Augusta's Journey

4. Laetitia (Letty) Backman (Norman) and the Royal Theatre

4. Laetitia (Letty) Backman (Norman) and the Royal Theatre

The theatre was a magical place. It was a world like no other. Letty loved the times she was allowed to come with her father to the theatre. Later in life, when she reflected on her happy childhood, there was one memory that stood out. It would have been in 1839 because she remembered that she was almost 12 years old. Her father, the director […]

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20. Virginia Sophie Augusta Carlsson (Daguin) – Parents Unknown?

20. Virginia Sophie Augusta Carlsson (Daguin) – Parents Unknown?

Was Virginia nervous on that Sunday when Pastor Petterson opened the doors to the new class of 92 girls who would be studying with him? Did she arrive alone, or did she walk in with some friends? Was her secret known by the other girls who were gathering? She must have assumed that Pastor Petterson knew. But were there rumors? And if they knew, would […]

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18. Emma Olivia Wilhelmina Wiiger and an Unwanted Husband

18. Emma Olivia Wilhelmina Wiiger and an Unwanted Husband

Pastor Josef Nordlund looked across his desk at Emma Wiiger, the young mother who had come to see him. Emma was visibly upset and his role was to dissuade her from taking action against her husband. Why would a young woman like her, with three young children, even think about leaving her husband? Divorce! He had to convince her to, instead, be a better wife […]

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8. Christina Mathilda Georgina af Trolle (Lindqvist) and an Unplanned Pregnancy

8. Christina Mathilda Georgina af Trolle (Lindqvist) and an Unplanned Pregnancy

It was early fall when Christina Mathilda Georgina af Trolle suspected that she was pregnant. She was 19 years old and unmarried. What would she do? To have a child out of wedlock was in 1848 actually a crime, although few mothers were prosecuted. But worse was the shame. She had three choices. She could tell the baby’s father, bookkeeper Lars Johan Lindqvist, and if […]

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15. Johanna Maria Wennberg (Sievers) visits Skeppsbron 30

15. Johanna Maria Wennberg (Sievers) visits Skeppsbron 30

It is a beautiful fall day and I am walking along Skeppsbron, a street with stately old houses that line the waterfront of the Old Town in Stockholm. For hundreds of years, these houses have belonged to rich merchants and traders. Skeppsbron should really be seen from the waters, but this day, I was wondering what the view would have been from one of these […]

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