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PETTER NILSSON b. 1799 d. 15 Nov 1886

My Backstrom ancestry starts with Petter Nilsson b. 1799 at Eggby, Sweden d. 15 Nov 1886 Varnhem, Sweden and Maria Larsdotter b. 11 Feb 1796 at Skövde, Sweden d. 30 May 1835 Varnhem, Sweden. They had five children.

  1. Gustaf Pettersson b. 23 April 1823 in Eggby, Skaraborg, Sweden.
  2. Johannes Pettersson b. 2 June 1825 in Eggby, Skaraborg, Sweden.
  3. Nils Petter Pettersson b. 24 March 1828 in Eggby, Skaraborg, Sweden.
  4. Maja C. Pettersdotter b. 15 Nov 1830 in Eggby, Skaraborg, Sweden.
  5. Lars Johan Pettersson b. 20 July 1833 in Eggby, Skaraborg, Sweden.

LARS JOHAN PETTERSSON b. 20 July 1833 d. 24 Jan 1897

Lars married Maja Stina Andersdotter b. 26 July 1832 at Högstena Parish d. 15 Feb 1915 Radene. They had six children:

  1. Anna Christina Johansdotter(Larsdotter) b. 29 Oct 1859 at Radene, Sweden d. 10 Aug 1953 at Vamb, Sweden m. Alfred Andersson.
  2. Anders(Andrew) Petter Johansson Bäckström b. 5 Sep 1861 in Radene, Sweden d. 9 Jun 1949 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA m. Elizabeth Bergren.
  3. Johan Alfred Johansson Bäckström b. 29 May 1863 in Radene, Sweden d. Feb 1933 in Jamestown, Chautauqua, NY m. Bolla Catharina Larsdotter Jonsson.
  4. August Johansson Bäckström b. 1866 in Radene, Sweden d. 24 Dec 1947 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA m. Hannah Wilhemina Bergren.
  5. Oskar Charles Johansson Bäckström b. 23 Oct 1868 in Radene, Sweden d. 22 Sep 1928 in Collinsburg, Westmoreland, PA m. Christina Grehen.
  6. Alma Larsdotter b. 8 Oct 1871 in Radene, Sweden d. 29 Dec 1911 in Borgunda, Sweden m. Johan Hammarström.

Lars died Jan 24, 1897 in Radene, which is just outside of Skövde, Sweden.


Oskar Charles Johansson Bäckström b. 23 Oct 1868 d. 22 Sep 1928

Oskar married Christina Grehen b. 1863 in Sweden d. 13 Sep 1946 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA and they immigrated to the US in 1888 and settled in Collinsburg, Westmoreland, PA. Collinsburg is also known as Dutchtown. They had eight children:

  1. Charles John b. 5 July 1890 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA d. 3 Apr 1947 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA m. Beulah May.
  2. Arthur Walfred b. 28 April 1892 in Collinsburg, Westmoreland, PA d. 5 Mar 1967 in Clairton, Allegheny, PA m. Elizabeth Dunn Beaman.
  3. Edla Sophia b. 20 Dec 1893 d. 31 Aug 1988 m. Emil Pearson.
  4. Walter Oscar b. 25 May 1895 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA d. 23 Jun 1973 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA m. Jessie Elisabeth Everett.
  5. Thomas Wilheim b. 17 May 1897 d. 10 Jun 1952 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA m. Magdalena Hoffman.
  6. Hannah Olga Elizabeth b. 1 Nov 1899 d. 1948 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA m. Charles W. Johnson.
  7. Ernest Edward b. 26 Dec 1901 d. 5 Jan 1968 m. Susan L. Roslosnick.
  8. Emil Rudolf b. 5 Oct 1904 d. 23 Feb 1932 in West Newton, Westmoreland, PA.

Oskar and Christina are buried at West Newton Cemetery, West Newton, Westmoreland, PA.


Arthur Walfred Backstrom b. 28 April 1892 d. 5 Mar 1967

Arthur married 6 June 1916 in Star Junction, Fayette, PA Elizabeth Dunn Beaman b. 23 July 1894 in Lonaconing, Allegany, MD d. 15 Mar 1972 in McKeesport, Allegheny, PA. They had four children:

  1. Marguerite Christine b. 13 May 1917 in McKees Rocks, Allegheny PA d. 22 Oct 2000 in South Park Twp., Allegheny Co., PA m. 9 Jul 1935 Wilbur H. Cooley b. 22 Jan 1911 d. 28 Apr 2006.
  2. Oscar Charles b. 10 Nov 1918 in Collinsburg, Westmoreland, PA d. 27 May 1995 in Lake Worth, FL m. Jane Whitling b. Aug 7, 1919 d. Nov 12, 2006.
  3. Betty Jane b. 21 Aug 1921 in Collinsburg, Westmoreland, PA d. 5 Jan 2008 in Conneaut, Ashtabula, OH m. 21 Apr 1945 Robert James Weiland b. Feb 15, 1921 d. May 21, 2005.
  4. James Arthur b. 2 Sep 1923 in Collinsburg, Westmoreland, PA d. 6 Feb 1983 in Jefferson Hills, Allegheny, PA m. 2 Sept 1951 in Sutersville, Westmoreland, PA Anna Maxine Omler b. Nov 20, 1925 d. Aug 4, 1996.

Arthur and Elizabeth are buried at West Newton Cemetery, West Newton, Westmoreland, PA.


Marguerite Christine Backstrom b. 13 May 1917 d. 22 Oct 2000

Marguerite married 9 July 1935 Wilbur Harry Cooley b. 22 Jan 1911 d. 28 April 2006 and they had two children:

  1. Duane Wilbur b. (living) m. Lois Mae Patnik.
  2. Richard Arthur b. (living) m. Rita Jean Martin.

Mom and Dad are buried at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Allegheny, PA.



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