17 april 2017

Thea Mikkelsdaughters children and Easter 2017 and some trees

Thea Mikkelsdaughter born at Snapholt in Hof in Solør, Åsnes, Hedmark, Norway in 1819.  That is nearly 200 years ago.  She is my Great Great Grandmother. She is Great Great Grandmother to a lot of pepole here in Norway. She had seven children, four boys and three girls. She was married to Berger Christianson, born 1821 at Hof in Solør, Åsnes, Hedmark, Norway.

I am not found of raking leafs every year - in "my world" it is a waste of time. Therefor, did I get rid of those two trees - well I chopped it for wood - lovely on the fireplace during wintertime.

Much nicer and cleaner...!

Thea had four siblings, one sister; Johanna Mikkelsdaughter that married  Gunder Halvorson from Sjørbotten, Åsnes, Hedmark, Norway.  They had seven boys and only three of them grew up. Ole Mikkeleson was Theas oldest brother but he was younger than her.  He died only 28 years old. The third sibling, a brother named Christian died only one years old. And her youngest brother named Mathias Mikkelsen grew up and went to the promised land of freedom and land; The United States of America. He left with his father Mikkel Olsen and his stepmother Mari Erichsdaughter in 1852.

I love this kind of work, because the month of April tells me it is going to be Summer!

Mathias Mikkelson left his Norway in July 1852 and landed in New York in September the same year. Then he moved to Wisonsin. And in 1856 he bacame a father to the first of six children; Martin, Ole Minnie, Bertha, Martha and Albert. All of them with the same wife that he married in 1855; Marthe Olsdaughter from Kauserud, Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norway.

On Maundy Thursday I invited to brunch...

..so instead of having a great time outside, we entered my diningroom. It has been more snow this Easter than from November last year till March 2017.

Mathias and Martha lived at Town of Strongs Prairie, in Arkdale, Wisconsin. Martin, the oldest, married Gurine Iversdaughter Rosgard and got ten children. Ole married Refina Reinholdsdaughter Strand and got three children. Minnie married James Slater and had seven children. Bertha married Nels Martin Larsson and they got ten children. Martha married Germon Tveit and they had a girl named Marha Anne. The youngest, Albert married Hannah Sampsonsdaughter and they had none children.  That is quite a family.  So my Great Granmother Marie Bergersdaughter Langerud had 31 cousins in Wisconsin! I wonder if they ever wrote to each other. I wonder if they ever wanted to visit.

Some branches from my birch that is history!

Not fun to serve coffee or afternoon drinks!

Mathias Mikkelson participated in The Civil War and enrolled in 1864. WI 3rd Inf Co F. Residence: Strong’s Prairie, Adams County, Wisconsin. Born in Norway. Civil War: Farmer. Age 39. Married. Blue eyes, light hair, dark complexion, 5’8”. Drafted by the Sixth district of Wisconsin. Enrolled for one year on 26 Sep 1864 at La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mustered the same day. Private. Discharged from the service 9 Jun 1865. 

Mathias passed away 29. January 1889 and his tombstone are at South Arkdale Cemetery, in Arkdale, Wisconsin.  Martha passed away five years later; 20. October 1894.

If anyone out there have any information about Mathias and his sibllings and his family, I would be very happy to be informed. And if anyone would like the whole story, give me a hint!

Tomorrow is Thuesday - an ordinary day both here at Ottestad in Stange and in Strongs Prairie in Wisconsin - enjoy!