Matts Hansson (c.1620 - 1653) MP

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Birthplace: Sweden
Death: Died in USA
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http://www.colonialswedes.org/forefathers/Mattson.html

Matts Hansson, who was hired to be a gunner at Fort Christina. They departed from Stockholm on the Charitas among a group of new settlers that included Hansson's brother, Anders Hansson. After five years of service at Fort Christina, Matts Hansson became a freeman on 1 December 1646. Like other freemen, he soon became unhappy with Governor Printz's harsh treatment of the settlers. On 27 July 1653, he and his brother joined other freemen in filing a complaint with the Governor. Printz, however, branded the complaint a "mutiny" and left for Sweden, leaving the colony under the rule of his son-in-law Johan Papegoja, threatening to take legal action against the mutineers on his return.

Fearing for their lives, many of the freemen who had signed the complaint fled New Sweden in the fall of 1653. Anders Hansson made it safely to Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay, but Matts Hansson did not. Papegoja hired Indians to bring back the escapees, dead or alive. Two of the freemen were overtaken and killed, with the Indians bringing back their heads on stakes. One of those killed was Matts Hansson.

Born in Sweden. His Fathers name must have been Hans. Scandinavian names changed each generation. In America his son John used his Mother's name Matson.

-------------------- From Martha's Extended Family page on Nils Matson: http://www.martisgenes.info/p315.htm#i8515

Nils Matson[1] M

Marriage* He married Margaret (?) say 1623?.

Family Margaret (?)

Child 1. John Matson+ b. s 1633?

Citations: 1. [S1048] World Family Tree Volume 62, tree 1166.

-------------------- http://www.colonialswedes.org/Forefathers/Mattson.html

Matts Hansson was hired to be a gunner at Fort Christina in the New Sweden colony in present day Delaware in 1641. He and his wife Elisabeth departed from Stockholm on the Charitas among a group of new settlers that included Hansson's brother, Anders Hansson. After five years of service at Fort Christina, Matts Hansson became a freeman on 1 December 1646. Like other freemen, he soon became unhappy with Governor Printz's harsh treatment of the settlers. On 27 July 1653, he and his brother joined other freemen in filing a complaint with the Governor. Printz, however, branded the complaint a "mutiny" and left for Sweden, leaving the colony under the rule of his son-in-law Johan Papegoja, threatening to take legal action against the mutineers on his return.

Fearing for their lives, many of the freemen who had signed the complaint fled New Sweden in the fall of 1653. Anders Hansson made it safely to Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay, but Matts Hansson did not. Papegoja hired Indians to bring back the escapees, dead or alive. Two of the freemen were overtaken and killed, with the Indians bringing back their heads on stakes. One of those killed was Matts Hansson.

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Matts Hansson's Timeline

1620
1620
Sweden
1647
1647
Age 27
Probably Nya Korsland (Present Philadelphia), (Present Philadelphia County), New Sweden (within present Pennsylvania), (Present USA)
1647
Age 27
Sweden
1649
1649
Age 29
Mantua Creek (within present Mantua Township), (Present Gloucester County), New Sweden (within present New Jersey), (Present USA)
1653
1653
Age 33
USA