19th Century Laestadian (Apostolic) Ministers in the United States
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19th Century Laestadian (Apostolic) Ministers in the United States

In the mid-1840's, Swedish-Saami preacher and botanist Lars-Levi Laestadius experienced a spiritual awakening while ministering in Northern Sweden.  Word began to spread about his sermons, and the Laestadian revival spread throughout Lapland and later to all parts of Scandinavia as well as Western Russia.  Because many of the early Finnish immigrants of the Copper and Iron Ranges of Michigan and Minnesota came from Finnish and Norwegian Lapland, Laestadianism also found a strong foothold in the United States.  Laestadian churches would later be founded in other Finnish population centers of the United States.  While, historically, the Laestadian movement often worked within the official Lutheran churches in Scandinavia, American adherents formed their own congregations which were not part of the larger Suomi Synod or LCA/ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) churches.

Today there are many different divisions of Laestadianism in Europe, which sometimes correspond with the many different factions of the revival movement in the United States, which includes Apostolic Lutheran, Old Apostolic Lutheran, First Apostolic Lutheran, independent churches, and the Laestadian Lutheran Church of America.

In 1967, the Suomen Kirkkohistoriallinen Seura (Historical Society of Finnish Churches) issued its publication No. 74: Lestadiolaisuuden matrikkeli ja bibliografia (Laestadian [Minister] Index and Bibliography), written and compiled by Pekka Raittila. The Matrikkeli index is titled 1800-luvun Lestadiolaisia saarnaajia, or 19th Century Laestadian Ministers/Preachers/Speakers and includes a seperate index for leaders of the movement titled Matrikkeli B: 1800-luvun Lestadiolaisia pappeja ja ei-saarnaajia.  The index includes 646 names, all meticulously researched and sourced.  When the information is available, the entries include birth, marriage, death, and moving dates, as well as the listing of spouses and their dates of birth and death.  Also included is an extensive 82 page bibliography and bibliography index of the writings of Lars-Levi Laestadius and others.

Only those individuals who preached in the United States or visited the United States are included in the index below.  Because Finns can have more than one surname as a result of moving to a different parish or farm, and because immigrants sometimes changed their names (or had it changed for them) upon arriving in America, many individuals have more than one surname.  In the index, the duplicate surnames are repeated and kept in alphabetical order.

 

19th Century Laestadian Minister Year of immigration or visit to United States : location Indiv.
Åberg / Oberg, Taavetti Juho Kallenpoika 1892 : Cromwell and Cokato, Minn.; Laurium, Mich. 321
Ahola, Matti Sipanpoika 1873 : C.C., Mich.; Klickita, Wash. 4
Alajoki, Juho Vilhelmi (William) Juhonpoika 1887 : Menahga, Minn. 7
Arola / Pikkarinen, Heikki Laurinpoika 1873 : Calumet, Mich. 361
Autiovaara, Juho Astoria, Oreg. 17
Barba / Barberg / Barka , Iisakki Ann Gretanpoika 1866 : Cokato, Minn. 21
Barberg / Barka / Barba, Iisakki Ann Gretanpoika 1866 : Cokato, Minn. 21
Barka / Barberg / Barba, Iisakki Ann Gretanpoika 1866 : Cokato, Minn. 21
Berg, Henrik Kallenpoika 1879 : Calumet, Mich.; Cokato, Minn. 573
Berg, Nils Petter Andersinpoika 1883 : Calumet, Mich.; Astoria, Oreg. 574
