Sven Planck Wallpol was my great-great-great grandfather, Sven's oldest son Gustaf was the progenitor of the famyly name Ström. Sven Planck Wallpol was born in 18 April 1777 in Briteberg, Asby parish in Östergötland. His mother, Annika Andersdotter, was 26 years of age when she delivered her son. She worked a serving girl in Briteberg mansion. The widow Birgitta Bulich was the owner of the mansion and it was her son Martin that was the boy’s father and that he admitted. Martin and Annika were accused of committing immoral acts in the mansion of Briteberg. With the help of an agent, Birgitta Bulich brought a lawsuit against her son at the local court. The proceedings took place in the Summer Court of May. Martin and Annika were sentenced to pay a fine and were also forced to stand a private Church Duty in Asby church.
A road pass by the eighteenth-century wooden farm, Smedstorp in Ydre
Martin Planck, Annika and Martins illegitimate son had to move to Martins farm, Stora Farsbo in Ulrika parish. Annika was employed in Stora Farsbo as a maid. In 1780 Annika got married to Nils Andersson and moved to the cottage Nygård that was a part of Stora Farsbo’s property. Martin Planck got married to Hedvig Magdalena Runberg in 1783. Hedvig Magdalena was the eighteen-year-old daughter of the local vicar. When Sven was about 13 to 14 years of age he worked as an apprentice to the parish tailor and lived and worked in a cottage closed to Ulrika Church in Amundebo village.
A small road in Ulrika parish
In 1803 Sven Planck was accepted as a soldier for Solltorp’s rota no. 2 in the Royal Life Grenadier Regiment. He was allowed to keep his family name as a soldier name. In 1804 soldier Sven got married to Ingeborg, the 18-year-old daughter of the former soldier Lars Sollfeldt. The couple raised five children and before the first child was delivered, Sven was commanded to fight the war in the Swedish Pomerania. The Swedish King had declared war on Napoleon and together with his allies Great Britain, Russia and Austria. The war went wrong and about 1000 soldiers mostly from Sven’s regiment, Life Grenadier Regiment, became prison of wars in 6 November 1806.
Lübeck was assaulted by the French Army in the 6th of November 1806
Sven and his comrades had to march to France where he had to work on canals. After three years he was free to leave France. During this war Sven wrote his diary that he collected as a book in Wismar 1810 and called "This is my book". Earlier Sven’s half brother Anders had been recruited for the same regiment and rota no. 2 Solltorp and had got the name Plank. When back home Sven was recruited as a soldier in the Royal Grenadier Regiment again and got the soldier name Wallpol. Sven served for rota no. 5 Amundebo.
The way the Swedish war prisoners had to march.
1813 Sven Planck Wallpol was commanded for a new war and was stationed in Scania while other companies of his regiment continued to the war on the continent. After the victory against Napoleon in Leipzig and later against Denmark, Sven and his moved to Norway that was forced into a union with Sweden. In 30 November 1814 Sven was back home and after that he served rest of his time as a soldier in a time of peace. In 1825 Sven was discharged from his regiment because of cataracts in both eyes. Sven got a small pension and the family moved to the croft Skogsberg in the neighbouring parish Nykil. After a long period of illness Sven’s wife Ingeborg died in 1857 at 71 years of age. Sven lived as a widower another 18 years. His sight had been worse and he was almost blind in the end of his life. An obituary notice was written and sent to the newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten after Sven, 96 years of age, was died.
Afgölstugan, (the cottage), interior