Anna Elisabet “Lisa” Torstensdotter

Anna Elisabet “Lisa” Torstensdotter
birth: 6 March 1797 in Östergötland, Sweden to Torstend and Brita Nilsdotter Svensson
death: Porter, Indiana
burial: unknown

marriage: 4 November 1830 Vastra Harg, Östergötland, Sweden
Samuel Erickson
birth: 16 November 1810 in Östergötlands län, Sweden
death: 18 July 1890 Porter, Indiana
burial: Augsburg Lutheran Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

Children of Anna Elisabet “Lisa” Torstensdotter and Samuel Erickson:

  • Carl Gustaf Johnson 1823-1909 Matilda Sophia Johnson

    2nd marriage:
    Johan Peter Samuelson 1831-1907 Christina Katharina Danielson
    Anders Fredrik “Andrew” Erickson 1834- Bef 1884 Mena
    Johanna Carolina Samuelson 1836-1903 John Borg
    Samuel August Samuelson 1839-1908 Maria Svensdotter/Swanson
    Anna Stina Samuelson 1842-1844

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Porter, Indiana

Other Information:

Anna Elisabet “Lisa” Torstensdotter was the second child and daughter of Torstend and Brita Nilsdotter Svensson. Due to the patronymic system used at the time of her birth in 1797, her father first name became the surname of his children. No first marriage has been found in Sweden where Lisa was living; her Lutheran parish church records have been difficult to read and are likely, incomplete. Lisa did have a one day old son baptized on 28 October 1823 in Västra Harg, Östergötland, Sweden. On 4 November 1830, Lisa married Samuel Erickson, a farmer who was 13 years younger than her. They soon had 3 sons and 2 daughters; the youngest daughter died as a toddler. On 20 April 1849, Lisa’s son from her previous relationship, Carl, emigrated as a single man to the U.S.; he settled in Porter County, Indiana. On 10 May 1851, Lisa, husband Samuel, daughter Johanna and sons Anders and Samuel departed Sweden for a new life in America. They soon joined Carl in Porter County. Single son Johan Peter departed Sweden on 1 May 1854 to join his family in Indiana. No records have been found of Lisa’s death or burial location. It was likely before 30 August 1868 when husband Samuel married again. Lisa’s husband and most of her children were buried in Augsburg Lutheran Cemetery, however, that cemetery was not opened until 1870. Lisa may have been buried in an unmarked grave in Chesterton Cemetery, Bailey Cemetery which ceased accepting Swedish immigrant burials about 1866, or on private property.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson


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