Afkomandi Jóhönnu Guðnýjar Helgu Sveinsdóttur frá Löndum óskar eftir aðstoð20.Janúar'09 | 10:02
Í morgun barst ritstjóra eyjar.net skemmtilegur tölvupóstur frá manni að nafni David Johnson búsettum í Seattle í Bandaríkjunum. Hann er á leiðinni til Íslands og leitar hann núna ættinga sinna á Íslandi. Langamma hans fædd í Vestmannaeyjum 9.febrúar 1861 er Jóhanna Guðný Helga Sveinsdóttir frá Löndum.
Tölvupóstinn frá David má lesa hér að neðan:
My name is David Johnson and I live in Seattle, Washington, USA. I will be taking my first visit to Iceland in June 2009 but likely will not have an opportunity to visit Vestmannaeyjar. I wonder if you might have an opportunity to help me connect with distant relatives who may still be residing on Vestmannaeyjar by publishing this information in your local newspaper.
I would like to visit your island someday because this is where my great-grandmother was born and lived before immigrating to America in the late 1800s. I am very interested in learning if I have any relatives still living on the island (or elsewhere in Iceland for that matter). Attached are a few of the pictures I have of her, as well as her parents. I apologize for my Americanized writing. I am currently taking a beginning Icelandic language class and hope to do better soon. Here are the details that I know:
Johanna Guđny Helga Sveinsdottir
Born: 9 February 1861 at Lonđum, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Died: 27 May 1927 at Cleveland, Utah, USA
Johanna was known to be an exceptional seamstress and also was proficient at shearing sheep. This is how she earned money once she came to America. Although she married an Icelander in 1881 and arrived with him in America in 1882, she left that marriage shortly after their arrival. While in America, she went by her father's last name of Þóđarson. She remarried a Danish man in 1884 and they used the last name "Johnson" the remainder of their lives. I am descended from their youngest son, John Earl Johnson (1906 - 1969), who is my grandfather. This family photo in front of the house along the railroad tracks was taken in Cleveland, Utah about 1902. Johanna is of course the mother in this picture. Sjá mynd með frétt
Johanna's parents (my great-great-grandparents) were:
Born: 18 Feb 1827 at Felle, Vestur-Skaftfells, Iceland
Married: Helga Arnadottir in 1854 in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Moved to America: 1878
Died: 4 Dec 1901 at Cleveland, Utah, USA
Svein's father was Reverend Þóđar Brynjolfsson (1763-1840). When Svein's father died, he evidently went to Denmark to learn how to make wooden barrels. He was known to be a carpenter throughout most of his life.
Born: 6 July 1833 at Arnakeil, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Moved to America: 1878
Died: 15 Feb 1907 at Cleveland, Utah, USA
Helga's mother (my great-great-great-grandmother) also came to America late in her life. She was:
Born: 6 Sep 1794 at Kirkjulaek, Rangarvalla, Iceland
Married: October 1828 to Arni Haflidasson
Died: 14 Jun 1888 in Spanish Fork, Utah, USA
She was one of the first Icelanders to emigrate to America in 1854. The 1835 census in Iceland shows her living Hallbergshus, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland (age 41). I have no pictures of her, but I do have a photo of a large grave marker she has in Spanish Fork, Utah
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