SVENSSON FAMILY HISTORY
My great-grandmother, Karna Svensson (orig. Svensdotter) was born on 1 November 1847 in Färgeshult, Glimåkra parish, Kristianstad län, Sweden. She was the daughter of Sven Svensson and Bengta Nilsdotter. In 1871 she emigrated to the United States, settling in Rock Island, Illinois, where her brother Peter Swanson (orig. Per Svensson) was already living. She met and married John Gustafson on 23 October 1875 in Rock Island. She and John had six children (Fred, Emma, Hildour, Selma, Elsie, and Anna) before Karna's death on 2 January 1895 in Geneva, Fillmore Co., Nebraska.Karna Svensson (1847-1895)
Karna's father, Sven Svensson, was born on 20 February 1814 in Olastrop, Glimåkra parish, Kristianstad, to Sven Björnsson and Marta Persdotter. Sven was married to Bengta Nilsdotter on 16 November 1835 in Skogeröd, Glimåkra parish. Bengta, the daughter of Nils Trulsson and Thora Jönsdotter, was born on 3 October 1809 in Hesslehult, Glimåkra parish. She died on 31 August 1864, at only 54 years of age. Sven lived much longer, ending out his days sharing a small house with another elderly man before dying on 20 February 1898 in Färgeshult, Glimåkra, at the age of 84. Children of Sven and Bengta were:
- Sissa, born 12 March 1835 d. 1934; married Trued Månsson.
- Sven, born 7 January 1838 d. 8 December 1847.
- Per (later Peter), born 4 December 1840 d. 5 May 1899; emigrated to America; married Bengta (Betty) Karlsson.
- Ingar, b. 25 July 1843 d. 12 June 1924; married Måns Nilsson.
- Karna (later Carrie), b. 1 November 1847 d. 2 January 1895; emigrated to America; married John Gustafson.
- Märta (later Mary), b. 4 March 1853 d. 2 November 1921; emigrated to America; married John Oakley.
Sven Björnsson was born on 31 March 1791 in Olastorp, Glimåkra parish, Kristianstad. His parents were Björn Svensson and Una Svensdotter. Sven's wife, Marta Persdotter, was born on 21 April 1788 in Svinön, Loshult parish, Kristianstad, the daughter of Per Jonsson and Nilla Nilsdotter. Sven and Marta were married on 15 May 1813 in Loshult parish.
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