Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday – Christopher Iverson

Christopher Iverson

This is Christopher Iverson, my paternal great-grandfather. He was born on March 9, 1868 in Olivia, Renville, Minnesota. He was the fourth child born to Iver Iverson and Marit Thorsdatter. His parents were both born in Norway.

Christopher married Anna Christopherson, daughter of Ole Anthon Christophersen and Aslaug Nilsdatter. Anna's parents were also born in Norway.

Christopher and Anna were the parents of seven children.
  1. Christian Julius Iverson (1892-1948)
  2. Hannah Mabel Iverson (1894-1994)
  3. Lillian Emelia Iverson (1898-?)
  4. Lawrence Nicholas Iverson (1900-1964)
  5. Susan Wilma Iverson (1902-1963)
  6. Arthur Harry Iverson (1910-1942) [my grandfather]
  7. Adellard Wallace Iverson (1913-1988)
Christopher passed away on August 18, 1925 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. He was buried in the Benson City Cemetery in Benson, Swift, Minnesota.

Not too long ago, I posted a photo request on Find A Grave for Christopher's grave marker. A wonderful volunteer named Kevin fulfilled my request. I asked Kevin's permission to use the photo he took and he responded by saying, "You can use the picture any way you want." Thanks Kevin! So, here's the photo of Christopher's tombstone.

Christopher Iverson Tombstone

I'm not sure why Christopher's full name wasn't inscribed on his tombstone. I guess they used his nickname instead. I saw him listed as Christ Iverson in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 census records.

So, thanks to a wonderful Find A Grave volunteer, my photo request was fulfilled and I now have a photo of Christopher Iverson's grave marker.

If you'd like to see Christopher's Find A Grave memorial page, click HERE.

Thanks for reading!


© 2013 Copyright by Jana Last

16 comments:

  1. Big thumbs up for FindAGrave and it's volunteer Kevin.

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    1. Hi Devon,

      Definitely agree with you! Two thumbs up to Kevin and Find A Grave for sure!

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. The volunteers at Findagrave are great! Whenever a request comes through for my area, someone usually 'claims' it within minutes. It is so rewarding to be able to give back to others.

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    1. Hi Debi,

      I heartily agree with you. The Find A Grave volunteers really are great!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love Find A Grave as well!

    I photographed a traditionally Norwegian cemetery near me. I often see "nicknames" as well as full names on stones. I wish I had an explanation, but I don't!

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    1. Hi Sally,

      How interesting! Thanks for that information. When you say you photographed a cemetery near you, was that for Find A Grave? If so, than thank you so much for that service!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Your post today inspired me to return to Find A Grave. My grand uncle's grave was on there today. Thanks for the inspiration!:)

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    1. Hi Andrea,

      I saw your post. Thanks for mentioning my blog there. And congrats on finding your grand uncle's grave on Find A Grave. That's awesome!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. This is wonderful Jana! I've never seen a photo of Christopher before. How great to see his face! Handsome guy.

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    1. Hi Cindy,

      I have to thank my cousin's wife for sending me this amazing photo as well as a box full of other photos and family history stuff. Hurray!

      I hadn't seen this photo before either, so it was awesome to receive it in the mail.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. He would have needed a longer tombstone to get his full name! I add my thanks to Kevin.

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      Haha! Ya, I guess that's true, or maybe the font would be quite small. =) You're too funny!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. While I'm far from Swift County, I am in St Paul at the State History Center Research Library quite often. If you ever need a Minnesota death cert or newspaper obit looked up, just let me know!

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    1. Hi Nicholas,

      Oh! How sweet of you to offer! Thank you so very much!

      I so appreciate you stopping by and offering your help.

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  8. Christopher looks as if he would be a good father -- and I notice that is the word on his tombstone. When you can post a request on Find a Grave and have it answered soon by a volunteer, isn't that a sign of a friendly and collaborative genealogical community? Great story.

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    1. Hi Mariann,

      Thank you! Yes, the genealogical community is so kind and giving. Very generous indeed.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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