09 July 2019

Scandinavian Folk Festival Jamestown

Jamestown's Scandinavian Folk Festival will be at the JCC campus on Friday thru Sunday, July 19th - 21st.  Information about the festival can be found at scandinavianjamestown.org or at their Facebook page.


One of the features of the festival has been its genealogy table.  I'll be setting up alongside this year looking for families that have Swedish ancestors who arrived in Chautauqua or Warren counties before 1865.  I am hoping to find Swedish immigrants who aren't in my database, but more importantly, I an hoping to learn new stories of these early settlers. In appreciation, I will be giving out buttons for those who qualify.  So if you have family stories, books brought by your ancestor from Sweden, letters in Swedish received or sent before the Civil War, early Swedish Methodist church records, photographs or any similar document please stop by.

Second Wave button. Design © John Everett Jones 2019

Most of us are descendants of Swedes who arrived in the tsunami of emigration that started after the close of the American Civil War.  In several years, more emigrants left from Sweden than the total of all those who had emigrated before 1865 (during the First and Second Wave).

My great grandfather was one of those, he arrived as a toddler in 1866.  So I am part of what historians have labelled the "third wave" of Swedish emigration.  If you contribute to our local cultural institutions, I would be happy to give you a button like the one that I'll be wearing.

Third Wave button. Design © John Everett Jones 2019

Talks at the Festival

I'll be talking at 4pm on Saturday (JCC Carnahan Building room 168) about my current research:

A description of the religious motivations of the Swedes who established the Scandinavian community in the Jamestown area. Details about the formation of congregations and conflicts that divided the Swedish community. And biographies of the first Swedish ministers who served our area.

I'm also going to be speaking at 3pm on Sunday   (JCC Carnahan Building room 168)

                            SLIDES FROM THIS LECTURE

Danes arrived in Jamestown in the mid 1850s.  The beginnings of the community here is traced back to C.C. Beck who arrived as a ships carpenter in Buffalo in 1848.  Beck was born in Sweden of Danish parents and grew up in Bornholm, the island that was origin to almost all of the Danes in our area. The early Danish settlers were young men whose apprenticeships were put to advantage in Jamestown.  This group hosted Jacob Riis when he lived in our area in 1870-1871.

24 June 2019

Religion and the Early Swedes: the Original Jamestown Lutheran Charter

In 1852 the first congregation of Swedes was organized as a class within the structure of the existing Methodist Episcopal (Methodist) church of Jamestown.  That effort was organized by Rev. O.G. Hedstrom after a preliminary meeting a year before. Beginning in 1853, a mission to the Swedish community was added to the local Methodist conference and Olof Hamrin became the first licensed Swedish minister in the Jamestown area.  I believe that Hedstrom reassigned Hamrin from the Bethel ship mission to our area in response to news that B.G.P. Bergenlund had arrived in Jamestown.

Hedstrom had helped Bengt Gustaf Bergenlund1 when he arrived in New York City in January 1853.  Bergenlund had experienced severe seasickness on the voyage and arrived weak and penniless  –  he had also been robbed aboard ship.  Bergenlund stayed free at the Bethel ship until he got healthy, then Hedstrom found him work on a farm thirty miles away.  After a couple of weeks, Bergenlund quit that job, returned to the Bethel ship, borrowed money and left New York City.  Bergenlund likely learned about the Swedish community in Jamestown from his time spent at the mission; his autobiography indicated that Hedstrom had sent him with a letter of recommendation as a teacher.

In Sweden, Bergenlund had wanted to become a minister.  He had several relatives who were priests, but his family could not afford to pay for his further education, so he became a tutor in search of a permanent teaching position.  At age thirty-one he left to establish himself as a minister in America  – that is the profession listed for him on the manifest of the ship that brought him to America, the Enterprise.2

Jamestown Lutheran charter, Reports to Synod 1850-1870, p.1
Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church collection, Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America Archives, Elk Grove, Illinois.

