John Edward Winblad I
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Sex: Male
Birth: May 14, 1856 (1856-05-14) (162 years ago)
Ytterlännäs parish, Västernorrland, Sweden
Baptism: Lutheran
Ytterlännäs parish, Västernorrland, Sweden
Emigration: 1879 from Sweden to Norway
1883 or 1884 from Norway to USA
1910 from USA to Cuba
1914 from Cuba to Norway (visit)
Death: September 24, 1914 (age 58)
104 years ago
Klungeland farm
Farsund, Norway
Burial: Vanse parish, Norway
Father: Anton Julius Winblad I (1828-1901)
Mother: Elsa Maria Elisabeth Näslund (1829-1907)
Siblings: Antonette Kristina Winblad (1853)
Johanna Maria Winblad (1853)
Antonette Kristina Winblad II (1854-?)
Karl Israel Winblad (1857-1858)
Johanna Winblad (1859-1916)
Carl Gustaf Winblad (1861-1863)
Anton Teodor Winblad (1862-?)
Maria Elisabeth Winblad I (1865-1937)
Frideborg Winblad (1869-1956)
Spouse/Partner: Salmine Sophia Pedersen (1862-1914)
Marriage: January 14, 1883 (age 26)
135 years ago
Paulus church
Children: Anton Julius Winblad II (1886-1975)
Theodora Winblad (1888)
Mary Winblad (1889)
Otto Edward Winblad (1892)
Maria Elisabeth Winblad II (1895-1987)
John Edward Winblad II (1897-1899)
Otto Perry Winblad (1902-1977)
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John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914) circa 1880-1900

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John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914) in Cuba circa 1912-1914

John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914) was a ship's mate and longshoreman. He was studying to be a minister in Härnösand, Sweden around 1871 when he ran away from school and joined a ship as a mate. He did not return for 5 years. He moved to Norway in 1879 and married in Oslo. He moved to the United States in 1882. He lived in Cuba from 1910 to about 1912-1913. He died in Norway on trip to visit his in-laws in 1914. (b. May 14, 1856; Prästbordet, Ytterlännäs parish, Sweden (Ytterlännäs församling) - d. September 24, 1914; Klungeland farm, Vanse parish, Farsund, Vest-Agder, Norway)


John was the third, great-grandson of Anders Örbom (1675-1740). Anders was a Captain in the Swedish Army.


Winblad is the name of the grape leaf. The name is pronounced Vin-bladh, and has been transcribed that way by people hearing it. John's paternal grandfather Lars Magnus Wingblad (1794-?) is in different sources named Wingblad, Vingblad and Vinblad, according to Stockholms Stadsarkiv. 'Ving' is used in connections for 'vinge' (wing).

  • John Edward Winblad I
  • Johan Edward Winblad
  • Johan Edvard Vinblad



John was born on May 14, 1856 in Ytterlännäs parish, Sweden (Ytterlännäs församling).


He was baptized Lutheran on June 22, 1856 in Ytterlännäs parish, Sweden.


Ytterlännäs to Anundsjö, SwedenEdit

On January 24, 1866 at 10 years old, John was a student and his family moved from the Prästbordet (church house) in Ytterlännäs parish, Sweden to Prästbordet (church house) in Anundsjö parish, Sweden. The family oral tradition has been that John ran away from home, rather then study to be a minister. Many of the members of his mother's family were ministers. The records show that John didn't move with his family, and perhaps this is when he ran away from home, although 10 years old is too young, and his recorded career at sea doesn't start until July 13, 1871, 5 years later when he is 15. It is more likely that he was at a boarding school in Härnösand at age 10 studying for the ministry, while his parents were living in Anundsjö. He would see the ships in port everyday and join on as a mate in 1871. The oral family tradition was that he ran away for 5 years, and the records show his last voyage was returning from New York City on Christmas, December 25, 1876.

