|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1806, Sweden|
|Death: ||Jul. 21, 1896|
Anders Eliasson was born 1 February 1806 to Elias Andersson Nordblom and Beata Andersdotter Norman. He was the oldest child born to this couple. Anders was christened in the Alingsås Landsforsamling Parish. This was the "country" parish for the town of Alingsås. There is also a city parish called Alingsås Stad. Anders name was chosen in honor of both of his grandfathers. Alingsås is in Western Sweden approximately 25 kilometers from Gothenberg.
Anders parents added seven more children to their family. Anders was followed by Peter, Stina Maja, Anna Lisa, then twins Maria and Christina, Eric and Stina Maria. It was customary in Sweden to name subsequent children after siblings who had died earlier. It was also customary to use nicknames and locality names in place of christened names. Stina could also be Christina, Kristina, or Tina. Maja was also Maija and Maria. Lisa was a nickname for Elizabeth.
When these traditions are known it is easier to understand how Stina Maja was the christening name of Ander's oldest sister, but her death record twenty-one months later lists her as Stina Maria. Anna Lisa is listed in the death records as Anna Elizabeth, age 5 years. The twins were christened Maija and Stina, but just a month later Maria is in the death records. Five days later Christina died. Thus, all four of these sisters died young. Ander's parents buried half of their children at a very young age.
Elias was a shoemaker. Family tradition states he learned this trade from a relative of his uncle who owned a local shoe shop. His raised his family on the farms of Nolhaga, Pipebruk, and Tegelbruket all in the parish of Alingsås Landsforsamling. His children were taught the value of work and each became skilled in their assigned tasks.
When Anders was seventeen years of age, his mother died. His widower father was left to care for Anders, Peter who was fifteen, Eric age seven, and Stina Maria not quite four. Seven months after burying his first wife in the Alingsås Landsforsamling Parish Churchyard, Elias married Johanna Swensdotter Nordberg. Johanna was a widow in the same parish. Her first husband, Anders Andersson, was buried next to her infant son Anders Petter. She brought to the marriage a six-year-old daughter named Greta Cajsa.
Anders was twenty-two years of age when he married Annicka Larsdotter on 24 March 1828 in the Alingsås Stad Parish. Annicka, age thirty-two, was from the adjoining parish of Rodene also in the county of Alvsborg. Anders was a farmer. He worked hard and became the owner of a large estate known by the name of Enerkullen in the Alingsås Landsforsamling Parish. It was here that Annicka (also spelled Annika and Anna) gave birth to their six children.
Britta Lisa was born in 1829 followed by Anders Gustaf born in 1830. This firstborn son died 8 ½ years later. Carl, also known as Charley, was born in 1833, followed by Anna Christina in 1835. Anna Christina died at the age of 12 ½ months. Then came Andreas in 1838 followed by their last son who was named Anders Gustaf in memory of their eldest son who had died. Anders and Anna felt very blessed. They had only buried one-third of their children.
Brita Lisa, their eldest daughter, married when she was 19. Anders and Annicka were the grandparents of two little girls, with a third on the way, when Annicka, Anders beloved wife, died 24 May 1852. She was buried in the Alingsås Landsforsamling Parish Churchyard. Anders was left to raise three sons between the ages of 11 and 19.
Enerkullen (Lindas) had a beautiful lake on one edge. Anders began courting Christina Carlsdotter who lived across the lake on a farm in the adjoining parish of Rodene. She was a first cousin once removed of Ander's first wife Annicka. (Annicka's mother, Kierstin Andersdotter, was a sister to Christina's grandfather, Andreas Andersson.) Anders and Christina were married14 March 1853 in the Rodene Parish, Alingsås, Sweden. Rodene was a small parish and frequently did not have a minister. At these times the parish members would attend the Alingsås Landsforsamling Parish as it was the closest to them. Many christenings, deaths, and marriages for the parish of Rodene are recorded in the parish records of Alingsås Landsforsamling.
Anders and Christina soon added more children to Anders three older sons who were living at home. Johan Alfred was born in 1854 and August was born in 1856. Anna Christina, a daughter, was born 8 March 1858. She may have been named after the daughter born to Anders and Annicka who had died, or perhaps she was named Anna for his first wife and Christina for her mother, or perhaps she was named Anna Christina because that was her maternal grandmother's name. Anna Christina was definitely a family name.
Two more boys were soon added to the Eliasson family. Claus was born in 1860 and Joseph Oscar was born in 1862. Thus, Anna Christina was probably "spoiled rotten" by a family of brothers (and one married step-sister).
In 1861, a new religion began making quite an uproar in the communities surrounding Alingsås. It was nicknamed Mormonism for a strange bible type book which members professed was given to them by an angel from God. Ander's family was very active in the Lutheran Church, which was also the recognized "Church of Sweden." Anders and his brothers were altar boys in the Alingsås Landsforsamling Parish during their early years.
The family investigated this new religion for many months. Some family traditions state they were baptized in 1861 with Christina, his wife joining first. A baptism date of 12 May 1861 in Alingsås, Alvsborg, Sweden, is recorded in the Goteborg Branch records for both Anders and his brother Erick. They are attending that branch as they prepare to embark on their journey for America.
In 1863, Anders and his family came to America. Six chartered ships left Sweden the later part of April with nearly 4,000 saints. They crossed the North Sea to England, arriving in Liverpool under the direction of George Q. Cannon. Here they united with 644 Scandinavians and 13 British Saints and crossed the Atlantic on the B.S. Kimball. They were under the direction of Elder Hans Christian Lund and his counselors Peter Bechstead and Christopher S. Wing.
The ship left Liverpool May 8, 1863, and arrived in New York City June 14, 1863. They were on the sea five weeks and three days and experienced both rough and calm seas. Many sleepless nights were encountered on the voyage. As they arrived in the United States, the Civil War was raging in the East so they pushed on toward Utah.
They continued on to Albany, New York. From there they went by rail to Florence, Nebraska, the outfitting station for the Later-day Saints. Geneva Adams record says they had to travel to Florence in rail cattle cars. They stayed in Florence until July 17, 1863, when they started on their journey across the plains in the Company of John Royal Young, in a train of 48 wagons, all ox drawn. They arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake September 15, 1863 (one record has September 12). They moved on to Grantsville among the Scandinavian members.
Then on September 27, 1863, he along many others were rebaptized by John Felt. He continued to live in Grantsville for the next 36 years. He died there 20 April 1896. He is buried next to Christina in the Grantsville Cemetery.
Christina Eliason (1826 - 1870)
Andrew Eliason (1838 - 1926)*
John Alfred Eliason (1854 - 1920)*
Anna Christine Eliason Dayley (1858 - 1939)*
Claus Eliason (1861 - 1861)*
Amanda Matilda Eliason (1865 - 1865)*
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