Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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

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Marte Bø, Chapter 12 To read Marte’s story from the beginning, click here. Why bring this up? None of our three twentieth-century sources even hint that seventeenth-century witch hysteria had any bearing on the deaths at Huskelien, much less those at Gallows Hill. There was apparently no mention of it in any of the documents, nor even in the folklore collected by our source authors. Or perhaps the authors, with their own modern biases, considered folklore on this topic unworthy of recording. In Europe as…

Marte Bø, Chapter 11 To read Marte’s story from the beginning, click here. As every mystery fan knows, a criminal needs three things: motive, means, and opportunity. In our 1694 “murder mystery,” opportunity was hardly an issue. Who could be more vulnerable than an old spinster, living alone in a small clearing, deep in the woods? The means are less clear. What power did Marte have over her son, that she could incite him to commit cold-blooded murder, of his own godmother, no less…

Marte Bø, Chapter 10 To read Marte’s story from the beginning, click here. Marte Østensdatter’s execution, and the several related deaths, created a complex problem regarding the farm and fortune left behind. From Thomle: The probate for Marte Østensdatter was held on Bø, 1 and 2 March 1695.  The estate was very prosperous.  It owned 18 cows, 11 young cattle, 4 oxen, 14 calves, 21 goats, 39 sheep, 2 hogs, and 9 horses.  Of silver, there were a goblet, heavy 11 weight…

Marte Bø, Chapter 9 We interrupt our narration for a moment, to make a comment that belongs in the introduction, and will move there when the series is collated: Unlike the Medieval royals and nobles I claim as ancestors in my lighthearted pages on ancient history, Marte Bø is a documented sixth great-grandmother. Joanne Lillevold and I have assembled evidence from primary and secondary sources, establishing our mutual relationship, in accordance with the Genealogical Proof Standard. To read Marte’s story from the beginning, click here…

Marte Bø, Chapter 8 To read Marte’s story from the beginning, click here. 11 February, 1695. From Kleiven, p. 353: The old execution place in Fron was at Gallows Hill [Galjehaugen] at the Augla brook, and here all three were executed the same day.  When Marte went to the scaffold, she kicked off her shoes and asked an acquaintance to take them along to Bø.  “They can make a little money for these, also,” she said.  [These were Marte’s last words, at least…

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