I have been doing lots of Granath genealogy lately, to the point where my head is swimming. So, this post is to all of you Granaths out there, wherever you are. If you live in Chicago or your parents or grandparents come from the Chicago area, please email me !! I have found that some of the Granaths in that area are related to me, and some are not, but I have been collecting everything I can, just to sort everyone out! I'm going to detail "my" Granaths first. I will discuss his marriage and descendants in a future post. This one is to describe his siblings and relations. My great-grandfather was Alfred Granath. One source (that I consider to be primary) says, Alfred G. Granath. Aunt Ruth and cousin Louise both thought that his name was either Oscar Alfred or Alfred Oscar. In all of the sources that I can find where he penned it himself, he always puts just Alfred Granath or A. Granath. Here is the only photograph of him that I know of.
There is a relative named Carl Sexton Granath that is found quite often in Dolores, Colorado. I *believe* he is either Alfred's brother or his nephew. His name is Carl Sexton (or Sixten) Granath. I am not sure if his middle name had the e or i, it is recorded both ways. Possibly it might been hard to distinguish with a Swedish accent, or maybe he used both. He also used C.S. Granath quite often, or Carl S, and sometimes Charlie. I believe he was born in Sweden 30 October
1863. I believe he married Hilda Granath in Sweden about 1886, but I am uncertain the exact date. It is said that they had an infant male in Sweden that died about 9 months old. Their second son, Emil Segge was born 9 May 1888 in Stockholm, Sweden. Records show he came with his parents to the U.S. when he was a year old (and others show immigration for C.S. to be 1889), which is exactly right for his age. Their third son, Harry George Granath was born 9 September 1891 in Jamestown, New York, and their only daughter, Emerencia J, was born in Feb 1894 in Jamestown, New York. (I have not found those records yet.) He was naturalized in 1896. I have the records for that. The 1900 census finds the family residing at 129 Hobbie Street, Chicago, Illinois. By 1907, he was farming, painting and living in Dolores, Colorado. In 1920, he is listed as widowed and still living in Dolores. By 1930, he is living in Long Beach, California. In April 1940, he has remarried a Marie M.,and on 24 December 1950, he died and is buried in California. Here are the only photos of Carl S Granath that I know of:
About Carl's children:
1) Emil Segge Granath "Obituary, Dolores Star 28 October 1908. Died at the Dolores hotel in this place, October 15, 1908 Emel S. Granath aged 20 years 5 months and 6 days. Emel Segge Granath was born in Stockholm, Sweden, May 9 1888, and came to the United States with his parents when was a year old. He grew to manhood in Chicago. He came to Dolores less than a year ago and spent the greater part of that time helping his father on the ranch. He was working on the Groundhog Reservoir when taken ill. Deceased leaves a mother in Chicago; a father, C.S. Granath, and a brother, Harry G. Granath, of this place to mourn his departure. The funeral was held from the Baptist Church in this place last Friday afternoon, Rev. Dixon conducted the services. The body was laid to rest in the Dolores cemetery." That pretty much details the information I have about him. As far as I know, he never married.
2) Harry George Granath:
Wife: Hannah Carlson, marriage 12 June 1912 Chicago, Illinois.
Children: Margaret Harriet, Ruth Violet, Carl Harold, Dolores Lorrain and Kenneth Richard.
I have LOTS more information about these families. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU SEE ANY NAMES YOU RECOGNIZE!!
More details to follow about their descendants!