Jon Bengtsson in Ströby 1719-1797 – an important man in his time.
My father’s father’s father’s mother’s mother’s mother’s father.
He was a member of the parliament in Sweden. Representing the peasantry. He was the first from peasantry to be a member in the finance departement.
In Sweden at that time we hade Parliamentary positions with nobles, clergy, burghers and peasants.
At the Parliament meeting 1771-1772 he saved the very old rights of women in our area to have the same inheritance rights as men. This was special for the part called Värend in the south of Sweden known for strong and to the king loyal women.
Other women i Sweden lacked this rights and the Parliament wanted to take it away from us too. Thanks to the smart and highly respected Jon Bengtsson they did not succeed.
This is my costume from Värend. I made it 1976. Many Värends-women wear this costume when celebrating and at important feasts.