Person Sheet


Name John Olsen Lokken
Birth 25 Sep 1859, Blessumlokken i Vågå, Oppland, Norway
Christen 23 Oct 1859, Vågå, Oppland, Norway
Death 7 Jan 1944, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Burial 11 Jan 1944, Linden Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Immigration 1883, America
Occupation Farmer
Religion Presbyterian
Father Ole Johnsen (Lokken)
Mother Anne Knudsdatter
Spouses:
1 Ragnild Johannesdattir Kjestad
Birth 17 Jun 1840, Kjæstad i Lom, Oppland, Norway
Christen 2 Aug 1840, Lom, Oppland, Norway
Death 26 Mar 1911, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Burial 29 Mar 1911, Linden Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Immigration 1866, America
Emigration May 1866, Lom, Oppland, Norway
Father Johannes Sevaldson (Kjæstad) (1804-1876)
Mother Ragnild Thorstensdattir (Frisvold) (1807-1870)
Marriage 30 Mar 1887, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
2 Bergette Oline Kjestad
Birth 21 Dec 1874, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Christen 17 Mar 1875, Linden Lutheran Church, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Death 22 Sep 1967, Madelia, Watonwan, Minnesota1,50
Burial 25 Sep 1967, Linden Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Religion Lutheran
Occupation Laundress (1900)
Alias/AKA Lena
Father Sevald Johannesson Kjestad (1834-1914)
Mother Johanna Tostendattir (Strom) (1840-1923)
Marriage 29 Oct 1912, Lake Hanska, Brown, Minnesota
Notes for John Olsen Lokken
The godparents and witnesses at his christening were Hans Johnsen Blessumlokken, Iver Knudsen Nasset, Kosted [?] Johnsen Veslokken, Gunhild Sternstuen, and Ragnild Knudsdatter Nasset.

There is a chance that this is the John Olsen who was working for Peder Laingen in either 1880 or 1885 - check that data and other sources for when John Olsen Lokken emigrated.

The witnesses for his marriage to Ragnild Kjestad were Sevald Kjestad and Tosten Kjestad. Her name was given as "Rina" Kjestad. They did not get their marriage license in Brown County, so check Blue Earth County.

Note that on 21 June 1887 in Lake Hanska an Ole Lokke, born 29 March 1857 in Norway married Mary Synsteby, born 5 March 1861 in Norway. This might be a brother or cousin.

There is a possibility that he is the "John Oleson, age 17, born Norway," who was working for Peder Laingen at the time of the 1880 census. That would imply an 1863 birthdate.

John Lokken was a permanent alien in 1900 according to the census. He was living adjacent to Tosten Kjestad in Linden township in 1895 and 1900. The 1895 census stated that he had been living in Minnesota for 12 years and in Linden for 7.

John and Lena Kjestad were married at the Linden Lutheran Church and the witnesses were Hans Svendson and Alice Kjestad. John was a resident of Linden, Brown Co., Minnesota, at the time of the marriage.

John bought 40 acres of land for $1000 from Knute and Sophie Strom on 20 January 1893. This was the SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 25, Township 108 N., Range 30 W.51

He is buried in Linden Lutheran Cemetery lot 80.

Hanska Herald, 14 January 1944:

"John O. Lokken
Passed Away at Age of 85 At His Linden Home. Funeral Held Tuesday.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Linden Lutheran church for John O. Lokken who passed away at his home in Linden last Friday evening, Jan. 7, after a brief illness. Rev. V. F. Larson officiated at the services. Interment was made in the Linden cemetery.
John O. Lokken was born in Vaage, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, Sept. 25, 1859, to the parents Ole and Anna Blesumlokken. He came to the United States in 1882. On Oct. 29, 1912 he was married to Miss Olena Kjestad and they have made their home on their farm in Linden township.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Sivert of Lake Crystal, and Hans in Norway. One brother, Knut, and two sisters, Kari and Ragnhild, preceded him in death. The Herald joins the community in extending sympathy to Mrs. Lokken and the relatives."
Research
52 (v. O, p. 33), 53 (v. H, p. 8, l. D), 7 (b. 1, pp. 244-245; b. 2, pp. 50, 98), 54, 55 (v. 40, pp. 621-622),28 (b. 46, p. 20)
1895 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 459 [LDS FHL microfilm 565764]
1900 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 758, E.D. 40, p. 69A
1920 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 825, E.D. 44, p. 139A
Medical Notes for Ragnild Johannesdattir (Spouse 1)
She was vaccinated for smallpox in 1841. She died from broncho pneumonia suffered for two months and nine days.
Misc. Notes
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There is a chance that she might be the Ronnoug Johnsdatter, wife of Thorsten Borge, who had a son Peder Elias christened in Linden church - many of the relatives showed up for that christening -- investigate further. See if the Borge father died before 1880. Also check the 1875 census. Check for Peder E. Borge death also.
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She was confirmed on 14 Oct 1855. Ragnhild was a tenant on the Andvord nordre farm at the time of the 1865 Norwegian census along with her brother Tjøstel. Their aunt Thora and her husband Paul were running part of the farm. She left Lom together with her brother Sevald and several others.

