When Barbara Olofsdotter was born in 1623, in Lingsarve, Gotland, Sweden, her father, Oloff Larsson, was 28 and her mother, Mrs. Olof Larsson, was 24. She married Jörgen Lingsarve in 1650, in Näs, Gotland, Sweden. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 9 May 1677, in Lingsarve, Näs, Gotland, Sweden, at the age of 54, and was buried in Lingsarve, Gotland, Sweden.
From Latin, meaning ‘foreign woman’ (a feminine form of barbarus ‘foreign’, from Greek, referring originally to the unintelligible chatter of foreigners, which sounded to the Greek ear like no more than bar-bar). St Barbara has always been one of the most popular saints in the calendar, although there is some doubt whether she ever actually existed. According to legend, she was imprisoned in a tower and later murdered by her father, who was then struck down by a bolt of lightning. Accordingly, she is the patron of architects, stonemasons, and fortifications, and of firework makers, artillerymen, and gunpowder magazines.
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