Blomberg, Johan Fredrik ca. 1890 : Worcester and Boston, Mass. 29
Bränström, Iisakki 1866-1867 : Traveled to United States 36
Castrén / Hirvelä / Knuutila Taavi Emanuelinpoika 1873 : Calumet, Micn.; New York Mills and Virginia, Minn. 578
Dahl / Ojanperä, Jaakko or Salathiel Sakarinpoika 1870 : Cokato, Minn. and C.C., Mich. 627
Daniels / Taneli, Kalle Jakko Juhaninpoika 1873 : Calumet, Mich.; Savo, S.D. 38
Erkkilä, Jaakko Mikonpoika 1871 : C.C., Mich.; New York Mills, Minn. 48
Ervasti, Paavali Ollinpoika 1890-1891, 1895-1896 : Traveled to United States 51
Esko, Pekka Olli Ollinpoika ca. 1870 : C.C., Mich.; Thomson, Minn. 53
Estensen, Torsten 1868 : C.C., Mich.; Poinsett (Lake Norden), S.D. 54
Färdig, Bernhard G. 1883 : San Francisco and Berkeley, Cali. 58
Fjellborg, Nils Petteri Eliaksenpoika 1891 : United States 56
Fogman, Iisakki ca. 1880 : United States 582
Hagel, Israel Anna Priitanpoika 1873 : C.C., Mich.; New York Mills, Minn. 68
Hedetniemi, Sakarias 1893 : Lanesville (Cape Ann), Mass. 84
Heideman, Arthur Leopold 1890 : Calumet, Mich. 588
Hietanen, Aapo Ollinpoika 1888 : Boston, Mass. 99
Hietaniemi / Uskoski / Uuskoski, Matti Juhonpoika Oskar, Mich.; Gackle, N.D. 525
Hirvelä / Castrén / Knuutila Taavi Emanuelinpoika 1873 : Calumet, Micn.; New York Mills and Virginia, Minn. 578
Hjort / Rova, Iisakki Traveled to United States 432
Hurula, Sarkarias Arvid Iisakinpoika 1895 : Ely, Minn.; Ironwood, Mich.; Kingston, Minn. 110
Jakola, Mikko Mikonpoika 1881, 1886, 1900 : Traveled to United States 126
Jänkälä, Heikki 1889-1891 : Ironwood, Mich. 151
Johnson, Alexander 1873 : Calumet, Mich.; Kingston, Minn. 132
Juhola / Juvola, Eeli Salomonpoika 1888 : Mich.; Thomson, Cokato, and N.Y. Mills Minn. 144
Junkkonen, Juho Juhonpoika 1872 : Thomson, Minn. 141
Juuma / Virkkula, Juhani Jaakko 1881 : Allouez, Mich. 147
Juuso / Ojala, Iisakki Pekanpoika 1891-1892 : Traveled to United States 148
Juvola / Juhola, Eeli Salomonpoika 1888 : Mich.; Thomson, Cokato, and N.Y. Mills Minn. 144
Kangas, Fredrik Kustaa ca. 1880 : Traveled to United States 159
Kangas, Iisakki Ollinpoika 1891 : United States 160
Kankkonen, Frans Vilhelminpoika 1893 : Astoria, Oreg. 163
Karjala / Karjalainen, Hermanni Jaakonpoika 1872 : N.Y. Mills and Holmes City, Minn. 169
Karjala / Karjalainen, Matti Jaakonpoika 1882 : N.Y. Mills, Holmes City, and Cokato Minn. 169
Karjalainen / Karjala, Hermanni Jaakonpoika 1872 : N.Y. Mills and Holmes City, Minn. 169
Karjalainen / Karjala, Matti Jaakonpoika 1882 : N.Y. Mills, Holmes City, and Cokato Minn. 169
Kaski / Mustola / Pietilä Jooseppi Heikinpoika 1880 : Minneapolis, Minn.; Poinsett, S.D., Astoria and Clatskanie, Oreg. 295
Kavander / Riikonen, Kaarle Oskari Vilhelmi Traveled to United States 426
Kela, Aatu Antinpoika 1889 : New York Mills and Sebeka, Minn. 179
Kemppainen, Aatami Priitanpoika ca. 1880 : Salo, Minn. 183
Kieri, Johannes Salamoninpoika 1880 : Calumet, Mich. 606
Kiilunen, Juho Erkki Matinpoika ca. 1880 : United States 189
Kinzin / Kynsijärvi, Olli Ollinpoika 1876 : C.C., Mich.; Astoria and Quincy Oreg. 611
Knuutila / Castrén / Hirvelä Taavi Emanuelinpoika 1873 : Calumet, Micn.; New York Mills and Virginia, Minn. 578
Koistinen, Juho Matinpoika 1887 : Lake Norden, S.D. 193
Koller, Henrik ca. 1870 : Calumet, Mich. 607
Koller, Iisakki Johanneksenpoika 1880 : N.Y. Mills, Minn.; Ironwood, Mich.; Astoria, Oreg. 198
Kopra, Pietari Taavetinpoika ca. 1890 : Brush Parairie, Wash. 199
Kortetniemi, Salomon Pekanpoika 1871 : Calumet, Mich. 205
