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.


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

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

  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

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

  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

  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

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

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

Future chapters

  • Chapter 9: Moving on – The fate of Liljeholmen
  • Chapter 10: The fall of nobility

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