She was living with her brother Tosten in Linden, Brown Co., Minnesota, in 1880 and 1885.

She is buried in Linden Lutheran Cemetery lot 80.
Research
53 (v. F, p. 25, l. 3), 14 (b. 5, p. 162; b. 43, pp. 23, 333; b. 7, p. 322), 7 (b. 1, pp. 244-245; b. 2, p. 58),54
1865 Norwegian census, Lom, Oppland, L. 3b, G.N. 138a [LDS FHL microfilm ______ and Dovre Data Archive extract]
1880 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 616, p. 46A
1885 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 472 [LDS FHL microfilm 565735]
1895 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 459 [LDS FHL microfilm 565764]
1900 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 758, E.D. 40, p. 69A
Notes for Bergette Oline (Spouse 2)
The church records are clear that the date of birth was 21 December 1874 (not 1875). The witnesses at her baptism were Kina [?] Kelling, Peder Tormondsen, Hans Ruke, Mari Melting [?], and Marie Jallaksen. The SSDI1 has yet another different figure, 21 December 1873. We will use the church records as the most likely to be accurate.

She was attending school at the time of the 1880 census. She was confirmed, as Bergette Oline Kjestad, on 17 November 1889, at the Linden Lutheran Church. She signed Theodore P. Laingen's autograph book, showing that she was his cousin.

Lena (the name she appears to have normally used) was working as a laundress and living with her sister Rena and brother-in-law Svend Dovre in Mankato at the time of the 1900 census.

She died at the Luther Memorial Home. She is buried in Linden Lutheran Cemetery lot 80. Her death record gives her parents as Sevald Kjestad and Johanna Strom.

Hanska Herald, 28 September 1967:

"Linden Resident Died Friday

One of the pioneer women of Linden Township, Mrs. Lena Lokken died at the Madelia Luther Memorial Home last Friday evening at the age of 93 years.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Linden Lutheran Church Rev. Robert Ostergaard officiated and burial was in the church cemetery beside her husband who died January 7, 1944.
The pallbearers were Donald Overlie, Curtis Lindstrom, Walter Overlie, Sigvald Svendsen, Anton Olsen, and Clayton Helling.
Lena Lokken was born to the parents Sevald and Johanna Kjestad, December 21, 1873 [sic] in Linden Township where she grew to womanhood and was married October 29, 1912 to John O. Lokken and made their home on their farm until his death.
She moved to Rochester to live with her sister Mrs. Alice Elton in 1946. She fell and broke her hip in 1962 and has been bedridden ever since, moving to the Lutheran Memorail Home April 20, 1964. She was a life long member of the Linden Lutheran Church.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Alice Elton, Rochester, 11 nieces and 5 nephews. She was a half sister of the late E. E. Nelson, Nichol Nelson and Mrs. Ole Lundberg."

Research
33, 56 (v. A, p. 40), 52 (v. O, p. 33), 7 (b. 1, pp. 24-25, 84; b. 2, pp. 50, 98; b. 3), 54
1875 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 210 [LDS FHL microfilm 565717]
1880 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 616, p. 44D
1885 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 482 [LDS FHL microfilm 565735]
1900 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 758, E.D. 21, p. 251A
1910 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 691, E.D. 43, p. 81B
1920 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 825, E.D. 44, p. 139A
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