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Personal History of Caisa Lisa Jansdotter Engstrom (1834 - 1903)

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2 Short history of Caisa Lisa Jansdotter
2a Family and Conversion to LDS Church
2b Emmigration to America
2c Travel to Utah
2d Settled in Grantsville and Marriage
2e Children
2e Life in Huntsville
2f Death
3 Genealogy program Generated Data for Caisa Lisa Jansdotter Engstrom
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Short history of Caisa Lisa Jansdotter

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Family and Conversion to LDS Church

Caisa Lisa Jansson (or more properly, Jansdotter) was born on December 2, 1834, in Kyrkefalla, Skaraborg, Sweden. She was the daughter of Maria Katerina Jansson and Jan Peter Jansson. She was one of eight children, although, we only have records of Caisa and two of her brothers. One was Anders Gustaf, born July 1, 1846, and Charles or Carl, born November 29, 1849. Little is known of her early life. When Mormon missionaries came to their area they listened and accepted the Gospel. Caisa was baptized July 26, 1856, by Elder A. Child. Her brother Andrew was baptized in October, 1856 by John Bjork, and her Mother was baptized in 1856, but it is not known if she was baptized in July or October. In June 1859, Carl was baptized by M. Engstrom. It is assumed that this was Magnus Engstrom whom Caisa later married. He had accepted the Gospel in 1857 and perhaps was doing missionary work in the area where Caisa lived.


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Emmigration to America

The Jansson family left Sweden to come to Zion in 1862. Since Maria and the three ch1ldren were the only ones listed on the emigration records it is assumed that the husband and other children had already died. They boarded the ship Athenia at Hamburg, Germany, with several other Saints from the Scandinavian Mission and set a1l on April 21, 1862. There were 484 saints on board with Elder Ola N. Liljenquist in charge. The first two weeks out they had favorable winds, but this caused much motion of the sea and ship so that many suffered with sea-sickness. At this time they met with a perfect calm, so the captain steered toward the southwest until reaching the Gulf Stream. There was still a calm, plus much warmer weather. The water became stagnant, and the sickness rapidly increased. Some of the children had measles and died from it. Most of the adults had bowel complaints (diarrhea). With the first winds, the captain steered the ship farther north which brought good health back to most of the adults. Five adults died. The meals for the sick were oatmeal porridge for breakfast, rice at noon and sago porridge in the afternoon.


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Travel to Utah

The Athenia arrived at New York on June 7, 1862 a voyage of nearly seven weeks. On June 9, the entire company went by train to Florence, Nebraska, arriving on June 19. The Janssons apparently had little means as they were assigned to one of the Church teams under the direction of Captain John R. Murdock. The oxen caused problems at first, as they were not used to the Scandinavian orders and inexperienced teamsters. The company left the latter part of July, arriving in Salt Lake City on September 27, 1862. There were about 384 souls and 18 teams. The journey was fairly uneventful, although 14 people died, 2 couples were married and 2 children were born. The wagons could not carry all the people and the loads, so most had to walk the majority of the way. The following is taken from the journal of Elder Jens C. A. Weibye who traveled the same year, although he was in a different company.

"We generally had good camp grounds and only occasionally we had to camp where we could not obtain water. As a rule there was an abundance of grass for the oxen, and at times also sufficient fuel to be found, but a great part of the way the sisters had to content themselves with cooking over fires made from sunflower stems and buffalo chips. Nearly all able-bodied men and women had to walk most of the way. Some of the women rode in the wagons only across the larger rivers, while they would wade across the smaller streams like the men. Sometimes the women and children were carried across the streams by the men, when it was feared the oxen could not pull the wagons with their heavy loads."

The journey from Florence was via Elkhorn River, Lorpe Fork, Woods River, Willow Lake, Rattlesnake Creek, Ft. Laramie, Upper Platte Bridge, Devil's Gate, South Pass, Green River, etc. to Salt Lake City.


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Settled in Grantsville and Marriage

It is not known if the Jansson family stayed in Salt Lake for a time or went directly to Grantsville. The Grantsville ward records indicate that all of the family was rebaptized in that ward on October 26, 1862. (This was a common practice with the immigrating saints, as the records were not as good as they are now and it was a recommitment to the Church.) Magnus Engstrom immigrated a year later and came to Grantsville at which time, October, 1863, he and Caisa were married, probably at Grantsville. Magnus was a shoemaker and continued in that trade in America.


