No photographs available, these are AI generated portraits based on the photographs of their descendants *
Niklas Kutvonen 1832 – 1892 and Anna Kutvonen née Siiskonen 1820 – 1864
Niklas Kutvonen and his wife Anna lived in Vyborg in the second
half of the 19th century. Niklas worked as a lamplighter, responsible
for lighting and maintaining the gas street lamps throughout the city.
Their days were filled with hard work and routine. Every evening, Niklas
would leave the small apartment he shared with his wife and children to
begin his rounds, making sure each lamp was lit and functioning
properly. He would carry his ladder and tools with him, and would often
be out until late in the night.
Despite the hard work, the Kutvonens were content with their lives. They
were grateful to have a steady income and a roof over their heads. They
lived in a small but cozy apartment in a working-class neighborhood, and
they were surrounded by a close-knit community other working families.
Anna took care of the household and raised their children
, who sadly died in early childhood,
, and Alexander
She was a
skilled seamstress and often took in work to supplement the family's
income. She also spent time with their children, teaching them to read
and write, and instilling in them the values of hard work and
Life in Vyborg was not easy for the Kutvonens. The city was
rapidly growing and changing, and they struggled to keep up with the
rising cost of living. The winters were harsh and the long, dark nights
could be depressing. But they had each other and the support of their
community, and they were determined to make the most of it.
Niklas eventually got a new better-paid job as a Vyborg town salt measurer
Unfortunately, Anna died 1864, leaving Niklas with two children aged 5 and 7.
He married Maria Kristina Myyrä
, and they had four children, but only two survived to adulthood.
The years 1866-1868 are known in Finland as the
Years of the Great Famine
* These are an AI generated views how Niklas and Anna might
have looked. Niklas' portrait is based on the photographs of Alexander,
Martti and Petri,
Annas portrait is based on the photographs of their granddaughters Maria and
their great-granddaughter Tuula, and
their great-great-granddaughter Susanna.