Ole Larson's Folks

Anne Samuelsdatter Bjerke 1845-1885

Samuel Baptized

Anne Samuelsdatter (of Bjerke) was the mother of Isaac, Axel, and Louise Larson, and two others who died as infants. She was thus an ancestor of several hundred living descendants by these three children, linking us Larsons with a lot of Samuelson cousins.

20 Dec 1815 Samuel Jørgensen born in Tretten, a portion of Øyer parish, Oppland, Norway. on the Bjerke farm.
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Samuel Baptized
13 Nov 1844 Samuel marries Marit Pedersdatter Glomme-Ødegarden (b. 02 Mar 1820), Tretten
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1845-1864: At least 6 children: Anne & Ingebor 1845, Ingebor 1852 (Anne’s twin of that name must have died), John 1855, Marthe 1857, and Ole 1864, Bjerke farm. Below is Anne’s baptism, Tretten (with twin sister Ingebor, otherwise unknown):
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1845 Anne baptized

 

1865 Norway census finds Samuel, Marit & four children on a tenant farm named Klævemoen. Anne Samuelsdatter is not listed. She was 20 years old, possibly out of the home (perhaps a servant or industrial worker).
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26 Apr 1867: Anne Samuelsdatter age 22 departs Christiania on the ship Johannes Rød; arrives in Quebec 31 May. Two other young adults from her farm area were with her, but no known relatives.
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27 Jun 1870 This would have the earmarks of a mail-order bride story, except that Anne did not marry Ole Larson until three years later. LDS microfilm no. 1275579

Ole & Anne married 1870Ole had immigrated in 1865, so must have been eligible for naturalization by this time. Of particular note is the Norwegian form of Anne’s patronym, “Samuelsdatter,” a form rarely seen in US records. When her sister Mattie was married years later, her maiden name was recorded as Samuelson. Of course, from her marriage on, Anne used her husbands surname of Larson.

01 Jun 1877 Ole’s farm and the Norwegian community in Vernon county were apparently prosperous enough to send for Anne’s parents and siblings. Here is their departure protocol with the Oslo police. Their ship is the Hero, a small steamship running to England. I have not yet documented their Atlantic crossing.
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1877 EmigrationAs earlier noted, the surname of Jørgensen for the wife and children is puzzling, and did not “stick.” The children used their traditional surname, Samuelson, here in America. The youngest son, Ole Samuelson, raised his large family nearby to Anne and Ole Larson’s farm. Some of the Samuelson cousins took homesteads in North Dakota about 1910, near Isaac Larson and his brothers. Ole Samuelson is buried near his parents and sister at Brush Creek.

01 May 1880 More remarkable is that the parents, Samuel and Marit, also adopted the Samuelson Surname. Samuel died just before the US census, but Marit (nee Pedersdatter, widow of Samuel Jørgensen) was enumerated as a Samuelson, along with two adult children in her household.

The topper (also remarked on earlier): At some time after Samuel (Jørgensen) died on 01 May 1880, his tombstone was erected, naming even him as a Samuelson. Who’dve thunk?

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Anne Samuelsdatter, of course, shares a headstone with Ole himself.

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Anne died in 1885, age 40, a year after Isaac was born; also a year after Isaac’s half-sister Alma Larson, daughter of Ole’s future second wife, Heline Olsdatter.

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