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My husband's great-grandmother. Born in Sweden in 1869 and died in Brockway, Jefferson Co., PA in 1942. Married to John B. Anderson in 1889.
The three Anderson sisters who immigrated from Sweden: Emma Swanson, Anna Domstrum and Augusta Benson, daughters of Anders Larsson and Beata Persdotter. Photo taken in 1905.
Anna Paulina Anderson, born 5 Dec 1860 in Åhs 2, Tvååker, Varberg, Halland Iän, Sweden; died 1932 in Probably Moline, Rock Island County, IL; married August "Gust" V. Domstrum 5 Sept 1882 in Moline, Rock Island County, IL.
Augusta Charlotte Anderson, born 16 Nov 1864 in Åhs 2, Tvååker, Varberg, Halland Iän, Sweden; died 16 Nov 1938 in New Castle, Lawrence County, PA. She married Benjamin John Benson 11 Oct 1889 in Tvååker, Sweden.
Emma Lovisa Anderson, born 13 July 1852 in Åhs 2, Tvååker, Sweden; died 15 June 1925 in probably Port Byron, Rock Island County, IL; married Samuel "John" Swanson 28 Mar 1872 in Sweden.
The church in Tvååker, Sweden has been there a long time. Tvååker Kyrka is where the graves of Augusta Charlotta Anderson's parents, Beata and Lars Andersson lie. John and Augusta had met in southern Sweden at the farm in Tvååker where 'Johan' was working as a farmhand. There were married at Tvååker Church on October 11, 1889.
The farm in Tvååker, Sweden is owned by the descendants of Swen Bengtsson, a farmer who was married to Augusta Charlotta Benson's sister Sofia. The they had 12 children. Everyday Augusta walked the mile or so from the Andersson farm to see her sister.
Joanna and Bengt Carl Bengtsson lived after they married in Mossode (which means moss waste). It is now a pile of rocks in a pretty forest, which had been fields a hundred years ago. It was explained that basically they were squatting on someone else's land, which was permitted. But they had nothing of their own and no hope for their two sons, John, and Sven his younger brother. John and Sven left home when they were 18 and 15 to be farmhands, which was common practice in those days (1882). Parent couldn't afford to keep their children so they hired them out as farmhands. John worked at the farm of Sven and Sofia Bengtsson.
The Church in Mjöbäck is where John Benson and his family attended. Benjamin John Benson, born 29 Dec 1862 in Övre Ljungvik, Mjöbäck, Älvsborgs Iän, Svenljunga, Västra Götaland, Sweden; died 8 Apr 1937 in New Castle, Lawrence Co., PA.
The lovely old church overlooks the gravesites of John B. Benson's parents, Bengt Carl Bengtsson and Johanna Johansdotter. The church inside is painted in white with mostly sky blue trim and gold and rose. It is very lovely and clean. The church or kyrka is Lutheran and it seems that in about 1600 the king decided that the then Catholic churches should all become Lutheran. And so they did. The church continued to have power over the population until modern times. For instance, if Bengt and Johanna didn't walk several miles to this church every Sunday, regardless of the weather, it would be announced in church. In 1800 if you tried to worship differently, you were considered crazy and could be put in an insane asylum.
Varberg is today one of Sweden's most popular seaside resorts. The farm where Augusta Charlotta Anderson was born is still there. This farmhouse was built by Augusta's brother John Anderson before 1890 to replace the old farmhouse. He had inherited the family farm and then he later sold it and migrated to Youngstown, OH, about 1890 with his daughter Victoria, followed in 1903 by his wife Charlotte and their daughter Bertha. In 1930, he went back to Varberg, Sweden, as a widower. Charlotte and John's parents, Beata Persdotter and Anders Larsson, were apparently doing quite well. Augusta had 8 brothers and sisters.