Bergenlund arrived in Jamestown in March and began bible studies in local homes and possibly in the Methodist church - likely in the basement where the Swedes met.  He gave his first sermon the week before Easter, which was on the 27th of March that year.  The Jamestown Swedes decided to offer him a position as a minister with a base salary plus four collections a year. During that Spring, Bergenlund wrote to Rev. Tuve Hasselquist to inquire about establishing a Lutheran congregation.3  Hasselquist visited Jamestown at the end of May or the beginning of June; Bergenlund's autobiography indicated that Hasselquist had  organized the Lutheran congregations in our area during that visit. Hasselquist's sermon on the 1 June 1851 was the first sermon by an ordained Swedish Lutheran minister in Jamestown.  Bergenlund wrote the new congregation's charter and enlisted founding members on 17 July 1853.

Jamestown Lutheran charter, p 2
För wårt eget själagagn och Christi Rikes allmänna framgång, hafve wi wid allmänt sammanträde denna dag, fattat följande beslut: 1:0 Att förena oss till en Christelig Församling härstädes under namn af "Den Svenska Evangeliskt Lutherska Kyrkan i Jamestown Chatauque Co. New York State." 2:0 Att wi antaga och förklara den h. Skrift, som är Guds eget ord, såsom enda regeln för wår tro och lefnad, förklarad i enlig het med den äldsta Christna Församlingen och wår Lutherska Kyr kas bekännelseskrifter, enligt hvilka allena wi vilja hafva ordet för oss forkunnat. 3:0 Att då någon framdeles vill förena sig med oss och ingå som medlem af wår församling, detta allena kan ske såvida en sådan antingen medför attest om christligt förhållande från annan Församling eller inför wår själasörjare eler diakon visor sig vara en lefvande lem i Christi osynliga Kyrka eller åtminstone tillkännagifver en allvarlig åstundan att genom de nådemedel Her ren åt Församlingen anförtrott bliva det, hvarefter han skall i Församlingen upptagas enligt det formulär som nu är eller fram deles kan warda för oss af de Lutherska Församlingarne i Amerika antaget. ...

Jamestown Lutheran charter, p 3
These photos by John Everett Jones
For the benefit of our souls and the general success of Christ's kingdom, we have at a general gathering today made the following decisions: 
1° To unite in a Christian congregation here under the name of: The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York State. 
2° That we accept and declare the Holy Scripture, which is God's own word, as the only rule for our creed and our lives, explained according to the oldest Christian congregation and the Lutheran Church Confessions, according to which we only want it preached to us. 
3° When somebody [comes] who wants to join us and become a member of our Congregation, this can only be if such a person either brings a testimony about his Christian conduct from another congregation, or in front of our spiritual guide or a deacon, mentions himself as a live member of Christ's invisible Church, or at least will mention a serious desire to so become through the means of grace that the Lord has given the congregation, after this he will be taken into the Congregation according to the blank form, that now or in the future can be accepted by us for the Lutheran congregations in America....

Translation by Elisabeth Thorsell, published in Swedish American Genealogist, Volume 4  (December) 2017, p 6 and 20.

List of congregation [a list of names rather than signatures, written in both pencil and pen]

