Monday, June 15, 2009
Jonas and Sara Bodin, New Sweden, Maine
Fifty one Swedes arrived in the wilderness of Aroostook County, Maine in what was to become the town of New Sweden on July 23, 1870. They were accompanied by William Widgery Thomas, Jr., Maine's commissioner of immigration. Many more Swedes followed in the next years. Some stayed and their descendants live there today.
One of the families that arrived in 1870 was that of Jonas and Sara Bodin. At the age of 52, the Bodins brought six children to America: Jonas Jr age 20, Per Otto age 10, Israel age 8, Maria age 25, Edla age 19, and Johanna age 17.
The Bodins settled on Lot C in Woodland, ME. Jonas was a farmer and a tailor. He died in 1882 and was buried at Capitol Hill Cemetery in lot: East side of walk 3 east Lot 8. His wife died in 1904.
Transcription: Jonas Bodin born in Sweden Europe Mar. 14, 1818. Died in New Sweden, ME. Aug 31, 1882 Sara V. Bodin his wife born Oct. 14, 1818. Died Dec. 6, 1904.