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Mercurius, Passengers 1655

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Mercurius 1655-1656

Purchased in Holland

  • Sailed from Gothenburg November 25, 1655
  • Arrived in New Sweden March 14, 1656

Mercurius arrives from Sweden in March, carrying 14 Swedes and 92 Finns. After Dutch refuse to allow ship to pass Fort Casimir, the Indians climb aboard and usher the ship to Tinicum Island, where the passengers land. The ship, including its commander (Johan Papegoja), safely returns to Sweden.


  • Jan Hindrickson Lang, Skipper
  • Jacob Janson, ship mate

Passengers and Soldiers

  • Johan Papegoja, Commander
  • Hendrick Huygen, Second Commander, head commissary in charge of the ship
  • Heindrich Mundt, barber-surgeon
  • Hans Janeke, barber-surgeon
  • Hendrick Olsson
  • John Classon Rising, the younger - brother of Director Rising
  • Rev Mathias
  • Anders Jacobsson, colonist from Brunskogh Sacken - with wife, maid servant and 3 children
  • Anders Bengtsson

Colonists from Frijsdalen:

  • John Grelson - with wife and three children
  • Martin Pafvelsson - with wife only
  • Anders Larson - with wife and five children
  • Mats Matson - with wife and one child
  • Olof Olofsson, a servant
  • Gertrud, a maid servant
  • Joen Staffeson, the blacksmith
  • Karin Andersdotter (Karin the daughter of Anders), a widow with one child
  • Marcus Sigfriedhsson, a servant
  • Jöran Jöransson, a servant
  • Nils Simonsson - with wife and three children
  • Jöran Sigfridsson - with wife
  • Hindrick Jacobsson - with four almost grown sons
  • Grels Grelson, a servant
  • Eric Matson, a servant
  • Lars Larson, a servant
  • Olof Clementsson, a servant
  • Jonas Hindricksson, a servant
  • Elissabeth Esekelsdotter (daughter of Esekiel?), a servant
  • Sinnick Broer

Colonists from Let­stigen, Värmland:

  • Nils Nilsson- with wife and 4 children
  • Nils Nilsson (Niels Nielsson)
  • Matthias Nilsson (Mathas Neildon)
  • Hendrick Nilsson (Hendricke Neildson)
  • Thomas Jacobsson - with wife, maid servant and 3 children
  • Pål Persson - with wife, maid servant and 3 children
  • Olof Philipsson - with wife and 5 children
  • Pavel Nilsson - with wife and 2 children
  • Olof Nilsson - with wife only
  • Lars Bengtson - with wife, man servant and 4 children
  • Jöns Jönson - with wife and 6 children
  • Carl Jönson - with wife, maid servant and 3 children
  • Eric Martensson - with wife and 2 children
  • Johan Simonsson - with wife and 3 children
  • Matthias Matthiasson - with wife and 6 daughters


Return voyage

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