Hi Sandy, Thanks for your message, I was very excited to hear from an ancestor! I will have a look through my notes but I will certainly be able to help you with information on Eric and Anna Lisa (they took the surname Wahlin when they emigrated and so it would be next to impossible to find any information on them in Sweden using that name!). Here's what I have to hand right now:
Johan Ludvig Hultqvist (Wahlin) born in Mörlunda, Småland 2 Oct 1824 married Anna Cajsa Jonsdotter (born in Kristdala, Småland 26 Mar 1834. They had 5 kids; Eric August (born in Kristdala 20 May 1858), Hulda (born in Kristdala 25 Sept 1860), Emma Christina (born in Kristdala 20 July 1863), Nils Peter (born in Kristdala 13 Dec 1865) and Axel Ludvig (born in Kristdala 11 June 1869). Johan Ludvig emigrated to America in the spring of 1869 along with three of his kids - Eric August, Hulda and Nils Peter. His wife Anna Cajsa remained in Kristdala with their remaining two children and, according to the church records, nothing was heard from America. However, there must have been some correspondence as Axel Ludvig changes his name to Wahlin sometime between1887-89. He becomes a photographer and is fairly well known in his small hometown. He never marries and has no children that I know of. Johan Ludvig's daughter in Sweden, Emma Christina, marries and has 9 children.
Johan Ludvig's parents, Eric Nilsson and Anna Lisa Andersdotter emigrated in 1869 as well, they're onboard the ship Albion from Gothenburg to Hull in England. I'm not sure if they leave Sweden on 9 July 1869 or if that is their arrival date.
Johan Ludvig is born in Björnhult, Mörlunda on 2 Oct 1824, I've managed to track him until he leaves Mörlunda in 1842, he then comes back in 1852 and has then changed his name to Hultqvist. It is possible he was a soldier as it was common for them to then receive a new surname. I'm still trying to find out where he was during those 10 years!
His father, Eric Nilsson was born 8 April 1800 in Stubbhult, Målilla, Småland. He marries Anna Lisa Andersdotter (born 15 Mar 1804 in Östra Hult, Mörlunda) on 26 Dec 1823 in Mörlunda.
If you're interested in the family even further back I'll be happy to provide you with that - just need to check the church records!
It just happens that myself and my sister are off to Mörlunda and Kristdala on Tuesday for some genealogy research - we'd like to try to find some of the houses that our ancestors lived in, some of them are actually still standing! I'd be happy to forward pictures to you if you're interested!