John Knudston was born in Sands, Norway. Julia Annie Neilson was born in Lofoten Island, Norway. He came to Canada from Norway around 1868, settling in Quebec City for approximately four years, then moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. He met Julia Annie Neilson in Minneapolis, where they were both employed at the Pillsbury Residence. Julia worked as an upstairs maid, and John worked as Coachman. They were married in Minneapolis shortly after. Pillsbury was better known as the Pillsbury Milling Company. Later they moved from Minneapolis to Moscow, Idaho, via the Oregon Trail, where they settled and farmed.
Of the ten children born, six survived to adulthood. In later years they moved from Moscow, Idaho to Spokane, Washington, where John worked as a peddler. About 1910 they moved to Canada, settling in the Lethbridge (Wilson Siding) district, farming.
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