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The + indicates the homeland of my Hök - Saari family.

This area is located in the Haparanda area of Sweden today, and at one time was part of Finland.

In the year of 1745 the Karl Gustav Parish was named Karungi kapellag. In 1783 it was renamed Karl Gustav. The Church books give births beginning in the year of 1793. Nedertorneå - Haparanda became a city in 1848. In 1809-09-05 that area was created as Neder-Torneå from part of Nedertorneå fg in Finland (when Sweden lost Finland to Russia after the war).

Kukkola and Kattilasaari are in Norbotten and near Haparanda but Kukkola was once in Karl Gustav or Carl-Gustavs and is also near the Haparanda area and in that same municipality.

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Descendants of Pehr Pehrsson Hök

1 Pehr Pehrsson Höök b: 25 Jan 1836 in Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: Aft. 1900 in Neder-Torneå, Sweden +Brita Kajsa Larsdotter Forss b: 21 Oct 1845 in N - Kalik, Norrb 1, Sweden m: 08 Feb 1865 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: Aft. 1900 in Neder-Torneå, Sweden

2 Johan Petter Kattilasaari b: 07 Jul 1865 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: 28 May 1919 in Sweden

2 2 Willhelm Isak Saari aka: William Saari b: 09 Mar 1867 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: 17 Mar 1950 in Kingston Twp., Meeker County, MN Burial: Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston Cemetery, Meeker County, MN +Hilda Caroline Kenttä b: 03 Aug 1865 in Sweden m: 28 Feb 1891 in Tower - Soudan, Saint Louis County, MN d: 22 Apr 1939 in Kingston Twp., Meeker County, MN Burial: Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston Cemetery, Meeker County, MN

2 Catharina Sofia Persson b: 26 Mar 1869 in Nedertorneå Norrbottens län, Sweden +Isak Marhinhuhla? b: Abt. 1869 *2nd Husband of Catharina Sofia Persson: +Isak Alatalo b: 1860 m: Abt. 1884 in Sweden

2 Brita Johanna Kattilasaari b: 06 Apr 1870 in Nedertorneå Norrbottens län, Sweden

2 Maria Gustava Kattilasaari b: 11 Feb 1872 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: in To America

2 Eva Karolina Kattilasaari b: 01 Jun 1874 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden

2 Emma Josefina Kattilasaari b: 08 Oct 1875 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: in Strolberg, Tossa

2 Frans Oskar Saari aka: Saari b: 09 Apr 1877 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: 01 Jun 1938 in Kingston Twp., Meeker County, MN +Anna Teresia Isaksdotter b: Abt. 1877 m: Abt. 1899 in Neder-Torneå, Sweden *2nd Wife of Frans Oskar Saari: +Johanna Katarina Ruonala aka: Hanna b: 24 Apr 1886 in Overtornea, Norrbotten, Sweden m: 09 Mar 1907 in Mohawk, Keweenaw County, Michigan d: 20 Nov 1958 in Kimball, Meeker County, MN

2 Anna Henrika Kattilasaari b: 18 Oct 1879 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: in To America

2 Alexander Saari aka: Saari b: 27 Mar 1883 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: Jul 1968 in Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw County, Michigan +Anna E. Kransi b: 02 Sep 1886 in Finland m: 01 Oct 1910 in Keweenaw Co., Michigan d: 27 May 1977 in Laurium, Houghton, Michigan

2 Carl Leo Saari b: 15 Jun 1884 in Keräsjänkkä, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: in Michigan

2 Oskar Arvid Höök aka: Saari b: 28 Nov 1887 in Kattilasaari, Neder-Torneå, Sweden d: 22 Feb 1974 in Haparanda, Norrbotten, Sweden +Fanny Matilda Rumaniemi b: 15 Sep 1895 in Keräsjoki, Neder-Torneå, Sweden m: Jul 1914 in Sweden d: 07 Oct 1970 in Haparanda, Larareh, Neder-Torneå, Sweden

Thanks to Cousin Jim Sandstrom and Cousin Gull-Britt Larsson helped with the information on this chart. They are descendants of Matilda and Arvid Höök.

William's name was either Willhelm Isak Saari or Isak Willhelm Saari. It was located in the records both ways. SEE HIS CHART ELSEWHERE.

