Ole Larson's Folks

Category: Larson

I’m just getting around to reviewing the materials sent to me last month by cousin Carmen Stifstad, and updating my database with info on Kari Larsdatter (Ole’s sister) and her descendants. Kari had four children, 13 grandchildren, ten of whom married, so there are likely several dozen great-grandchildren, but I don’t have info on that generation, yet.  More updates to follow. Here is a snapshot, dated around 1910, of Kari and most of her descendants to that date (plus some…

The Letter from Anna, posted Dec. 22, generated quite a few comments, some of which were posted by readers, and others emailed to me. They followed 2 threads; the first I am addressing here. Anna died Aug. 2, 1927, about 10 months after she wrote this letter. The cause of death was listed as diphtheria; which was not plausible to the family members who remembered it. When my father (Lovell) was battling lung cancer in 1969-70, he became absolutely convinced…

Here are three images Uncle Ivan sent me. They are the first three pages of a letter (Ivan could only find those three) from grandmother Anna Moen Larson (Isaac’s wife). The letter was to Hazel, the wife of Isaac’s cousin  Harry Samuelson. The Samuelsons lived in Ontario, California at the time. My comments below the letter. Just click to post your own comments.       Thanks, Uncle Ivan! The letter clarifies a detail I was a little vague about…

A brief inspection of the churchbook where the christening of Kari Larsdatter’s illegitimate son was recorded in 1856 (born in November 1855) was a bit surprising to me. Here is where you can find the page, and browse the book yourself if you like. And here is a portion of the record: In the right-hand column the mother is “Pige Kari Larsdatter Skurdalseiet.” Pige (modern spelling: Pike) means “girl” or “unmarried woman” (Kari was 25). And the father is “Ungkarl…

I just received a packet from  third cousin Carmen Stifstad, great-granddaughter of Kari Larsdatter. In the late 1980’s, Carmen was researching in the Coon Prairie area, and met up with Aline Jernander. Aline had recently published “Larsons and Slettens,” but at the time it was unknown that Kari and her family had immigrated to Wisconsin three years after Ole and his companions. Carmen was actually searching for a Sletten connection, but after meeting Aline, found out it was Larsons instead…

Added a new “Geography” page with maps of key locations in Norway and America.

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