John G Anderson

John G. Anderson was born in Sweden, likely at Urshult, on 5 Mar 1859 (628). According to the 1925 Iowa state census and obituaries at his death, John G. Anderson was a son of Andrew Anderson and his wife Bridget (Ericson) Anderson (708, 709).

John Anderson immigrated to the United States of America in 1879 at age 20 years, and by 12 Jun 1880 he was living in Dix Township of Ford County, Illinois where the 1880 federal census enumerates him as 21 years old and working as a farm laborer while living in the Robert Wilson household (702). According to the 1880 census, both parents of John G. Anderson were born in Sweden. In 1884 at age 24 years, John Guslov Anderson was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

John G. Anderson and Louise Johnson married in Ford County, Illinois on 6 Oct 1884 (706). Louise Sophia Johnson was a daughter of August Johnson and his wife Christene (Anderson) Johnson. At the time of their marriage, John Anderson was 25 years old and Louisa Johnson was age 19 years. Louisa Johnson was previously married to Swan A. Johnson; however, her maiden name was also Johnson. At the 1880 federal census, the Swan A. and Louisa Johnson family lived in Iroquois County, Illinois.

John G. Anderson appears on an 1890 tax list for Pigeon Grove Township in Iroquois County, Illinois (705).

While living in Illinois, four children were born to Louise and John Anderson (1020): Frank Walfrid Anderson on 29 Mar 1886; Jennie M. Anderson in about 1888; Claude Alvin Anderson on 23 Sep 1891 at Rankin in Vermilion County, Illinois; and Alice Mabel Anderson on 27 Jun 1893. Jennie Anderson died soon after birth.

The 19 Jun 1900 federal census of Iroquois County, Illinois enumerates the John G. Anderson household in Pigeon Grove Township (704). John Anderson was 41 years old, and the census recorded his immigration to the USA in 1879 at age 21. Both parents were born in Sweden. His wife Louisa (Johnson) Anderson was born in Sweden in Feb 1855. Both of her parents were also born in Sweden. At the 1900 census, the couple had been married 15 years. Living in the John Anderson household were a son Frank Anderson, age 14 and born in Mar 1886; a son Claud Anderson, age 10 and born in Oct 1889; and a daughter Alice Anderson, six years old and born in Sep 1893. All three children were born in Illinois.

Also living in the John Anderson household at the 1900 federal census were three children of Louisa Johnson by her first marriage to Swan A. Johnson: Albert Johnson, born in Mar 1877; Ustus Johnson, born Feb 1879; and Amanda Johnson, born in Apr of 1882. All three Johnson children were born in Illinois.

Before 8 Feb 1902, the John G. Anderson family migrated from Iroquois County, Illinois to Calhoun County, Iowa. On 1 Mar 1902, John G. Anderson purchased 280 acres of land in Calhoun County, Iowa from Sherrhod B. Adams for $16,600 (585). The deed by Sherrhod Adams describes the property as the southwest 1/4, the south 1/2 of the northwest 1/4, and the northeast 1/4 of the northwest 1/4 of Section 32 in Township 86 North of Range 31 West of the 5th Prime Meridian. The deed was filed on 3 Mar 1902.

The 1910 federal census of the Cedar Township of Calhoun County, Iowa enumerates the household of John G. Anderson and his wife Louisa (Johnson) Anderson (1018), 54 years old and born in Sweden. Also living in the John Anderson household were children: Frank Anderson, age 23; Claude Anderson, age 19; and Alice Anderson, age 16 years. All children were born in Illinois.

A 1911 plat of Cedar Township of Calhoun County, Iowa (Township 87 North of Range 31 West) shows John G. Anderson as the owner of the west part of Section 32, with the exception of 40 acres in the NW 1/4 belonging to J. W. Moore (1025).

The 16 Jan 1920 Federal Census of the Cedar Township of Calhoun County, Iowa enumerates the household of John G. Anderson, 64 years old and born in Sweden, and his wife Louisa Anderson, age 54 and born in Sweden (1019). A son 27 year-old son, Claude A. Anderson and his wife Hazel (Woodcock) Anderson, 23 years old,  were living in the John Anderson household. Claude Anderson was born in Illinois and was working as a Farmer. Hazel Anderson was born in Iowa.

At the 1930 Federal Census, John G. Anderson and Louise (Johnson) Anderson were both enumerated as 75 years old and living in Cedar Township of Calhoun County, Iowa (1023).

On 21 Jul 1936, John G. Anderson made a will at Lohrville in Calhoun County, Iowa naming his wife Louisa Anderson, children Frank Anderson, Claude Anderson, and Alice (Anderson) Picht as well as a stepson Eustace Johnson (1024). O. E. Van Horn and Audry Steele witnessed this will.

John G. Anderson died on 25 Nov 1938 at Rinard in Calhoun County, Iowa (1017). He was 79 years, 8 months, and 22 days of age. Services were held on 27 Nov 1938 in the Skaraborg Lutheran Church at Piper in Calhoun County. John Anderson is buried in Piper Cemetery in the Logan Township of Calhoun County, Iowa (628).

The Will of John G. Anderson was filed with the Clerk of the District Court in Calhoun County, Iowa on 30 Nov 1938. Letters of administration were issued to Claude Anderson on 7 Dec 1938 (1026).

