NameOlia Amundsdatter (Stenerud)272,281
Birth10 Sep 1852, Stenerud u. Stomperud i Sør-Odal, Hedmark, Norway282
Christening31 Oct 1852, Sør-Odal, Hedmark, Norway282 Age: <1
Emigration1876, Sør-Odal, Hedmark, Norway Age: 23
Immigration1876, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Age: 23
Census10 Jun 1880, 197 Rucker Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois276 Age: 27
Deathbef 1900 Age: 47
FatherAmund Hansen (Stomperud) (1814-1898)
MotherMarte Gulbrandsdatter (1813-)
Spouses
Birth11 Apr 1851, Laingen i Garmo, Oppland, Norway273
Christening29 May 1851, Garmo, Oppland, Norway273 Age: <1
Census31 Dec 1865, Chicago, Cook, Illinois56 Age: 14
Census MemoAbsent from Laingen i Garmo
EmigrationMay 1868, Lom, Oppland, Norway273 Age: 17
Immigration30 Jun 1868, Quebec, Quebec, Canada274 Age: 17
Immi MemoAboard "S.S. Nestorian" from Liverpool, England
Census31 Dec 1875, Laingen i Garmo, Oppland, Norway197 Age: 24
Residence6 Feb 1878, 480 Hudson Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Age: 26
Residence1880, 197 Rucker Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois275 Age: 28
Census10 Jun 1880, 197 Rucker Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois276 Age: 29
Residence1881, 55 W. Pearson, Chicago, Cook, Illinois277 Age: 29
Residence27 Nov 1883, 233 N. Wells, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Age: 32
Naturalizationbef 1900 Age: 48
Census5 Jun 1900, 495 Division Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois278 Age: 49
Census15 Apr 1910, 4327 North 42nd Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois279 Age: 59
Census3 Apr 1920, 4327 North Kedvale Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois280 Age: 68
Deathabt 24 May 1929, Concord, Knox, Tennessee Age: 78
Burial27 May 1929, Concord, Knox, Tennessee
ReligionMethodist (by 1875)
OccupationMarble shop (1880), “barber” [cutter] (1900)
FatherKnud Pederson (Lyngved) (1798-1875)
MotherThora Paulsdatter (Laingen) (1812-1906)
Marriage22 Feb 1877, Chicago, Cook, Illinois283
ChildrenThomas A. (1878-1936)
 Clara Maria (1881-1962)
 Arthur George (1887-1950)
Notes for Olia Amundsdatter (Stenerud)
The farm name in her christening record was Stomperud. The godparents and witnesses at her christening were Tosten, Lars and Gulbrand Hansen Stomperud, Maria E. ibid, and Ingeborg Hansdatter ibid. It seems to be a reasonable speculation that Tosten, Lars, Gulbrand and Ingeborg are all siblings of Amund.

The Sør-Odal bygdebok explains that farm gnr. 61, bnr. 4 of Stomperud is known as Steinerud, hence the Stenerud surname.

She is not seen arriving via Quebec through 20 July 1876 though she left Oslo on 20 April 1876. That makes it more likely that she traveled through New York.

Their marriage certificate gives her name as Lena Stenerud. She was called "Ollie" in the 1880 census and Peder Knudson had her name as Olea Stenrud. He further stated that his grand-aunt Clara said the surname was pronounced Stonerud. Her name was given as Olea Amundsen on the death certificate of her son Thomas, with the information provided by her other son Arthur.

The Sør-Odal bygdebok states that she left with Anne Stomperud, age 25, also bound for Chicago.
Medical Notes for Ole (Spouse 1)
He was vaccinated against smallpox in 1853.
Misc. Notes
The godparents and witnesses at his christening were Ronnaug and Guri Ekle, John Moe, John and Kari Lyngved. Confirmed on 8 October 1865 in Lom. The farm was called Ladingen in the record, and his parents were named as Knud Pedersen and Thora Pedersdatter [not Paulsdatter].

He was living with his parents on the Ladengen farm at the time of the 1865 Norwegian census. He left Lom, Norway, for America in May 1868 with his brother Anders.

