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The Families of Tom and Jana (née Hawes) Robertson

Updated February 24, 2011


Kirkland, WA 98034

Jana's relatives are
HAWES of Lelant, Cornwall and Michigan; Idaho; Washington;
FREDRICKSON, HARALD, TYLIN, TYLLI, THYLIN, BERGELIN, Lillkåla, Härmälä of Gamlakarleby / Kokkola, Finland, and Michigan; Washington;
PEARCE of Lelant, St. Erth, Cornwall
JOHNSON of Ashton Under Lyne, England and later Canada;
ESPELIEN of Valdres, Norway, South Dakota and Minnesota, and Saskatchewan, Canada;
ANDREW of North Dakota, USA, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia;
LIEN and THONE of Norway and Minnesota.

Also looking for Grenfell (Cornwall, NZ, AUS, MI), Hendra (MI), Edmonds and Gall (Cornwall, MI), Harvey (Cornwall - Lelant?), Swanson (Pacific Co., WA) Franks (Pacific Co., WA; Grand Marais, MI), Leonard (ID, CA), Nielsen Invercargill, NZ

Tom's ancestors are
ROBERTSON of Scotland, (Southwark) London, England and Montana;
ANDERSEN, NEILSEN, MADSEN of Brøns, Slesvig; Næsbjerg, Vaarde Denmark and Washington;
FEY of Germany, New York, Montana;
NOAKES of New York and Sussex
ARNOLD, BAILEY, BROOK, BURT, SAWYER, WADE of Sussex -places like Lewes, Battle, Bexhell, East Grinstead, West Hoathly, Cuckfield, Henfield;
BULL, HOLBEN, WILLOWS of Elsworth, Cambridgeshire

I've really enjoyed learning of distant cousins. Hope to hear from you if you think we're related or can help each other out!

So many people have helped me with my family history. Below are just a few who have shared or assisted me with research.
Patricia and Arnold Abrahamson, Tania Adlam, Stig Andersson, Ken Andrew, Doug Besharah, Alf Blomqvist, Polly Bookhout, Thomas N. Bookhout, Mark Bowman, Anita Brown, Ian Clapham, Susie Danielsson, Louise Grenfell DeHaas, Richie Denike, Frank J. Doherty, June Gulland Downham, Monica Erdahl Drake, John Draper, Susan Engstrom, Helen and Walter Fey, Robert Foran, Doris Forsman, Bob Fredericks, Peter Gerard Gentala, Amy Goodman, Norm Gray, Shirley Golden, Don and Ethyl Grenfell, Peter Griffiths, Bob Halverson, Karen Olstad Hansen, Susan Hart, Bob and Linnea Hawes, Gerald "Jerry" Hawes, Stanley Russell Hawes, Bryan Harry, Erik Härmälä, Al & Marge Hendra, Kai Hoffman, Lilian Lund Höglund, Seymour Ivey, Ken Jenks, R. Gordon Jensen, Tom Johnson, Rachel Anderson Kerr, Siobhan Kimminau, Cleo King, Sonja Kland, Alex Kristensen, Marie Nielsen Kristensen, Hans-Erik Krokfors, Janet Krompier, Liz at Owyhee County Historical Soc. Board , Monica Lagerqvist, Agneta Larsson, Fredrik Liljeström, Pam Long, Carol Lubbers, Martin, Robert Mauritsen, Jim McBride, Norm Miller, John Morris, Jean Morrisey, Bill Mowry, Gunn Munkhaugen, Carol Roach Murray, Mary Jane Fey Newcomb, Noeline, Arne Nylund, K-G Olin, Jolene Osmun, Connie Parker, Lonna Parker, Les Parsons, Peter Pascoe, Ann Pask, Ted Pearce, Lorna Pederson, June Pelo, Bunny Pool, Pope County Historical Society, Marcus Pugh, Rosalie Raine, John Ricketson, Betty Rockswold, Lee Rokke, Marika Rökman, Peter Sandell, Doris Pederson Scriven, Charlotte Slater, Maidee Smith, João de Souza, Agneta Lund Söderman, Nancy Dobson Stammer, Jackie Strukoff, Nick Summers, Ken Svor, Diane Sylte, Moira Tangye, Suzanne Thrasher, Bill Trenerry, Brian Wagstaffe, Audree Walker, Pam Walker, Pat Walker, Kathie Weigel, Karen Welch, Loretta Noakes Welch, Leonard Westrum, Mark Westrum, Michael Westrum, Andrea Wieland, Julie Williamson, Donna Schill Wine

Thank you!

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Family Photos

  • Engstrand from Munsala (89 KB)
    The back of the photo on the right is labeled (in Swedish) Johanna Engstrand 77 years and something about the front yard in the fall (she was born in Nykarleby, Finland 1858). The photo on the left is unidentified but I believe it might be related to Johanna and her husband Anders who lived for a time in Munsala?
