Torger was the step-son of our great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson. He was born in 1887 Norway, the first child of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter. He passed in 1911, a bachelor of about twenty-four years. His death was accidental, as told by the daughter of his half-sister, Mildred. We know him as family. Yet, he is elusive to the search process because his emigrant register listed him with his mother, under an unusual name, and then a few years hence, he assumed his step-father’s American name.
We remain driven by past struggles of “The Adoption Witness” whose beloved ancestor’s birth particulars were sought; one who was born non-wedlock, then was adopted beyond biological ties – an undocumented event, as was typical to the time. So we lay out stumbling blocks of other complicated genealogies when we find them. For Torger, it is in case descendants on his father’s side may wish to locate him, or, indeed, the chance, albeit unlikely, that he left unsuspected issue.
Birth and Baptism: transcription of Tøger’s records of birth, 11 February 1887, and baptism, 27 March 1887, were found.1 His parents were noted as unwed. Residence data was given for his mother only; Braendmoe.
“Barn Tøger Ingvald” “far Arne Tøllefsen” “mor Allette Emilie Bergitte Ingebrigtsdtr” “Ekte/uekte:u”Ministerialbok for Hattfjelldal prestegjeld 1878-1898 (1826P)
Part of the ledger was not transcribed – see the many names inscribed below; a great place to start further study. His mother’s birthdate was 1862; father’s 1861.
Emigration: Tøger emigrated to America with his mother, in June of 1888.1
“Out-migration: 1888” “Person: Alette Emelie Gergitte Tustervand” “Birth year:1862” “Migrating to:Amerika” with “Person: Tøger Ingvald” “Position:Barn” “Birth year:1887”Ministerialbok for Hattfjelldal prestegjeld 1878-1898 (1826P)
Emigrant Record Errors: Alette Tustervand, with son Tøger, though? That discrepancy could throw a wrench in further search. It probably represented recorder haste, given the misspell of her third forename, with the result that her birth residence was given for her surname. Her birth data was then located, in order to confirm that notion – and, of course, to assure the right target was at hand.2
“Births and baptisms: 1862-04-27” “Name:Alette Emilie Bergitte” “far Ingebrigt Nilssen” “Residence:Tustervand” “mor Marit Andersdtr.”Ministerialbok for Hattfjelldal prestegjeld 1860-1878 (1826P)
Ole, Berith and Alette were likely familiar in Norway, while Alette was about ten years the junior. She resided in the third census district of Hatfjelldal in the 1865 Census, and they, in the first.3 However, the residence she gave at Torger’s birth, fell into the first district. Although her Norwegian records show Alette, her family called her Aletta.
Torger Hemmingson resided at the family homestead in Mason, Bayfield County, WI, over all his available censuses; those of 1900. 1905 and 1910. He was mainly involved in farm work. Torger had six step and seven half-siblings. He rests with family in Mason Cemetery.
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Notes and Sources
1 SAT/A-1459, Ministerialprotokoller, klokkerbøker og fødselsregistre – Nordland, 823/L0325: Parish register (official) no. 823A02, 1878-1898, Transcribed by Jostein Mediaa. Found at https://www.digitalarkivet.no
2 SAT/A-1459/823/L0324 SAT, Ministerialprotokoller, klokkerbøker og fødselsregistre – Nordland, 823/L0324: Parish register (official) no. 823A01, 1860-1878, p. 6 Transcribed by Jostein Mediaa. Found at https://www.digitalarkivet.no
3 The National Archives of Norway, the Digital Archives https://media.digitalarkivet.no Norway Census 1865 RA/S-2231 of Nordland, Hatfjelldal