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William Rollin "Roy" Abrahamson

Male 1894 - 1962


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  • Name  William Rollin "Roy" Abrahamson  [1, 2
    Nickname  Roy 
    Born  9 May 1894  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Christened  Y  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • According to the 1895 Iowa state census, his name was "Roy R." Abrahamson.
    Iowa State Census  1895  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Roy R. Abrahamson, age 0, male, single, born in Des Moines County Iowa, father of foreign birth
    Census  1900  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • William Abrahamson, son, white, male, born May 1894, age 6, single, born in Iowa, father born in Sweden, mother born in Iowa
    Iowa State Census  1905  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • William Abrahamson, Card Number: 213; Post Office Address: Mediapolis: Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa; Roll: IA_84
    Census  1910  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Single, attending school, living with the recently married couple Hezekiah J. and Alta M. Griffths:) Line number 74: dwelling number: 75, family number: 76: Hezekiah J. Griffiths, head of household, male, white, age 25, married (once), years of present marriage 1, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace New York, mother's birthplace New York, could speak English, occupation tinner, nature of industry tin shop, own account, could read, could write, rented home, a house (not a farm)

      Alta M. Griffiths, wife, female, white, age 25, married (once), years of present marriage 1, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation none, could read, could write

      Willie Abrahamson, boarder, male, white, age 15, single, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Sweden (spoke Swedish), mother's birthplace Sweden (spoke Swedish), could speak English, occupation none, could read, could write, attended school since September 1909
    High School  1913  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Burlington High School 
    Iowa State Census  1915  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Card Number: 803, male, white, single, 4 months in college in 1914, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 21, Wm. R. Abrahamson, age 21, Des Moines County, post office address: Mediapolis, Mediapolis, occupation in school, extent of education in the common schools: 3, extent of education in grammar school: 4, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Sweden, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: Saul B. Heizer
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  5 Jun 1917  Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Serial Number: 2645, No.: 55; Name: William Rollin Abrahamson; age: 23 years; address: Mediapolis, Iowa; date of birth: May 9, 1894; natural born; where born: Mediapolis; Iowa; present trade: teacher; employed by: Iowa State Reformatory; employed at: Anamosa, Iowa; does not have a relative dependent upon him; marital status: single; previous military service: none; claims exemption from the draft: no; height: tall, build: medium, eye color: brown, hair color: brown, not bald; lost an arm, leg, hand, eye, or seems to be physically disabled: none; precinct: Yellow Spring, city or county: Des Moines County, Iowa; date of registration: June 5, 1917
    Residence  Jan 1918  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • According to the World War I draft registration card dated January 1918 of his brother, Frank, William was still residing in Mediapolis, Iowa.
    Census  1920  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • 402 West First Street, E 6 11: Wm. Abrahamson, lodger, male, white, age 25, single, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father born in Sweden, spoke Swedish, mother born in Sweden (sic), spoke Swedish, could speak English, occupation clerk, industry (can't read: irs suel?), wage earner
    Census  1930  Santa Ana, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Y.M.C.A., Line #69: William R. Abrahamson, male, white, age 35, married, age 31, did not attend school during the previous year, could read and write, born in Iowa, father born in Sweden, mother born in Iowa, state code 65, country code 06, nativity 1, could speak English, occupation adjuster, industry insurance, code 8885, wage earner, at work not unemployed, a veteran of WWI
    California Death Records 
    • William R Abrahamson; born: May 9, 1894; mother's maiden name: Lett; sex: male; county where death occurred: Los Angeles(70); death date: September 1, 1962; age at time of death: 68 yrs
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Find A Grave Memorial# 58639075  [5
    • His grave is at the Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, California; memorial provided courtesy of Tony & Cindy Lloyd. The epitaph on the stone contains: "IA Ensign USNRF WWI"

      There was no headstone photo online at the Find A Grave web site as of August 2012; the inscription information above was added to William's record on the web site.
    Died  1 Sep 1962  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Buried  Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I7358  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  August Frederik "Gus" Abrahamson,   b. 2 Jul 1852, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1906, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Emma Christine Lett,   b. 22 Oct 1858, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1901, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  31 Mar 1881  Methodist Episcopal Church, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: August Abrahamson; Groom's Birth Date: 1853; Groom's Birthplace: Sweden; Groom's Age: 28; Bride's Name: Emma C. Lett; Bride's Birth Date: 1859; Bride's Birthplace: Iowa; Bride's Age: 22; Marriage Date: 31 March 1881; Marriage Place: Kossuth, Des Moines County, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Abram Johnson; Groom's Mother's Name: Johanna Peterson; Bride's Father's Name: Charles Lett; Bride's Mother's Name: Caroline Johnson; Groom's Race: White; Groom's Marital Status: Single; Bride's Race: White; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02685-2; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1675642; Reference Number: CN 72; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Newspaper Article  30 Oct 1890  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Morning Sun News 
    • THE NEWS.
      MORNING SUN, IOWA.
      THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1890.

