The Olson Family

My OLSON and MILLER families have great tales to tell.  Each family arrived in Southern California, specifically Alhambra in the San Gabriel Valley, by a different route.  My great-grandparents carried the surnames of OLSON, STAHELI, NOBLE, DETWILLER, MØLLER, HANSEN, BALDWIN, PETTIT, and COREY.  Some of these lines have been extensively researched.  Others just fade away in the past.

Hans Olson left Norway in 1850, making his way to the Western United States.  He met and married Mary Staheli in Santa Clara, Utah, in 1875.  The Staheli family was of Swiss origin from Amriswil, and had been recruited by Mormon missionaries. They had sailed from Liverpool on the "Monarch of the Sea", arriving in New York in 1861.

Walter Noble was born in Jedburgh, Scotland in 1831, the son of James Noble and Janet Mitchell.  Walter and his brother Andrew made their way to Ontario, Canada.  In 1860 he married Agnes Detwiller, of Pennsylvania Dutch origin.  They immigrated to the United States about 1893, settling in Ontario, California.

Christian Møller and his wife Dorthea Hansen were from Denmark.  They settled in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  Peter John Miller and Evelyn Mae Baldwin made their way to Southern California during the great Depression.

Leslie George Baldwin, the son of Daniel W. Baldwin and Evelena Jacobus, was born and raised in Caldwell, New Jersey.  The Baldwins were in the United States before 1800 and took part in the Civil War.  He married Frances Lydia Pettit, the daughter of George Pettit and Sarah Corey from New Jersey. 

My research on the OLSON and MILLER families has resulted in 3,115 ancestors, descendants, and other collerateral relatives being identified and documented.  It is fully supported by over 1,948 source documents.  The OLSON Family History is maintained using our Ancestors and Descendants (A&D) genealogy software.

For detailed information on the structure of the Olson Family information at this site, click on Guide to the data.


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