Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Olette Vignes

Recently, I received some new information about Olette Vignes. It was exciting to find some of the missing pieces to what we already had, and because of that, I retired her old birthday post and am adding this new one.

Olette Olsdatter Vingnaes or Vignes, as it was spelled on her death certificate, was born on 26 August 1863 at Ostre-Toten (East-Toten), Oppland, Norway. Her parents were Ole Jensen and Elene Marie Olsdatter, who were married at Ostre-Toten on 25 April 1848. She had three brothers who were Ole, Nils and Bernt. This family is listed on the 1865 census for Ostre Toten. As you may guess, they lived at the farm called Vingnaes.

There is also a record of their emigration on 26 June 1881. On the 1900 census for Holt, Marshall, Minnesota she indicated that she immigrated in 1881 and spoke and wrote in English. The 1881 immigration date is just one year too late for the 1880 census, and since the 1890 census was destroyed by a fire, the 1900 census is the first opportunity to locate her in a family setting.

On 27 May 1885, she married Thore O. Dovre in Minneota, Cottonwood, Minnesota, a poetic sounding place. As it says on Google, "Minneota, Minnesota, it's the place I want to go tah." They didn't stay, although their first son, Oscar Alfred, was born there. They returned to Holt in Marshall County, Minnesota. Their family was a large family of ten children. They were Oscar, Ole Hjalmer, Ella Magdalene, John Edwin, Marie Alvidia, Alma Ovidia, Selma Juline, Nora Augusta, Theodore, and Harold.

By the time of the 1910 census they had been married for 24 years. Their oldest son, Oscar Alfred had died in 1894, so there were nine living children. Two local school teachers boarded with them. Thore was a farmer. They were still dry farming in Holt on the 1920 census. Ella, who was 31 and not married, lived with them along with the younger children; Nora, Theodore, and Harald.

Olette died on 8 June 1922 at Holt, leaving her husband, Thore, a widower. She is the last of the August Norwegian birthdays.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ole Hjalmer Dovre, Traveling Man

Ole Hjalmer Dovre was born on 24 August 1887 at Crystal, Pembina, North Dakota, which is located in the most NE corner of North Dakota, adjacent to Minnesota. His parents were Thore O. Dovre and Olette Wigness. He was born just two days before his mother's 24th birthday. He had one older brother, Oscar Alfred, who was not yet two years old. The family continued to grow until there were ten children. In 1894, when there were just five children in the family his older brother died, and he became the oldest child.

On the 1900 census the family was living at Holt, Marshall, Minnesota. He was enumerated with his father as Hjalmer O., age 12, and born in August 1887 in North Dakota. His parents were both born in Norway.

Then on 29 December 1909, Ole married Gunda Baashus at Fordville, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Theodore Leonard, their first child, was born at Fordville. George, Gladys and Hillard were born at Holt. Their last daughter, Donna, was born nearby at Middle River. On the 1920 census the family was living at Holt, where Ole rented and did farming.

According to Dolores Dovre, Ole worked on the Alaska Highway, which was completed in 1943. The Highway ran between Dawson Creek, British Columbia and Delta Junction, Alaska. When he came home there wasn't any work in Minnesota. Then he went to Hawaii for 18 months to work. During these times Gunda and Donna stayed in Thief River Falls. Ole was in Hawaii when Gale Dovre was born in 1945. During that time, he saved enough money to buy a service station in Snohomish, Washington. Ole and Gunda moved to Snohomish, Snohomish, Washington where they lived until Ole's death on 23 June 1964.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Randi Knudsdatter

Randi was born on 15 August 1839 at Fale,Sunndal, Møre-Romsdal, Norway. She was the daughter of Knud Andersen Gravem and Marit Jorgensdatter Toske. She was christened on September 8th of the same year at Sunndal. Her parents were not married. She was her father's third illegitimate child and her mother's second with the same father. A record of their later marriage has not been found.

Møre-Romsdal is a county in the northernmost part of Western Norway that borders Oppland and other counties. Sunndal is the largest community in Møre-Romsdal, stretching from the fjord into the Dovre Mountains. It is an area of dramatic beauty as shown by this photo of Vinnufossen. Interestingly, Sunndal's police department has a sister-city in the USA, which is Issaquah, Washington!

On 21 May 1865, Randi married Halvor Thorsen Ottem at Sunndal. Halvor did not own the Ottem farm himself, but lived at a place called Ottem-lokken, which belonged to Ottem, and is sometimes called Aakerlokken. He was a "husmand" or a cottager. All of their children were born at the Ottem farm. They raised a large family of twelve, several of whom immigrated to America. When they arrived, this family used the farm name of Ottem as their surname. It may be that they hoped to improve their situation by coming to America.

Sometime before 1900, Halvor died. On the 1900 census Randi was a widow and her son, Martinus was living at home with her in Sunndal. He was a tailor. Another son, Lars was also living at home. So while we do not have death dates for Halvor or Randi, we know that he died before 1900 and she died after that time.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Anne Bendixdatter

Anne Bendixdatter was born on 9 August 1772 at Skrautval, Nord Aurdal, Oppland, Norway. Her father was Bendix Olsen and her mother was Astrid Knudsdatter. She was the oldest in a family of seven children. On 14 October 1790, she married Knut Knutsen Gigstad. Together they farmed the Gigstad Farm in Skrautval from 1822 until 1848. They had a large family of eleven children, our ancestor being their daughter, Siri.

