Helena Christina Åman 1822-1901

She died. And then she disappeared.

2015 01-13 Helena Tolf with Kristine and AmandaAccording to the local newspaper, my 3rd great-grandmother died 13 January 1901:

From the Batavia (Illinois) Herald, Wednesday 16 January 1901, “Death of an Aged Mother –

Died, at the home of her daughters, Misses Christina and Amanda Tolf, on Hueston (sic) St., West Batavia, Sunday, Jan 13, 1901, after an illness of several weeks, Mrs. [H]Elena Tolf, aged 78 years. Deceased was an old resident of this city. She had reazed (sic) a large family of children, four sons and four daughters, four of whom live in Batavia. She was a good Christian lady and a kind and devoted mother. Funeral will be held at the Swedish M.E. church, Thursday afternoon. Burial at West Batavia cemetery.”

But the West Batavia Cemetery has no record of Helena Åman Tolf being buried there.

And Kane County Illinois has no record of her dying there.

So where is she?

I only recently located the final resting places of Helena’s husband Carl and those of their daughters Christine Tolf and Amanda (nee Tolf) Peterson (shown with their mother in the photo above).

But Helena is not buried with her husband. Or with her daughters.

So the search continues.

For cousins trying to place Helena and me in our family tree:

  • my maternal grandmother was Harriette Kathlyn Tolf (1909-1954); one of three children born to
  • Julia Christine Thompson (1888-1964) and Harry Wilhelm Tolf (1884-1964); one of three children born to
  • Augusta Sophia Landstrom (1858-1936) and Peter August Tolf (1858-1929); one of eight children born to
  • Carl Tolf (1824-1890) and Helena Christina Åman (1822-1901); one of at least three children born to
  • Britta Catarina Isaksdotter (1791-1844) and Magnus Åman (1768-1846).

Interested in collaborating on Åman family history? I can be reached at where2look4ancestors [at] gmail [dot] com.

My 2015 goal for Helena is to locate her final resting place.

My 2015 organizational goal for Helena is to bring all of her documentation from out-of-date to up-to-date on Ancestry, Dropbox, Family Tree Maker, and in her paper files.

This may take some time!

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