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SLÄKTFÖRENINGEN GRANROTH - JUNES SUKUSEURA RF
Family reunion in Tornio
8 - 10 July 2011!

All members of the extended Granroth-Junes family are cordially invited to join our family reunion in Tornio in July! This tradition with summer gatherings was resurrected in 2002 and this year we will get together for the fourth time this millennium.



The festivities this year will start already Friday evening with a leisurely stroll on the riverbank. Officially we will start Saturday morning with a visit to the Perapohjola Market where you can pick up exciting trinkets, both old and new! At 2 pm we will congragate at the Perapohjola Institute to start the programme proper. There will be speeches, musical and other performances, presentation of the age-old salmon catching activities by the Junes branch, a trip down memory lane with a look at reunions past, the lot! We will also get to know more about the book projects; success, status and future. All this will be rounded off with a dinner in the evening and much merry making into the wee hours of the morning.

On Sunday we will attend mass in Alatornio church and also pay our respects to our forebears who peacefully rest in their graves in the churchyard. After church we will reconvene for lunch and the family association's annual general meeting (AGM). The family reunion should finish around three o'clock on Sunday 10 July.

Please register before 12 June. If you have difficulties translating the Swedish or Finnish information on the website, please get in touch with our Secretary, Mrs Ingegerd Ekstrand on granjun@hotmail.com
When you do register, why not take the opportunity to become a full member of the association by paying the annual 5 EUR membership fee and letting us know your contact details. As a member you will then get full access to the website and of course full voting rights at the AGM. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you in July. Welcome!


A successful family reunion in Jakobstad

To the Family History
The Granroth-Junes family association got together for the fifth reunion in July 2008. Around 230 members had gathered in Jakobstad to enjoy the nice summer weather, parttake in an interesting programme and share news and tidings with fellow family members. This time also relatives from faraway USA participated.

Granrotheja Yhdysvalloista, kuva: mj
Relatives from faraway USA: Elizabeth Seagren (NY), left, and Susan Haven with her husband Lyle (Nevada)

A routine feature of any gathering in Jakobstad is a visit to Pirilo, our ancestral "homestead" outside the city. Especially our Junes members from Tornea were intrigued to visit the birth place of Anders Gustaf Granroth, the forebear of the Junes branch.

Skotlantilainen ilta, kuva: mj



Dinner was a Scottish themed affair, well received. Kristina and Per-Erik Fors gave us an interesting presentation of our 2007 trip to Scotland and William Ross' old stomping grounds. The evening's food and drink had a Scottish flavour, as did the music and general ambience of the event.

As the trip in 2007 was a success and as Clan Ross is planning a global Clan Meeting in Scotland in 2009, we have decided to arrange a trip to Tain to join in in the Clan activities. More information on this trip will soon be posted on our website.

Varapuheenjohtajien vahdinvaihto, kuva: mj
Changing of the guard: Vesa Junes, left, will carry on with Jouko Junes's work as vice-chairman in executive board of family association.

At the AGM the "executive board" was re-elected, except for vice president Jouko Junes who was replaced with Vesa Junes. Jouko has been one of the pillars in our association and we wish him all the best and thank him for his monumental contribution to the success of the association. The AGM noted that only some 100 members have paid their annual fees. There is clearly room for improvement!

The AGM was briefed on the ongoing family book project. If you haven't yet submitted information about your particular part of the family, please do so within November as we are trying to get the book published within the first half of next year.

On the last day of the reunion we attended Sunday Mass in Pedersore Church, where our forefather Gustaf Bengtson Granroth acted as priest for many years in the eighteenth cantury. To show our respect for the generations before us, we also laid flowers at the various family graves in the churchyard.

As per the newly established tradition, our next reunion will be in Tornea in July 2011. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

SLÄKTFÖRENINGEN GRANROTH - JUNES SUKUSEURA RF
Family reunion in Jakobstad
5 - 6 July 2008!

All members of the extended Granroth-Junes family are cordially invited to join our family reunion in July! This tradition with summer gatherings was resurrected in 2002 and this year we will get together for the third time this millennium.

The festivities this year will start at 12.30 on Saturday 5 July at Oxhamns skola in Jakobstad. There will be speeches, musical performances, dances, sight seeing tours, museum visits, the lot! All this will be rounded off with a Scottish themed dinner in the evening (we are one 64th Scottish after all!).

