Johan Johansson Lindström

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Johan Johansson Lindström
Born Jan 5 1811[1]
Elsarby, Angarn, Stockholm, Sweden[2]
Spouse Eva Sophia Bergström (m. ?–) «Not recognized as a date. Years must have 4 digits (use leading zeros for years < 1000).»"Marriage: Eva Sophia Bergström to Johan Johansson Lindström" Location: (linkback:[3]
Children Carl Johan Lindström (b. 1839)
Johanna Sophia Lindström (b. 1841)
Gustaf Lindstrom (b. 1843)[4]
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[edit] The Name "Lindström"

Johan was born as Johan Johansson (after his father), but took the name Lindström some time between 1823 and 1831.

Between 1800 and 1900, Sweden was undergoing a transition from patronymic names (e.g., Nils Andersson's son Pehr becomes Pehr Nilsson) to family names between 1800 and 1900. Some families apparently "froze" their most recent patronymic name, taking it as a family name; some combined nature and or topographical elements (e.g., linden tree + stream = Lindström); and others took place names. Many Swedish families began to take family names by the 1860s and Sweden finally passed a law prohibiting patronymic naming in 1901[5].

[edit] Occupation

After Johan left his parents (as early as 1831, at age 20), he is listed in census records as "dräng", which was Swedish for farm hand. Many unmaried young Swedish men worked as farm hands, from the 1600s onward. Farm hands took short-term (less than one year) contracts at a farm:

A great majority of grooms were labeled as dräng and the brides as piga, which both literally mean servant, but which was also used to denote an unmarried man and woman, respectively. In rural areas of nineteenth century Sweden occupations were structured by gender, age/skill and marital status. Some occupations were reserved for unmarried people, others for the married. Along with civil status and the occupation came certain housing conditions. In the servant system most young people worked as farmhands or maids for a period of life, while waiting to get married [...]. After marriage, they entered into other occupations like farmer, crofter, artisan, agricultural worker etc. Unmarried servants usually lived in the master’s household; only after getting married could a servant form a separate household. This implies that people were normally registered as male servant (dräng) or female servant (piga) in the marriage registers, but then after some time attained a new status as they took over a farm or acquired proper employment as artisan, agricultural laborer, etc.[6]

As a result of this mode of employment, Johan moved almost every year, sometimes several times per year.

[edit] Historical Records

Johan's parents/siblings/ancestors

  • Census for his family, immediately before Johan's birth.

Johan with parents

Johan alone

Johan with wife and children

[edit] Notes

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