Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #16 Erik Edward Fors

My great-great-grandfather Erik Edward Fors was a railroad man in Sweden. Not being an expert with the language, I can't determine his exact job. He was either a Line Master or Station Master. Either way, he was in management. Rather than staying close to his birthplace, he and his family moved around quite a bit, most likely due to his position with the railroad.

Template and elements from Orient Express kit, ClubScrap, September, 2011

Erik Edward Fors was born in the parish of Björnlunda in Södermanland on July 11, 1840. His father, Anders had adopted the Fors surname before his birth and Erik kept the name. His mother, Catherina Andersdotter, had come from Vårdinge parish in Stockholm.

Erik was working for the railroad when he married Matilda Wilhelmina Wiberg in Vårdinge parish on July 10, 1864. They lived in Södertälje parish in Stockholm, where their eldest child was born. Four children were born in the Vårdinge parish and one was born in Nyköping parish in Södermanland. They lost one daughter in infancy, but the other five children lived to adulthood.

The couple lived in several parishes in Stockholm, Södermanland and Östergötland. Erik retired to Frustuna parish in Södermanland, where he died on April 17, 1927.

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