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Jöns, Jöns and Jöns Abraham Krook, born 1786, Sweden

I’ve spent many hours looking for clues to the life of Jöns Abraham Krook, one of three sons born out of wedlock to Sara Brita Krok/Krook, my 5X great grandmother who was married to Anders Molin for perhaps 8 years before they went their separate ways.

My ancestor, Hans Nicholas Molin, was the eldest surviving child of Anders and Sara Brita. They had one other son, Johan Peter.

After they separated – and I’ve found no evidence of a divorce – Sara Brita gave birth to three more sons, all of whom survived her.

Jöns Abraham was born 30July 1786 in Everlöv, Sweden. His birth entry has Anders Molin crossed out as the father with the note that he was living in Marstrand, over 200 miles away.

Sara Brita then went on to give birth to Johan Jacob on 11 March 1791 in Önnestad and then to Hans Samuel on 24 April 1798, also in Önnestad. She was in the poorhouse both times with no indication of the father’s names.

Sarah died on 5 April 1812 in Andrarum. She was called a widow and her probate named all five of her sons as “Molin.”

Through their lives, Hans Nicholas and Johan Peter used the surname of Molin, as Anders was their father.

Hans Samuel also went by Molin, although his biological father is not known.

I have been able to find records documenting these four men and their families.

However, Jöns Abraham has remained a mystery. He signed his mother’s probate record along with his four half brothers, but then he disappears.

ArchivDigital partnered with MyHeritage to build the BiS database (Population of Sweden 1800-1947), not yet complete, which is an index of household examination and parish congregation records.

There isn’t any Jöns Abraham in BiS born anywhere near 1786 and, in fact, there are only 3 men of that name in the 66 results of my search born in the 1700s.

I’ve found several records pertaining to his half brothers where they were recorded using only one of their given names, so I guess it is possible that Jöns Abraham might have used only Jöns or only Abraham.

Other variables in my search included the surnames of Molin and Krok/Krook and possibly Andersson, if Jöns Abraham used the patronymic form and claimed that Anders Molin was his father.

Results:

1. No Abraham in BiS was born on 30 July 1786.
2. There were no hits with the Molin surname.
3. There were two hits for Jöns Krok, one born in 1786, no month or day recorded and one Jöns Krook born 30 July 1786, place not recorded.

The first Jöns Krok is found living in Istorp, Älvsborg, which is in southern Sweden, although north of the towns where his extended family lived.

Jöns was a soldier. Brita Persdotter dave birth to a son, Carl, on 28 February 1805. The father was named as a man servant, Jöns Andersson from Östra Fagerhult. It isn’t clear whether Jöns Krok is the same man, but they are later found as a family in the household examination records. Brita was 15 years older than Jöns Krok, having been born in 1771.

For a male born out of wedlock, the military would have been a career option. Being a soldier, Jöns could be transferred anywhere, so where he was living isn’t much of a factor ruling this man in or out as a candidate. No further records have been found for this family and without an exact date of birth for Jöns, it is impossible to say if this man is my Jöns Abraham Krok.

The second Jöns Krok lived in Gunnetorp, Tving parish, Blekinge County, which is much closer to the area where this family lived and even though no middle name is found in the record, his birthdate is an exact match to Jöns Abraham.

The downside is that this Jöns Krok is unmarried and there is no indication of where he was born.

I looked in the household examination record for 1814-1818.

Oh, no! There is a problem. Look at Jöns birth date in the first image, above. The date is 1786 and the 30th of the month, but the number below the 30 is written a bit oddly. It was indexed as a 7.

Now, look at the 1814-1818 entry. Jöns Andersson had married and has a young son. BUT look at his birth entry. It is clearly 86, 30/1 – born 30 JANUARY 1786, not 30 July!

I have to cross this man off the list.

I am now left with only one “maybe” for Jöns Abraham Krook. I have his birth/baptismal record and he is recorded as an heir of his mother in 1812.

Where did he go after that? Did he die soon, unmarried? Did he join the military and was stationed who knows where in Sweden? Or, is he living in a parish for which records have been lost?

Having traced the family lines of Sara Brita Krok’s other four sons, I would dearly love to know what became of Jöns Abraham Krok.

Time might tell me more, as more Swedish records are indexed, but for now, I am stymied in my search.

 

52 Documents in 52 Weeks #13: Swedish Probate Records

Swedish genealogical records have a reputation for being quite fabulous. I remember long before I found my Danish and Swedish branch of the family tree thinking that I would love to have some family to trace in those records.

Now I do and I have. Do I speak-read-write Swedish? NO! Are the records indexed? For the most part, NO!

How do I manage to find anything? Don’t let limits of a foreign language stop you from delving into records. I (1) use Google translate (2) get help at the Family History Library (3) find distant cousins on My Heritage and (4) join Facebook groups where there are many native speakers who kindly give tons of help.

Swedish probate records are similar to American records with the exception, in my view, that the deceased is much more likely to have had a probate of estate in Sweden than in the United States.

Today’s document is the probate of my 5X great grandmother, Sara Brita Krook who married Anders Molin. Their life stories have been topics of my writing in the past, but today’s focus is on Sara’s probate.

Right from the beginning, you need to know that Sara and Anders at least separated by 1786 when she was living in southern Sweden and he was in Marstrand, about 200 miles away. I have been unable to find where he went after that. Sara is called “widow” in 1812 when she died. I suspect that Anders probably did predecease her since the males in the Molin family seemed to live into their 50s or early 60s and Anders was born in 1739.

