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Sandy Witt
15-02-04, 04:25
Dear Finlanders,

I would like assistance with translating the following passage from a document published in 1936 in Kristinestad. It was written by Emil Norrback: Sideby kyrka 150 år. Historik till minnesfesten den 11 okt. 1936. (p. 15)

The passage is:
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Allt var tvivelsutan ganska primitivt, men vi få komma ihåg, utom att den tidens forgringar voro mycket blygsamma i jämförelse med vår tids, att det var endast 17 bönder som stodo för bygget och att dessa icke byggde kyrkan av sin rikedoms överflöd, utan av ett inre behov av att få ett Gudshus, ett Herrens tempel mitt ebland sig och en herde, som för dem skulle förkunna Guds ord och var deras lärare.
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Och dessa 17 bönder, vilka voro de? Enligt en gammal kommunionbok torde de hat varit följande:

(followed by a list of 17 men, their birth years, their wives, and their birth years), for example:

Anders Johansson Teir född 1737, hustru Anna Mathsdotter född 1736
Johan Johansson Lassfolk född 1748, hustru Anna Simonsdotter född 1767

I am in the process of transcribing this page (and would like to have an accurate English translation before adding it as a resource to my genealogy file).

Thank you very much for any assistance that can be provided.

Sandy Johnson Witt

Gita Wiklund
15-02-04, 13:55
Hi Sandy,

I´ll try to translate the best I can. Perhaps someone else can can make better english of it if needed.

It all was without doubt rather primitive, but we must remember, besides from that the demands of that time were very modest compared to the demands of our time, that there were only 17 farmers envolved in the building and that these did not build the church from their riches surplus but from an inner need to get a house of God, a temple of the Lord amid them, and a shepherd who to them would preach the words of God and be their teacher.
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And these 17 farmers, who were they?
According to an old communion book they should have been the following:

Anders Johansson Teir born 1737, wife Anna Mathsdotter born 1736
Johan Johansson Lassfolk born 1748, wife Anna Simonsdotter born 1767

Sandy Witt
15-02-04, 15:23
Gita,

Tack så mycket for your prompt reply. This is exactly what I needed.

Your kindness is appreciated!

Sandy