Our Kangas family originated in Pulkkila, Finland, Launola's Village #15. Antti Antinpoika Viitanen Kangastalo married his second cousin, Maria Samuelsdotter Viitanen Makkonen in Pulkkila, Finland 18 July 1869. They had seven children, the youngest, Katharina died in 1885.
- Download Antti Antinpoika Viitanen Kangastalo's pedigree chart. [Known in the US as Antti Kangas.]
- Download Maria Viitanen Makkonen's pedigree chart. [Known in the US as Maria Kangas.]
- Download a chart of Antti & Maria's children.
- This is a copy of the Papin-Todistus from Pulkkila with their children's birthdates recorded.
Antti Kangastalo (1842-1914) & Maria Viitanen Makkonen (1845-1933)
Antti & Maria Kangastalo came to America in 1901 having been preceded by all of their children. They came aboard the S.S. Cambroman of the Dominion Line. They arrived 2 June 1901 from Liverpool to Portland, Maine. They settled with their son, John/Juho Kangas in Embarrass, Minnesota, John having procured a homestead there. Maria Kangas was the only midwife in Embarrass. The nearest doctor was in Two Harbors. The doctor would say, “Go to Maria Kangas. She is a good midwife, and she will call me if she knows you need me.” Maria was a proud lady, who prided herself on her soft hands with long fingers, presumably her human obstetric forceps. Maria is reputed to have disdained housework and fieldwork on the grounds of protecting her hands. Many of the children whom Maria brought into this world got together and bought all the furniture for Maria’s room. That’s why Maria’s room has the best furniture in the house. Photos of the Kangas Farm in Embarrass, Minnesota.
Antti Kangas died 20 June 1914 in Embarrass, Minnesota at age 71 years. Maria Kangas died 11 March 1933 in Embarrass, Minnesota at the age of 87 years. They are both buried at the Embarrass Cemetery, Embarrass, Minnesota. [Scroll down the list for Embarrass.]
Antti & Maria Kangas had seven children::
- Johan Kangas b. 1869; d. 1842; married Elmiina Seitaniemi. History and Stories of John & Elmiina Kangas
- Greta Sofia Kangas, b. 1872; d. 1946; married Matt Mäjenpää. Photos and genealogy notes for G. Kangas & M. Mäjenpää
- Matt Kangas, b. 1874; d. 1943; married Elisabeth "Liisa" Sulkko - Photos and genealogy notes for Matti & Lizzie Kangas
- Maria Amanda Kangas, b. 1877; d. 1930; married Herman Teppo - Photos and notes on Herman & Amanda Teppo
- Anders Andersson Antti Kangas, b. 1881; d. 1965; married (1) Emma Knuuti; m. (2) Hulda Heikkinen
- Elisabet "Bessie" Kangas; b. 1883; d. 1963; married John E. "Ed" Wilson; Download a copy of Bessie Kangas' travels & early years.
- Kaisa Antintytär "Katharina" Kangas; b. 1885; d. 1885