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Olof Nilsson + Margreta Olsdotter
Johan Jonsson + Margretta Pehrsdotter
Lars Andersson Rolig + Krstina Jansdotter Tallström
Olof Grip + Sara Pehrsdotter
Parents
Jonas Olsson Ehn10 APR 1792 -- 7 JAN 1877avatar
Brita Jansdotter11 DEC 1793 -- 25 NOV 1858avatar
Johan "Jan" Roberg24 OCT 1804 -- 6 MAR 1866avatar
Christina Olsdotter Grip11 OCT 1791 -- 14 MAR 1870avatar
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Spouses
Marriage21 APR 1850
Jan Jonsson & Kerstin robert, daughter of Jan Roberg; Alfta församling=Alfta Assembly
Names

Events

Johan Jonsson "Jan"10 Sjölin10
 
John Sholen

Birth20 MAR 182810 10
Hälsingland
Christen21 MAR 1828
Military
 
Sweden
Soldier #90, Hälsingland Regiment
Flag of Sweden
Reside1876-1880
Also living in the household was Karl Johan, listed incorrectly as Johan's son. He was a "love-child" of Johan's daughter, Kerstin.
Immigrate28 OCT 1884
 
on the ship, "Servia," with wife and two youngest sons
Reside188510
 
10
with wife and youngest two sons in the household of Johan's brother, Andrew Printz10
Deathabt 1891
 
most likely in Northeastern Kansas, very likely at Garfield Township, Clay Co.
Graveunknown
Aged: 62.8 years
Witnesses to Johan's baptism were the solder, Johan Stam, and his wife, Kerstin Nilsdotter.

The Alfta Släktbok gives this short account for Johan: "Joh. Sjölin är s. t. sold. J. Ehn i Åsen, Kyrkbyn, Alfta. G. 21/3/1850. Sold. nr 90 vid Häls, reg. Bos i Åsen, Kyrkbyn, Alft. Emigr. t. N. Amerika 1884."

Translation: "Johan Sjolin was a son of the soldier, Johan Ehn of Åsen, Kyrkbyn, Alfta. He was married on 21 March 1850. He was soldier number 90 with the Helsingland Regiment. He lived in Åsen, Kyrkbyn [in Alfta Parish]. He emigrated to North America in 1884."

Johann Jonsson joined the Swedish army. In the army, he was first given the surname of Schön and then Sjölin. This was common practice in Sweden, a land where there was not a large diversity of surnames. Giving each soldier a unique surname make it easier to keep track of who was whom.

This is how our family got the name Sjölin, which was Americanized later to Sholin. Somewhere along the line, either Johan, himself, or perhaps his sons, decided to keep the Johan's soldier name, Sjölin. When they came to "Amerika" the brothers, especially Jonas, tried different versions of the name, to make it more "American." Various documents verified as belonging to Jonas show some form of the name: Sjholin, Sjolin, Sholine, and finally, Sholin. Jonas came to America a few years before his parents and two youngest brothers, and he seems to have been the last one to "codify" his name as Sholin.

As a solider, Johan probably also had a small plot of land on which to grow some crops for the family. Many of our Swedish ancestors served in the military. Every municipal district had to have a certain number of men who served, and often these posts would be taken over by someone else, who sometimes even took over the name used by the previous person in that position. These soldiers often had small plots of land for raising crops when they weren't actively serving in the military. Johan also was a shoemaker.

Johan, his wife, and two youngest sons emigrated to America on 10 October 1884. At first, they lived with Johan's brother, Andrew Printz, who had come to America with his second wife and the children of his first marriage in 1869. (Known as Anders Jonsson Printz in Sweden, he had acquired his own surname, Printz, in the Swedish Army.) 

The 1885 Kansas State Census shows Johan as John Sholen, still another form of the name. Andrew seems to have been doing rather well by the time his older brother and family came to America:

From the Kansas 1885 State Census for Garfield Township, Clay County, Kansas, taken 1 March 1885, was the following:

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, a 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. [This was Carl Gustave "Gus" Bureman, husband of Andrew Printz' daughter, Anna. Gus Printz was listed by Charles Sholin as someone of good character who could vouch for him when Charles signed up a second time for the U.S. Army.]

More on Printz, Andrew form 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 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

In Sweden, Johan Sjölin and Kerstin Jonsdotter [Sjölin's wife] had been godparents at the baptism of Anders Printz's daughter, Anna., who was born 30 April 1858. They were also godparents after the birth of Brita Nord, born 27 August 1851, daughter of Per Jonsson Nord, who was a full brother of both Johan and Anders. Per, known as Peter Nord in the U.S., also came to America with his family and lived in Clay County, Kansas.

