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Jonas Nilsson

Birthplace: Skaning, Hundred, Skarborg, Sweden
Death: Died in Kingsessing, New Sweden (West Philadelphia)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nils Samuel Nilsson; Nils Olsen Faaborg and Susanna Kristensdatter Faaborg
Husband of Gertrude Nilsson
Father of Judith Jonadotter Jon NIlsson; Gunnilla Cock; Måns (Mounce) Jones; Christina Jonasdotter; John Jones and 6 others
Half brother of Kerstin Nilsdotter

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About Jonas Nilsson

Among the many soldiers accompanying Governor Printz on the Fourth Expedition to New Sweden was Joen Nilsson of Skåning hundred, Skaraborg län, who was later better known under the name of Jonas Nilsson. Born in 1620, Jonas, a tailor by trade, started his voyage to New Sweden from Stockholm in September 1642. After arriving at Fort Christina, 15 February 1643, he was one of many men assigned to help build Fort Elfsborg, where he was subsequently stationed. Jonas Nilsson served the governor faithfully as a soldier for eleven years.

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Jonas Nilsson's Timeline

Skaning, Hundred, Skarborg, Sweden
September 1642
- February 15, 1643
Age 22
Wilmington, DE, USA
Age 22
Left Stockhold September 1642, arrived at Fort Christina February 15, 1643 with Governor Printz on the Fourth Expedition to New Sweden.
- 1653
Age 23
Age 33
New Sweden PA
Age 33
Philadelphia, PA, USA
- 1656
Age 34

For reasons that are not entirely clear, Jonas left his young bride in mid July 1654 to return to Sweden on the "Eagle". While there he collected the back wages that were due and returned to New Sweden on the "Mercurius", which arrived in March 1656. Meeting the ship were his wife and eldest son, who had been born during his absence

-info from Peter S. Craig

May 1655
Age 35
New Sweden, Aroostook, ME.
February 4, 1658
Age 38
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Age 41
New Sweden, Aroostook, Maine