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Joen Nilsson (1620 - 1693)

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Joen (Jonas) Nilsson
Born in Skänninge, Skaraborgs län, Sweden (now in Östergötland län, Sweden)map
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in New Sweden Colonymap
Died in Tinicum Island, New Sweden, (now Pennsylvania, USA)map
9 May 2016
15:41: Liz (Noland) Shifflett edited the Biography and Locked Status for Jonas Nilsson. (added PPP & {New Sweden}) [Thank Liz for this]
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Jonas Nilsson was born in Skaning,Hundred, Skaraborg, Sweden in 1620.

Name: Joen (Jonas) NILSSON Surname: Nilsson Given Name: Joen (Jonas) Sex: M Birth: 1620 in Skaning, Hundred, Skaraborg, Sweden Christening: 1620 Skaning, Hundred, Skaraborg, Sweden Death: Oct 1693 in New sweden, Tinicum island, Penn Burial: Old Swedes Church, Cemetary, Penn

Birth: 1620 Skaraborg Dalarnas Lan, Sweden Death: Oct. 23, 1693 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA

Immigration to New Sweden

He arrived at Fort Christina, New Sweden on 15 February 1643.

"1643 - The Fama and Swan arrive from Sweden, bringing Johan Printz, first royal governor of New Sweden, six feet tall and weighing 400 pounds, with 50 new settlers, including Captain Sven Skute, soldiers Jonas Nilsson, Jürgen Keen, Johan Gustafsson, Anders And-ersson Homman, Peter Jochimsson and the family of Anders Andersson the Finn. Printz builds Fort Elfsborg on east side of Delaware and Fort New Gothenburg on Tinicum Island, where he also builds his own manor house, called Printzhof."[1]

Jonas came to New Sweden as a soldier with Governor Printz and was described in the accounts of the colony as a tailor. After marrying and becoming a freeman in 1654, he established his farm at Kingsessing with his wife Gertrude. In July 1654, he sailed to Sweden on the ship Ornen (the Eagle), but promptly returned on the Mercurius in 1656. Each of his sons took the patronymic of Jonasson which evolved into the surname Jones.


Husband of Gertrude Svensdotter — married 1648 in New Sweden (alt marriage date is 1654) Father of Jonas Jonasson Jones

Death and Legacy

He died in October 1693 in New Sweden. He was buried in the Gloria Dei Old Swedes' Church in Wicaco (now Philadelphia).


  1. Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig. "Chronology of Colonial Swedes on the Delaware 1638-1713." orig. pub Swedish Colonial News, Volume 2, Number 5 (Fall 2001). Retrieved from

Note: Nilsson listed here as correct LNAB.

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On November 30, 2015 at 02:33GMT H Husted wrote:

Nilsson-1866 and Nilsson-20 appear to represent the same person because: We have four duplicates. Please merge into the lowest numbered profile, Nilsson-20. The Swedish Colonial Society uses the name Jonas Nilsson. He arrived in Fort Christina on 15 February 1643, so a 1620 DOB seems a good approximation.

On November 4, 2015 at 13:39GMT Michelle McQueen wrote:

Jonas NILSSON (1620-1693) & Gertrude SEVENSDOTTER (1636-1663) both born in Skoonings Harad, Skaraborge, Sweden.

Jonas is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 21 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 31 degrees from Gene Kelly, 30 degrees from Bram Stoker and 18 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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