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Addenda & Corrections to Dr. Craig's 1988 report, "The Family of Nils Larsson Fr
Posted by: Mark Friend Sr. (ID *****7354) Date: January 15, 2007 at 08:23:05
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Written by Dr. Peter S. Craig

For the benefit of those who have purchased my 1988 report on this family, I reproduce below the "Addenda & Corrections" which has been added for those now purchasing this report:

In the years subsequent to the publication of the above, in 1988, numerous gaps have been closed and questions answered. Listed below are some of the more prominent corrections and comments –

Nils Larsson Frände's wife was definitely Anna Andersdotter, the daughter of Anders Andersson the Finn and his wife Christina Gulbrant. This is confirmed by the fact that Anders Andersson's two sons-in-law, Nils Larsson and Olle Rawson, inherited one-sixth shares in Bread & Cheese Island. This is shown by a deed dated 3 June 1679 by which John Anderson, son of Anders Andersson the Finn, sold two-sixths of Bread & Cheese Island which he had previously purchased from Nils Larsson and Olle Rawson. (New Castle County deeds, A-1:44-45)

Johan Cock (p. 22) generally went by the name of John Cox. He was still single on 4 June 1729 when he mortgaged his 234 acres to Francis Land for 59 pounds. (New Castle County deeds, J-1:128) He was married, however, by 15 January 1731 when John Cox wrote his will, naming "my beloved wife Rebecca and Gabriel Cox of Red Lion Hundred" to administer his will which ordered that they sell "my plantation lying between Georges Creek and Dragon Swamp." (Recital, New Castle County deeds, H-1:288-289) The resulting deed was made by Edward Shaw and Rebecca his wife, relict of John Cox, and Gabriel Cox, who sold the land on 3 November 1735 to William Goforth. (Id.)

Anders Friend's first wife (name unknown (p. 23) was the daughter of Peter Gunnarsson Rambo, not Israel Friend. This is shown by a 1740 affidavit by John Rambo, who visited his "brother" [brother-in-law] Anders Friend in western Maryland. In a letter written to his sister in Gothenburg on 30 May 1693, Peter Rambo had mentioned three daughters who were then married with children. In his 1694 will, however, only two of these three daughters were still living. The daughter who had died must have been Anders' first wife in order that the indicated relationship between Anders Friend and John Rambo to be true.

Anders Friend was living with his son Charles at present Williamsport, Maryland, in his final years (John Rambo affidavit), not with his son Israel. (p. 25)

Rebecca Friend (p. 25) was the daughter of Johannes Friend.

Maria Friend Cox (p. 28) died before 27 May 1722 when her husband married Magdalena Morgan, widow of John Gill, at Christ Church, Philadelphia. (Pennsylvania Marriages, 1:58 [She is there named Mary Gill, but is fully identified in New Castle County deeds, Q-1:78-79] Gabriel Cox was still living on 17 August 1737 when he and his wife Magdalena, describing themselves of Red Lyon Hundred, mortgaged their 4-acre lot and dwelling house to John McCoole. (New Castle County deeds, L-1:163-165) He had died, however, by 23 April 1742 when Magdalena Cox, describing herself as a "spinster," gave a small parcel of land for use as a meeting house. (New Castle County deeds, N-1: 369-370)

Peter Cox, son of Gabriel and Maria Friend Cox (p. 29), did marry. From 1713 until at least 1725 he resided in Gloucester County NJ with his wife Maria (parents unknown). They attended the Swedish church at Raccoon. Their known children were Gabriel (born 31 June 1714), Elias (baptized Sept. 1716), Maria (baptized 24 November 1717), Margaretta (born 14 June 1719), Måns (born 13 Nov. 1722) and Julia (born 16 Nov. 1725). Not further traced.

Another son of Gabriel and Maria Friend Cox was Ephraim Cox, who was baptized 20 June 1705 at St. Pauls Church in Chester. With his wife Maria (parents not identified), he lived in Gloucester County NJ from 1728-1749 or beyond. His children included Maria, born 29 January 1728, and sons named Moses and Israel Cox who joined their father in the move to Rowan County, North Carolina, where the name of Ephraim Cox appeared on the 1754 tax list. Ephraim Cox died in Rowan County in 1771. (Information from Nancy Kiser, 2002)

John Friend, son of Johannes Friend (p. 30), moved from Monocacy to Friend's Cove, Bedford County, Pa. The John Friend owning land in Hampshire County, Virginia, was the son of Nils (Nicholas).

Enoch Enochson (p. 31) There is conflicting evidence on the fate of Enoch Enochson. A Cecil County, Maryland, accounting of the estate of Joseph Smith dated 17 November 1732 reported that Enoch Enochson was "insolvent, dead, widow went to Pa." (Maryland Administrative Accounts, 11:577) However, the Chew Papers report that one "Henry" Enochson, aged 70, and his son John Enochson gave statements at the Potomac River in 1740. Enoch would have been 70 years old in 1740.

Israel Longacre (p. 37) married Susanna Justice, daughter of Peter Justice and Helena Lock and widow of Jacob Hollingsworth and acquired land in Ammansland, Ridley Township, adjoining the Morton Homestead. He was active in developing the Swedish church, St. James of Kingsessing, where he served as a vestryman from 1772 until his death in on 23 Sept. 1784 (church records) He had five children who lived to adulthood: Andrew, Peter, Anna, Israel and Elizabeth. (Will of Israel Longacre, Chester County wills, G:284)

Peter Longacre and Barbara Friend also had sons named Andrew Longacre and Gabriel Longacre who grew to adulthood but died unmarried in Darby Township, Chester County.

Dr. Peter S. Craig
13 May 2005




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