Genealogy Hans Högman
Copyright © Hans Högman 2017-07-20

The Högman Family

The Högman family originates from the village of Ljustorp (Ljustorp parish) in the county of Västernorrland (province of Medelpad). Ljustorp is about 30 km (20 miles) north west of the city of Sundsvall, in a beautiful valley. My ancestors have been farmers here since the end of the 1500's. The farms have been in part of Ljustorp called Öppom. Öppom is on the westside of the valley. When they have married it has in most cases been done with a local person. The family has stayed in Ljustorp thought the centuries. At the end of the 1800's my line of the Högman Family moved to Utansjö, Högsjö parish in the county of Västernorrland (province of Ångermanland). The map below shows the county of Västernorrland in Sweden with the city of Sundsvall and Ljustorp. Västernorrland is in mid Sweden and Sundsvall is about 380 km north of Stockholm. The population of Sundsvall is 100,000. The county code of Västernorrland is "Y". For example Ljustorp (Y).

The Högman Name

In Sweden we began to use family names at the end of the 1800-hundreds, that is the children inherited the same surname as their father. In the year 1901 a law was passed stating that we had to use family names. Before that we used patronymic names. That means that the children were given a last name ending with -son or -dotter (daughter) and started with the father’s first name. For example, if a man called Anders Nilsson had a son named Peter and a daughter named Anna, the children’s full name would be: Peter Andersson and Anna Anderssdotter. That is Peter son of Anders and Anna daughter of Anders. If Peter had a son called Nils, then Nils’s full name would be Nils Petersson. Normally the "-son" surnames are spelt with two "s", i.e. Karl's son becomes Karlsson. The photo to the right shows Ljustorp church. Photo Hans Högman, 2013. These ways of giving surnames (patronymic) are still used on Iceland. At the end of the 1800's when people started to change their patronymic surnames to family names they often adopted a family name with a local association to nature, farm name, village name etc. But most people kept their "son" name as a family name. The patronymics were mostly used in the rural areas. Among nobility, clergy, the military, etc they started much earlier with family names. Priests often spelt their names in Latin way, for example Laurentius Hornaues (Lars from Horn). The different groups had different patterns of names.

What about the Högman name?

There are not that many Högman families in Sweden but not every Högman family are related to "my" Högman family. We have to go back to the 1840s. In the beginning of the 1840s my father's father's father's father Erik Larsson, (1823-1891), born in Öppom, Ljustorp, bought a farm in Väster Frötuna, Ljustorp (Y). In 1841 he married Lena Brita Ersdotter (1819-1893), born in Lövberg, Ljustorp. They had three children: 1. Lars Petter (1842-1900) 2. Erik Jonas (1846-1902) 3. Anders Olof (1851-1922) The fathers first name was Erik and according to the patronymic rules the children got the surname Ersson (Eriksson). The oldest son, Lars Petter took over the farm. He adopted the family name Frölander (after the village name Frötuna). The other two brothers were crofters (tennant farmers) in the village Högland, Ljustorp in the 1870s. At that time both Erik Jonas and Anders Olof changed their patronymics to family names and adopted the name Högman. Högman comes from the village name Högland. Högland is on the mountainside on the eastside of the Ljustorp valley. "Hög" means high in English so Högland means Highland. See map to the right. A more detailed map. Photos of Ljustorp Erik Jonas did not get any children so all the Högmans' in the family are descendents of Anders Olof.

