Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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

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Born in Tretten, Norway, on this date in 1790: third great-grandfather Peder Olsen Glomme-Ødegaarden. His daughter Marit married Samuel Jørgensen Bjerke and immigrated to Wisconsin with him, where they eventually changed their surname to Samuelson(!). Top photo: stone ruins at the Ødegaard farm, taken on my visit in 2011. Below: looking across Ødegaard’s fields toward the Bjerke farm. Read more …

Sadly noting the Feb. 23 passing of Uncle Ivan, my lifelong friend, mentor in family history studies, and the last of the five Larson brothers. Shown above in his WW2 uniform; Ivan was in the trenches at the Battle of the Bulge. Read more … Ivan’s obituary is on the website of Mountain View Funeral Home at this link. Ivan’s and Eleanor Ferris’ 1946 wedding date was noted on Feb. 16. Aunt Eleanor is currently in skilled nursing care at Tacoma Lutheran. Finally…

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…

I have written several times about my “step-great-grandmother,” Helene Olsdatter. You can find those posts using this link.  Some of their assertions are outdated, and I am working on a “page” to update and consolidate them. This weekend, stimulated by conversations with cousin Sheila Geier, I did some work on a new thread. Helene was mother to the youngest seven of Ole Larson’s 13 children. In addition, she was said to have a older daughter, named Kari Hanson. Larsons and Slettens 1985, in…

Reorganization is on hold for the moment. My “professional help” seems to have vanished, and I may have to seek help elsewhere. However, I am making an unrelated resolution for the new year, which is to post more entries on the blog. To that end, beginning tomorrow, I will post a brief article every day, with a “today in our family history” theme. When there are any birth, death, or wedding anniversaries of deceased ancestors, at least one will be highlighted…

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