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Andrew Bankston

Swedish: Anders Bengtsson
Also Known As: "Bengtsson", "Anders"
Birthplace: Hanstrom farm, Faxarn (today Fuxerna parish), Alvsborg lan, northeast of Gothenburg, Sweden
Death: September 14, 1705 (64-65)
drowned in Schuylkill River
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Husband of Gertrude Bankston
Father of Anders Andersson Bankson, Jr; Peter Bankson; Catharina Mattson; John B (Bengt?) Bankson, Sr.; Jacob Bankson and 3 others

Occupation: Drowned in Delaware River
Managed by: Lisa Marie Poulsen
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About Andrew Bankston

Anders Bengtsson (Moyamensing, £200): Anders Bengtsson, born on Hanström farm in Fåxarn, today Fuxerna parish, Älvsborg län/county, northeast of Gothenburg in 1640, arrived on the Mercurius in 1656.

On 22 November 1668 he married Gertrude Rambo, born 19 Oct. 1650, daughter of Peter and Brita Rambo.

From Find-a-Grave site:

  • He was born in Hanstrom Farm (Faxarn Parish) - Alvborg Ian, Sweden.
  • Married Gertrude Rambo on November 22, 1668. She was born October 19, 1650, in Kingsessing, New Sweden, Pennsylvania.
  • He was also known as Andrew Bankson in English records and was said to have written his name as Andreas Bengtston.
  • I have seen the following but it is not proven: "Son of Lars Bengtsson and unknown mother". Historical records in Philadelphia indicate that Lars Bengtsson was a passenger on Ship Mercurius when it arrived in America in 1656. The entry lists Lars and his four sons. Ander's grandparents were Jon Bengtsson and Bergetta Niladtr of Sweden."


  • 1. Bengt Andersson Bengtsson born 1669 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • 2. Anders Bengtsson (Bankson), Jr.* born 1672 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • 3. Peter Bengtsson born 6 MAR 1677 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • 4. Catharine Bengtsson born 29 JAN 1679 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • 5. John B. Bengtsson, Sr. born 31 MAR 1681 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • 6. Jacob Bengtsson born 19 OCT 1684 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • 7. Briggitta Bengtsson born 10 APR 1687 in Philadelphia (Montgomery County), Pennsylvania
  • 8. Daniel Bengtsson, Sr. born 22 JAN 1691 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • 9. Joseph Bengtsson, Sr. born 2 MAR 1696 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Burial record:


In Scandinavia, patronymic surnames based on the father's first name were common. In Sweden, the patronymic ending is –sson, e.g. Karlsson ("Karl's son"). During the 19th century these "son names" were transformed into permanent family names.

Anders Bengtsson, born in 1640 near Gothenburg, was a lad of 16 when he arrived in former New Sweden on the Mercurius in 1656.

On 22 November 1668, he married Gertrude Rambo, the 18-year-old daughter of Peter Gunnarsson Rambo and Brita Matsdotter. The new couple established their home and farm at Moy-amensing along the Delaware River in present South Philadelphia. _____________________________________________------

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Andreas (Anders) (Andrew) BENGTSSON

Note: According to the Bankston family book by Vacher, Dr. Peter Craig, and others, Andrew Bankston was born about 1640, Sweden, and sailed to New Sweden on the ship "Mercurius" in 1656. Dr. Craig gives a specific birthplace: Fuxerna parish, northeast of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Andrew was a large land owner in New Sweden and was one of the justices of the New Court at Upland in 1682. He wrote his own name as Andreas Bengtsson and was known in the English records as Andrew Bankson. He was a church warden, trustee and lay reader of the Wicaco church and contributed faithfully to the support of the clergy. Andrew Bengtsson was also politically active, serving as a court justice 1681-82, 1693 and 1701-03 and being elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1683, 1686 and 1698. By the time of his death in 1705, he owned substantial property south of Philadelphia in Moyamensing and Passyunk townships and "five hundred acres in the Swedes' tract at Manatawny (Amity Township, present Berks County), patented to him on 11 June 1705. This land [in Manatawny] was sold by his sons to John Oakley on 13 Oct. 1707.

