Emigration of Swedes  

The Sederburg immigration was undoubtedly similar to the stories of the more than 1 million other Swedes that immigrated in the last half of the 19th century.  There are many good sources detailing the immigration of Swedes. This website is a good general review of Swedish immigration.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAEsweden.htm

http://www.americanwest.com/swedemigr/pages/emigra.htm

Our descendents emigrated from Sweden from 1865 to 1874.  They most likely left via boat from Gothenburg Sweden with a stop in Liverpool England.  According to family yore, the family landed in New York City and then moved to New Jersey where they lived with relatives prior to moving to Pennsylvania or Iowa.

During that time period, the landing spot for most immigrants from Europe was Castle Garden, New York.  Castle Park was a small island, just 300 feet from the southern tip of Manhattan Island.  It was established in 1855 to assist immigrants get established in the new land.  It was later replaced by Ellis Island.

Railroad companies were aggressive in recruiting new immigrants.  In this drawing the Erie railroad company is actively recruiting employees at Castle Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

from-"Between the Ocean and the Lakes--The Story of the ERIE"-by

Edward Harold Mott--1899

Swedish immigrants typically quickly left New York and moved west to begin their new lives.  Birth records in Sweden list our relatives as  falling in the class of  “Bondefolk,” or farm hands.  Consequently, they tended to seek their future as farmers.  Apparently, they purchased farm land as soon as possible upon arriving in America.

Our relatives bought farm land in Pennsylvania, Iowa and Colorado.  They established their families and begun life in three parts of the country.  The original American homestead was in Sugar Grove Township, Warren County Pennsylvania.  The homestead was near the small village of Chandler’s Pass, a Swedish enclave near the New York border.