Gove County Kansas

Swedish Evangelical
Lutheran Cemetery

 

NW 1/2 of Section 12 Township 15 Range 30
Lewis Township

The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery is located on a hill one half mile north of the rock church, a plot of about two acres. Some of the graves had only native rocks placed at the head with no engraving on them. The grass around the cemetery was worked and planted to wheat and cane. During the thirties, the dust storms covered the rock markers. The dirt piled up along the north fence and went to the south. Some years ago, this dirt was cleaned off and the ground leveled, and they found the rock markers in a few places. Thelma Lewis Bretton provided the initial information with additions made by Kathryn Ford of Leoti, KS, who is a descendant of the Norells and Petersons. Leona Anderson Woods and F. Ray Lewis furnished additional information.

Swedish Colony in southwest Gove County, Kansas by F. Ray Lewis

Swedish Cemetery

Looking east at the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery


Surname Given Name Birth Date
on Headstone
Death Date
on Headstone
Inscription on Headstone
*Notes*
Armstrong Mrs.     *She lived near Jerome and her family got permission to bury her in this cemetery. She is the only one buried here who isn't a Swede.*
Custer Francis Harold     *No marker; Born March 22, 1928; Died Feb. 16, 1930 of diphtheria; Son of Harry & Emma Custer; Emma Custer was the daughter of P.J. and Lena Peterson*
Custer John Floyd     *No marker; Son of Harry & Emma Custer. Died at birth Apr. 27, 1932; Emma Custer was the daughter of P.J. and Lena Peterson*
Johnson Infant Son     *No marker; Child of Erick Johnson*
Lewis Emma Christina 19 Apr. 1842 07 Jan. 1929 *Immigrated to Iowa from Sweden Aug. 1869; Grave Moved to Healy Cemetery June 6, 1960*
Lewis John Oscar 01 Dec. 1840 18 July 1913 *From Sweden 1867; Grave Moved to Healy Cemetery June 6, 1960*
Norell Christina 1837 1920 *Wife of Peter Norell and Mother of Erik; From Sweden 1870; Born Feb. 26, 1837; Died Dec. 7, 1920*
Norell Emma C. 1878 1955 Auntie *Daughter of Peter & Christina; Never Married; Born in Minnesota on Mar. 2, 1878; Died Mar. 2, 1955; Weinmann Funeral Home*
Norell Erik P. 1861 1942 *Son of Peter & Christina; Never Married; From Sweden 1870; Born Feb. 3, 1861; Died July 22, 1942*
Norell Peter 1832 1895 Rock of Ages; *Born Sept. 6, 1832; Died April 9, 1895; From Sweden 1870*
Pearson Charles 1855 1928 Rest In Peace; *Brother of Olef & Swen Pierson; He changed the spelling of his last name. These brothers all came from Sweden.*
Peterson Bengta 1838 1921 His Wife *At foot of grave--Mother; From Sweden 1882; Died Nov. 1921; Their daughter and her husband were buried at Healy.*
Peterson Lena 1866 1951 Mother *Wife of P. J. Peterson; Born Feb. 20, 1866; Died Feb. 12, 1951; From Sweden 1870*
Peterson Mons 1837 1923 *At foot of grave--Father; Born Dec. 25, 1837; Died July 22, 1923; From Sweden 1882*
Peterson P. J. 1857 1907 Rock of Ages; *Born Sept. 16, 1857; Died Nov. 3, 1907 (Stone is incorrect); From Sweden 1874*
Peterson Peter Andrew     *Son of Pehr and Lena Peterson; He was born in 1894 and lived one week.*
Pierson Olef 1844 1892 *Brother of Swen Pierson; Came from Sweden*
Pierson Swen 1857 1901 *Brother of Olef Pierson; Came from Sweden*
Thoren Brita     *No Marker; Born in Dalarna Sweden; Born April 1834; Died Dec. 25, 1909; From Sweden 1892; Grandmother of Andrew Anderson*
Thoren Hans     *No marker; Born in Dalarna Sweden; Born in 1829; Died Dec. 7, 1898; From Sweden 1892; Grandfather of Andrew Anderson*
Thoren Hans Albin     *No marker; Twin son of Hans and Anna Hanson Thoren; Born Sept 4, 1893, on homestead on Plum Creek in Gove County; Died Sept. 7, 1893*
Thoren Oscar Emanuel     *No marker; Twin son of Hans and Anna Hanson Thoren; Born Sept. 4, 1893, on homestead on Plum Creek in Gove County; Died Oct. 20, 1893; This family and the Anderson family all lived together. They were uncle and aunt of Andrew Anderson. Hans and Anna went back to Clay Center, KS in 1909. The grandparents continued to live with Andrew. His mother and sister who had by then moved to grandmother's homestead into a quarried rock house built by Hans Thoren, grandfather and Andrew Anderson. (Information furnished by Leona Anderson Woods)*
Thoren Willey     *No Marker; Born June 6, 1890 in Gove County; Died July 28, 1890; Son of Hans and Anna Thoren; Cousin of Andrew Anderson*
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Swedish Lutheran Cemetery
The roof of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church can barely be seen to the right of center.
The Smoky Hill River valley is in the background.

Swedish Lutheran Church
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church
Swedish Lutheran Church
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church 2004

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