Ship's logEdit

John worked as a ship's mate and on at least one voyage as captain, he listed his home as Anundsjö:

  • Signing on in Härnösand on July 13, 1871 and signing off the ship on October 21, 1871 with Captain J.P. Lindström. John is 15 years old.
  • Leaving Härnösand on May 29, 1872 to Liverpool
  • Arriving in Manhattan, New York City from Södertälje, Sweden on a ship owned by Funch, Edye & Company. John is 18 years old.
  • Returning to Söderhamn on June 15, 1874 in a ship owned by C.M. Åberg
  • Returning to Stockholm on June 17, 1875. John is 19 years old.
  • Signing on in Härnösand on July 24, 1875 with Captain J.O. Stafverin and signing off the ship on Christmas, December 25, 1876 in New York City. This may be his his first trip to the United States and what gave him the idea to emigrate in 1883 or 1884.


John officially changed his residency on November 10, 1879, from Sweden to Farsund, Norway.


While in Farsund he met and married Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914). They married on January 14, 1883 in Oslo, Norway at Paulus kirke, Oslo, Norway. He was listed as "Johan Edvard Vinblad" and she was listed as "Salmine Sofie Severine Pedersen".[1] Salmine was the daughter of Ole Mathias Pedersen (1822-1914) and Thea Johanne Torstensdatter (1825-1864). Ole was a baker in Farsund.


John emigrated in May of 1882 according to his naturalization certificate, but he may have arrived in 1883, after his marriage to Salmine.

United StatesEdit

As "John E. Winblad" at age 27 he arrived in New York City on March 31, 1884 from England aboard the "Arizona". He listed his occupation as a "miner", which is most likely a misinterpretation of "mariner". On September 4, 1884, Salmine, listed as "Salmine Wemmeland", and her father, Ole Pedersen are traveling outside Norway. John worked as a longshoreman when he arrived in New York City and may have been a high ranking union member according to the oral family traditions. They lived in Greenwich Village in Manhattan in New York.


Together Salmine and John had seven children with three surviving to adults. Salmine had a sister who lived in Chicago who also had seven children, and all of her children lived to adulthood.

Salmine visits NorwayEdit

On April 27, 1894 Salmine traveled from Kristiansand, Norway to New York City, New York. She was listed as "Salmine Sofie Vinblad". She was traveling with her son: Anton Julius Winblad II.


John received citizenship on November 14, 1889 in Manhattan. He was living at 454 Washington Street in Greenwich Village. On May 9, 1894 he was travelling from Liverpool to New York City.[2]

Jersey City, New JerseyEdit

In 1899 John moved out of Greenwich Village in New York and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, where it was quieter and more rustic. He had a two-family house built at 439 Wayne Street. He appears in the 1899 City Directory of Jersey City. In 1900 he appears on the census living with his children and a boarder named Anton Pedersen (1872-?), who was working as a longshoreman with John. John listed his emigration as "1886" and Salmine's as "1887". Anton was "learning making candy" for work.

Trip to NorwayEdit

On August 02, 1901 John made a trip from Kristiansand, Norway to New York aboard a Cunard liner, perhaps coming home from visiting his sick father. John's father died on October 30, 1901.

Isle of Pines, CubaEdit

The family appears in the US Census for New Jersey on April 23, 1910, and after that, John and Salmine went the Isle of Pines in Cuba. John's son, Anton, married Eva Ariel Lattin (1892-1939) in 1910. He returned on March 21, 1911 aboard the ship SS Saratogaa and never returned.

Julia Ann Lattin (1880-1960), Eva's sister wrote the following in 1960: "In the year (1909) my parents moved to the Isle of Pines, just south of Cuba, which was populated at that time by 90% Americans. They had expected that the United States would take it over, but several years later it was turned over to Cuba. My parents (Jarvis Andrew Lattin and Mary Jane Puckett) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary (October 15, 1924) there, and my sister Eva, [Earl Winblad,] and I made them a surprise visit. They were so happy to see us. The boat made only two trips a week between Cuba and the island. we had our luggage inspected in Havana and spent one night there. It took about two hours to cross Cuba by train, and the boat was waiting for us. It was just an overnight trip to the Isle of Pines, and it was so calm there was hardly a ripple on the water. But we did experience a very bad hurricane while there. every one boards up their windows when they see the storm approaching. [They returned from Havanna, Cuba aboard the Ship SS Siboney on November 08, 1924]. After Cuba took over the island, many of the Americans left and went back to the States as my parents did."

