The Alfort chronicle

From beyond the seas – A history of the Alfort family

by Esben Alfort

The chronicle so far consists of the following chapters.


Chapter 1

The arrival of the Alfort family in Sweden

  1. Introduction
  2. Huguenot roots
  3. Why come to Sweden?

Chapter 2

A fish out of water – Captain Erik Alfort

  1. Introduction
  2. A pivotal moment
  3. Erik’s late career

Chapter 3

A self-made investor of the 17th century – Gabriel Gyllenståhl

  1. Introduction
  2. From tobacco smuggler to acclaimed officer
  3. A noble marriage
  4. The duel
  5. War with Denmark and Gabriel’s rise to nobility
  6. Gyllenståhl the legend
  7. Gyllenståhl the investor
  8. The family ironworks
  9. A noble line goes extinct

Chapter 4

The price of wilfulness – Gabriel’s daughters

  1. Introduction
  2. The wedding without a priest – Hedevig Gyllenståhl
  3. An unhappy marriage – Maria Gyllenståhl
  4. The unsuitable suitor – Märta Gyllenståhl

Chapter 5

Difficult times at Liljeholmen – Erik Alfort and his children

  1. Introduction
  2. Erik’s court squabbles
  3. The rewards of hard work – Gabriel Ahlfort
  4. Disinherited for the sake of love – Maria Catharina Ahlfort
  5. A third branch? – Carl Henric Ahlfort

Chapter 6

Life and death on the seven seas – Captain Gabriel Ahlfort

  1. Introduction
  2. Madagascar’s pirates – Gabriel very nearly makes history
  3. The secretly betrothed
  4. The long voyage
  5. Gabriel assists the sultan of Palembang
  6. Trading in India and Mecca
  7. Home again
  8. A ship of his own

Chapter 7

Chapter 7: Political farmers – Maria Catharina Ahlfort and her descendants

  1. Introduction
  2. A soldier and a farmer
  3. Who was Jonas Ekstrand?
  4. The grandchildren

Chapter 8

Chapter 8: From British French to Swedish Latin – The Alfort name over the centuries

  1. Introduction
  2. From English to Swedish
  3. Trends and fashions
  4. Branches and bottlenecks

Future chapters

  • Chapter 9: Moving on – Gabriel Ahlfort’s 11 children

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