Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Andrew Peterson as Presented in The Centennial History of the Town of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948

Over the past few months, I have been posting articles from the Centennial History of the Town of Springdale,  Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948.  Sometimes these articles are about my McPherson family, but many times not.    Nevertheless, I continue to  hope that these stories will bring forth more contacts, family, friends and history of my McPhersons and the town of Springdale,  and to, perhaps, provide a link for those who had family in Springdale during those early years in Springdale.

In the 1870 Federal Census, Springdale Township, the Peterson family were listed as Andrew Pedersen,43, M, W, Blacksmith; Amanda Pederson, 44, F, W, Keeping house, 44; Andrea, 14, F,W, At home; Maria, 11, F. W, At home; Paulina, 9, F, W; Gina, 7, F, W; Peder. 4. M, W.  All were listed as born in Norway.  By the 1880 Federal Census, Springdale, the family was listed under Andrew Peterson.  The only children listed in the home were Paulina, 19, and Peter, 14.  By 1905, the Wisconsin State Census of  Springdale lists Amanda, 77, as a widow, and living with her son Peter, 39, his wife Annie, 33, and their two children Myra, 8, and Harry, 6.

Andrew Peterson
as presented on page 136,
Centennial History of the Town of Springdale
Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948

Andrew Peterson came to the township of Springdale in 1863.  He was born in Norway where he learned and worked at the blacksmith trade for twenty years.  He married Amanda Anderson in Norway in 1856.  They had five children.  He bought a dwelling and blacksmith shop including six lots right in the middle of the village of Mt. Vernon.

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© Joan Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications


  1. Joan, I continue to hope along with you that these posts will draw distant relatives and help them get a glimpse of what life was like for their specific ancestors. The Internet is such an amazing thing. I've been blogging for nearly a year with nary a peep from distant relatives (with one notable exception) but just this past week was contacted by not one, but two distant relatives from different lines. So worth it when that happens. I know it has happened for you, too.

  2. Jaqui, I waited quite awhile -- to the point of thinking no one in cyberspace read my stuff -- and then I started receiving contacts that were quite surprising in how and why they came upon Roots'n'Leaves. You're so right --- makes all the time and effort so very worthwhile -- at least to me. Thanks for reading and commenting.