Completed Transcription: History of Swan Johnson Family

I have posted a com­plete tran­scrip­tion of Lena John­son Schlitemeier’s “His­tory of Swan John­son Fam­ily of Nance County, Nebraska (Jan­u­ary 1936).”

The book exists only in the form of a typed MSS in the hands of the fam­ily. There are at least two ver­sions; the tran­scrip­tion is of the most com­plete ver­sion, which was given to me and my mother by the author’s son in 1997 as we vis­ited his farm is Nehawka, Nebraska.

Swan John­son (born Sven Jöns­son in Valby, Kris­tianstad, Swe­den in 1826) mar­ried Kjer­stin Wescelius in 1853. They had six chil­dren in Swe­den, and then, in 1868, with the youngest child less than 6 months of age, they emi­grated to the United States. They lived first in Chicago, Illi­nois, later on a farm in Bement, Piatt County, Illi­nois, and finally cross­ing the prairie to farm in Keatsko­toos and Genoa, Nance County, Nebraska. This book tells a quite detailed story of three gen­er­a­tions of this fam­ily. The author was the eldest child of the eldest child of Swan and Kjer­stin John­son. Lena John­son attended Nebraska Wes­leyan and the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago, receiv­ing a Ph.B. in Edu­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago and an A.B. from Nebraska Wes­leyan. She writes well and clearly, and though the doc­u­ment is not sourced, most of what I have been able to val­i­date has been sur­pris­ingly accurate.

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