My Father's Father's Father, Anders Olof Högman

This is a short presentation of my father's father and his parents. Anders Olof is the father of my Grandfather Karl. Anders Olof was born on January 26, 1851 in Västra Frötuna, Ljustorp (Y). He had a small farm in Högland, Ljustorp in the 1870s. Anders Olof's wife was Katharina Isaksdotter. She was born on March 18, 1856 in Västanbäck, parish of Hässjö (Y). In middle of the 1870s she was a maid in Stavre, Ljustorp. Around 1877 she meets Anders Olof and Katharina gave birth to a son June 6, 1878, called August. They were not married at the time so August was an illegitimate son. Katharina went back to her fathers' place when she gave birth to August. Anders Olof and Katharina got married December 27, 1879 in Hässjö and after that she move to Anders Olof in Högland. The photo to the right shows my paternal grandfather's father Anders Olof Högman and his wife Katharina. Anders Olof and Katharina had 11 children: 1. August (1878-1952) Hässjö 2. Anders Peter (1880-1891) Ljustorp 3. Erik Olof (1884-1921) Ljustorp 4. Selma Katharina Helena (1887-1887) Ljustorp 5. Selma Kristina (1888-1904) Ljustorp 6. Inga Katharina (1890-1960) Högsjö 7. Jonas Petter (1892-1892) Högsjö 8. Matilda Margareta (1893-1986) Högsjö 9. Lars Olof (1894-189?) Högsjö 10. Karl Johan (1897-1927) Högsjö   (my grandfather) 11. Knut Elfer (1898-1944) Högsjö Anders Olof and his family stays in Högland until 1889 when they moves to Mörtzal, Högsjö parish (Y). In 1894 they moves to the manor Utansjö (built in 1765), Högsjö, where Anders Olov had got an employment at the manor where he later became a farm foreman (ladugårdsförman).  The picture to the right shows the Utansjö Manor today (1994). Anders Olof was a tall man, nearly 2 m (6 foot 8 inches). He always looked pleased and happy and according to my aunt Ingegerd he was always happy and had cheerful temperament. Anders Olof died January 1,1922 and Katharina September 8, 1931, both in Utansjö. The period after the death of Anders Olof,  Katharina lived with her daughter Inga.

Utansjö Manor

The black & white picture below shows the manor in former days. Utansjö manor was built about 1750 at a small cape of Lake Mörtsjön, Högsjö sn (Y). The manor had originally four wings as shown on the picture. Today, the two wings at the lakeside are gone. The manor belonged to Utansjö bruk (Utansjö works). Map of Utansjö, Högsjö fs.

My Father's Father, Karl Högman

Like his father Karl got an employment at the manor, but Karl as a coachman. He had an uniform and often drove Managing Director De Geer of the manor. As a coachman Karl had a monthly salary.  The photo to the right shows from left: my grandfather Karl Högman, Affen Höglund och Kalle Nyberg. Utansjö, Högsjö (Y), Sweden. Karl met my Grandmother Gerda Elisabeth Nordlander around 1913/1914. They got married November 13, 1920 in Högsjö when Gerda moves to Utansjö from Östergraninge. Gerda was born May 6, 1890 in Östergraninge, Graninge parish (Y). Gerda and Karl had 5 children: 1. Ingegerd (24/12 1915 - 15/8 1995 ) Östergraninge 2. Torsten (20/1 1918 - 28/11 1990 ) Östergraninge 3. Thore (20/7 1921 - 29/8 1996 ) Högsjö 4. Nils Sture (16/11 1923 - ) Högsjö     (my father) 5. Anders (4/9 1926 - 12/11 2009) Högsjö Karl inherited his father's cheerful temperament. Aunt Ingegerd: "Karl was the nicest daddy in the world. He always had time for us children." Karl Högman became vice chairman of the sports club Utansjö AIF when it was founded in 1924.   Unfortunately Karl died very young, only 30 years of age on July 7, 1927. The cause of death was blood poisoning, which he got after an injury. In the church record the cause of death is stated as Erysipelas (Latin). He died only two days after the injury. Grandmother Gerda tried to bring an action against the manor to get the injury classified as an occupational injury. As a compensation she got a monthly payment of 30 SEK, a place to live, wood and lighting. Grandmother also got 20 SEK directly from Managing Director De Geer. Not much today but Gerda only had a daily payment of 3 SEK at that time. In the mid 1920's Karl and Gerda lived in the staff lodgings at the rear of the manor. Karl's parents also lived there. After Karl's death my grandmother and the children moved to the left wing of the manor. The photo to the right shows Karl and Gerda Högman, Utansjö, Högsjö (Y). In the 1930's Gerda and the children moved to "Nabben" which was a place near to the beach in Utansjö (Lake Mörtsjön). In the 1940s they moved to "Lindfors" which was a three floor house, built as a octagon, at an islet not far from the manor. In the 1950s she moved to an old people's home (pensioners' home). My Grandmother Gerda also worked at the manor, for a period at the manor's dairy. She also worked as a chamber maid at the manor. Gerda died 86 years old on May 5, 1977 in Högsjö. Both Karl and Gerda are buried at the Högsjö Cemetery. The photo to the right shows Karl and Gerda Högman's gravestone at Högsjö Cemetery (Y). Photo Hans Högman.

