Axel Mattsson Branting

Axel Mattsson Branting

Male 1895 - 1973  (77 years)

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  • Name Axel Mattsson Branting 
    Born 21 Apr 1895  Malax, Finland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Resided Portom, Finland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 6 Mar 1973 
    Person ID I3174  Default
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2021 

    Father Mattias Karlsson Baddar,   b. 1 Dec 1847, Overmalax, Finland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1902  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Ulla Beata Josefsdotter Stolpe,   b. 26 Sep 1857,   d. 27 Feb 1927  (Age 69 years) 
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maria Irene Mattfolk,   b. 21 Mar 1900, Lappfjard, Finland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1963  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 21 Feb 1922 
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F1092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Apr 1895 - Malax, Finland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - - Portom, Finland Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Early 1960s photo from Vasa, Finland
    Early 1960s photo from Vasa, Finland
    The note on the back is not signed, but was probably written by Birgitta Branting, daughter of Axel Branting. Translation:

    This is mothers birthday party. So it is uncle Axel who stands here at the far left. Mother is the fifth from the left. It is me who is halfway hidden down here and my oldest sister Anita who is sitting down to the right.
    1960 letter to Melvin Mattson from his cousin Ruth Vendlin in Vasa, Finland
    1960 letter to Melvin Mattson from his cousin Ruth Vendlin in Vasa, Finland
    Letter is in a Swedish dialect known as Finlandssvenska. Translation:

    Good day to all over there!

    A thousand thanks for the letter that we received a short time ago, it was fun that you wrote us and heard that you all are alive over there!

    My name is Ruth and I am Axel’s daughter (that is writing). I am married and live in Vasa, Finland. Axel is doing fairly well, but he has some problems with his eyes and Irene (my mother) is feeling a little better but has often been sick.

    Yes, you Melvin have nine cousins here in Pirtam but all have moved out (from their parents), so only my youngest sister, who is 16 years old lives at home with Mama and Papa. Four siblings are in Sweden and have been there many years and the others are around here in Finland.

    In Malax, you have also father’s brother (uncle) Ivar and his two daughters, who are married and have children. There (Malax) also lives, Manda, August’s wife, but he (August) died several years ago, maybe ten years ago. They (August and Manda) had five children, who are cousins to you. But they are all full-grown adults. All of your aunts are dead, so they no longer exist. Certainly there are relatives distantly related, but one can’t mention them all.

    Yes, you, that are for sure rich and have it good, can come some summer by airplane to Finland and bring your mother with you. You are so welcome, all of you, there is enough room for you here.

    Yes, the years go so quickly that one does not have time, it was just Christmas and soon summer will go by. We have had a beautiful summer, it has rained the last few days but it is good for the plants.

    Sofia Vesterberg, (cousin to your father) says hello to Manda.

    Health and happiness to you all and hello from all of us. Hope that you Melvin write an answer some time to us. It is so fun to keep the family (relatives) together.

    My address:
    Ruth Vendlin Axel Branting
    Vasa Brando Pirtam
    Gaddavägen 21 Vasa
    Finland Finland

    PS: Father’s brother (uncle) Axel is 65 years old and his wife, my mother, and is 60 years old.
    Fru Branting
    Malax Havras
    Vasa, Finland
    1962 letter to Melvin Mattson from his cousin Birgitta Branting in Finland
    1962 letter to Melvin Mattson from his cousin Birgitta Branting in Finland
    The letter is in a Swedish dialect known as Finlandssvenska. Translation:

    Good day to you Melvin,

    I will now write you a reply to your letter which Uncle Ivar received a time ago, he is now here with us in Pörtom and visiting.

    Here we have a beautiful autumn. We are all well. I hope you are too. Uncle Ivar did get the money without procuration, we shall thank you very much. We also send you the receipt.

    This is your cousin who writes these letters. My name is Birgitta and I'm Axels daughter.

    I'm sending you Tor-Eric's address, his wife knows English, if you like you write to him so we can hear how you are doing over there in America. The address is:

    Tor-Eric Branting Iraimiala 04 Mumame Juväskylä Finland.

    I hope you will find someone who can translate this letter for you.

    I don't know what to write more, I will then finish with many regards from Uncle Ivar and Uncle Axel with family.

    Regards to Amanda and your family.

    Best regards

    Birgitta
    Axel Branting and Irene Mattfolk
    Axel Branting and Irene Mattfolk
    Axel Branting
    Axel Branting

  • Notes 
    • (note by Jan Gallant): In 2020, I exchanged several emails with one of Axel Branting's grandsons, who lives in Finland. An excerpt from one of those emails is below. Use Google Translate and a little imagination. If that is too much trouble, the gist of it is that Axel was a very strong man with a well developed sense of humor.


      Min moster Ruth berättade många roliga historier om Axel, kan berätta några av dem. Axel jobbade på mejeriet i pörtom och gjorde ostar, en dag kom till pörtom europas starkaste man och Axels arbetskompisar ville att Axel skulle brottas mot honom, eftersom Axel var känd som en stark man så gick Han med på detta å Han vann honom, Axels kommentar var att inte var han så stark. Så kanske Axel var europas starkaste.

      Nästa berättelse om Axel när han var med om en diskustävling på pörtoms idrottsplan, så när Hans tur kom så kastade han diskusen så långt att ännu i denna dagar har man inte hittat den.

      Sista tiden i pörtom hade Axel hemservice som kom med cykel å kollade att allt var bra å en dag när de kom på besök lurade han kvinnan att han dött på kökssoffan. Hon cyklade förståss till kontoret å meddelade att han hade dött å de gjorde stort uppdrag med många människor, när alla kom till Axels å trodde att han dött så kokade han kaffe å frågade vem vill ha kaffe. en man med humor å de har jag fått med honom.