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Descendants of Johan Peter Molin & Malena Siversdotter, Sweden, 1700s: 12 for ’22

Last month’s 12 for ’22 project led me back to my Molin family, who lived all over the place in the old Malmöhus County in Sweden during the 1700s and 1800s.

My discovery of Johan Peter and his family happened in a rather roundabout fashion that took much digging.

Here’s a very brief recap:

1. Nils Molin, (1697-1782) & Helena Andersdotter (c1705-1778)

2. Anders Molin (1740-1786+) & Sara Brita Krok

3. Johan Peter Molin (1782-1860) & Malena Siversdotter (1770-1843)

Johan Peter is the younger of two surviving children of Anders and Sara Brita. The older son, Hans Niclas, is my ancestral line and has been discussed in previous posts.

Piecing together Johan Peter’s life story was a lengthy process because the man moved every few years. It would have been very difficult to trace him without the help of the BIS database on ArkivDigital.

Today, the descendants of Johan Peter Molin will be shared. It appears that both of his sons are his biological children. It also appears that his wife Malena was the mother of Anders, having given birth to him when she was 50 years old, a fact that the minister entered into the baptismal record.

Whether Malena gave birth to Lars is another matter, as she would have been 55 years old and no baptismal record has been located for him to confirm his mother’s name. His birth date and place are noted in the household examination records, but more on that in a minute.


1. Andreas [Anders], born 29 December 1820, Önsvala, Malmöhus, Sweden
2. Lars, born 11 March 1825, Djurslöv, [Knästorp parish], Malmöhus, Sweden

First, let’s take a look at Anders Johansson Molin and his wife, Hanna Olsdotter.

For whatever reason, Anders did not use the Molin surname, but instead adopted the patronymic of Johansson and only appears as Anders Johansson in his adult records.

He married Hanna Olsdotter on 27 March 1847 in Vallkärra, Malmöhus, Sweden.

Hanna, the daughter of Ola Eriksson and Sissa Andersdotter, was born in Vallkärra on 2 February 1819.

All of their children were born in Vallkärra, but the family moved from that town, just north of Lund, about 11 miles south to the town of Nevishög, where Anders and Hanna both died.

The number of children born to Anders and Hanna is open to interpretation, which will be explained. His children used the patronymic of Andersson.

Children (All born in Vallkärra):

1. Magdalena, born 3 August 1848; probably died in March 1849
2. Erik, about March 1849; no further record
3. Nils, born 11 February 1851
4. Jöns, born 8 November 1853
5. Johan Peter, born 16 July 1858; died after 1935, probably Östuna, Stockholm, Sweden, unmarried

The question about their children revolved around Magdalena and Erik. Magdalena’s baptismal record is extant and she appears only once in the Household Examination. No death date is noted there for her, nor is a burial record found.

On the other hand, Erik, if he existed, would have been born no later than 7 months after Magdalena, which is unlikely. No baptismal record has been found for this child and he never appears in the Household Examination.

His burial record clearly names Anders Johansson and Hanna Olsdotter as his parents and I have to wonder if the minister, or his scribe, erred when entering the burial record, which probably should be for daughter Magdalena.

Where did the name Erik come from? I don’t know unless he was the child of someone else who was buried about the same time.

In any case, no further record of this mysterious child Erik has been found.

The three remaining children – Nils, Jöns and Johan Peter -all eventually settled in the Stockholm area, the only (collateral) branch in my family tree to leave southern Sweden for the capital.

Johan Peter never married and has no known descendants.

Jöns married Johanna Maria Rosenqvist on 8 January 1876, Malmö, Malmöhus, Sweden. She was born 26 November 1843, also in Malmö and died before 1911.

Jöns died after 18 October 1912, probably in the Stockholm, Sweden area, where he had been living.

However, there is no evidence that Jöns and Johanna had any children.

Therefore, the only descendants of Johan Peter Molin and Malena Siversdotter through their son Anders continue through their grandson, Nils Andersson.

