Two blacksmiths in same parish had stillborn babies on same day

Sometimes by chance, unusual events seem to happen around the same time. In an earlier blog, we described two triplet births that happened in the same parish with only a few months between the births.

That a stillborn child would be born to two men with the same occupation on the same day in the same parish is highly unlikely. But this happened in 1798 in Burlöv parish in Skåne.

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Den 26 januari fick smeden Bengt Andersson och hans hustru Kjerstina Nilsdotter tvillingar, varav den ena var dödfödd. Samma dag fick smeden Pär Ahlström och hans hustru Elna Bengtsdotter en dödfödd son.

On the 26th of January, twins were born to the blacksmith Bengt Andersson and Kjerstina Nilsdotter. One of the twins was stillborn. On the same day, a stillborn son was born to blacksmith, Pär Ahlström and his wife, Elna Bengtsdotter.

At this time the number of stillborn children in Sweden was approximately 27 per 1,000 births. Today, it is about 4 per 1,000. During the second half of the 1700’s, there were approximately 70,00 births per year. The number increased during the first decades of the 1800’s so that by the middle of the 1800’s there were as many births yearly as there are today despite that the population was much smaller. According to the official statistics, there were 2,160 stillbirths in 1798 in Sweden.  While stillbirths were not unusual, still the combination of the above circumstances can be described as being a unique event.

This article was written by Örjan Hedenberg for ArkivDigital and originally published in Swedish. Click here to read in Swedish.

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Siamese twins sex unknown (year 1749)

The following record is recorded in the Västerstad death book in 1749. (Click here for original article in Swedish.)

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”1749 Aug 14 och begrofs 22 Augusti. Twå oäkta dödfödda Twillingar, som woro sammanwuxna med bukarna, dessutom wanskapta till buk, länder, lår och ben, så att man ei kunde se af hwad kön de woro. De föddes d:14 Augsti. Modren är qwinfolket Karna Nilsdotter från Wästra Wedåkra. Barnafadren är Soldaten af Hamiltons regemente Nils Österberg.”

Death on August 14th and buried on August 22nd. Two illegitimate stillborn twins, who were joined together at the belly and additionally malformed to the belly, loin, thigh and leg so that one could not tell what sex they were. They were born on the 14th of August. The mother is Karna Nilsdotter from Wästra Wedåkra. The father of the children is a soldier from Hamilton’s regiment, Nils Österberg.

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Inger Anonymidotter

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The priest wrote the following entry about the maid Inger in the 1842 Glimåkra’s parish death book. Neither the priest or Inger knew who she was.

1842 Sept. 12 P. Inger Anonymidotter i Glimåkra efter en svår förlossning med ett oäkta barn, som var dödfödt. Inger hade i barndomen utvandrat fr. sitt hem, men visste ej sjelf hvarifrån hon var kommen. Ingen säker underrättelse hade om henne kunnat fås. Hon tycktes vara vid pass 26 år gammal. Till sin första nattvardsgång var hon här beredd och admitterad. Hon begrofs d.17 Sept:r”

On September 12, 1842, the maid Inger Anonymidotter (daughter of an unknown person) in Glimåkra died after a very difficult birth of a child who was born out of wedlock and stillborn. Inger had wandered from her home as a child but she did not know where she came from. No one was sure or had any information about who she could be. She was thought to be around 26 years old. She prepared for her first communion and was confirmed in this parish. She was buried on the 17th of September.

Read original blog entry in Swedish.

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