Nikolaus Valfrid was born July 19, 1874 in Overammer, Sweden to Nils and Kristina (Jonsdotter) Edin. He is one of 2 Edin brothers that remained in Sweden, while the other siblings went to the United States. He married Hilda Karolina Erickson on December 26, 1903 in Ostersund, and he died on February 8, 1958 in Froson, Sweden.
The brothers that came to America transferred their share of the family property to him in return for which he promised to take care of their mother and father. According to Erick Edin he was a peasant famer of his parents farm in Overammer.