Koskenranta / Västi / Öistilä, Mikko Mikonpoika Traveled to United States 209
Kynsijärvi / Kinzin, Olli Ollinpoika 1876 : C.C., Mich.; Astoria and Quincy Oreg. 611
Laakso / Lakso, Juho Juhonpoika 1892 : Traveled to United States 232
Laakso / Lakso, Pekka Aukusti Aft. 1886 : Fitchburg, Mass. (bef. 1891 - bef. 1894) 233
Lahti, Juho Heikki Matinpoika 1889 : Traveled to United States 228
Lahti, Petteri Olli 1888 : Calumet and Lake Linden, Mich. 613
Laitila, Matti 1903 : Fitchburg, Mass. 231
Lakso / Laakso, Juho Juhonpoika 1892 : Traveled to United States 232
Lakso / Laakso, Pekka Aukusti Aft. 1886 : Fitchburg, Mass. (bef. 1891 - bef. 1894) 233
Lindström, Johan Oluf Olufinpoika 1870 : Calumet, Mich. 252
Lumijärvi, Juho Heikinpoika 1882 : Calumet, Mich.; Astoria and Pendleton, Oreg. 257
Luukinen / Luukkonen, Juho 1873 : Franklin, N.Y. Mills, Holmes City Minn. 263
Luukkonen / Luukinen, Juho 1873 : Franklin, N.Y. Mills, Holmes City Minn. 263
Maaherra, Heikkki Heikinpoika 1875 : C.C., Mich.; Pendleton, Oreg. 265
Mällinen, Aapo Juhonpoika 1873 : C.C., Mich.; Thomson, Duluth, and Cokato, Minn. 302
Mandellöf, Wilhelm Adrian 1899 : United States 620
Mäntyvaara, Juntti Erkinpoika 1903 : United States 303
Mariapori, Juha Erkki Iisakinpoika 1873 : Ohio; C.C., Mich.; Kingston, Minn. 272
Martin / Marttiini, Heikki ca. 1880 : New York Mills, Minn. 277
Marttala, Juho Pekanpoika 1865 : Cokato, Franklin Minn. 276
Marttiini / Martin, Heikki ca. 1880 : New York Mills, Minn. 277
Matoniemi, Olli 1873 : C.C., Mich.; Lake Norden (Black Hills), S.D. 281
Mullo, Juho ca. 1880 : Calumet, Mich. 621
Mursu, Juho Juhonpoika ca. 1880 : N.Y. Mills and Cokato, Min.; Canada 294
Mustola / Kaski / Pietilä Jooseppi Heikinpoika 1880 : Minneapolis, Minn.; Poinsett, S.D., Astoria and Clatskanie, Oreg. 295
Myllylahti / Ojalehto Heikki Reetenpoika 1927 : Canada; Astoria, Oreg. 299
Nikkilä, Heikki Laurinpoika 1873 : C.C., Mich.; Savo, Lake Norden, Frederick, S.D. 312
Nikulas / Nikunlassi, Hermanni Ollinpoika 1883 : Republic, Mich. 314
Nikunlassi / Nikulas, Hermanni Ollinpoika 1883 : Republic, Mich. 314
Nurmi, Juho Heikki 1871 : C.C., Mich.; Cokato and Kingston, Minn.; Belden, S.D. 316
Oberg / Åberg, Taavetti Juho Kallenpoika 1892 : Cromwell and Cokato, Minn.; Laurium, Mich. 321
Öistilä / Koskenranta / Västi, Mikko Mikonpoika Traveled to United States 209
Ojala / Juuso, Iisakki Pekanpoika 1891-1892 : Traveled to United States 148
Ojala, Kalle Kallenpoika 1878 : Calumet, Mich.; Astoria and Pendleton, Oreg. 322
Ojala, Taneli Vilhelmi Tanelinpoika 1882 : Michigan 324
Ojalehto / Myllylahti Heikki Reetenpoika 1927 : Canada; Astoria, Oreg. 299
Ojanperä / Dahl, Jaakko or Salathiel Sakarinpoika 1870 : Cokato, Minn. and C.C., Mich. 627
Onkka, Juho Kustaa 1881 : Calumet, Mich.; Cokato, Minn.; Astoria, Oreg. 628
Paukkeri, Aappo Pekanpoika 1892 : Traveled to United States 344
Pekkala, Matti William 1883 : New York Mills, Minn. 347
Pelto, Aapo Juhaninpoika 1873 : Calumet, Mich.; Cokato, Minn.; Frederick, S.D. 350
Peltoniemi, Matti Matinpoika 1881 : Bush Prairie, Wash 352
Perä, Juhani Juhaninpoika 1898 : United States 357
Pietilä / Mustola / Kaski Jooseppi Heikinpoika 1880 : Minneapolis, Minn.; Poinsett, S.D., Astoria and Clatskanie, Oreg. 295
Pietilä, Niilo Juuso Juhaninpoika 1883 : Calumet, Mich.; Black Hills and Lead, S.D. 360
Pikkarinen / Arola, Heikki Laurinpoika 1873 : Calumet, Mich. 361
Planting, Kustaa Vilhelmi Aaponpoika 1871 : C.C., Mich.; Pendleton, Oreg. 369
Pohjonen, Heikki Poinsett, S.D. 373
