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Tymen Lulofsson Stiddem

Also Known As: "Timothy", "Tim", "Timen"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hammel, Gjern Herred, Åbosyssel, Denmark
Death: Died in Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, Lower Counties on the Delaware
Immediate Family:

Son of Lijloff // Lüloff Stiddem and Birgitta ?
Husband of Christina Ollesdotter
Father of Adam Stedham; Lucas Stedham; Erasmus Stedham; Benedictus Benjamin Stedham; Elizabeth Stedham and 3 others
Brother of Jacob Stidden; Elizabeth Ehlisebet Stidden; Maria Stidden; Hiltje Stidden,; Daughter Stidden and 1 other

Occupation: Doctor / Barber
Managed by: Private User
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About Dr. Tymen Stiddem

Basic information:

  • Birth: c. 1610, asserted in secondary sources either to be:
    • Hammel, Gjern Herred, Åbosyssel, Kingdom of Denmark
    • Hammel, unspecified "socken" (parish), Medelpad Landskap, Kingdom of Sweden
  • Baptism: Unknown
  • Marriage: first likely around 1645 (three children before July 3, 1649), second unknown.
  • Death: 1686, before April 24.
  • Burial:
  • Occupation: Physician (first within the present boundaries of Delaware)
  • Timeline:
    • 1610: estimated date of birth
    • 1630s: was said to be in Göteborg, Sweden
    • March 29, 1638: Arrived aboard the pinnace Kalmar Nyckel at "the rocks" (the ship set sail from Göteborg on January 1 after being turned back by a storm the month earlier), and was present at the founding of Fort Christina, became the first physician to set foot in present Delaware at this time. He returned with the ship (and likely was present when Peter Minuit died during a hurricane in a side trip to the Caribbean near St. Kitts on Aug. 5).
    • April 17, 1640: Arrived with the second voyage of the Kalmar Nyckel at Fort Christina after two months at sea (departed Göteborg on Feb. 7). Remained at the colony when the ship returned.
    • June 26, 1943: Assigned along with Gotfried Harmer by Governor Johan Björnsson Printz to spy on Dutch emissary Lambarton, who had been sent to arrange an Indian attack on Fort Christina. Stidden took part in his subsequent trial.
    • July 20, 1644: Returned to Sweden on the Fama.
    • July 3, 1649: Set sail on the Kattan with his family for the Caribbean with his wife and three children.
    • Aug. 27, 1649: The Kattan strikes a reef and sinks. Stidden and his family, along with others, reach by life boat an uninhabited island with no water. They remain on the island 8 days before the Spanish capture the party. The Swedes were taken as prisoner to Puerto Rico. Stidden's family is killed there before the party is released.
    • April 1650: Stidden and 23 other Swedes set sail from Puerto Rico on a bark for New Sweden. They are captured by French pirates near St. Cruz. Eventually he is released along with four others, and is next recorded arriving in Amsterdam under the most miserable of conditions. He returns to Stockholm by autumn 1651.
    • May 22, 1654: Stidden arrives with the Örn after leaving Sweden for the last time. He becomes a prominent citizen in Fort Christina, later in his lifetime to become Wilmington, an English-controlled town within William Penn's Lower Counties on the Delaware.
    • May 1671: Tymen Stiddem is granted a 600 acre tract of land in what is today downtown Wilmington.
    • May 8, 1678: Tymen Stiddem purchases an additional 100 acre tract of land in the same area.
    • Feb. 22, 1683: Dr. Tymen Stiddem takes the oath of allegiance to the King of England in front of William Penn at New Castle.
    • 1686: Writes in his will that he was born in Hammel, and names nine children, but not his second wife. (Neither wife's names are known from contemporary documents.)
    • April 24, 1686: Will proven.

