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Nils Andersson (1614 - 1654)

Nils Andersson
Born in Gunnarskog, Värmland, Swedenmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1639 in Lykan, Gunnarskog, Varmland, Swedenmap
Descendants descendants
Died in At sea on board Eagle from Gothenburgmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Feb 2015
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Nils Andersson belongs to a New Sweden family.
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Nils Anderson embarked on the ship Örnen, the Eagle, 2 February 1654, but Dr Peter Craig, noted genealogist from the Swedish Society, believed he likely died on board, as his unnamed widow signed the oath of allegiance to Risingh. See reference below. Dr. Craig believed that his name was Andersson, and that his sons Michael and Peter later took the name Laicans, spelled many different ways.

"From the burial records of two surviving daughters, we learn that he came from Nya Kopparberget in Ljusnarsberg parish, Örebro län, Sweden."[1]

Craig wrote there were four children who immigrated. Not sure about Rachel, Esther, Sarah, Susannah currently attached; were these births recorded for children who died in Sweden?


  1. Anna b. 1637, m. Anders Svensson Bonde c. 1657, d. 1713, ten children
  2. Christina, b. 1639 m. Otto Ernest Cock (Koch) c. 1670, d. 1709. Three kids lived to adulthood.
    1. Valentine Cock m. Margaret Swanson (dau of Svensson-4065)
    2. Zacharias Cock m. Christina Stille
    3. Elizabeth Cock m. Matthias Nitzilius
  3. Peter
  4. Michel

Research Notes

Middle name of Mattson has been suggested, but this is unsourced and middle names were not used at the time.

A merged profile had given birthplace as "Lyckan" but this manager and other collaborators believe that to be incorrect, thus removed. Noted here for the record.

Note from Andersson-4409; Lyckan(s) might be a small location that was the birthplace, it seems likely since the names Lican, Laicans is similar in sound to the Swedish word.


  1. Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig. "Nils Andersson and His Lykins Descendants." Swedish Colonial News, 3, No. 5 (Fall/Winter 2006).

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posted by Jim Angelo Jr

The lists of settlers that Maggie referred to were the basis of Craigs '1693 Census' and are also discussed within historical context in " Colonial Records of the Swedish Churches in Pennsylvania: Vol. 1,The log churches at Tinicum Island and Wicaco, 1646-1696."

In the "Settlers" articles published in SAG Craig discusses the sources he used most of which are from Riksarkivet in Stockholm. The intro to part 1 is quite informative, but too long to put here, so I'm forwarding it to both of you.

posted by Jim Angelo Jr
Hi Bobby & Maggie,

Peter Craig published two series which cover the settlers in as much detail as he could garner. I created a free-space page for one: which appeared in 8 parts in 1996-99. The other is the 7 volumes of Colonial Records of Swedish Churches in Pennsylvania (listed on the bibliography I created, here: .

I own all of those and am happy to do look-ups. Everything relevant to this profile and his unknown wife is already incorporated in what Bobby references. BTW, Craig identified 15 "Nils", 5 of them Nils Andersson, who are related to New Sweden in some way. Of course, not all were there in 1693.

posted by Jim Angelo Jr
Thank You Maggie and Tim. I know from Dr. Craig's writings, he lists Nils' wife as unknown. And that Nils most likely died on the way to America. Without definitive proof. shouldn't his wife be left as unknown?

Also, Maggie, are there any manifest type records from this time frame available in Sweden? Or any records of this type that could state or suggest the passengers on the ships? Thanks again to both of you!

posted by Bobby Lykins Jr.
In the same letter, there are only 3 households with a female listed as "head of the household". Those females are Britta Göstasson, Brita Petersson (odd last name for females, might be the last names of their husband) and Chierstin Stålcop.
posted by Maggie Andersson
In a letter sent to Sweden in May 1693 (requesting bibles and other books in Swedish for the church) there is a household of Nils Laican listed (5 persons) as well as a household of Nils Mattsson (with 3 persons).

Of those two Nils mentioned above, only Nils Mattsson is listed as being born in Sweden.

There are no other households listed with last name Laican, except the one of Nils.

The letter is cited (in full it seems) in the book by Israel Acrelius, published in Swedish 1759.

posted by Maggie Andersson
For the wife's name (supposedly Margaret but unsourced), we should double check if she is listed in the 1671 and 1693 censuses or if her sons are on their own without her.
posted by Heather Husted
In Sweden, we almost never use middle names and at the time that Nils was alive they would certainly not have been used. He was either an Andersson or a Mattsson, i.e. son of Anders/Andreas or son of Mats/Matts/Mathias.

That is why I think there might be a mix-up of two men into one profile, besides the two different birth places.

posted by Maggie Andersson
Looking through my notes, I cannot find a source for Mattson as a middle name, nor for Margaret at the wife. I suspect that they both came from mergers. Since then, I have adopted the process of mentioning such unsupported claims in the Bio, rather than including them in the data fields. For example, "Wife's name of Margaret has been put forward, but no source is known." And "Middle name of Mattson has been suggested, but no source known." I do hope that we can make this profile of the Lykins patriarch in America clean and true.
posted by Tim Miller
Hi Bobby, from what I can see in the changes log the Mattsson middle name was added by Tim Miller at 21:18, 10 January 2017, I would presume a merge was done at that time.

It is, however, possible that this profile has been a mixup of two men, Gunnarskog in Värmland and Kopparberget in Örebro is two different places for instance.

posted by Maggie Andersson
Can someone share the source for the Middle name of Nils being Mattsson please.

And also the source for his wife being named Margaret.

posted by Bobby Lykins Jr.

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