Anna Jonnson Anderson

Birth
Mjölby kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Death 6 May 1872 (aged 63)
Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 89434823 · View Source
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Anna Jonsson was born 28 October 1808 in Omaksbo Sorby, Mjolby, Osterfotland, Sweden, a daughter of Jonas (Jons), a farmer, and Cathrina Jonsson (or Jonsdotter) Nilsson. Anna left home in 1825 at the age of 17, going to Veta Ostergotland. As she was a singer and sewer, eventually owning a store, we can assume she found work sewing. In 1833 she married Amal or Anders Westerberg and they became the parents of five children. Amal died in 1844 leaving her a widow and the five children to support and care for. Anna then married Pehr Adolph on 17 November 1846 in Linkoping, Ostergotland, Orebro, Sweden. They became the parents of Adolf William Nelson or Nilsson born 21 October 1846 in Linkoping and Knut Emil Nilsson born 20 September 1848 in Linkoping. Adolph died of appendicitis on 20 April 1851 leaving her a widow once again. Anna was converted to, and was baptized by Elder Carl Gustaf Ahlquist, into the LDS Church on 21 November 1861. She had asked the church for help in raising her family which they did, but also encouraged her to immigrate to America. She decided to do so, sold her store there and made her plans. A son of Amal Westerberg heard of this and led a mob to kill her before “she could join the so and so Mormons and ruin her life.” She got away from them somehow and went stowaway aboard a ship going to America (she thought). Instead it took her to Australia. Soon after arriving there she heard that his son was still chasing her, so she lost a lot of weight, dyed her hair and changed their names from Nilsson to Nielson (which was the Swedish way of spelling it). Once again she went stowaway aboard a ship, this time making sure the ship was bound for America. Making her way, along with her Mormon friends, she went to Utah and to Mt. Pleasant and then to Richfield. Anna was endowed in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on 17 February 1866. As she was a very good seamstress and was very neat in her work, she had always been able to make her way before by sewing for others, but here in Richfield the people were too poor to support herself and the two boys in this way. A much younger man by the name of Niels Anderson offered to care for her and her children if she would be his polygamist wife. He was being married to a nice young girl in the temple and sealed to his dead wife. So, 7 July 1866, she went to the Temple with them and he had all three of them sealed to him. Niels cared for her then until Knute Amos (Emil) could take over and care for them. As she was too old to bear children she had encouraged Niels to marry a younger woman (Amalia Augusta Peterson) whose child (Mary Anderson 1876-1876, fifth child of Niels) is buried with Anna at Moroni. Anna died 6 May 1872 at the age of 64 in Moroni, San Pete County, Utah and buried in the cemetery there. Her grave marker was placed by her son Amos about 1935 (is not fixed in concrete base).


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  • Maintained by: Marchelle Nielson
  • Originally Created by: PJC
  • Added: 1 May 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 89434823
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Jonnson Anderson (28 Oct 1808–6 May 1872), Find a Grave Memorial no. 89434823, citing Moroni City Cemetery, Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Marchelle Nielson (contributor 47199033) .