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 John Charles “Johan Carl” Peterson

John Charles “Johan Carl” Peterson

Sannidal, Kragerø kommune, Telemark fylke, Norway
Death 10 Aug 1918 (aged 72)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 37415502 · View Source
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Born: 03/31/1846 (calculated, based-upon age of 72y, 4m, 10da.s - at time of death, 10-Aug-1918).

SOURCE: Graceland cemetery records.
Born: John Charles Peterson (Johan Carl Pedersen), in Sannidal, Telemark, Norway. Johan immigrated to America with his mother and father. They all settled in Chicago, Illinois. The family name is believed to have evolved from (possibly) "Pederssohn" to become "Pederson/Pedersen", then "Peterson". He married Bertha Gielow (of German origin) in Chicago.

He is listed on the 1910 Federal Census as employed at an Organ & Piano Factory in Chicago. "John Charles" operated a furniture store at: 903 North Licoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois (the pre-Chicago-Fire street numbering system).

Based upon Death Certificate (Chicago) Regist. Dist 6303, Record 9546, his death date is listed as 10-Aug-1918, but says he lived 72 years, 4 mo.'s 10days, which would calculate to birth date of 31-Mar-1846 (not 26-March-1846). It should probably read: 15 days.

i. Alice May (1869-1946) married Friedrich Ferdinand Kuhmann on 2-Mar-1908).
ii. Jennie Johanna Wilamina Josphine (1879-1964) married [1] Harry Joseph Seiler, [2] Theodore Herman Quast.
iii. Hattie (1873-????) married Justin Lincoln.
iv. George William (1875-????) married Mary Zander (dates unknown).

John Charles Peterson died in Chicago, and was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. The burial took place on 13-Aug-1918.

The family name is entered as both "Peterson" and "Pederson" on the Graceland Cemetery records. Whereas, Norwegian emmigration records (from 1853, in Norway) list his father as "Knut Peder Knutsen Smedsbukt", hence "Knut Pedersen".

Thus, since leaving Norway, the name evolved from: Pedersen; to Pederson; to Peterson (as it is used today, circa 2010 by all of his descendants in the USA).

SOURCE: Great-Grandson, Robert C. Kuhmann
Name: John Peterson
Residence: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Birthdate: 1847
Birthplace: Norway
Relationship to Head: Self
Spouse's Name: Bertha Peterson
Spouse's Birthplace: Germany
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Male
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 33 years
Occupation: Furniture Store
NARA Film Number: T9-0197
Page: 27
Page Character: B
Entry Number: 720
Film number: 1254197
Household Gender Age
John Peterson M 33
Spouse Bertha Peterson F 32
Child Allice Peterson F 11
Child Hattie Peterson F 7
Child George Peterson M 5
Child Jennie Peterson F 1

SOURCE: US Federal Census 1880, Cook Co., IL.
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Name: John C Peterson
Birthplace: Norway
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Residence: Chicago Ward 24, Cook, Illinois
Marital Status: Married
Race : White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1853
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Family Number: 62
Page Number: 4
Household Gender Age
John C Peterson M 64y
Spouse Bertha Peterson F 62y

SOURCE: US Census 1910, Cook Co., IL.
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John C -- BERTHA
1846-1918 -- 1846-1924
Grace M

Gravesite Details Used English name "John C. Peterson" in USA. Cemetery records indicate that the Norwegian spelling of his family name was" "Pederson".





  • Created by: Robert Kuhmann
  • Added: 23 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37415502
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Charles “Johan Carl” Peterson (31 Mar 1846–10 Aug 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37415502, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Robert Kuhmann (contributor 46567652) .