Sarah1 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Philip LOADER. Sarah and Philip LOADER were married. Children were: Ebenezer LOADER.

Sarah Ann2 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Jacob A. PETERS. Children were: Albert Abraham PETERS.

Saundra E. was born on 7 June 1952.

Spouse: Donald Arthur WYATT. Saundra E. and Donald Arthur WYATT were married.

Shirley1 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Neville KINRAID. Shirley and Neville KINRAID were married. Children were: Janice KINRAID, Clifford KINRAID, Malcolm KINRAID, Barbara KINRAID, Nigel KINRAID, Shona KINRAID.

Siri1 was born (date unknown). Came from Skeie in Sirdal.

Spouse: Torkel HAMMERSMARK. Siri and Torkel HAMMERSMARK were married. Children were: Torleif HAMMERSMARK, Gunnar HAMMERSMARK, Torger HAMMERSMARK, Halvor HAMMERSMARK.

Solveig1 was born (date unknown). Parents: SKALAND and Kristine Halvarsdtr TORGERSON.

Solvor was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Bjørnar SURDAL. Solvor and Bjørnar SURDAL were married. Children were: Hanna SURDAL, Aina SURDAL, Catherine SURDAL.

Sonja was born in 1957.

Spouse: Henrik SURDAL. Sonja and Henrik SURDAL were married. Children were: Lars SURDAL, Sissel SURDAL, Odd Ivar SURDAL, Marit SURDAL.

Spouse was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Otis Darrell KEEN. Spouse and Otis Darrell KEEN were married. Children were: Wayne Dean KEEN, Daniel Kirk KEEN, Renita Jeanette KEEN.

Sue1 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Gregory DUERDEN. Sue and Gregory DUERDEN were married. Children were: Kayne Daniel DUERDEN, Kyie Olivia DUERDEN.

Thelma2 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Victor CORNWALL. Children were: Kenneth Riley CORNWALL.

Thelma was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Travis L. HOLLAND. Thelma and Travis L. HOLLAND were married. Children were: Cathy HOLLAND, Debbie HOLLAND.

Tiffany1 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Shane ROBERTS. Tiffany and Shane ROBERTS were married. Children were: Joshua ROBERTS.

Torberg1 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Sygmund LEELAND. Torberg and Sygmund LEELAND were married. Children were: Oscar LEELAND, Sophie LEELAND, Valborg LEELAND, Olene LEELAND, Ole LEELAND.

Tvelandstrand1 was born (date unknown). Parents: ? and Lisa Marie TORGERSON. Parents: Lisa Marie HALVERSON.

Spouse: Sven SKOGEN. Tvelandstrand and Sven SKOGEN were married. Children were: Sigurd SKOGEN, Ida SKOGEN, Henrik SKOGEN, Sigvard SKOGEN.

Unknown was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Don HARTMAN. Children were: Ashley HARTMAN, Caitlan HARTMAN.

Vigdis was born in 1949.

Spouse: Helge SURDAL. Vigdis and Helge SURDAL were married. Children were: Morten SURDAL, Evy SURDAL, Hans Bjarne SURDAL.

Virginia2 was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Dennis Alan DAVID. Virginia and Dennis Alan DAVID were divorced. They were married.6 Children were: Ann Elizabeth DAVID, Mary Frances DAVID, Kirk Sumner DAVID.

Virginia was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Aksel ERIKSEN. Virginia and Aksel ERIKSEN were married. Children were: Betty ERIKSEN, Ruth ERIKSEN.

Wife was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Sjur Nilsson LIE. Wife and Sjur Nilsson LIE were married in Norway.

---- was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Sonneva LARSDTR. Sonneva LARSDTR and ---- were married. Children were: Britta ERICHSDTR.

Jørgen Rasmusson Bjørnemo (FØRLAND)2 was born in 1680 in Hæskestad, Helleland, Norway. Parents: Rasmus Torgerson FØRLAND.

Spouse: Eli KNUTSDTR. Children were: Knut Jørgenson BJØRNEMO.

Lars Sorenssen Søyland (HAUKAMORK)2 was born in 1721 in Gjesdal, Time, Norway.

Spouse: Kari Jensdtr SØYLAND. Children were: Jens Larsen BUE.

Omund Toreson Åmdal (HAUO)2 was born in 1705 in Hæskestad, Helleland, Norway. He died in 1732 at the age of 27.

Spouse: Lisbeth Njeldsdtr EIK.

Orrine (HERLAND) was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Boyd HERLAND. Children were: Roxanne Elaine JOHNSON.

Nels Jonas (Nils Jonassen) Sandstel (SANDSTØL)2 was born on 4 September 1862 in Toften, Hellenland, Norway. He died in 1954 at the age of 92 in Landa, ND. He was buried in Landa Cemetery, Landa, ND. Parents: Jonas Pedersen (Sandstøl) ODLAND and Lotte Nilsdtr ØEN.

Spouse: Valborg LEELAND. Valborg LEELAND and Nels Jonas (Nils Jonassen) Sandstel (SANDSTØL) were married on 4 September 1887. Children were: Infant Sophie SANDSTEL, Lottie SANDSTEL, Tillie SANDSTEL, Julia SANDSTEL, Sophie SANDSTEL, Josephine SANDSTEL, Selmer SANDSTEL, Victor SANDSTEL, Myrtle SANDSTEL.

Arlene (SATTLER) was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Dale SATTLER. Children were: Teri SATTLER.

