Only Erik went to America as far as I know, the parents are Johannes Spik
and his wife someone Stake, they have three children we know of Carl,
Erik and J,H, called Henry by the America great aunt that wrote the
story, I was just thinking with such unusual names that perhaps if anyone
working on the lines would be related. Perhaps they would be on the list.
According to the story given my friend, Carl stayed in Sweden and was a
college professor, Henry also stayed in Sweden and got a PHD in divinity,
so guess he was a pastor or priest or minister or whatever a church
person is called in Sweden.
The mothers father was named Henry, probabaly Hendrik, Stake and besides
the mother he had a daughter named Lisa, there is also a grandson named
Franz, maybe Frans Stake, but I am not sure who he is a grandson to, I
guess to Hendrick Stake. As with family stories this is hard to separate
all the parts correctly and in the right order and that is what I am
trying to do, get it into some form that is workable. So we know where to
start on this. Erik Norelius, not the pastor in Minnesota, but the one
who lived in Rock co, Minnesota came to America before 1869, and I do not
find him on the emigrantan CD, so am still just trying to get a handle on
the information I have been given so as to guide these people in the
right direction, and yes they have most all the American records, but
they do not give us enough information to know where to look in Sweden,
so am grasping at straws and in hopes that someone may be related. The
great aunt, writer of the story, said she had seen the gravestones in
Sweden and had drawn pictures of them, the gravestones were for Johannes
Spikh and J. H. Norelius, but if the name is spelled Spik, then either
she did not remember correctly, the stone was so old as to be unreadable
or the family got fancy.
On Sat, 31 Mar 2001 12:33:41 +0200 "Dr Fredrik Haeffner (Genealogy)"
Your mail leaves me a bit confused as to what relations and name
combinations you have established and what you assume.
I have several Spik, a few Norelius and many Stake who emigrated but
pin them down from your data.
Ståke and Stäke sound less familiar (but not impossible) than Stake
not too uncommon in Sweden
Spik means nail and the last "h" is just a decoration to make the
a bit more fancy.
Spik is common in the middle part of Sweden (the iron region) sine
were many smithies manufacturing nails (spik) - in the early days
one-by-one by hand.
Dr Fredrik Haeffner
SwedenGenWeb Country Coordinator
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