The parents of my mother, Vivian Mankell, were Walter and Inga (Johnson) Jordin, from Irving Township, east of New London and north of Atwater, Minnesota. Walter was the son of Swedish immigrants; Inga was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants. Here are the stories about the Jordin immigrants from Sweden.
Main sections on the Jordin webpage:
Anders married twice. He married his first wife, Annika Svensdotter, on June 18, 1848 in Stora Mellby. Annika was born October 6, 1826 in Stora Mellby. She died January 3, 1860 just days after giving birth to her 7th child. The baby died a year later.
Here are the children of Anders and Annicka, all born in Stora Mellby, Sweden. Anna, Marja, and Britta immigrated to Meeker County, Minnesota
Anders and Anna Greta (Annagreta) Jordin married on January 8, 1861 in Sweden (his second marriage) and had seven children, all born in Stora Mellby, Sweden. Four children survived to adulthood and immigrated to Meeker County, Minnesota, and took the last name Jordin.
According to the census data and the biography in the Album of history and biography of Meeker County (1888) (HathiTrust online version pp 307-308, listed as "August Jorden") , it appears that the two oldest children of Anders (Anna and Marja/Marie, by his first wife Annika) immigrated in 1872, before the rest of the Jordin family; Britta in 1880; August in 1880; Mary in 1880; John in 1881. From Swedish emigration and US immigration records, Anders arrived in the spring of 1881. His wife Anna Greta and daughter Sofia/Sophia arrived in May 1884. WIth eldest daughters settled in Greenleaf Township, Meeker County MN, other siblings and parents followed to the same county in central Minnesota--to a community with strong Swedish roots.
There are several parts to August Andersson's immigration journey from Sweden to New York. His was a journey typical of many Scandinavians who left their home country, wanting a different and better life in America. In late February 1880 August Andersson left the port of Gothenburg Sweden on the ship Rollo. His first destination was the port of Hull, on England's eastern shore. While in Hull August would have waited at the Hull Paragon Railway Station, built for the Scandinavians who passed through Hull on their emigration journeys. The next part of his journey was a train ride to Liverpool, on England's western shore. According to Norway Heritage website "the train tickets were part of a package that included the steamship ticket to Hull, a train ticket to Liverpool and then the steamship ticket to their final destination - mainly America. Sometimes so many emigrants arrived a one time that there would be up to 17 carriages being pulled by one steam engine." August's journey continued in March 1880 with a voyage on the ship Celtic from Liverpool to the port of New York City, arriving March 13, 1880. August then traveled to Minnesota.
August's father Anders Pettersson immigrated in the spring of 1881. August's mother Anna Greta Andersdotter/Andersson crossed the ocean with daughter Sophia, arriving in New York on May 23, 1884. They each had journeys similar to son August: ship from Gothenburg Sweden to Hull England; train from Hull to Liverpool England; ship from Liverpool to New York City.
Anders left Gothenburg Sweden, destination Hull, on April 10, 1881 on the ship "Argo"; the ship "Palmyra" took him across the ocean, arriving April 25, 1881. Anna Greta and Sophia traveled on the ship "Orlando" on May 2, 1884 to Hull; they took the ship "State of Georgia" across the ocean, arriving on May 23, 1884 at the Port of New York.
According to the Album of history and biography of Meeker County (HathiTrust online version pp 307-308, listed as "August Jorden"), August left Sweden in 1880, lived in Minneapolis for 2 1/2 years, moved to Litchfield (Meeker Co) for one year and then to Section 18 (T118N-31W, Section 18) of Greenleaf Township. There is no record that this was a homestead. (The "August Jorden" summary can also be found at Genealogy Trails for Meeker County.)
The 1897 plat map below indicates the farm owned by "A. Jordin" (T118N-31W, Section 18) in Greenleaf Township, Meeker County, MN. This was August Jordin. Adjacent to August's property, was the farm of his brother John Jordin. Northeast of these farms is the Beckville Lutheran Church (Section 9). East of these farms is the farm of Peter Lund who married August's older half-sister, Anna (Section 17). Half-sister Betsey/Britta, married to John Quist, also had a farm in the township (Sections 3 and 4). The third half-sister, Marie (Maja) and her husband Andrew Lee also lived in Greenleaf Township, but there doesn't appear to be a listing on this plat map.
