Johan Cornelius (Grelsson) (1625 - 1683)

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Nicknames: "Johan Grelsson"
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Birthplace: Fryksdalen, Värmland, Sverige
Death: Died
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About Johan Cornelius (Grelsson)

http://www.colonialswedes.org/forefathers/Grelsson.html

Johan Grelsson, his wife Helena and their three children arrived in New Sweden on the ship Mercurius in 1656. He was described as a Finn from Fryksdalen, the valley of the Fryken Lakes in Värmland, Sweden. Otherwise, little is known about Johan Grelsson's life in Sweden. His patronymic, Grelsson, indicates that he was the son of Gregor.

In America, Dutch and English scribes had difficulty spelling Johan's patronymic. The Dutch scribe Ephraim Herrman called him Jan Cornelissen. In 1671, the English census taker Walter Wharton called him John Gilsaw. Piecing together the evidence, however, we find that Johan Grelsson settled in the Finnish community known as Ammansland and shared a large tract of land along Mill (now Darby) Creek in what later became Ridley Township, Chester (now Delaware) County, PA. Here the family of Johan Grelsson joined the family of Matthias Matthiasson (also a Mercurius passenger from Fryksdalen) and the family of Mårten Mårtensson (who had arrived on the Örn in 1654).

The Matthias Matthiasson family abandoned its interest in this tract in late 1671 when it moved across the Delaware to Boughttown (present Penns Grove in Salem County, NJ). But both Johan Grelsson and Mårten Mårtensson remained at Ammansland until their deaths. A contemporary survey placed the cabin of Mårten Mårtensson on the site now occupied by the Morton Homestead. Grelsson's cabin was a stone's throw to the west, on a small creek called Stony (now Amosland) Creek.

Johan Grelsson led a quiet and unassuming life. He last appeared in public records on 27 June 1683, when (as "John Cornelius") he served on the new Chester County court's grand jury. He died shortly thereafter and his widow Helena married, by 1685, the widower Mårten Mårtensson. She also survived her second husband and was buried on 8 February 1713 at Gloria Dei Church at the reported age of 97 (probably somewhat exaggerated).

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Johan Grelsson // Johan Cornelius's Timeline

1625
1625
Värmland, Sverige
1648
1648
Age 23
Calcon Hook, Chester, Pennsylvania
1649
1649
Age 24
Calcon Hook, Chester, Pennsylvania
1650
1650
Age 25
Sweden
1652
1652
Age 27
Sweden
1654
1654
Age 29
Sverige
1660
1660
Age 35
1683
1683
Age 58