On Sunday we will attend mass in Pedersöre church and also pay our respects to our forebears who peacefully rest in their graves in the churchyard. After church we will reconvene at one o'clock for the family association's annual general meeting (AGM), followed by traditional afternoon coffee. The family reunion should finish around four o'clock on Sunday 6 July.

Please register within the month of May. If you have difficulties translating the Swedish or Finnish information on the website, please get in touch with our Secretary, Mrs Ingegerd Ekstrand on granjun@hotmail.com
When you do register, why not take the opportunity to become a full member of the association by paying the annual 5 EUR membership fee and letting us know your contact details. As a member you will then get full access to the website and of course full voting rights at the AGM. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you in July. Welcome!

 

A successful family reunion in Tornio

Members of the Granroth-Junes family got together for a family reunion in Tornio over the weekend of 9th and 10th July, 2005. The atmosphere was extremely warm amongst the family aided by the very pleasant spell of hot weather. Over 200 members of the "clan", about one third of which are
from Pietarsaari, took part in the event in Peräpohjolan Opisto.

Over and above the programme of events, there was also the opportunity for both close and distant relatives to meet and whilst new acquaintances were made, many older acquaintances were renewed.

To make this all perfect was the added bonus of delicious food as the crowning glory.

Emeritus professor Jorma Palo spoke eloquently of prominent historical family/ clan members on the day of celebration and how the family trees have developed over the centuries. One member of the clan, for instance, was Pehr Kalm (1716-76), who was a botanist and even worked with Carl von Linné.

Stephan Granroth told about the Scottish ancestors and their place in the family history. (There is a summary on the website about the founders of the Granroth-Junes family society).

Sightseeing in Tornio and Haparanda, the banquet and finally the party together in Opisto rounded off the programme for Saturday. It was clear that children and the young were prominent in attending and bodes well for the future of the Clan!

The previous had been held 16 years ago, so this gathering was very important to a branch of the Junes family.

On Sunday a Service was held at Alatornio Church, including laying wreaths at the Junes family grave, followed by lunch in Opisto to conclude a most successful two-day family reunion or "gathering of the Clans".

The next reunion will be in summer 2008 in Pietarsaari.

Translation: Jörgen van de Sanden


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The Granroth Family

This article is based on a lecture at the Granroth Family Reunion in Jakobstad in June 2002. The underlying research was done by Frans Granroth and the lecture was delivered by his daughter Kerstin Granroth. The family meeting was attended by about 400 descendants of Gustav Bengtsson Granroth and it was the first gathering of the revitalized Family Association which had been dormant since the 1960’s.

GUSTAV BENGTSSON GRANROTH

Who was Gustav Bengtsson Granroth? Where did he come from? The oldest surviving parish register in Pedersöre, from the year 1693, does not tell.
We have to look for information from other sources: proceedings of district courts, registers of landowners, estate inventories and other sources where parents or children might or might not be mentioned.

GUSTAV JÖNSSON

There are several theories about the lineage of Gustav. Here we present a theory, which seems to be fairly likely. According to family researcher Leo Nyholm, Gustav’s ancestors can be traced back to his grandfather Gustav Jönsson, who probably came from Sweden. After some years in Nykarleby he settled down on Pirilö island in Pedersöre. Gustav Jönsson swore an oath as a town tailor in 1686. There is a bill of sale of a house in town (Jakobstad) in 1687. Gustav Jönsson was married to Anna Sigfridsdotter Bonelius (1648-1704), daughter of an assistant vicar in Rovaniemi. There is a genealogy study of the Bonelius family published in the genealogical association magazine Genoa (No. 2 / 1965).

