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Nils Larsson Frande

Male about 1620 - 1689  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name Nils Larsson Frande 
    Born about 1620  Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 June 1689  Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Nils Larsson arrived in New Sweden on the Swan in 1648, and he served there as a ‘gevaldiger’ or warden.

      He adopted the name Frande which means kinsman, later anglicezed to Friend.

      Chester, Pennsylvania, was called Upland before William Penn renamed it Chester. It was part of the colony of New Sweden, a Swedish colony along the Delaware River that included villages in what is now Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Besides Swedes, there were also Finns, Dutch and some Germans who settled in New Sweden. The first settlers came in 1638. Fort Mecoponacka was built in Upland in 1641 to defend the village. By 1682, Upland was the most populous town in the newly created Province of Pennsylvania. William Penn renamed the town Chester and made it the county seat of the new County of Chester that year. Chester was one of three counties, Philadelpha and Bucks being the other two. (In 1789 that part of Chester county along the Delaware River that included the town of Chester was separated from the western part of the county and named Delaware County.)

      Nils is mentioned several times in the History of Delaware County.
      Laerson, Neels, (alias Friend) an early Swedish inhabitant of Upland. He owned 182 acres of land, embracing what is now the central part of the present town of Chester, most of which subsequently became the property of David Lloyd. The earliest Courts of Upland County of which we have the records, were held at his house, and subsequently at the "House of defence," which was built on his land, where, doubtless, the Courts under the Proprietary government were for some time held. He kept a kind of tavern, and entertained the Justices of the Upland Court, a service which he had also performed for the Justices of an earlier Court, the records of which are now lost. There is evidence that he acted as an arbitrator by appointment of this Court as early as 1673. As early as 1668, in conjunction with Oele Rawson, he purchased land on the east side (New Jersey) of the river, which they had previously bought of the Indians. This noted Swede died in 1689, leaving a widow, Anico, (Ann) and several sons, who were afterwards known by the name of Friend, or had that name as an alias. The widow survived her husband till about the year 1724, when she died at the advanced age of 106 years [an exaggeration]. (See file of O. C. papers, office of the Clerk of Q. Sessions, West Chester.) From this circumstance it may be concluded that Neels Laerson was a native of Sweden

      Check out The Family of Nils Larsson Frande (Friend) by Peter Stebbins Craig, 1988.

      See also James Arthur Friend’s Descendants of Nils Larsson Friend at
      http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/f/r/i/James-A-Friend/GENE6-0001.html [1]
    Person ID I118284  Schirado
    Last Modified 11 July 2012 

    Family/Spouse Anna Andersdotter,   b. about 1638, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1724, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married about November 1656 
    Children 
     1. Brigitta Friend,   b. about 1657, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1720, St. Georges Creek, New Castle County, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    +2. Anders Nilsson Friend,   b. about 1659, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1748, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
     3. Carin Friend,   b. about 1661, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 April 1721, Raccoon, Gloucester County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     4. Anna Maria Friend,   b. about 1663, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 April 1721, St. Georges Creek, New Castle County, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +5. Johannes Nilsson Friend,   b. about 1666, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 March 1737, Upper Penns Neck Township, Salem County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     6. Susannah Friend,   b. about 1670, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1735  (Age ~ 66 years)
     7. Sarah Nilsdotter Friend,   b. about 1674, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1742  (Age ~ 68 years)
    +8. Gabriel Nilsson Friend,   b. about 1674, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1752, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)
    +9. Lars Nilsson Friend,   b. about 1676, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1754, Gloucester County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     10. Barbara Friend,   b. about 1678, Upland, New Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F77817  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S632] George Smith, (Philadelphia: Ashmead, 1862).


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