Gertrud Larsdotter was born on 21 October 1759, in Malmöhus, Sweden. She married Erland Nilsson on 26 December 1786, in Blentarp, Torna, Malmöhus, Sweden. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 7 June 1827, at the age of 67.
from gēr, gār ‘spear’ + þrūþ ‘strength’; the name of two famous 13th-century nuns of the Cistercian Abbey of Helfta near Eisleben, whose spiritual writings had a great influence.