John Sholin, a.k.a. Johan Jonsson Sjölin, died after the 1885 census was taken, almost certainly in Northeastern Kansas. Most likely he died in Garfield Township, or possibly at Scandia, Republic County where his son, Jonas lived for a time with his wife and chidlren. However, no trace of a grave has been found. [NOTE: Some creators of family trees have placed his death in Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas. This is undoubtedly a result I had made years ago as a rookie genealogist.  Johan's wife briefly lived there with her son, Olaf, after she had already been widowed.]

By the time of the 1895 Kansas State Census, Johan's widow, Christina Sholin, was living with her son, Olof Sholin, in Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas. Olaf had only recently moved there, so Christina probably went to live with Olaf as a widow. By 1900, all of our Sholins were either out west or in the army, never to return to Kansas. One son, however, was in the U.S., but not found here. He was Johan's oldest child, Johan Johansson, who came to the U.S. with his uncle, Anders Printz, in 1869. That son was most likely died between 1898 and 1900, but what name he was using or where he lived is a mystery.



Christine Jansdotter3 6 Roberg3 6
 
Kerstin Jansdotter Rolig

Birth28 AUG 18313 6 3 6
Hälsingland
Reside1876-1880
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLK4-5X54
Emigrate10 OCT 1884
from destination: "Clay Center, USA"
Immigrate28 OCT 18843
 
3
on the ship, "Servia," with husband and two youngest sons3
Reside1885
 
C. Shalen, with husband & 2 youngest children in the household of her husband's brother, Andrew Printz
Reside1900
in the household of her son, Peter Sholin, next door to [son], Olaf Sholin & his family.
Reside19106
 
6
Listed as Peter Sholin's mother-in-law [sic]. She was his mother.6
Dir.1910
 
h 3 end Davenport
widow of John Sholin; boards with J. Sholin
Death23 JAN 1911
 
in Arleta, now a part of Portland
Grave
Plot H, 2-8, 3
Aged: 79.4 years

Cherstin Jansdotter was also known as Cherstin Roberg and Kerstin Rolig. Sometimes first name appears as Kerstin. In the United States, she was known as Christine or Christina Sholin. The surnames, Roberg and Rolig were used by Cherstin's father. It is not known why he used both surnames. His daughter's name is found in the records with her patronymic surname, Jansdotter [daughter of "Jan," a diminutive of "Johan"], and in other records with one or other of her father's surnames of Roberg and Rolig.

Christina's first cousins, Peter Larson Kraft and Jonas Larson (brothers and grandsons of Christina's grandparents, Olof Grip and Sara Pehrsdotter, both had come to America with their families in 1868-9. When Christina lived in Clay County, her first cousins were living in nearby Republic County.

On 25 Mar 1895, the first U.S. Army recruitment papers for her son, Charles Sholin, shows that his mother was living in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Christine's husband had died circa 1891. Also, her son, Olaf, had received an early release from the army to care for his widowed mother. He was married in Baxter Springs and was enumerated there in the 1895 Kansas State Census. So it can be safely assumed that Christine was living there with Olaf.

However, by 26 March 1898, Charles' second recruitment papers show Christine living in Carson City, Washington. This place is in Skamania County. As is shown below, Christine was living in that county with her son, Peter, though Olof, too, was enumerated at the same place in that year. She must have moved from Kansas to Washington State between March, 1898, and 1900.

The 1900 census shows Christine living with her son, Peter. In the Federal Census for Wind River, Skamania, Washington, Peter's household is enumerated as follows: Sjolin, Pete, head, white, male, born May 1854, age 46, b. in Sweden, year of immigration: 1881, 19 years in the U.S. naturalized (no date), farmer, can read, write, and speaks English, home owned, free of mortgage and a farm.

Continuing with Peter's household was Edward, his brother, white, male, born Mar 1875, age 25, single, born in Sweden, immigrated 1884, 16 years in the U.S. an alien, can read, write, and speaks English. Christine, (unintelligible, probably "mother"), white, female, born Oct 1831, age 68, widowed, mother of 10 children - 7 of whom were still alive; born in Sweden, immigrated 1884, 16 years in U.S. could read and write but did not speak English.
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses
1

Johan 

17 SEP 1848bef 1910  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Alfta parish  
2+

Jonas 

11 JUL 18516 JUN 1913  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Alfta, Kirkbyn Johanna Sophia "Sophia" Hanson 
3