Brothers and sisters to my father's father

Karl's oldest brother August Högman moved back to Ljustorp in 1896. August married Alma Kristina Dahlqvist in 1899. They had a daughter, Hilma Kristina Högman. Erik Högman married Marta Johanna Lundgren from Östergraninge. They had two children, Erik and Nils. Erik and Marta moves to Köja, parish of Bjärtrå (Y). Marta is a cousin to my Grandmother Gerda. Inga married Helmer Nyholm, Utansjö. They had three children, Irma, Arne and Stina. Matilda married Carl Rutger Emanuel Ward in Karlstad (S). Elve married Signe Mellander. They had two children, Karin and Birger.

Links

Descendant Chart, Anders Olof Högman  Ancestor Chart, Karl Högman  Relationship Chart, Karl Högman  Descendant Chart, Lars Petter Frölander (Brother of Anders Olof Högman) Photo Gallery the Högman Family (Y)  The charts are in Swedish but are easy to understand. Click on "s * " in the charts to navigate. Descendant charts are family charts beginning with an ancestor back in times, a progenitor, and shows all descendants down to present times. Ancestor charts are family charts beginning with a person in present times and show ancestors back in times. Top of page
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Genealogy Hans Högman
Copyright © Hans Högman 2017-07-20

The Högman

Family

The Högman family originates from the village of Ljustorp (Ljustorp parish) in the county of Västernorrland (province of Medelpad). Ljustorp is about 30 km (20 miles) north west of the city of Sundsvall, in a beautiful valley. My ancestors have been farmers here since the end of the 1500's. The farms have been in part of Ljustorp called Öppom. Öppom is on the westside of the valley. When they have married it has in most cases been done with a local person. The family has stayed in Ljustorp thought the centuries. At the end of the 1800's my line of the Högman Family moved to Utansjö, Högsjö parish in the county of Västernorrland (province of Ångermanland). The map below shows the county of Västernorrland in Sweden with the city of Sundsvall and Ljustorp. Västernorrland is in mid Sweden and Sundsvall is about 380 km north of Stockholm. The population of Sundsvall is 100,000. The county code of Västernorrland is "Y". For example Ljustorp (Y).

The Högman Name

In Sweden we began to use family names at the end of the 1800-hundreds, that is the children inherited the same surname as their father. In the year 1901 a law was passed stating that we had to use family names. Before that we used patronymic names. That means that the children were given a last name ending with - son or -dotter (daughter) and started with the father’s first name. For example, if a man called Anders Nilsson had a son named Peter and a daughter named Anna, the children’s full name would be: Peter Andersson and Anna Anderssdotter. That is Peter son of Anders and Anna daughter of Anders. If Peter had a son called Nils, then Nils’s full name would be Nils Petersson. Normally the "-son" surnames are spelt with two "s", i.e. Karl's son becomes Karlsson. The photo to the right shows Ljustorp church. Photo Hans Högman, 2013. These ways of giving surnames (patronymic) are still used on Iceland. At the end of the 1800's when people started to change their patronymic surnames to family names they often adopted a family name with a local association to nature, farm name, village name etc. But most people kept their "son" name as a family name. The patronymics were mostly used in the rural areas. Among nobility, clergy, the military, etc they started much earlier with family names. Priests often spelt their names in Latin way, for example Laurentius Hornaues (Lars from Horn). The different groups had different patterns of names.