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Children

Caisa and Magnus had their first child on November 10, 1864, a girl named Matilda Josephine. Next was Joseph William born on December 16, 1867. The following year, in October 1868, the family moved to Huntsville. Huntsville is a small town about 10 miles east of Ogden, up the Ogden Canyon. It is in a beautiful valley and was first settled by Hunt about 1861. Apparently Caisa's mother and brothers also moved there about the same time. It is interesting to note that the mother now has the surname of Anderson, so possibly was married for a short time while in Grantsville, or the ward record may have been wrong as in the 1900 census she is listed with the last name of Jansson. Magnus built a log cabin for his family. One section of the main room was built higher than the rest, and this is where Magnus had his work bench and all his tools so that he could carry on his trade of shoemaker.


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Life in Huntsville

The family never had much in worldly wealth as they always lived in the log cabin and was never able to move to a frame or brick home, as did many of the other early settlers. Anders eventually moved to Logan, but Carl and Maria stayed with Magnus and Caisa. Charles Albert was born to Caisa and Magnus on May 17, 1870, then Emmaline on April 26, 1873. On the 19th of October, 1874, Magnus and Caisa journeyed to Salt Lake City and were sealed in the Endowment House. The four children could not be sealed to them at that time, but had to wait for the temple to be built and dedicated. Meanwhile, three more children were born to them: Malinda Maria on December 22, 1875, Amanda Elizabeth on October 23, the year is not known, and a son was born, but the name and date of birth and death are not known.

Matilda passed away on May 31, 1882, Malinda on November 22, 1677, and Amanda on January 5, 1892. On June 30, 1886, Caisa and Magnus took Joseph, Charles, and Anna to the Logan Temple and had them sealed to them. Matilda was also sealed to them with Anna acting as proxy. (The other three children were born in the Covenant.)

According to the 1900 census, Caisa could not write or speak English. However, in a story written by her oldest granddaughter, Caisa could speak English, but with a very heavy accent. Whenever the children would go over to visit, Magnus would bounce the baby on his knee for a while and Caisa would always offer them a cookie. They could have either "a sodie or a sweet one."

Maria died sometime between the census and early 1903. Anna never married and died on February 4, 1903.


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Death

Caisa came down with a severe cold in May, 1903, and after being confined to bed for a week, died on May 20, 1903 at home. Speakers at the funeral were Gustave Olsen, John Felt, Sr., and Bishop David McKay, each "testifying to the deceased's good traits of character." She was buried in the Huntsville Cemetery.


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Genealogy program Generated Data for Caisa Lisa Jansdotter Engstrom

Caisa Lisa Jansdotter was born on 2 Dec 1834 in Grafven, Kyrkefalla, Skaraborg, Sweden. She was christened on 2 Dec 1834 in Grafven, Kyrkefalla, Skaraborg, Sweden. She died on 20 May 1903 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried on 23 May 1903 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States.

Caisa married Magnus Engstrom son of Sven Olsson and Bengta Bengtsdotter in Oct 1863 in , , Utah, United States. Magnus was born on 23 Jan 1834 in Skeglinge, Malmöhus, Sweden. He died on 31 Aug 1913 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. He was buried on 1 Sep 1913 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. He was employed as Shoemaker and farmer in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States.

They had the following children:

  1 F Matilda Josephine Engstrom was born on 10 Nov 1864 in Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States. She died on 31 May 1882.
  2 M Joseph William Engstrom was born on 16 Dec 1867 in Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States. He died on 12 Aug 1949 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. The cause of death was Myocordial depgeneration due to senility. He was buried on 15 Aug 1949 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. Joseph was rebaptised on on 20 Apr 1891. He was employed as Farmer in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States.
      Joseph married Emeline Anderson daughter of Peder Andersen and Caroline Jensdatter on 22 Apr 1891 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. Emeline was born on 20 May 1873 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 3 Aug 1952 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried on 6 Aug 1952 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States.
  3 M Charles Albert Engstrom on 17 May 1871 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 4 Oct 1924 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. The cause of death was Accidental injury on tunaway. fracture of 5 ribs, puncture of lung. He was buried on 8 Oct 1924 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. Charles was employed as Dairy Farmer in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States.
      Charles married Malinda Maria Felt daughter of John Felt and Mary Christina Stromberg on 22 Jun 1901 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Malinda was born on 28 Apr 1873 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 7 Nov 1927 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried on 11 Nov 1927 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States.
  4 F Anna Emmaline Engstrom was born on 26 Apr 1873 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 4 Feb 1903.
  5 M Engstrom was born after 1874. He died before 1900.
  6 M Malinda Maria Engstrom was born on 22 Dec 1875 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 22 Nov 1877.
  7 F Amanda Elizabeth Engstrom was born about 23 Oct 1877 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 5 Jan 1892.