Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Susan A. Pillsbury Bergadeen, Long-time Mitchell County, Iowa Resident (52 Ancestors #26)

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

This week I'm profiling another Pillsbury ancestor.  As I searched basic records it seemed that the family left quite a short footprint.

Susan A. Pillsbury was born in 1850[1] in Maine. She was the second of five children born to William C. Pillsbury and Eliza Cooper Pillsbury.  Her youngest sister, Ella, was my second great-grandmother.

Susan would have been my second great aunt[2].

Source: Ancestry.com (3)
When she was about 26 years old, she married Paul Bergadeen on 13 Jan 1876[3] in Mitchell County, Iowa.  She and Paul had two sons, John Edward, born in Dec 1876, and Edwin Forest, born in Aug 1879.  The sons were lifelong bachelors[4].  The family lived in Mitchell County, Iowa for the rest of their lives.

The dates of death of Susan and Paul are unknown.   John died in 1948[5] at about age 72.  Edwin was about 71 when he died in 1950[6] due to an apparent suicide[7].  How sad.  Both sons are buried in Wayne Cemetery, McIntire, Mitchell County, Iowa.

Source: Newspapers.com (7)
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[1] 1850 U.S. Federal Census; Census Place: Bloomingdale, Winnebago, Wisconsin; Roll: M432_1009; Page: 538B; Image: 603.  Susan was recorded as five months old and born in Maine.  However, the census was enumerated on 15 Aug 1850.  The family either arrived in Wisconsin just before the census date or an error was made in the her age and location. 
[2] Steve Morse Relationship Calculator
[3] Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992: Ancestry.com. Original data: Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
[4] Several censuses recorded John and Edwin as single.
[5] Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.nin
[6] Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi.
[7] The Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) 15 Nov 1950. Page 23. Newspapers.com. Accessed by Denise Hibsch Richmond 1 Jul 2014.

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