James Yorgason

18 May 1847–16 May 1917 (Age 69)
Malmöhus, Sweden

The Life Summary of James

When James Yorgason was born on 18 May 1847, in Malmöhus, Sweden, his father, Sören Jöransson, was 38 and his mother, Karna Nilsdotter, was 38. He married Christena Johnson on 30 January 1868, in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Moroni, Sanpete, Utah, United States in 1880. He registered for military service in 1867. He died on 16 May 1917, in Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Yorgason Family Cemetery, Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Yorgason
Christena Johnson
Marriage: 30 January 1868
Mary Caroline Johanna Yorgason
James Sanders Yorgason
Elinor "Nora" Cecelia Yorgason
Parley Peter Yorgason
Annie Laura Christena Yorgason
Joseph Soren Adam Yorgason
Wilford Moroni Yorgason
Ernest Alonzo Yorgason
Ida Rachel Minerva Yorgason

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 January 1868Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 1
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    1850 · Los Angeles Is Incorporated
    Age 3
    Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850.
    1867 · The Burtis Opera House
    Age 20
    The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

    Name Meaning

    Americanized form of Swedish Jöransson: very rare patronymic from the personal name Jöran, a variant of Göran, Swedish equivalent of George .History: The progenitor of the Yorgasons was Sören Jöransson from Sweden, who settled in UT in the middle of the 19th century. His surname was changed first to Jorgensson and then to Yorgason. One of his two sons had eight wives and more than 20 children.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Karna "Caroline" Nilsdotter Yorgason

    Birth: Dec. 2, 1808 Villie, Skane Lan, Sweden Death: Feb. 4, 1877 Moroni, Sanpete County Utah, USA Born at Trunerup, Villie, Skane, Sweden to Nils Jonsson (1767-1852) and Anna Trulsdotter (17 …

    Sources (50)

    • James Yorgason in entry for John W Yorgason, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • James Yorgensen, "United States Census, 1880"
    • James Y Johnson, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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