Revised: 2 Aug 2014
John G. Anderson was born in Sweden on 5 Mar 1859. According to the 1925 Iowa State Census and an obituary at his death, John G. Anderson was a son of Andrew Anderson and his wife Bridget Anderson (Ericson).
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 U.S. Federal Census enumerates him as age 21 and working as a farm laborer while living in the Robert Wilson household. 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 citizen of the United States of America.
John G. Anderson and Louise Johnson married in Ford County, Illinois on 6 Oct 1884. Louise Sophia Johnson was a daughter of August Johnson and his wife Christene Johnson (Anderson). At the time of their marriage, John Anderson was 25 years of age and Louisa Johnson was age 19. Louisa Johnson was married previously 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 the 1890 tax list for Pigeon Grove Township in Iroquois County, Illinois.
While living in Illinois, four children were born to Louise and John Anderson: 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. John Anderson was 41 years of age, and the census recorded his immigration to the USA in 1879 at age 21. Both parents were born in Sweden. His wife Louisa Anderson (Johnson) 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, age 6 years 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: 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.
In 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 $16,600.00. The deed by Sherrhod Adams describes the property as the southwest quarter, the sough half of the northwest quarter, and the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 32 in Towhship 86 North, Range 31 West of the 5th Prime Meridian. The deed was filed on 3 Mar 1902.
The 1910 Federal Census of Cedar Township of Calhoun County, Iowa enumerates the household of John G. Anderson and his wife Louisa Anderson (Johnson), age 54 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, 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 part belonging to J. W. Moore.
The 16 Jan 1920 Federal Census of Cedar Township of Calhoun County, Iowa enumerates the household of John G. Anderson, age 64 and born in Sweden and his wife Louisa Anderson, age 54 and born in Sweden. A son Claude A. Anderson, age 27 and his wife Hazel Anderson (Woodcock) were living with Claude’s parents. At the 1930 Federal Census, John G. Anderson and Louise Anderson (Johnson) were both age 75 years and living in Cedar Township of Calhoun County, Iowa.
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 Picht (Anderson) as well as a stepson Eustace Johnson. O. E. Van Horn and Audry Steele witnessed this Will.
John G. Anderson died on 25 Nov 1938 at Rinard in Calhoun County, Iowa. He was 79 years, 8 months, and 22 days of age. Services were held on 27 Nov 1938 at the Skaraborg Lutheran Church at Piper in Calhoun County. John Anderson is buried in Logan Township Cemetery, about 3 miles northwest of Rinard in Calhoun County, Iowa.
The Will of John G. Anderson was filed with the Clerk of the District Court in Calhoun County, Iowa on 30 Nov 1938.
A passenger list for the Spain includes John G. Anderson, age 21 years, a laborer.
The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index records the marriage of John G. Anderson and Louise Johnson in Ford County, Illinois on 6 Oct 1884. 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. Presumably, this was the first marriage of Louise Johnson. (Source: Volume A; Page 28; License: 885).
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 Anderson (Johnson) 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 Logan Township Cemetery in Calhoun County, Iowa is located at 42.353632° North Latitude, -94.533290° West Longitude.
1880 U.S. Federal Census. U.S. Government, Images, Ancestry.com. Dix, Ford County, Illinois; Roll 206; Family History Film: 1254206; Page: 304D; Enumeration District: 109; Image: 0612.
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900. Illinois State Archives. http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp .
Index to Iroquois County, Illinois 1890 Tax List. Iroquois County Genealogical Society, Old Courthouse Mueseum, Watseka, Illinois. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilicgs/hospital/hsptlind.htm
1900 U.S. Federal Census. U.S. Government, Washington, D.C., Images, Ancestry.com. Pigeon Grove, Iroquois, Illinois, USA. Roll: T623 308; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 26.
1910 U.S. Federal Census, U.S. Government, Washington, D.C. Cedar, Calhoun, Iowa, USA. Roll: T624_394; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 865. Images, Ancestry.com.
1920 U.S. Federal Census, U.S. Government, Washington, D.C. Images, Ancestry.com.
1925 Iowa State Census, Cedar, Calhoun, Iowa, USA. Roll: IA1925_1632; Line: 16. Images, Ancestry.com.
1930 U.S. Federal Census, U.S. Government, Washington, D.C. Cedar, Calhoun, Iowa; Roll: 645; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 858.0. Images, Ancestry.com.
Obituary, 15 Dec 1938.