McCabe and Moloy

The McCabe name first appears in Ireland in reference to soldiers of Hebridean origin in about 1358. These men came into Ireland from Scotland, having a Scandinavian heritage of Norse connections. The usage of the battle-axe, the characteristic galloglach weapon until the sixteenth century was a result of their Scandinavian background. They were galloglasses or mercenaries.

Caba is an Irish word for cap, hood, or helmet, and the name McCabe or MacCabe means the son of the helmeted one. The motto on the earliest coat of arms which has been attributed to the MacCabe family is "aut vincere aut mori" which means "either conquer or die." People who have the surname McCabe or MacCabe are descended from the galloglas soldiers mentioned above. Since these galloglas were "the son of the helmeted one" it is likely that all McCabes are not necessarily related to one another. (Taken from The Descendants of James McCabe and Ann Pettigrew, by Allen E. Marble, Past President and Fellow of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. Published in Bostom in 1986 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Copied from the book at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah in June 2005.)

Our earliest known McCabe ancestor, Francis McCabe, was born in Longford County, Ireland in 1826. His wife Mary Moloy, was born in County Leitrim in about 1825 at Carrigallen. Longford and Leitrim counties share a common border at the south end of Leitrim, and the north of Longford. The north and west parts of Leitrim were once part of the old Gaelic kingdom of Breifne, which was ruled by the O'Rourkes who were mentioned in Mr. Marble's account as being the employers of the galloglasses who came to be known by the McCabe surname and became their own sept in the area.

Francis and Mary married there, and had their first two children there. Mary Ann was born in 1848, and Elizabeth in 1850. Then in about 1851, they moved their little family to Yorkshire in England. Both of these Irish counties were badly affected by the potato famine or "Great Famine" of 1845-1847. Many people died, and many others emigrated to other places. According to statistics, these two counties, whose populations were both well over 100,000 before the famine, now contain only about 30,000 people each.

A search of the Index to Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland 1848-1864 was performed at the Family History Library in June 2005. The McCabes seemed to live almost exclusively in these two counties of Longford and Leitrim. Certain parishes had many McCabes. Of note, were Francis McCabe of Cloone and Mohill and Francis McCabe Jr. of Cloone, both places located in Leitrim and on the border with Longford. Since our ancestor was also named Francis, it is possible that they were related, or that the younger Francis was actually our ancestor, living in Leitrim prior to his move to England.

We first find Francis and Mary living in Doncaster, York, England on the 1861 census. They were living at Milner’s Yard and Francis was a laborer. They remained at that residence for twenty years, being listed there on the 1871 and 1881 census enumerations also. It was not until the 1881 census that Francis and Mary listed their counties of birth in Ireland. In 1881, Francis and his son Francis, both agricultural laborers, were out of work.

Their son, John, was born in 1852 at Bentley, York, England. The others were all born at Doncaster. They were Catherine in 1856, Ann in 1857, Margaret in 1860, and Francis, a son, in 1863.

On 11 May 1865, Mary Ann married Henry Procter at Doncaster. Elizabeth married Alexander King on 16 November 1866 at Bo’Ness, West Lothian, Scotland, where they made their home. John also married about that time to a girl named Mary and settled in Doncaster. The marriages of the other children are not known.

Francis, who went by Frank, died sometime between April and June, 1891 at Doncaster. On the 1891 census Mary is 67 years old and living at 13 Milner’s Yard. She is listed as the head of her household. Two year later, Mary died between January and March of 1893.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August is for Norwegians

In August we celebrate a number of birthdays of our Norwegian ancestors. Lars Olsen Baashus is the first. In Norway, children took their father's name as their surname. The farm name was added to show where they resided. When they came to America, some of them retained their father's name as their surname, and some used the farm name.

Lars Olsen Baashus (pronounced Baa-soo-s) was born 7 August 1855 in Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway. Ringsaker, named for an old farm, is a farming area, containing the largest and oldest farms in Norway.It is situated on the east side of the lake Mjøsa, which is Norway's largest lake, and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Ringsaker was first mentioned in written records in about 882 and has an interesting history.

Lars' father was Ole Guldbransen Riser, and his mother was Pernille Olsdatter Prastqvarn. We don't know about his childhood or his family because it has not been researched. We do know that he married Gina Matiasen on 7 November 1879 in Ringsaker. They were the parents of eleven children. Our ancestor, Gunda, was the sixth in the family and the only one of her siblings who made the trip to America. The family corresponded with her through letters and Gunda made at least one visit back to Norway.

Ringsaker Kirke was constructed before 1150, and was dedicated to St. Olav (king of Norway from 1015-1028). It was enlarged in the mid-1200's to its present size. There are several local churches, so we cannot know whether this was the church used by this family, but it is the oldest in the area.

Lars died on 20 August 1931 at Hamar, Hedmark, Norway, which is just south of Ringsaker, also on the shores of lake Mjøsa. The distance between Ringsaker and Hamar is 29 miles. It's always interesting to see just how far people travel in their lives.

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