Swedish emigrants

My great grandfather Albert Jeppsson was born in the small fishing village of Hörvik, in the southern Swedish province of Blekinge on 14 July 1878.

His parents were Jeppa Jönsson and Ingri Jönsdotter, both of Hörvik as well. They had a total of 11 children, of whom four died as infants.

Of the seven who survived to adulthood only two stayed in Sweden:

Jöns Alex Jeppsson (born 14 december 1882) apparently stayed in Hörvik, and in Albert’s memoirs is listed as living in their childhood home, and as married, with two children.

Sigfred Jeppsson (born 27 February 1881) lived in Simrishamn, in the southern Swedish province of Scania (Skåne), and became a baker, according to my mom, who remembers visiting the family with her parents. Albert’s memoirs lists Sigfred as having died on 7 February 1956.

Three children emigrated to the United States:

Anna Jeppsdotter (born 31 December 1868) emigrated in 1891. She is apparently listed as a passenger of S.S. Cephalonia, travelling from Liverpool/Queenstown to Boston, arriving on 1 June 1891 1 with Mass(achussets) listed as the intended destination. I haven’t been able to find more information on her, but Albert notes that she married, had five children, and that both she and her husband died in 1946.

Joel Jeppson (born 28 February 1878) followed his sister 10 years later. He is listed as arriving in Boston on 8 June 1900 onboard the S.S. Ivernia from Liverpool/Queenstown. I haven’t been able to find him in the 1910 census, but apparently he married an Anna Johnson (later in the census listed as Anna Paulina)  on 14 January 1912 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents are John Nelson and Hannah Johnson, residing in Connecticut, but all born in Sweden.

Marriage record Joel Jeppson and Anna Johnson (p1)

Marriage record Joel Jeppson and Anna Johnson (p1)

Marriage record Joel Jeppson and Anna Johnson (p2)

Marriage record Joel Jeppson and Anna Johnson (p2)

In 1918 there is a record in relation to the world war, and he is listed as an “independent fisherman”, and as “Height: Medium, Build: Medium, Eyes: Blue, Hair: Brown”.

In the 1920 census, the family is recorded as residing at 1 Gott Street, Rockport, Essex County, Massachussets, having two children, Elizabeth, 6 years old, and Albert, 4 years old.

In the 1930 census they are still living at the same address (which still exists, and can be found on Google Maps). In a World War 2 record from 1942 he is listed as “work for self as lobsterman”, with a height of 5′ 5″ (165 cm) and a weight of about 140 lbs (63 kg). Finally he is listed in the Social Security Death Index as having died in January 1968.

Olga Bernhardina Jeppsdotter (born 15 February 1889) eluded me for a while, but I eventually found some information about her, by her married surname, Nordgren. She married a Berndt Andersson Nordgren, also of Hörvik, around 1913-1914. He had previously been living in Chicago from about 1907 till 1911. He then returned to Sweden, married Olga, and they had a child, Ingvar Arnold Botvid Nordgren, born 24 January 1914.

Apparently Berndt returned alone to Chicago in May 1914, and became an American citizen in 1918. Then in 1919 Olga applied for a US passport at the consulate in Malmö, Sweden, in which she states that she didn’t travel with her husband in 1914 due to her health, and later couldn’t go due to the war.

Olga Bernhardina Jeppsson’s passport application recorded at the US consulate in Malmö, Sweden, 1919

On 25 February 1921 Olga and her son Arnold are recorded as leaving Gothenburg on the ship Stockholm, bound for New York, and probably joined her husband in Chicago. In the 1930 census the family is listed as living at the address Lansdale Avenue 1337, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois (I haven’t been able to find this address on Google). Apparently Olga died in March 1980, according to the Social Security Death Index, when residing in Woodstock, Mchenry, Illinois. An Arnold Nordgren is listed as dead in March 1982, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

The last two children emigrated to the nearby Danish island of Bornholm:

Albert Jeppsson (born 14 July 1878), my great grandfather, spent the summers in Svaneke, fishing off Bornholm with his father, since he was 14 years old. Eventually he met my great grandmother, Laura Karoline Elisabeth Lemvig, and they married in 1901. In his memoirs, Albert notes that he had wanted to emigrate to America like some of his siblings, but that his parents wouldn’t allow it. My great grandfather died at the hospital in Svaneke on 28 April 1957.

Per Jeppsson (born 28 April 1873), also emigrated to Bornholm, and married another Svaneke girl. I assume his story is very simmilar to that of Albert. Tragically he died 41 years old on 29  December 1914, apparently drowning in the Svaneke habour, leaving behind wife and 6 children.



  1.  as seen here: http://www.immigrantships.net/v5/1800v5/cephalonia18910601_01.html where someone matching her name and age  is listed as  no. 255


The KLIPPEGAARD family takes its name from the farm of the same name, located in the small fishing village of Aarsdale, between Svaneke and Neksø, on the east coast of the island of Bornholm, in the Baltic Sea.

The family name was only formally registered around 1960, when first my uncle and then soon after the rest of the family (my mother and her parents) changed their official surname from Hansen to the Klippegaard name that everybody in the local community already knew them by.

The name can loosely be translated as “farm on the rocks”, and comes from the location of the old farmhouse, between a rocky hill (known as Bakkerne) and the rocky shoreline, just a few meters away from the Baltic Sea.

View of the old Klippegaard farm house.

Fire The farm was ravaged by a fire that burnt down most of the stables and barns (apparently on 5 February 1921, according to inscriptions on a photo I have seen), but left the farm house itself intact. The farm was rebuilt further inland, and was completed in 1922 according to markings on the new farm house. The new farm has a rather large barn, and I assume the move was due to a lack of space for this expansion at the old location.

Klippegaard ruins

Old Klippegaard after the fire

To do: I am hoping to eventually be able to find more information about the fire in news paper archives and insurance records.