The Noak Larsson Family of New Sweden, Maine
Noak Larsson (Oct. 4, 1830 Undersåker parish, Jämtland, Sweden-Jan. 4, 1904 New Sweden, age 73) immigrated when he was 41 years old on July 23, 1871 as part of a group of 50 people (eleven families) from Undersaker, Jamtland, Sweden. He immigrated with his wife Agnes and four children, Lars, Märtha, Nils, and Christina. The group traveled by team to Ostersund, by rail to Stockholm, by boat to Gotenborg via Gota Canal, over the North Sea to Leith, Scotland, by rail to Edinburgh to Glasgow, by steamer Arcadia 18 days to Halifax to St. John, by smaller steamer up the St. John River to Fredericton, by side-wheeler to Woodstock, by tow boat pulled by horses to Tobique Landing, by team to Fort Fairfield, by horse and wagon to Caribou and finally New Sweden.
Noak Larsson built a two-story log home on the south side of Station Road in New Sweden (opposite the current property known as Thomas Park) on Lot 121 from land acquired from Anders Malmquist, the first owner of the land. (The earliest buildings no longer exist.) The land was later divided because the original East Road was too steep for wagon teams so a new road was cut diagonally from Thomas Park across the Noak Larsson farm. The log house was built before January 1879 as evidenced by Swedish-American newspapers that were found under the wallpaper.
In 1880, the New Sweden census gave his name as Noah Larson, age 50. He was a farmer.
In 1899 Noak Larsson deeded the western 30 acres to his son Lars.
Noak Larsson and his wife Agnes and daughter Christina Larsson Clase are buried in Capitol Hill Cemetery at lot 11, East side of walk 2 east, New Sweden, ME (son Lars and his wife Anna are also buried in the same lot.)
Agnes Johansdotter (June 14, 1826 Undersåker parish, Jämtland, Sweden-Mar. 28, 1906 New Sweden, age 79), was the wife of Noak Larsson. She immigrated at age 45 with her husband and four children.
In the 1880 New Sweden census, her name is given as Agnes Larson, age 54.
Lars (Noaksson) Noak (April 14, 1855 Undersåker parish, Jämtland, Sweden-Aug. 14, 1940 age 85) immigrated at age 16 from Jamtland, Sweden with his parents and three siblings. He was a blacksmith in New Sweden.
Lars was age 43 when he married. In the 1880 New Sweden census, his name was given as Lars Larson, age 25.
Lars married Anna Kajsa Elofson on Oct. 19, 1898 in New Sweden, Maine when he was age 43 and she was age 38. Anna (1860 Sweden-April 16, 1943 age 83) was the daughter of Johannes Elofson and Stina M. Larson and had a sister Ida and a brother John F. Lars and Anna did not have any children. In 1899 his father Noak Larsson deeded the western 30 acres to Lars and his wife Anna. Lars built a new home and his blacksmith/woodworking shop on what was called Mount Ararat in New Sweden, ME.
Ralph Ostlund and the other local kids used to go over to watch Lars Noak, the blacksmith across the road. Lars always welcomed them and didn’t mind at all if they stayed to watch him work. Ralph remembers that the blacksmith’s wife, Anna, always a dish of peppermints on her table. When Lars and Anna Noak became elderly, if they needed help, they would hang a white flag in the window and Ralph would go over to help. (Lars Noak would fall and his wife would not be able to pick him back up)
Lars and Anna Noak were buried at Lot 11, East Side Of Walk 2 East, Capitol Hill Cemetery, New Sweden, ME. (Lars parents and sister Christina are buried in the same lot.)
The blacksmith and woodworking shop were acquired in 1989 by Maine Swedish Colony, Inc. and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open for tours in the summer.
Martha Larsson (Jan. 20, 1863 Undersåker parish, Jämtland, Sweden-Jan. 10, 1888 ) immigrated when she was 8 years old with her parents and three siblings. She was listed as age 17 in the 1880 New Sweden census and her name given as Martha Larson. She married Nils Olof Ströberg on April 9, 1887. They had a son Nils Marthin Strömberg, born Dec. 24, 1887.
Nils Larsson (May 19, 1866 Undersåker parish, Jämtland, Sweden-?) immigrated at age 5 with his parents and three siblings.
Christina Larsson (May 17, 1868 Undersåker parish, Jämtland, Sweden-Dec 22, 1904 New Sweden, Maine, age 36) immigrated when she was age 4 with her parents and three older siblings. She was age 12 in 1880 New Sweden census and her name was given as Christen Larson.
She married Karl Hugo Clase (May 16, 1860 Onsala, Halland, Sweden-May 7, 1931) who was the son of Captain Nicholas Paridon Clase (Feb. 9, 1828 Onsala, Halland, Sweden- Nov. 21, 1902 New Sweden, age 74) and Anna Brita Magnuson (April 16, 1832 Björnlunda, Södermanland, Sweden- Dec. 7, 1918 New Sweden, age 86). The five Clase family members, part of the first group recruited by W. W. Thomas, Jr. to populate the New Sweden colony in Maine, emigrated from No 1 Staragården, Nora Onsala, Halland, Sweden on
June 18th, 1870. Karl Clase immigrated on July 23, 1870 with his parents and two siblings, Agnes and Hilma.
Karl Clase is buried East side of main walk Lot 8, New Sweden, ME. He was listed as age 20 and “at home” in 1880 New Sweden census.
Carl Clase # 17 is among the New Sweden pageant re-enactors in the August 1916 photo from Fort Fairfield’s Centennial.
Christine Larsson Clase was buried with her family (her parents) rather than with her husband. She is buried Lot 11, East side of walk 2 East, Capitol Hill Cemetery, New Sweden, ME.
After Noak Larsson and his wife died in 1904 and 1906, investors rented out the house. George Ostlund purchased the property in 1910 and his family lived there until 1989.
In 1989 the property was acquired by Maine Swedish Colony, Inc. and work was begun to restore the two-story log home, the only such structure in Maine built in that time period. The building is on the National Register of Historic Properties.
Thank you to Lynn Johnson for her help with the genealogy.
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