About Johan Fisk // John Skofvel
Among the passengers arriving in New Sweden in 1648 aboard the ship Swan was a soldier by the name of Johan Fisk. He soon became a freeman and was among the 22 settlers who signed the petition of grievances against Governor Printz on 27 July 1653. After Printz left the colony, Johan changed his surname from Fisk [fish in Swedish] to Skovel [shovel in Swedish]. As Johan Skofel he signed the loyalty oath to the new governor, Johan Risingh on 9 June 1654 and a second complaint against Governor Printz on 7 July 1654. In the same year he sold his farm above Marcus Hook to Governor Risingh and moved to the area of Fort Trinity (present New Castle), where, after the fort was surrendered to the Dutch in 1655, Johan Skovel signed the loyalty oath to Governor Stuyvesant.
The name of Johan Fisk’s wife has not been discovered. It is also uncertain where and when he died. He apparently died before 1670 in present Pennsylvania. Records establish that he had at least two children: Caspar Fisk and Christina Fisk.