52 Ancestors · Prompts · Spouse

#11 Mann Family

Front row Left to right-Myrtle, Enzil, Virgil, Martha, Lillian, and Joyce. Back row L. to R.- Fred, Herbert, Leonard, Violet, Ray, Fay, Ellen, Frank, Vesta, and Nancy.

My husband’s grandmother was Lillian Mann Eklund. She had 14 brothers and sisters, some born in Tennessee and some born in Michigan depending on where their father, Virgil Mann, had a job at the time of their births. Virgil and his wife Martha Byrd were married May 7, 1927 in Carter County, Tennessee. Their 15 children were born between 1928 and 1953. Their first child, a son named Richard, was born on April 19, 1928 in Adrian, Michigan. He died on New Year’s Day 1929 of pneumonia and whooping cough at 8 months old. He was buried in Palmyra Cemetery. At the time, the family lived at 921 E. Beecher in Adrian.


The Manns’ next four children were daughters. Their 2nd child was born in November 1929 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, but the family was back in Adrian for the 1930 census on April 9th. Lillian was born June 7, 1931 in Palmyra, Michigan. In the 1932 Adrian City Directory, Virgil was listed as a laborer for Ervin Foundry & Manufacturing Company. Their 4th child, Myrtle, was born in December 1932 in Michigan.

In the 1934 city directory, Virgil was listed as a molder at the same company, and their 5th child was born in Michigan in September 1934. The Manns’ next three children were sons. Their 6th child was born in 1936 in Tennessee, while their 7th child was born in Michigan in April 1939. In the 1940 census, taken April 9th, the family was renting a house in Palmyra, Lenawee County, Michigan for $10 a month and Virgil’s occupation was listed as “hauling iron” at Ervin Foundry. The Manns’ 8th child was born in Adrian, Michigan in February 1941. Their 9th child, a daughter, was born in September 1942. Their 10th and 11th children were a set of twins, a boy and a girl, born in June 1944 in Tennessee. The Manns’ 12th child, a daughter, was born in Tennessee in October 1945. Their 13th child, a son, was born in 1947 in Tennessee. Their 14th and 15th children, both daughters were born in Michigan in 1950 and 1953 respectively. In 1951, Myrtle was a senior at Adrian High School, while Lillian was married in December of 1951.

Martha died November 20, 1981 in Franklin County (Tennessee) Hospital at the age of 74.  Virgil died March 31, 1984, aged 78, at the same hospital. At the time, he was living in Elora, Tennessee. They are both buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Huntland, Tennessee.

virgil and twins
Virgil Mann and his twin great-grandsons in 1983. My husband is the one on the left.

Week11 (March 11-17) – Large Family

52 Ancestors · Maternal · Prompts · Spouse

#7 Grandparents in Love

I love finding pictures of my grandparents when they were young and in love. So sweet!

My maternal grandparents, Helen (Oakes) & Charles Wilson on June 4, 1932
My husband’s paternal grandparents, Ellsworth & Lillian (Mann) Eklund, in 1948
My husband’s paternal great-grandparents Leonard and Mayme (Kivi) Eklund on their wedding day, June 23, 1931

Week 7 (February 11-17): Love

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#28 Leonard & Mayme

I really like this photo of my husband’s great-grandparents Leonard Eklund and Mayme Kivi and it looks like it goes with today’s “road trip” theme. I think it was taken either on their wedding day or soon after. They were married June 23, 1931. Even though Leonard lived in Ironwood, Michigan and Mayme was from Kimball, Wisconsin, they were married in Lake Linden, Gogebic County, Michigan up in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Leonard & Mayme, young and in love, c1931
Lake Linden's Main Street in 1935.
Lake Linden’s Main Street in 1935
Keweenaw NHP Archives, Curto Collection

52 Ancestors #28 – Road Trip

Prompts · Spouse

Lifespans of Husband’s 3rd Great-Grandparents

My husband’s 32 great-great-grandparents are, by ahnentafel number:

