Erik Angerman Sursill was born Abt. 1507 in Uumajan, Vesterbotten, Sweden, and died Aft. 1541 in Finland. He married Dordi in Sweden.
In Ångermanland in the 1500's a farmer/shopkeeper went to market at Uppsala (Sweden). During Gustaf Vasa's war of 1521-23, he took a large consignment of various herring to the army. He delivered not only the usual inexpensive salt herring but also some "sour herring" but this delicacy was not acceptable and there were complaints about rotten food. Eric Ångerman was prosecuted for false delivery and thereafter he acquired the nickname Sursill (sour herring). The Swedish people liked nicknames and in Stockholm's city directory from that time there are names such as "Lasse Skånsk Sill"; "Martin Surlax", etc. Erik Ångerman was clever enough to avoid the cruelty and took the nickname as a family name and officially called himself Sursill."
His daughters all married in Österbotten and were first ancestresses for an extraordinarily widespread family. One son had seven daughters who also married in Finland and likewise had a large number of descendants. In the middle of the 1600's these Sursill descendants had gained such a prevalence that most of the families of public officials in Österbotten have a kinship with each other. Presently there is hardly any family in Österbotten or in all of Finland that is not connected to the Sursill genealogical tree. The simple Erik Ångerman Sursill is progenitor of over 1,500 large families through all classes of society, spread over the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Germany, France and America.
From Swedish Newspaper.. Date unknown
By Gunnar Damström
There was a farmer named Erik, born in Nordingrå, Sweden, who in the beginning of the 16th century moved to Västerteg in the vicinity of Umeå in Västerbotten. He conducted trade with the Lapplanders and brought his merchandize to the Distingsmarket in Uppsala. In Uppsala he took the family name Ångerman, after the County where he was born. As an Ångermanlander it was natural for Erik to be trading in herring- sill we say in Swedish. During the war of 1521- 1523 he contracted with Lars Olson Björnram, military governor of Väster- Norrlanden to deliver large quantities of herring to Gustav Vasas liberation army. Besides cheap, salted herring Erik in appreciation of the good customer delivered a small quantity of sursill, the famous partly fermented herring popular in Northern Sweden. The soldiers did not understand this delicasy, complained and a suit was brought against Erik who was found guilty of fraudulent delivery. On top of everything Erik got the nickname Sursill which he later assumed as his family name. Erik Sursill had three daughters and two sons. The daughters moved to Finland and married prominent burghers and clerics in Österbotten. Each became matriarchs of extensive families. One of Eriks sons had seven daughters who moved to Finland as well and had large families. In the middle of the 17th Century the ancestry of Erik Sursill had grown to a point where most clerical families and burger families in Österbotten were related. The next generations again counted large numbers of daughters. The Bishop of Åbo, Johannes Terserus started making notes of the Sursill family during his vistations to Österbotten parishes in the mid 17th century. Martinus Peitzius and Gabriel Petizius and others contined the effort over a time period covering two centuries. Their notes constitute the source of Genealogia Sursilliana, published by Lappfjärd priest Elias Robert Alcenius in 1850. It took Alcenius almost twenty years to compile the information. Printing took three years. The first version of Genealogia Sursilliana had 345 pages.
Hänen kolme tytärtään, kaksi poikaansa sekä toisen poikansa Östenin seitsemän tytärtä tulivat eri aikoina Suomeen ja menivät täällä naimisiin etupäässä pappien kanssa. Heistä polveutuu tavattoman suuri joukko huomattavampia pohjalaisia sivistyssukujamme. Suomalaisen sukututkimuksen perustana onkin 1850 julkaistu parinsadan suoden aikana kerätty aineisto yhtenäisenä Sursillien sukujohtona nimellä Genealogia Sursilliana. Uusin laitos: Sursillin suku: genealogia Sursilliana, täyd. ja toim. E. Kojonen (1971). Lapset: Catharina, Magdalena, Östen, Carl, Margareta ja muita lapsia. Yllä mainitut 5 lasta muuttivat Suomeen, ensimmäisenä Catharina. Suomessa Catharina otti luokseen asumaan Östen-veljen lapsia.
Translates to: His three daughters , two sons and another son, Osten seven daughters came at different times in Finland and went to get married here mainly with the priests . Of them descended from an extremely large number of more substantial Ostrobothnians sivistyssukujamme . Finnish family history research is based on 1850 published a couple of hundred data collected during the refinement of individual natures united as Sursill sukujohtona Genealogy Sursilliana . The newest facility: Sursill family : a genealogy of Sursilliana , compl. and ed. Kojonen E. (1971). Children: Catharina, Magdalena , Oste , Carl, Margareta and other children. The above-mentioned five children moved to Finland , the first Catharina . In Finland, Catharina took him to live with his brother Östen children. Erik ::: Ångerman is through their children become a father for most of the first priestly Ostrobothnia . Finnish cultural history sukusikermällä has had a significant impact , as nearly all of Finland's cultural families have originated Sursill Erik and his children.
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