John Bengtsson Wessman Family

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  • ID: I3
  • Name: Henry Richard Emanuel WESSMAN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 FEB 1885 in Göteborg,Göteborg,Sweden
  • Death: 15 MAR 1932 in Ogden,Weber,Utah
  • Burial: MAR 1932 Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,Utah
  • LDS Baptism: 27 JUN 1893
  • Endowment: 24 MAY 1907
  • Note: !Records in possession of John Hayward Wessman.
  • Note:
    !Jean Hayward Wessman: "In Göteborg, Sweden, on February 7, 1885 was
    born a son to John and Amanda Hall Wessman. At this time there were
    two older sisters and a brother, two infant children having passed away.
    He was christened Henry Richard Emanuel Wessman, the latter name
    being given as a baptismal name in the Lutheran Church. His father was
    named John Bengtson but had been legally been given the name of Wessman
    as there were so many of the name Bengtson on the ship where he worked
    as a sailor. His mother Amanda Hall had become a convert to the Church of
    Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so other members of the family were
    also baptized into that church. The two older sisters Fanny and Bertha
    came to the United States when they were about 15 years of age with
    other members of the church as converts and went to work as maids in
    homes of church members when they reached Salt Lake City. When Henry
    was eight years of age he and his brother, Herbert, came to Utah with
    other converts to the church. His sisters took care of him and Herbert
    until the mother arrived later. ¶As they were all anxious about
    the husband and father who was in Sweden it was necessary for them to
    work to earn money to help him earn passage money. Life was hard for
    them as their younger brother Joseph was only five years of age when he
    came with his mother. Later the father came over but lived only six months
    after his arrival, dying in Kamas, Utah where the daughter Bertha and her
    husband were homesteading. This necessitated Mrs. Wessman's working in
    a tailor shop to support her three small sons. The boys knew poverty and
    were not able to stay in school until they graduated, except Joseph who
    was the youngest and whose brothers helped by working to keep him in
    school. Henry clerked in a man's clothing store, worked in a printing shop
    and there became apprenticed in a linotype shop where he learned machine
    work and type-setting. He became an expert in his line
    of work and worked hard at his trade. ¶He was married to Jean Hayward
    on November 25, 1908 and went to Ogden for a short time, later coming
    to work at the Salt Lake Tribune. As 14 children were born to this marriage
    he worked at various printing plants in Provo, Salt Lake and Ogden and
    bought a linotype machine on which he taught the boys, his two oldest sons,
    the trade. ¶He passed away on March 15, 1932 when his baby was two
    years of age making it necessary for the older children to work
    to help support the family. After his death we sold the typesetting machine
    and moved from Ogden to Salt Lake City where we have since resided."

    Father: Johan BENGTSSON WESSMAN b: 2 MAR 1840 in Braseröd,Romelanda,G-o-Bh,Sweden c: 4 MAR 1840 in ,Romelanda,G-o-Bh,Sweden
    Mother: Amanda Matilda HALL b: 7 APR 1848 in ,Tanum,G-o-Bh,Sweden
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