What about the Högman name?

There are not that many Högman families in Sweden but not every Högman family are related to "my" Högman family. We have to go back to the 1840s. In the beginning of the 1840s my father's father's father's father Erik Larsson, (1823-1891), born in Öppom, Ljustorp, bought a farm in Väster Frötuna, Ljustorp (Y). In 1841 he married Lena Brita Ersdotter (1819-1893), born in Lövberg, Ljustorp. They had three children: 1. Lars Petter (1842-1900) 2. Erik Jonas (1846-1902) 3. Anders Olof (1851-1922) The fathers first name was Erik and according to the patronymic rules the children got the surname Ersson (Eriksson). The oldest son, Lars Petter took over the farm. He adopted the family name Frölander (after the village name Frötuna). The other two brothers were crofters (tennant farmers) in the village Högland, Ljustorp in the 1870s. At that time both Erik Jonas and Anders Olof changed their patronymics to family names and adopted the name Högman. Högman comes from the village name Högland. Högland is on the mountainside on the eastside of the Ljustorp valley. "Hög" means high in English so Högland means Highland. See map to the right. A more detailed map. Photos of Ljustorp Erik Jonas did not get any children so all the Högmans' in the family are descendents of Anders Olof.

My Father's Father's Father, Anders

Olof Högman

This is a short presentation of my father's father and his parents. Anders Olof is the father of my Grandfather Karl. Anders Olof was born on January 26, 1851 in Västra Frötuna, Ljustorp (Y). He had a small farm in Högland, Ljustorp in the 1870s. Anders Olof's wife was Katharina Isaksdotter. She was born on March 18, 1856 in Västanbäck, parish of Hässjö (Y). In middle of the 1870s she was a maid in Stavre, Ljustorp. Around 1877 she meets Anders Olof and Katharina gave birth to a son June 6, 1878, called August. They were not married at the time so August was an illegitimate son. Katharina went back to her fathers' place when she gave birth to August. Anders Olof and Katharina got married December 27, 1879 in Hässjö and after that she move to Anders Olof in Högland. The photo to the right shows my paternal grandfather's father Anders Olof Högman and his wife Katharina. Anders Olof and Katharina had 11 children: 1. August (1878-1952) Hässjö 2. Anders Peter (1880-1891) Ljustorp 3. Erik Olof (1884-1921) Ljustorp 4. Selma Katharina Helena (1887-1887) Ljustorp 5. Selma Kristina (1888-1904) Ljustorp 6. Inga Katharina (1890-1960) Högsjö 7. Jonas Petter (1892-1892) Högsjö 8. Matilda Margareta (1893-1986) Högsjö 9. Lars Olof (1894-189?) Högsjö 10. Karl Johan (1897-1927) Högsjö   (my grandfather) 11. Knut Elfer (1898-1944) Högsjö Anders Olof and his family stays in Högland until 1889 when they moves to Mörtzal, Högsjö parish (Y). In 1894 they moves to the manor Utansjö (built in 1765), Högsjö, where Anders Olov had got an employment at the manor where he later became a farm foreman (ladugårdsförman).  The picture to the right shows the Utansjö Manor today (1994). Anders Olof was a tall man, nearly 2 m (6 foot 8 inches). He always looked pleased and happy and according to my aunt Ingegerd he was always happy and had cheerful temperament. Anders Olof died January 1,1922 and Katharina September 8, 1931, both in Utansjö. The period after the death of Anders Olof,  Katharina lived with her daughter Inga.

Utansjö Manor

The black & white picture below shows the manor in former days. Utansjö manor was built about 1750 at a small cape of Lake Mörtsjön, Högsjö sn (Y). The manor had originally four wings as shown on the picture. Today, the two wings at the lakeside are gone. The manor belonged to Utansjö bruk (Utansjö works). Map of Utansjö, Högsjö fs.

