Notes about this Research

Currently I am trying to understand the community in Sugar Grove as it developed in Chandlers Valley and compare it to the community in Jamestown and Worksburg (Falconer). Little has been written about this first decade of settlement, except in the histories of the Methodist and Lutheran churches. I am transcribing and translating letters from these congregations to discover more about the communities. I am also looking at the economic advances by examining farm statistics in the 1860 census. By the end of the 1850s a substantial number of early settlers had moved West - the question is why?

These are the titles of previous blogs
Extending the work of Nils William Olsson Starting this research by finding settlers to our area
in the previous works by Olsson
Jamestown as a Destination (Part 1) The reasons why Swedish immigrants chose to settle in
Chautauqua and Warren Counties
Jamestown as a Destination (Part 2) The arrival of the Beén family in 1844 - the first Swedish
immigrants to settle in the area
Jamestown as a Destination (Part 3) The first Swedish settlement in Warren County in 1848, an introduction to the saga of Swedish immigrants in the
Jamestown area
Swedes in the Civil War An initial survey of the participation of Swedish immigrant from Chautauqua and Warren County in the Civil War
The 1846 Emigrants Kisa, Gustaf Sundius, Peter Cassel and the 1846 emigrants
The passengers of the Virginia and their journey to Buffalo A documentation of the voyage of the Virginia and the trip from New York City to Buffalo
The Buffalo Years (Part 1) The Scandinavians already in Buffalo in 1846
The Buffalo Years (Part 2) The passengers of the Virginia and other Swedes in Buffalo and Erie County, 1846-1848
The First Years of Settlement, 1848-1850 (Part 1) The first years of settlement in Sugar Grove and Jamestown
Religion in the Early Swedish Community Religious practices before the establishment of the Lutheran church
Identifying Anna Maria [Dahl] 1821 Kisa Link. The lives of Anna Maria Pehrsdotter and Samuel Dahl
Population Statistics for the Swedish Community Prior to the Civil War Statistics based on documentation that reconstructs the Swedish community
Swedish American Newspapers/ Svensk-Amerikanska Tidningar now online New online archive of Swedish language American newspapers; especially Vårt Land from Jamestown, 1890-1920
From illegal immigrants to American citizens Legal issues involving citizenship and land ownership for early Swedish immigrants
Identifying John Lawson Disambiguation of the various early Swedish settlers named John Lawson
Memorial Day A recollection of local Swedish casualties in the American Civil War
Andover, Illinois The reconnaissance trip to Illinois by Samuel Dahl

Upcoming blogs

Land ownership and farming

A review of the social classes of the first Swedish settlers

Religion in the Early Swedish Community (Part 2):  Bergenlund and Hamren
Religion in the Early Swedish Community (Part 3):  Bredberg
Religion in the Early Swedish Community (Part 4):  Swensson and the käbblet in Sugar Grove

Encountering Dr. Fredrik Maurits Fincke
What Type of Personality was Frederick J. Johnson?

The family of Germund and Catherine Johnson

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