The family worshiped at Beckville Lutheran Church, about 3 miles east of their farm. The church witnessed marriages, baptisms, and burials. Anders Pettersson Jordin died on October 12, 1892. Anna Greta Jordin died in October, 1909. The Litchfield Saturday Review listed her obituary in the October 30, 1909 edition, with the misspelling "Jorden". Information about her immigration year is incorrect; passenger lists show that she immigrated in 1884..
Mrs. Annagreta Peterson Jorden [sic] passed away Sunday afternoon, October 24, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Godfried Anderson in Greenleaf town. Death was due to hemorrhage of the lungs and was sudden.
The funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon from the late residence of the deceased and from the Beckville Swedish Lutheran church, Rev. Lundberg of Svea officiating. Interment was in the Beckville cemetery.
Mrs. Jorden was born in Sweden January 5, 1833. Twenty-five years later she came to America and direct to Greenleaf town. For the past two years she had made her residence with her son John A. Jorden, but two weeks ago had gone to visit her daughter where death claimed her. Two sons and three daughters survive, John A. Jorden, Danielson; August Jorden, New London; Mrs. Peter Lund, Greenleaf; Mrs. John P. Swanson, Cosmos and Mrs. Gotfried Anderson, Greenleaf.
The biography of August Jordin included in the Album of history and biography of Meeker County (1888) (HathiTrust online version pp 307-308) provides an interesting, though brief, description of August's religion, work ethic and his politics. (The "August Jorden" summary can also be found at Genealogy Trails for Meeker County.) August and Mary married in 1890 in Cosmos and lived in the Beckville area of Greenleaf Township, south of Litchfield in Meeker County, MN. Mary Mortenson was also an immigrant from Sweden. During the years they lived in Beckville, they had 3 children. In 1897 they moved to New London and had 7 more children, though 2 died as infants. Son Ben was born while the family was moving to New London. They rented various homes and farms in the New London and Spicer area and were members of Lebanon Lutheran Church. (New London's historic Lebanon church building was torn down in 2014.) When daughter-in-law Jennie Jordin died in 1923 following childbirth, Mary welcomed the young children, Lois and newborn Donald, into her home in New London; the children's father, Edward, had to work and carrying for his children alone was too difficult. In 1937 another daughter-in-law, Inga Jordin, died (see below). Mary helped her son Walter with his 3 children by baking, canning, and washing laundry. Using a pedal sewing machine Mary made patchwork quilts which she sold to her friends to add to the household income. Mary died in 1949 at her son Walter's Atwater farm home.
Here is a map of Irving, New London and Lake Andrew Townships, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota which identifies various farms, churches, and a school connected to Walter and Inga (Johnson) Jordin; Walter's parents, August and Mary Jordin; and Inga's parents, Andrew and Ragnhild Johnson. The numbered locations and summaries of the family homes are in chronological order.
Family records, census data, and articles in the Willmar Tribune and New London Times provide insight into August's activities and life as a farmer in the New London area.
August and Mary rented farms in the New London area. Location #1 on the map above indicates the farm north of Nest Lake, in New London Township to which the family moved from Meeker County in 1897. Son Ben Jordin was born during this trip. In September 1909, August purchased lots for $150.00 in the Village of New London from Louis Larson (founder of New London): Block 1, Lot 6; Block 5, lots 8 and 13; "Larson, Adams, and Sperry's Addition" south of the Mill Pond. It is not known how long the family owned the property or if the family lived at any of these lots. (This is not the property where widow Mary Jordin lived in the 1920s-1940s.)
August Jordin is carrying his right arm in a sling. A week ago, while dragging the road with a steel drag, he fell and struck his elbow against one of the iron braces. The result, was, in a very short time, his arm turned black and was considerably swollen. It was necessary for him to have the attention of a physician.
In May 1915 August Jordin was named to the New London Precinct Committee, whose function was to promote good voting turnout in the June 7, 1915 primary.
August Jordin registered the name of his farm as "New London Fruit Farm" with Kandiyohi County in the fall of 1915. He was one of several farmers who protected the name of his farm from duplication with the registration. This farm in identified on the above map as #2, located just outside of the village of New London. The Willmar Tribune articles on September 8 and October 13, 1915 have more information:
September 8, 1915In April 1919 the family moved from the Highway 23 farm (#2 on map) to a farm in Lake Andrew Township (#3 on map), believed to be south of the intersection of State Road 9 and Sibley Park Rd (5th St NW; Hwy 48). In early 1919 August Jordin suffered from a series of strokes and died in August. In the early 1920s Mary moved to New London and lived on Ash Street.
