Thanks to a genealogist friend in Sweden, Yvonne Henricksen of the blog Swedish Thoughts, I was put in contact with an historian in the area of Sweden where these ancestors were from. Margareta Aleviken would help me find some of the farms related to my ancestors and perhaps a cottage, if it still existed. We made an appointment to meet at 11:00 AM in the parking lot of the church in Grebbestad, Sweden. My father still was not feeling up to a drive, especially to Sweden, which rendered the day a little disappointing; but I was still very excited to set off that morning with my mother, son, and father's friend. When we hit the border of Sweden, leaving Norway behind, I felt so happy to have made the journey in Oleane and Samuel's footsteps. Many things crossed my mind as I watched the sometimes hilly terrain become steep or filled by a lake. After two hours driving, I realized that in the 1860s it could not have been an easy task to emigrate to Norway without a car. Did they walk the entire treacherous way? Did they take a boat? I know money must have been an issue, so I am guessing a great deal of walking occurred for many leaving this part of Sweden for better opportunities in the Fredrikstad area of Norway.
We arrived at the Grebbestad Church, which was open, and took a look inside. I knew this was not the church that had baptized my ggg-grandparents, but it was still interesting to see. I also met the relative I had mentioned on my post about Kongsberg. My ggg-grandmother Oleane is his g-grandmother. He came with his wife and their dog and were very excited to share in my journey into our Swedish past. It wasn't too long before Margareta showed up with her sister-in-law; her name was also Margareta. After greetings and introductions, we followed our family history tour-guides to the first site, and what a treat this was!
|The cottage where my ggg-grandfather Samuel Andreasson was|
born in 1841
|Westra Ertseröd, my ggg-grandfather's last residence before|
emigrating to Norway
|I point to the spot where the cottage and birthplace of my |
ggg-grandmother, Oleane Jakobsdotter, once stood
As for my ggg-grandmother, Oleane, once Johan and Helena separated, she moved to Håkebytorp while her mother seems to have wandered between places, such as the church's priest quarters and a farm called Lycke. She is also listed on the "vagrant" pages, perhaps because she was not settled in any particular place. Then, in 1863, she and her thirteen year old daughter, Oleane, left Sweden for Norway. I should add that before leaving Sweden myself, we saw Håkebytorp -- Oleane's last residence in Sweden.
|The church where my ggg-grandparents, Oleane and Samuel, |
were baptized. Samuel was also confirmed here.
|A small section of the amazing bronze-age Tanumshede rock carvings|
|Beautiful Strömstad by the sea...|