32. Elias Hansson Eklund (1841-1891), 50 years
33. Lizzie Olafsdotter (1841-1930), 89 years
34. Johan Stenbacka (?-?), ?? years
35. Suava Mattson (?-?), ?? years
36. Tuomas Henriksson Skinnari (1821-1896), 75 years
37. Sanna Liisa Hietanen (1838-1912), 74 years
38. Matti Halvas (?-?), ?? years
39. Wilhelmina Sarvela (?-?), ?? years
40. Joseph Richard Mann (1850-1929), 79 years
41. Missouri Frances Martin (1847-1925), 78 years
42. Asa Bradley (1857-1932), 75 years
43. Nora Jane Pate (1859-1937), 78 years
44. Blake Byrd (1853-1932), 79 years
45. Caroline Clark (1855-1937), 82 years
46. Cornelius Brewer (1850-1918), 68 years
47. Martha Fields (1853-1903), 50 years
48. Johann George Becker (1826-1886), 60 years
49. Elisabeth Kline (1832-1905), 73 years
50. John Knisel (1834-1914), 80 years
51. Dorothea Straber (1838-1890), 52 years
52. Frank Dunham (1862-1935), 73 years
53. Elizabeth Bowersox (1864-1945), 81 years
54. Bernhard Flick (1859-1933), 74 years
55. Paulina Garbe (1861-1941), 80 years
56. Warren Salisbury (1820-1894), 74 years
57. Fidelia Pinkerton (1840-1892), 52 years
58. Nelson Grodi (1839-1924), 85 years
59. Margaret Bushroe (1850-1916), 66 years
60. ? (?-?), ?? years
61. Martha Amstutz (1865-1922), 57 years
62. Gottlieb Krauter (1853-1933), 80 years
63. Anna Mary Ertel (1860-1927), 67 years

The average birth year for third-greats is 1846, with a range from 1820 to 1865. (Calculated with 27 of 32 birth years).

The average death year for third-greats is 1918, with a range from 1886 to 1945. (Calculated with 27 of 32 death years).

The average lifespan is about 72 years, with a range of 50 to 89 years. Males average lifespan is 73 years, and females average lifespan is 70 years.


Ironwood Genealogy Trip – Eklund Family


This summer my husband and I traveled to Ironwood and the Keweenaw Peninsula for our vacation. His Eklund and Kivi ancestors settled there after arriving from Finland, most of the men working in the iron ore mines.

Last time, I discussed the Kivi family, related to my husband’s great-grandmother Mayme. This time, I’d like to talk a little about the Eklund family, relatives of my husband’s great-grandfather Leonard. The Ironwood Daily Globe is fully searchable at Ancestry.com for the years 1919-1977 and has been an invaluable resource. Ancestry also has a U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 collection, which includes Ironwood’s Luther L. Wright High School, where Leonard attended.

Leonard Eklund's senior picture from the 1927 Hematite
Leonard Eklund’s senior picture from the 1927 yearbook, the Hematite

Leonard’s parents and sister are buried in Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood. His father Erick Eliasson Eklund came to the U.S. in 1896 and, in the 1900 census, worked as a mine laborer in Ironwood living with his brother Emil, sister Sofia and her husband Andrew Mattson. On November 23, 1901, Erick and Johanna Sofia Nelson (maiden name also possibly Stenbacka) were married in Ironwood.

Erick and Johanna Eklund, 1901
Erick and Johanna Eklund, 1901

They had a daughter, Helmi, in 1906 and a son, Leonard in 1910. In 1918, Erick worked as a surface laborer for the Oliver Iron Mining Company. The family lived at 228 E. Ash Street in Ironwood. According to his death certificate, Erick died on January 4, 1929 of pulmonary tuberculosis, which he had been suffering from for three years.

Erick Eklund’s Obituary from the Ironwood Daily Globe, Jan. 5, 1929

Here is a recent photo of the house on E. Ash St. where the Eklund family lived since at least 1918. In 1910, they were living on E. Oak St. Notice the garage, which Johanna received a permit to build in 1941.

