Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

With Myers, Moen, Drayer, Colby, Samuelson, Sprung, and others

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Today is Olsok, the feast day of Saint Olaf. The patron saint of Norway, also known as King Olaf II Haraldsson, by tradition died on 29 July 1030, near Trondheim, at the Battle of Stiklestad. Below: Death of St. Olaf, from an altar at Nidaros (Trondheim) cathedral, painted in the early 14th century. The cathedral was built over the grave of St. Olaf in the 12th-13th centuries. Some living birthdays today: cousin Carrol Meschke Johnson, brother-in-law Peter Drewes, and … oh…


Died in Sør-Fron, Norway, on this date in 1816: 5th great-grandfather Amund Olsen Rønn. His grandson, also named Amund Olsen (Rønn, alt. Rolstadlien), was the father of Amund Amundsen Volden, who immigrated to Coon Prairie and became patriarch of the Volden clan.


Died in Darien, New York, on this date in 1858: third great-grandfather Daniel Colby, father of Harry Eugene Colby. Top photo: Genesee river valley, from Familysearch.org. Daniel is buried on private property, his grave unkempt. This blurry photo was made by a findagrave.com contributor in 2013.

1925 Mary Ann

Born in Sidney, Montana, on this date in 1922: cousin Mary Ann Larson (m. Meschke), daughter of granduncle Axel. Pictured below with her family in Sidney.  

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Died in Berkshire, Ohio, on this date in 1816: Maj. Thomas Brown, 4th great-grandfather on the Myers side. Major Brown was one of the earliest settlers in what is now Delaware County. He helped plan the town of Berkshire Corners, but the town never came to fruition. Ironically, in the same year Thomas died, Lawrence Myers co-founded the town of Sunbury, which would meet with more success, just a few miles away. It was Thomas Brown’s daughter, Eliza, who married Lawrence Myers…

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