Ericus Mathiæ Unander
|Also Known As:||"Erik Mattsson"|
|Birthplace:||Vätö, Nortälje, Sverige|
|Death:||Died in Härnösand, Sverige|
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About Ericus Mathiæ Unander
Rev. Erik Unander, who arrived to Philadelphia on November 6, 1749, bringing a letter from the Consistory of Upsala to Pastor Naesman advising him to prepare for his return to Sweden, as another minister, to replace him, was only detained in Sweden on account of falling sick when the other ministers departed. This was a disappointment to Pastor Naesman, as he had thought that things would be alright now as his opponent Mr. Kock had lately died.
Eric Unander arrived to Philadelphia on November 6, 1749, to became the minister for the Finnish churches of Raccoon and Pennsneck, the services of Mr. Kalm were no longer required there. Mr. Unander also preached for the Finns at Maurice River and on the Timber Creek, during week-days. In June 1751, there arrived another minister, John Abraham Lidenius, to be assistant minister with the New Jersey congregations. Mr. Lidenius was a native of Raccoon, who was taken to Sweden in 1725 with his parents, the Rev. Abraham Lidenius and Maria, daughter of Van Naeman. He alternated with Unander in preaching in the settlements on the east side of the Delaware River, and also went to preach for the Finns in Morlatton at Manatawny. In November 1752, Mr. Lidenius by the desire of the people of Morlatton went to reside with them and in the following month became married there, to the daughter of the village tailor Ringberg. The Finnish church in Morlatton had been served for few years before this by the German Baron Muhlenberg, who was the minister of the German congregation of Falkner Swamp.