  • Gamlakarleby letter March 1899 page 4 (378 KB)
    The last page of a letter written to Jana's great grandfather's brother and his wife by a family member (?) back home. See translation on page one found at: pages 2&3:
  • Fey Ranch House (266 KB)
    The Feys moved into this home about 1898
  • Man from Iron River Michigan and Family of Nine (422 KB)
    Two photos from Jana's Grandmother's "extensive" collection of unidentified photos. The man on the left had his photo taken in Iron River, MI. Could he possibly be the same man standing second from the left in the group photo? Jana's grandmother's parents were from Swedish speaking Nykarleby and Gamlakarleby. Some of the known relatives in Michigan were Engstrand, Fredrickson, Mattson, Swanson, Pettit, Abrahamson, Wallin and Franks. Any suggestions on learning the identities of these people would be much appreciated!
  • Unidentified woman in Neath, Wales (121 KB)
    Can you help identify her? Know surnames related to our family are Parsons, Rees, Griffiths, Davies and Hill.
  • Jacob Clemmons Fey family 1914 (37 KB)
    This Fey Family photo was taken the day of Tom's Grandma Mabel Fey's wedding to Charles Arthur Robertson. From left to right are Clemons Jacob Fey born 6/14/1894, Lillie B. Fey (Mrs. Clifton Albright) born 2/6/1886, Arthur Anthony Fey born 12/2/1887, Jacob Clemons Fey born 8/24/1860, Walter Victor Fey born 10/7/1892, Mabel Clare Fey (Mrs. Charles Robertson) born 8/17/1889 and Lula Hazel Fey (later Mrs. Edwin Payne) born 5/7/1891. Mother Mary Jane Noakes Fey died ten years earlier in 1904. Thanks to Doris for sharing this photo and to Helen Fey for information on the family.
  • Family from Munsala and Family of Nine (200 KB)
    Two photos from Jana's Grandmother's "extensive" collection of unidentified photos. The young family on the left had their photo taken in Munsala Finland. Is the young mother also the young woman seated on the left of the group photo and the young father the man standing second from the left in the group photo? Jana's grandmother's parents were from Swedish speaking Nykarleby and Gamlakarleby. Some of the known relatives in Michigan were Engstrand, Fredrickson, Mattson, Swanson, Pettit, Abrahamson, Wallin and Franks. Any suggestions on learning the identities of these people would be much appreciated!
  • John and Emma Maria (Rees) Parsons (166 KB)
    Jana's great great grandparents. John was born 1852 Briton Ferry, Glamorgan, South Wales. He married Emma Maria Rees (born 1847 Camarthen, South Wales) 1873 Bethesda Chapel, Briton Ferry, South Wales. They had five children before Emma Maria's died of Phthisis in 1884. John married Ann (born Ann Francis 1850 Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, South Wales) Davies in 1884. They had one son together before John died of Phthisis Exhaustion in 1892.
  • Fey sisters (300 KB)
    1913 (1903?)- The three daughters of Jacob Clemmons Fey(1860-1935) and Mary Jane Noakes (1861-1904). Lillie (1885-1944) married Dr. Clifton Clarence Albright (1877-1946) in 1905 and had six children, Lula (1891-1973) married Edwin Clement Payne (1886-1983)in 1916 and had four children and Mabel (1889-1968) married Charles Arthur Robertson (1884-1977) in 1914 and had three children. Thank you to Jane Fey Newcomb for the photo!
  • Engstrand Family of Quinnesec, MI (388 KB)
    Jana's Great Great Grandfather's sister, Johanna and her family. Crystal Falls photo - 1896 - standing (L-R) daughter Hilma Marie age 18 standing next to her husband Erik Sparr age 24., Frank Engstrand abt. 15, and either Johanna abt. 13 or Anna abt. 11. Seated (l-r) Anders and wife Johanna holding baby Elsie Dagmar born January 1895, Eliel Alexander abt. 9. Another daughter, Signe Otilia was born the following year.
