Anders father, Peter Anderson arrived at Ft Christina near modern day Wilmington Delaware in 1640 aboard the ship Kalmar Nyckel.
In 1653 Peter, along with Colony Govenor Printz, returned to Sweden aboard a Dutch ship. While in Sweden Peter collected his back pay. He also agreed to return to the Swedish Colony for an advance payment.
Peter, and his new wife, return to the Swedish Colony on the Mercurius which left Sweden in November 1655. They arrived in March 1656 to find the Swedish colony in Dutch hands.
Peter bought land from his friend Peter Rambo in the Kingsessing area, which today is between Woodland Cemetery, St James cemetery and Cobbs Creek.
Anders was born in 1657 in Kingsessing, New Sweden.
In 1681 he married his neighbor Magdelana Cock, the daughter of Peter Larson Cock. They had eleven children, that we know of.
The 34th entry for the church at Wicaco was Anders Pärsson Långåker with seven souls in his household. Långåker meaning long field in Swedish.
Under the influence of the English, the Swedes began to adopt English style surnames beginning in the 1680's.
The church records revel that in 1697 Anders pledged 1.5 pounds for the minister's salary and gave 5 pounds towards building Gloria Dei.
Gloria Dei was dedicated in 1700, Anders and Magdelana were rewarded with a pew in the second row of the second quarter. He was also elected a Vestryman and later a Church Warden.
It is difficult to believe that Anders, or Magdelana, were buried anywhere other than Gloria Dei. In the book Colonial records of the Swedish Churches in Pennsylvania, Vol 3, page 268 Anders is listed as being buried at Gloria Dei.
When Interstate 95 was put in, large portions of the burying ground ended up under the interstate. The Government put Swedish Seals in concrete in the ground to commemorate the burial grounds.