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Meet our Relatives - Skardal Branch

Magnus Jonson Skardal

Magnus Jonson Skardal
Magnus Jonson Skardal was born in Iceland on Jan. 17, 1870. Ingun Gisladottir was born in Iceland, Oct. 10, 1868. Magnus and Ingun were married in Iceland, where two of their children were born:
Sigrun, on Jan. 25, 1893;
and Kristjan Athalbjorn, on May 16, 1899.
A daughter Jonina died as an infant.
They came to Canada in 1902, and spent the first winter with his brother Sigurdur and his wife Ingibjorg, on the farm one and one half miles north of Baldur. In the spring they went to Gimli, but moved back to Argyle and lived for some time on the Tom Johnson farm, also in Baldur.

They had three more children:
Soley Emily Rosamund, born Sept. 8, 1904;
Otto Sigurjon, born April 24, 1908;
and Frank Leonard, born Oct. 27, 1911.

They bought SW and NE of 6-6-13 in 1912, where they farmed until retiring to Baldur in 1930.

Sigrun Skardal married Tryggvi Johnson [Sr.] and had five children. (See Tryggvi Johnson history).
Tryggvi was the oldest son of Johann and Groa JOHANNESSON Jonson (see CIOH pp 498) and he farmed SE 20-5-14. In 1912, he married Sigrun Magnusdottir, daughter of Magnus Skardal. Sigrun was a school teacher. Tryggvi and Sigrun had five children: Jonina, Christian, Magnus, Emily and Tyggvi, and also a foster son, Einar Isford.
Reference only: See CIOH, pp 501 for continued story, [12]

Tryggvi's parents, were both widowers. Johann Jonson lost one daughter Thorbjorg who died at 17, and the other, Gunnlaug married Jon Bjornson. Johann Jonson was one of the men instrumental in the forming of the Grund [Frelsis] Lutheran Church.

Groa Johannesson came from Iceland with her husband Bjorn and two sons, John and Steini. Bjorn died shortly after arriving, son John of Tuberculosis, and Steni injured in a runaway with a team of horses, later died of his injuries. Johann and Groa are the only ones buried in a private cemetery in Argyle at SW 21-5-14.

Sigrun Skardal married Tryggvi Johnson [Sr.] youngest son, Tryggvi Johnson Jr. married Marguerite Christopherson, daughter of Herbert [son of Hernit and Bjorg Bjornson] and Emily ISBERG Christopherson.

Kristjan Athalbjorn Skardal married Una Bergson (nee Johnson) on March 16, 1923. (See Chris Skardal history).

Soley Emily Rosamund Skardal married William George Newnham (originally from England) on Dec. 20, 1934. They moved to Arborg, Man., and have two children: Beverley Ann, born March 20, 1938; and William Skardal, born April 2, 1942. They moved to Vancouver, B.C. where they reside.

Otto Sigurjon Skardal married Margaret Fowler, in 1947, and they made their home in Baldur. Margaret worked in the post office and Otto had bought the Baldur Transfer, when he came out of the army. He, in turn, sold it to W.H. Hunter and Burton Bray. He worked for the Argyle council and then, for a number of years, worked in the post office, until he retired.

Otto and Margaret had one daughter, Margaret Sandra Joan. She is married to John Riguax of Cypress River. Sandra is a school teacher and John works for Northern Affairs. They live in Thompson. Otto moved to Thompson in the spring of 1978, and died in March, 1980.

Frank Leonard Skardal married Ethel Joel Nov. 28, 1939. (See Frank Skardal History pp 644. Not posting as Roy does not know or have permission of the family)., [12]
Ethel married Frank Skardal of Baldur, they have one son and now live in Carberry, [66]

Magnus Jonson Skardal died Oct. 28, 1957. Ingun Gisladottir died on Sept. 22, 1939.


Not sure if Sigurdur 'Siggi' and Ingibjorg Skardal are related, pp 645

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Magnus Jonson Skardal, Son of ?

Married Ingun Gisladottir, daughter of ?

1. ?

1. Sigrun SKARDAL Johnson, b. 1893
2. Kristjan 'Chris' Athalbjorn Skardal, b. 1899
3. Soley Emily Rosamund SKARDAL Newnham, b. 1904
4. Otto Sigurjon Skardal, b. 1908
5. Frank Leonard Skardal, b. 1911

Also see
Skardal Family Collection

Courtesy of 'Come into our Heritage' book