De la Gardie is the name of a noble family with many, many famous members.
On Rötters Anbytarforum you will find mention of them going back to the
Click on "Sök på ord" in the left hand menu.
In the box labelled "Sök efter:" write "De la Gardie" (with the double
quotation marks) and press the button labelled "Sök". It will bring up 18
pages with the name De la Gardie appearing in it. Just click on the name
within the list of articles and it will bring up that article. Use your
back button to return to the list. They are all in Swedish but you may be
able to pick up some informaiton from them.
From what I read I get the feeling they may be of Walloon origins,
Jacob de la Gardie had a "bruk" - iron foundry - Högfors bruk,
Uppsala län, already in 1637. They may have been noble before coming to
Sweden. Certainly the name has French-language origins.
Post a query on the Rötters Anbytarforum in the section Discussions in
English. Use the title "Searching for De la Gardie" and I'm sure with such
a notable family you will get an amazing response.
Subject: [Sweden] (Sweden) CD Emigranten Look-Up Please
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 01:10:35 EDT
My cousin & I are banging out heads against a wall trying to locate
information on our grandfathers and their sister. They lived in
or Osby and came to the states near the turn of the century by way of
Stockholm and settled in Illinois.
Their names are: Martin Hultquest de La Gardie, Oscar Augustus
H'gernizofsquaqua de La Gardie and Theodora Matilde de La Gardie.
Oscar was born here in the states in Vermont while his parents were on a
diplomatic mission and is the oldest, born 6-10-1864, Martin was born
1-01-1868 and Theodora was born 8-23-1871. Their parents were Johann and
Ingeborg. Their father remarried after their mother passed away and the
siblings could not get along with their new stepmother. This is why they
came to immigrate to the states. Both brothers were extremely proud of
de La Gardie's. Our problem is we cannot get past this information.
We have been told that it was very common for people to change their names
to adopt the name of the estate they lived and worked on. If the siblings
were "natural" children or assumed the name, why would Oscar have been born
here in the U.S. while his parents were on a diplomatic mission. This
information, by the way, was given by Oscar directly to his grandson, so
it's not an assumption. You see the mysteries we are encountering.
I have scanned many, many ships registers looking for three (siblings) with
the same names in their twenties and have come up with nothing. I also do
not know what parish they were born in.
We would appreciate any assistance.
Sandra De La Gardie
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