Af B. G. Berglund
Johannes Reyk ....
Petter Jonsson
Joseph Linquist
Johan Larsson
Carl Fredric Jonsson
Samuel Böng
Anna Larsson Enka
Christin Enka
Petter Magnusson
Anders Andersson
Lovisa Olofsdott.
h. Ana Hellena
h. Soffia
h. Johanna
Per Anderson 3
Oscar Jonsson 1
Ingar Elisab. Larsd.
Carl Lindquist
Maria (Lindquist)
Sv. Nilsson Jon
____ Karlsson
Johanna Lotta Jonsson
La?? Sunansson
Aug Andersson
Gustus C. Fr. Jonsson
Johns Lars Maja Lisa
... J. Samuelsson h.  Stina
Johannes Gustafsson
Elin Grönlund
Anna Lisa Krön
Anders Johansson
Carolina Persdotter
h. Greta
h. Sara
Johan Andersson
Carolina Aberg
Nils Pet. Nilsson 3b
Britta Hellena Persd.
Lars Samuelsson 7b
Stina Lena persd.
Petter Gran 4 barn
Sara Stina
Carl Prosis o. h. 4b.
Anders Hultberg o Lovisa
Lars Gust. o. h. 2 b.
Johan o Stina och b.
Johannes o. h. 3 barn
Sgarius - 1
Johanes - Hedda
Jonsson - h. Ana Lena
Per Jonsson - h. n.
Jakobsson - h n
And. Jansson - h-
G. Jonss. h. Kristin
Gustaf - h. n.
Sjon Prom Fischer
Frank och Johanna
Erik Andersson
h. Lovisa o. Enk. Anna
Anders Swensson e.
h. albertine john Nöjd
Anders o. h. 2. Johes
 o. h. 1 b.
Jon + h. Vid mor -
sin, Klara Kron -
Calle o. h. Maja -
 manga and.
dra - mmullan Arka 2
5 a 6 hushalt bo
 vurksburg [Falconer] cerka 12-18 person
Dito i Askvill [Ashville]
Dito i Bustaj [Busti]
Dito i Frirsburg [Frewsburg]
12-14 bo i Rattsvill [Wrightsville]
  30 personan
16-20 i Jamstown [Jamestown] utan
 unglam 60-80
Sugar Grove 30-40 -
 5-7- och. num
I fran Wurksbury [Falconer] till Rattsville [Wrightsville]
är ungefär 20 eng. mil
by B[engt] G[ustaf] Berg[en]lund
John Wright [1851.194]
Peter Johnson [1849.044  or 1851.027]
Joseph Lindquist [1852.105]
likely John Lawson [1851.055]
Charles F. Johnson [1852.220]
Samuel Berg [1852.086]
widow Anna Lawson [?]
widow Christina [?]
Peter Monson [i1256]
Andrew Anderson [1852.200]
Mrs. Andrew (Louisa) Anderson [1852.201]
Mrs. Anna   possibly mrs. Samuel berg
Mrs. Joseph (Sophia) Lindquist [1852.106]
Mrs. Charles F. (Johanna C.) Johnson [1852.135]
Peter Anderson  [possibly i2993]
Oscar J. Johnson [1851.115]
Mrs. Oscar (Elizabeth) Johnson [1851.116]
Charles F. Londquist [1851.193]
Mrs. Charles F. (Mary) Londquist [1852.150]
Swan Nelson [likely 1852.239]
Johanna Charlotta
Augustus Anderson [1852.044]
Gustus Johnson [possibly 1852.025]
John Lawson ?
Lars and Stina L. Samuelson [1851.074 and .075]
John Augustus  [1852.050]
Mrs. John P. (Annie L.) Peterson [1852.134]
Andrew Johnson [1852.241]
Mrs. John M. (Carolina J.) Anderson [1849.018]
Mrs. Greta…
Mrs. Sarah
John M. Anderson [1849.017]
Mrs. John (Carolina J.) Anderson [1849.018]
N. Peter Nelson [1852.059]
Mrs. Peter (Lena) Nelson [1852.060]
Lars Samuelson [1851.074]
Mrs. Lars (Stina L.) Samuelson [1851.075]
Peter Gron [1851.036]
Catharine? [possibly Mrs. Peter (Carolina) Gron 1851.037]
Alexander?  [possibly Alexander Lawson i3011]
Sara Stina  [possibly Mrs. Alexander (Sarah) Lawson i3012]
Charles Peterson [1852.031]
Andrew J. Hultberg [1852.130]
Lars August Johnson [1852.010]
John and Brita Stina Peterson [i0654 and i0655]
likely [John Lind 1850.036]
possibly [John Johnson 1852.075]
John and Hadda Johnson [1852.146 and 1852.147]
[possibly 1851.028]
Possibly [Peter Johnson 1849.044] or Peter Johnson 1851.027]
Possibly John G. Jacobson [i0879]
Likely Andrew P. Johnson [1848.006]
possibly Gustus Johnson [1852.025]
Possibly John Lake [1850.041] or John Fostorp [i2256]
Frank A. Peterson [1850.002] and Mrs.Frank A. (Johanna Charlotta) Peterson [1848.007]
Eric Anderson [1850.001], Mrs. Eric M. (Lena Louisa) Anderson [1848.008] and Anna Maria Anderson [1851.183]
Andrew Swanson [1851.010], Mrs. Andrew (Albertina) Swanson [1851.011] and Magnus Nöjd [1851.015]
5-6 households live in Worksburg (Falconer), 12-18 people
Ditto in Ashville
Ditto in Busti
Ditto in Frewsburg
12-14 [households] live in Wrightsville, 30 people
16-20 [households] live in Jamestown, 60-80 people
Sugar Grove 30-40
From Falconer (Worksburg) to Wrightsville
is about 20 english miles
A letter4  by Rev. T.N. Hasselquist to the American Home Missionary Society discusses this trip to Jamestown in 1853.  He wrote [in English]:

… In Sugar Grove I formed a congregation of 67 communicants, there was a young man, who had spoken the word of salvation to the people and several days during the week he taught their children.  The congregation had a great confidence in him and wishes to have him for their minister.  They had agreed with him for a certain salary and hope that they would be able to fulfil their promise without foreign aid.  During my stay there they resolved to build a church and they seemed very willing to contribute their possi[?] for the said purpose, although the[y] could not think to finish it without help from other hands.  Their proposed minister, Mr. Bergenlund will probably come to our Synod this fall and seek license from and connection with the Lutheran Synod of Northern Illinois, w[h]ich all Lutheran Swedish ministers in this country have joined.  Here in Galesburg and the other places where I have congregations, my labor is going forth in the same way as before, that hope I in my last report, expressed that the seed sown will render this heart or that a good...

This letter confirms that the document found at the ECLA archives is the original Lutheran “charter.”

Histories about the Jamestown Lutheran Church are sketchy or silent about its beginnings and this is a reflection of criticism by Augustana synod histories of B.G.P. Bergenlund.  After Bergenlund left in 1855 he was replaced by Rev. Jonas Swensson's who reformulated the charter of the congregation  during his two-year leadership.

  1. Bengt Gustaf Bergenlund was known by several variations of his name.  He used both Bergenlund and Berglund and he was known as both Bengt or Gustaf as well as his initials B.G. or B.G.P. (Bengt Gustaf Persson); the most common reference is B.G.P. Bergenlund.  He was baptized Bengt Gustaf, son of Per Månsson (12/6 1787 Åkarp - 1831) and Lovisa Elmlund (14/3 1789 Hälinge) from No. 4-1/4 Bjernum, Norra Åkarp (Swedish Church Records, Norra Åkarp AI:4 (1820-1827) p 22. Digital reference:  https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/C0061249_00071.

  2. Immigration aboard the ship Enterprise from Liverpool to New York arriving 10 January 1853; Capt John Davis, 200 passengers, primarily Irish passengers, no other Swedes or Danes.
    Gudman Jesesson 27  M  Priest Denmark
    Gustav Bergland 31 (M) (Priest) (Denmark)
    Manifest of the Enterprise, 10 January 1853, p 1. NARA collection.
    The traditional Danish name Gudmann was out of fashion by 1825; therefore, the identity of his Danish fellow traveler was likely Gudmann Jensen, b. 1 Feb 1825 in Lystrop, Uvelse parish, Frederiksborg, Denmark. Jensen had apprenticed as a blacksmith and is not identified in Danish censuses after 1850; documentation of his emigration has not yet been located.  In America he is possibly identified as Goodman Jansen, a Dane born in February 1825 who married a New York woman in 1855 who was working as a die maker in Essex County, New Jersey in 1900.  He died 25 August 1900 and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth (Queens), New York; see Find A Grave No. 184300374.  Jansen's lifelong work in the blacksmith and machining trade suggests that the the manifest entry "Minister" referred to Bergenlund.  In his autobiography, Bergenlund noted that he was beaten onboard by a Danish blacksmith apprentice who had left ship the night before disembarking in New York because he was thought to be a thief.