However, the end of their marriage brought a huge change in living style for Sara, born into a solid upper middle class family with social status. Anders was a master mason, so he was an appropriate match in status to Sara. After they split up, Sara is recorded sneaking into the poor house to have not one, but two, illegitimate sons and that was after the birth of her first illegitimate son soon after Sara and Anders went their separate ways.

Back to the probate records! From this background, you can surmise that Sara left little in the way of an estate when she died and you would be correct.


Sara Brita’s Probate 1812, Page 1


Sara Brita’s Probate, Page 2


Sara Brita’s Probate, Page 3

Sara Brita’s oldest son, Hans (Nicholas), the only one of her children who was a child of Anders Molin, filed the probate report. Pages 1 and 2 are the inventory of her possessions with the values. The total value of her estate was only 16 of whatever the currency was at the time. (The modern krona was adopted until 1873.) However, 16 of anything isn’t going to be worth a whole lot.

The important page for me is page 3, which lists her heirs – sons J.P. (Johan Peter), Jöns Abraham, Johan Jacob and Hans Molin. Note that they are all using the Molin surname, even though the fathers of Johan Peter, Jöns Abraham and Johan Jacob are unknown.

This list of her sons is the latest record I have of her son Jöns Abraham, born in 1786. I have been able to track the other children, but Jöns has remained elusive. This is proof that he was still living in April 1812, so the search for him will go on.

Many thanks to my Swedish cousin, Krister, who doggedly read through probate indexes in southern Sweden until he located Sara Brita who had been living in Andrarum.

Remember, don’t be afraid to tackle records just because you don’t speak the language in which they are written. There are many kind genealogy souls out there ready to give a helping hand.

Hans Krok/Krook & Catharina Maria Bager, Veberod, Sweden

Are you descended from the Krok/Krook family in Skane, Sweden? This family is an old one and, while I have found the surname spelled both of these ways, the Krog/Krogh surname appears to belong to an entirely different family. Leave a comment if you have Krok/Krook in your family tree.

Hans Krok, or Krook, was baptized on 23 March 1722 in Gullarp, Malmohus (today Skane) Sweden and was buried on 17 May 1771 in Veberod, Skane, Sweden. He was the son of Jacob Krook and Anna Brita von Wowern. The Krook family would be considered upper middle class, as the males were inspectors, which I believe was a police officer. The unmarried girls were titled “jungfrau” or “young lady” and the married ladies were titled “madame” in church records.

The von Wowern family is an old noble family with roots in Sweden as early as the 1590’s. Catharina Maria Bager was born about 31 January 1729 in the nearby village of Dalbyand was buried on 17 November 1784, also in Veberod. She was the daughter of Jons Bager and Sara Prytz.

Hans and Catharina married on 13 September 1749 in Dalby. They had five children:

1. Jons, born 27 November 1750, Dalby, Skane, Sweden. Jons died before his mother’s death in 1784 as he is not listed in her probate. He may well have died before his brother, Jons Jacob, was born in 1756, but no burial record has been found for him either in Dalby or in Bonderup, where the family moved by 1752.
2. Sara Brita, born 7 March 1752, Bonderup, Skane, Sweden. She married Anders Molin on 2 February 1776 in Veberod, Skane, Sweden. They separated (or divorced) by 1785, when Anders was living in Marstrand, Sweden and Sara Brita was  living in Everlov, Skane, Sweden. She died on 5 April 1812 in Andrarum, Skane, Sweden.
3. Jons Jacob was born 3 September 1756, Bonderup, Skane, Sweden. He married Catharina Akerberg on 8 February 1788 in Everlov, Skane, Sweden. It was noted at that time that he lived in Skogamollern, which is in Veberod parish, but this couple hasn’t yet been found after their wedding date.
4. Johan Magnus, born 27 May 1760, Bonderup, Skane, Sweden. He married Christina Akerberg, believed to be the sister of Catharina, on 19 October 1787, also in Everlov, Skane, Sweden. Christina was born about 1762 and was buried on 5 August 1794 in Everlov. It appears her parents lived a few doors from the Krooks, but if she was born there, baptismal records begin there in 1768 so no birth/baptismal date has yet been found for her. Johan and Christina had two children: Hans, born about 26 December 1787 and Anna Maria, born about 13 February 1792, both in Everlov. Hans reportedly died in 1866 in Malmo. Anna Maria married Ola (Olaf) Lundgren. She died on 12 May 1869 in Palstorp, Kagerod, Skane, Sweden. Johan Magnus is found with Hans and Anna Maria in the household examination records until 1801 in Everlov. He reportedly died in 1838 in Dalby, but burial records from that time period are missing there and no probate has yet been found for him.
5. Juliana Cecilia, was born about 1763, as she was described as 21 years old in the 1784 probate records of her mother. No baptismal record has been found for her; the family may have lived elsewhere between their time in Bonderup and her father’s 1771 death in Veberod. She married Johan Peter Lindqvist on 20 August 1785 in Veberod, Skane, Sweden. This couple hasn’t yet been located after their wedding date. Johan Peter was a widower at the time of his marriage to Juliana, but no age was given. He was from “Stenhuset, Simmentorp” but he hasn’t been found in those records.