Andrew Bengtsson drowned in the Delaware River and was buried at Gloria Dei Church (Wicaco) on 14 Sep 1705. He was survived by his wife. The will of Andrew Bengtsson (Andry Bankson) was proved on Sep 2, 1706, Philadelphia County Will Book C:p. 38. According to Ron Beatty, citing Dr. Peter Craig, "The will was written before the birth of Joseph. On proof of the will, it was decided that Joseph should share with the other younger sons under the will."

Will, proved September 2, 1706, in Philadelphia: "In the name of God Amen, I Andry Bankson of the County of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pensilvania, in parts of America, being very sick and weak of body, but praised be to the strength of God in perfect and sound mind and memory; and calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto death when, it shall please Almighty God to call, do make and ordain this, my last Will and Testament. Revoking and annulling all other Wills and testaments, whatsoever, herefore by me made. Either in word or writing, and this only to be taken and deemed as my last will and testament, none other whatsoever in manner and form following.

FIRST and PRINCIPALLY - I commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God, assuredly hoping, through ye merits Death and Passion of my Savior Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit Eternall Life. And my body I commit unto the earth, therein to be decently buried at the burying place of Wicaco, at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned. And as touching the disposition of all such Temporall Estates as it hath pleased Almighty God in his mercy, to bestow on me, I give and dispose, as followeth:

FIRST - I will all my debts due to any manner of persons, and my funeral charges be first paid and discharged. I will that the Tract of land whereon I now live that is abt two hundred acres of forest land and meadows, together with one hundred acres of Criple Swamp or Marsh, together with all my goods and chattels do and shall remain in possession and use of my wife, Gertrude during her natural life, provided she does not marry, that then I will that all my goods, Estates and chattels be inventoried, and if in case, she do happen to alter her condition and marry that then I will that all my goods Estate and Chattels be Inventoried and if in case she shall and does give good and sufficient security for the same for the use of my Children as is hers after Express'd ye same to remain in her possession during her natural life time notwithstanding. I give my son Benct Banctson two upper lots next to Wicaco line containing abt fifty-three acres, as also the lott whereon he now dwells in Moyamensing as also 6 acres of mowing meadow belonging to the said land, to his heirs and assigns forever.

FURTHER- I give unto my son Andry my two lotts of land at Pasayunck and my lot of land on Punchkins Hooks, containing all abt 80 acres, as also all my meadowing upon Punchkins Hook, and the piece of meadow near unto the west meadows.

FURTHER - I give unto my son Banct, all my part or share of Cripple Swamp or drained ground adjoining his now settled lots.

FURTHER - I give unto my son, John the remaining part of my land at Moyamensing, that is, the part or share upon Ramkins Hooks and a lot of land behind John Stilles

and FURTHER - after my wife Gertrude's decease, I will and order the two hundred and odd acres which I left in possession of my wife, as above said I will and order that to be equally divided between my three sons Peter, Jacob and Daniel in such order that my said Daniel shall have my dwelling House and improvements and his equal share of land to be laid out there adjoining.

FURTHER - I give unto my two daughters Catharine and Brigitta, twenty pounds each to be paid unto them out of my goods and chattels after my wife's demise, and if in such case the said movables do not amount thereto, I will and order my son Daniel to pay them out of his part or share aforesaid, what the same shall want,

and FURTHER - I give unto my son Banct the lott of ground which lyeth behind John Stilles, which is before mentioned, to my son John

and I FURTHER: order my sons John, Peter, Jacob and Daniel, shall be four equall in numbers of acres of the aforesaid two hundred and odd acres of forest land and meadow and that lot of land Rankin's Hook, only son Daniel to have his fourth part adjoining to my house, which with the improvements I ordered to have his fourth part or share notwithstanding anything before written t the contrary.

Likewise I FURTHER give unto my four sons Peter John Jacob & Daniel the one hundred acres of Swamp Marsh or Criple after my wife Gertrude's decease. Twenty five acres each.

And FARTHER I give unto my son Daniel after my wife Gertrudes decease my part or share of Carcors Hook Mill, and unto this, my last will and testament, I ordain and appoint my wife Gertrude, my son Banct and Andry, my full, whole, and sole executors to this my last will and testament

and FURTHER: I appoint Lawrence Cock and Andry Rambo my Trustees and assistance to my children and executors herein mentioned.

In witness whereof I have hereto sett my hand and seal this 30th, of August 1694.