From records that were obtained it is known that William Saari was naturalized in Saint Louis County, MN, July 28, 1900. His wife Hilda, stated on the federal census that she had become a citizen in 1900 but no record of that was located. Perhaps her marriage and through William's naturalization, gave her citizenship.

William Saari may have moved to Meeker County area some time around 1897 or 1898 according to the farm directory records.

The 1913 Farm Directory for Meeker County, MN listed William Saari with wife Hilda and children Walter, Wilbert, and Verner. He was on Section 9 and had been 15 years in the county of Meeker. He was listed in Kingston Township with a postal address of Kimball, MN. Ref: Kurth, Ann, comp. Benton, Meeker, and Todd Counties, Minnesota Farm Directory, 1913-14. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Webb Publishing Co. of St. Paul, MN. Collection of Minnesota County Atlases, #175, Roll 8. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 1913-14.

Year: 1930: Census Place: Kingston, Meeker, Minnesota; Roll: T626 1106; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 0908. Listed as head of household was William Saari, age 63, born Finland and he also listed that his parents were born in Finland. His wife was given as Hilda, age 64, born in Finland and she listed that both of her parents were also born in Finland. She was age 25 when she first married and William was age 24 when he first married. William was a farmer, doing general farm work and came to the US in 1888. Hilda listed that she too came in 1888. Both were speaking Finish. Children were listed as William J., age 36, single, born MN, son, doing farm work; and son Verner F., age 25, born in MN, and he listed that he was doing farm work. He first married at age 22. His wife, Irene M., was listed as age 21, and she first married at age 18. She was listed as a daughter-in-law, and was born in MN with both of her parents born in Sweden. The Saari family lived between the Isaacson and the Peterson families. And the Rumsey and the Lakander families lived nearby.

Meeker County, MN death certificate for William Saari listed his death date as March 17, 1950. Certificate ID# 1950-MN-008925 in Meeker County, MN. State File Number: 008925.

Notes

Pehr Pehrsson was listed as Peter Saari on Frank Saari's death certificate.

The general background of the Norbotten area may help to understand where the Pehr Pehrsson Hök was living and perhaps even why he was using the name of Kattilasaari.

Nedertorneå, is in the county of Norrbotten, and lies just where the Torneå River flows into the Gulf of Bothnia, on the border between Finland and Sweden and Kattilasaari is a town or an area in that location.

In the early days, the main source of livelihood was farming and also forestry, and even with fishing as a secondary occupation. Many of the villages in the parish had a pretty large population. However, Nedertorneå suffered some hardships after periods of famine and war that came during the 18th and the 19th centuries. The region was seriously affected economically during the 1808-1809 war with Russia. Their contact with the foreign army caused a large number of deaths - these deaths were often referred to as epidemics.

And then on 1809-09-05 it was created as Neder-Torneå from part of Nedertorneå fg in Finland (when Sweden lost Finland to Russia after the war). So in 1810 it transferred from Västerbottens län to Norrbottens län.

The city of Haparanda, which became a town in 1842, was founded to replace Torneå, which was ceded to Russia in 1809. A new Centre for trading and for guarding of the frontier began and was founded at that time. This was not very good because it resulted in a Swedish-speaking class of shopkeepers and civil servants in a Finnish speaking area.

In 1850 the town had 472 inhabitants and in 1895 the population had almost tripled to 1,291 inhabitants so there was some growth there in these early days.

What Records are There?


A complete examination of the registers have been recorded for 1818-1896 and the birth and baptismal registers for 1818-1896 with some information completed from earlier sources. The information on barns [children] and marriages is registered for 1783-1895 and the information on death and burials for 1814-1895. The migration registers have been recorded for 1820 through 1895. In 1810 Västerbottens län transferred to the name of Norrbottens län.

One problem is that after 1840 there are hardly any causes of deaths in the registers. Another problem is that there seems to be some peculiarities with the catechistic assessments. Many parishioners did get the same assessments, which indicates that there is some arbitrariness in the judgment. Study for this area is most interesting and adds to the knowledge that we already have about these early families of the Nedertorneå Norrbottens län areas of Sweden.

