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.