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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 46 "Changes": C. J. Dahlquist

My 2nd-great-grandfather Carl Johan/Charles John Dahlquist went through many changes during his lifetime, including his name, his country of residence, his citizenship, and his business partners.

Carl Johan was born on 13 June 1862 in Kinneved, Skaraborg, Västergötland, Sweden, and was baptized on 15 June 1862. He was the son of Johannes Christiansson and Maria Christina Jonsdotter.

Birth/baptism record for Carl Johan, 1862. Kinneved C:3 (1851-1885) Image 45 (AID: v55921.b45, NAD: SE/GLA/13283), image 45.

On 23 September 1881, he left Gothenburg, Sweden on the Orlando. By this time, he was using the name C. J. Dahlqvist.

C. J. Dahlqvist. Orlando passenger list. Gothenburg, Sweden. 23 September 1881. Gothenburg, Sweden, Passenger Lists, 1869-1951 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Göteborgs Poliskammare, EIX 1-143, 1869–1950. Landsarkivet i Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden. 

On the Orlando, he sailed to Hull, England. The articles Migration from Northern Europe to America via the Port of Hull, 1848-1914 and Conditions for Emigrants on the Voyage from Gothenburg to Hull provide insight regarding his experience. According to the Orlando passenger list, his final destination was New York, but he settled in Chicago, Illinois. In the United States, he was known as Charles John Dahlquist.

In 1882, his younger brother Frans August Johanson left Sweden for Chicago. By 1889, he had changed his name to Frank A. Shirlander. The oldest brother, Alfrid, remained in Sweden. He took his father's patronymic as his surname and was known as Alfrid Kristiansson. Three brothers, three different surnames!

On 20 December 1885, he married Marie (or Mary) Louise Borg at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Baillytown, Porter County, Indiana.

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (, Charles J. Dahlquist and Mary Clara Borg, 20 Dec 1885; citing Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana, county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,686,157. Mary's middle name is incorrect on the document. Note that when Rev. A. Challman filled out the form, he gave her name as Mary L. Borg. 

Charles and Marie lived in Chicago after their marriage.Their first child, my great-grandmother Ellen Victoria Dahlquist, was born on 8 September 1886. Their second child and first son, Carl Frederick Dahlquist, was born on 10 January 1888.

Charles was naturalized on 28 August 1888.

Charles J. J. Dahlquist naturalization, 28 August 1888. Superior Court, Cook County, Illinois. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950 (M1285); Microfilm Serial: M1285; Microfilm Roll: 44. U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 

Charles and Marie had two more children: Martin Luther Dahlquist (born 22 February 1891), and Juliet Caroline Marie Dahlquist (born 14 July 1896).

In 1900, the Dahlquist family lived at 6031 State Street, Chicago, Illinois. They had moved to 6311 Eggleston Avenue, Chicago by 1910. On 27 September 1911, my paternal grandmother Helen Martha Marie Anderson was born; Charles and Marie became grandparents.

Charles worked as a shoe dealer.  He went into business with Axel E. Swanson in 1895. Their store was located at 6031 State Street, Chicago, Illinois. The store had moved to 511 W. 63rd Street by 1902. By 1906 he and Swan J. Burkdahl had gone into business together. The store remained at the same location, but was called Burkdahl & Dahlquist. By 1909, the store was called Dahlquist & Son. He worked with his son Carl Frederick Dahlquist. After Chicago's streets were renumbered, the address changed to 409 W. 63rd Street.

 Chicago Tribune, 29 September 1912

On 30 July 1919, Charles' son Martin Luther Dahlquist died after his appendix ruptured. Martin's only child, his daughter Harriet Grace Dahlquist, had been born nine days earlier.

By 1923, Charles was working as a salesman for Peter P. Hokamp, a chiropodist.

Polk's Chicago Directory 1923. Chicago, IL: R. L. Polk & Co., 1923. Page 1176. Available from Fold3.

By 1930, Charles and Marie were living in the home of their daughter Juliet and her husband, Fritz Arthur Gilbert, on 509 W. 61st Place, Chicago. They were still living there in 1940.

Charles died in Chicago on 14 September 1942. His funeral was held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on 17 September 1942. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

State of Illinois, Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Statistics. Certificate of death, Charles J. Dahlquist. 14 September 1942.

Chicago Tribune, 15 September 1942, page 22

Marie and Charles Dahlquist

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