As I did with his wife Ovidia Olesdatter, this article will attempt to present a reasonably terse version of my research in the Norwegian archives for the family of Jens Rasmussen (a/k/a John Hanson) who was my great-great-grandfather. I’ve already posted the story of his life as it was documented by his daughter Olga Hanson Schmidt. This will give Jens’s entire five-generation tree back to his 2x great-grandparents (my 6x great-grandparents) and in some cases his 3x great-grandparents (my 7x great-grandparents).
[NOTE: I’d like to again thank Nina Karlsen whose help in finding Norwegian-language reference material was invaluable in preparing this history.]
This figure gives the overview [click to enlarge or download]:
Jens Rasmussen was born 26 Jan 1847 on Østrem Farm in Lindås, Hordaland, Norway. His parents were Rasmus Hansen Hellestvedt (1812-1862) and Sigri Andersdatter Østrem (1816-1905). Jens was baptized in Lindås on 31 Jan 1847 and confirmed in Lindås on 29 Sept 1861. In the 1865 Census for Lindås he is listed working as an 18-year old farm laborer on the farm of Lasse A. Knudsen. A 23-year-old Jens left from Bergen for Québec on 22 May 1870 on the “Galathea”, arriving on 10 Jul 1870. It was only one of many trips across the Atlantic he would make over the next 14 years. He returned to Norway from Northern Wisconsin in 1884 and was living and working on Ryum Farm in Vikna, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway with his three brothers Rasmus, Andreas, & Hans when he met 17-year-old Ovidia Olesdatter.
He married Ovidia Olesdatter in Vikna, Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on 12 Sept 1884 where both bride and groom were listed as being from Ryum Farm. Jens’s occupation was given as sailor. The newlywed couple departed Bergan, Norway for New York, USA on 8 Oct 1884. They settled on a homestead on the side of Rib Mountain near the town of Fleith, Wisconsin around 1889, and they both farmed there until the end of their lives.
Children of Jens Rasmussen and Ovidia Olesdatter (all born in Wisconsin): Roger Hanson (1887-1888), Olga Johanna Hanson (1891-1990), John Albert Hanson (1894-1980), Mabel Esther Hanson (1897-1992), Roy Sigvard Hanson (1900-1972).
Rasmus Hansen was born 1 May 1812 on Hellestvedt Farm in Lindås, Hordaland, Norway, and was baptized on 7 May 1812 in Lindås. His parents were Hans Olsen Hellestvedt and Kari Gullaksdatter Monsløb. He married Sigri “Siri” Andersdatter on 7 June 1839 in Lindås. The groom was listed as being from Hellestvedt Farm and the bride from Østreim [Østrem] Farm. Rasmus and Siri had the following children: Hans Rasmussen (1840-1898), Larsina Rasmusdatter (1841-1922), Andreas Rasmussen (1843-1908), Ole Rasmussen (b 1845), Jens Rasmussen (1847-1923), Carl Rasmussen (b 1849), Gullak Rasmussen (b 1851), Rasmus Rasmussen (1852-1936), Sirina Olivia Rasmusdatter (1845-1884), Ivar Rasmussen (b 1858), and a stillborn son born in 1862.
Rasmus died on Østrem Farm on 15 Jun 1862 in Lindås at the age of 50 and was buried in Lindås on 22 Jun 1862.
Sigri Andersdatter was born 11 Feb 1816 on Hopland Farm in Lindås, Hordaland, Norway, and was baptized on 17 Feb 1816 in Lindås. Her parents were Anders Hansen Hopland and Martha Nilsdatter Øxnæs. She married Rasmus Hansen on 7 June 1839 in Lindås. The groom was listed as being from Hellestvedt Farm and the bride from Østreim [Østrem] Farm.
Sigri died in Lindås in 1905, according to the “Lindås Band IV” genealogy book. So far her burial record has not been located.
Anders Hansen was born about 1783 on Hopland Farm in Lindås, Hordaland, Norway. So far his baptism record has not been found. His parents were Hans Rasmussen Hopland and Anna Christiansdatter Tveiten. Anders married Martha Nilsdatter on 21 Jul 1811 in Lindås. The groom was listed as being from Hopland Farm, and the bride from Øxnæs Farm. The bride was six months pregnant at the time of the marriage. Anders and Martha had the following children: Engel Andersdatter (b 1811), Sigri “Siri” Andersdatter (1816-1905), and Britta Andersdatter (b 1819).
Anders died in 19 Mar 1848 at Hopland Store Farm in Lindås at the age of 66, according to his probate record. So far his burial record has not been found.
Martha Nilsdatter was born in August 1783 on Øxnæs Farm in Lindås, Hordaland, Norway. She was baptized in Lindås on 31 Aug 1783. Her parents were Nils Rasmussen Holmås and Britha Bessesdatter Øxnæs. Martha married Anders Hansen on 21 Jul 1811 in Lindås. The groom was listed as being from Hopland Farm, and the bride from Øxnæs Farm.
Martha died 22 Apr 1859 at Herdla, Hordaland, Norway at the age of 75 and was buried on the 29th of April.