob) Adams from the church village in Munsala (1886), with wife Kajsa Lisa Berg from Kantlax, Munsala (1905).
Sofia Andersson from Vexala, Munsala (1905).
Maria Backlund from Vexala, Munsala. (1905)
Maria Blom from Harjux, Munsala (1905).
Ida Ericksson from Monå, Munsala (1905).
John Erickson (Erik Johan Sandås) (around 1890), with wife Anna Lovisa Rank, Munsala (1905). He was born on the farm Sandås, Munsala carpenter on Sveaborg in Helsingfors/Helsinki, emigrated to Wisconsin 1888.
Ida Jackson from Storsved, Munsala (1905).
Otto Jacobson from Munsala (1923).
Henry Johnson (Grev) from the parish Pedersöre (1905), with wife Sanna Brita Rank, Munsala (1905).
John Johnson from Sweden (1905), with wife Anna Nordling from Jussila, Munsala (1905).
Andrew (Anders) Sandberg from Vexala, Munsala (1895), with wife Maria Lovisa Sandås (1905). She was born around the year 1868 and was still alive 1966. In her home many people from Munsala stay the first time when they came to USA.
Maria Johnson from Monå, Munsala (1905).
Joel Sjöblom from the parish Jeppo (1905) and his wife Brita Kajsa from Monå, Munsala (1905).

And near Mount Vernon, in Cederdale we find the year 1928 the farmers with family Emil Hendrickson and Emil Asplund from Munsala. Four persons from the same parish in Anacortes autumn 1939, 21 persons from Munsala in Coal Creek around the years 1908-1921 and one of 15 directors of Peninsula Plywood Corp. in Port Angeles (1941-1962) was Victor Kulla from Munsala.

Source: Anders Myhrman: "Finlandssvenskar i Amerika." - Helsingfors 1972, pages 339 - 377.


Re(9): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on July 2, 2003 at 10:43:13 AM by Harri Blomberg

Eureka! ... Mina (from the Christian name Vilhemina?) Karlsdotter Neuman from the village Pensala, Munsala... I have found in Detailed passenger information (Institute of Migration in Finland) with strange spelling: Nöjman.

Last name: Nöjman (sound like Neuman)
First names: Mina
Age or age class: 20
Port of departure: Hanko/Hangö
Place of destination: San Francisco
State of destination: CA
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 492
Ship from Finland: Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland:
22.09.1900 (Sex days before her birthday.)
Ship from England: *
Date of departure from England: *
Ocean Line: Allan Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 12/24
Remarks: *

Re(10): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on July 3, 2003 at 01:15:57 PM by Harri Blomberg

One lady Ann-Marie Löfdahl in Munsala (?), Finland has sent a letter I wrote to her about your relatives to Jarl Roos in Pensala, Munsala. He is a member in a group who research in the village history. Already two to three books are printed, with the names:
" Pensala genom tiderna " (Pensala through times), part one, part two and part three (in construction).
We will see if it is possible that they can help us about your family history. I have also put a question in one Swedish language roots web about your grandparents.

 

Re(11): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on July 4, 2003 at 04:15:24 AM by Harri Blomberg

In the passenger records search if we asked for all who left on 22.09.1900 travelling to San Francisco with Mina Neuman (Mina Nöjman), we find this group:

Nöjman Mina San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Nylund Karl San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Nylund Maria San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Storsved Hanna San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Storsved Maria San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Sundqvist Brita San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Westlin Anton San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Westlin Brita San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Westlin Johan San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900
Westlin Maria San Francisco CA USA 22.09.1900

Both John's Mom and Dad have told to John and Alice Freelund that Minnie came to San Francisco with 4 or 5 girl friends. From the list below those girl friends would most likely be:

Maria Nyland
Hanna Storsved
Maria Storsved
Brita Sundqvist

Hanna and Maria STORSVED are maybe sisters to Anders Johan Storsved whose prayer book John & Alice Freelund have. Now we need to discover why Minnie got it? Maybe the Storsveds all died before Minnie?

In the book "Guld och röda skogar", written by K-G Olin and printed in Jakobstad 2002, descriptive Swede-Finns in California, we find this information:

Maria Sofia Nylund (used the name Sophie Sperring in USA), born 25.7.1875 in Pelat in Munsala, came to San Francisco 22.10.1900, married with John Sperring. She died in San Francisco 4.3.1961. Member in the Swede-Finn organisation "Stjärnan av Väster" in San Francisco 1917. Subscriber for the Swede-Finn newspaper "Finska Amerikanaren" at the time for earthquake in San Francisco 18 April 1906. (Olin 2002, page 387 and 431.)

Hanna Storsved from Storsved in Munsala (used the name Hanna Berg in USA), married 1895 with John Berg. She wrote a letter from San Francisco 1911 ("Emigrantbreven berättar.") John Berg (Johan Erik Berg), born 1870 in the farm "Knuts No.2" in Kantlax in Munsala and emigrated 1890 (first time?) to his father in USA. John Berg was lighthouse keeper and tram driver in San Francisco. He was remarried 1929. He has many family members in USA, include father, mother, brothers and sisters. His younger brother, born 1881, married 1905 in California with Ida Storsved from Munsala. (Olin 2002, page 222 and 438.)

