Pherson (Phersson, Peherson, Pahercan)
Anders & (Jo)Hanna(h) Svensson Phers(s)on (also Peherson, Pahercan)
Anders was born June 15, 1839, at Raskerum, St. Olof, Kristianstad, Sweden to Per and Carrie Nielson. (Jo)Hanna(h) was born February 20, 1840, in Fjelie, Sweden to Swen Palm and Elna Mansson Larsson. In 1853 Anders migrated to Denmark. They were married March 21, 1862, in Gylling, Aarhus, Denmark. They appear in the 1870 and 1880 Danish census with three, then six children. In Denmark his occupation was railroad contractor. They converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1891 and Anders was a branch president in Itshoe, Germany for two years before his immigration to the U.S. in 1893. He sailed from Antwerp on April 5, 1893 and she arrived from Liverpool on April 17, 1893. They had at least seven children: Karoline Johanne, Niels Anders (q.v.), Anne Kristine, Maria, Karl, Mathilda, and Carl Valdemar Rex. It is unknown how long they lived in Highland, but is thought they lived at (Number 96 on the 1958 Highland map).
On September 1, 1906, Anders and his son, Neils received their U.S. citizenship in Provo. They were accompanied by Lem Francis (q.v.) who was married to Anders' daughter, Mathilda. Anders last name is shown as Pehrsson on his citizenship papers. In the 1910 census they were in the unincorporated area of American Fork and their grandson, Carl A, age 27, was living with them. Anders filled a mission to Sweden in 1909 - 11. His passport was dated November 29, 1909, and a Canadian passenger list shows his return arrival at Quebec from Liverpool on October 20, 1911, aboard the "Virginia".
Anders died October 15, 1915, in American Fork and Hanna died June 29, 1921, also in American Fork and they are buried in the American Fork City Cemetery.
Niels and Catherine Pherson home (Number 100 on the 1958 Highland map - 9945 N. Alpine Hwy)
Niels Anders & Catharina Ploog Pherson
Niels was born October 26, 1865, in Gylling, Aarhus, Denmark, to Anders and Johanna Svendsson Pehrson. Catharina was born June 18, 1866, in Erfurt, Thuringen, Deutschland or in Egstadt, Sachsen, Prussia (both are variously listed) to Marx and Christena Haselbus Ploog. They were married February 21, 1899. We know they came to America in about 1896 because they had a child born in Prussia in March, 1896, and the next birth was in February, 1897, in American Fork and the census of 1900 showed them living in American Fork. In 1910 they were living in Highland (they lived in several different homes but none are known) and in 1920 they were in Aberdeen, Idaho. They had thirteen children: Marx Heinrich (1886 - 1976), Johanna Christina (1891 to 1970), Marx Anders Waldemar (1892 to 1905), Paul Johannis (1894 - 1966), Carl Heinrich (1896), Anna Maria Mathilda (1897 to 1959), Harman Heinrich Christian (1899), Rix Heinrich (1900 - 1927), Carna Malena Louise (1901 to 1987), Swen Lars Fridrick (1902 to 1990), Pehr Christian (1904 to 1940), Wilhelm Fredrick (1906 to 1979), and Andres Gustav (1908 to 1985).
They later moved to Kaysville, Utah and Niels was called from there to serve a mission to Denmark from April, 1924 to January, 1925 (He was set apart for his mission by J Golden Kimball).
Niels passed away August 9, 1938, in Kaysville. Anna followed on April 11, 1947, also in Kaysville. They are buried in the American Fork City Cemetery.
Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society
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