NameOle Halvorson (Fjeld)3,48,40,42
Birth26 Sep 1822, Bø vestre i Luksefjell, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway49
Christening23 Feb 1823, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway49 Age: <1
Census1835, Bø vestre i Luksefjell, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway50 Age: 12
Confirmation30 Sep 1838, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway Age: 16
Census1845, Bø vestre i Luksefjell, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway44 Age: 22
Emigration10 Apr 1855, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway49,41 Age: 32
Immigration1855, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin Age: 32
Census7 Jul 1860, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin24 Age: 37
Census9 Jul 1870, Linden, Brown, Minnesota25 Age: 47
Census1 May 1875, Linden, Brown, Minnesota26 Age: 52
Death15 Apr 1879, Linden, Brown, Minnesota51 Age: 56
Burial18 Apr 1879, Linden Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota51,47
ReligionLutheran
OccupationFarmer (1860, 1870)
FatherHalvor Halvorson (Fjeldet) (1773-1845)
MotherAnne Clemetsdattir (1787-1842)
Spouses
Birth23 Jun 1819, Gåserud i Efteløt, Sandsvær, Buskerud, Norway43
Christening12 Sep 1819, Efteløt, Sandsvær, Buskerud, Norway43 Age: <1
Census1845, Gåserud i Efteløt, Sandsvær, Buskerud, Norway44 Age: 25
Confirmation12 Oct 1834, Efteløt, Sandsvær, Buskerud, Norway43 Age: 15
Emigration10 Apr 1855, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway45 Age: 35
Immigration1855, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin Age: 35
Census7 Jul 1860, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin24 Age: 41
Census9 Jul 1870, Linden, Brown, Minnesota25 Age: 51
Census1 May 1875, Linden, Brown, Minnesota26 Age: 55
Census10 Jun 1880, Linden, Brown, Minnesota46 Age: 60
Census29 May 1885, Linden, Brown, Minnesota11 Age: 65
Death28 May 1886, Linden, Brown, Minnesota Age: 66
BurialLinden Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota47
ReligionLutheran
FatherJohannes Clementson (1782-1819)
MotherTorine Nielsdattir (Moe) (1788-1855)
Marriage12 Apr 1844, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway
ChildrenAnne Thurine (1844-1920)
 Halvor O. (1846-1920)
 Ingeborg Maria (1848-1923)
 John (1850-1909)
 Clement (1853-1942)
 Niles Olaves (1860-1937)
Notes for Ole Halvorson (Fjeld)
The godparents and witnesses at his christening were Abraham Bestul, Karen Olsdatter Holen, Peder Olsen ib., Halvor Olsen ib., and Sigurd Johnsen Luxefjeld. He was confirmed on 30 Sep 1838 and the record shows his birthdate, father, location. Some sources had him born 29 Sep.

He is mentioned in various skifteprotokoll (probate) records.53

They were living at Pladsen u. Dyrkoll at the time of the 1845 Norwegian census.

The Gjerpen church records show that the family left for America on 10 April 1855. The voyage from Norway took seven-eight weeks to Quebec in Canada. They stayed in Quebec only a few hours waiting for their trip to Buffalo, NY. They then went by rail to Niagara, NY, where they boarded a boat to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Again they spent only a few hours there before going by rail to Waukesha County. They went about 16 miles by rail and the final ten miles by foot. The family settled near Ole's cousin, Tollef Waller. The census shows that this was in Oconomowoc Township. His daughter Ingeborg's obituary stated that this was near "Stonebank," which I haven't been able to locate. The family lived there for fourteen years, and moved to Brown County, Minnesota, in 1869.

There is a deed between David M. and Belinda M. Heard, of Otsego, New York, and Ole Halverson, of Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin, dated 6 September 1858. This is possibly our Ole Halvorson, though there was another one present in Muskego, Waukesha County, in the mid-1840s. For $150 Ole bought the following property: commencing at a point on the 1/4 line between the E. & W. 1/2 of section 33, town 8, range 17, at a point 38 rods nrth from the edge of Mill Pond, at the point where the street leading to the bridge across the stream nrth of the Cemetery intersects said 1/4 line; thence west at right angles with 1/4 line 36 rods, 5 links to stake, and t embrace two acres of land lying south oof and parallel with the said west line, and between said west line and the street on the south heading to the bridge aforesaid, after leaving 25 feet along said east and west line for a street.54

Ole's son Halvor had preceded them to Brown County in 1868. Ole bought 200 acres of railroad land in section 11 of Linden township. The Ole Halvorson farm was owned by Herbert Halvorson, his descendant, in 1974.

