Thursday, April 25, 2013

Johan Bengtsson Wessman in the Swedish Church Census

The Swedish Lutheran Church kept a variety of Church records including a church census showing all members of each parish (Husförhör), and records of anyone moving in (Inflyttning) or out (Utflyttning) of the parish. Here are the Husförhör.

Johan was born in 1840. Here is the record of Romelanda Parish, Braseröd Farm, 1837-1842.  There were a number of families living on the farm. This record shows a tragic time in the family, followed by a big change.


Farmer Mr. Bengt Pehrsson [born] January 10 1796
Mrs. Inger Ambjörnsdotter [born] January 12 1797 [the cross-out means she died]
Mrs. Maret Olofsdotter [born] 1801
Son Petter [born] Sept. 16 1821 Moved out    Son Gustaf [born] November 1823 Moved out   Son Andreas [born] September 9 1826
Son Johan [born] March 1 1840
Daughter Catharina [born] August 8 1829
Daughter Anna Greta [born] October 18 1833
Illegitimate step-daughter Borta [born] February 8, 1824 Moved out[Illegible] [Illegible] Bengtsdotter [born] Dec 13 1824    Inger [illegible] [born] 18-1
The three children who moved out should show up in the Utflyttning, which we will look at next. Also of interest in this census are the following records of two of the witnesses (godparents) from Johan's christening:




Romelanda Parish, Braseröd Farm, 1842-1844


Farmer [he changed status from one type to another during this time period, but I don't recall the difference] Bengt Pehrsson January 10 1796
Mrs. Maret Olsdotter 1801
Son Andreas September 9 1826
Son Johan March 1 1840
Daughter Catharina August 8 1829
Daughter Anna Greta October 18 1833

Romelanda Parish, Braseröd Farm, 1845-1850
The family is not at Braseröd Farm anymore. They may be elsewhere in the parish, since their entries from 1842-1844 don't indicate a move out of the parish. The census is 124 pages long, so I will have to look through it another time, as well as looking at the move-in and move-out records.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Post a Comment