We all have roots, some are just more exposed and easier to find and comprehend than others.
Lets go back a few years to my Father’s family. Which of course takes us to Finland.
Josef Haapakangas ( my Great Great Great Grandfather) Born February 27, 1785. Married Britha Lampisaari ( my Great Great Great Grandmother) on October 30, 1823. She was younger than him, she was born December 17, 1796. So she was 26 and Josef was 37. Josef died October 25, 1843 at the age of 57. Britha died March 10, 1863 at the age of 67. They had eight children. One of which was my Great Great Grandmother Briita Liisa Haapakangas who was born on April 20, 1838 in Salon emas, Finland. She was just four years old when her father died.
Briita Liisa my Great Great Grandmother was married three times.
Her first husband was Anders Viiret they were married May 2, 860. Briita would have been 22. They had one child August Viiret who was born May 15, 1861 and died on May 10, 1862. He was just shy of one year old. Possibly her husband died the same year the records are unclear…December 4 1862? or 1869? ( If he died in 1869 then she must have divorced him…I will guess that he died in 1862.)
Her second husband was Alexander Impola and they were married on November 3, 1864. Briita would have been 26 years old. Alexander was just 22 years old. They had two children John Heikki (Impola) Newman Born on January 19 1865 (that was a fast baby) and my Great Grandmother Margaretta (Gretta Gustava) Impola Yliniemi who was born April 3, 1867 when her mother was 29 years old. Sadly just a year later in 1868 Alexander would die at the ripe old age of 26. My Great Grandmother was 1 year and three months old when her father died.
Briitas third Husband was John Leinonen she married him in 1870, she would have been 33 years old. They had seven children together. Anna-Liisa leinonen who was born and died in 1870, and was just one month and five days old at the time of her death. Maria Augusta Leinonen Johnson was born September 18, 1871 she married Nels Johnson and they had ten children, they lived in Annandale MN. Matti Leinonen was born October 17, 1873. He married Anna Sofia and they had eleven children, six died as children, they lived in Annandale MN. Johan August Leinonen was born February 20, 1876 and died December 11, 1877 in Finland. Antti Aukusti Leinonen Born March 28 1878 married Edna and they had seven children, they lived in Annandale MN. Liisa Matilda Leinonen Gronroos Born April 15, 1880 married Albert and they had seven children and lived in Oregon. Kaarlo Pietari Leinonen Born February 8, 1883 married Elvie and they had eight children and lived at Annandale MN.
Birthdates and names from research done by my sister Julie and my cousin Will.
These photos are from my cousin Verniel. Thanks to all the relatives that share photos and information!
John Newman my Great Grandmother’s only Full Brother. He married a lady named Mary and they had five children and lived in Montana. He died September 18, 1930 he was 65 years old.
My Great Great Grandmother Briita Liisa and her third husband Johan Leinonen.
Briita Liisa died on September 7, 1901 in Annandale MN she was 63 years old. Johan would live a few years longer than her, he died on May 5, 1917 in Annandale MN, he would have been about 75 years old give or take a few years ( His birthdate is October 11, 1842 or 1846?)
Things I don’t know. What year did they immigrate? It was before 1885. Which ship did they came over on? What city did they come to? Why in the world did they come to Minnesota? How did they manage travelling with all those children?
Briita had ten children, three died in Finland. ( I wonder how she felt leaving them behind.) Seven would have made the trip from Finland to America. Lets just say they immigrated in 1884. The children would have been 19, 17, 13, 11, 7, 5 and 1.
Of course if my Great Grandmother Margaretta or Greta as she was called had kept a diary we would know some of those answers…sadly she didn’t. She would have been 17 years old back in 1884.
Update: Iggy found that Briita Liisa immigrated in 1883 and in the 1895 Minnesota Census she is listed as Lizzie.
Info from Verniel: Johan immigrated to America in 1882 and established a farm in section 25 near the Crow River near French Lake Minnesota. Briita Liisa came on February 8 1883 along with the children. Note Kaarlo Pietari ( Charley) Leinonen was Born February 8, 1883.