And FURTHER: before the sealing and signing hereof, for a further explanation of what is before written, I will and order my four sons Peter, John, Jacob and Daniel to have all land, where I now live containing 218 acres, as also my right or share on Rankoons Hook Expw one acre ___ Rankon's Hook which I give unto my son Banct and all my right ___ meadow on the River in Moyamencing except the six acres I have given before to my son Banct and one acre I now further give unto my son Andres and likewise the one hundred acres of Swamp marsh and Criple in all which tracts I will and order my four sons to be all equally concerned as afore is said only my son Daniels share to be laid out as afore expressed.

Signed: Andrew Bangson (LS)


  • Swan Swanson
  • Lasse Cock
  • John Cock
  • Rt Longshore

Philadia Septer 2d 1706 Then personally appeared John Cock the survivor of the Witnesses to the foregoing will and on his solomn Oath did declare he saw the Testator Andrew Banctson sign seal publish and declare the same Will as his Last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of his knowledge.

MEMORANDUM: This will is to be altered and Joseph Bankston, the testator's son, born since this will was made, shall be made equal with his four brothers, named Peter, John, Jacob, and Daniel."

Signed: Andry Bankson


  • Swen Swanson (his mark X),
  • Lawrence (Lasse) Cock,
  • John Cock,
  • R. Longshore

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  • Birth: ABT 1640 in Foxarn Parish, NE of Gothenburg, Sweden 5 1 4
  • Death: 1705 in Delaware River


Andrew drowned in the Schuylkill River in 1706 and his will was proved on Sep 2, 1706, in Philadelphia. Tonja Cunningham has the date of death as Sep 14, 1705. The Bankston book gives the date of death as 1706. Dr. Craig says he drowned 14 Sept 1705. 5 6 1

  • Burial: 14 SEP 1705 Wicaco Church, later Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Father: Lars BENGTSSON
  • Marriage 1 Gertrude RAMBO, b: 19 OCT 1650 in Kingsessing, New Sweden (Pennsylvania)
  • Married: 22 NOV 1668 1


  • Bengt (Benedict) (Benjamin) BANKSTON b: 1669/70 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  • Andrew BANKSTON b: 1672 in Moyamensing (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Peter BANKSTON b: 6 MAR 1677 in Moyamensing (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Catherine (Katherine) BANKSTON b: 29 JUN 1679
  • John B. BANKSTON b: 31 MAR 1681 in Moyamensing (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Jacob BANKSTON b: 19 OCT 1684 in Moyamensing (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Brigitta BANKSTON b: 10 APR 1687
  • Daniel BANKSTON b: 22 JAN 1691
  • Joseph BANKSTON b: 2 MAY 1696 in Moyamensing (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


Abbrev: Bankston, Jesse Book Title: Compiled by Jesse Homer Bankston, THE DIRECT LINEAGE OF YOUNG PETER BANKSTON; Eight Generations; 1640-1878 (1988) KSTON; Eight Generations;

Abbrev: Craig - PGR Title: Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig, PETER GUNNARSSON RAMBO SWEDISH COLONIAL NEWS, Volume 1, Number 2 (Fall 1990), Volume 1, Number 2 (Fall 1990).

Abbrev: Craig - 1693 Title: Peter Stebbins Craig, THE 1693 CENSUS OF THE SWEDES ON THE DELAWARE. Published by SAG Publications, Winter Park, Florida, 1993.

Abbrev: Ron Beatty Title: Ron S. Beatty. For detailed information on this family, see Ron Beatty's new edition of Beverly Rambo's RAMBO FAMILY TREE.

Abbrev: CUNQ7GA (Tonja Cunningham) Title: Tonja Cunningham, Email

Abbrev: RAMBO FAMILY TREE by Rambo Title: Beverly Nelson Rambo, THE RAMBO FAMILY TREE: DESCENDANTS OF PETER GUNNARSON RAMBO, 1611-1986 (Decorah, Iowa: The Anundsen Publishing Company, 1986) ARSON RAMBO Text: Very extensive bibliography


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Andrew Bankston's Timeline

Hanstrom farm, Faxarn (today Fuxerna parish), Alvsborg lan, northeast of Gothenburg, Sweden
Philadelphia Co., PA
June 1677
March 31, 1681
October 19, 1684
Philadelphia, PA, United States
April 10, 1687
May 2, 1696
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 14, 1705
Age 65
drowned in Schuylkill River