Relationships:

  • Parents: Unknown
  • Siblings: Unknown
  • Spouse: Neither are mentioned in any contemporary documents (first wife said to have had three children, all killed in Puerto Rico; second wife said to have had at least nine children).
  • Children:
    • First three with first wife unknown (died after sailing to the Caribbean with the Kattan)
    • From the second wife:
      • 1.
      • 2.
      • 3.
      • 4.
      • 5.
      • 6.
      • 7.
      • 8.
      • 9.

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Dr. Timen Stiddem was probably born at Hammel in Medelpad, Sweden. He was living in Gothenburg, Sweden in the 1630s. He was no doubt anxious to learn about the new world being colonized by the Swedish, known as "New Sweden" (present day Delaware). Dr. Stiddem signed on as a ship's barber-surgeon for a voyage to New Sweden. Dr. Stiddem sailed four times for North America (arriving three times). He went to New Sweden the first time in 1638 aboard the ship called the "KALMAR NYCKEL", the first of Sweden's attempts to establish a colony in New Sweden. The "KALMAR NYCKEL" landed at the "Rocks" or Fort Christina (present day Wilmington, Delaware) on March 29, 1638.

Dr. Stiddem returned to Sweden and married. His first wife and children were murdered near Puerto Rico in 1649 during the ill-fated Swedish voyage to America aboard the "KATT." He returned to Sweden to remarry and sail again with his wife on Sweden's Tenth Expedition aboard the "ORN" (Eagle), which arrived in New Sweden on May 22, 1654. This was Dr. Timen Stiddem's last trip from his homeland, Sweden. He stayed and settled in New Sweden at Fort Christina, or what was to become Wilmington, Delaware.

In 1680, following his second wife's death,  he married Christina Ollesdotter, the widow of Wallraven Janssen de Vos.  Christina arrived in New Sweden as an orphan, her parents having died at sea.  (Ref. Peter Craig)

Dr. Timen Stiddem (Timothy Stidham) was a prominent citizen and doctor in Wilmington. He is recorded in history as the first physician in Delaware (SOURCE: J. Thomas Scharf, History of Delaware, p. 471).

In 1683, Timen Stiddem and his sons pledged allegiance to the King and England and obedience to William Penn.


Dr. Timen Stiddem was probably born at Hammel in Skanderborg, Denmark (near Arhus), or the Netherlands (or possibly Sweden). He was living in Gothenburg, Sweden in the 1630s. He was no doubt anxious to learn about the new world being colonized by the Swedish, known as "New Sweden" (present day Delaware). Dr. Stiddem signed on as a ship's barber-surgeon for a voyage to New Sweden. Dr. Stiddem sailed four times for North America (arriving three times). He went to New Sweden the first time in 1638 aboard the ship called the "KALMAR NYCKEL", the first of Sweden's attempts to establish a colony in New Sweden. The "KALMAR NYCKEL" landed at the "Rocks" or Fort Christina (present day Wilmington, Delaware) on March 29, 1638.

Dr. Stiddem returned to Sweden and married. His first wife and children were murdered near Puerto Rico in 1649 during the ill-fated Swedish voyage to America aboard the "KATT." He returned to Sweden to remarry and sail again with his wife on Sweden's Tenth Expedition aboard the "ORN" (Eagle), which arrived in New Sweden on May 22, 1654. This was Dr. Timen Stiddem's last trip from his homeland, Sweden. He stayed and settled in New Sweden at Fort Christina, or what was to become Wilmington, Delaware.

Dr. Timen Stiddem (Timothy Stidham) was a prominent citizen and doctor in Wilmington. He is recorded in history as the first physician in Delaware (ref. J. Thomas Scharf, History of Delaware, p. 471).

In 1683, Timen Stiddem and his sons pledged allegiance to the King and England and obedience to William Penn (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/wmpenn.htm).

Letter from Timen Stiddem to Axel Oxenstierna, 1651, requesting assistance following Timen's return to Sweden after the ill-fated voyage of the Kattan (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/OxenstiernaLetter.bmp).

