Carl Springer: The Power of Perseverance and Prayer (52 Ancestors #10)

Carl Springer (also Karl or Charles) was born in 1658 in Stockholm Sweden to parents Christopher and Beata (Salina) Springer.1,2,3  Beata was the daughter of the court physician to King Karl X of Sweden and Christopher was a court musician and member of the treasurer’s secretariat.  Carl, therefore, had a comfortable upbringing.  He had been sent to study in Riga and was well educated.  After he turned eighteen, Carl went to London to study English and mathematics.  He stayed with Johan Leyonberg, the Swedish Ambassador.  After he had received his education, before going back home to Sweden, he was kidnapped in 1678.1,2,3,4  The story of his captivity is best told in his own words.  The following is from a letter to his mother dated June 1, 1693, from “Pennsellvania on the Delaware River.”

When I was in London, and was of a mind to journey home to Sweden… having learned the English speech and writing and reading….. I was kidnapped and against my will taken on board an English ship, carried to Virginia, and sold off like a farm animal…. and held in very slavery for five years together.

My work was unspeakable.  In the summer it was extra ordinary hot during the day, and my work was mostly in the winter, clearing land and cutting down the forest and making it ready for planting Tobacco and the Indian grain in the summer.  I had a very hard master.  But now – to God be praise, honor, and glory! – I have overcome it all.

When I had faithfully served out my time I heard, accidentally, that there were Swedes at Delaware River, in Pennsellvania…. and…. I made that difficult journey of about four hundred miles.  And when I got there I beheld the Old Swedes, and they received me very kindly.1,2

About a year and a half after his arrival, Carl married Maria Hindrichsdotter (Hendricksdotter/Hendrickson) on December 27, 1685.2,3  He bought two plantations and had crops and livestock.  Carl served his community by writing out wills, deeds and other legal documents in English.  He served his church congregation as a reader, churchwarden and record keeper.  Carl was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1701 and was appointed one of the justices of New Castle County Courts in 1703.2,3

Carl and Maria had eleven children:  Anna Elisabeth, born circa 1687; Rebecca, born circa 1689; Maria, born circa 1691; Charles, born 1693; Christopher, born 1696; John, born circa 1698; Anders, born circa 1700; Jacob, born 1703; Israel, born circa 1705; Magdalena, born circa 1707; and Joseph, born 1709.  Maria died in March of 1727 and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard.1,2

Carl married Annika Walraven in June of 1727.  Carl and Annika had no children together.1,2  Carl died on May 26, 1738 of a stroke while crossing the Delaware River in a boat.  He was on his way home from testifying the validity of a deed in court.1,2,3  Carl Springer was buried near the South wall of Holy Trinity.  In 1762, a portico was added and was built over Carl’s resting place.1,3  “He was buried in the church that he loved.”2

Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Wilmington, Delaware

Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Wilmington, Delaware

Historical Plaque, Holy Trinity Church, Wilmington, Delaware, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware

Historical Plaque, Holy Trinity Church, Wilmington, Delaware, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware

Photographs from smilla4blogs.


1.  Springer, Jessie Evelyn. Charles Springer of Cranehook-on-the-Delaware His Descendants and Allied Families. Edwardsville, IL: Publisher Not Identified, 1959. Print.

2.  Craig, Dr. Peter S. “Forefathers: Charles Springer and His Family.” Swedish Colonial News 1, No. 19 (Spring 1999): 2. Print.

3.  Montgomery, Elizabeth. Reminiscences of Wilmington: In Familiar Village Tales, Ancient and New. Philadelphia: T.K. Collins, Jr., 1851. Print.

4.  Vandervelde, Kate Annelia Cross. Cross-Howell, Glover-Stoddert and Related Families Records. Emporia, Kan.: K. Vandervelde, 1959. Print.

Beata Salina: Lady in Waiting (52 Ancestors #02)

Beata Jacobine Salina was born in 1636 in Stockholm, Sweden to parents Dr. Baltzar Salinus and Elizabeth Carlsdotter.  Dr. Salinus was the court physician to King Charles X Gustaf (Karl X Gustav) of Sweden.  It was at court that she met Christopher Springer, who had been a member of the treasurer’s secretariat since 1633, and a court musician before that.1  Beata and Christopher were married on October 15, 1654.1,2  Shortly thereafter, Beata became fourth lady in waiting to Queen Hedvig Eleonora.2,4,5

Christopher, having been born in 1592, was considerably older than Beata.1,2  The couple started a family right away.  They had five children:  Elizabeth, born in 1655; Charles, born in 1658; Christopher, born in 1661; Baltzar, born in 1664; and Jacob, born in 1668.1

In 1669, just one year after Jacob’s birth, Christopher Springer died at the age of seventy seven.1,2,3  At the time of his death, he was Archives Inspector of the Royal Exchequer.1  Queen Dowager Hedvig hired Lady Beata as her royal housekeeper at Gripsholm Castle, across Lake Malar from Stockholm.1,3  It was here that Beata died in December of 1693.  She was buried near the castle, at the church at Mariefred.1

Gripsholm Castle by Carl Abraham Rothstein (1826-1877)

Gripsholm Castle by Carl Abraham Rothstein (1826-1877)

Lady Beata is sometimes listed as Beata Jacobine Hendrickson instead of Salina.2,4,5  I have yet to determine why.  It’s possible that she was married before she married Christopher, however, she would have been very young and that marriage would’ve had to have been very brief.  I have read that the family is well documented in the Stockholm municipal records and the Royal Archives, so perhaps I will be able to find out.


1.  Springer, Jessie Evelyn.  Charles Springer of Cranehook-on-the-Delaware:  His Descendants and Allied Families.  Edwardsville, Ill.:  1959.  HeritageQuest Online.

2.  Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  New York:  Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.  HeritageQuest Online.

3.  Swedish Colonial News, Vol. 1, No. 19, Spring 1999.  Philadelphia, Penn.:  The Swedish Colonial Society, 1999.  The Swedish Colonial Society.

4.  Badger, Matilda Phillips Jones.  Genealogy of the Linthicum and Allied Families.  Baltimore, Md.:  1936.  Internet Archive.

5.  Fairchild, Timothy Marsh.  The Name and Family of Fairchild.  Iowa City, Iowa:  Mercer Print Co., 1944.  HeritageQuest Online.