Just running a few random thoughts up the flagpole in the hope
that someone will salute ...
Is there any way I can get access to a list of the names of the
colony's settlers? My great-grandfather (John Benjamin Anderson,
English spelling; Swedish spelling unknown) came to Maine with the
settlers in 1870. Don't know if he ever made it to New Sweden; by
Oct. 1875 he was in Portland marrying my great-grandmother.
His son, my dad's uncle Bill, had a dairy farm in Falmouth
during the Depression. Every so often a bunch of folks he knew from
New Sweden would come down to visit. Some of these Swedes were
related, but I have no further information as to who or how they were
related. An aunt once told me that Uncle Bill introduced her to a
man named Andrew Swenson from New Sweden who was somehow related, no
further info. But Dad always said that the source of the name
Anderson was that the last one to change the name (Swedish style) was
Andrew Swenson ... probably Anders, not Andrew ... whose children
became Andersons. I suppose there's a slight chance that both
stories could be true, esp. if one of my great-grandfather's uncles
In doing genealogical research, my great-grandfather is as far
back as I can go up the Anderson line.
My great-grandfather is buried in South Portland. One Memorial
Day I was there to water the flowers. Across the lane from his stone
is the stone of an Andrew Anderson. His grandson happened to come to
the cemetery while I was there. We chatted briefly. I asked if he
knew whether the two were related. He said they weren't, but that
they knew each other. Both had come over from Sweden on the same
boat. I never got the grandson's name, and I didn't think to ask him
for any more information.
I notice in the phone listings there are a slew of Andersons in
New Sweden, but no Swensons. Come to think of it, the Andersons
wouldn't be related, unless great-grandfather had a brother or two
who came over with him.
Any thoughts, comments, info., etc., most welcome.
My heart goes out to all in town affected by the recent tragedy.