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Christian G Ryerson
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1832
Kopervik
Rogaland fylke, Norway
Death: Apr. 14, 1914
Elliott
Ford County
Illinois, USA

The last name was spelled: Reierson before coming to America.
Christian was a regal gentleman. He would look in a mirror to be sure that his hat was on straight before going out to turn on the windmill.

He emigrated to America with his brother Peter in 1857. They left Norway on 7 May 1857 on a sailing vessel and reached the harbor of Quebec on 23 June 1857. They arrived in Chicago on 4 July 1857 and went on to Ottawa, Illinois where his two brothers lived.

"He remained in his native land until he was 24 years of age when he came to America. He went to Ottawa, Illinois, where 2 of his brothers had previously located, arriving there in July 1857. He worked at farm labor in Ottawa, Illinois from July 1857 until 1867 when he had saved enough money to buy 120 acres of railroad land in section 28 in Dix Township, Ford County, Ill for $8/acres. The Ryersons traveled overland in farm wagons to their new two room home. There were no near neighbors and the work was hard, as it was for all of those pioneer settlers. A school house was soon built on a corner of their land. Norwegian Church services were held there also."

Info from: Orbiturary Notice: Christian G. Ryerson
History of Ford County

"Christian G. Ryerson, was born in the village of Kaperoig, Norway, on July 2, 1832, and died at his home in Dix township, Ford County, Ill., April 17, 1914, at the age of 81 years 9 months and 15 days
Mr Ryerson together with his brother Peter, now residing in Iowa, started for America on May 7, 1857, crossing the Atlantic on a sailing vessel, reaching the harbor of Quebec on June 23, from where they journeyed to Ottawa, Ill., by way of Chicago.
Arriving in this country during the hard times occasioned by financial panic of that year and as his financial resources were such as to make it imperative for immediate employment, he began by working at farm labor at the sum of fifteen dollars per month.
By careful economy he was at length able to purchase a tract of land of one hundred and twenty acres, the present homestead, in the year 1867, it being raw prairie with no improvements of any kind. Here he began the arduous task of converting the raw prairie into an improved farm of today with the many trials and privations best known to the pioneers of this section.
He was a man of character, energy and fixed integrity, which exemplifies the sterling traits of his Norwegian ancestry, belonging to that race which has long borne the reputation of reliability and industry, qualities which are indispensable in business and important factors in good citizenship. Possessing these high traits of character, he was favorably known to wide circle of friends.
In 1861 Mr. Ryerson was married to Miss Inger Knudson, who also was born in Norway, and who survives him. Unto this union have been born ten children, two of whom died in infancy and early youth. The other children are Anna, wife of M.W. Peterson of Lisabula, Wash.; Josie wife of M.L. Yeager, of ix township; Christine, next in family, at home; Celia, now deceased, was the wife of David Cooper; Sarah, residing in Chicago; Richard, residing in Urbana, Ill.; Lena, wife of J.C. Langley, residing in Washington; Carrie, at home; and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Ryerson leaves three brothers and one sister; two brothers, Thomas and Annias residing in Illinois and Peter in Iowa; the sister still resides at the old home in Norway.
In religious faith Mr. Ryerson was identified with the Lutheran church of which he had been a member since childhood. His Christian life was best exemplified by his daily life in his home and surrounding neighborhood, by his character and high ideals and sterling manhood toward his family and his fellow men.
Thus comes the closing of a life well lived. a life for which there is a reward, he has answered the summons of the ruler of the universe: ‘Well done good and faithful servant; come up higher.'"

From: http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ford/pontoppidancem.html
The first Norwegian settlers in Dix Twp, according to Dunlap's Atlas of Ford County, published in 1874, were Chris Ryerson and Henry Halverson, who came from Otter Creek in LaSalle County, Il in 1867, and settled on Section 28, Dix Twp, three miles south west of the present location of the village of Elliott. There were children in both families, and the other families nearby, and as was the case in all new settlements, a school house was soon constructed on land given by Mr. Ryerson for that purpose.
Other Norwegian families came from LaSalle County to the area and by 1870 preaching services were held in this school house. The first congregation was organized in 1876 and in 1881 a church was constructed in the northwest corner of Section 25, Dix Twp. The Church was the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church. Mr Ryerson was one of the founding fathers of the church.

All Children:
Anna S Ryerson Peterson (1862 - 1949)
Reese Richard Ryerson (1864 - 1865)
Carrie A Ryerson (1865 - 1875)
Ellen Josephine Yeager (1866 - 1926)
Elena J Ryerson Langley (1875 - 1940)
Bertha Christena Ryerson (1867 - 1960)*
Celia Ryerson Cooper (1868 - 1894)*
Sarah Julia Ryerson (1870 - 1960)*
Richard Ryerson (1872 - 1956)*
Carrie Ann Ryerson Dirks (1877 - 1975)*
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Isabel Knudson Ryerson (1834 - 1926)
 
 Children:
  Ellen Josephine Ryerson Yeager (1866 - 1926)*
  Bertha Christena Ryerson (1867 - 1960)*
  Celia Ryerson Cooper (1868 - 1894)*
  Sarah Ryerson (1870 - 1960)*
  Richard Ryerson (1872 - 1956)*
  Carrie Ann Ryerson Dirks (1877 - 1975)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Drummer Township Cemetery
Gibson City
Ford County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Patricia (Anderson) Scog...
Record added: Apr 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107886137
Christian G Ryerson
Added by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
 
Christian G Ryerson
Added by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
 
Christian G Ryerson
Added by: Patricia (Anderson) Scoggin
 
 
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In honor of a special gentleman whose legacy includes three great, great grandchildren living and raising their families in America. I am grateful that the connection has finally been made. With admiration from Oregon,
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Nov. 28, 2016

- Bob & Nancy Cannon
 Added: Jul. 5, 2015
 
 
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