A gasp escaped two maiden sisters long ago that echoes still: Elen and Anne Marie Hemmingsdatter of Groli Farm. Great-granddad Ole Hemmingsen's sisters, no less.1 They had shared a partner, albeit several years apart.2 To each, came a child. He was a skovdriver, their Gustav Henriksen. Skovdrivers came out of nowhere, and soon, they were … Continue reading Grandad Hemmingsen’s Maiden Aunts and The Skovdrivers of Hattfjelldal Parish.
It is best that the adult life of Hemming Gustavsen be told first. After all, circumstances surrounding his uegte birth, or of unwed parents, were so complicated that its telling in the same breath, risks overshadowing his own story.1 Likewise, it is best that his last census be up first; that of 1950 taken in … Continue reading Granddad’s Cousin: Hemming Gustavsen 1877-1966; A Larger Life Than Lean.
Gunder Olsen Dahlby and our own Elen Oline Olsdatter were storied pioneers in the annals of Wisconsin immigration. Their Norwegian heritage was equally exciting and largely unknown in those tales, so we will meld their old and new world experiences. If the Church Books be true, then Gunder arrived in Elen's neighborhood in 1871.1 They … Continue reading Our Dahlby Family: First Others in Cumberland WI
Dad consigned Mali Hemmingsdatter (1809-1888) to mere mention in our Family History. Ah, but some intriguing stories will go untold if her ancestral girl power is allowed to go unappreciated. She was little sister in the group of four adults in Generation 2: Hemmingsen, of Nord-Trondelag County, Norway. Now, it is so that her brothers … Continue reading Those Fiplingkrogen Tales Of Mali Hemmingsdatter (1809-1888)
For sure, Benjamin Mikael Arntsberg, son of Mathias Bentsen and Marith Johnsdtr was born on 16 Sep 1848, as published in the Church Book of Vefsn Parish, Norway.1 He was Great Granny Beret's brother. Poor her, gone so early, just one year into her American experience and apparently no headstone erected around which to grieve. … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen 1867-1976: Uncle’s photo – but for a decade?
We can never get to the beginning, but for a solid Generation One we will settle on Hemming Sivertsen and his wife, Guro Olsdatter.1 They were born about 1762 and 1771 respectively, of heritage long established around the Trondheim area of Trondelag County, Norway. OH! Those names may be familiar. We published Early Hemmingsen Ancestry: … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen 1876-1967: In The Beginning Again.
Miss Denham belonged in Granny’s kitchen, just as much as Granny herself. Indeed, she held position at our dining table. We imagine her still, its linen laid, pushing the swing door to pass through the butler pantry and emerge in the kitchen. No one hides kitchen from dining anymore. Pity, for the reverse trip brought … Continue reading Miss Denham (1879-1978)
Mildred was never bored. Her father, Ole Hemmingsen (1851-1903), emigrated from Norway in 1882 bringing a degree in Civil Engineering to a new beginning; a homestead and roads to build in northwest Wisconsin. Life soon conspired against certain dreams. A couple of his fourteen children became educated to fourth grade, several to eighth, and three … Continue reading Mildred Dybedal (Hemmingson) (1897-1987): Sole College Graduate Among Fourteen Siblings
DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 3, Addendum 7 Kate Rabbit has been working to annul Jane Kelly’s hold on us! All we wanted from Jane was a working description of her husband, who had demised so early. After all, he could be our biological great grandfather. Recall, Jane had caught our eye in 1891 … Continue reading Kate Rabbit Spills On Jane’s John
DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 2, Addendum 6 Who was Kate Rabbit? Darned if we know! Well, she married Joseph Baxter M. Osborn on 14 SEP 1885 in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey.1A That a Kate Rabbit came to be mentioned in Montclair, well, she might have come down from heaven to actually help … Continue reading WHO WAS KATE RABBIT?