He is undoubtedly the "Ola" Knudsen, age 17, traveling with Anders, age 20, on board the S.S. Nestorian, which arrived in Quebec on 30 June 1868.

Described on the 1875 Norwegian census for the farm as being absent, living in Chicago, Illinois, and now a Methodist. He was living in Chicago in 1906 according to his mother's probate.

The marriage between Ole and Olea was performed by Rev. Andrew Haageman of the 1st Norwegian Methodist Episcopal Church.

They were living at 480 Hudson Street at the time of the birth of Thomas.

He was living at 197 Rucker Street at the 1880 census. The 1880 Lakeside directory of Chicago shows him at this home address (p. 646) and has his marble shop at 186 N. Wells St. (pp. 646, 1394)

The 1881 directory shows him living at 55 W. Pearson and the shop at 231 N. Wells. (p. 686). Their address at the 27 November 1881 birth of Clara was 233 N. Wells.

The 1900 census has him living with his son Thomas at 495 Division Street. Thomas is only described as his partner and Thomas was the head of the household. They are both described as barbers. This is an amusing error. What probably happened is that the enumerator was told that they were "cutters," short for marble cutters. The enumerator misinterpreted that as hair cutters, so entered the occupation as barbers. His two younger children Clara and Arthur were living at his former residence of 2662 N. 42nd Street with their cousin Thora Slowstad. This is the same Thora who became Ole's second wife.

Ole Knutson, daughter Clara and Thora Slowstad traveled to Norway in 1904 and returned not long before the marriage of Ole and Clara. They arrived in New York aboard the S.S. United States on 31 October 1904.

[Ship Name: United States Years in service: 1903-1935 Funnels: 1 Masts: 2 Shipping Line: Scandinavian-American (Danish) Ship Description: Built by Alexander Stephen & Sons, Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 10,095. Dimensions: 500' x 58' (515' o.l.). Twin-screw, 16 knots. Triple expansion engines. Two masts and one funnel. History: Service: Copenhagen-Oslo-New York. Passengers: 130 first, 140 second, 900 third. Withdrawn from service in 1934. Broken up for scrap in 1935. Sister ships: Hellig Olav and Oscar II.]

The 1910 census shows that he had remarried in 1903. That census has his age as 52 when it in fact was 59. They were living at 4327 N. 42nd Avenue while the Chicago city directory for that year has the address as 4237 N. 42nd Ave. Ray and Blanche Smith were boarding with them and there was a second family also renting at the same address.

He had retired and was living at 4327 N. Kedvale Ave, Chicago, at the time of the 1920 census. They had two boarders living with them.

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The 1892 Chicago Index of Registered Voters has an O. Knudson, 13 Ayres St., (Congressional District 3, ward 17, precinct 3), born Norway, living in the precinct for 15 years, and the city and county for 26 years [a bit long, implying 1866 arrival]. His naturalization data was not recorded.

He was not spotted in the Precision Indexing index for the 1870 Census (Chicago).

Peder Knudson has a letter from Clara Knudson Duncan that Ole visited his mother in 1904.

Ole was naturalized and there are a couple of candidates in the Chicago area naturalization soundex, but nothing obvious.

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Possibly the Ole Knudson of Lake Park, Illinois, age 56, who arrived back in New York in 1908 aboard the Lusitania.

Given names: Ole
Surnames: Knudsen
Residence: Lake park, Ill
Ship arrival date: 31 Jul 1908
Arrival age: 56y
Nationality: Norweigan
Departure port name: Liverpool
Ship arrival port: New York
Gender: Male
Marital status: M
US citizen: X
Ship name: Lusitania
Collection: New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1892-1924272

Chicago Tribune, 26 May 1929, Chicago Tribune:
“KNUDSON-Oe Knudson, eloved husband of Thora S. Knudson, affectionate father of Thomas A. Knudson, Clara Marie Duncan, Arthur G. Knudson. Funeral Monday, May 27, at Concord, Tenn.”
Notes for Ole & Olia (Family)
Groom Bride Date Vol./Page License No. County
KNUDSON, OLE STENRUD, LINA 1877-02-22 / 00030065 COOK
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