Shared Photo: Headstone for Gustaf Jonsson's Family Grave

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I wanted to share this family photo of Gustaf Magnus Jonasson with the community. Location: Bellö, Jönköping, Sweden. Date: May 2017.  This photograph was taken during a trip that my daughter, granddaughter, granddaughter-in-law and I took to Sweden in May 2017.  Because Gustaf Magnus had no way of contacting his one descendanat, Jonas Conrad, the money he had was used to care for his family grave into perpetuity.  The cemetery is a churchyard cemetery for the Bellö.  Gustaf Magnus was my grandfather.  The grave most likely had my grandmother, Karolina, who died in 1874, his second wife, Anna, and their son, Knut.  Gustaf's two other children emigrated to the USA in the 1890s.  Finding this grave made me feel even more connected to my farmors family.  I didn't even find out I was half Swedish until 2005...thrilling moment for me.  The trip to Sweden...priceless.500px-Jonasson-377.jpg
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WikiTree profile: Gustaf Magnus Jonasson
in Photos by Patricia Corwin G2G Crew (470 points)
Very cool find.  Glad you got the chance to go see it in person. Pretty fancy headstone also.
Janice, in Sweden graves are recycled would be the best term I think.  All around the outside stone fence of the graveyard were headstones that had been pulled out and leaned against the fence.  (Not sure what happens to the remains and nobody there to ask.) So I was very fortunate to find that beautiful headstone still there.  My grandfather was the last of his wives and children to die, in 1926.  It appears that he was a man of means, according to his probate record, so his estate proceeds went to preserving this family grave.  It was thrilling for "my girls" and I to see the headstone and in such a beautiful serene setting.

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Hi Patricia, what a great find, and to have been able to go there and see it for yourself, wonderful. What a well sourced profile with a detailed Biography! it is really amazing the work you have done considering difference in the spelling of the last name. (Jonsson & Jonason).

I see one is listed as an Alias. Could you explain this please, I hope this is not a stupid question or am I just missing something?

Thank you for sharing this wonderful treasure with us.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Shaun, you mentioned "one is listed as an Alias."  I'm not sure where you're seeing that.  I'll try to explain if you advise me where it is.

Oh, and one of the things I learned when I started researching my Swedish ancestors was the name variants!  The Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota helped and advised me so much at the beginning to understand the nuances of Swedish research. So since Gustaf's father's name was Jonas in all the records I found and it was obvious that the patronymic naming convention was being used I decided to keep it simple and used "Jonasson" for Gustaf's surname despite the variants.
Hi Patricia, Yes I did mention an alias, but  for the life of me I can not find it, so sorry I must have being having an old age moment, I seem to be having a lot of those lately. Thank you for explaining the Nuances of Swedish research and the patronymic naming convention.
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What a fantastic headstone, must have been a great treat to look at it yourself

What a treat
by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
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by Gerald Baraboo G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Thanks immensely for the information!  I will be using it, as we have so many ones in the family.

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