  3. This letter has not yet been located.

  4. Letter to the Executive Committee of the American Home Missionary Society dated 25 July 1853 from Galesburg, Illinois (this letter was written in English).  T.N. Hasselquist collection in the archives of Treadway Library, Augustana College.

20 May 2019

Swedes in the Civil War (Part 2)

Peter Lind, 111th Regiment, Company D; died 15 Sep 1862 in
Alexandria from disease. Grave Site No. 4321, Soldiers Home
National Cemetery. Photo by Catherine Pfaffenroth ©2018 
As clear as mud. I have gained new insight into the peculiar difficulties of researching in Civil War documents. For most cases all is straight forward, even for Swedes. But there are a number of soldiers and most sailors who would require substantially more effort to properly document them.

 Several issues about the Swedes who fought for our freedoms in the Civil War remain unresolved. I still don't understand why some of the Swedes used aliases (i.e., August Anderson aka George Thompson). And, I still don't understand why Swedish participation in the war was underestimated by local Swedish histories. At least 27 Swedes from our area died in the conflict.

The oversimplification that Swedes were super patriotic and never deserted isn't confirmed by my research. Sometimes it is hard to know if a Swede's desertion was a misunderstanding of paperwork or a dereliction of duty, but it occurred.

Recently I was reading the mudslinging during the 1894 campaign for Chautauqua County sheriff between John P. Gelm and Bela B. Lord.  Gelm’s supporters brought up the issue of Lord’s non-participation in the Civil War, but Gelm doesn't seem to have served either.  Gelm’s obituary1 explained, “Under inbördeskriget utgjorde han en av besättningen på en flodångare på Mississippi floden och upplevdo en massa äfventyr.”  Roughly translated as: In the Civil War he was a crew member of a steamboat on the Mississippi River and experienced a lot of adventure.  Gelm is not listed in the 1890 United States Federal Census Veteran Schedule and I have found no documentation of any service by him during the war.

Gold Star Families with multiple losses2  

Peter and Sara Lind of Wrightsville from Hässleby parish, Jönköpings län

  • Peter Lind [1855.005] died 15 September 1862 in Alexandria from disease. Enlisted 111th PA Infantry Regiment, Co. D 
  • John Lind [1855.007] died 28 December 1864 in Savannah, SC. Enlisted  111th PA Infantry Regiment, Co. H 

Isaac and Inga Agrelius of Brokenstraw from Järstad parish, Östergötlands län

  • Charles G. Agrelius [1851.107] died 24 August 1862 in Chester, PA hospital from wounds. Enlisted 4th PA Cavalry, Co. M. 
  • Andrew P. Agrelius [1851.106] died 12 October 1864 in P.O.W. camp, Florence, SC. Enlisted  83rd PA Infantry, Co. D. 

Ely (Fincke) Brown of Jamestown orphaned at age 8, taken in by Leroy Brown

  • Louise Fincke [1854.009], his mother, had died 28 November 1862 in Jamestown from consumption.  Dr. Finke had returned to Jamestown in time for her death and signed her death certificate.
  • Frederick Maurits Fincke [1854.008] died 21 December 1862 in Jamestown from typhoid. He had received a disability discharge 12 October 1862 from his position as hospital steward at the U.S. Army Hospital3  in Newark, NJ due to two months of dysentery. 
  • Augustus M. Fincke [1854.010], Ely's older brother, had enlisted 1 December 1861 in the NY 100th Infantry and was taken P.O.W. in May 1864 and sent to Andersonville Prison.  He survived and returned to Jamestown and then moved in 1867 to Michigan.  He settled at first in Barry County but then moved to Augusta in Kalamazoo County where he was also known as Gustavus M. Finkey. 

