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 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…

Marte Bø, part 7 To read Marte’s story from the beginning, click here. From the jail at Uppigard Kjorstad to the execution place, named Gallows Hill (Galjehaugen), Marte and the others first walked across a small plateau just below the Kjorstad farm but above the valley floor. Try to imagine the scenes with primitive, unpaved roads, some poorly drained, and snow-covered much of the year. The road from Kjorstad is called Kilevegen. It is not recorded how many officials and…

Marte Bø, part 6 To read Marte’s story from the beginning, click here. I thought I was pretty good at collecting images from the Internet to use in my projects. But Cousin Joanne really nailed it when she made her PowerPoint on this story. Using Norwegian mapping sites, and on-the-ground images from Google “street view,” she presented, among other things,  a realistic series showing the countryside as Marte must have seen it on her walk to Gallows Hill. Another tusen takk to…

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