In the year of 1910 the name changed to Nedertorneå. And then on 1923-05-01 Seskarö kbfd was created. [kbfd means community or town]. On 1928-04-13 the name changed to Nedertorneå-Haparanda. Split into 3 kbfd: Nedertorneå, Haparanda and Seskarö kbfd. Haparande already had its own books for some time. It wasn't until 1975 that Nedertorneå and Haparanda kbfd joined. In 1976 Seskarö kbfd dissolved, i.e. and the area remains in Nedertorneå-Haparanda fg. So the church books give birth records from 1865 to1923.

On the 1870, 1880, and 1900 census the Pehr Hök or the Kattilasaari family was located as living in Nedertorneå Norrbottens län in Sweden. The name was reported in both ways and the record can be view below. Notice that in the brackets the English translation of some of the Swedish words.

SWEDISH RECORDS



1870 Census, Parish: Nedertorneå
Pehr Pehrsson Kattilasaari f. 1836 Nedertorneå Norrbottens län [land or county]
About the person About the household
Homeparish: Nedertorneå Residence: Nedertorneå County: Norrbotten
Year of birth: 1836 Place of birth: Parish of birth: Nedertorneå Norrbottens län [Norrbottens County]
Country of birth: Occupation: Bonde [farmer]
Title: Marital status: G (Married) Gender: M (Man)
Family status: Family status code: F (Father/husband)
Absence:
Other details: Finsk [Finish]
Declaration of faith:
SVAR volume: 000392 - Card nr: 5 - Page: 4 Row: 1
Persons in the household
Fam nr: 1
Pehr Pehrsson Kattilasaari f. 1836, Bonde [farmer; peasant society]
Brita Cajsa Fors f. [born] 1841
Johan Petter f. [born] 1865
Isak Wilhelm f. [born] 1867
Catharina Sofia f. [born] 1869
Brita Johanna f. [born] 1870

In 1890 the Per Kattilasaari family was still in Norrbottens. That census record reads that were living in Keräsjänkkä. The record is to follow:
1890 Census, Sweden, Nedertorneå Norrbottens län
Per Kattilasaari b. 1836 Neder-Torneå
About the person About the household
Homeparish: Neder-Torneå Residence: Keräsjänkkä
County: Norrbotten
Year of birth: 1836 Place of birth: Parish of birth: Neder-Torneå Occupation: Hemmansegare [a farmer] Title: Marital status: G (Married) Gender: M (Man)
Family status: Family status code: F (Father/husband)
other details: finne [Finish]
SVAR volume: 000396 Card nr: 10 - Page: 3 Row: 22
Persons in the household: Family no: 1
Per Kattilasaari b. 1836, Hemmansegare [a farmer]
Brita Kajsa Larsdotter b. 1841
Johan Petter b. 1865
Maria Gustava b. 1872
Eva Karolina b. 1874
Emma Josefina b. 1875
Fans Oskar b. 1877
Anna Henrika b. 1879
Alexander b. 1883
Carl Leo b. 1884
Oskar Avid b. 1887

In 1900 Frank Saari had returned to Sweden and he and his new wife were now living in the Per Persson household. That record is to follow:
1900 Census, Parish: Neder Torneå
Per Persson Hök (Kattilasaari) f. 1836 Neder Torneå
About the person About the household Homeparish: Neder Torneå
Residence: Keräsjänkkä County: Norrbotten
Year of birth: 1836 Place of birth: Parish of birth: Neder Torneå Country of birth:
Occupation: Hemmansegare [a farmer] Title:
Marital status: G (Married)
Gender: M (Man)
Family status: Family status code: F (Father/husband)
Absence:
Other details: f. (see 1890)
SVAR volume: CB0015 - Card nr: 41 - Page: 4 Row: 8
Persons in the household - Fam nr: 1
Per Persson Hök (Kattilasaari) f. 1836, Hemmansegare [a farmer]
Brita Kajsa Larsdotter f. [born] 1841
Anna Henrika f. [born] 1879
Alexander f. [born] 1883
Karl Leo f. [born] 1884
Oskar Arvid f. [born] 1887
Fam nr: 2
Frans Oskar f. [born[ 1877
Anna Teresia Isaksd: r K [wife]

The Swedish Church records listed another record that is important for this family. That record reads: Maria Gustava Kattilasaari - Sweden, Gender: Female Birth: 11 Feb 1872 Hietaniemi, Norrbotten, Sweden, dt of Pehr Kattilasaari and Brita Kaisa.

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