Frederick M. Finke served at the new U.S. Army Hospital in Newark, NJ.
This hospital was a converted warehouse with convenient access by train
for the transported wounded soldiers.  The hospital was known by various
names and after the war was known as Ward Hospital.

Civil War Dead (Swedish Immigrants)4  

Immigrant Name
Muster Roll Name
Find A Grave No.
Otto Nelson
24 Mar 1837 Västra Eneby, Östergötland
16 Dec 1861 Baltimore, MD
Otto Nelson
NY 72 Inf
28 May 1861
Arlington National Cemetery
John Peterson
1 Jun 1836 Lönneberga, Kalmar
10 May 1862 Williamsburg, VA
John A. Peterson
NY 72 Inf
28 May 1861
At Sea?
Charles J. Jones
25 Oct 1839 Viserum, Kalmar
19 May 1862 New York City
Charles J. Jones
NY 9 Calv
1 Oct 1861
Cypress Hills National Cemetery
John A. Berg
14 Aug 1838 Hässleby, Jönköping
7 Jun 1862 David's Island, NY
John Barge
NY 9 Calv
2 Oct 1861
David's Island, NYC
Charles Agrelius
26 Dec 1840 Järstad, Östergötland
24 Aug 1862 Chester, PA
Charles G. Agrelius, Charles G. Agreelins
4th PA Calv
Philadelphia National Cemetery
2538301, 48146942
John Anderson
18 Aug 1838 Hult, Jönköping
14 Oct 1862 Antietam, MD
John Anderson
PA 111 Inf
22 Nov 1861
Antietam National Cemetery
Peter J. Lind
6 May 1843 Hässleby, Jönköping
29 Oct 1862 Alexandria, VA
Peter J. Lind
PA 111 Inf
26 Dec 1861
Soldiers Home National Cemetery
33636910, 45122389
Conrad Benz
1840 likely Baden, Germany
2 Nov 1862 Suffolk, VA
Conrad Benz aka Conrad Bens
13 Aug 1862
Hampton National Cemetery
Charles Peterson
13 Feb 1835 Stora Åby, Östergötland
5 Dec 1862 Chantilly, VA
Charles Peterson
NY 9 Calv
20 Sep 1861
Lake View Cemetery
John Lawson
30 Jun 1844 Hillared, Älvsborg
20 Dec 1862 Suffolk, VA
John Lawson also George Lawson
15 Aug 1862
Hampton National Cemetery
Frederick M. Fincke
14 Dec 1815 Stockholm
21 Dec 1862 Jamestown, NY
Frederick M. Fincke
NY 72 Inf
28 May 1861
Lake View Cemetery
NY 3 Hosp
Hospital Steward
6 Jun 1861
Augustus Anderson
16 Jul 1833 Liared, Älvsborg
25 Apr 1863 Block Island, SC
George Thompson aka August Anderson
NY 112 Inf
28 Aug 1862
Beaufort National Cemetery
Elias B. Skone
1842 (Age 20) Sweden
2 May 1863 Chancellorsville, VA
Elias B. Skone. Scone.
NY 154 Inf
22 Aug 1862
Chancellorsville Battlefield
Ole Olstrom
1838    Sweden