Aug. Jordin was at Willmar last week and named his place, just outside of the village. The name chosen by Mr. Jordin was the New London Fruit Farm. The name is very appropriate as the place is nearly covered with fruit of different varieties.
October 13, 1915
108 farms now have registered names. A recent law in Minnesota provides that the name given any farm may be registered with the Register of Deeds, and that any name will only be registered once in a county. Up to this time 108 farm owners in Kandiyohi County have registered names for their homes.
August Jordin died in August 25, 1919. The Willmar Tribune and the Litchfield Saturday Review printed his obituary. Mary Mortenson Jordin died February 18, 1949 in New London, MN. Her obituary was printed in the Willmar Tribune. August and Mary Jordin are buried at the Lebanon Cemetery in New London.
August: (from the New London section of the Willmar Tribune, September 3, 1919.)
August Jordin, who has been a well known and highly respected citizen of this community for about 20 years, died at his home at Lake Andrew last Monday evening, August 25. The funeral was held from the Swedish Lutheran church [Lebanon Lutheran Church] in this village last Friday afternoon, Rev. A. F. Almer, the pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Lebanon Lutheran cemetery. Mr. Jordin is survived by his wife and eight children, Edward, Albert, Walter, Benjamin, Lilly, Alice, Clara and Esther, all of whom reside in this community. The writer of this column joins the entire community in extending sympathy to the family in this hour of bereavement.
August: (from the Litchfield Saturday Review, September 6, 1919.)
August Jordin, a resident of Meeker county between the years 1890 and 1898, died on Monday evening of last week at the home of his son Edward Jordin near New London after an illness of a year. The deceased was a brother of John A. Jordin resident south of town on Route 8. He was a native of Sweden and was born June 29, 1861. The widow and eight children survive.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 22, 1949, for Mrs. Mary Jordin of New London at 1:30 o'clock at Johnson Chapel and 2 o'clock at the Lebanon Lutheran Church with the Rev. Hjalmer Olson officiating. Burial was in the Lebanon cemetery.
At the chapel, Roger Magnuson sang, "In My Father's House are Many Mansions". At the church Mrs. Eric Anderson sang two solos, "Nearer My God To Thee" and "Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara", favorite song of Mrs. Jordin.
Pallbearers were Alvin Ogren, Lawrence Christopherson, Lowell Christopherson, Erick Anderson, Edwin Johnson and Henry Sletten.
Mrs. Mary Mortenson Jordin was born in Skåne, Sweden, on July 11, 1869. At the age of two years she came with her parents to America and settled at Cosmos in Meeker county. On March 18, 1890, she was married to August Jordin. They resided at Beckville in Meeker County until 1897 when they moved to New London where Mrs. Jordin resided until the time of her death. She was 79 years, 7 months and 7 days at the time of her passing.
To this union were born ten children. Four preceded her in death, namely: Carl, Clarence, Albert and Edward. Six children are left to morn her passing, namely: Walter Jordin of Atwater; Ben Jordin of Spicer; Alice (Mrs. Axel Johnson) of Willmar; Lillian (Mrs. Arthur Magnuson) of Willmar; Esther (Mrs. Russell Strandburg) of Minneapolis and Clara (Mrs. Rudolph Westerberg) of Minneapolis. Her husband preceded her in death. He passed away in 1919.
Besides her six children, Mrs. Jordin leaves to mourn her passing, 5 brothers, 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
There were relatives and friends from St. Paul, Minneapolis, Alexandria, Litchfield, Cosmos, Beckville, Waconia, Atwater, and Willmar who attended the funeral.
Mrs. Jordin was ever ready with a helping hand. Peace be to her memory.
Oldest brother, Albert, is buried at Lebanon Cemetery in New London. Next to his grave are the graves of the 2 youngest brothers, Clarence and Carl, who died when very young. Albert (1891-1929) was a carpenter who lived in Kerkhoven MN and also helped his mother, Mary, care for his niece and nephew, Lois and Donald Jordin, whose mother Jennie (Johnson) Jordin died after childbirth. Albert died in a car accident.