  • Jacob Clemmons Fey (1860-1935) (140 KB)
    Tom's great grandfather Jacob Clemmons Fey was born 24 Aug 1860 in West Leyden, Lewis, NY to Clemens Fey and Maria Anna Seifen (of Prussia). He headed to Montana to ranch in 1881 with his brother Anthony Henry Fey but returned to NY to marry Mary Jane Noakes 04 Jun 1884. He brought his bride back to Montana where they raised six children born between 1885 and 1894 (Tom's grandmother Mabel Clare Fey was their third born 1889). After Mary Jane died in 1904, Jake married Lena M. - she died in 1908 and Jake married Pearl Kloss in 1910 and they adopted a daughter. He was a successful rancher in Montana and also owned a mercantile. He died 04 Dec 1935 in Great Falls, MT
  • Mads Andersen and Maren Hanson (49 KB)
    Tom's great grandparents both born in Slesvig Denmark (a region that has also been Slesvig, Germany). Tom's Grandfather, Hans Andersen was their youngest son. Presumably they died while Hans was a teen since Hans was living with a family named Lassen when he immigrated to the US in his very early 20's)
  • Ida Andersson (304 KB)
    Jana's Great Grandmother. She was born 1874 in Swedish speaking Nykarleby, Finland and died 1941 in Bremerton, Washington
  • Four young ladies (from Finland?) (153 KB)
    At least two of these photos were taken in Finland. Four more photos from Jana's Grandmother's "extensive" collection of unidentified photos. No marks on #1, #2 was taken in Kristinestad, Finland, #3 was taken in Nykarleby, Finland (Jana's Grandmother's Mother's birthplace), #4 IS NOW IDENTIFIED! Anna Evelina Engstrand. Anna was born in 1884 in Munsala, Finland and died in 1900 in Dickinson County of tuberculosis. Any suggestions on learning the rest of the identities of these ladies would be much appreciated!
  • Mary Jane Noakes Fey (1861-1904) (123 KB)
    Tom's great grandmother Mary Jane Noakes was born 09 Jul 1861 in Verona, Oneida Co., NY to Caroline Wright and Nelson Noakes. She married rancher Jacob Clemons Fey 04 Jun 1884 in New York but they left shortly thereafter to the ranch in Montana where she had six children between 1885-1894. (Her third was Tom's grandmother Mable Clare Fey born in 1889). She died at age 43 on 30 Sep 1904 in Augusta, Lewis and Clark Co., MT
  • Andersens of Slesvig, Denmark early 1880's (91 KB)
    Hans Andersen and Maren Hanson (mom and dad pictured here) are Tom's great grandparents. Tom's Grandfather, Hans is their youngest son pictured here between them - he was born 1878 (died 1953). Siblings in birth order Kjesten, Meta, Anders (aka Andrew) born 1868, Margrethe (1874-1929), Anna (1877-1952)
  • Hawes reunion (268 KB)
    Descendants of Fenwick and Edith (Parsons) Hawes. 1999
  • Four unidentified Michigan families/individuals (376 KB)
    Top left taken by Melville - James Street; Ludington, MI. Top right taken by A. G. Emery - East Tawas, MI. Bottom left taken by Fanjoy - Newberry, MI. Bottom Right taken by S. Mortensen - Iron Mountain, Michigan. Any ideas on who these people are?
  • John Johnson WW1 Attestation Paper (74 KB)
    My great grandfather moved from Englad to Canada. He joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in 1916 at age 41 - my mom heard it was to get passage paid back home.
  • Jens T. Andrew (132 KB)
    Jens T Andrew was Jana's great great grandfather born 1852 in Norway and immigrated to North Dakota. After his wife died in 1902, he moved to Saskatchewan. He later moved to British Columbia where he married again. They moved to Buckley, Washington State where he died in 1927. MANY thanks to Dennis and Barry Andrew for sending this photo - I previously had no clear photo of this man!
  • "Hay Party" or "Tresh Party" (270 KB)
    Thank you to Fredrik!!! I had no idea about this photo until he wrote this: "It’s taken at Smedsbacka in Nykarleby. The big building in the background is the house where food was coocked for the students at the training college. It doesn’t exist any more, but the building to the right still exists. Here you can see models of the houses: The house to the right in your picture is the red one to the left. The big house on your picture is the yellow one in the middle." The homepage for Fredrik's wonderful website about Nykarleby is: and I really appreciate the English translations at (click on "Welcome") He posted a century old postcard of Smedsbacka sent to my great grandmother in Michigan
  • John Johnson WW1 Attestation Paper (back) (49 KB)
    This is the back side of
  • Marit Kristensdtr. Nørdre Lie "Anna Lien" "Maria" (118 KB)
    Jana's great great great grandmother born 24 Jun 1842 Reinlie, Valdres, Norway to Kristen Sveinson Lien and Anne Mikkelsdtr. Sør-Lie. She married Ole Olson Espelien 23 Mar 1861 North Aurdal, Valdres, Norway and they had 12 children - five of them died as infants three of which took sick while immigrating to America in June 1882 - one was buried at sea and two were buried a few weeks later in Pope Co., Minnesota. One infant born a few months after their arrival to America lived only three months. A tough start in their new country. She died 08 Jan 1909 -her obituary in the Glenwood Herald June 15, 1909 Mrs. Ole Espelien passed away quietly at her home last Friday after many years of suffering from asthma. The deceased was 66 years of age at the time of her death and is survived by a husband, two sons and four daughters, viz: Ole and Albert Espelien, Mrs. Adam Olson of Benson, Mrs. Ben Evjen, Mrs. Thom Nelson and Mrs. Nels Benson of Langhei, who mourn the loss of faithful wife and loving mother. The funeral was held Wednesday from the West Zion church.
