My grandfather was Johan Vicktor Johansson Bäckman (he was in the Swedish Merchant Marine and changed his name to John Victor Johnson when he immigrated to the USA at Ship Island,
near Biloxi, Mississippi ca. 1905). He was born on 30 April 1881 in Vaasa (Vasa), Finland (a Swedish community) and died in 1960 in Jacksonville, Florida. His father's name may have been Johan Gustafson Bäckman (mother's name unknown). His sister, Matilda Bäckman Finney (1884-1967), immigrated after he did and lived in Brainerd, Minnesota. She had two daughters, Hildur Finney (1907-1978) and Ellen Finney Lindquist (1905-1997). They reportedly had a brother in Michigan and possibly a brother in Canada. A younger brother remained in Finland. I would appreciate any information that someone may have about this family.
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