Ole Larson's Folks

Category: Sletten

Died in Vernon County, Wisconsin, on this date in 1939: Gunder Sletten, ancestor to several lines of Larsons (not including my own). Of Gunder’s ten children, three married into the Ole Larson family. Gunder is buried at Bethany Church, La Farge.

Here is the conclusion of a lengthy profile I just finished of Helene Olsdatter. The longer piece is an update of several earlier posts, along with more recent discoveries. Helene’s death certificate, and Larsons and Slettens 1985,  give her father’s name as Ole Lien, a farm name that does not appear in the records of her birth and childhood in Norway. I took that in stride, as just one of the many liberties that immigrants took with their names. But cousin…

Born in Ringebu, Norway, this day in 1864: Gunder Sletten. He is not a biological relative to the Isaac Larson line, but is an ancestor of a great many other Larsons. Of the six or more Slettens who married Larsons, no fewer than four of them were Gunder’s children. Gunder is buried in La Farge, Wisconsin. I have as yet no photo of his gravestone, but here is his father’s, Ole Sletten, buried at Brush Creek.

I have been very occupied transferring more data from “Larsons & Slettens 1985” and “Whence We Came” into my own database. Much of it was already there, thanks to Uncle Ivan and cousin Orrin Moen, who got me jump-started years ago when they both kindly sent me their entire databases. But there is still much to add, including some branches that were not there yet, and some corrections and source citations for the rest. Two years ago, I expounded on…

On the subject of interrelationships by marriage, the Larson-Sletten connections are abundant. There were at least five marriages between the two families in the early 20th century. And now, I have discovered a distant biological relationship between the Slettens and a slew of Larsons (including myself and all descendants of Isaac, Axel, and Louise Larson), and of the Samuelsons. A certain Erland Sivertsen Raastad (d. after 1605) of Vaaga parish, Gudbrandsdal, is the 6th great-grandfather of Anne Samuelsdatter (Ole Larson’s…

I encountered some setbacks and thorny problems, but have now finished tracing the Sletten pedigree back through the earliest churchbooks for Øyer, Ringebu, and Gausdal parishes (around 1695), and a little earlier in a couple of cases. The earlier entries were submitted by LDS members  to the Mormon “Family History Center.” Most likely their info came from Bygdebøker (area-farm books), which I may seek out some day. I began with Ole Ellefsen, eldest immigrant in the Sletten clan, and his…

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