  • Otto Andersson's Inn - Nykarleby (70 KB)
    Otto Valdemar Andersson was Jana's great grandmother's (Ida Marie Andersson Fredrickson)youngest brother born in 1884. From the research of Kai Hoffman "Otto Waldemar visited USA as an emigrant 1909-1911. He used to be a carpenter, but after moving to the city of Nykarleby in 1916 he became a 'gästgivare' (inn-keeper)". Jana's Grandmother recalled meeting him while he was in Seattle about 1910 when she was three or four.
  • Vicarage - Lillollas homestead in Forsby (314 KB)
    Another previously unidentified photo that Fredrik has researched and solved my mystery! Fredrik writes: "It’s the former vicarage at the homestead Lillollas in Forsby outside Nykarleby. The house is moved to the center of Nykarleby. Stig Haglund took the picture to the monthly meeting of the genealogists and Bo Kronqvist, could identify it. The picture is also in the collections of Nykarleby museum, of which Bo is keeper.I had a couple of other pictures of the building, - they were taken from an other direction - the attic has been made lower - the panelling has been changed to an other type - it had been repainted. Go to Välkommen in/Nyheter/Nyinfört. There you will find a link to the picture and from the picture more links. To see where the house is today, go to The blue dot on the right edge of the map links to the house." THANK YOU Fredrik, Stig and Bo!
  • John and Emma (Rees) Parsons (156 KB)
    Jana's great great grandparents. Edith Parsons Hawes was their oldest born in 1874 (they had four more children - their last born in 1882 - all in Briton Ferry, Neath Wales) John was born in 1852; he was a "shingler in tin works" in 1881. Emma was born in 1847 and died 1884 of Phthisis. John remarried but he also died young in 1892 of Phthisis Exhaustion.
  • Ole Espelien Sr. Family - Pope Co. MN (423 KB)
    Ole Espelien (b. 1836 Valdres d. 1916 MN) and Marit Kristensdtr. Nørdre Lie (b. 1842 Valdres, d. 1909 MN) are seated in the center. The Starbuck Times printed this photo of the Ole Espelien Sr. family in their April 4, 1974 edition. - The caption reads: THE OLE ESPELIEN FAMILY of Valdres, Norway, came to America in May 1882. Two sons, Ole Jr., and Knute arrived in 1880. Pictured are (back row) Anne (Mrs. Evjen), Dorte (Mrs. Adam Olson), Ole, Knute, Joren (Mrs. Tom Nelson). Front row, Albert, Ole Sr., Mari (Mother), Guri (Mrs. Nels Benson). Joren, the first born, died as an infant in Norway. Mikkel age 2 was buried at sea. Guri, 7 and Anders 4, died from diphtheria in June when the family arrived in America. The first year here, Anton age 3 died in March. Ole Sr., had been a traveling shoemaker. He also was a skraedart (tailor). Albert's suit was a product of his work.
  • Lucille May Andrew Johnson 1983 (151 KB)
    Lucille May Andrew was born May 21, 1916 in Briercrest, Saskatchewan to Olga Espelien and Oscar Andrew. The Andrew family moved to Prince George, BC in 1919. She attended school until eighth grade when she started her career working as a waitress. After Oscar died, her Mom married Ernie Carver, a loving grandfather to Olga's grandchildren. Lucy married Howard Johnson 9/26/38. They had one daughter, Beverley Mae. After Howard died in 1970 in Seattle, Lucy became a snowbird to Palm Springs California. She continued waitressing into her late 60's in California. In 1977, she moved to Homeland and Cathedral City, CA to be with Raymond Genereux until his death in 1994. She had been a resident of Long Beach since then until her death at Colonial Care Center April 1, 2005. Her family recalls that she loved to sing and dance, and as a cheerful, vivacious, bubbly redhead who loved a good joke, always had a twinkle in her eye. It seemed her goal was to never intentionally hurt anyone and to make all people feel her warmth and hospitality. In addition to her parents, an infant brother and her husband, she is predeceased by her brother, Orville Andrew in 1967 and her sister, Cora Hill, in 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Bev (Dick) Hawes, brother, Ken (Rose) Andrew, sister-in-law, Marj Andrew, 3 granddaughters, 4 great grandchildren. Donations in her memory are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633 or online at or the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.
