Peter Harmon was born in Skog parish in Hälsingland. He was born as Per Persson Löthberg. His Christian name was Per. His father was Per Norrbo and as the boy was Per's son, his surname of cource became Persson. This had been the normal way to name the children in Sweden for many centuries. This custom ended around 1900. He took his extra name Löthberg from the village where he lived, Löten.
In 1852 he emigrated together with his family to America. They sailed on the brig Maria from Gävle July 19 and arrived in New York October 4.
Why he changed his name to Harmon we probably never
will know. In 1860 The family lived in Webster, Iowa. In 1870 they
lived in Boone, Iowa.
The eldest daughter, Karin Persdotter Löthberg, stayed home. She was my grand grand grand grandmother.
Peter Harmon's descendants
Map over Skog in Sweden.