Augusta's Journey

19. Hedvig (Hedda) Sophia von Sydow (Heijkenskjöld) – Born out of Wedlock

19. Hedvig (Hedda) Sophia von Sydow (Heijkenskjöld) – Born out of Wedlock

Hedvig Sophia von Sydow was ranked as 19 of the 92 girls who were confirmed in St Jacob’s parish in Stockholm in the spring of 1844. That she made the top 20 list was due to her father, Adolph Peter, being a counsel at the Department of Commerce (Swedish: Kommerseråd). His father, in turn, had been a member of parliament and, although not belonging to […]

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2. Hilda Theophila Lagerheim – a “stiftsjungfru”

2. Hilda Theophila Lagerheim – a “stiftsjungfru”

Little Hilda Theophila Lagerheim was not yet a year old when her name appeared in the daily newspaper in Stockholm. Her name was listed among others – all girls of noble families. The announcement stated that the Board of the House of Nobility on the 2nd of May had accepted the applications of these girls to become maidens of the Vadstena Adliga Jungfrustift. Hilda, still […]

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16. Therese Gustafva Aspegrén and the Cholera Epidemic of 1834

16. Therese Gustafva Aspegrén and the Cholera Epidemic of 1834

Therese Gustafva Aspegrén was ranked as girl number 16 out of the 92 girls in our Augusta’s confirmation class. Like so many of the other girls in her class, she had a father who was a wholesale merchant. Therese Gustafva Aspegrén Therese was born in Katarina parish on 29 January 1828 to Henric Heliodor Aspegrén (b. 21 November 1789) and Gertrud Christina Wihlborg (b. 5 […]

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11. Selma Christina Wretman, Blanch’s Café, and Hamngatan 16

11. Selma Christina Wretman, Blanch’s Café, and Hamngatan 16

Selma Christina Wretman Selma Wretman was ranked as number 11 among the girls who were confirmed in St Jacob’s church in May of 1844 because her father, Fredric Wretman (1791-1857), although not having an important title, was a wholesale merchant with considerable wealth. Selma was born in Maria Magdalena parish on May 16, 1828. Her mother was Charlotta Fredrika Björling (1795-1890) and she had an […]

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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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