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Sven Gunnarsson
Birth: 1610, Sweden
Death: 1678
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

A founder of the New Sweden colony in present-day Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. In September 1639, he sailed from Goteborg, Sweden, aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, with his pregnant wife and two children. On arriving in New Sweden, he was assigned to work on a plantation in Fort Christina. In 1645, he was released from servitude and moved to Kingsessing (now in West Philadelphia), where he operated a grist mill on Cobb's Creek. In 1653, he was one of 22 signers of a petition of grievances against Governor Johan Printz, which ultimately led to his removal. In 1664, he moved with his family to Wicaco, a former Indian village, where he bought an 1100-acre tract between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. On this land was built the original Gloria Dei Church of log construction in 1677. When Gunnarsson died at Wicaco the following year, he was among the first to be buried at the church. Later, his sons sold part of the Wicaco tract to William Penn, as the site of his city of Philadelphia. 
 
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 Children:
  Sven Svensson (1636 - 1696)*
  Gertrude Svensdotter Nilsson (1638 - 1695)*
  Olle Svensson (1640 - 1692)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Burial Ground
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Margaret Orthodox
Record added: Feb 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48416039
Sven Gunnarsson
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Sven Gunnarsson
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Sven Gunnarsson
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Added by: Bill McKern
 
 
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In memory of my 11th great grandfather. I had no idea that I was Swedish! Hello to all my cousins and thank you to the ones who posted the info.
- Daniel Kyle McGlothen
 Added: Mar. 28, 2016

- segarrison
 Added: Dec. 24, 2015
Here is to my Swedish ancestor grandfather, whom son's sold some of his land to William Penn which was a close friend of my Claypoole family. Wow ! How cool is that !
- Beverly Howland
 Added: Nov. 12, 2015
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