Hildur Christina Krafve Mattson (1895-1976)

Matson Project
Ancestor Sketch
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.It is not always about your ancestors but ancestors that have made a difference in your life.  When I began looking at my records regarding Hildur I realized that things weren’t right in my software, Family Tree Maker for Mac 2.  I thought that I had the relationships right.  I had the relationship of my stepfather set to step and his relationship to me as step, but his still showed up as my father and Hildur as my grandmother. I finally figured out that under People, Attach/Detach people that if I detached myself from him that he popped up as my stepfather and all was well.  I think the process of establishing relationships in FTM4Mac2 is unintuitive and should be streamlined.  How half siblings and stepsiblings
are displayed are not clear and are difficult to get correct. I think that if
you put the correct relationship in the relationship tab that should be all
that should be necessary.
While writing this biography, I realized that I only have one photo that includes Hildur, and that one is a distance shot from Christmas 1970.  Of course, upon scanning the photo and cropping it to include only Hildur it is very blurry and poor quality.  If anyone has a better photo of her I would
love it.

Bio – Hildur Christina Krafve

Hildur Christina Krafve Mattson
Christmas 1970

Hildur’s parents came to America from Sweden in 1885 and 1887 and settled in Minnesota. Hildur was born on 26 May 1895, the third of six children to Josef (Joseph) and Maria (Mary) Persson (or Person) Krafve in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1]

In 1900, the family lived in southeast Minneapolis at 717 28th Ave, an area that now the University of Minnesota Reuse Program buildings.[2]

The 1910 census finds the family in Maple Ridge Township in Isanti County, which is a few miles north of Cambridge. As an interesting side note, in 1917 a Reuben Krafve, son of Carl Krafve committed suicide in Maple Ridge Township when he received notice that he was drafted. I haven’t found the relationship to our Krafve’s yet, but I would think one is quite possible. I’ll need to look further into that.

I have been unable to find the Krafve’s in the 1920 census. I have found that their surname is spelled many different ways and have a lot more research to do to see if I can find them.

Hildur married Eddie Matson (aka Edward William Mattson) on 25 Mar 1922 in Hennepin County. A copy of certificate may be ordered from one of my favorite Minnesota websites: Minnesota Official Marriage System (MOMS).

4218 Upton Avenue North Today
Thanks to Google Maps

When my stepfather was born, in 1925, the family lived in a tiny (726 square feet), but new (built in 1924), home at 4218 Upton Ave. North, a house that exists today.

The family probably outgrew the tiny house on Upton and by
the 1930 census the family had moved to Southside Township, Wright County. [3]
Sometime between 1935 and 1940 the family moved a few miles
away to Annandale.[4] The family moved back to Minneapolis before 1942 and lived at 2024 Girard Ave. No. That house no longer exists. According to city directories, they lived there until at least 1948.[5]
Hildur died on 30 July 1976 in Hennepin County. A copy of
the certificate can be ordered from the Minnesota Historical Society.[6] Hildur Mattson was buried in Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minnesota with her husband.

Further Research.

  • Get better photo of Hildur if possible.
  • Determine if Carl and Reuben Krafve are related.
  • Find Hildur Krafve in the 1920 Census.
  • Get a copy of Eddie & Hildur’s wedding certificate.
  • Get a copy of Hildur’s death certificate.
  • Determine Hildur’s burial place.


[1] Ancestry.com – Minnesota, Births and Christenings Index, 1840-1980 – Hildur Christina Krafve FHL Film Number: 1498835.
[2] Family Search – Minnesota > Hennepin > ED 121 Election District 11 (incl. Augsburg Seminary) Minneapolis city Ward 11 > image 6 of 32; citing NARA microfilm publication T623.
[3] Ancestry.com – 1930 Census – Place: Southside, Wright, Minnesota; Roll: 1136; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 32; Image: 510.0; FHL microfilm: 2340871
[4] Ancestry.com – 1940 Census – Annandale, Wright, Minnesota; Roll: T627_1970; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 86-3
[5] Ancestry.com – U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta) 1948 – Minneapolis City Directory – Page 921.
[6] Minnesota Historical Society – Minnesota Death Certificate Index – CERTID# 1976-MN-021131

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