"Andrew" Anders Jonsson4 5 Printz4 5
|Birth||21 JUN 18334 5 ||4 5 |
Soldier #8, Hälsingland Regiment
|Emigrate||28 MAY 1869|
from Åsen to Illionois, U.S.A with his second wife and children
Next door to [his brother] Peter Nord
Also in the household was [his brother], John Sholin with wife & 2 sons. Next door was [his daughter], Mrs. Bureman.
|Death||16 OCT 1914|
Aged: 81.3 years
Occupation: Soldier in Sweden Andrew Printz was born Anders Jonsson. He acquired the surname, Printz, in the Swedish army. Andrew is another form of the Swedish name, Anders.
In 1869, after his first wife, Carin Nildotter, had died, Andrew immigrated to America with his new wife, his children with his first wife, and his first wife's mother, Anna Larsdotter. They went first to Illinois, most likely to the Henry County area, where earlier friends and relatives had gone, the one who had pioneered the religious community of Erik Janssonists at Bishop Hill. After the sect disbanded, there were still a number of Swedes living in the area, and they provided cultural support for any newcomers.
However, within a year, Andrew and his family, as well as a number of other relatives, set out for Kansas, where there was still land to be had in exchange for hard work. Like other pioneers in the Clay County area, Andrew's first house must have been a "soddy," carved out of the side of a hill, and covered with sod, since lumber had to be imported. Andrew was a pioneer of the Swedish Methodist-Episcopal Church. Their first meetings were held in the sod houses of its members.
However, after land was broken, and crops began to yield fruit, Andrew attained the means to have lumber brought in for his first proper house.
From the Kansas 1885 State Census for Garfield Township, Clay County, Kansas, SLC microfilme #0975721, photocopy supplied by Linda Lawson:
taken 1 March 1885, James Smith, assessor, Peach Grove Post Office, page 42
Dwelling #81, family 81
Printz, Andrew, age 52, male, white, married, farmer, born in Sweden,
came to Kansas from Illinois.
Sholen, John age 54, male, white, married, shoemaker, born in Sweden, came to Kansas from Sweden.
Sholen, C, age 54, female, white, married, born in Sweden, came to Kansas from Sweden.
Sholen, C, age 19, male, white, single, born in Sweden, came to Kansas from Sweden.
Sholen, Ed, age 10, male, white, single, born in Sweden, came to Kansas from Sweden.
Next door is Bureman, C.G. and two other Bureman family members.
John Sholen was called Johan Jonsson Sjölin in Sweden. He was an older brother to Anders Printz. Before Anders, later called Andrew, and his family left Sweden, Johan Sjölin and Kerstin Jonsdotter [Sjölin's wife] had been godparents at the baptism of Andrew's daughter, Anna.
More on Printz, Andrew from 1885 state census:
Farmer; owner; 52 acres under fence; 162 acres not under fence; 214 acres total; cash value of farm - $4000; value of farming implements - $25; total wages paid for year - $64; 400 rods of wire fence; 8 acres winter wheat; 90 acres corn; 20 acres oats; 1000 bushels corn on hand as of 1 March 1885; 70 acres prairie grass under fence; 20 tons of prairie cut in 1884; 300 (or too?) pounds of dairy made in family; 5 horses; 6 milk cows; 20 other cattle; 52 swine; 1 horse, 4 other cattle, and 7 swine died of disease in 1884; value of animals fattened and slaughtered or sold for slaughtering during year ending 1 March 1885 - $155; 20 apple and 20 peach bearing; 160 apple, 3 plum and 50 cherry trees not bearing, 10 acres vineyard; 1 dog; 5 acres maple trees; 5 acres cottonwood trees; and 5 acres other tree varieties
From the Kansas 1895 State Census for Clay Center Township, Clay Co., 1895, transcribed by Linda Lawson from SLC microfilm #570247:
8 2 Andrew Printz, age 62, male, white, born in Sweden, moved to Kansas
Anna, age 56, female, white, born in Sweden, moved to Kansas from Sweden.
(?), age 32
4 acres owned, 4 under cultivation
present cash vale 200
implements value 10
Value poultry & eggs 15
sold in year ending March 1895
pounds of butter made 50
value of milk 10
milk cows 1
From the 1900 Federal Census for Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas, transcribed by Linda Lawson from SLC microfilm #1240474 (supervisor's district #5, enumeration district #6, page 2A:
Dwelling #38, family #38
Printz, Andrew, head of family, white male, born June, 1833, age 66, married 10 years in present marriage, born in Sweden as were both parents, immigrated in 1869, 31 years in U.S., naturalized, farmer, yes to can read, write, and speak English, owned home and farm.
Printz, Anna, wife of head of family, white female, born March 1839, age 61, married ten years in present marriage, mother of no children, no children living, born in Sweden as were both parents, year of immigration 1888, in US 12 years, can read and write but cannot speak English.
The following website provides information on the migration from Alfta parish to America. This is the website for Migranternas Hus, or House of Emigrants. Also, try the link at the website below for Bishop Hill for some more background on the earlier emigrants from Alfta, some of whom were related.
The source for the following is from the Alfta Släktbok, 1 B 20:
10 Anders Jonsson Printz A. Printz är s. to sold. J. Ehn i Åsen, Alfta. G. 19/1 1857. Sold. nr 8 vid Häls. reg. Bos. i Åsen >>Elds>>. Emigr. i N. Amerika 1869.
Anders Jonsson Printz [cross-referenced with his birth family at Alfta Släktbok, 1 B 10] was a son of the soldier, Jonas Ehn, who lived in Åsen, Alfta. He was married [to Carin Nilsdotter] 19 Jan 1857. He was soldier #8 with the Hälsingland Regiment. He lived in Åsen [ in the house built by Elds - in Alfta]. He emigrated to North America in 1869.