  • Photo from Memorial Service for Lucille Johnson (96 KB)
    Lucille (Andrew) Johnson (1916-2004) was born to parents of Norwegian ancestry. The spinning wheel here was brought over from the Valdres region in the 1880's having been kept in Minnesota, South Dakota, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Washington.
  • Stella Fredrickson Hawes 2001 (52 KB)
    Stella Otelia Hawes, 98 peacefully passed away at Providence Marianwood in Issaquah December 9, 2004. She was born September 16, 1906 in Grand Marais, Michigan the youngest child of John Seifert Fredrickson and Ida Marie Andersson who were both Swedish speaking Finnish immigrants. The family took the train in 1909 from Michigan to Bremerton so her Father could work for the Navy Yard. Stella's first job was driving a "jitney" bus during the lunch break of the usual driver when she was only 15. After Stella graduated Bremerton Charleston Union High School June 1925 she worked in Detroit for a year while she lived with her sister, Ellen. She returned to Bremerton and met William J. G. Hawes. They eloped on January 26, 1929 to marry in Seattle. Stella worked as a legal secretary until she had children - William J.G. Hawes Jr. and Richard E. Hawes. When her boys were teenagers, she worked for 12 years as a legal secretary. She was involved in Lady Elks for a short time but received her 50-year membership pin from Order of the Eastern Star Reliance Chapter #70. Except for the year she lived in Detroit, Stella lived in Bremerton from 1909 to 1986 when she moved to Bellevue to live with her son, Dick. Madison House in Kirkland was her residence from 1992-2004. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill in 1986, her sister, Ellen in 1976 and her brother Fred in 1985. Her sons Bill (Lee) and Dick (Bev), 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren survive her. Please visit the on line guestbook at Charitable contributions suggested to Providence Marianwood Foundation or charity of your choice.
  • Hans, Maren, Elsie, Dort, Andersen and ?? (123 KB)
    Hans and Maren are Toms grandparents - they are standing on the right. Tom's aunt Elsie is seated on the far right and his aunt Dort is second from the left (this was taken about 1917 - his mom wasn't born yet). Would like help identifying the other couple. Three of the boys are elsewhere identified as the Nielsen boys. This might be taken in front of Hans' oldest brother's house Andrew Anderson in South Park (Seattle). Other locations might be Wilbur, WA, or Burlington, WA
  • Andersen, Madsen and Hanson - Wilbur, WA (195 KB)
    Frands Madsen in the middle. He married two of Tom's Grandfather Hans Andersen's sisters. He also paid for passage from Denmark to America for several of the Andersens. Left is Andrew Andersen and his wife, Maren. On the right is Emilie and Carl Hanson (Emilie is Frands' daughter by Kjesten Andersen who died before Emilie was a year old). Frands Madsen operated a hotel in Wilbur, WA
  • Two unidentified men - photo - Virginia, Minnesota (307 KB)
    Do you know these fine looking men? Photographer A. M. Turnquist Virginia Minnesota
  • Parlor scene with two ladies (146 KB)
    This photo was part of Jana's Grandma (Stella's) collection. Her parents were born in Nykarleby and Gamlakarleby Finland with several relatives immigrating to Michigan. These ladies have a beautiful home - note the piano to the left and in the far back room you can barely see that they also have an organ. Photographer stamp on the back "JD Givens Photographer" Do you recognize these ladies?
  • Two unidentified men possibly Swede-Finn descent (98 KB)
    Another photo from Jana's Grandmother collection - her parents were Swede Finns. This was taken in the US (The back is printed as a postcard in English)
  • John Robertson (1838-1895) (38 KB)
    Tom's Great Grandfather. John Robertson appears to have been an adventurous man. He was born 1838 in London, England. In 1860 he was appointed Assistant Engineer in the Royal Navy. One letter of recommendation written in 1889 indicates he was manager of Foundry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for two years then Manaharn (location and spelling unsure) for four years and 17 years in Piauhy, Brazil. John was fluent in both English and Portuguese, which is the national language in Brazil - he was employed as an interpreter. According to family lore he was married first to a woman in Brazil, South America and had two children, William and Isabella. In 1883, when he was 45 and living in Lisbon, Portugal, he married 21 year old Arthuretta Faulconer who was born in Sussex, England. Etta first dated John's oldest son, William. An 1887 letter indicates he worked in Almodavar, Portugal from 1883-1887. He worked as an engineer on the Manchester Ship Canal. An 1891 contract of John's is for a three and a half year job in Mexico and he is referred to Captain John Robertson a mechanical engineer. His employer is S. Pearson and Son Contractors of Westminster - he was living in London at the time. According to his wife, Etta's Bible, he died January 1895 (location not recorded but possibly he had returned to London). Thank you for the photo, June!
  • Stella, Ida, Fred, Ellen Fredrickson (338 KB)
    Bremerton, Washington - 1912. Jana's Grandmother, Stella is on the left.
