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Sara Brita Krok

Do you share a birthday with one of your ancestors? It so happens that I have only one ancestor who shares my 7 March birthday and that was Sara Brita Krok/Krook, my 5x great grandmother. Yes, she is the same Sara Brita who married Anders Molin in 1776 in Veberöd, Sweden. I wrote extensively – for five days in a row – about Anders and Sara Brita in December 2014 after I had picked up their trail while researching in Salt Lake City.

Instead of hashing over all those details again, I decided that although I haven’t had time to try to find burial records for Anders and Sara Brita, I would try to document Sara Brita’s family.

Sara Brita gave birth to seven known children, all sons. The first four – Hans Peter, Hans Nicholas, Johan Peter and again Johan Peter – were children of Anders Molin. My direct ancestor, Hans Nicholas, thankfully stayed in one place once he reached adulthood and married. He settled in the village of Öved in old Malmohus County, not far from where Anders and Sara Brita married in the town of Veberöd.

Since the other three boys were all named Hans/Johan Peter, it seemed likely that the first two had died young. No burial record has been found for Hans Peter, the first born child, born 3 June 1776 in Öved. Johan Peter, born in Finja in 1780 was buried in 1782 in Vankiva, the next village just to the east of Finja.

However, I could find nothing else about the third Johan Peter, aside from his baptismal record in Vankiva on 20 July 1782. That is, until yesterday. I was actually looking for information on a Lars Molin who reportedly died in Öved in 1806. Household examinations begin there in 1799 so I took another look at them. I found three records in the 1803-1807 time frame. Because these books contain more than one year at a time and a new year is not always clearly delineated with a title page, I’m not sure if the first record is 1803 or 1804 or a combined book for those two years. I have the same problem with the other two records, but they are all within those four years.

Living in Öved Klosters Gard, I found:

Last Name on Page: Joh P Molin

The very last name on this page is “Joh P Molin” aged 21! This record book is either 1803 or 1804. If his name was entered as late as June 1804, Anders and Sara Brita’s son would have still been 21.

A second record was found in the next section of the book:

Fifth Name from the Top: Pett Molin, 23

Unfortunately, the priest didn’t fill in place and date of birth for most of these people. He did make notations in what looks like those who took communion. Peter Molin had no mark by his name.

The third record dates from about 1807:

Line 4: P. Molin

Johan Peter Molin hasn’t been found in any other Öved records. He didn’t marry there, nor was a burial record found for him. However, he obviously survived to adulthood and may have descendants out there somewhere!

Now, back to Sara Brita’s Krok/Krook family. Sara Brita’s family came from a higher social class than the typical family of that era. Anders Molin was a master mason. Her father was a sheriff and her mother appears in records before she married as “Jungfru,” young lady.

Sara Brita’s parents were Hans Krook and Catharina Maria Bager. Hans was born 23 March 1722 in Gullarp, the son of Inspector Jacob Krook and his wife, Anna Brita von Wowern. Catharina Maria Bager was baptized 31 January 1729 in nearby Dalby, the daughter of Jöns Bager and his wife, Sara Prytz.

Hans Krook and Catharina Maria Bager were the parents of several children:

1. Jöns, born 27 November 1750 in Dalby
2. Sara Brita, born 7 March 1752 in Bonderup
3. Jöns Jacob, born 3 September 1756 in Bonderup
4. Johan Magnus, born 27 May 1760 in Bonderup

and perhaps
5. Juliana Cecilia, said to be born about 1764, but no place given

If Juliana Cecilia was born to them, she was not baptized in Bonderup or in Veberöd, where Hans Krook was buried in 1771.

If the space given to the family baptismal records in the church books are any indication of social status, the Krook family was well respected. Not only were her father and grandfather a sheriff and an inspector, but Jacob’s wife, Anna Brita von Wowern, belonged to a very old family that included nobility.

Her maternal grandparents had equal social status. Jöns Bager died very young, in his 30’s, but he was an inn keeper. Sara Prytz was the daughter of Peter Prytz, also an inn keeper. Sara Prytz married Inspector Eric Wickman as her second husband. (Both Jöns and Peter worked at the old Dalby Inn, which is still in existence today. The original inn, no longer standing, was built in the mid 1600’s, and the current inn is a tourist attraction.)

Having learned so much about Sara Brita’s family, I now am wondering what event or events in her life caused her to commit adultery and give birth to an illegitimate son while married to Anders Molin, who by the way, was living in Marstrand, over 200 miles away:

With the cultural norms of the times, Sara Brita would have become a social outcast and would likely have moved elsewhere, which she did, to Önnestad, near Kristianstad. The rest of her life must have been difficult because she went on to have two more illegitimate children (Johan Jacob Krok in 1791 and Hans Samuel Krok in 1798) in the “Invalid House” in Önnestad and was even noted to have been living there without permission.

Anders Molin was living alone in Marstrand in 1785 and 1786, when son Hans Nicholas was seven years old and Johan Peter was only three so they may have been living with their mother.

Sara Brita was probably living in Kristianstad or one of the other small villages near Önnestad in the 1790’s since her last two children were born there.

Sara Brita’s life story is one of the most unusual of any of my ancestors. What a change in her life circumstances!

The Facts – Just the Facts – About Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok

Where are the facts to support the sparse information about Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok? As I mentioned yesterday, there were a few clipped images, some sourced and some not.

