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John Edward Winblad, I
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Birth: May 14, 1856
Västernorrlands län, Sweden
Death: Sep. 24, 1914
Vest-Agder fylke, Norway

John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914) was a ship's mate and later a longshoreman. He ran away from high school in Härnösand, Sweden in 1871 to be a mate on a ship, rather than train as a Lutheran minister like his maternal grandfather. He didn't see his family for 5 years, until 1876. He moved from Sweden to Norway in 1879, then he moved to the United States in 1884 or 1885. He lived in Cuba from 1910 to 1914 and two of his grandchildren were born there. He died of cancer in Norway on a trip to visit his in-laws when his father-in-law was dying in 1914. (b. May 14, 1856; Prästbordet (church house), Ytterlännäs, Västernorrland, Sweden - d. September 24, 1914; Klungeland farm, Farsund parish, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway)

Georg von Rohr (1550-1632) was his maternal sixth great grandfather. The von Rohrs are Swedish House of Nobility noble family number 807 and Finnish House of Nobility noble family number 85. Georg von Rohr was the Lord of Freyenstein Castle, Meyenburg Castle, Neuhausen Castle, Demnitz and Leddin in Brandenburg, Germany. Georg von Rohr migrated from Brandenburg, Germany to Sweden to start the Von Rohrs of Sweden. John Winblad's third great grandfather was Anders Örbom (1675-1740) who fought for the Swedish Empire in the Great Northern War. John Winblad's seventh great grandfather was Johan Makeléer, 1st Baronet (1599-1666) who migrated from Scotland to Sweden to escape the English Civil War.

Anton Julius Winblad I (1828-1901) and Elsa Maria Elisabeth Näslund (1829-1907). Anton was a school teacher, and the church organist. Elsa's father was the minister for the church.

May 14, 1856 in Ytterlännäs, Västernorrland, Sweden.

June 22, 1856 in Ytterlännäs, Västernorrland, Sweden.

His siblings include: Karl Israel Winblad (1857-?); Johanna Winblad (1859-1916) who married Per Olof Bernhard Vahlberg (1852-1927) and had children; Anton Teodor Winblad (1862-?) who became a Lieutenant in the military; Maria Elisabet Winblad II (1865-1937) who married the storekeeper Jonas Kempe (1861-1918) and had children; and Frideborg Winblad (1869-1964) who never married and became a teacher in Ytterlännäs.

Ytterlännäs to Anundsjö, Sweden:
"Folkskola", or primary school education begins at 7 years old in Sweden and runs for 4 years. After 3 years of the 4 years of "folkskola", children who enjoyed school and had good grades could choose to switch to a secondary school called "Högre allmänna läroverket". Högre allmänna läroverket was not free, so most students came from well-off families. However, some children with good grades got free education at "högre allmänna läroverket" because their parents could not afford to pay for it. As a child of a teacher, and as someone destined to be a pastor, he may have been given a free education. On January 24, 1866 at 10 years old, John was a student and his family moved to the "prästbordet", or church house in Anundsjö, Västernorrland, Sweden. The records show that John didn't move with his family, he must have been at Högre allmänna läroverket as a boarding school.

Run away from school:
For most people schooling ended at age 14 and children would go to work, usually on the family farm. John's parents were living in Anundsjö, and he was alone at school in Härnösand, Sweden attending high school. After high school he was expected to attend university. At age 15 he ran away from school and became the mate on a ship. He did not return to his family for 5 years.

He first shows up on a ship's manifest when he signed onto a ship in Härnösand on July 13, 1871, and signed off the ship on October 21, 1871 with Captain J.P. Lindström. John was 15 years old. He was leaving Härnösand on May 29, 1872 and going to Liverpool. By 1874, at age 18, he may have been captain of the bark Galatea, however, Kapten Winblad may be another Winblad from Enköping, Sweden. He returned to Sweden at Söderhamn on June 15, 1874 in a ship owned by C.M. Åberg. He returned to Stockholm on June 17, 1875. He then signed on in Härnösand on July 24, 1875 with Captain J.O. Stafverin and signed off the ship on Christmas Day, December 25, 1876 in New York City.

Migration to Norway:
John officially changed his residency on November 10, 1879 from Sweden to Farsund, Norway. This is most likely the trip where he met his wife. He was 23 years old.

While in Farsund he met Salmine Sophia Severine Olesdatter Pedersen (1862-1914). They married at Paulus Menighet church on January 14, 1883 in Oslo, Norway. She was listed as "Salmine Sofie Severine Pedersen" and he was listed as "Johan Edvard Vinblad". Salmine was the daughter of Ole Mathias Pedersen (1820-1914) and Thea Johanne Torstensdatter (1825-1864). Ole was a baker in Farsund.

