Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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Died in Delaware County, Ohio, on this date in 1831: third great-grandfather “Col.” Thomas Jefferson Brown. Also featured on his birth date, 18 June. In London, England, on this date in 1666, the “Great Fire of London” began. It burned for three days, destroying over 10,000 buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Remarkably, only six persons died. Top photo: painting by unknown artist of Dutch School, collection of Museum of London.

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Born in Sør-Fron, Norway, on this date in 1837: great-grandaunt Marit Larsdatter, sister of Ole Larson. She was featured on her death date of 19 June. Below is a page from one of her books, inscribed in her own handwriting. “Belongs to me, Marit Larsdatter Skurdalsbrenden. I was born September 1837 and was confirmed in South Fron church the 13th of June 1851. Emigrated from my old home the 18th of April 1865 and came here to Coon Prairie the…


Died in Hampton, New Hampshire, on this date in 1681: ninth great-grandfather Abraham Perkins. Several generations later, a descendant of Abraham married into the Colby line. It was Abraham’s sister Mary Perkins who was convicted of witchcraft in 1695 and sentenced to hang. She escaped being executed, about the time that the witch persecution ended. Read more …


Born in Tretten, Norway, on this date in 1790: third great-grandfather Peder Olsen Glomme-Ødegaarden. His daughter Marit married Samuel Jørgensen Bjerke and immigrated to Wisconsin with him, where they eventually changed their surname to Samuelson(!). Top photo: stone ruins at the Ødegaard farm, taken on my visit in 2011. Below: looking across Ødegaard’s fields toward the Bjerke farm. Read more …


No close family anniversaries of ancestors. Among the living, happy birthday to cousin Larry Larson of Sidney, Montana. Born in Stockholm, Sweden,on this date in 1915: Ingrid Bergman, one of the great stars in the golden age of Hollywood. The American Film Institute ranks her as the fourth greatest film actress of all time. Still watched today in her best-known role, opposite Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (top photo), Bergman won three Oscars, two Emmys, four Golden Globes, and a Tony award. Ingrid…

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