Nils Andersson married Martha Lovisa Johansson in February 1881 in Brännkyrka, near Stockholm. Martha was born 4 April 1853 in Viserum, Jönkoping, Sweden and predeceased Mils by quite a few years, passing away on 8 June 1896 in Brännkyrka.

Nils was a blacksmith by trade and often referred to as a ‘smed,” or ‘smith.’ He died sometime after 20 May 1916, when he was living in Rote 17 of Stockholms Stad.

Nils and Martha were the parents of four children, all born in Brännkyrka, three daughters and one son.


1. Gunhild Lovisa Kristina, born 15 April 1885; died after 1950; married Gustaf Adolph Berggren, 20 April 1908
2. Ellen Justina Vilhelmina, born 16 June 1886; unmarried and last found in the Stockholm tax book 1924-1926
3. Maria Karolina Elisabet, born 26 February 1888; unmarried and last found in Brännkyrka Church record, moving out to “kR” in 1924
4. Johan Gustaf Ludvig, born 27 January 1890; married Ada Otelia Petterson, 15 April 1933

Of their four children, only Gunhild and Johan have known descendants.

Gustaf Adolph Berggren, born 25 October 1880, Brännkyrka, Stockholm, Sweden, died 13 June 941 married Gunhild Lovisa Kristina Andersson on 20 April 1908.

Both Gustaf’s death date and their marriage date are found in household examination records.


1. Gustaf Gunnar, born 6 December 1908, Brännkyrka, Stockholm, Sweden; died 7 October 1918, Maria Magdalena, Stockholm Stad, Sweden
2. Stig Gunnar Adolf, born 3 February 1921, Brännkyrka, Stockholm Sweden; died after 1940, possibly in World War II
3. Gunvor Ingegerd Louise, born 6 June 1924, Brännkyrka, Sweden; died after 1980

Of these three children, only Gunvor has descendants. She married (1) Arne Bertil Lennart Parwe, 8 November 1947. He was born 24 February 1912, Karlskrona, Sweden. (2) Alf Gunnar Olsson, 19 February 1955.

There are no known children with Arne Parwe.

Alf and Gunvor were the parents of two children, at least one still living. Both Alf and Gunvor were living at the time of the 1980 census.

Next, Gunhild’s youngest sibling and only brother, Johan Gustaf Ludvig Andersson, born 27 January 1890, Brännkyrka, Stockholm, Sweden, died 22 January 1956.

He married Ada Otelia Petterson, born 8 April 1899 in Fjärås, Halland, Sweden. She died after 1970.

They were the parents of one daughter, who could still be living today. That daughter married in 1953, but appears to have had no children, so there are no further known descendants today of Johan Gustaf Ludvig Andersson.

To summarize, the only known descendants today of Johan peter Moliln and Malena Siversdotter are through their great granddaughter, Gunvor Ingegard Lousie Berggren who married Alf Gunnar Olsson and their two children, who might be living today.

At this point, descendants of Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok’s two surviving sons, Hans Niclas and Johan Peter, have all been accounted for.

Of Sara Brita’s other three sons, Jöns Abraham, Johan Jacob and Hans Samuel, only the mystery of Jöns Abraham remains. He was named as an heir in his mother Sara Brita’s estate papers, but no place of residence was identified.

Further, he has not been found in the BIS database of living Swedes from 1800-1947, so my theory right now is that he was alive as of May 1812, the date of the estate administration and may have died in the early 1800s.

Perhaps with time, and more indexing of Swedish records, his life story could be told.






Johan Peter Molin, son of Anders Molin & Sara Brita Krok, born 1782, Vankiva, Malmöhus, Sweden; 12 for ’22

The genealogical benefits from taking the Advanced Swedish Research class through the Applied Genealogy Institute continue to appear.