Migration to the United States:
John emigrated in May of 1882 according to his naturalization certificate, but he may have arrived in 1883, after his marriage to Salmine. As "John E. Winblad" at age 27 he arrived in New York on March 31, 1884 from England aboard the "Arizona". He listed his occupation as a "miner", but it may be a mis-translation of "mariner". On September 4, 1884 Salmine, listed as "Salmine Wemmeland", and her father, Ole Pedersen are traveling outside Norway. John worked as a longshoreman when he arrived and may have been a high ranking union member. They lived in Greenwich Village in Manhattan in New York.

Together Salmine and John had the following children: Anton Julius Winblad (1886-1975) aka Tony Winblad, who married Eva Ariel Lattin (1892-1939) and latter married Marguerite Van Rensselaer Schuyler (1891-1972) aka Marge Van Rensselaer Schuyler; Theodora Winblad (1888) who died as an infant; Mary Winblad (1889) who died as an infant; Otto Edward Winblad (1892) who died as an infant; Maria Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987) aka Mae Winblad, who married Arthur Oscar Freudenberg (1891-1968); John Edward Winblad II (1897-1899) aka Eddie Winblad, who died as a youth from pertussis; and Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977) who was born in New Jersey, and married Helen Louise Hollenbach (1905-1928) and after her death he married Leah Maria Way (1901-1986).

Salmine visits Norway:
On April 27, 1894 Salmine traveled from Kristiansand, Norway to New York City, New York. She was listed as "Salmine Sofie Vinblad". She was traveling with her son, Anton Julius Winblad.

John received citizenship on November 14, 1889 in Manhattan. He was living at 454 Washington Street in Greenwich Village.

Jersey City, New Jersey:
Around 1898-1899 John moved out of Greenwich Village in New York and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, where it was quieter and more rustic. He had a two-family house built at 439 Wayne Street. He appears in the 1899 City Directory of Jersey City. In 1900 he appears on the census living with his children and a boarder named Anton Pedersen (1872-?), who was working as a longshoreman with John. John listed his emigration as 1886 and Salmine's as 1887. Anton, his son, was "learning making candy" for work.

Trip to Norway:
On August 2, 1901 John made a trip from Kristiansand, Norway to New York aboard a Cunard liner, perhaps coming home from visiting his sick father. John's father died on October 30, 1901.

Isle of Pines, Cuba:
There are several ads in the New York Times for plantations and homes on the Isle of Pines such as: "A Winter Home In the Isle of Pines. Escape the bitter competition of ... industrial conditions. Own a fruit and ..." The family appears in the US census for New Jersey on April 23, 1910, and after that, John and Salmine went to the Isle of Pines in Cuba. John's son, Anton, married Eva Ariel Lattin (1892-1939) in 1910. They returned from their first trip on March 21, 1911 aboard the ship "Saratoga". They may have grown pineapples or citrus on their plantation.

Julia Lattin (1880-1960), Eva's sister wrote the following in 1960: "In the year (1909) my parents moved to the Isle of Pines, just south of Cuba, which was populated at that time by 90% Americans. They had expected that the United States would take it over, but several years later [in 1924] it was turned over to Cuba. My parents [Jarvis Andrew Lattin and Mary Jane Puckett] celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary [October 15, 1924] there, and my sister Eva, [Earl Winblad,] and I made them a surprise visit. They were so happy to see us. The boat made only two trips a week between Cuba and the island. We had our luggage inspected in Havana and spent one night there. It took about two hours to cross Cuba by train, and the boat was waiting for us. It was just an overnight trip to the Isle of Pines, and it was so calm there was hardly a ripple on the water. But we did experience a very bad hurricane while there [the 1924 Cuba hurricane]. Every one boards up their windows when they see the storm approaching. [They returned from Havana, Cuba aboard the Siboney on November 8, 1924]. After Cuba took over the island [in 1924], many of the Americans left and went back to the states as my parents did."

Maria and Otto return to New Jersey:
His children, Maria and Otto, stayed about a year and returned on March 26, 1912 and they then lived in Jersey City.

Death during the annus horribilis:
John and Salmine returned to New Jersey from Cuba around 1912-1913. They attended Maria Winblad's wedding to Arthur Oscar Freudenberg on February 28, 1914. Salmine and Johan, and their son, Otto Winblad, went to Farsund, Norway in 1914. Salmine's sister, Lena Olson, joined them that year in Norway. They most likely went for the illness of Salmine's father. Her father, Ole Mathias Pedersen, died on August 24, 1914. He was 92 years old. John Winblad died on September 24, 1914 at Klugeland farm. He died of cancer just one month (31 days) after the death of his father-in-law. Lena Olson, Salmine's sister, returned to the United States from Norway on September 30, 1914, just six days after John's death. Salmine died of a heart attack on December 18, 1914, just 11 weeks after her husband died of cancer. She died at Saint Josef's Hospital, Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway.

