Just-Discovered Swedish Heritage for A Weaver
I just discovered by accident that artist and weaver Ted Hallman’s Kilkenny CIty-born Pennsylvania patriot, Thomas White, who dressed as a Mohawk in the Boston Tea Party, married Philadelphian Elizabeth Jones, who was the g-g-great-granddaughter of Sven Gunnarsson, who sailed with his family from Sweden in 1640 on the Kalmar Nyckel to New Sweden Colony. Sven bought 1100 acres between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, which now comprise Society Hill/Center CIty Philadelphia. He donated the land to build Gloria Dei Church. His sons sold his land to William Penn to create Philadelphia.
Ted’s lineage comes through Sven’s daughter, Gertrude Svensdotter Nilsson, whose son, Mounce Jones, was persuaded by William Penn to sell his cultivated land in West Philly to botanist John Bartram (now Bartram’s Garden) and move to the Swedish Tract along the Schuylkill in Berks County, PA. The Mounce Jones House is a historic site.
In 2011, the American-Swedish Historical Museum in South Philly created the new Sven Gunnarsson and Jonas Nilsson gallery celebrating New Sweden Colony.
Michael Barnett, M. Div., M. Ed.
Educator, Theologian, and Teaching Artist in Poetry and Writing
In the mid-1980s, I wrote PSAa and newsletter articles for the ASHM while I worked at the Naval Base.