Paul...that would make Maren 17 when she had Karsten, that's not too out of the norm for those days, is it? In fact a lot of girls were married at 15 or 16 in the US, anyway.
Thank you so much for verifying our Johan and Maren connection, though. Is there any way I can find their parents, or find Maren's true birthdate? Does Sweden have a genealogy site online?
I really appreciate your quick response to my query.