Walter was born in Beckville Township, Meeker County, in January, 1895. When he was two years old he moved to New London with his parents. He started farming in Irving Township in 1921. Walter and Inga Johnson (also from Irving Township) married in 1922 and had three children:
Walter and Inga and son Noel lived on her parents' farm during the first years they were married (see above map). After Inga's mother and grandfather died in 1927 and 1928, Inga's brothers sold the farm. So Walter and his family moved one mile south where they rented the "Atwater Farm". Vivian and Mary Ann were born on this farm. Walter farmed about 200 acres--north to County School No. 2, and west to the branch of the Crow River. The farm had the farm house, barn, chicken coop, and granary. The children picked black raspberries by the Crow River. No buildings remain; the site is now a farm field.The family worshiped at Zion Irving Lutheran Church, where Walter was the treasurer for the Sunday School for many years. The children attended school at District 2, less than a mile north of their "Atwater Farm" home.
Vivian's mother Inga Johnson (1896-1937) was born at the Johnson farm north of Atwater. Known for playing the organ, Inga died in February, 1937 from heart trouble (after suffering from rheumatic fever) at the age of 40. Vivian was only 5 years old; Mary Ann was one; Noel was thirteen. Her obituary in the Willmar Weekly Tribune states:
Death came suddenly without warning to Mrs. Walter Jordin Wednesday evening, about 11:00. While walking across the room, she fell lifeless, due to heart failure, the Atwater Press says. She had been failing for about 2 years with heart trouble, but had appeared much better this winter. Her husband and 3 children are left to mourn her death. The family resides on the Lester farm in Irving, nine miles north of Atwater.
In December, 1949, Walter, Noel and Mary Ann moved to the "Hawick Farm". Vivian was 17 and working at the Big Store in New London at this time. She lived with Aunt Hannah Rose during the week and went to stay with her family on the weekends. Walter lived at the Hawick farm until he retired from farming in 1962 and moved to the small cabin, just a few miles west of the farm, where he lived until 1966. Walter died in 1970 after living a few years at a nursing home in Willmar. His cabin was sold in 1970. Walter and Inga are buried at the Zion Irving Lutheran Church cemetery. Walter and Inga had 9 grandchildren: LuAnn, Loren, Donald, Robert and Jarl Sogge; Carol Jordin; Susan, Carolyn, and Kurt Mankell.
Noel R. Jordin (1923-1992) was the oldest child of Walter and Inga. In 1958 Noel married Mildred Arnesen (1929-2014), daughter of Thorvald and Karoline Arnesen. After their marriage Noel lived and worked on her family's farm north of Spicer, MN. Noel died in 1992; Millie died in 2014. Here is Noel's obituary:
Noel R. Jordin, 69 of Spicer, died Monday at the Villa of St. Francis Nursing Home in Morris. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Friday at the Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer with Pastor Paul Idstrom officiating. Burial will be in the Spicer City Cemetery. He was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Irving Township, Kandiyohi County, to Walter and Inga (Johnson) Jordin. He attended District 2 schools and was baptized and confirmed at the Zion-Irving Lutheran Church of Hawick.
On May 31, 1958, he married Mildred Arneson in Spicer. He farmed, did carpentry work and for several years was employed at the Green Lake Elevator in Spicer before retiring in 1985. He is survived by his wife Mildren; daughter Carol Kor of Luverne; two sisters, Vivian (and Orlynn) Mankell of New London and Mary Ann (and Allan) Sogge of Spicer, and two grandchildren.
Mary Ann Jordin, the youngest daughter of Walter and Inga, married Allan Sogge (1934-2011) in 1955 at her home church of Zion Irving Lutheran. Allan was the son of Knute and and Alma Sogge and grew up in the Spicer area. Allan co-owned Spicer Oil (Skelly Gas Station). He and his family were busy with the gas station and the Spicer Fire Department. Mary Ann, Allan, and family have loved camping, traveling and especially music--vocal, piano, guitar, mandolin, and other instruments--providing music at Faith Lutheran, Green Lake Bible Camp, and the Senior Citizen Centers in Spicer and Willmar.
Vivian Jordin (1931-1994) was Walter and Inga's second child. She married Orlynn Mankell in 1954.