Gustav Jönsson died in 1694 leaving his widow Anna and many children behind. In the register of population in Jakobstad from the year 1706, the youngest children of Gustav and Anna Jönsson are mentioned:

-Erik Granroth, probably identical with corporal Erik Granroth at Björneborg’s regiment
-Maria Granroth, later on married to the parish clerk and organist in Uleåborg, Anders Bohm
-Kristina Granroth, buried already in 1696
-Elisabeth Granroth, baptized after her father’s death

It is very likely that Gustav and Anna also had the following, older, children:

-Brita Granroth, mentioned in the distribution of estate as Maria’s sister and married to the tradesman Johan Kokko in Uleåborg
-Gustav Granroth, later customs official in Uleåborg and probably the same man, who is mentioned in a protocol from the district court in Jakobstad 3 May 1693. On that date he was condemned to spend time in the stocks, as punishment for card-playing
-Sigfrid Granroth, county sheriff in Kuusamo
-Bengt or Benedictus Granroth, assistant vicar in Uleåborg, father to above mentioned Gustav Bengtson Granroth.

In official documents all Gustav Jönsson’s and Anna Bonelius’ children have the name Granroth. At the moment we don’t know from where this name derives, but it is used here for the first time. There is scope for further research around this question.

BENEDICTUS GRANROTH

Benedictus Granroth, Gustav Bengtsson Granroth’s father, was probably born around 1680. It is likely that he moved from Jakobstad after his father’s death. His thesis, which he wrote at Åbo Akademi was dedicated to his uncles Carl and Jonan Bonelius. This seems to indicate that his studies were sponsored by them.

In 1706 Benedictus Granroth married Margareta Forsman, daughter of the vicar Johannes Forsman and his wife Margareta Ross in Nykarleby. Between 1706 and 1710 Benedictus was assistant vicar in Nykarleby. In 1710 he was appointed assistant vicar in Uleåborg and the couple moved there. Benedictus and Margareta died during the Great Wrath (1713 – 1721), when the Eastern part of the Swedish Empire was overrun by Russian troops. They left behind a five-year old son, Gustav Granroth.

GUSTAV GRANROTH

The childhood of Benedictus’ son Gustav Granroth is not known. We do know that he was enrolled in Vasa trivialskola in 1722 and later on at Åbo Akademi in 1729. In 1735 he married Anna Catharina Telin.

Anna Catharina’s father, Elias Telin, was assistant vicar in Pedersöre. He was one of the last persons to leave the region under the onslaught of the Russian soldiers during the Great Wrath. Assistant vicar Telin took on the responsibility for burying and hiding the church bells of Pedersöre Church. When fleeing, he brought all the valuable church silver with him. This was later returned when a peace treaty was signed with the Russian Empire and the soldiers left. There is a chalice in Pedersöre church to this day commemorating the events. Anna Catharina Telin’s brother Anders Telin was a somewhat famous shipbuilder. He is the one who originally built the ship Jakobstads Vapen. A replica of this 18th century ship was built in Jakobstad in the 1990’s, partly involving both Telin and Granroth descendants.

Gustav Granroth was appointed assistant vicar in Pedersöre in 1735. The family settled down on the assistant vicar homestead (Nygård), close to Pedesöre church.

Gustav and Anna Catharina Granroth had the following children:

-Elias Granroth, assistant vicar in Munsala and married to the vicar’s daughter Brita Juslenius from Kronoby. Their only child Anna married Fredrik Stenhagen, vicar in Gamlakarleby.
-Anna Elisabeth Granroth, married to county sheriff in Pedersöre, Tobias Heselius. They lived in Pirilö.
-Johan Granroth, peasant on Pirilö and lay assessor, married to Beata Persdotter
-Gustav Granroth, shopkeeper in Gamlakarleby, married to Anna Katarina Hagberg
-Henrik Granroth, also peasant on Pirilö. He was a member of parliament in the Swedish Parliament in Gävle in 1792 and later on member of parliament (lantdagsman) in 1809 in Borgå after Finland was lost to Russia. Henrik was married to Anna Jakobsdotter Sandvik.

During this period, Pirilö becomes the main abode for the extended Granroth clan, partly through inheritance and partly through further acquisition of land. After Gustav’s death the widow and the children moved to Pirilö, where two of the brothers, Johan and Henrik, gradually become farmers on the Granroth homestead.
At least three of Gustav’s and Anna’s children with families settled in Pirilö permanently.
Descendants of Gustav Bengtsson Granroth’s och Anna Catharina Telin’s children Anna Elisabeth, Johan och Henrik were present at the Family Reunion in 2002. The meeting enabled a number of family connections to be reestablished and developed. The short article above sheds some light on how the connections came about and how we all are part of the same big extended family.

Translated and written by Stephan Granroth


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