Maria and Otto Return to New JerseyEdit

His children, Maria and Otto, stayed about a year and returned on March 26, 1912 and they then lived in Jersey City, perhaps at a rental property that the family still owned.

Wedding of daughterEdit

In 1914 John and Salmine left Cuba to attend the wedding of their daughter, Maria in New Jersey and from there they went to visit family in Norway and Sweden.

Death during the annus horribilisEdit

1914 was an annus horribilis. It was a year of three deaths. John and Salmine returned to New Jersey from Cuba around 1912-1913. They attended Maria Winblad's wedding to Arthur Oscar Freudenberg on February 28, 1914. Salmine and Johan, and their son, Otto Winblad, went to Farsund, Norway in 1914. Salmine's sister, Lena Olson, joined them that year in Norway. They most likely went for the illness of Salmine's father. Her father, Ole Mathias Pedersen, died on August 24, 1914. He was 92 years old. John Winblad died on September 24, 1914 at Klugeland farm. He died of cancer just one month (31 days) after the death of his father-in-law. Lena Olson, Salmine's sister, returned to the United States from Norway on September 30, 1914, just six days after John's death. Salmine died of a heart attack on December 18, 1914, just 11 weeks after her husband died of cancer. She died at Saint Josef's Hospital, Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway.


He was buried on September 30, 1914 in Vanse parish in Farsund.

Death of widowEdit

Salmine died on December 12, 1914, and was buried at Vanse parish in Farsund.


Anton wrote his father around 1914 the following: "Dear Father & Mother; I am sending you [a] picture of Tony chasing chickens and ducks, Norman is pumping water for them. It is very quiet here and we are all looking [for] news about the war. But [I] guess you are having all kinds of trouble over there. [I] am sending you what papers I can get now, for the people are coming back. Food has gone up double and sugar that grow[s] here is very scarce for they are sending it away. By the time you get this card I will be Postmaster of Santa Barbara, with Eva as assistant and it will be in Mr. Waha's store. [I] am sending Otto some more stamps. We are having [the] raining season now, it has been raining all week. Your loving son, Tony."

In October 1914 Anton wrote to: "Mr. & Mrs. John E. Winblad, Farsund, Norway via New York. Am sending you papers three times a week. That is some banana plants in the background, Dear Father and Mother, I wrote you about four weeks ago telling you about the map I sent three month ago, so if you didn't get it please let me know for I will try to get you one more. Am sending Otto a baseball by Registered Mail and some more stamps. How do you like this picture? Tony." The postcard was mailed before Anton learned of his father's death."

