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Elizabeth “Lizzy” Matson Bates

Death 3 Oct 1943 (aged 63)
Emeryville, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Memorial ID 126560224 · View Source
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Daughter of Jacob Sakko Matson and Maria Sepola

Mother of Henry T. Bates, John Jacob Bates, Hiram W. Bates

Lizzie married Lonnie O. Bates in Burleigh County, North Dakota in 1906. Lonnie was born in Alabama. His last known residence was in 1930, in Lein, North Dakota.

A bit of info about Elizabeth's father: Jacob Sakko/Matson Written by: Nancy Ann (Peterson) Hilliard [edited]

Jacob was orphaned early in life. He traveled with his sister for awhile and was eventually taken on as a stable hand as a young boy; he worked for room and board until adulthood.

Finland was a feudal society until World War II. Our family were peasants or serfs on a large estate.

Mr. Jacob Sakko came to the United States in 1891. At the Immigration Bureau, his last name was changed. His father's name being Matt, hence the new surname "Matt's son" into Matson. It was thought that Jacob took on the name of his benefactor.

There was an economic depression at this time and he was unable to send for his family until 1898 when he filed for a homestead in Brocket, North Dakota—his wife, Maria, and six daughters, [Elizabeth, Annie, Sophia, Marie, Katherine, and Alma] were born in Finland and accompanied their mother [to America]. The last two girls, [Lydia and Martha], were born [in North Dakota]. For eight years the family lived in Brocket, North Dakota.

The homestead of 1898 in Brocket, was thought to have been lost to unpaid taxes. There were a lot of properties owned by immigrants that was picked up by the banks for the same cause. Marie thought that it was a misunderstanding on the part of Jacob of how the American system worked.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Matson's mother, Lisa Aho, came to the United States in 1903. She and her grand-daughter Miss Lizzie Matson filed on an adjoining quarter section in Lein Township—Burleigh County, but only one homestead was allowed by law per couple, and Jacob had used his up.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 126560224
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth “Lizzy” Matson Bates (21 Dec 1879–3 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126560224, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by obsessive journey (contributor 47009979) .