  • Susannah Bull Robertson (1817-1902) (19 KB)
    Tom's Great Great Grandmother. William Robertson and Susannah Bull were married at St. John, Waterloo, Lambeth, on November 21 1837, when he was 31 and she was only 20 years old. Susannah was the daughter of William Bull and Sarah (Willows) of Elsworth, Cambridgeshire. Susannah must have been a boardinghouse keeper since c. 1868 until 1890 when Commercial Directories list her as letting apartments. Mrs. Susannah Robertson is on the Electoral Roll in 1898 at number 42, and her grandaughter Isabella Moore (daughter of son, John Robertson by his first wife in Brazil) at 42, Trinity Square. Thank you for the photo, June!
  • Andersen, Nielsen and ?? - South Park (Seattle) (139 KB)
    Left is Maren Andersen (Tom's grandmother), second is labeled as Mrs. Nielsen in another photo that resembles her, third is labeled "Bedstes" in another photo, fourth is Maren Andersen (wife of Tom's grandfather's brother Andrew Andersen). On the right is unidentified would like to rule out Mina Andersen King who would have been pregnant about this time 1917 and lived next door to her parents in South Park during the 1920 census. House is tentatively id'ed as Maren and Andrew Andersen's house in South Park.
  • Family of 5 - Michigan? (80 KB)
    Another unidentified family in Jana's Grandma's collection. Possibly Swede Finns - Grandma's parents were from Swedish speaking Nykarleby and Gamlakarleby, Finland. Some of the known relatives in Michigan were Engstrand, Fredrickson, Mattson, Swanson, Pettit, Abrahamson, Wallin and Franks. Any suggestions on learning the identities of these people would be much appreciated!
  • Hans Andersen and Maren Nielsen (108 KB)
    Tom's maternal grandparents - probably their wedding photo. Hans was born September 27, 1878 in Brunz, Slasvic, Denmark - he immigrated in 1898 to Seattle. Maren Dorthea Nielsen was born March 20, 1889 Næsbjerg Biltofft, Vaarde, Denmark - she immigrated to Seattle October 30, 1907 aboard the Hellig Olav; her passage was paid by her maternal uncle Frands Madsen. Hans and Maren married March 04, 1910 in Seattle - at the time Maren worked as a domestic for a notable minister named Mark Matthews of First Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Hans worked for the Seattle Tacoma Interurban Railway. He later was a poultryman. Hans died in 1953 and Maren in 1985.
  • Andersen Siblings in Esbjerg, Denmark (141 KB)
    Early/mid 1890's. Tom's grandfather, Hans Andersen kneeling left. The couple top right is Meta and Peter Johnson. Frands Madsen is the man behind Hans - Frands married 2 of Hans' sisters - first Kjesten (possibly center of photo) and after her death, Anna (possibly kneeling in the middle of the front row). Possibly Andrew is the man standing upper left. This leaves Margrethe as a candidate for the woman seated front right and possibly Maren (who married Andrew before 1895) standing in the middle .
  • João Robertson AKA John Robertson's passport (172 KB)
    Tom's great grandfather born in London lived more than 17 years in Brazil - he had a wife and two children. We assume the Brazilian wife died - his two grown children moved to London. He married Tom's Great Grandmother in Portugal in 1883. Thank you to João de Souza for the Passport translation! "Piauhy Department of Police (the old spelling of Piaui state in North-eastern Brazil) Therezina 11 April 1882 (old spelling of Teresina, largest city in Piaui) ___ On the left hand side column (under the stain) Description: Age: (blocked by stain) years Height: Average Face: Oval Nose: Average Mouth: Average Eyes: Dark Color: White Beard: Lots On the left hand side, tilted 90 degrees: Passport signature (followed by his signature) His excellency Sir. Luis de Sousa da Silveira, Commander of the Royal Portuguese Military Order or Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Viçosa Village, Judge, and chief of Police of the province of Piauhy Hereby grant this passport to Captain John Robertson, naturalized Brazilian citizen, "natural" of London, English Empire, son of Guilherme Robertson, to go to England with stops at the ports within the itinerary. Valid for four months from this date.
  • Willie Hawes "Ghost Town Guardian" of Silver City (98 KB)
    Photo taken mid 1930's? Willie was Jana's first cousin twice removed. He is credited in several accounts as being a big reason why Silver City, Idaho has retained many of it's old west buildings. He lived the hard winters in the Owyhee mountains by himself (even as an old man!) to protect his neighborhood from vandals. See more about him under the files section below (or paste this link into your browser: ) In 2002 there was an artcile that a car he built out of junk was housed at The Emu-Z-um (between mileposts 53 and 52 on Highway 78 in Owyhee County.)