Memories about John WinbladEdit

  • Earl Vincent Winblad (1916-2004) said on March 03, 1999: "My father told me that there were 4 brothers in Sweden that were siblings of John Edward Winblad. Anton told me that his father was a sea captain and that his room was filled with stamps and coins from all over the world. I asked him how to pronounce our name in Swedish and he said Vin-bladh, which meant wine grass. I asked Otto Winblad to teach me Swedish and he taught me to say 'thank you' and [to use the word] 'Skoal' as a toast. Anton told me that the other brothers were scholars." Note: Frideborg was the principal of an elementary school, and her father Anton was the local schoolteacher.
  • Susan Penny Van Deusen (1952) said that she told me: "John Edward Winblad's father was the dean of a college in Sweden [sic]. The family had a cook and cleaning lady. John was attending college and was expected to be a minister when he ran away from home for 5 years. He met Salmine Pedersen in Norway. John Edward's father later regretted forcing John to be a minister. In 1910 John Edward and his son Anton moved to the Isle of Pines in Cuba. They had a 4 bedroom house built with a living room and dining room. In 1914 John Edward, Salmine and Otto went back to Norway, so Salmine could visit her father. They stayed at an aunt's house while there. They made trips to Sweden with Otto. They were there for less then a year when they both died." Note: Frideborg was the principal of an elementary school, and her father Anton was the local schoolteacher.
  • Lennart Haglund (1928- ) writes on August 28, 2008: "I found in your links, that Johan Edward was meant to become a minister [and] that he went to Härnösand at 10 and that he boarded a ship there at 15. That goes fine together, I think. He was of course sent to Härnösand (a famous school-city) for studies, living in some boarding-school, while the family went to Anundsjö and so deeper into the "wilderness". Ytterlännäs wild enough, though situated between Kramfors and Sollefteå. I lived in Härnösand 6 months the year I was 16 (with mother and stepfather), and I remember the harbor in the absolute center of the town, and the fascinating ships I saw there, though it was during the wartime. Of course he ran away from boring studies, what kind of future did he see at home?"
  • Richard Arthur Norton (1958) wrote on August 29, 2009: "I am writing this without looking at my notes just to see how well I remember the family story. John Edward Winblad was born around 1856 to Anton Julius Winblad and Elsa Marie Elizabeth Naeslund. They were living in Ytterlännäs where Anton was the school teacher and Elsa's father was the minister. John was in school training to be a minister in Härnösand and at age 15 he ran away from school and became a mate on a ship. Around 1883 he met Salmine, the baker's daughter, in Farsund, Norway. They married in Oslo in the same year and then moved to Manhattan by 1884. Salmine had two siblings that came over around the same time, but they went on to live in Chicago. John had to be near the sea, he was now working as a longshoreman. Their first child was born around 1886. Around 1902 they moved out of Manhattan to quieter and more countrified Jersey City, where they had a home built for them. In 1910 Johan and Salmine bought a farm on the Isle of Pines in Cuba. There was a dispute over whether the island was part of the United States or part of Cuba, and many Americans moved there hoping it would become a new state. In 1914 Salmine's father died and she and John, along with Salmine's sister from Chicago; and Salmine and John's son, Otto, went to Farsund for the funeral. On that trip John died of cancer and Salmine died of a heart attack all within a few weeks of each other. Otto stayed with relatives for a while, then went to live with his sister, my grandmother, In Jersey City. Their other son, Anton, sold the farm in Cuba and returned to the United States." Note: In 2012 it was discovered that a third sibling had come to Chicago.
  • Richard Arthur Norton (1958) wrote on March 18, 2013: "John Edward Winblad I was born in the church-house in Ytterlännäs, Sweden where his father was the school teacher and church organist. His mother was the daughter of the Lutheran minister, Israel Israelsson Näslund (1796-1858). John was living in Härnösand, Sweden attending boarding school. His parents wanted him to be a minister like the other members of his mother's Näslund family. Härnösand is a port town on the Gulf of Bothnia and John watched the ships come and go each day and he had no desire to become a minister. One day he ran away from school, and at around age 15 and became a mate on a ship. He stayed away for 5 years without contacting his family. In 1884 he met Salmine while on a trip to Farsund, Norway and they married in Oslo. He convinced her to come to the United States with him. Three of her siblings would eventually come over and live in Chicago, Illinois."
  • Richard Arthur Norton (1958) wrote on March 27, 2013 for Facebook: "He was born on May 14, 1856 in the church house of Ytterlännäs parish in Sweden. His father was the schoolteacher and the music director for the parish, and his grandfather was the Lutheran minister for the parish. Just 15 years later John would run away from school and become a mate on a ship, rather than become a minister himself. He stayed at sea and did not contact his family for 5 years. At age 27, on January 14, 1883 at Paulus church in Oslo, Norway he married Salmine Sophia Severine Pedersen (1862-1914). They migrated to New York City where there first two children were born."

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John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914)'s ancestors in three generations
John Edward Winblad I (1856-1914) Father:
Anton Julius Winblad I (1828-1901)
Paternal Grandfather:
Lars Magnus Winblad (1797-?)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Paternal Grandmother:
Brita Christina Ökneberg (1799-?)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Lars Ökneberg (1758-?)
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Brita Olsdotter (1757-?)
Elsa Maria Elisabeth Näslund (1829-1907)
Maternal Grandfather:
Israel Israelsson Näslund III (1796-1858)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Israel Israelsson Näslund I (1755-1837)
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Elsa Eriksdotter (1759-1833) of Lästa
Maternal Grandmother:
Johan Christopher Ruuth (1768-1822)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Johan Christopher Ruuth (1767-1822) ^
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Catharina Martinel (1773-1813)

^ This line goes back an additional 10 generations to the von Rohrs.

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