The 1860 U.S. census shows them living in Oconomowoc Twp., Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The 1870 U.S. census shows that his farm in Linden was worth $2000 and his personal estate was $1210. It also indicated that he could read but not write English.

The church record of his death confirms that he was born in 1822 in Gjerpen, Norway.

Some of the stories in Thordson have to be taken with a grain of salt, like many old family stories. Such as the one told by Edward Halvorson (Clement's son and Ole's grandson). It has Ole's father working as a caretaker and hunting guide for the King of Norway. The King is supposed to have wounded a bear one day and the guide saved the King's life by killing the bear with his hunting knife. The guide died from wounds after the struggle. Also, Ole's father had supposedly married the King's daughter who thereafter was a commoner, but when her husband saved the King's life, her royal rights were restored. [Needless to say, this is something of a stretch to believe. Something vaguely like this may have happened further back in the family history, but Halvor Halvorson died aged 72 and did not marry a princess.] I also heard this story from Ed Halvorson and from Ellsworth Laingen.

I did locate Fjeldall farm, but it turns out from the church records that Ole Halvorson was from Dyrkoll farm. The bygdebok for Gjerpen (Christensen, 1985) confirms that and shows that he and Johanne were tenants there, first at "Plassen," where Ole Halvorson and Johanne Johannesdatter were tenants from circa 1845 on, then later at "Kasa," where Ole Halvorson and Johanne Marie Johannesdatter were tenants from circa 1850 onwards.

The Dyrkoll farm is about 9 km to the northwest of Skien and Gjerpen, along the Hoppestadelva stream, about 1 km below Slettevann lake. The Gjerpen church is the parish church for the rural area around Skien and is located just outside Skien to the north. The Skien parish is just for the city. Note that a similar situation applies to Porsgrund, Porsgrund parish is just for the city, while Eidanger parish handles the rural area, which is to the east of Porsgrun.

Emigration ship manifests were not kept until the mid-1860s in Norway, and incoming ship manifests were not kept in Quebec until 1865, so we miss out on those. Border crossing records are virtually non-existant until about 1895, and then only for a couple of places. When I was checking the Quebec records for 1870 for the Laingens I did see that there was a ship that sailed from Skien to Quebec, the "Skien", and on one of it's manifests it had an Ole Oleson Waller, from the Valler farm in Eidanger! So the Halvorsons may well have sailed from Skien, just a few miles from their farm, when the emigrated.

They were living in Oconmowoc Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, at the time of the 1860 census. They were quite close to their cousins, Halvor Waller, and his family, only six entries apart in the census. Ole was not very well off, owning no real estate (apparently renting his farm), and with only $50 in his personal estate. The Wallers, by way of contrast, had $1200 of real estate and $300 in personal estate. He was listed as paying taxes on 80 acres of land in Linden township in 1869, but the legal description covered 160 acres. See his son, Halvor O. Halvorson, for more details.

Gran states that he emigrated to America with his family in 1868, along with his sister and brother-in-law Nils Sæteret. That may well be the right date for the latter, but is incorrect for Ole and his family.55
Medical
He was vaccinated for smallpox on 20 Oct 1825. (also b. 3, p. 77). Brown County Vital Records list cause of death as infection of the lungs.30
Medical Notes for Johanne Marie (Spouse 1)
She was vaccinated for smallpox on 8 Sep 1823. Brown County Vital Records appear to indicate cause of death as "Strang Hernia" or strangulated hernia. I didn't realize this was possible for a woman, but the record is a little hard to read.
Misc. Notes
She was born after the death of her father. Thordson has the date of birth as 14 July 1819. Church records show 23 June 1819. She was confirmed on 12 October 1834 at Efteløt in Sandsvær.

She is mentioned in some skifteprotokolls.52

She was living with her son John and his family in 1880 and in 1885. Thordson has the year of death as 1896.3

When checking baptisms I saw that there was a Linden farm in Sandsvær. I don't know how common that is in Norway.

See the discussion under their son Halvor regarding the "infant" son, born in 1879, attributed to them in Thordson.3
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