Deed from From Gov. Frances Laovlace, 1671, for lands along the Brandywine River. (Courtesy of the Historical Society of Delaware) (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/Lovelace.gif).

Map of the Crane Hook, 1680-1685 (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/Cranehook.bmp).

Map of the Crane Hook Church site, 1787 (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/CraneHookChurchSite.bmp).

Map of Wilmington, 1772 showing location of Tymen Stidham's house and land, along with other prominent landmarks (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/Wilmington1772.bmp).

Map of Wilmington, Delaware in 1867, showing Timen Stiddem's house (though not labled as such) at 14th and Poplar Streets (circled in white in upper middle). (Researched by Richard Steadham) (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/wilmington1867.jpg).

Three-dimensional map drawing of Wilmington, Delaware in 1874, showing Timen Stiddem's house (though not labled as such) at 14th and Poplar Streets (circled in white in upper right-hand corner). An enlargement of the area around 14th and Poplar Streets. (Researched by Richard Steadham) (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos/wilmington1874.jpg).

PHOTOGRAPHS and DRAWINGS of Timen Stiddem's home in Wilmington, Delaware on the Brandywine River (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos-htm/1-house.htm).

PHOTOGRAPHS and DRAWINGS of Timen Stiddem's Old Barley Mill in Wilmington, Delaware on the Brandywine River (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~stiddem/photos-htm/1-mill.htm).


Arrived in Delaware, USA from Denmark 1637

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/4292731/person/-722679998


Dr. Timen Stiddem was probably born at Hammel in Skanderborg, Denmark (near Arhus), or the Netherlands (or possibly Sweden). He was living in Gothenburg, Sweden in the 1630s. He was no doubt anxious to learn about the new world being colonized by the Swedish, known as "New Sweden" (present day Delaware). Dr. Stiddem signed on as a ship's barber-surgeon for a voyage to New Sweden. Dr. Stiddem sailed four times for North America (arriving three times). He went to New Sweden the first time in 1638 aboard the ship called the "KALMAR NYCKEL", the first of Sweden's attempts to establish a colony in New Sweden. The "KALMAR NYCKEL" landed at the "Rocks" or Fort Christina (present day Wilmington, Delaware) on March 29, 1638.

Dr. Stiddem returned to Sweden and married. His first wife and children were murdered near Puerto Rico in 1649 during the ill-fated Swedish voyage to America aboard the "KATT." He returned to Sweden to remarry and sail again with his wife on Sweden's Tenth Expedition aboard the "ORN" (Eagle), which arrived in New Sweden on May 22, 1654. This was Dr. Timen Stiddem's last trip from his homeland, Sweden. He stayed and settled in New Sweden at Fort Christina, or what was to become Wilmington, Delaware.

In 1680, following his second wife's death, he married Christina Ollesdotter, the widow of Wallraven Janssen de Vos. Christina arrived in New Sweden as an orphan, her parents having died at sea. (Ref. Peter Craig)

Dr. Timen Stiddem (Timothy Stidham) was a prominent citizen and doctor in Wilmington. He is recorded in history as the first physician in Delaware (SOURCE: J. Thomas Scharf, History of Delaware, p. 471).

<A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/wmpenn.htm" target="0">

In 1683, Timen Stiddem and his sons pledged allegiance to the King and England and obedience to William Penn.</a>

<A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/OxenstiernaLetter.bmp"target="0">

Letter from Timen Stiddem to Axel Oxenstierna</a>, 1651, requesting assistance following Timen's return to Sweden after the ill-fated voyage of the Kattan.

<A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/Lovelace.gif"target="0">Deed from From Gov. Frances Laovlace</a>, 1671, for lands along the Brandywine River. (Courtesy of the Historical Society of Delaware)

<A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/Cranehook.bmp"target="0">Map of the Crane Hook, 1680-1685</a>.

<A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/CraneHookChurchSite.bmp"target="0">Map of the Crane Hook Church site, 1787</a>.

