Norseland in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
New Sweden Indian Attack
Mrs. Maria Jonsson, wife of Erik Jonsson, and their son Pehr, were killed by Sioux Indians on August 23, 1862, near their home in New Sweden Township, about five miles northwest of this marker. Both natives of Sweden, Mrs. Jonsson was thirty-five and Pehr was twelve years old at the time of the massacre. Another son, August, born in New Sweden Township in 1861, died of exposure two days after his mother's death. All three bodies are buried in this cemetery, which was consecrated in 1859 by the Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.
The Jonsson homestead was one of the eastern-most sites involved in depredations committed by the Indians during the Sioux Uprising of 1862.
This marker was erected in 1962 by the Scandian Grove Lutheran Church
in grateful memory of those pioneer members of the congregation.
Erected 1962 by the Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 44° 24.582′ N, 94° 6.719′ W. Marker is in Norseland, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker is on State Highway 22, 0.4 miles east of County Road 52, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the old Scandian Grove Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Peter MN 56082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norseland Community (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norseland Community (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norseland Community (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norseland Lutheran Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scandian Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); District 6 School (approx. 2.9 miles away); New Sweden Creamery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Traverse Cemetery (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norseland.
Regarding New Sweden Indian Attack. In August 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. After attacking the Redwood (Lower Sioux)
The three Jonsson family members buried in this cemetery are in unmarked graves.
Additional keywords. U.S.–Dakota War of 1862
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 170 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 11, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.