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More history of Tussey origin in Delaware
Posted by: Ron Tussey (ID *****6164) Date: November 22, 2008 at 20:20:15
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Olof THORSSON was also known as Olla THORSON. (Note: After three years of servitude at the Christina plantation, Olof Thorsson won his freedom and chose to remain in New Sweden as an agricultural worker. In 1651 when the Dutch built Fort Casimir at present New Castle, Delaware, he and a number of other New Sweden settlers to move across the Christina River and live under the Dutch. They built a community of log cabins north of the fort at Swan Cove (Swanwick) where he remained for the rest of his life.

The name Thorsson was not a surname, but rather Olof's patronymic, meaning that he was Olof, son of Thor. However, in succeeding generations it became the family surname (spelled Toarson, or variants thereof), later evolving into Tossa, Tossava and finally Tussey ). He was born in 1615 at Sweden. He married Mrs Elisabeth THORSSON circa 1632. He immigrated in 1641 to DE; Was sentenced for a minor crime and ordered to go to New Swenden. Transported on the ship Kalmar Nyckel with his family in 1641, was the progenitor of all known Tussey families in America in the 18th century.

He lived in 1651 at Community of Log Cabins, Swanwick, New Castle, DE. He died on 5 November 1678.


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