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An Espling Ancestry


A vibrant Swedish community formed in Aroostook County in northern Maine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The paternal line in this ancestry came from Sweden to join this community in May 1911. The maternal line made the move prior to that.

The founder of the Espling line of this ancestry moved his family from the south to the north of Sweden (i.e., from Lerbäck in Örebro county to Kengis and Selets bruk in Norbotten county) in 1785 so that he could work as a specialist in the north's iron works. He is said to have been a Walloon descendant.

Curiously, the founder of the Olander line that figures prominently in this ancestry used the Eriksson surname in Sweden. That name was a patrymonic. That is, the founder of the Olander line was literally Erik's son. His sons were called Olofsson. The family story is that Olander was selected as the new family surname because the founder of the line felt that there were just too many Erikssons.


Notes


Key

b=born
m=married
d=died
occ=occupation
betw=between
trans.=translation
Proband=Espling(s) whose ancestry this is
F=father
M=mother
GF=grandfather
GM=grandmother
GGF=great grandfather
GGM=great grandmother
GGGF=great great grandfather
GGGM=great great grandmother
GGGGF=great great great grandfather
GGGGM=great great great grandmother
GGGGGF=great great great great grandfather

Lutheran Parishes

Klöfsjö (now Klövsjö), Jämtland, Sweden
Neder Luleå, Norbotten, Sweden
Piteå land (country portions of the parish), Norbotten, Sweden
Över Luleå, Norrbotten, Sweden

Localities

Afvan (in the Lutheran Parish of Neder Luleå), Norrbotten, Sweden
Ashville, North Carolina, USA
Caribou, Maine, USA
Eriksberg (in the Lutheran Parish of Neder Luleå), Norrbotten, Sweden
Qvarnsjö (in the Lutheran Parish of Klöfsjö (now Klövsjö)), Jämtland, Sweden
New Sweden, Maine, USA


Paternal Ancestors

GGGGGF.....................................Peter Larsson ESPLING: b 31 May 1737; m 11 May 1760; d 6 Apr 1812; occ-blast furnace master
GGGGF..............................Anders ESPLING: b 12 Jun 1776; d 20 Nov 1863-Parish of Över Luleå; occ-crofter
GGGGGM.....................................Maria PEHRSDOTTER: b 20 Oct 1734; d 21 Feb 1812-Parish of Över Luleå
GGGF.......................Jacob Andersson ESPLING: b 10 Dec 1807; d 10 Dec 1866
GGGGM..............................Magdalena HANSDOTTER: b 2 May 1784; d 19 Mar 1812
GGF................ Jacob ESPLING: b 1845-Parish of Neder Luleå;m.26 Dec 1870;1890-Cottager in Eriksberg
GGGM.......................Sofia Cicilia OLOFSDOTTER: b 1811-Parish of Neder Luleå d 29 Nov 1885
GF............Johan Jacob ESPLING: b 1871-Parish of Neder Luleå;d 1943
GGM................Johanna Albertina BERGMAN: b 1847-Parish of Neder Luleå
F........Peter E. ESPLING: b 26 Apr 1909-Sweden;m 10 Sep 1941;d 13 Feb 1996
GGF................Anton FJELLSTRÖM: b 1845-Parish of Piteå land;1890 occ-Farm owner in Afvan
GM...........Anna Matilda FJELLSTRÖM: b 1871-Parish of Neder Luleå;d 1931
GGM...............Anna Erika FORSBERG: b 15 Sep 1847-Parish of Piteå land

Proband

Maternal Ancestors

GGGGGF....................................Olof ERICKSSON: b 12 Jun 1755; m 1785; d 22 Jan 1837
GGGGF..............................Erik OLOFSSON (also OLSSON): b 1790-"född i Berg och Asarna" (trans.: born in Berg and Asarna);
                                             m 24 Jun 1823; died betw 1845 and 1853; lived most/all of adult life in Qvarnsjö
GGGF........................Olof ERIKSSON (also ERSSON, later called OLANDER): b 29 Sep 1826-Parish of Klöfsjö; m 24 Jun 1849;
                                   1860 and 1880-Farm owner in Qvarnsjö,1890 and 1900-Retired farmer in Qvarnsjö on life estate
GGGGM..............................Ingeborg OLSDOTTER: b 30 Jul 1793; died betw 1837 and 1844
GGF...............Olof OLANDER: b 30 Aug 1857-Parish of Klöfsjö
GGGM.......................Helena OLOFSDOTTER: b 15 Dec 1821-Parish of Klöfsjö
GF............John A. OLANDER: b 1888;m 23 Jul 1914;d 5 Jan 1968-Caribou
GGM...............Elizabeth OLSON: b 1861-Sweden
M........Charlene Lillian OLANDER: b 22 Oct 1914-New Sweden,d 23 Feb 2008-Ashville
GM............Ellen W. ERIKSON: b 1889;d 5 Mar 1967-Caribou


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