17 May 1863
Ole Olstrom, aka Alo Olstrom
NY 49 Inf
Aug 1862
Possibly Yorktown Battlefield Cemetery
[ i0842 ]
Charles P. Frank
1824 Sweden
20 Jul 1863 Charleston, SC
Charles P. Frank, Frank Peterson
NY 100 Inf
3 Oct 1861
P.O.W. camp
Charles Neil
5 Jun 1820 Målilla, Kalmar
29 Aug 1863 Charleston, SC
Charles Neil
NY 112 Inf
2 Aug 1862
Beaufort National Cemetery
Peter Lawson
10 Oct 1844 Björketorp, Älvsborg
8 Oct 1863 Charleston, SC
Peter Lawson
NY 112 Inf
2 Aug 1862
Beaufort National Cemetery
Andrew Johnson
1834     Sweden
20 Feb 1864 Richmond, VA
Andrew Johnson
NY 72 Inf
17 Jul 1861
Andrew Jones
29 Aug 1840 Asby, Östergötland
6 Apr 1864 Cold Harbor, VA
Andrew Johnson
Pvt/ Corpl
29 Aug 1862
Cold Harbor National Cemetery
Frederick Lawson
4 Oct 1838 Pelarne, Kalmar
11 Jun 1864 Trevilian Station, VA
Frederick Lawson
NY 9 Calv
23 Sep 1861
possibly Oakland Cemetery. Louisa, VA
Charles Hultberg
25 Jun 1846 Frödinge, Kalmar
20 Jul 1864 Peachtree Creek, GA
Charles Hultberg
PA 111 Inf
22 Nov 1861
likely battlefield grave
Andrew Anderson
1841 Larvik, Norway
21 Jul 1864 Andersonville, GA
Andrew Anderson
NY 100 Inf
19 Aug 1862
Andersonville National Cemetery
Andrew P. Agrelius
23 Jul 1843 Järstad, Östergötland
15 Oct 1864 Florence, SC
Andrew P. Agrelius, Andrew Agrelius, Andrew P. Agrilius
PA 83 Inf
16 Feb 1864
Florence National Cemetery
John Carlston
1821 Sweden
27 Oct 1864 Darbytown Road, VA
John Carleson, John Carlston
NY 112 Inf
19 Sep 1864
Lars John Johnson
2 Sep 1844 Vimmerby, Kalmar
18 Nov 1864 Fort Monroe, VA
John Johnson
NY 112 Inf
30 Jul 1862
Hampton National Cemetery
John Lind
24 Jun 1847 Hässleby, Jönköping
28 Dec 1864 Savannah, GA
John Lind
PA 111 Inf
16 Feb 1864
Beaufort National Cemetery
2951869, 45122369
John A. Delain
21 Nov 1840 Djursdala, Kalmar
6 Jan 1865 Salisbury, NC
John A. Delain, John A. Delaine
NY 112 Inf
28 Aug 1862
Salisbury National Cemetery
Andrew Anderson
1838     Sweden
17 Jan 1865 Fort Fisher, NC
Andrew Anderson
NY 112 Inf
5 Aug 1862
Peter J. Peterson
27 Nov 1842 Vimmerby, Kalmar
19 Jan 1865 Fort Fisher, NC
Peter John Peterson
NY 112 Inf
5 Aug 1862
possibly Wilmington National Cemetery
Peter Nelson
1840    Denmark
15 Apr 1865 Hampton, VA
Peter Nelson
NY 100 Inf
19 Jan 1865
Hampton National Cemetery

