Rambo Family Tree

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  • ID: I3195
  • Name: Gunnar PETERSSON
  • Given Name: Gunnar
  • Surname: PETERSSON
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 3733038996C6C647A4E26426B551232AC2EC
  • Change Date: 30 Jan 2004
  • Note:

    Although two on-line researchers suggested Gunnar Mattson and Anne Paulsdotter as the parents of Peter Gunnarson Rambo, they did not furnish any documentation. Dr. Peter Craig states that in 1643 and 1644 PGR sent part of his wages back to Sweden to his father, Gunnar Petersson.


    In 1994 Lorene Hyde Rambo, wife of Carl Hocott Rambo, began serious research into the genealogy of the Hyde and Bond families. Her discoveries caused Carl to get involved in family research also and to concentrate on the Rambo family. Thus with Lorene and Carl working as a team, this study made rapid progress. This progress was made possible in large part because there was a Family History Genealogical Library funded by the Church of Latter Day Saints in Mesa, AZ, just 10 miles from their home.

    The research started with a theory that was a family tradition; namely, that the Rambos were French Huguenots who left Normandy, France, before the "Huguenot Massacre" in 1572. After a sojourn of 150 years in England, a Rambo arrived in Savannah, Georgia, with the Oglethorpe Colony in January, 1733. This theory was rather quckly discarded as evidence began to mount that the vast number of Rambos in the United States and Canada are descendants from one early Swedish progenitor: one Peter Gunnarson Rambo, born in Sweden during the first few years of the 1600's. This theory is supported by the research of Beverly Nelson Rambo in her book, THE RAMBO FAMILY TREE (1987) and by Mary Emma Hamrick in her book THE RAMBO HERITAGE (1983), and confirmed by two books by Peter S. Craig entitled THE 1671 CENSUS OF THE DELAWARE (1999) and THE 1693 CENSUS OF THE SWEDES ON THE DELAWARE (1993), as well as the research of Bill Holt and others.

    BNR argues that evidence shows that PGR was of Swedish origin. He signed depositions in which he was described as "We ye Ancient Swedes..." His descendants spoke Swedish and followed the Swedish ways for several more generations. She found no evidence to support any of the other suggested links.

    Mary Emma Hamrick, in her book, presents the theory that a French family named Rambeaux accompanied Mary, Queen of Scots, on her return to Scotland in 1561. In 1567 when Mary was forced to abdicate, her French subjects fled--some to the Highlands, some to Ireland, and some to countries beyond the North Sea. There are, however, no references to show connections or actual relationships to the Swedish Rambos. To further discount this theory is the fact that none of the early Rambos in the New World spoke French or followed French traditions in living.

    Another theory, that of German ancestry, rises from the fact that there were 4 towns in northern Germany called Rambow. Today one remains in the District of Mecklenburg. This district belonged at different times to Germany, Poland, Russia, and Sweden. It is near Lubeck, a port on the Baltic Sea. In 1537 there was a treaty between Lubeck and Sweden. From 1538-1544, called the "German period" in Swedish history, King Gustavus brought in a large number of Germans to help reorganize the "Swedish Administration." Again there are no references to show connections to the Swedish Rambos and no evidence of the use of the German language or traditions by them.

    Hamrick includes the "Legend of the Rambo Coat of Arms"--French in origin and recorded before 1600. It has no motto. "The tree trunk in the shield indicates steadfastness, hope, and optimism. The ostrich plume represent wealth and pride. The silver shield denotes nobility, serenity, peace, purity, and chastity. The metal, silver, represents the ability to withstand fire and signifies fortitude. The color red denotes valor, patriotism, and creative power." BNR does not believe that PGR or any other of the free men who formed the colony at New Sweden had a family coat-of-arms. This conviction is further supported by the fact that no family coat-of-arms has been discovered for any of the Swedes who founded New Sweden in the Delaware area of the New World.

    Thus we are forced to conclude that Peter Gunnarson Rambo was a true Swede who arrived aboard the second voyage of the vessel Kalmar Nyckel on march 10, 1640, at the Swedish colony on the Delaware (likely Fort Christina which is present day Wilmington, Delaware). Dr. Bengt Wennberg, Professor of Languages at Drexel University, Peter Craig in his books on early Swedes on the Delaware, and Bill Holt in his research all concur.

    Most recently, Dr. Craig has presented evidence that Peter Gunnarson Rambo came from Hisingen, an island formed by the Guta River and now a part of the city of Gothenburg, a port on the southwest coast of Sweden. On the island of Hisingen there is a hill called Ramberget, meaning Raven's Mountain, from which there is a panoramic view of the city and harbor of Gothenburg. PGR's grandson Jacob Bengtsson stated that his grandfather was first called Peter Gunnarson Ramberg from Vastergotland, but later changed his name to "Rambo."

    Earlier, Dr. Wennberg concluded that the literal meaning in Swedish of the suffix "bo" is home or dwelling. Therefore he stated that "Rambo" may refer to the raven's nest or to a person's home on the side of "raven's mountain." Regardless, "Rambo" became the surname chosen by PGR to identify himself in the New World.

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    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
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    1. Has Children Peter Gunnarson RAMBO b: ABT 1 JUN 1612 in Hisingen, near Gothenburg, Sweden

    1. Abbrev: Terrence Strobaugh, Jr.
      Title: Terrence P. Strobaugh, Jr., 309 N. Spring Garden St. #I-1, Ambler PA
      19002, tps120@psu.edu (1998)
      19002, tps120@psu.edu (1998)
      19002, tps120@psu.edu (1998).
    2. Abbrev: CUNQ7GA (Tonja Cunningham)
      Title: Tonja Cunningham, Email tomachip@flash.net
    3. Abbrev: Craig - PGR
      Title: Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig, PETER GUNNARSSON RAMBO SWEDISH COLONIAL NEWS, Volume 1, Number 2 (Fall 1990), Volume 1, Number 2 (Fall 1990).
    4. Abbrev: Craig - 1671
      Title: Peter Stebbins Craig, 1671 CENSUS OF THE DELAWARE. Published by the
      Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1999.
      Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1999.
      Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1999.
    5. Abbrev: Craig - 1693
      Title: Peter Stebbins Craig, THE 1693 CENSUS OF THE SWEDES ON THE DELAWARE.
      Published by SAG Publications, Winter Park, Florida, 1993.
      Published by SAG Publications, Winter Park, Florida, 1993.
      Published by SAG Publications, Winter Park, Florida, 1993.
    6. Abbrev: Bill Holt
      Title: Research of Bill Holt.
    7. Abbrev: RAMBO FAMILY TREE by Rambo
      1611-1986 (Decorah, Iowa: The Anundsen Publishing Company, 1986)ARSON RAMBO,
      1611-1986ARSON RAMBO,
      1611-1986. Decorah, Iowa: The Anundsen Publishing Company, 1986.
      Text: Very extensive bibliography
    8. Abbrev: RAMBO HERITAGE by Hamrick and Rambo
      Title: Simmeon Brooks Rambo and Mary Emma Rambo Hamrick, THE RAMBO HERITAGE (Easley, SC: The Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1983)asley, SC: The Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1983.
    9. Abbrev: Ron Beatty
      Title: Ron S. Beatty. For detailed information on this family, see Ron
      Beatty's new edition of Beverly Rambo's RAMBO FAMILY TREE.
      Beatty's new edition of Beverly Rambo's RAMBO FAMILY TREE.
      Beatty's new edition of Beverly Rambo's RAMBO FAMILY TREE.
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