Last month, I shared new details about the lives of Johan Caspersson Sandberg, his wife Anna Stina Berggren, and their children, who lived in Genarp, Malmöhus, Sweden in the 1700s.

One of my ongoing research goals is to learn more about my 5X great grandfather Anders Molin and his wife, Sara Brita Krok, who also lived in Malmöhus County, Sweden in the 1700s.

This ancestral couple was unusual for their times. Both were middle class, as Anders was a master mason and Sara’s father was the town mayor. They married in 1776, but separated before 30 July 1786, when Anders was noted as living in Marstrand, Sweden and Sara Brita gave birth to the first of her three illegitimate sons, Jöns Abraham, who was living at least until April 1812, when he appears in Sara Brita’s estate records. He remains a mystery, as I haven’t discovered him in any records after that time.

Sara Brita’s second son out of wedlock, Johan Jacob, born 11 March 1791, married and was the father of eight children.

Her third son out of wedlock, Hans Samuel, born 24 April 1798, also married, and had at least four daughters and one son.

However, Sara Brita and Anders were the parents of four sons. Hans Peter was born 3 June 1776 and died 20 October 1776.

The third son, Johan Peter, born 20 August 1780, also died in infancy on 15 September 1781.

Hans Niclas, the second born son and my ancestor,  was born 31 August 1778, married and had eleven children. I have written about him several times in the past.

The remaining son of Anders and Sara Brita Molin, their fourth and youngest child, Johan Peter, and the subject of today’s 12 for ’22 post born 26 July 1782 in Vankiva, Malmöhus, Sweden, had remained a mystery until recently.

He, too, was living in April 1812 and signed as an heir of his mother, Sara Brita (Krok), widow of the master mason Molin.

Thankfully, Swedes were quite good at keeping records – not just vital records, but also tax lists, moving in and out records, military records, etc. – and Johan Peter Molin was located in the BIS (Population of Sweden) 1800-1947, available on ArkivDigital.

First, just like with census and other indexed records, spelling variations and abbreviations must be considered. The BIS allows search parameters of just a first name, just a surname, birth year, exact date of birth and more.

Look what appeared when I entered “Molin” with Johan Peter’s exact date of birth:

Only one hit came up and it was for “Jöns Pet. Molin,” who was born on 26 July 1782 in the same village as Johan Peter – Vankiva, Sweden. He was living in Nevishög, Malmöhus, Sweden and appeared in the Household Examination for 1857-1861 and happened to be the entry with his date of death, 10 December 1860.

Notice that, although indexed as “Jöns,” this clearly identifies him as widower ‘Joh Pet Molin.’

From this record, I was able to work backwards to create a timeline of Johan Peter Molin’s wife, plus identify his wife and children.

In this timeline, it is assumed that Johan Peter was living with his mother, Sara Brita (Krok) Molin.

1770, 5 Aug – Malena Siversdotter born Uppåkra, Malmöhus, Sweden [Church records extant, but not found between 1770-1775]
1782, 26 July – Johan Peter born Vankiva
1783 – Anders Molin, father, taxed in Vankiva
1786, 30 July – half brother Jöns Abraham born in Everlöv, Malmöhus, Sweden
1791, 11 March – half brother Johan Jacob born in Önnestad, Malmöhus, Sweden
1798, 24 April – half brother Hans Samuel, born in Önnestad, Malmöhus, Sweden
1804 – Johan Peter Molin taxed in Övedsklostergard, Malmöhus, Sweden
1805 – Johan Peter Molin, unmarried, Household Exam of Övedsklostergard, Malmöhus, Sweden
1820, 26 MarchJohan Peter Molin married Malena Sivesdotter in Brågarp, Malmöhus, Sweden
1820, 29 Dec, son Anders Molin baptized in Önsvala [Nevishög parish], Malmöhus, Sweden
1821 – Johan Peter Molin taxed in Önsvala
1822 – Johan Peter Molin crossed off tax list in Önsvala
1823 –
Johan Peter Molin taxed in Djurslöv [Knästorp parish], Malmöhus, Sweden
1824 – Johan Peter Molin taxed in Djurslöv [Knästorp parish], Malmöhus, Sweden
1825, 11 March – son Lars born in Djurslöv [Knästorp parish], Malmöhus, Sweden
1843, 21 Oct – Malena Siversdotter died in Nevishög, Malmöhus, Sweden
1826 – 1860 Johan Peter Molin appears with his family in the Household Examination records of Nevishög, Malmöhus, Sweden.
1860, 10 Dec – Johan Peter Molin died in the workshouse,  Nevishög, Malmöhus, Sweden.