Recent Indentifications

Otto Nelson [1851.118] died 16 Dec 1861 Camp Wool, Baltimore, MD from disease and was buried in Arlington Cemetery.  He enlisted 28 May 1861 in Kiantone in  the72nd New York Infantry Regiment, Co. B.  He is very likely identified as Nils Otto Larsson, born 24 March 1837 in Västra Eneby parish, Östergötlands län, son of Lars Persson and Stina Nilsdotter.  His father died in 1849. He, his mother and his siblings emigrated from Västra Eneby parish in 1851 and arrived 9 September 1851 aboard THEMIS in New York City.
William S. Anderson [1852.268] enlisted 30 Aug 1864 in Buffalo in the U.S. Navy and served as a Landsman  aboard the USS Union and USS North Carolina.  He was discharged 6 June 1865 in Brooklyn. His identification was established through the pension application of his widow. He was born 21 July 1843 in Vinslöv parish, Kristianstads lan and baptized Sven, son of Pehr Andersson and Anna Andersdotter.  His family emigrated from that same parish in 1852 and arrived aboard the INDUSTRIE in New York City 27 July 1852. The family first settled in Peoria, Illinois, but moved to Jamestown in the 1860s. After the war Anderson returned to Peoria and then settled in Benton County, Iowa before moving late in his life to Oklahoma where he died 30 Apr 1907 in Streeter, Roger Mills County.
Augustus A. Crane [1852.138] enlisted 28 May 1861 in the NY 72nd Infantry, Company B and reenlisted 23 June 1864 in NY 120th Infantry, Company C.  He served as a sergeant,  the highest rank of any of the local Swedes.  He was discharged for disability 25 March 1865 (NYSAG, p 1028) and A.J. Lannes noted, "Augustus Crone," died of wounds received in battle.
Augustus Crane was born 24 June 1835 in Sund parish, Östergötlands län, baptized Gustaf Adolf, son of Lifgrenadier Peter Kron and Anna Greta Ericsdotter from Lienshem Soldattorp.  His father died in 1842 and Augustus, his mother and siblings emigrated in 1852 from Sund parish and arrived 26 August 1852 aboard the
CARLOS in New York City.  The family settled in Chautauqua County and in 1865 he was listed in the household of his sister and brother-in-law, John P. Peterson, living in Ellicott township (New York State Census, Family No. 367). Augustus Crane did not die from his wounds, but did receive a pension for his Civil War service.  His pension index card indicates that he died in Horton, Brown County, Kansas on 14 December 1921 (age 86).  He was buried in Horton Cemetery in that town.


  1. Vårt Land, January 2, 1919, p 8.
  2. The designation of Gold Star Mothers was introduced after World War I, and wasn't used at the time of the Civil War.
  3. "In 1862 Marcus L. Ward assumed the responsibility for organizing a hospital to treat the trains full of Civil War wounded. He borrowed money from the NJ state government and leased a four-story building. In two days the building was readied for occupancy, complete with hospital equipment. The summer of 1865 saw the closing of the hospital, which was converted into a state soldiers home.
    The Ward Hospital was located in several factory and warehouse buildings east of Centre Street, and between the railroad tracks of what is now the freight station of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the river. The wounded and sick men were brought on from the front or from other hospitals, in trains and moved directly out of the cars into the hospital. The hospital had bed accommodations for 1,400 patients. From the time of its opening until after the close of the war convalescent soldiers were constantly to be seen on Newark streets." 
    Source: "Newark Care Facilities, Old Newark" http://newarkcarefacilities.com/wardhosp.php accessed 21 May 2019.  Note: the images of the hospital shown above are included on this website but do not include full citations.
  4. Table entries in italics denote information that is not available or corroborated.

    Conrad Benz [i3196] is almost certainly the younger brother of Joseph Benz who identified his birth place as Baden in the U.S. censuses, however, Conrad is listed in Hemlandet as a Swedish recruit.  It is possible that Conrad Benz was a Swedish orphan who adopted that surname. 

    Ole Olstrom [i3217] is an unknown soldier whose documentation was likely complicated by his lack of English.  He was credited to the Town of Ellicott but does not show up in the regimental roster. 

    Andrew Anderson [nic] is listed as Norwegian in his Find A Grave entry.  He enlisted in Buffalo and served in Company I and is similar to Andrew Anderson [i2519] who served in the same regiment, enlisted in Mayville, served in Company E and was a P.O.W. at Andersonville.

    Peter Nelson [nic] was a Dane who enlisted in the Town of Portland, however he was not identified in the local history of Portland.  The common practice of supplying Town enlistment quotas by paying bounties to non-residents greatly complicates the identification of civil war soldiers.