Pollari, Juho Viktor Hannunpoika 1893 : Maple, Wisc.; Champion, Mich. 375
Prouty, Francis Natanael (b. in United States) Barnes Corner, N.Y.; Hayt, S.D. 381
Puotinen, Aleksanteri Heikinpoika 1886 : Thomson, Minn. 384
Puumala / Sandbacka, Erkki Juhonpoika ca. 1880 : United States 387
Pyörret / Sammalmaa, Juho Juhonpoika 1893 : Traveled to United States 388
Raattamaa, Erkki Juhaninpoika 1891 : Traveled to United States 395
Raattamaa, Iisakki Kustaa Erkinpoika 1873 : C.C., Mich.; Thomson, Minn. 397
Raattamaa, Petteri Juhaninpoika 1883 : New York Mills, Minn. 400
Räisänen, Olli Ollinpoika 1904 : Annandale, Minn. 442
Rajaniemi, Antti Jaakonpoika 1892 : Calumet, Mich.; Fitchburg, Mass. 402
Rapp / Ruonavaara, Niilo Ollinpoika 1901 : Traveled to United States 410
Rauhala, Antti Jaakonpoika 1871 : (C.C., Mich.; Pendleton, Oreg. 418
Riikonen / Kavander, Kaarle Oskari Vilhelmi Traveled to United States 426
Rivinoja, Matti Pekanpoika ca. 1900 : Lead, S.D. 428
Roanpää, Juho Iisakinpoika ca. 1870 : Calumet, Mich.; Boston, Mass. 429
Ronkainen, Matti Paulinpoika 1873 : C.C., Mich.; New York Mills, Minn. 430
Rova / Hjort, Iisakki Traveled to United States 432
Rovainen, Jaakko Juhaninpoika 1871 : Cokato, Minn. 433
Ruonavaara / Rapp, Niilo Ollinpoika 1901 : Traveled to United States 410
Ruonavaara, Juho Maria Matildanpoika Calumet, Hancock, Jacobsville, Mich. 435
Ruuhijärvi, Juhani ca. 1879 : Tower, West Superior, West Duluth, Minn. 436
Saarela, Aukusti Juhonpoika 1891 : Lanesville (Cape Ann), Mass.; Pike, Minn.; Fitchburg, Mass.; Laurium, Mich. 447
Sallinen, Juhani Priita Kaisanpoika ca. 1890 : Traveled to United States 452
Sammalmaa / Pyörret, Juho Juhonpoika 1893 : Traveled to United States 388
Sandbacka / Puumala, Erkki Juhonpoika ca. 1880 : United States 387
Savela, Sefanias 1890 : "Saukkonjärvi," Houghton Co., Mich. 463
Sikainen, Juhani Aaronpoika ca. 1870 : C.C., Mich.; Cokato, Minn.; Savo, S.D. 469
Solkela, Juho 1880 : Traveled to United States 636
Stark / Starkka, Nils Petteri Heikinpoika 1869 : C.C., Mich.; Frderick, S.D.; Ludden, N.D. 483
Starkka / Stark, Nils Petteri Heikinpoika 1869 : C.C., Mich.; Frderick, S.D.; Ludden, N.D. 483
Strolberg, Petteri Iisakinpoika ca. 1870 : Calumet and Hancock, Mich. 486
Takkinen, Juho Matinpoika 1877 : Calumet, Mich. 499
Talonen, Tuomas ca. 1880 : Traveled to United States 500
Taneli / Daniels, Kalle Jakko Juhaninpoika 1873 : Calumet, Mich.; Savo, S.D. 38
Tapani, Aapo Juhaninpoika 1876 : Traveled to United States 503
Tauriainen, Matti Laurinpoika 1891 : C.C., Mich.; Sebeka and Thompson, Minn. 507
Typpö, Leonard Kallenpoika ca. 1889 : Fitchburg, Mass. 522
Uskoski / Uuskoski / Hietaniemi, Matti Juhonpoika Oskar, Mich.; Gackle, N.D. 525
Uuskoski / Uskoski / Hietaniemi, Matti Juhonpoika Oskar, Mich.; Gackle, N.D. 525
Vanttaja, Heikki Sakarinpoika Bet. 1880-1890 : Fredrik, S.D. 532
Västi / Koskenranta / Öistilä, Mikko Mikonpoika Traveled to United States 209
Viinamäki, Leander 1886 : Portage Entry, Mohawk, Bruce Crossing Mich. 544
Virkkula / Juuma, Juhani Jaakko 1881 : Allouez, Mich. 147
Vittikkohuhto, Antti Maunu Salomoninpoika 1869 : C.C., Mich.; Holmes City and Cokato Minn. 552
Vuollet, Jaakko Aaponpoika ca. 1871 : C.C., Mich.; Cokato and Minneapolis, Minn. 553
Vuollet, Kaaleppi Aaponpoika 1873 : C.C., Mich.; Cokato and Minneapolis, Minn. 554
Wilén, Kaarle Danielinpoika ca. 1890 : United States 546
Wilén, Kustaa Danielinpoika 1894 : United States 547
Ylén, Adolf Israelinpoika 1902 : Minnesota 562
Ylén, Juho Kustaa Israelinpoika 1892 : Minnesota 562