Samuel Hesselius (1692 - 1753)

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Birthplace: Sverige
Death: Died in Sverige
Occupation: Kyrkoherde
Managed by: Robert Holmberg
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About Samuel Hesselius

Samuel Hesselius was ordained in the cathedral in Skara, Sweden, on 27 April 1718, and was sent to America in 1719. In December 1722, Samuel and Brita moved their household from Philadelphia to Christina (Wilmington), New Castle County, Delaware, where he became pastor of Holy Trinity Church in 1723. Following Brita's death, Rev Hesselius married Gertrude Stille and returned to Sweden in 1731. He took Brita's three children with him*. Gertrude died on the voyage between America and England and was buried at sea. After his return to Sweden, Samuel Hesselius supplied the Swedish Academy of Science with books about America and other materials.

Samuel and his brothers were a first cousin of the Swedish scientist, theologian and mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg, the son of the bishop Jesper Svedberg. Samuel's brother Gustavus Hesselius (1682-1755) was the first notable artist of colonial America. Gustavus' son John was also a painter and gave instruction to Charles Wilson Peale, who was known for his porttaits of George Washington. -------------------- Rev. Samuel Hesselius (originally assigned to the new Swedish church at Douglassville, Berks County, Pa., but later chosen to succeed his brother, Andreas Hesselius, at Christina; he married John Stille’s daughter Gertrude in 1730.)[120] They brought with them a large supply of Swedish language Bibles -------------------- Mr. Samuel Hesselius was to be assistant minister at Wicaco, until his brother's departure for Sweden. At first it was settled that he should preach for the Finns at Calkeon Hook and at the Neshaminy Creek, but as those Finns at Manatawny had some fifty miles to travel in coming to the Wicaco church, at the Parish meeting in Wicaco, on the 27th of March 1720, they pleaded Mr. Hesselius to move to live at their settlement, which was agreed and Hesselius was to take from there care of Neshaminy and by later decision also of Matzong (Matson's Ford) Finnish settlement.

  • The children called "Britas children" above were named

1. Hesselius, Andrew 2. Hesselius, Sarah 3. Hesselius, Christina

When they were born are not yet known, but they were born i USA and on the ship with Saumuel and Gertrude 1731. As Samuel and Brita were married 1720 and Brita was 30 years old when she died 1729 it's almost for sure the three children of Brita had Samuel as father. Gertrude and Samuel married in july1730 and she died during the voyage to Sweden 1731 and was burried at sea. The children arrieved to Sweden with their father alone.

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Samuel Hesselius's Timeline

June 9, 1720
Age 28
July 1, 1730
Age 38
Age 61