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Posted - 01/01/2017 :  11:29:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Seeing that no passenger list has been published onsite for the voyage of Augusta from Kragerø to Quebec in 1854, I'm submitting this deliciously detailed obituary of one Andrew Nelson which covers the travel on sea and inland.

The obituary mentions 8 people (not all by name) who were on the voyage, but maybe we on forum could flesh at least the names of those not mentioned.

This obituary was published in a newspaper called The Advocate at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on Thursday 26 Mar 1908 on page 1, column 5. A great many of Door county newspapers are mounted at the Door County Public Library website, which is where this was found:

NELSON—In this city, March 22 1908, ANDREW NELSON, in the 89th year of his age.

Interment was had in the family lot at Bayside Tuesday afternoon, Rev S. Groenfeldt conducting the services at the Moravian church and at the grave. The pall-bearers were L.A.and Emanuel Larson, Martin and Edward Knudson, and Anton Johnson and John O.Gosrud. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.

Anders Nelson, known by my many of his countrymen as Anders Nelson Lindhjem, was born on the farm called Snorsvald, near the City of Larvik, Norway, on the 3d day of December, 1819. As a young man he served an apprenticeship of five years as a cabinet maker in the seaport town of Fredrecksvern, Norway, and worked at his trade up to the time of his marriage to Miss Karen Knudtson in 1844, when he bought the farm Lindhjem where he resided until the spring of 1854, when he sold the estate and hew and his wife and four children embarked for America from the port of Kragero, on the sailing ship Augusta, and after a voyage of five weeks and four days landed on this continent at Quebec, Canada, the first part of August, 1854. As there were no railroads from Quebec to Chicago at that time, he and his family together with other emigrants were transported by steamer to Montreal, where they transferred to another craft and conveyed up the St. Lawrence river into and through Lake Ontario to Lewiston, N.Y. located at the mouth of the Niagara river.

On the way up the lake one of the emigrants and elderly lady in Mr. Nelson’s party, was taken ill with that dreadful disease, the Asiatic cholera, and died and was buried at Lewiston. From there the whole party was transferred by stages to Niagara Falls, where they were conveyed by rail to Buffalo.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson brought with them a middle aged lady who had worked for them a number of years in the old country, who was the second person claimed by the deadly disease, and who was buried at Buffalo, but strange to say, the authorities allowed these cholera-infested emigrants to pass on, perhaps to be rid of them. They were transferred to a steamer at Buffalo and conveyed to Detroit, whence they were transported by rail to Chicago, along with a lot of other emigrants who were also infected with the cholera, many of whom were suffering with the malady, and which prevented them from being allowed admittance at any of the hotels, and therefore were compelled to remain in railroad freight warehouses where seventeen persons died the first night they were there. This of course caused a panic among many of them who were destined to various places in the western states, Mr. Nelson and his family being booked for Burlington, Iowa, but meeting with some friends in Chicago he was advised to go north to the Green Bay region, where he was assured there was no cholera. Mr. Nelson, his wife and the four children embarked again on a steamer called the Columbia, owned by a man on Washington Island named Craw, and after passing up the lake, stopping at Milwaukee and Manitowoc, where Mr. Nelson was told that cholera prevailed, they finally landed at Eagle Island on the 24th day of August, 1854, where at that time there was neither cholera, civilization or anything else except wilderness and a few families brought there by the late Dr. A.M. Iverson the previous year, who were trying to colonize at Ephraim. Mr. Nelson located on a piece of land at Little Sister bay, where he built a small log cabin in which he and his family dwelt during the winter of 1854-‘5, and in the summer of the latter year moved his family to Fish Creek, where he cut wood for the late Asa Thorp and he and his lived in a building called the Poppleton house, located west of the mouth of Fish Creek, a habitation no doubt many of the old residents of those parts will remember. Mr. Nelson and his family remained at the Creek until the following October, when they moved to this place, which at that time was developing into a small village, having two small sawmills, and with one of the companies owning the same he secured a job as carpenter and handy man, doing repairing in and about the mill, working for them for a few years, after which he obtained a piece of land and made farming and getting out timber his business, and of late years farming exclusively up to the summer of 1886 when his wife died, which was a sad loss to him. The following year Mr. Nelson made a trip across the ocean to his former home in Norway, reaching there in the latter part of September, 1887 and returning the first part of July, 1888 an outing he enjoyed very much. After his return from Norway he went back to the farm and continued residing at the old homestead, located at Circle Ridge within the city, until a short time after the death of his youngest daughter Maria, when he concluded to break up housekeeping there, and made his home with his son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Edward Anderson, with whom he resided for about fifteen years, until the spring of 1906, when they sold out and moved to Los Angeles, Cal. Since then he has made his home with his son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Lawrence, where he passed away last Sunday afternoon at the ripe age of 88 years, 3 months, and 19 days, death being due to exhaustion and old age.

He reared a family of eleven who have grown up to manhood and womanhood, three of whom passed away several years ago, namely: Mrs. And. Anderson, Olaf Nelson and Maria Nelson. The survivors are: C.L. Nelson, N.A. Nelson, Mrs. Wm. A. Lawrence and Miss Amelia Nelson, city: Mrs. Fred Nelson, Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. A. Haines, Manitowoc, and August Nelson, Milwaukee."

1. Anders Nilsen Lindhjem
2. Karen Knudtsdatter / Knudtson
3. Lawrence
4. Nickolina
5. Niels
6. Carolina
7. elderly lady died of cholera
8. Anders Nilsen's middle aged female employee who also died of cholera

Edited by - jkmarler on 01/01/2017 12:20:58
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