Olephena Albertina Mary Magdelene Anderson

Brief Life History of Olephena Albertina Mary Magdelene

Olephena Albertina Mary Magdelene "Phina" Anderson was born on 10 November 1859, in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. Her father, Ola Andersson, was 27 and her mother, Bengta "Betsy" Shenstrom, was 28. Her parents were both born in Sweden and emigrated to the United States after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Bengta was in Denmark when she learned about the Church and emigrated from there). They were married in Spanish Fork, Utah in 1856. Olephena was their second of eight children and lived in Utah at least until 1870. She married James Richard McFate on 25 May 1877, in Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States at the age of 17, James was 40. They were the parents of two sons and three daughters. Only two of them lived to adulthood, Franklin and Viola. Their first child, James, lived only six months. Their second child, Beatte, died at age 11. Their last child, Caroline, lived only one month. Olephna died a year later on 10 January 1891, in Rexburg, Bingham, Idaho, United States, at the age of 31, and was buried in Rexburg, Bingham, Idaho, United States. Then a year later her husband James Richard Mcfate died. This left young Franklin and Viola without a mother or father. So they went to live with their grandmother Bengta Shenstrom Anderson. Note that Rexburg is now in Madison County but was first in Bingham County then Fremont County and finally in Madison County.

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James Richard McFate
Olephena Albertina Mary Magdelene Anderson
Marriage: 25 May 1877
James O. McFate
Beatte E. McFate
Franklin Daniel Richard McFate
Viola Rebecca McFate
Caroline Viletta McFate

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  • Olphina Anderson in household of Bena Anderson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Olephena Or Mary Magdaline Albertena Or Anderson in entry for Viola Rebecca Browning, "Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864-2007"
  • Olaphina Mcfate in household of James Mcfate, "United States Census, 1880"

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Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Ander(s), a northern Middle English form of Andrew , + son ‘son’. The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint's relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain Saint Regulus. In North America, this surname has absorbed many cognate or like-sounding surnames in other languages, notably Scandinavian (see 3 and 4 below), but also Ukrainian Andreychenko etc.

German: patronymic from the personal name Anders , hence a cognate of 1 above.

Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Andersson , a cognate of 1 above.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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