16 October 2017

Pagel Immigration

I just today found the passenger list for my ggg grandma and grandpa Pagel (and my gg grandpa Pagel). They left Germany for England (I don't know the details on this part of their voyage) and, from Liverpool, sailed to New York on the SS Minnesota. They arrived at the port of New York on 15 April 1873. They then went to Wisconsin and settled in Marathon county near Wausau. Their son, my gg grandpa Carl "Henry" PAGEL, eventually went to Minnesota and settled in the area of McLeod, Renville, and Sibley counties. The family is on the second page of the ship's manifest.

Page 1
Page 2
It shows the parents (Johann "Carl" and Dorothea "Fredericke" PAGEL) as 42 and 38 respectfully with Carl's occupation listed as "farmer." The children are listed in the manifest as John 19 (Johann), Augte 16 (August)1, Fernd? 14 (Carl "Fred")2, Carl 103, Augte 7 (Augusta), and Carl 3 (Carl "Henry").

Here is the link to the first page of the manifest at archives.org. From there, you can page through the rest of the manifest if you choose to.

1 For some reason August is listed as female. Maybe with all the kids the person writing the list got confused. It's also possible that August came over on his own and had a twin sister named Augusta I don't now about that came over with the rest of the family. That would also explain why the occupation is listed as "spinster."
2 I think they were trying to go for Friedrich here.
3 This may be a child I wasn't aware of, or could be Johann "Herman", whom I have as 8 at the time, but either this or the census records I got his age from could be a little off. I only have 1 middle name for him, while all his siblings have 2.

23 July 2017

Census Sunday #27

This week's page is from the 1880 US Census for Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa on page16. (full image)

On this page, I'm descended from family #129, Hans and Sila HENRICKSON. Hans is cited as a 65 year old farmer from Norway. His wife Sila is cited as a 52 year old woman from Norway. The census page cites that they had 4 sons with them at home - Henry (17), Martin (15), Benjamin (12), and Helmer (7).  All are cited as being born in Iowa. In the same family group, it also has Inga AGNESSON? aged 77. She's cited as living in a different dwelling and her relationship to Hans is cited as "supported." Inga is also cited as being widowed, insane, and born in Norway.

The other families on this page are:

  • Family 119 (from previous page): Helene STROWSTAD?
  • Family 120: Andrew EGGE and his wife Mary
  • Family 121: Nels ASCHUN and his wife Anne
  • Family 122: Ole PETERSON along with his wife Berth and daughter Carrie
  • Family 123: ? HALVORSEN along with his wife Martha, 2 sons (Bard and Andreus), and 2 daughters (S? and Maria)
  • Family 124: Bard HALVORSON and his wife Synneva
  • Family 125: Ole ANDCOSEN along with his wife Anne, 3 sons (Albert, Theodore, and Ole), and 1 daughter (Bertha)
  • Family 126: Ole NELSON along with his wife Britha, 2 daughters (Caroline and Oline), and 1 son (Nels)
  • Family 127: Ole J. ROZ along with his wife Bertha and 3 sons (Claus, Henry, and Martin)
  • Family 128: Nels TORTENSON along with his wife Martha, 2 daughters (Petra and Emma), and 3 sons (Olai?, John, and Otto)
  • Family 130: Chisetis along with her son Tombias, stepdaughter Sivi?, and a teacher Mavis ERICSEN

16 July 2017

Census Sunday #26

This weeks's image is from the 1870 US Census for Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa on page 10. (full image)

I'm related to family # 64 on this page, Hans and Celia HENDRICKSON. Hans is cited as a 50 year old farmer who owns $5000 worth of real estate and had a personal estate worth $1500. He is also cited as being born in Norway. His wife Celia is cited as being 40, keeping house, and born in Norway. Their children at the time were Sinne (15), Helen (10), Henry (9), John (6), and Benjamin (2). Sinne and Helen are cited as attending school. Also with the family is Holver ARNESON, a 20 year old farm laborer who was born in Norway.

Other families on this page are:

  • Family 63: Theodora (3) & Gunelda (1) ANDERSON (continued from previous page)
  • Family 65: Ole NELSON (35) along with Betsy (49), Anna (18), Mary (15), Betsy (11), Caroline (9), Nels (7), and Olina (5)
  • Family 66: Nels TORTENSON (50), Bertha (35), Toleda (15), Patrina E (10) Aba (5/12), Ole N (6), Martin (4), and Eric (26)
  • Family 67: Ellring THOMSON (62) along with Christie (52), Caroline (17), Eric (14), Christina (12), Betsy (10), and Thomras (7)
  • Family 68: Christian OLESON (42) along with Pernilla (44), Jane M. (14), Olene (13), John (11), Betsy (10), and Clalis (8)

09 July 2017

Census Sunday #25

This week's image comes from the 1860 US Census for Glenwood township, Winneshiek county, Iowa on page 195. (full image)
On this page, I'm related to family number 1339, Hans and Celia HENDRICKSON. Hans is cited as a 45 year old farmer born in Norway and owning $500 worth of real estate. Celia is cited as being 32 and born in Norway. Ann (7), Susan (5), and Helen (7 months) are all cited as being born in Iowa. With the family are also 2 farm laborers, James OLESON (25) and Holver BORSON (39), both born in Norway.

