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Jonas Aurén

Also Known As: "Jonas Benedicti Aurenius"
Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Ekshärad, Värmland, Sweden
Death: February 16, 1713 (46)
Rathkungs Hook, NJ, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Bengt Jonæ Aurenius and Ebba Nilsdotter Berg
Husband of Lydia Aurén
Father of Benedictus Auren and William Auren
Brother of Maria Aurenia; Sven Aurén; Elisabet Aurenia; Ebba Aurenia and Sara Aurenia

Occupation: Pastor, Präst i Delaware
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About Jonas Aurén

På uppdrag av dåvarande domprosten i Uppsala Jesper Svedberg avseglade Anders Rudman från Gävle den 4 augusti 1696 till de svenska församlingarna i Pennsylvania. Med på resan var Erik Björk från Västerås stift, och frivilligt Jonas Aurén, från Värmland. De anlände till bestämmelseorten i juni 1697. Rudman och Aurén stannade till sin död i Amerika (1708 respektive 1713) och begravdes där. Björk var kyrkoherde i Kristina fram till 1714 då han återvände till Sverige för att där tillträda en tjänst som kyrkoherde i Falun.

Jonas Aurén went volontarly to the swedish parishes in the former New Sweden together with Erik Björk and Anders Rudman, who both were sent to mission the pure evangelical words among the people there, by the Swedish churh. They got money from the swedish king and brougth Martin Luther's katekes and other books in the luggage. They translated the books into the local indians motherlanguage.

Källa: Svenska kyrkans historia del I, 1886-1887, Carl Alfred Cornelius

Mer info: Nya Sverige i Nordamerika En stormakts äventyr på 1600-talet

Björks och Rudmans arbete gav så småningom goda resultat. Svårare var det för Jonas Aurén, som skulle sprida kristendomen bland lenâperna. De lyssnade visserligen vänligt och intresserat på honom, men kom sedan med en rad frågor som Aurén till sin förtvivlan inte kunde besvara. Varför kom nyktra och hederliga indianer till Helvetet och alkoholiserade och omoraliska européer till Himlen? Varför hade Gud skapat indianerna om inte också de skulle få komma till Himlen?

Aurén fick många goda vänner bland lenâperna, men lyckades inte omvända någon enda av dem till kristendomen. Till slut gav han upp missionerandet och anslöt sig till en sekt som hävdade att lördagarna borde vara helgdagar. Han gav till och med ut en bok, där han motiverade varför lördagen var vilodag och inte söndagen. Det förmådde Erik Björk att ge ut en motskrift. Den trycktes i New York 1704 med den långa titeln: "A Little OLIVE LEAF Put in the Mouth of that (so Called) Noah´s Dove, And sent Home again to let her Master know That the Waters are abated from off the face of the Ground, And that for the Sake of JESUS CHRIST, Whose Servant to the End of my Life I shall Endeavor To Be". Där förklarar Erik Björk på 29 sidor under åberopande av otaliga bibelhänvisningar och en del lärda verk varför söndagen är vilodagen. .....

Församlingen ville då anställa Jonas Aurén som sin kyrkoherde. Han och Erik Björk hade ett långt samtal om saken. Det slutade med att Aurén avsade sig sina idéer om att lördagar borde vara helgdagar och att Christine församling formellt delades i en västlig del med Björk som kyrkoherde och en östlig under Auréns ledning.

Aurén gifte sig 1710 med godsägaren Hans Gustavssons dotter Lydia, men avled tre år senare.

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Swedesboro is situated on the south side of Raccoon Creek, about 5 miles from its mouth. It is an enclave within Woolwich Township, located 10 miles from Woodbury, NJ and about 18 miles from Camden. Swedesboro is one of only two Swedish settlements in New Jersey, along with Bridgeport.

What is now known as the Borough of Swedesboro, was originally part of the colony named New Sweden, and was made up of Finnish and Swedish settlers [the present nation of Finland was then a part of Sweden]. From 1638 until 1656 the land along both shores of the Delaware River was the colony's territory, and ships continued to bring additional settlers, ruled by royal governors. One of these royal governor's Johann Printz, built his capital, "Printzdorf" on Tinicum Island. In a map of the Delaware River and adjacent parts, published by Lindstom soon after his visit to this country in 1642, a station or settlement is noted as being in existence on Raccoon Creek. The Swedes and Finns traded with the Indians, and sent furs, tobacco and other products back to Sweden, while developing farming, building churches and homes, and making a small but successful colony in the New World.

An early name for the area of Swedesboro was Raccoon, so named for the Creek in the same vicinity. For many years the Swedes and Finns on the New Jersey side made the trip to Ft. Christina near Wilmington Delaware to attend Church.

In 1765 residents changed the name of the town to Swedesboro. The present Episcopal Church was erected in 1784, (as a Swedish Lutheran Church) at which time the log church was taken down. At this period there were about a dozen dwellings built, mostly of logs. Jonas Auren appears to have ben the first pastor; he was then appointed in 1697, and died in 1713. He was succeeded by Abraham Lidenius in 1714, who remained until 1724, when he returned to Sweden. Petrus Tranberg and Andreas Windrufwa were sent over in 1726; they divided the churches between them, and so continued until 1728, when Windrufwa died. John Sandin, the next pastor, was appointed in 1748, and died over the next year. He was succeeded by John Lidenius in 1756. John Wicksell, the next pastor arrived in 1762, returned in 1774, and was succeeded by Nicholas Collin in 1778, a native of Upsal, in Sweden.

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Jonas Aurén's Timeline

1666
December 5, 1666
Ekshärad, Värmland, Sweden
1711
March 3, 1711
Age 44
Cecil County, Maryland, United States
1713
February 16, 1713
Age 46
Rathkungs Hook, NJ, United States
1713
Age 46
Cecil County, Maryland, United States