Anna Lisa Jönsdotter was born 23 June 1858 in the village of Mellmarkstorp, Östmark parish, Värmland län, Sweden. Östmark is located about 200 miles west-northwest of Stockholm and is only about 10 miles from the Norwegian border. Mellmarkstorp is about 6 miles southeast of Östmark.
Anna Lisa was the child of farmhand Jöns Jönsson (b. 1823) and servant Anna Nilsdotter (1820-1899). Jöns and Anna were not married and lived in neighboring villages. About a year after Anna Lisa was born, Jöns married another woman. Anna Lisa was the maternal granddaughter of Nils Hindrikson (1787-1861) and Lisa Hindriksdotter (1783-1838), both of whom lived most of their lives in Mellmarkstorp. We have records starting in 1752 showing that Anna's parents, grandparents and great grandparents were farmers in the village of Mellmarkstorp in Östmark parish and the village of Rattsöberget, in nearby Fryksände parish. Family farms usually passed down to the oldest male child. However, while Nils Hindriksson was the oldest surviving son in his family, the farm passed in 1844 to his younger brother, Hindrik. Nils ultimately died a pauper. Women often left home to become servants and eventually find a marriage partner. Anna Nilsdotter remained a servant in her home village and never married. Life was very hard for Anna and her two daughters. Starting in 1860 Anna was also classified as a pauper in the church records, suggesting that the church provided some support.
Anna Lisa's sister, Maria, was born 4 Nov 1852 with no father listed. She left home in 1871 at the age of 19 to work in servant positions and married naval soldier Per Johan Wikman on 2 Nov 1883 in Hola, Torsåker parish, Västernorrland län. Maria and Per Johan had two boys who later emigrated to the United States. Some time in the early 1890s, Per Johan deserted the navy and his family. Maria received her papers to emigrate to the United States on 19 Sep 1906. We do not know how long she stayed in the United States, however, by 1918 she had returned to Sweden. See the bottom of this page for a short history of Maria's boys.
Anna Lisa left home in 1879 at age 21 and held 6 successive servant positions for the next 9 years in Östmark and the neighboring parish of Fryksände. Coming from an impoverished family, Anna Lisa saw an opportunity to better her life in America. She obtained her emigration papers on 25 May 1888. Anna Lisa was one of 127 people who emigrated from Fryksände parish to North America that year.
Jonas Lundberg's first wife, Lina, died just after childbirth on 7 May 1888. Family lore suggests that Jonas sent to Sweden for an individual to manage the household and take care of his 5 children. Jonas Lundberg married Anna Lisa on 19 December 1888 in Svea, Minnesota. Jonas and Anna Lisa had six children: Laura, Karl, Amy, Tina, Vernon & Herbert.
Please see the last section of the Jonas Lundberg story for Anna Lisa's life during her marriage.
After Jonas died in 1911, Anna Lisa moved out of the parsonage with her six children to another house down the road in Beckville. She lived in Beckville with her children until 26 March 1919 when she purchased a house at 521 Swift Avenue in Litchfield, MN.
Anna Lisa is pictured at the left during the summer of 1920 with her grandchildren: front row: Lloyd, Bud, Luverne, Phyllis; left to right around Anna: Marvis, Evelyn, Ruby, Virgil, John Lester, Ardis, and the infant in grandma's lap, Philip.
Anna Lisa died on 15 May 1924 in Litchfield, MN and is buried in Svea Cemetery, Svea, Minnesota.
Notes on Maria's children
Erik Albin Wikman was born 7 Jan 1886 in Torsåker parish, Västernorrland län. Fatherless and poor, he obtained his emigration papers on 15 Jun 1903. He joined the Svea Lutheran church on 19 Jul 1903. By 1905 he was living in Whitefield Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, as a farm laborer. In 1910, Erik Albin was a laborer doing odd jobs and boarding with Alick and Ellen (Jonas & Lina's daughter) Westerberg and their daughter Ruby in Willmar, Minnesota. He later moved to Minneapolis and at the time he registered for the WWI draft, he was a tool checker for Mpls. Steel & Mach. Co. In 1930 Erik Albin was an unemployed lodger in Minneapolis and we have no record of him after this date.
Maria's second child, Johan Herman Wikman, was born 31 Jan 1888 in the village of Hola in Torsåker parish. Seeing few prospects for advancement in Sweden, and having heard positive reports from his brother and mother in the United States, Johan obtained his emigration papers on 5 Jul 1907. He sailed on the steamship Oceanic from Southampton and arrived at Ellis Island in New York on 22 August 1907. His final destination was Svea Willmar Minnesota. His brother, Erik Albin, paid for the ticket. After arriving in the United States, Johan Herman Wikman Americanized his name to John Herman Wickman. He joined the Svea Lutheran church on 15 Dec 1907 and presumably worked in that area for about 4 years. On 1 Sep 1911, he filed his Declaration of Intention to become a citizen, describing himself as 6' tall, 162 pounds with light hair and blue eyes and listing his occupation as clerk. He joined the Soo Line Railroad in Minneapolis about 1912, first as a timekeeper, then progressing to clerk and accountant positions until the early 1920s. In about 1912, John married Ruth Fodstad and they had 4 children together. During his life in the United States he was consistently part of the Lundberg family life, attending picnics and other family gatherings. By 1926, he was 2nd vice president of Sheet Metal Products Co. in Minneapolis. Sometime in the early 1930s he became an accountant with Twin City Building and Loan Association. Around 1939 John divorced Ruth. John Herman Wickman died on 8 Oct 1966, the victim of a hit-and-run accident.