<A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/Wilmington1772.bmp"target="0">Map of Wilmington, 1772</a>.

<A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/1-house.jpg"target="0">Timen Stiddem's home in Wilmington, Delaware</a>

Another view of <A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/1-house-2.bmp" target="0">Timen Stiddem's home in Wilmington, Delaware</a> at 14th and Poplar Streets just before it was demolished about 1890.

Another view of <A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/1-house.bmp" target="0">Timen Stiddem's home</a> on the Brandywine River.

Another view of <A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/1-house-3.bmp" target="0">Timen Stiddem's home</a> on the Brandywine River.

Another view of <A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stiddem/photos/1-house-5.bmp" target="0">Timen Stiddem's home</a>.

He had the following children:

		M	i	 child STIDDEM died about 1650 in Puerto Rico. 

SOURCE: letter from Timen Stiddem, Barber, to the Lord Chancellor of Sweden,

from collection of Axel Oxenstierna.

Source: GEDCOM (downloaded from the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project) by David R. Stidham and the Timen Stiddem Society (StiddemDavid@aol.com), 41 Dellwood Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602. 508-791-9094. (www.StidhamFamilyTree.com)

		M	ii	 child STIDDEM died about 1650 in Puerto Rico. 

SOURCE: letter from Timen Stiddem, Barber, to the Lord Chancellor of Sweden,

from collection of Axel Oxenstierna.

Source: GEDCOM (downloaded from the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project) by David R. Stidham and the Timen Stiddem Society (StiddemDavid@aol.com), 41 Dellwood Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602. 508-791-9094. (www.StidhamFamilyTree.com)

		M	iii	 child STIDDEM died about 1650 in Puerto Rico. 

SOURCE: letter from Timen Stiddem, Barber, to the Lord Chancellor of Sweden,

from collection of Axel Oxenstierna.

Source: GEDCOM (downloaded from the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project) by David R. Stidham and the Timen Stiddem Society (StiddemDavid@aol.com), 41 Dellwood Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602. 508-791-9094. (www.StidhamFamilyTree.com)

1) Tim eller Timothy Stidden el Stidham (Man kan inte frigöra sig från tanken att han kan vara identisk med Lijloff Stiddens styvson Tim, se ovan, som tagit styvfaderns namn.) Han uppträder första gången i mantalslängden i tolfte roten 1646 med 2 mantal, alltså förmodligen gift. Den 25.3.1646 uppbjöds ”Herr Svens gård” av ”Timon von Stidden” (huseköpspenning 4½ d smt). Säljaren var identisk med Herr Sven Andrae Phriarius i Surteby, kollega i Gbg 1636, död 1656. Timon bodde sedan i elfte roten i anslutning till Bengt skomakare. 1647–48 som Tim balber med 2 och 1649 med 3 mantal. Han omtalas som ”Tinne Stidden”, när ett av hans barn begravdes i Kristine kyrka 1651. Han emigrerade till New Sweden första gången 1638, andra gången 1649 och tredje gången 1654. Han var verksam som barberare, den tidens benämning för barberare. 1662 har märkligt nog Thimoteus barberare (tillfälligt) återkommit och bor hos Zacharias Kock rote 4.

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Dr. Tymen Stiddem's Timeline

1610
1610
Hammel, Gjern Herred, Åbosyssel, Denmark
1654
1654
Age 44
Fort Casimir, New Sweden
1656
1656
Age 46
Fort Casimir, Nieuw-Nederland
1658
1658
Age 48
Fort Altena, Nieuw-Nederland
1662
1662
Age 52
Christina, New Castle Co., Delaware, "New Sweden"
1664
1664
Age 54
New Castle Co., Delaware, "New Sweden"
1666
1666
Age 56
New Castle County, Delaware
1668
1668
Age 58
New Castle Co., Delaware, "New Sweden"
1671
1671
Age 61
New Castle Co., Delaware, "New Sweden"