To return to my research plan steps, #1 on the list was to leave no stone unturned. For the limited choices I had for Swedish records in that time frame, I used ArkivDigital, Genline, which is now on the world Ancestry.com site and the FamilySearch library catalog. The sole item in the library catalog that wasn’t found on either ArkivDigital or Genline was a longshot – mason guild records for Malmö. Sweden (FHL Film #146,465). I did not uncover any mention of the Molin surname.

While my search plan was organized in my head, trying to describe all my steps in order would be quite tedious and boring to read. Instead, I am going to list each document I was able to find AND what it says. A fairly complete picture will appear at least regarding the family life of Anders and Sara Brita, although even with that, there are still many unanswered questions. The data will be listed in order from earliest in time to most recent in time, although dates span a century from the late 1600s to the late 1700s.

First, to give an overall perspective of where the family was living, here is yet another updated map of villages and towns that I uncovered along the way.

Helsingborg, seen along the route between Bonderup and Marstrand, and Veberöd, between Bonderup and Öved, are also in the mix, as is Gullarp, near Bonderup.

If you are not familiar with Swedish records, they are NOT indexed and must be searched page by page. Another handicap for my particular research problem is that for most of what used to be Malmöhus and Kristianstad Counties, household examination records and moving in/moving out records don’t begin until at least the very late 1790’s. I’ve also been told that people in this area of Sweden moved around a lot compared to other regions of Sweden in the 1700’s. Looking at this map, I certainly believe that!

One source that proved to be invaluable was what is described by ArkivDigital as the population registers, which are actually tax lists. Only the men are listed in it, but for the Kristianstad County area and Marstrand, up north, registers (labeled as Gotebörgs och Bohus läns landskontor) exist for the 1700’s. The downside is that for the very southern portion of Malmöhus County, the only register available is for 1941.

Here we go and the list is quite extensive:

1. Sara Brita’s grandmother, Anna Brita von Wowern, was born in Helsingborg on 9 December 1697, daughter of Johan von Wowern and Anna Margreta.

The von Wowern family apparently had some social standing in their community, but I have done no other research other than looking to see if this record actually existed.

2. I found an image on line for Inspector Krok, who was Sara Brita’s grandfather, Jacob, indicating that he was a godparent for Nils Peter Molin, a child of one Hans Molin in the village of Bosarp in 1744. Nils Peter was born 31 December 1743:

There were so few mentions of any Molins in these records that I took note of this birth. The father, Hans Molin, was the church sexton. He had a number of other children born in Bosarp, but the last mention of this family is in 1748. Because Sara Brita married a Molin and her grandfather was godparent to a Molin baby, I think it is possible that this Hans is an uncle of my Anders Molin.

Remember the name: Nils Peter!

3. “Master Mohlin’s” son, Peter Johan, was buried in Öved on 26 February 1749, having died on the 18th or 19th, in his 12th year. No birth/baptismal record was found in Öved for him.

I realize that the priest knew exactly who Master Molin was, but I do wish that he had named him. I believe that this is Anders’ father and that Peter Johan was Anders’ brother. It is also likely that because Anders was a master mason that this master, if his father, was also a master mason by trade.

Remember the name Peter Johan!

4. Sara Brita Krok/Krook was born 7 March 1752 in Bonderup, the daughter of Hans Krook, but her mother isn’t named in this record.

5. Andreas (Anders) Molin married Sara Brita Krok on 2 February 1776 in Veberöd. He is identified as a journeyman mason.

6. Hans Peter, son of Anders Molin, was born and baptized on 3 June 1776 in Öved. This baby died soon, but I haven’t yet found his burial record.

Remember the name Hans Peter!

7. Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok are found in the moving in records of Öved in 1777. This is interesting because their son was baptized there in spring 1776. Perhaps the priest forgot to write them on the 1776 list so entered them in 1777. They had moved to Finja by 1778 so it is also possible that they were leaving Öved at the time they were entered in 1777. They are #10 on the list and Anders is now listed as a master mason:

AD: Öved Moving In Records, 1777, Image #6

To summarize the family history posted so far, with a couple of extra vital records included that I haven’t posted above with images (but I have.):

Anna Brita von Wowern was born 9 December 1697 in Helsingborg, the daughter of Johan and Anna Margreta (no maiden name given) von Wowern. The von Wowerns had some social standing in the community. She married Inspector Jacob Krook in 1714 in Helsingborg. Their son, Hans, born in 1722 in Gullarp, died in Veberöd in 1754.

Sara Brita Krok married Anders Molin in Veberöd on 2 February 1776. She was apparently already pregnant at that time as their son, Hans Peter, was born and baptized in Öved on 3 June 1776. Anders and Sara Brita are found on the 1777 moving in list for Öved, but didn’t remain there very long. Also, unless the priest erred in Anders’ occupation, he was still a journeyman mason when he married, but had become a master mason by 1777.

Bosarp records show that church sexton Hans Molin lived there at least through the 1740’s. His son, Nils Peter, was born there on 31 December 1743. Hans could possibly be Ander Molin’s uncle since there is a Krok family connection.

In Öved, “Master Mohlin” buried his son, Peter Johan, on 26 February 1749. Peter was in his 12th year, so born about 1738-1739. This may be the father and brother of Anders Molin.

I have not found a birth/baptismal record for Anders Molin and I suspect I have a lot of searching to do for that. He was not born in Öved, as I searched those early records and no other Molin entries were found.

Are you following this saga so far? I will tell the rest of the story in my next post.