Other families on this page are
  • Family 1338: Malina (4)and Caroline (20) HAULSON (from previoius page)
  • Family 1340: Ole NELSON (45) along with Betsey (39), Ann (9), Mary (6), Betsey (2), and Holtum JOHNSON (40)
  • Family 1341: Lewis JOHNSON (35) along with Mary (40), James (6), & John (4)
  • Family 1342: Elling? THOMSON (53) along with Christe (44), Seves (22), Elling (18), Sarah (25), Caroline (7), Eric (5), Christina (3), and Betsey (1)
  • Family 1343: Christen OLESON (31) along with Pamela (32), Johanna M (4), Julia A (3), and John (1)
  • Family 1344: John M. BURSHEL? (28) along with Martha (21), Sarah (2), John (1 month), Jonathan (1 month), and John KUPPIN? (21)
  • Family 1345: John JACOBSON (55)

02 July 2017

Census Sunday #24

This week's image is from the 1860 US Census. It's page 4 for Boone township, Hamilton county, Iowa. (full image)

I'm related to family number 31 on this census, the family of William (W.W.) & Sylvia WELLS.
William is cited as a 39 year old tailor, who was born in Pennsylvania, who owns real estate valued at $2000 and a personal estate valued at $1000. William's wife Sylvia is cited as a 29 year old woman who was born in Pennsylvania. Their son Stanley is cited as an 8 year old boy born in Pennsylvania like his parents. The census says that 6 year old Leonard (another ancestor of mine) was born in New York. The youngest son, Chester is cited as 1 and born in Iowa. Both Stanley and Leonard are cited as having attended school. The family also has a Lucinda Tucker, aged 65, living with them. I'm sorry I don't know why she's with them at this point. My best guess is that she's Sylvia's mother. 

Other families on the census are:
  • Family 26: Ann Downny? a servant for the last family on page 3
  • Family 27: Isaac SOUTH along with Anna & 6 year old Selia
  • Family 28: A. MOON (56) along with female A.D MOON (40), farmer J.M JONES, and merchant S.S ESTES
  • Family 29: Peter SYON (49) along with Margaret (49), Jotham (22), Richard (21), Mary A (19), Martha (16), Jane (14), Huldah (12), Sarah (7), George (5), and John (25)
  • Family 30: Richard SACKET (54) along with Louisa M (49), Elisha (27), Abbie (22), Austin E (3), and Henry R (1)
  • Family 32: John RHODES (46) along with Rebecca (44), John E. (9), Ella (5), and Mary E (2 1/2)
  • Familiy 33: Washington ELDER (40)

29 June 2017


Hans Ørbech HENDRICKSON was born 23 Nov 1815 in Lærdahl, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Heinrich HANSEN and Anna OLSDATTER. His baptism took place in Lærdahl on 26 Dec 1815. He married Silla in Norway and they emigrated to the US in 1850. Landing in New York on the 12 July. Hans died 6 Oct 1890 and is buried in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery outside of Decorah, Winneshiek cty, Iowa. (I have a PDF of Han's baptismal record for anybody that wants a copy.)

Silla BAARDSDATTER was born 6 Sep  1827 in Lærdahl, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway to Baar HOLVERSON and Synneve HALVORSDATTER. Her baptism took place 12 Sep in Lærdahl. She died 1 August 1904 and is buried with her husband outside of Decorah, Iowa.

Silla was the mother to 8 children. However, I only have information on 7 of them, all born in Iowa. Those children are:

  • Ann b. 3 Mar 1853
  • Synneva b. 21 Aug 1855
  • Helen b. abt 1860
  • Henry b. abt 1863
  • John Martin b. 25 Dec 1864 (He appears to havae gone by Martin)
  • Benjamin b. abt 1868
  • Helmer b. 5 Dec 1872

I have the family on the following censuses:

William & Sylvia WELLS

I don't have much information on this family at the moment. Here's what I do have though.

William W. WELLS was born about 1821 in Pennsylvania. Sylvia (his wife) was born about 1831 in Pennsylvania. The couple had 3 children that I know about. Stanley (born about 1852), Leonard (born about 1854), and Chester "Chet" (born about 1859.) Stanley was born in Pennsylvania, Leonard in New York, and Chet in Iowa.

I have the family on the following censuses

  • 1855 NY State Census
  • 1860 US Census in Boone township, Hamilton county, Iowa