Tuesday, 22 March 2011

J is for Jon Bengtsson

ABC Wednesday 

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.

12 comments:

Reader Wil said...

How beautiful is your national costume! And how clever and skillful you are to make it yourself! Your ancestor was a very important man to save the rights of women. Was this still before the Napoleonic time, before Bernadotte became king of Sweden? This is a great and educational post! Thank you.

Christine said...

I live in an Icelandic community, their costuming is brilliant too. Thanks for your history lesson, I am an avid genealogist.

Sylvia K said...

A terrific post for the J Day and it is indeed a very educational post! I love it! And the costume is gorgeous! You are talented!! Love the colors! Have a great week -- whats left of it!!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Jedediah said...

Go Jon Bengtsson! It's always great to read about people who believed in equal rights.
The costume is gorgeous, the colours on the deep blue are beautiful.

photowannabe said...

I'm glad they didn't take away your rights too. This is a fascinating post. Its wonderful that you could trace your geneology back to such a influential man in Swedish history.

Roger Owen Green said...

Power to the people!
I need to do some genealogy...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ms. Burrito said...

Very interesting J and so pretty too.

Please come and meet the J's in my Family, hope to see you around, thanks!

Joy said...

A wonderful family connection, and a man ahead of his time, pity there weren't more of them at that time. Your embroidery is lovely, what a treat to wear.

Rajesh said...

Great post. I love the costume.

Meryl said...

What a neat post, and very cool ancestry (although it took me a few minutes to figure out the lineage!).

Shooting Parrots said...

Jon sounds like a man ahead of his time. I love the detail on the costume - beautiful and colourful.

Jingle said...

fun word play ...
it is always cool to know some family history.

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