Maråker foundry worker families

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The hammer in Maråker was privileged in 1730 and closed in 1876. Some of the initial hammersmiths, charcoal makers and general foundry workers came from nearby Ljusne foundry.

The cathechism examination record for Söderala 1747-1757 was used as a starting point for this page. It is probably best to re-work it to form family groups, since the purpose is to explore the families that remained in Maråker for several generations and their intermarriages. The interest was sparked by Karin Olofsdotter Skägg (1790-1859) (Tree), who seems to descend from most of the families.

The charcoal makers lived in settlements out in the woods: Dymmelmo, Storberget, Mar


Skägg - five generations

Hammersmith Erik Andersson Skägg was born and raised at the hammer in Sunnäs, and moved to Maråker with his family. They must have been one of the first smith families in Maråker and there was one hammersmith by name Skägg in Maråker for five generations, until the male line went out.

  • hammersmith Erik Andersson Skägg (≈1672-1735) came from the hammer in Sunnäs with his family - the children were born in Sunnäs
    • wife Karin Jonsdotter
    • daughter Kerstin (1700-1775) married to Axmar in Hamrånge
    • daughter Abluna (1707-1783) moved to Bjuråker with her husband
    • son Anders (1773-1711) smith in Maråker
  • master hammersmith Anders Ersson Skägg (1773-1711)
    • wife Margeta Mattsdotter (1786-1784) born at Ljusne bruk
    • daughter Karin (1730-1790) married about 1748 and moved to Bjuråker parish
    • daughter Kierstin (1732-1814) unmarried
    • daughter Margta (1734 - 1820) married the sexton in Trönö parish in 1757
    • son Erik (1736-1780) smith in Maråker
    • son Anders (1739-) died young?
    • daughter Brita (1741-)
    • daughter Lisa (1743-1743)
    • daughter Lisa (1744-1823) had a son out of wedlock in 1766; married Lars Jansson Björn in 1783.
    • daughter Anna (1746-1797) a brief childless marriage to a soldier
    • son Matthias (1750-1750)


Hammersmiths Lars Jansson Björn (1682-1758) and Olof Jansson Björn (1700-1799) were brothers, sons of Jan Larsson (≈1665-1712), who was a hammersmith in Skog and Söderala. There were several generations Björn - descendants of the elder brother- working as smiths in Maråker and many daughters who married smiths or charcoal makers.

Descendants of Johan Larsson

First generation

  • hammersmith Lars Jansson Björn (1682-1758) born at Sunnäs bruk, children born in Söderala parish.
  • wife Karin Persdotter (1688-1757)
    • son Johan (1712) dead in childhood
    • daughter Cathrina (1713) dead in childhood
    • daughter (Helena) Lena (1714 - 1794) married widower Per Granberg in 1756, no children
    • son Erik (1715) dead in childhood
    • son Per (1717-1735) died young
    • son Jan (≈1718 - 1771) foundry worker in Maråker
    • son Olof (1723) dead in childhood
    • daughter Margreta (1725) dead in childhood
    • son Carl (1727-1778) smith in Maråker
    • daughter Karin (1730) died in infancy
    • son Lars (1733-1734) died in infancy
    • son Pehr (1738 - 1773) foundry worker in Maråker, married but no children

Second generation

Third generation

Fourth generation

  • hammersmith Johan Larsson Björn (1784-1828)
  • wife Greta Lena Ammerin (1784-1857)
    • daughter Lisa (1811-1868) married to a worker in Maråker
    • son Lars (1813-1870) changed his name to Blomgren, became a fisherman and extra worker at Axmar in Hamrånge
    • daughter Anna Greta (1817-1893) married a carpenter in Söderhamn

Fifth generation

  • smith Johan Jansson Björn (1833 - 1901) started as a foundry worker at Maråker, but since the hammer in Maråker was closed in 1876 he ended his days as a village smith in Hanebo parish. He was married and had three children but only son Johan survived childhood.


Erik Eriksson Berg (1717-1790) was the son of Erik Sunesson. He was born in Ljusne and became a hammersmith in Maråker. He had a sister, Karin Ersdotter, who was a charcoal maker's wife in Dymmelmo, Maråker. The family of Erik Eriksson Berg stayed in Maråker for several generations
Descendants of Erik
Descendants of Karin

Generation 1

  • master hammersmith Erik (Eriksson) Berg (1717-1790)
  • wife Brita (Joakimsdotter Lang)
    • son Anton (1742-1800) foundry worker at Maråker
    • daughter Karin (1745-1793) unmarried
    • daughter Kerstin dead in infancy
    • son Erik (1749-1826) master smith in Maråker
    • son Hans (1752-1797) master smith in Maråker
    • daughter Brita (1756-1813) married to a smith in Maråker
    • daughter Kerstin (1759-1760) dead in infancy

Generation 2


Lars Andersson Syhl (1711-1773) came to Maråker as hammersmith master in 1748.
He had three surviving children - the ones listed in the household record 1747-1757
Descendants (very incomplete)


Pehr Granberg came to Mar from Granön Skog parish when he married Brita in 1726

  • charcoal maker Per Granberg (1731-1800)
  • wife Karin Nilsdotter (1732-1807) from Askesta
  • son Nils (1760-1810)
  • daughter Brita (1761-)
  • daughter Greta (1762-)
  • son Eric (1765-)


  • mästersmed Anders Warg
  • hustru Brita
  • son Pehr
  • son Abraham

This family is not (yet) in WikiTree)


Lars Larsson came from Trönö parish. He married in Söderala in 1734, when working in Maråker.

Loose ends

  • smeden Sebastian Wellamsson
  • hustru Maria
  • Sebastian Sebastiansson (1727-1774]]
  • hustru Kierstin Andersdotter
  • daughter Maria (1750)
  • dotter Anna
  • dotter Catharina
  • gamle dagsverkskarlen Per Andersson (1678-1756)
  • hustru Brita (1688)
  • fosterbarn Per Persson (1734)
  • hustru Margret Nilsdotter (1721)
  • herrgårdsdrängen Carl Carlsson (1712-1756)
  • hustru Anna (1705)
  • son Carl (1738)
  • son Olof (1746) död
  • kolare Johan Andersson (1696)
  • hustru Karin (1695)
  • son Johan (1733)
  • sonhustru Kerstin

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