Svante Leonard Bjorkgren

#5894, b. 16 Oct 1852, d. 8 Jul 1930
Last Edited:7 Nov 2017
FatherSven Johan Björkgren1 b. 16 Nov 1819, d. 17 Apr 1900
MotherJohanna Sofia Johansdotter1 b. 25 Sep 1827

Children of Svante Leonard Bjorkgren and Georgia Kirk Wells

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
OccupationHe was a charter director and president of the Southern Homestead Association, which was organized in April 1925.2,3
BirthSvante Leonard Björkgren was born on 16 Oct 1852 at Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden, (or possibly St. Lars.)4,5,1
CensusHe appeared on the census of 1880 at Kalmar (H) County, Sweden.6
ImmigrationHe immigrated to New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, on 11 Apr 1882.7,8,1
MarriageHe married Georgia Kirk Wells, daughter of William Wells and Lavinia Durbin, on 27 Jul 1882 at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA. B. W. Lanier, a minister of the gospel, officiated over the marriage. Witnesses were E. R. Wells, F. J. Wells, and Eliza T. Anderson.9
Census1900Svant Lenard Bjorkgren (given age 47) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1900 census at Tangipahoa Parish, LA. With him was his wife Georgia, son(s) Svant J, Alfred L and William W, daughter(s) Mertie Lavina . Svant owned his farm free and clear. He was not naturalized, but had immigrated 19 years earlier in 1881.7
NaturalizationSvante Leonard Bjorkgren was naturalized on 23 Nov 1905 at Tangipahoa Parish, LA.8,10
Census1920S L Bjorkgren (given age 68) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1920 census, living at Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Georgia Bjorkgren (given age 63), son(s) Alfred Bjorkgren (given age 35) and William W Bjorkgren (given age 33). Svante immigrated to the U.S. in 1881, and was naturalized in 1903. The farm was mortgaged.10
Census1930S L Bjorken (given age 77) was enumerated as the head of a household on the 1930 census, living at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA. Also living in the house was his wife Georgia K. Bjorken (given age 73). Their home on Magnolia Street was valued at $5,000. He immigrated in 1882 and was a naturalized citizen.11
DeathSvante Leonard Bjorkgren died at age 77 of heart disease and kidney failure on 8 Jul 1930, at his residence on Magnolia Street in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.1,12,13
BurialHe was buried at Wetmore Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.12,13

Citations:

  1. [S592] Louisiana Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. death certificate.
  2. [S1564] The New Orleans Times-Picayune. New Orleans, LA. news article.
  3. [S1565] State Times Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. news article.
  4. [S1520] Ancestry.com. Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893. Census index.
  5. [S354] Martha Bjorkgren, interview. various dates.
  6. [S1317] Riksarkivet National Archives. SVAR, Digital Research Room. Online Index. https://sok.riksarkivet.se/svar-digitala-forskarsalen
  7. [S374] 1900 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  8. [S470] National Archives-Southwest Region. Fort Worth, TX. Card Index to U.S. Certificates of Naturalization, 1831-1906.
  9. [S718] S. L. Bjorkgren and Georgia K. Wells. Marriage certificate. Held by Joyce Rivette.
  10. [S375] 1920 U.S. census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  11. [S376] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. Tangipahoa Parish. population schedule.
  12. [S357] Wetmore Cemetery. Tangipahoa, LA, USA. Headstone.
  13. [S404] The Enterprise. Ponchatoula, La.
  14. [S595] Louisiana Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. death certificate.