My great grandfather was Carl Mauritz Hendrickson. He was born 28 July 1865 in Gravarne, Sweden and baptized two days later on 30 July 1865, the son of Henric Persson and Brita Eliasdr. He apparently had one sibling, a brother, Helmar Paulinus, who was born 12 October 1867 and baptized the next day.
Not much is known about Carl Mauritz Hendrickson’s life in Sweden. He emigrated to Canada when he was in his late twenties. He married Amy Augusta Peterson in St John Germain Lutheran Church in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 7 July 1894. Their first child, my grandfather Axel Mauritz Hendrickson was born 9 March 1895 and baptized on 3 April 1895 at the same church in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The family moved to Barre in Washington County, Vermont in the USA where daughter Amy C. Hendrickson was born in 1898. She was followed by Carl Albin Hendrickson in 1899, an unnamed child born in 1901, George Raymond, born in 1904, Walter R in 1905 and Rita M born about 1913.
Carl Mauritz did not move from Barre, Vermont, as far as I have been able to discover. He lived there, working as a laborer for the next few decades. He died 17 April 1946 in Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont of chronic Myocarditis. He was eighty-one years old.
This profile sums up what I know about my great grandfather. As you can see, I know very little of his life in Sweden. I do have a household examination record, which are church censuses from Sweden. In these records, Carl Mauritz and his brother are found with his mother and father and possibly half siblings. From these records, I have deduced that Brita Eliasdtr was married to a man surnamed Walstrom, before she married Henric Perrson. This possibility will have to be explored further.
This is exactly why timelines and profiles are important when doing family history. Although this blog was intended as a profile of my great grandfather, writing it forced me to look at the facts and the records that I have already discovered again. This suggests new avenues for research. It also points out that I will need to delve further in the Swedish records before I can learn more about my great grandfather. For example, I do not know much about Gravarne (or Grasvarne), Sweden. Nor do I know if the family lived on farm or in an urban environment.
To that end, I will have to look up that area of Sweden and try to find a local history of the area so that I can find out more about this family line. The records are there. They will just require a bit more digging to retrieve them. Once I get those records, I can analyze them to learn more about this elusive ancestor and perhaps learn more about his parents and siblings as well. That’s why I enjoy the hobby so much, even though it can become expensive. I get a sense of excitement when I learn something new about my family’s history. I guess that is because I love puzzles. You need to love puzzles to be a genealogist.