Olof Johnson

Last updated 1 Feb 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 1 Jul 1911 in New Rockford, Eddy County, North Dakota, United States

Died: 1 Jul 1911 in New Rockford, Eddy County, North Dakota, United States

Father: Henry B. Johnson (1865 – 1930)

Mother: Betsy P. Peterson (1882 – 1964)

Supporting evidence for:
name

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

Comment: Source includes name (Olof [Johnson]).

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birth

birth-evelyn-johnson-1911: Certificate of birth for Evelyn Idella Johnson (1911); Eddy County, North Dakota, state file number 2968; North Dakota State Department of Health, filed 6 Jul 1911; certified copy generated 8 Oct 1940; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (July 1, 1911) and location (County: Eddy, City or Village: Pleasant Prairie), and explicitly identifies Eveyln as a twin. Olaf is this twin (see the research notes) so is presumed to have the same birth date. (At most, there should only be a 1-day difference.)

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death

birth-evelyn-johnson-1911: Certificate of birth for Evelyn Idella Johnson (1911); Eddy County, North Dakota, state file number 2968; North Dakota State Department of Health, filed 6 Jul 1911; certified copy generated 8 Oct 1940; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (July 1, 1911) and location (County: Eddy, City or Village: Pleasant Prairie), and explicitly identifies Eveyln as a twin. Olaf is this twin (see the research notes). Because he appears to have been stillborn, the death date and location are the same as the birth date.

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details.

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General Notes and Anecdotes

As yet, there is no direct documentation that Olaf Johnson was Evelyn's deceased twin. However, that connection can be made indirectly. (1) In his father Henry's obituary, Henry's living children with Betsy are identified, including Evelyn and Helen. They are all known to this database, one-for-one. It mentions only one dead child of that union, Olaf. (2) The birth certificate of Evelyn notes the fact she is a twin, but doesn't provide a birth order, suggesting the child was stillborn. This is the only reference to a dead child in the documentation that is known. The fact of Evelyn's twin's death is further confirmed by an interview with Helen, she stated that Evelyn had a twin that was either stillborn or died in infancy. [obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt, birth-evelyn-johnson-1911, interview-helen-oram-2009]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

birth-evelyn-johnson-1911: Certificate of birth for Evelyn Idella Johnson (1911); Eddy County, North Dakota, state file number 2968; North Dakota State Department of Health, filed 6 Jul 1911; certified copy generated 8 Oct 1940; privately held

interview-helen-oram-2009: Notes from interview with Helen (Johnson) Caswell Oram, 19 Oct 2009; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Note #7: Evelyn Johnson.

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Death Date: This database uses 1 Jul 1911. An obituary for his father indicates he died in 1912.[obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

obituary-henry-johnson-1930-nrt: Obituary for Henry B. Johnson (1930); “Pioneer of County Died at Moorhead Last Wednesday,” The New Rockford Times (New Rockford, North Dakota), 17 Jan 1930 (Friday), page 1, column unknown

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