  • Doctor Anderson in Grand Marais, MI? (123 KB)
    According to family lore, Jana's great grandmother Ida Andersson came from Swedish speaking Nykarleby, Finland to work as a domestic for a doctor in Michigan as a teenager. This photo is unlabeled but ink stamped on back by photographer JD Givens. This is possibly Dr. Anderson and inside the Bay View Hospital photo here: (same photographer) Can Anybody confirm this is Dr. Anderson?
  • "Guilhermina" (199 KB)
    This photo is somehow connected to John Robertson (Tom's great grandfather). See back of photo at with Portugese details. Can you help us figure out who she is?
  • Arthuretta "Etta" Faulconer Robertson Everingham (131 KB)
    Born 1861 Ticehurst, England to Arthur Faulconer and Harriett Arnold of Sussex. Married John Robertson of London 1883 in Lisbon, Portugal. Widowed a decade later, she married Frederick Adolphus Everingham in 1899 in London. Etta gave birth to about 10 children - her oldest Charles Arthur Robertson was Tom's grandfather. Etta immigrated to the USA about 1923 and died in 1958 in Mount Vernon, Washington (state) where Charles lived.
  • 1900 Neighborhood Portrait Grand Marais, MI (232 KB)
    According to Jana's Grandmother Stella Fredrickson Hawes, this was a neighborhood portrait taken by a travelling photographer in Grand Marais, MI about 1900. ID's from Stella Fredrickson Hawes Photo taken About 1900? No photographers markings. Standing two men ?, ?, Standing row of women l-r: ?, ?, Mrs. Johnson (sister of Mr. Anderson), Mrs. Anderson, Ida Marie Andersson Fredrickson, ? Seated row of men l-r: ?, ?, Mr. Anderson, John Siefert Fredrickson, ? Seated women ?, ?, ? Ida (Stella's mother) was born 1874 Nykarleby Finland John (Stella's Father) was born 1873 Gamlakarleby Finland
  • "Guilhermina" description (67 KB)
    See photo at Mystery girl somehow connected to John Robertson - Thank you to João de Souza for the Portugese translation! "Given to His Great Excellency Captain João Robertson, in ("Signal" may mean offering, gratitude gesture, or collateral on a loan) of (unreadable) ("Consideração" may mean "for your approval" or "kindnes"). Guilhermina de M. 7 August 1880"
  • Charles Arthur Robertson (204 KB)
    Tom's grandfather - born 1884 Almodavar, Portugal to British subjects John Robertson & Etta (Faulconer). The Robertsons returned to London in the late 1880's. The family could afford to send the children to boarding school. John died while Charles was between the ages of 8 and 10 - he was away at school and was not informed of his father's death right away. Charles left England in 1904 in part to avoid the Boer War & because he was not getting along with his step-father. According to family lore he sailed to Canada and misjudging distances from a map of N'ern America walked to Montana after taking a train west. He worked in a mercantile in Gold Butte, MT and married his boss' daughter Mabel Fey in 1910. Tom's dad, Walter was born 1917 in Conrad, MT the 2nd son. The family moved further west living in Wallace & Coeur d'Alene, ID in the 20's & finally settled in Mount Vernon, WA in 1930's working in retail, typewriter repair & dry cleaning business. Mabel died 1968 and Charles 1977 in Mt Vernon.
  • Bay View Hospital in Grand Marais, MI (172 KB)
    Thank you to Cathy Egerer - Grand Marais Historian - for help identifying! Bay View Hospital in Grand Marais, MI. The sign above the horse’s head looks to read "Dr. Anderson" Cathy confirms that a Dr. Anderson was associated with the hospital. Possibly this is the same man (taken by the same photographer JD Givens) Jana's great grandmother Ida Marie Andersson Fredrickson was said to have been sponsored to work as a domestic for a doctor in Michigan when she immigrated from Swedish speaking Nykarleby, Finland - is this her employer?