      Gus Abrahamson is moving to his farm south of town to-day.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • August Frederik "Gus," Emma Christine (Lett) Abrahamson, and an Infant Son's grave is located at the Kossuth Cemetery near Mediapolis, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Abrahamson, August F. July 2, 1852 - October 20, 1906; Emma C. Lett, His Wife. October 22, 1858 - January 1, 1901; Infant Son." In addition to a photograph of the full stone, there is a closeup of the epitaph.
    The Headstone of August Frederik and Emma Christine (Lett) Abrahamson, and an Infant Son (1 of 2)
    The Headstone of August Frederik and Emma Christine (Lett) Abrahamson, and an Infant Son (1 of 2)
    The Headstone of August Frederik and Emma Christine (Lett) Abrahamson, and an Infant Son (2 of 2)
    The Headstone of August Frederik and Emma Christine (Lett) Abrahamson, and an Infant Son (2 of 2)
    (A closeup of the epitaph on the stone)
    Photos
    The Marriage Photograph of Emma Christine Lett and August Frederic Abrahamson
    The Marriage Photograph of Emma Christine Lett and August Frederic Abrahamson
    Emma and August were married March 31, 1881, in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Des Moines County, Iowa.
    General Newsprint
    The News
    The News
    A Notice that August Frederic "Gus" Abrahamson Was Moving His Family South of Morning Sun, Iowa.
    Family ID  F541  Group Sheet

    Family  Helen D. Allen,   b. 27 Aug 1909, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1994, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    California Voter Registrations  Between 1928 and 1940  Santa Ana, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • In 1928, Santa Ana Precinct No. 31, a listing was found for William R. Abrahamson, Ins. Inspect., Santa Ana, living at 405 W 1st Street; also at that address was Mrs. Trienche(?) Abrahamson

      In 1930, Santa Ana Precinct No. 3, William R. Abrahamson (no wife listed), Insurance, Republican, living at 205 Church Street, Santa Ana

      In 1932, Santa Ana Precinct No. 33, William R. Abrahamson, Investigator, Republican, living at 332 Norkmandy Pl., Santa Ana; also at that address was Mrs. Helen D. Abrahamson, Housewife, Republican

      In 1934, Santa Ana Precinct No. 67, William R. Abrahamson, Investigator, Republican, living at 1711 North Baker Street, Santa Ana; also living there there was Mrs. Helen Abrahamson, housewife, Republican

      In 1936 all the information was the same, except William R. and Helen registered as Democrats

      In 1938, Santa Ana, Precinct No. 66, still on Baker Street, William R. Abrahamson, Credit Investigator, Republican; and Mrs. Helen Abrahamson, housewife, Republican

      In 1940 they were at 1528 N. Baker, now in Santa Ana Precinct No. 72, the information was the same as 1938. It was the same in 1942 as in 1940.
    Moved  1946  Corona, Riverside County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Orange, Orange County, California 
    Children 
     1. Helen Joyce Abrahamson,   b. 20 Feb 1933, Orange, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1951, Corona, Riverside County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. William Allen Abrahamson
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F16319  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    1932 California Voter Registration List for William Rollin 'Roy' Abrahamson
    1932 California Voter Registration List for William Rollin "Roy" Abrahamson
    Precinct 33, Santa Ana, Orange County, California

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Mediapolis, Yellow Springs Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Enumeration District 74; Supervisor's District 25; Sheet 19A Page 373 1201; June 28, 1900

    2. [S337] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (ancestry.com and Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S535] California Death Records 1940 - 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 4).

    4. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      1895 Iowa Census; Des Moines County; Yellow Spring Township, page 28; Sutro Library Microfilm #553, roll POL-H-425, reel 33 of 12, San Francisco, California; Census Microfilm

    5. [S426] Find A Grave (web site) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Mediapolis, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 25, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 19A, page number: 373; enumeration date: June 28, 1900

    7. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa; Roll: IA_84

    8. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Mediapolis, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 26, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 3B, page number: 202; enumeration date: April 16, 1910

    9. [S9321] Abrahamson, Helen Joyce - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 17, January 17, 1951; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa, Post Office: Mediapolis; Roll: IA1915_138

    11. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Davenport, Scott County, Iowa; Part of the Fifth Ward of the City; Enumeration District 166; Supervisor's District 412; Sheet 8A Page 46 0348; (No Date)

    12. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Santa Ana City, Orange County, California; Special or Last Schedule - continued; Part of Ward 1; Enumeration District 30-62; Supervisor's District 20; Sheet 15B; April 21, 1930

    13. [S94] LDS Online Record, Film #: M587111 (Reliability: 2).

    14. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S606] Abrahamson, August Frederik "Gus" - Moving South of Morning Sun, Iowa, (originally published in The Morning Sun News, page 4, October 30, 1890; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S607] Abrahamson, August Frederik "Gus," Emma Christine (Lett) and Infant Son - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Kossuth Cemetery in Yellow Springs Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; photo provided courtesy of "No Reins" at Find A Grave (web site); Memorials #: 16329126, 16329135 & 16329142) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S589] California Voter Registrations 1900-1968 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).