Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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

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Right now here in Bend, Oegon, USA, it is 3 PM, and the temperature is 8 degrees F (- 12 C). Wind chill below zero. Snowing lightly. Very cold for our area, *extremely* cold for snow to be falling. But probably a typical winter day in Norway. Maybe like February 1842, when Anne was released from prison in Oslo with 2-month-old Ole, facing a 150-mile journey home to the north.

Here’s a curious detail from the sentencing document lines 13-16: Allegedly, the defendant (our ancestor), while stealing from a “Stabur” (a food storage building of some kind), *locked the outside door* of a nearby dwelling that was occupied at the time. While the motive for that is easy enough, how the heck did it work? What kind of dwelling door has an outside lock with which a malefactor (bad guy) could lock the occupants in???

One of the two sentencing documents (the one in Gothic *printing*) is now fully up, with its translation, at Supreme Court Sentence. Have a look and please comment. The handwritten document is also up – page 1, page 2 – but is not linked to within the site itself. It still needs a lot of work to decipher the script, and then translate. It is tantalizing, because it has a lot of detail not included in the printed version. There…

Here is a link to the High Court document I was asking about in the DISchat yesterday. Warning: It’s a large file (<800KB) for best resolution. It is the first of two pages. Here is the second page. Please don’t laugh at the fragments of error-ridden transcription I have been picking at on my own. Thanks in advance to anyone who would like to comment on it.

When I was a child, the thinking of my relatives was that “…son” was the Norwegian spelling, and “…sen” was Swedish. Then I met some “Larson’s” of Swedish descent, who quite naturally believed the exact opposite. Once I began examining the churchbooks (of Norway), I found that for almost every word, place-name, even Christian name, spelling varied from one document to another. Our ancestral farm of Skurdal, for example, is spelled “Skordal,” “Schurdal,” “Schurdahl,” and others. The first name of…

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