Peter 

5 JUN 185415 JUL 1925  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Alfta Mary ___, Anna J. Bodean 
4

Anders 

9 MAY 185713 MAR 1865  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Kyrkbyn, Alfta parish  
5+

Christine 

10 APR 186021 NOV 1930  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Alfta, Kyrkbyn Karl August Söderberg 
6

Brita 

30 DEC 186230 DEC 1862  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Kyrkbyn, Alfta parish  
7+

Olaf 

22 NOV 18645 OCT 1947  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Alfta Parish, Runemo Caroline Gustavsson 
8☯☹

Andrew 

25 NOV 186824 FEB 1946  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Kyrkbyn, Alfta parish  
9+

Charles "Charlie" 

30 DEC 187122 DEC 1942  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Alfta Parish, Runemo Nellie Emelie Jensen 
10

Edward 

18 MAR 18756 OCT 1946  Sweden, Gävleborgs län, Norrala Mollie Robertson 
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Brita "Betsy" NordGodchild and niece
  1. Book:Alfta Släktbok, 1 B 19; compilation of genealogies of Alfta residents;
NameRelation
Brita "Betsy" NordGodchild
  1. Book:Alfta Släktbok, 1 B 19; compilation of genealogies of Alfta residents;
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Sources
  1. Findagrave Johan Jonsson "John" Sjolin
  2. FamilySearch Johan, son of Jonas Ehn & Brita Jansdotter, Sweden, Gavleborg Church Records; index 1671-1860
  3. FamilySearch Johan, Sweden, Gävleborg Church Records (baptism)
  4. FamilySearch Jöhan Sjölin Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930
  5. FamilySearch Per Jonsson, Sweden Baptisms
  6. FamilySearch Peter Sholin, document #4, Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
  7. Book:"Alfta Släktbok" (Alfta Family book), 1B 18; compilation from Parish records of all families who lived in Alfta;
  8. Book:"Alfta Släktbok" (Alfta Family book), 1B 10; compilation from Parish records of all families who lived in Alfta; Alfta, Hälsingland, Sweden;
  9. Book:Alfta Släktbok, 1 B 19; compilation of genealogies of Alfta residents;
  10. Census: KS, Clay Co, Garfield Township. 1885 Kansas State Census for Garfield, Clay, Kansas;
  11. Other: Sholin homepage, Virginia Sholin Smallwood and David Guse; Currently off-line.; Contains stories and photos of Sholins and some of their descendants.;
  12. Other: Emibas migration file ID: Alfta X 1884 079.;
  13. Website:AnsedelJohan Jonsson Sjölin; An excellent website by Kjell Bjurman (in Swedish). This page shows the pedigree chart at the top, and the family group at the bottom.; Note: "X" refers to Gävleborg, once known as Hälsingland, & "W" stands for Dalarna, once known as Kopparberg;
  14. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Jan Jonsson and Kerstin Roberg, Sweden, Gavleborg Church Records
  1. Findagrave Kerstin "Christina" Jansdotter Sholin
  2. FamilySearch Johan, Sweden, Gävleborg Church Records (baptism)
  3. FamilySearch New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891
  4. FamilySearch Per Jonsson, Sweden Baptisms
  5. FamilySearch Peter Sholin, document #4, Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
  6. FamilySearch United States Census, 1910
  7. Book:"Alfta Släktbok" (Alfta Family book), 1B 18; compilation from Parish records of all families who lived in Alfta;
  8. Book:Alfta Släktbok (Alfta Family Book), 5 K 13; An excellent compilation from Parish records of all families who lived in Alfta Parish, compiled from parish records;
  9. Book:Portland, Oregon City Directories; various years; hard copies; private collection; includes several surrounding communities;
  10. Book:Alfta Släktbok, 1 B 19; compilation of genealogies of Alfta residents;
  11. Census: KS, Clay Co, Garfield Township. 1885 Kansas State Census for Garfield, Clay, Kansas;
  12. Other: Sholin homepage, Virginia Sholin Smallwood and David Guse; Currently off-line.; Contains stories and photos of Sholins and some of their descendants.;
  13. Other: photo album once owned by Christina (Jonsdotter) Sholin (1831-1911); now owned by Virginia Sholin Smallwood; The original owner died in Portland, Oregon.;
  14. Other: Oregon Historical Records Index; deaths, delayed birth, enlistments, guardianships, marriages, etc.;
  15. Website:AnsedelKerstin Jansdotter, 1831-1911; An excellent website by Kjell Bjurman (in Swedish). This page shows the pedigree chart at the top, and the family group at the bottom.; Note: "X" refers to Gävleborg, once known as Hälsingland, & "W" stands for Dalarna, once known as Kopparberg;
  16. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Jan Jonsson and Kerstin Roberg, Sweden, Gavleborg Church Records
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