He was buried on September 30, 1914 in Vanse parish in Farsund.The grave was recycles and is longer extant.

Death of widow:
Salmine died on December 12, 1914, and was buried at Vanse parish in Farsund. She died just 79 days after her husband (2 months, 18 days).

Anton wrote his father around 1914 the following: "Dear Father & Mother; I am sending you [a] picture of Tony chasing chickens and ducks, Norman is pumping water for them. It is very quiet here and we are all looking [for] news about the war. But [I] guess you are having all kinds of trouble over there. [I] am sending you what papers I can get now, for the people are coming back. Food has gone up double and sugar that grow[s] here is very scarce for they are sending it away. By the time you get this card I will be Postmaster of Santa Barbara, with Eva as assistant and it will be in Mr. Waha's store. [I] am sending Otto some more stamps. We are having [the] raining season now, it has been raining all week. Your loving son, Tony".

In October 1914 Anton wrote to: "Mr. & Mrs. John E. Winblad, Farsund, Norway via New York. Am sending you papers three times a week. That is some banana plants in the background, Dear Father and Mother, I wrote you about four weeks ago telling you about the map I sent three month ago, so if you don't get it please let me know for I will try to get you one more. Am sending Otto a baseball by Registered Mail and some more stamps. How do you like this picture? Tony." The postcard was mailed before Anton learned of his father's death.

Memories about John Winblad:
Earl Vincent Winblad (1916-2005) said on March 03, 1999: "My father told me that there were 4 brothers in Sweden that were siblings of John Edward Winblad. Anton told me that his father was a sea captain and that his room was filled with stamps and coins from all over the world. I asked him how to pronounce our name in Swedish and he said Vin-Lead, which meant wine grass. I asked Otto Winblad to teach me Swedish and he taught me to say 'thank you' and 'skoal'. Anton told me that the other brothers were scholars." Note: He was a sea captain in 1874 of the bark Galatea, when he turned 18. When he migrated to the United States he worked as a longshoreman.

Memories about John Winblad:
Maria Elisabeth Winblad (1895-1987) via Susan Penny Van Deusen (1952- ) said: "John Edward Winblad's father was the dean of a college in Sweden. The family had a cook and cleaning lady. John was attending college and was expected to be a priest when he ran away from home for 5 years. He met Salmine Pedersen in Norway. John Edward's father later regretted forcing priesthood on John. In 1910 John Edward and his son Anton moved to the Isle of Pines in Cuba. They had a 4 bedroom house built with a living room and dining room. In 1914 John Edward, Salmine and Otto went back to Norway, so Salmine could visit her father. They stayed at an aunt's house while there. They made trips to Sweden with Otto. They were there for less then a year when they both died." Note: He was not a dean, but the village primary school teacher. His daughter later was the principal of the local high school and the stories may have become conflated and exaggerated.

John Edward Winblad (1856-1914) was the maternal great-grandfather of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) on July 24, 2003. It was updated with the Swedish education history on June 21, 2010. Updated with his ancestral relationships on January 31, 2011 and the name of the church where he was married. Updated on October 5, 2013 with the Von Rohr ancestry. Updated on February 24, 2014 with the annus horribilis. Updated on July 11, 2015 to change the wording on his migration and add his baptism. Updated on April 4, 2016 with information on him being a ship's captain in 1874. Updated on March 13, 2017 with the information that Kapten Winblad may be another Winblad from Enköping, Sweden.

Family links: 
  Anton Julius Winblad (1828 - 1901)
  Elsa Maria Elisabet Näslund Winblad (1829 - 1907)
  Salmine Sophia Pedersen Winblad (1862 - 1914)
  Anton Julius Winblad (1886 - 1975)*
  Theodora M. Winblad (1888 - 1888)*
  Mary Winblad (1889 - 1890)*
  Otto Edward Winblad (1892 - 1892)*
  Maria Elizabeth Winblad Freudenberg (1895 - 1987)*
  John Edward Winblad (1897 - 1899)*
  Otto Perry Winblad (1902 - 1977)*
  Johanna Maria Winblad (1853 - 1853)**
  Antonette Kristina Winblad (1853 - 1853)**
  Antonette Kristina Winblad (1854 - ____)**
  John Edward Winblad (1856 - 1914)
  Karl Israel Emanuel Winblad (1857 - 1858)*
  Johanna Winblad Wahlberg (1859 - 1916)*
  Karl Gustaf Winblad (1861 - 1863)*
  Anton Theodore Winblad (1862 - ____)*
  Maria Elizabeth Winblad Kempe (1865 - 1937)*
  Frideborg Winblad (1869 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Vanse Kyrkje
Farsund kommune
Vest-Agder fylke, Norway
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