Ole Larson's Folks

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 wife Ingeborg Eriksdatter (who apparently died in Norway before Ole came to America). To see the info in narrative form, with links to the source materials, click here.



I have posted this info “permanently” in the Generations section.

Tracing the Slettens. Started with no patronym for Gunder, Engebret, Mathea, Ole, Edward. Did have precise birth dates for Gunder and Engebret. Guessed Olsen and turned out correct. All records are from Ringebu parish. Olsen was later confirmed by Aline and Clarice. No trace of the surname Sletten. There is such a farm in Ringebu, but I haven’t seen it in any of these family records, except possibly as a witness’ residence. Deciphering the handwriting is also an inexact science.

2 Edvard Olsen, b. 11 Sept. 1854, c. 22 Oct. 1854, Ringebu


Parents: Ole Ellefsen, Ingeborg Eriksdatter, residence Aamoslihaugen

2 Engelbreth Olsen, b. 20 Jul. 1860, c. 7 Oct. 1860, Ringebu


Parents: Ole Ellefsen, Ingeborg Eriksdatter, residence øvre Troshaugen?

2 Gunder Olsen, b. 20 Jan. 1864, c. 7 Feb. 1864, Ringebu


Parents: Ole Ellefsen, Ingeborg Eriksdatter; residence Thugordstuen

2 Else Olsdatter, b. 5 Mar. 1867, c. 31 Mar. 1867, Ringebu


Parents: Ole Ellefsen, Ingeborg Eriksdatter; residence Thugordstuen

2 Olaus Olsen, b. 27 Jan. 1870, c. 27 Feb. 1870, Ringebu


Parents: Ole Ellefsen Kongerud?, Ingeborg Eriksdatter; birth dates: Ole 1839?, Ingeborg 1832 residence Kongerud?

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1 Ole Ellefsen Aamoslien, Ingeborg Eriksdatter Elstad married 14 Jun. 1854 Ringebu


Age: Ole 23, Ingeborg 22 ½

1 Ole Ellefsen born 24 Sept. 1831, christened 2 Oct. Ringebu


Parents: Ellef Olsen Toftmarken, Else Gundersdatter

*see below for pedigree of Ingeborg Eriksdatter

1 Passage of one Ole Ellefsen, approx. correct age (6 years off), already resident of America(?) maybe return trip? (Emigration protocols)


128337 Oslo 3573 1900 Juli 12 Ole Ellefsen m G Farmer 63 Amerika Wisconsin 4555 U.s.a. 169,- Island

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-1 Ellef Olsen, Else Gundersdatter married 26 Mar. 1831, Ringebu


Ellev is widower (Enkemand,) age 38 residence Tofthougen?, Else age 37, residence Madsveen.

-1 Ellef Olsen (father of Ole Ellefsen) christened 14 Apr. 1793 Ringebu.


Parents: Ole Ellefsen, Marit Gulbrandsdatter _ _ _(?), residence Hollet(?)

-2 Ole Ellefsen, Marit Gulbransdatter (parents of Ellef Olsen) married 11 Oct. 1792 (Engaged 23 Sept.), Ringebu


Ole’s residence Skarstun(?) fra Froen, Marit’s res. Hollet

if Ole is from Froen, as this record indicates, his birth record was lost in 1801 Froen vicerage fire.

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Christening: 15 Jun 1766 Place: Ringebu, Oppland, Norway


Father: Guldbrand [Olsen] ØVRE BRANDSTAD

Mother: Eli HANSDR[??] very suspect transcription; could be Brandstad again

Father’s patronym (Olsen) added after I found the family in 1801 census, Ranklev farm. Mother (Eli) had died, Father (widower) Guldbrand Olsen, Marit, her husband Ole Ellefsen, their son Ellef Olsen and siblings are all there.


This is a solid line, with good connections and primary source back to 1704.

-3 Gulbrand Olsen

Birth: Kous [alt. Kaus], Ringebu, Oppland, Norway

Christening: 02 OCT 1735, Ringebu, Oppland, Norway

Father: Ole Olsen Kous; Mother: Maren Gulbrandsdatter nedre[?] Brandstad;


-4 Ole Olsen, Maren Gulbransdatter

Marriage 09 Jul 1735 (Engagement 23 Jun), Ringebu, Oppland, Norway


residence: Kous (Ole), nedre[?] Brandstad (Maren)

-4 Ole Olsen Kous (mistranscribed “Hous” by LDS indexer)

Christening 11 Feb. [Sexagesima Sunday]1705, Ringebu, Oppland, Norway (indexer mistakenly noted 15 Feb)

-5 Father: Ole Kous


-4 Maren Gulbrandsdatter Christening 28 Nov. 1704, Ringebu, Oppland, Norway


Father: Gulbrand Brandstad

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(wife of Ole Ellefsen Sletten)

1 Ingeborg Eriksdatter born & christened 15 Jan. 1832. Øyer, Oppland, Norway


Parents: Erik Olsen, Marit (or Embjør?) Mikelsdatter, residence Elstad

Note: Øyer parish is adjacent to Ringebu; both have an Elstad farm. However, there is no Ingeborg Erichdatter born near the right time anywhere in Ringebu parish, nor on any other Elstad farm. Good confidence of this connection.

