I asked my Father the other day if he had been to Annandale to see the church that his Grandfather built. He has not been there.
I have not been there. This photo is from Verniel. I have it on my list of things to do this summer….along with many other things to do.
Here is Isak and Margaretta’s story.
For a quick recap they both came from Finland and settled in French Lake Minnesota. According to my Dad Isak got Typhoid Fever and stayed with Margaretta’s family while he was sick and recuperating. He then helped build the church with John Leinonen and a man named Rontti.
In this sketch of the original site there is a cemetery.
I think that cemetery is where Briita Liisa ( My Great Great Grandmother is buried) so that is also on my list…I think it is called the Leinonen Cemetery. Once churches are moved to different locations…old cemeteries are hard to find…but I have directions! Briita Liisa’s third husband Johan is buried elsewhere …not sure why? He died in 1917…I suppose lots of things can change in sixteen years.
Briita Liisa is shown as Liisa Leinonen at the French Lake Cemetery. Born April 20 1838 and died July 9, 1901. Her headstone is written in Finn.