Notice all the villages where Johan Peter Molin can be documented? If you have ancestors from southern Sweden, you may already be aware that southern Swedes have been highly mobile for hundreds of years. I have no one in the northern part of the country, but I’ve been told that northern Swedes were much more likely to stay put.

Johan Peter Molin is a perfect example of one family’s mobility:

From this data, a biographical sketch can be created for Johan Peter Molin, wife Malena Siversdotter, and their two sons, Anders and Lars, who make up an unusual family.

Did you notice anything that might be considered a bit unusual about the ages of Johan Peter and his wife, Malena?  There is a gap of twelve years, but Malena is the one who is 12 years older than Johan Peter.

Their marriage record identifies Malena as a widow and no evidence has been found to suggest that Johan Peter had an earlier wife.

That alone wouldn’t raise eyebrows, as I’ve found many Scandinavian couples where the wife was older than the husband. Maybe not quite 12 years older, but older, nevertheless.

The eyebrow raising comes from reading the birth/baptismal records of their sons, Anders and Lars.

Johan Peter Molin was born 26 July 1782 in Vankiva, Malmöhus, Sweden, the son of Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok. He married widow Malena Siversdotter on 26 March 1820.

Johan Peter died 10 December 1860 in the workhouse in Nevishög, Malmöhus, Sweden, having survived his wife, Malena, by more than 17 years. She also died in Nevishög on 5 August 1843.


1. Andreas, born 29 December 1820, Önsvala, Malmöhus, Sweden
2. Lars, born 11 March 1825, Djurslöv, [Knästorp parish], Malmöhus, Sweden

Stop for a moment and check Malena’s age when she gave birth – 50 years old in 1820 and 55 years in 1825! She is either a medical marvel or something is wrong. Either her birth year is way too early or else someone else gave birth to Johan Peter’s sons.

First, look at Anders’ 1820 baptismal record:

The mother’s age is actually noted – 50 years old!

What about Lars? Well, interestingly, although the Household Examination record notes that he was born in Djurslöv, which is in Knästorp parish, on 11 March 1825 AND Johan Peter Molin does appear on the 1825 tax list for Djurslöv, NO BAPTISMAL RECORD can be found in Djurslöv or anywhere in Knästorp parish for that matter, in 1825 or several years earlier or later.

As an adult, Lars stated that he was born in Stanstorp or Stenstorp. Stanstorp is part of Eslöv in Västra Sallerup parish, perhaps 25 miles from Djurslöv. Stenstorp is another town about 200 miles north. No baptism was found for Lars in either place.

Something is clearly off with Lars’s birth. Lars may be the son of Johan Peter Molin, but it would not surprise me if his mother was not Malena Siversdotter. On the other hand, there are a few documented women who gave birth in their mid-fifties. It’s just quite a rare happening.

Anders and Lars Molin both married and had children. More on their lives to come in future posts.

Both sons of Anders Molin and Sara Brita Krok have now been located and traced. In addition, two of Sara Brita’s out of wedlock sons have also been traced.

Did Jöns Abraham, born 30 July 1786 in Everlöv, Malmöhus, Sweden marry and have children? For now, I know only that he was alive in April 1812, when he signed in his mother’s estate papers. The answer to that question will require much more digging!