My Father's Father, Karl Högman

Like his father Karl got an employment at the manor, but Karl as a coachman. He had an uniform and often drove Managing Director De Geer of the manor. As a coachman Karl had a monthly salary.  The photo to the right shows from left: my grandfather Karl Högman, Affen Höglund och Kalle Nyberg. Utansjö, Högsjö (Y), Sweden. Karl met my Grandmother Gerda Elisabeth Nordlander around 1913/1914. They got married November 13, 1920 in Högsjö when Gerda moves to Utansjö from Östergraninge. Gerda was born May 6, 1890 in Östergraninge, Graninge parish (Y). Gerda and Karl had 5 children: 1. Ingegerd (24/12 1915 - 15/8 1995 ) Östergraninge 2. Torsten (20/1 1918 - 28/11 1990 ) Östergraninge 3. Thore (20/7 1921 - 29/8 1996 ) Högsjö 4. Nils Sture (16/11 1923 - ) Högsjö     (my father) 5. Anders (4/9 1926 - 12/11 2009) Högsjö Karl inherited his father's cheerful temperament. Aunt Ingegerd: "Karl was the nicest daddy in the world. He always had time for us children." Karl Högman became vice chairman of the sports club Utansjö AIF when it was founded in 1924.   Unfortunately Karl died very young, only 30 years of age on July 7, 1927. The cause of death was blood poisoning, which he got after an injury. In the church record the cause of death is stated as Erysipelas (Latin). He died only two days after the injury. Grandmother Gerda tried to bring an action against the manor to get the injury classified as an occupational injury. As a compensation she got a monthly payment of 30 SEK, a place to live, wood and lighting. Grandmother also got 20 SEK directly from Managing Director De Geer. Not much today but Gerda only had a daily payment of 3 SEK at that time. In the mid 1920's Karl and Gerda lived in the staff lodgings at the rear of the manor. Karl's parents also lived there. After Karl's death my grandmother and the children moved to the left wing of the manor. The photo to the right shows Karl and Gerda Högman, Utansjö, Högsjö (Y). In the 1930's Gerda and the children moved to "Nabben" which was a place near to the beach in Utansjö (Lake Mörtsjön). In the 1940s they moved to "Lindfors" which was a three floor house, built as a octagon, at an islet not far from the manor. In the 1950s she moved to an old people's home (pensioners' home). My Grandmother Gerda also worked at the manor, for a period at the manor's dairy. She also worked as a chamber maid at the manor. Gerda died 86 years old on May 5, 1977 in Högsjö. Both Karl and Gerda are buried at the Högsjö Cemetery. The photo to the right shows Karl and Gerda Högman's gravestone at Högsjö Cemetery (Y). Photo Hans Högman.

Brothers and sisters to my father's

father

Karl's oldest brother August Högman moved back to Ljustorp in 1896. August married Alma Kristina Dahlqvist in 1899. They had a daughter, Hilma Kristina Högman. Erik Högman married Marta Johanna Lundgren from Östergraninge. They had two children, Erik and Nils. Erik and Marta moves to Köja, parish of Bjärtrå (Y). Marta is a cousin to my Grandmother Gerda. Inga married Helmer Nyholm, Utansjö. They had three children, Irma, Arne and Stina. Matilda married Carl Rutger Emanuel Ward in Karlstad (S). Elve married Signe Mellander. They had two children, Karin and Birger.

Links

Descendant Chart, Anders Olof Högman  Ancestor Chart, Karl Högman  Relationship Chart, Karl Högman  Descendant Chart, Lars Petter Frölander (Brother of Anders Olof Högman) Photo Gallery the Högman Family (Y)  The charts are in Swedish but are easy to understand. Click on "s * " in the charts to navigate. Descendant charts are family charts beginning with an ancestor back in times, a progenitor, and shows all descendants down to present times. Ancestor charts are family charts beginning with a person in present times and show ancestors back in times. Top of page