  • Gamlakarleby letter to Michigan March 1899 (1 KB)
    This letter was written to Jana's great grandfather's brother by a family member (?) back in their hometown. Can some kind soul help me translate (just a summary would be wonderful!) page 1 of this four page Swedish letter? pages 2 & 3 are at: page four is at: UPDATE! Thank you to Harry Ahlström for the translation! (The writer is addressing her) brother. In short, after initial greeting phrases, the writer talks about eclating a forthcoming marriage which brother has wished writer to do. Writer responses that brother may do it by writing a letter, signing it and paying seven marks. "it is depressing if You return from there and have only children born outside of wedlock. We will that you write your letter so we can eclate all three of you at once. The Vicar talked about this in reading examination and said that it is peculiar that everybody do not do this (correctly)" Then text goes to family economy. "Reading examination costed 50 marks and appropriation and neighbour taxes(? registrationfees) costed 90 marks which we have to pay after Easter. Now we have to save some money since we have to buy a new horse. We are getting some money from dairy as six of our cows are milking. We need about 200 marks". Then the letter discusses weather and snow conditions which are unusually dire for this time of the year. " have things been similar in your Grand Marais". "In spite of this we have managed to do our chores properly. It remains to be seen what happens when I and Alexander begin confirmation school and when sowwing has to be done by Father and sister Edla alone. It can become heavy for your old father since there are so many damages in sowing area." Then letter moves to greetings and ending phrases. "Haralds Hanna greets and tells that he(Harald) is
  • Walter Charles Robertson (74 KB)
    Tom's Dad - born 1917 Conrad, Montana to Charles Robertson and Mabel (Fey). Moved to Mount Vernon, WA as a young teen & graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1936 and attended Mt. Vernon Junior College. Walt served in the U.S. Navy from 1936 to 1938, then was a pharmacist mate third class in the Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1945. He married Viola Andersen at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Mt. Vernon on Aug. 31, 1941. He was an X-Ray technician for St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Yakima and later the manager of the Xonic X-Ray Co. in Seattle retiring 1982. He died 1998 in Bellevue, WA.
  • Grand Marais, MI Men (392 KB)
    Portrait of the neighborhood men. Identifications by Stella Fredrickson Hawes when she was in her 90's (born 1906 in Grand Marais). No photographer's markings Standing l-r: ?, ?, Carl Victor Fredrickson (b. 1868 Gamlakarleby Finland - brother of John S. Fredrickson), Mr. Anderson, Mr. Nyberg Seated l-r: John Siefert Fredrickson (b. 1873 Gamlakarleby, Finland - brother of Carl V. Fredrickson), ?, ? John left Grand Marais about 1910 so we believe this is prior to that but after the one estimated taken in 1900.
  • Gamlakarleby Letter pages 2 & 3 March 1899 (510 KB)
    The continuation of a letter written to Jana's great grandfather's brother and his wife by a family member back in their hometown. See translation on page one found at: page four is at:
  • Viola "Vi" Marguerite Andersen Robertson (37 KB)
    Tom's mother - born 1920 in Mount Vernon, WA the youngest daughter of Hans Andersen and Mauren (Nielsen). Graduated Mount Vernon High (1936?). Married Walter Robertson 1942 in Mt. Vernon. She gave birth to five children including twins at the age of 41!. Vi enjoyed needlepoint crafts, gardening, reading and editing school newsletters. She died 2000 in Issaquah, WA.
  • Tommy Johnson (91 KB)
    Jana's maternal grandfather's (Howard Johnson) younger brother Tommy Johnson worked at the Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. Grandpa got him his job when he left the Empress to work at another Hotel in Vancouver. Tommy was the Empress' first (only?) fifty year employee. See:
  • Edith and Charlotte "Lottie" (nee Parsons) (101 KB)
    Edith (left) was Jana's great grandmother. She was born 1874 in Giant's Grave, Neath, Wales. She immigrated to Ishpeming, Michigan in 1895 and married Fenwick Hawes shortly thereafter. Mining took the family to Idaho and when she insisted he change careers, Fenwick took a job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington shortly after 1910. They had 6 children. Edith died in Seattle in 1960. Her sister, Lottie was born 1880 and left Wales for Michigan in 1900 and shortly thereafter married John Hendra. She gave birth to at least 7 children. She died (in Michigan?) in 1959.
  • Tommy Johnson Fifty Years employed at the Empress (112 KB)
    See photo Jana's maternal grandfather's (Howard Johnson) younger brother Tommy Johnson worked at the Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. Grandpa got him his job when he left the Empress to work at another Hotel in Vancouver. Tommy was the Empress' first (only?) fifty year employee
  • Edith, William J.G. and Richard Hawes (87 KB)
    Richard is Jana's father, here as a toddler with his dad and grandmother
  • Caroline Wright Noakes (1830-1906) (121 KB)
    Tom's great great grandmother, Caroline Wright was born 02 Apr 1830 in Fishcreek, Oneida Co.,NY to George A. and Lucretia Wright. She married Nelson Noakes in 1855. She had ten children born between 1856-1876 - her fourth Mary Jane Noakes (later Fey) was Tom's great grandmother. One source indicates her death 01 Jul 1906 Oneida Co. another source indicates her death 14 July 1905.
  • Nelson Noakes (1829-1897) (178 KB)
    Tom's great great grandfather, Nelson Noakes was born 31 Jul 1829 in Rye, Sussex, England to Levi Noakes and Jane Powell. He was married to Caroline Wright in 1855 (probably in Oneida Co., NY). Censuses indicate he was a farmer. He died 29 Jun 1897 and was buried in Rathburn Cemetery; Verona, NY

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