-1 Erich Olsen and Ømbjor Michelsdatter married 29 June 1818, Øyer


res: Staum fra Gausdal (Erich); Elstad (Ømbjor)

Erik Olsen born 2 May 1791, christened 12 June, Gausdal


Father: Ole Jacobsen; Mother: Marthe Larsdatter; res: Kraabøl

This family (Ole, Martha, 2 children) is in 1801 census, kraabøl farm, but Erik (should be age 10) is not listed ??

-1 Ømbjor and Marit Mikelsdatter (twins) born 31 Jan. 1793, Øyer.


Father: Michel; Mother: Ane (no patronyms); res: Lien

-2 Ole Jacobsen, Marthe Larsdatter married 18 Apr 1775, Øyer.


Residence: Bratland (Ole), Nubrud _ _ ? (Marthe)

(no birth record found for Marthe Larsdatter 1737-1757 Øyer, Gausdal, or Ringebu)

?-2 Ole Jacobsen born 6 Jan 1751, christened 31 Jan., Gausdal


Father: Jacob Olsen, Mother: Lisbet Olsdatter (unwed) Jacob’s status: Og_ _mand?

res: Houm_ _ _?


?-2 Ole Jacobsen christened Palm Sun. (3 April?) 1746, Gausdal


Father: Jacob (?-LDS says Olsen but I can’t find; LDS says mother: Karen Jorgensdatter but I cant find any mother); residence same as above (!) Houm_ _ _? This baby (and mother?) may have died and the name been recycled by same father??

-3 Jacob Olsen christened 11 Jun 1721, Gausdal


Father: Ole (?-LDS says Jacobsen but I can’t find; LDS says mother: Ragnhild Svendsen but I cant find any mother); res. Houm

-4 Ole Jacobsen, Ragnild Simensdatter (LDS mistranscribed as Svendsen) married 1720 (engaged 4 Nov.), Gausdal


res: Houm

-4 Ole Jacobsen born 1695, Gausdal; buried 7 Oct 1737

(LDS member submission)

Father: Jacob Olsen; mother: Anna Ellefsen, res: Houm

-4 Ragnild Svendsen born about 1699, Gausdal, Norway

(LDS member submission – mistranscription)


-4 Ragnhild Simensdatter, christened 18 May 1697, Gausdal


Father: Simon Heggen; res: Heggen; 1st witness: Jacob Houm!!

-3 Lisbet Olsdatter born abt 1725, Gausdal

(LDS Member submission)

res: Fougne

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-3 Karen Jorgensdatter christened 2 May 1723, Gausdal


Father: Jorgen; res: Elstad

-4 Jorgen Olsen, born about 1700, Gausdal, Norway

(LDS member submission)

Father: Ole Ericksen; mother: Karen Kristensdatter; married Anne Stenersen 1722

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-1 Else Gundersdatter, age 7, (mother of Ole Ellefsen Sletten), is listed in census of 1801, along with her parents and siblings. Farm name is Madssveen. Very good line in Ringebu back to 1709..


-1 Else Gundersdatter, christened 24 Nov. 1793, Ringebu, Norway


Death:  (LDS submission)

21 AUG 1840 Aarnaesliehougen,Aarnaeslien,Favang, Ringebu, Oppland, Norway

Burial:  (LDS submission)

29 AUG 1840 Favang, Ringebu, Oppland, Norway

Father: Gunder Joensen, Mother: Mari Gulliksdatter, Residence: Madsveen

-2 Gunder Joensen, christened 5 Feb 1758, Ringebu


Father: Joen Larsen; Mother: Marthe Gundersdatter

Residence: Guttu Søndre

-2 Mari Guleksdatter christened 6 Feb 1757, Ringebu


Father: Gulek Nordrum, mother: Anne Eriksdatter, res: Nordrum

-3 Gulich Eriksen christened 30 Mar 1710, Ringebu


Father Erich Saetter; residence Saetter(?), first witness is from Nordrum(?)

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-3 Joen Larsen, Marthe Gundersdatter marriage 10 Apr 1755 (engaged 16 Mar), Ringebu. Joen is a soldier. Parents of Gunder Joensen


Residence: Joen: Berg; Marthe: _ _ _ _ _? Dalseg(?)

-3 Joen Larsen christened 14 Sept. 1732, Ringebu


Father: Lars Hansen(?-LDS transcription suspect). Residence not given; some witnesses are from Branstad(!) others possibly from Sletten (!)

-4 Lars Hansen(?) christened 27 Sept. 1709, Ringebu


father Hans Monsen, mother Kari Engebretsdatter – very small & difficult script. Residence: Saetter?

Birth was out of wedlock “uegte barn.” Father is only mentioned in the last line; unusual for even an unwed birth:

Barnets fader var, Hans Monsen (“Babies father was …” Was the father dead already?)

-3 Marthe Gundersdatter christened 11 March 1731


Father: Gunder Dalsaeg; residence Dalsaeg

Sletten, part 1
Mystery Family