228 East Ash Street
228 East Ash Street
Article from the Daily Globe on Oct. 25, 1941
Article from the Daily Globe on Oct. 25, 1941

Johanna Eklund died December 29, 1955 at 228 E. Ash, where her daughter Helmi and her husband Warren Ekman were living. The funeral was held Tuesday, January 3, 1956.

Johanna Eklund's Obituary from the Ironwood Daily Globe
Johanna Eklund’s Obituary from the Ironwood Daily Globe (Click to enlarge)
Article about Johanna's funeral from the Jan. 4, 1956 Daily Globe
Article about Johanna’s funeral from the Jan. 4, 1956 Daily Globe
Johanna's gravestone in Riverside Cemetery
Johanna’s gravestone in Riverside Cemetery

Ironwood Genealogy Trip – Kivi Family


This summer my husband and I traveled to Ironwood and the Keweenaw Peninsula for our vacation. His Eklund and Kivi ancestors settled there after arriving from Finland, most of the men working in the iron ore mines.

The Ironwood Daily Globe is fully searchable at Ancestry.com for the years 1919-1977. This has been an invaluable resource. Every little activity in the surrounding area (Gogebic County, MI and Iron County, WI) was recorded, including church socials, hospital stays, and visiting relatives. Below is an example of a treasure I found in the Thurs., Feb. 7, 1946 issue. Matt/Matti Kivi is my husband’s great-great grandfather.

Matt Kivi, his son William, his grandson Carl, and his great-grandson Jack
Matt Kivi (seated), his son William (left), his grandson Carl (right), and his great-grandson Jack

Our first stop (after the hotel) was Riverside Cemetery, which is right on the border with Wisconsin, across the Montreal River. A kind person posted a very useful map at Find-A-Grave, which helped immensely in this surprisingly large cemetery, as did the clerk’s office of the city of Ironwood (call them if you want to know where a relative is buried in the cemetery). The first gravestone we located was for Matti Kivi (1873-1950) and his wife Wilhelmina (1874-1943) – maiden name Halvas or possibly Parkari (I haven’t quite grasped Swedish/Finnish surnames). Their son Arvid M. (1901-1995) is also buried there and has a military gravestone as well. Matt and Wilhelmina are the parents of Mayme Kivi, wife of Leonard Eklund (my husband’s great-grandparents).

Matt and Wilhelmina Kivi tombstone in Riverside Cemetery
Matt and Wilhelmina Kivi tombstone in Riverside Cemetery

Below are articles about the Kivi’s in the Daily Globe, including their obituaries which were on the front page of that day’s edition. Click to enlarge the images.

50th Anniversary, Dec. 24, 1942
50th Anniversary, Dec. 24, 1942
Mrs. Kivi's Obituary
Mrs. Kivi’s Obituary, Wed. Dec. 22, 1943
Matt Kivi's Obituary, Tues. Dec. 12, 1950
Matt Kivi’s Obituary, Tues. Dec. 12, 1950

Below is a photograph I found at this helpful genealogy site, Skinnar(i) > Kivi Family.

Some of Matt Kivi's family, about 1899 in Ironwood, MI
Some of Matt Kivi’s family, about 1899 in Ironwood, MI

Next time, I’ll discuss the Eklund family we found in Ironwood.

Prompts · Spouse · Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday – Mr. and Mrs. Erik Eklund

From the Ironwood (Mich.) Daily Globe, Wednesday Evening, Nov. 24, 1926:

Wedding Anniversary
“Mr. and Mrs. Erick Eklund were pleasantly surprised at their home in the Norrie location last evening, by a group of friends.  The occasion was their twenty fifth wedding anniversary.  At 10:30 o’clock refreshments were served to about 30 guests.  Mr. and Mrs. Eklund were the recipients of several beautiful gifts.”

Erik and Johanna Eklund
Erik and Johanna Eklund



I have a whole new family to research!  I got married in October 2012 and now my last name is Eklund!  Here is a photograph of Erik Eklund and his wife Johanna.  They were Swedish-Finns who came from western Finland.  They married in November 1901 and  lived in Ironwood, Michigan where Erik was a miner.  He died in 1929.  They are my husband’s Great-Great Grandparents.

Erik and Johanna Eklund