|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1839|
Jönköpings län, Sweden
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1913|
"It was a true love match...
Grandad Henry Swanson was the son of landed gentry. Somewhere in his travels he saw this beautiful girl, not in his station of society, but he fell in love with her on sight. When he called on her, the women – her mother, herself and sisters – waited on him and he ate alone. The family was beneath him in station and in the old countries, in those days, the class distinction was strictly adhered to.
Well, they married. He took her to a large home where she controlled twelve servants, had sterling silverware and linen cloth which was woven right there. Oh yes, they rode in a coach with four horses, a driver, and a footman. He had the peasants or workers living near and their own school for workers children and their own. The Swansons loved horses and had beautiful, spirited ones.
Grandma Swanson had eleven children, four girls and seven boys: Richard Henry, Laura Josephine, Anna E, Herman Siegfried, Freda Elizabeth, Rudolph (who died in infancy in Sweden), Leander Carl, Nannie Adelia, Elmer Anabdus, Ernest M, and Edward Edwin Swanson.
Grandad set two or three of Grandma's brothers up in business, possibly one was a brother-in-law. Anyway, they weren't good businessmen or they knew a good thing when they saw it for he backed so many of their notes and had to make them good that he found it impossible to live in the style they were accustomed to so they came to America. He went security for $25,000 (a lot of money in those days) and lost all he had so the reason for coming to this country.
I recall my dear dad saying how Grandma worked and that she was a wonderful woman. She was also a fine cook. Imagine all that about a man's mother-in-law.
After her husband's death, Christina Sophia Teberg Swanson moved to Frankfort, Kansas, with her sons and died there of a stomach tumor, aged 73." --granddaughter Laura
Henrich Swanson (1829 - 1896)
Laura Josephine Swanson Bihn (1862 - 1942)*
Anna E Swanson Doggett (1867 - 1944)*
AUG. 27, 1913
73 Y. 19 M. 15 D.
Note: double stone with HENRICH SWANSON
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34078676