02 March 2010

Fearless Females: Day 2

Today's prompt: Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?
This is a photo of my Swedish great-great-grandmother Christina Lotta Jonsdotter. She was born 4 Jul 1839 in SlottsbÀcken, Locknevi, Kalmar, SmÄland, Sweden and died on 10 Oct 1919 in Gordon, Sheridan Co., NE. She must have been living with her son, my great-grandfather's family when she died since Gust JOHNSON's family is in Gordon in the 1920 US Census.

Stina, as she was also called, arrived in New York on 25 Apr 1881 on the ship The City of Paris. She came to the New World with her husband, Carl Jacob JOHNSON, and their five children.

The photo was probably taken between 1890 and 1910 in Henry Co., IL. I like it because it shows that Stina was not a slave to fashion, but was a very practical woman. The photograph also has an ethnic feel to it. She may be in America, but she is still Swedish through and through.

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