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Notes and Comments

A passenger list for the SS Spain includes John G. Anderson, 21 years old and a laborer (1015).

The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index records the marriage of John G. Anderson and Louise Johnson in Ford County, Illinois on 6 Oct 1884 (706). Louise Johnson is listed as “Mrs. Louise Johnson (Johnson),” implying that she married previously, but that her maiden name was also Johnson. The Illinois marriage index also records the marriage of Louisa Sophia Johnson to S. A. Johnson in Ford County, Illinois on 2 May 1874 (1027). Presumably, this was the first marriage of Louise Johnson.

Louisa Sophia Johnson married John G. Anderson after the death of her first husband, Swan A. Johnson. Based on the 1990 Federal Census, it appears that John G. Anderson and Louisa Sophia  (Johnson) Anderson may have lived in Iroquois County, Illinois home owned by Swan A. Johnson prior to his death. Presumably, Sophia Anderson inherited the property and proceeds from its sale may have provided the $16,600 used to purchase land in Calhoun County, Iowa in 1902.

The certificate of the death of John G. Anderson states that he was born in “Oshultel, Sweeden” (1017).  Sweden is misspelled throughout the death certificate, and Oshultel may refer to Urshult, a community in the Tingsryd Municipality of Kronberg County, Sweden. John Anderson’s son Claude A. Anderson was the informant for the death certificate.

Piper Cemetery is located in the Logan Township of Calhoun County, Iowa at: 42.36944° north latitude, -94.54167° west longitude. The certificate of the death of John G. Anderson states that he was buried in the Skaraborg Cemetery in Logan Township of Calhoun County, Iowa on 27 Nov 1938 (1017).


138. Beaumont E. Stonebraker (Ed.). Past and Present of Calhoun County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement. Pioneer Publishing, Chicago, Illinois, 1915. (Images: PDF and MOBI files on file.)

585. Deed by Sherrhod B. Adams to John G. Anderson, Cedar Township, Calhoun County, Iowa, 280 acres, 8 Feb 1902. Calhoun County, Iowa Deed Book 28, Page 516. (Image on file.)

628. Gravestone. John Guslov Anderson and Louisa Sophis (Johnson) Anderson. Piper Cemetery, Calhoun County, Iowa. Find A Grave Memorials 133610893 and 133611647. (Images on file.)

629. Standard Atlas of Calhoun County, Iowa. George A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1911. (Selected images on file.)

702. John Guslov Anderson Household, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Ford County, Illinois, 12 Jun 1880. Roll  206, Family History Film 1254206, Page 304D, Enumeration District 109, Image 0612. (Images: Image on file.)

704. John G. Anderson Household, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Iroquois County, Illinois, 19 Jun 1900. Roll T623 308, Page 13A, Enumeration District 26. (Images: Image on file.)

705. Index to Iroquois County, Illinois 1890 Tax List. Iroquois County Genealogical Society, Old Courthouse Museum, Watseka, Illinois.

706. Marriage License, John G. Anderson and Louise Johnson. Ford County, Illinois, 6 Oct 1884. License Number 00002024, Volume 1, Page 79. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Illinois State Archives. URL: .

708. Obituaries, John G. Anderson, Calhoun County, Iowa, Dec 1938. (Original clippings and images on file.)

709. John G. Anderson Household, 1925 Iowa State Census, Calhoun County, Iowa. Roll IA1925_1632, Line 16. (Images: Image on file.)

1015. Passenger List, S.S. Spain, 1879. (Image on file.)

1017. John Gustaf Anderson, Certificate of Death, Calhoun County, Iowa, 25 Nov 1938. Iowa State Department of Health, Des Moines, Iowa. State Historical Society of Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; Iowa Death Records; Reference Number: 101821070. (Images: Image on file.)

1018. John G. Anderson Household, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Cedar Township, Calhoun County, Iowa, USA, 21 Apr 1910. Enumeration District 0026, Roll T624_394, Page 5A, FHL microfilm 1374407. (Images: Image on file.)

1019. John G. Anderson Household, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Cedar Township, Calhoun County, Iowa, USA, 16 Jan 1920. Enumeration District 32, Roll T625_480, Page 6A. (Images: Image on file.)

1020. Transcription of Anderson Family Bible Records by Hazel (Woodcock) Anderson, 13 Jun 1967. (Original and image on file.)

1023. John G. Anderson Household, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Calhoun County, Iowa. 21 Apr 1930. Enumeration District 7, Roll 645, Page 4A, Image 858.0. (Images: Image on file.)

1024. Will of John G. Anderson, Lohrville, Calhoun County, Iowa, 21 Jul 1936. (Original transcription and image on file.)

1025. 1911 Plat of Cedar Township in Calhoun County, Iowa. (Image on file.)

1026. Disposition of the Estate of John G. Anderson, Calhoun County, Iowa, 7 Dec 1938. (Images on file.)

1027. Marriage of Swan A. Johnson and Louisia Sophia Johnson, Ford County, Illinois, 2 Mar 1874. Volume A, Page 28, License 885. Illinois State Marriage Records, Illinois State Public Record Offices. (Database:

1043. Feature “Piper Cemetery.” Calhoun County, Iowa, ID: 1995886. Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, Reston, Virginia.

1044. Obituary for Milton Anderson, Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Fort Dodge, Iowa.