As I mentioned in the earlier posts, John CARLSON came to Eric HELSTEN. John's Ggrand daughter had a picture of him in a suit. Her family story was that John was apprenticed to Eric for 7 years and at the end got $100 and that suit. Being a good family historian, "listen carefully to the stories and then check it out" led Chris to try to find evidence of John's apprenticeship with Eric. She traveled to Gaylordsville CT, checked all the records she could find. How did he end up in Gaylordsville all the way from Sweden? Was he a distant relative? Was he a family friend (Eric and John both came come Uppsala)? She checked the records in Sweden. No luck any where documenting him in Gaylordsville, in an apprenticeship or connected to Eric. Then we connected and have been working both directions: from my records and hers.
I found this deposition in a court case: John Carlson vs Eric Helsten. We have not found the court record, just this pencil copy of the deposition. We don't even know what the case is about.
Here is John's testimony and that of Rufus Beeman: