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Re: Swedish Erlandsons, originally Johnson
Posted by: Judy Baouab (ID *****7724) Date: June 25, 2006 at 16:07:29
In Reply to: Swedish Erlandsons, originally Johnson by Greg Erlandson of 26

Greg,

From the Emihamn database of CD Emigranten, made from registrations in the Swedish parish to go to a foreign country:

Post 295148

Erlandsson, Johan Erik
Dräng (unmarried man)

b. 9/10/1859 in Madesjö, Kalmar län (Småland)

Emigrated 4/11/1882
from Gullaskruf Östregård, Hälleberga, Kalmar län (Småland)
to Nordamerika

Source: Household Examination Roll, p. 134

Emibas migration file ID: Hälleberga H 1882 004

Dräng = farmhand.

"Somland" must be an attempt at spelling "Småland", the province where he lived. The changing of name from Johnson to Erlandson is probably a confusion about the differing last names of the father and son. Swedes used the patronymic naming customs at that time period. The father's given name plus a possessive s and the ending son (for males) and dotter (for females) was used to form the patronymic name of his children.


Judy


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