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Collection Bodelson family papers
Collection Number MSS P:19
Dates of Creation 1860-1944
Extent of Description .25 linear feet, 1box
Language Swedish, English
Creator Bodelson, Peter, 1810-1895
Other Creators Bodelson, Cecilia, 1815-1895
Bodelson, Ellen, 1841-1932
Search Terms Bodelson, Peter, 1810-1895
Bodelson, Cecilia, 1815-1895
Bodelson, Ellen, 1841-1932
Moline (Ill.)
Administrative or Biographical History The Bodelson family arrived in America from Sweden in 1851. After living in Galesburg, Illinois, for a year, they moved to Moline, Illinois. Peter Bodelson (1810-1895) was one of the first employees in the blacksmith department of Deere & Co. He was a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois. Bodelson died of natural causes in 1895 and was buried in Moline Cemetery. He is listed in The Past and Present of Rock Island County, Illinois (Chicago: 1877), p. 322, as a laborer for Deere & Co.; his political affiliation is given as "rep" (Republican). He is also listed in other directories under various spellings of his last name.

Cecilia Bodelson (1815-1895) was born in Länsboda, Skåne, Sweden. In America she was employed as a midwife. She was a member of the Swedish Baptist Church. She and her husband had two daughters: Karna, later Mrs. John Lindner of New Boston, Illinois; and Ellen, of Moline, Illinois.

Ellen Bodelson (1841-1932) was born on July 31, 1841, in Sweden. She was confirmed in the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Moline, Illinois, in 1865. She left home when she was 17 years old and worked at various jobs. She attended school in Normal, Illinois, and graduated in 1878 from Dr. Mary Thompson College, Chicago, Illinois. Ellen was one of the nation's pioneering female physicians and she worked as a physician in Omaha and later at the Women's clinic at the State Hospital of Lincoln, Nebraska. She resigned her position in Lincoln to take care of her ill parents. After her parents' death, she moved to New Boston, Illinois and resided there until her death in 1932.
Scope & Content The papers include the following information:
1. Genealogical notes on the Bodelson family: copied by Dr. Conrad Bergendoff and dated April 12, 1944.
2. Bodelson, Peter (1810-1895). Papers. 1860; 1862; 1872; 1895; n.d. Declaration of Citizenship Intent, July 31, 1860; Naturalization Certificate, September 19, 1862; Cemetery Lot Certificate, May 8, 1872; Obituary (Newspaper clipping), [1895]; photograph, n.d.
3. Bodelson, Cecilia (1815-1895). Papers. 1895; n.d. Obituary (newspaper clipping), [18951; photograph, n.d.
4. Bodelson, Miss Ellen (Helen) (1841-1932). Two newspaper clippings regarding Miss Bodelson's 89th birthday dated July 23, 1930, and July 31, 1930.
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