|The ruins of the church at Balkåkra.|
Måtta Svensdotter was born July 28, 1788 in Hedeskoga, Skåne, Sweden. Her parents were Sven Larsson and Ingeborg Hansdotter. Måtta spent her entire life in the far southern point of Sweden near the ocean and the coastal town of Ystad. She married Ola Sträng Mårtensson in Blentarp in 1815. They had three sons and two daughters. A son and daughter died during childhood. Their oldest, Mårten, was the father of Håkan Mårtensson who was the father of Jenny Hawkinson Nelson, the grandmother of my dad. Måtta and Ola were tailors who traveled around southern Sweden making clothing for people. Måtta died 10 Apr 1847 in Gusnasva, Balkåkra.
Måtta was my 4th great grandmother. Interestingly, two of my own children share her birthday.
You can read more about her family story by clicking this link.