Maria Storsved - Mari from Munsala (Olin 2002, page 438.)

Brita Sundqvist.

... also two lines with this information:

"Nöjman, Mina, biljett till San Francisco 22.09.1900. (Migrationsinstitutet)." (Her ticket to USA - Olin 2002, page 391.)

Re(12): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 81.224.156.155
Posted on July 4, 2003 at 05:44:50 PM by Harri Blomberg

All homestead names and numbers in all villages in Munsala parish (Not always farm and family names, but some times. Many farm names in Munsala have no homestead numbers, are one part of these homesteads I show. Some people with the homestead name as a surname do not live on the homestead with the same, but most often. Other people changed name if the change farm ore homestead. Not before around 1920 people got real surnames in Österbotten, Finland. The first number is often the oldest place their people have lived in the village and the last number are the outside of the central village. Some homestead number is more like small village in the bigger village, and the same homestead name it is possible to find in different village in the same parish... example - Monäs, nr 5 and Monå, nr 5 have same - Knuts. It is the same with Gästgivars... possible to find in the church village and in Monå.):

Munsala church village:
Gästgivars, nr 1.
Flen, nr 2.
Låilax, nr 3.
Ollandt, nr 4.
Damskata, nr 5.
Sund, nr 6.
Hagas, nr 7.
Back, nr 8.
Jåfs, nr 9.
Ohls, nr 10.
Wik, nr 11.
Trött, nr 12.
Svarvar, nr 13.
Adams, nr 14.
Bröms, nr 15.
Storsved, nr 16.
Edisbacka, nr 17.
Flakabacka, nr 18.

Harjux:
Harjux, nr 1.
Stenbacka, nr 2.
Mickelsbacka, nr 3.

Hirvlax:
Peth, nr 1.
Träsk, nr 2.
Mågas, nr 3.
Kock, nr 4.
Fågel, nr 5.
Dahlkarl, nr 6.
Stubb, nr 7.

Jussila:
Jussila, nr 1.
Kiv, nr 2.
Björkbacka, nr 3.
Sandås, nr 4.
Rank, nr 5.

Kantlax:
Nyby, nr 1.
Knuts, nr 2.
Laggar, nr 3.
Räv, nr 4.
Spåra, nr 5.
Back, nr 6.

Monäs:
Sik, nr 1.
Suni, nr 2.
Näs, nr 3.
Strömming, nr 4.
Knuts, nr 5.
Flygar, nr 6.
Kock, nr 7.
Laggnäs, nr 8.

Monå:
Vit, nr 1.
Gästgivars, nr 2.
Pelat, nr 3.
Back, nr 4.
Knuts, nr 5.
Ryss, nr 6.
Nygård, nr 7.
Jaakkola, nr 8.
Wäst, nr 9.
Klockars, nr 10.
Rank, nr 11.

Pensala:
Pesonen, nr 1.
Karf, nr 2.
Pått, nr 3.
Präst, nr 4.
Aspnäs, nr 5.
Södersved, nr 6.
Kengo, nr 7.

Vexala:
Bertula, nr 1.
Skrivars, nr 2.
Stenbacka, nr 3.
Fågel, nr 4.
Domarbacka, nr 5.
Svartnäs, nr 6.
Mariedahl, nr 7.
Fattig, nr 8.
Smeds, nr 9.
Helsing, nr 10.
Holm, nr 11.
Rutas, nr 12.
Nissas, nr 13.
Henriksnäs, nr 14.

 

Re(13): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 193.166.97.73
Posted on July 21, 2003 at 08:34:11 AM by Harrri Blomberg

In the book "Blad ur livet som det var förr", by Nelly Fågelbärj, Hirvlax 1999 I found this, pages 41-43.
"... the farmer Karl Neuman (called "Karlgobbin" in the local dialect) bought Gästgivargården (Gästgifvars) (a smaller hotel) in the middle of the "village" Storsved in Munsala around the years 1885-1890. He was marriage with Kajsa Sofia (called "Kalas Kajs" in the local dialect). But the year 1893 he sold the place to another person, but in the same way, the house burned down in April 1893. (The newspaper "Vasabladet" wrote about this 8 April 1893.)
I do not knew if this persons are the same, father and mother to Mina Karlsdotter Neuman, but they died 1907 (Karl Neuman) and 1919 (Kajsa Sofia). The last year they lived like "sytningsman", some kind of social institution in the outside of Storsved "village", near Klockars-backen. Maybe the some time lived in Pensala in Munsala parish?!
After the fire a new building were built on the place for the last "Gästgifvars", but that is another history...

 

Re(14): Freelund Frilund? Friilund?
IP: 65.89.209.29
Posted on August 7, 2003 at 01:08:43 PM by John & Alice Freelund

Harri, we appreciate all the wonderful information, insight, & translation you have provided in our quest for knowledge about Freelund/Neuman family. One day I know only our Swede-Finn grandparents names and and now I know my grandmothers family back seven generations and am looking forward to learning more about my grandfathers family as well. Thank you so much for the picture of my grandmother's sister at the weaving loom in Storsved. I can remember that my Grandmother (Minnie)also had a huge weaving loom in the farm house in Olympia. I do not know what became of it. Again Thank you so much for all your assistance.

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