Anna Maria Wåtz

Anna Maria Wåtz[1]

Female 1874 - 1957  (82 years)

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  • Name Anna Maria Wåtz  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 23 Sep 1874  Lofta, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Address:
    Överum 
    • age 35 in 1910, 45 in 1920, 50 in 1925, 55 in 1930
    Gender Female 
    Emigration 6 Apr 1890  United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrival 1891  [3
    Immigration 1891  Manhattan, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1910  Plumb, Wabaunsee, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1920  Waterloo, Lyon, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1925  Waterloo, Lyon, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1930  Waterloo, Lyon, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Death 1957 
    Died 1957  Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14  Swanstrom
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2021 

    Father Johan August Wåtz,   b. 7 Jul 1843, Lofta, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1914, Lofta, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Klara Mathilda Svanström,   b. 10 Aug 1847, Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1913, Lofta, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1873  Lofta, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F60  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eric Edward Olson,   b. 1859, Nyhuttan, Västmanland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married Bef 1903  Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1903 
    Children 
     1. Clarence E. Olson,   b. Abt 1904, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Agnes Marie Olson,   b. 1 Nov 1906, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 2000, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • She came to Kansas as a young girl at the invitation of her uncle (probably Petter Magnus Svanström) in the area of Leonardsville. She might have traveled in the company of her cousin Adolf Svanström, who came to America the same year.

      Björn Wootz, her nephew, wrote "Through the open door in the year 1893 in an early morning Anna, her parents, Johan and Matilda and hers sister and brothers Augusta, John, Axel and Albin walked heavily loaded to the railwaystation in Överum and took the small local train up to the main railwaystation some four hours away.

      "The railway was constructed in 1879 so this was probably one of her first trips. Because a blacksmith in Sweden during those days was very poor and in the Wootz family was seven persons. You can imagine the feeling to see the train starting, slowly accelerate and disappear into the big forests in this part of Sweden. And the whole family understood deeply that they will never meet again. In Anna's case she came back during the summer of 1955. All five Wootz children was still alive. I visited that reunion. I was 11 years old and remenber a lot of tears and feelings."

      Anna later worked in Chicago before going to Topeka. In Topeka she married Eric Olson. In 1903 they moved to Wilmington, a few miles west of Burlingame. They lived on a farm there until they moved to the Stotler community, a community of Swedes, about seven miles south. They had two children: Clarence and Marie. Marie never married and is the source of this information.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1406] Marie Olson (1993).

    2. [S8] 1910 United States Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Plumb, Wabaunsee, Kansas; Roll: T624_459; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0140; FHL microfilm: 1374472.

    3. [S3] 1920 United States Federal Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Waterloo, Lyon, Kansas; Roll: T625_538; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 64.

    4. [S11] Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_85; Line: 28.

    5. [S6] 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Waterloo, Lyon, Kansas; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0029; FHL microfilm: 2340444.