Nellie Margaret Soderstrom family page

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Nellie Margaret Soderstrom Family Page

(and, her parents, Peter Soderstrom Family)

Compiled by William L. (Bill) Smith

This page includes sketches I have compiled from my family history research for my own use. I am posting them on the Internet in the interest of sharing this information with interested parties. If you appear to be directly related, based on the information in the the sketches, or have comments to share with me about these sketches, I would be happy to hear from you. I do not do research for others, nor am I particularly interested in speculative relationships or unrelated surname discussions. There are many other worthy sites for these activities. I hope you enjoy reading some of these interesting stories.

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Basic information on Nellie Soderstrom

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Basic information on Nellie Soderstrom:

Nellie Margaret Soderstrom, on 30 Dec 1869, at Hampton, Rock Island Co, IL, became the second wife of Michael Schmidt (earlier Schmidt, later, Smith). Nellie Margaret was the daughter of Pehr/Peter Andersson and Margreta (Rolin) Soderstrom, born in Sweden, about 1846. As an adult, she was described as being 5 feet, 4 inches tall, of light complexion, with blue eyes and black hair. She was of Lutheran faith. She could read English but could not write it. They had nine children (reported under Michael). Michael and Margaret's first two children were born in Moline, Illinois. They then must have moved across the Mississippi River to Clinton County sometime after this because their next five children were born in Clinton County.

Nellie died on 18 Sep 1901 at Grand Island, NE, at the Nebraska's Soldier's Hojme, at age 53, from blood poisoning. She is buried at the Nebraska Veteran's Cemetery, Grand Island, NE.

(Note: Portions of the research reported on this family came from the Family History prepared by LVene Smith (abt 1991)).


Pehr/Peter Andersson Soderstrom was born in Bjuraker, Sweden, on 6 Aug 1819, the son of Andres/Anders Jonsson and Margreta (Greta) Lisa (Westerstrom) Soderstrom. Peter died on 6 Nov 1901, at Pilot Mound, Boone Co, Iowa.

Peter served in the Civil War from 1861-1865; he established the first school in Boone Co, Iowa.

Peter came to America in about 1858 (more to be added on this, later).

Peter was married in Sweden to Margreta Rolen. They were the parents of three children (listed below). They divorced in Washington Co, Minnesota, on 12 Oct 1861. Peter remarried about 1866 to Margaret Norell. They were the parents of four children (listed below)

List of Children

Children of Peter and Johanna Margreta (Rolen):

1. William Soderstrom (1845-1918). Never married.

2. Nellie Margaret Soderstrom (1846-1901) married Michael Schmidt (1829-1902)

3. Jonas (John) Soderstrom (1850-1898) married "unknown"


Children of Peter and Margareta (Norell):

4. Arvid (Arvie) Soderstrom (1867-1962) married Ida (surname unknown) (1866-1958)

5. Emil Soderstrom (died before 1902)

6. Oscar Soderstrom (died before 1901)

7. Edward (Eddie) (Ed) Soderstrom (b. 26 Mar 1875; d. 3 Dec 1897)

This page created 25 Oct 2002. Last updated 26 Oct 2002, by William L. (Bill) Smith.