The Sabelskjöld family society was formed in 1967 and aims to:

  • promote solidarity within the family,
  • mutual interests,
  • maintain updated lists of members and,
  • undertake research in the family history

The society arranges family reunions and publishes an annual magazin called Sabelsköldarn. A conference is arranged every two years, and meetings of a more informal nature are held in between. No pictures is available due to the General Data Proctection Regulation.

Vapensköld Adelsbrev
Coat of arms for Sabelskjöld no. 150 Letter of Nobility for Sabelskjöld no. 150

The society has over 600 members

The Society serves first and foremost the ancestors of Major Carl Jönsson Sabelskjöld, but anyone with an interest in the Sabelskjöld family can join.

Our work is directed toward gathering and publishing information connected to the Sabelskjöld family as well as maintaining artefacts and other items of interest.

A brief history of the first Sabelskjöld families

Carl Jönsson was born 1590 in Nyköping, a town located in the province of Södermanland, Sweden. His father was Jöns Mårtensson, who served as sheriff of Julita manor and, later, Nyköping castle as well. Carl’s mother was Brita Larsdotter, she was daughter of a vicar in Nyköping.

Carl started a military career and in 1619 and became second lieutenant in Smålands Ryttare, a cavalry regiment from the province of Småland. He served in wars against Denmark and Poland and was knighted under the name Sabelskjöld in 1619. The letter of nobility, which is preserved to this day, cites the crown’s reason for dubbing Carl a knight in only general terms, such as “for loyalty to the king” and “for being honest and manly”. Thus, we do not know if Carl was knighted for a particular accomplishment or in recognition of his military career as a whole. Carl requested, and was granted, discharge from the regiment in 1629. By then he had reached the rank of major.

Carl married twice and had a total of eight children. His first wife, Magdalena Strang, bore two daughters: Elisabet and Brita. His second marriage to Ingeborg Rosenstråle resulted in six children: four sons and two daughters. Carl died in 1663 and was buried in Blacksta church of Södermanland province.

The branch of the Sabelskjöld family that has been most researched is the line of Carl’s eldest son Jöns and, further, his son Carl. Although much of the activity in our Society deals with this branch, it should be pointed out that all descendants of Major Carl Jönsson Sabelskjöld are welcome in the Society.

Jöns’ son Carl married Elisabet Duraeus, daughter of Johannes Bartholdus Duraeus, the vicar of Kristdala parish in Småland province. The Sabelskjöld family owned a number of farms and moved between them from time to time, but Jöns and, later, his son Carl seem to have lived mainly at Bråhult manor in Kristdala parish, which lies in modern Kalmar county. At the end of the 1600’s the family lost all its farm holdings under land reform initiated by King Carl XI. Yet another tragedy struck the family when Carl died in 1701 in Livland during King Carl XII’s military campaign against the Russians, in what later was called the Great Nordic War. Livland was one of the Baltic provinces at the time.

Carl’s wife Elisabet, who still lived at Bråhult, was therefore widowed with six small daughters to support and no livelihood. In plain English, the family was broke, which consequently made it impossible to marry the daughters off to noblemen, as was expected in those days. Instead, these six daughters of noble descent had to marry local farmers, and so it happened that the Sabelskjöld family spread across Småland province, on to other parts of Sweden, and eventually abroad. It also meant that the Sabelskjöld name disappeared.

The six "honourable maidens" on Bråhult were:

Christina Ingeborg Märta
Anna Maria Margareta Elisabet

At least four of them have descendants living today

A few words about spelling

The name Sabelskjöld has had many spellings over time. Sabelskjöld, Sabelsköld, Sabbelskjöld, Sabbelschiöld and other versions can be found in contemporary papers. It even happened that one and the same person used various spellings. In order to overcome any confusion, the Society has decided to use the spelling Sabelskjöld.