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 Gertrude “Gertie” <I>Helgason</I> Baxter

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Gertrude “Gertie” Helgason Baxter

  • Birth 18 Feb 1875 Washington, Door County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 25 Jul 1923 Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 51964781

Gertrude Helgason was born on Washington Island to Teitur T. Helgason and Holmfrida (Vernhardsdottir) Helgason. Her parents and older siblings came to America from Iceland in July 1873 and moved to Washington Island in 1874. Her father Teitur's name at birth was Teitur Teitsson son of Teitur Helgason. At some point after coming to America, Teitur Teitsson took his father's name Helgason and the children also took the last name of Helgason. Gertrude was one of eight children. Her siblings were: Sigurdur Teitsson or Siebert T. Helgason, Ingvar Teitsson (brother who died in Iceland), Elis Teitsson (brother who died in Iceland), Gudrun Teitsson (sister who was born in Iceland and died before 1880), Elisa Teitsson or Elizabeth "Eliza" Helgason, Christine Helgason and Vernard Bernard Helgason.

Gertrude married Gus Baxter on May 7, 1907 in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. They were the loving parents of Warren.

Gertrude's uncle was Bjorn Vernhardsson (Bjorn Helgason) (her mother's brother). He also immigrated to America and lived on Washington Island. He took his father's last name Helgason sometime after coming to America.

The following information was found in Ólafur S. Thorgeirsson's Almanac and was written by Arni Gudmundsen in 1900 regarding Bjorn's ancestry which would also pertain to Gertrude.

"Björn says he is a direct descendant on his mother's side from Þangbrandi the bishop, and on his father's side from Egill Skallagrímsson."

The same source (Ólafur S. Thorgeirsson's Almanac) gives the following information about her father Teitur Teitsson's immigration and parentage.

1873 "Teitur Teitsson, harbor pilot from Eyrarbakka; his father was Teitur Helgason, also harbor pilot there. He left here [Washington Island] by 1887, and lives in Manitoba."
Washington Island News
"Two residents of the Island "passed on before" last week, namely, Mrs. Gustav Swenson of Sister Bay and Mrs. Baxter of Fish Creek." "Mrs. Baxter was well known by the older inhabitants of the island as Gertie Helgeson. Her mother and only sister still live here. She visited her mother recently and went to the hospital only a few days after being here."

Door County News: Thursday, Aug. 2, 1923; Pg 4, Col 2
Death Certificate filed August 7, 1923; Vol 5, pg 381.
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FEB. 18, 1875 - JULY 25, 1923





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  • Originally Created by: Brian Croegaert
  • Added: 3 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51964781
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude “Gertie” Helgason Baxter (18 Feb 1875–25 Jul 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51964781, citing Blossomberg Cemetery, Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by DeeღKeith (contributor 47679272) .