Difficult times at Liljeholmen – Erik Alfort and his children

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From beyond the seas – A history of the Alfort family.

Chapter 5

Difficult times at Liljeholmen – Erik Alfort and his children

© Esben Alfort 2014-2021


While as we have seen Erik Alfort may not have been a suitable husband for Maria, there is no doubt that he had a lot in common with his father-in-law Gabriel Gyllenståhl. He too had a habit of expecting to be obeyed. He had a hot temper and regularly filed lawsuits with his neighbours, his servants, and even his own daughter Maria Catharina Alfort, who was only told at her parents’ death that they had disinherited her. Erik was growing ever more irritable, possibly because of finansiable troubles. These were difficult times for many, and the Alforts at Liljeholmen were no exception, but thanks to the son Gabriel Ahlfort’s pioneering work in developing more effective farming methods they managed to survive and thrive on the meager soils by the lake Sommen for generations afterwards. The third brother Carl Henric Ahlfort died during a military campaign in Finland, but he had an illegitimate son who was adopted by the family, so in principle there could be an entire unknown branch of the family just waiting to be discovered.


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Politiska bönder – Maria Catharina Alforts släkt

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Från bortom havet – Alfortsläktens historia

Kapitel 6

Politiska bönder – Maria Catharina Alforts släkt

© Esben Alfort 2014-2021


När Maria Catharina Alfort gifte sig med sina föräldrars dräng mot deras vilja så tvingades hon och de blivande barnen leva under mycket knappa förhållanden i ett litet soldattorp, tills hennes bror hjälpte dem att få ta över en gård. Till sist fick hennes barn ärva fastän hon själv gjorts arvlös, och hon fick till och med ärva en annan fastighet mot sin mammas vilja. Allt detta gjorde att nästa generation fick en ganska bra utgångspunkt att blomma upp som högt respekterade medborgare. Åtskilliga av parets barn och barnbarn blev sålunda politiker, nämndemän, skattevisitörer och kyrkvaktare, fastän de oftast var lantbrukare också. Med tiden blev många av dessa familjegrenar sålunda mycket framgångsrika trots all fattigdom och möda i början.

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