Rusa (STEFONOWICZ) was born in Russia. She died in ND, USA. Rusa immegrated to Minneota, MN and after her husband died, moved to Wildrose where she lived in a house located at the same place as the Maurice Stefonowicz home is located. She had been warned to not put hot ashes on the back porch. One winter night, she set a pan of ashes on the porch and it started a fire. A neighbor to the east awoke and saw the fire. He went over and found Rusa standing in the yard in her night clothes and no shoes. Her feet were frozen and had frostbite on her hands. She then lived in the M. Stefonowicz shack until moving to Columbus.


Samuel ? ?1 was born (date unknown). Parents: Kim MACFARLANE.

__ __ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Wesley Scott ASBENSON. Children were: Gina Renee ASBENSON, Jennifer Lynn ASBENSON, Jason Arthur ASBENSON, Janna Louise ASBENSON.

_______ _____ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Odine (Dena) CLEVEN. Odine (Dena) CLEVEN and _______ _____ were married.

Alma _____ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Leo Arthur HODGES.

Beulah _____ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: George Howard CLEVEN. Beulah _____ and George Howard CLEVEN were married.

Marie _____ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Christofer ARNDTSON. Children were: Peter CHRISTOPHERSON.

Maude _____ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: William Henry HODGES.

Mildred _____ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Harry F. J. HODGES. Mildred _____ and Harry F. J. HODGES were married on 25 March 1923. Children were: Betty HODGES, Naomi HODGES.

Louise _____ (PAGE) was born (date unknown).

Spouse: William PAGE. Children were: Carol PAGE.

Debra ____ ______ was born (date unknown).

Children were: Raechel Amelia HAGUEWOOD.

Irene ______ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Erling HANSON. Children were: Richard HANSON, Ronald HANSON, Arlene HANSON.

Pauline ______ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Donald HANSON. Children were: Dennis HANSON, Kay HANSON, Sherry HANSON.

Dorothy _______ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Leroy Lyn STEFEN.

Francis _______ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: David Ole Elmer BRAKKE.

Marta _______ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Mikkjel TVILDE. Children were: Hallbjorg TVILDE.

Eleanor ________ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Stanley Eugene HODGES.

Susan Dale ________ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Jack Wermuth MERILLAT. Children were: Lauren Leigh MERILLAT.

Janice _________ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Paul SLIPER.

Madsen _________ was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Louise SLIPER.

Ole AADNESSON was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Gunhild KLOKKERGAARDEN. Gunhild KLOKKERGAARDEN and Ole AADNESSON were married. Children were: Ingeborg OLSDATTER.

Gregorius AADSEN2 was born in 1733 in Etne, Norway. !Infor. in file from records of Luella Thompson Feland. Other famil y records

Spouse: Britha NIELSDATTER. Britha NIELSDATTER and Gregorius AADSEN were married on 14 June 1758 in or 34 Trinity, Prob. Etne, Norway. Children were: Ingebor GREGORIUSDATTER, Lisbet GREGORIUSDATTER, Kari GREGORIUSDATTER.

Thomas A. Thompson Torbjørn Trondson AAREG1,2 was born on 3 January 1812 in Aareg Farm, Skjold Parish, Norway. He was christened in February 1812 in Skjold Parish, Norway. He immigrated in 1837 to Norway, IL. Thomas died on 15 October 1870 at the age of 58 in Strand, Adams Co, IA. He was buried in Old Norwegian Cemetery, Strand Iowa. He was also known as Torbjorn Tronsen Areg. Thomas came from the Aareg Farm, Skjold Parish, Norway (northeast of Haugesund). Thomas was a farmer. He emigrated in the 1840's, possibly 1837, on the ship Enigheden to the Fox River area, in LaSalle Co., Illinois, where the Norwegian settlement was located. He later moved to Strand, Adams County, Iowa , circa 1880. Infor. from records of Luella Feland Thompson. Federal census records for Thomas A. Thompson, in Mission Township, LaSalle Co. Illinois of 12/12/1850, shows Thomas Thompson 39, farmer, born in Norway. (Alphi, Hulver, Henry and Ole Johnson, probably brothers of Caroline, were residing with them.) The 6/30/1860 record shows Thomas Thompson 50, farmer, born in Norway. The 8/23/1870 record shows T. A. Thompson 61, farmer, born in Norway. The census for Douglas Township , Adams County Iowa of 6/29/1880 shows Thomas A. Thompson 67, farmer, born in Norway. It also shows they had a servant Thomas J. Larson 24, born in Illinois. Map of Adams Co. 1895
Great Grandpa
He sought the prairie, Great-grandpa Tom, Eager to plow that fertile soil.
He left the mountain, The beautiful fjord, Ready to test himself in toil.
Crude tools, muscle and mind he used to build, A humble home in Iowa land.
His family prospered and grew, In life anew, Over the prairie a scattered band.
With no claim to riches he lived and died, From the poorest of poor he came.
Yet his grit and courage live on today, Inspiring those who share his name.
by Deloris Laube
In the master file we have considerable information on the Norwegian migration to this country. It can be photostated if descendents want copies. It includes material from; History of the Norwegian People in America, by Olof Morgan Norlie, Prof. Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, Augsburg Publ. House 1925; The Sloopers and Cleng Peerson, from Norwegian American Sesquicentennial, 1825-1975, A commemorative publication of the Norwegian American 1975 Sesquicentennial Assoc., 45 South 7th St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55402, publ.August 1975. A copy is owned by D. Laube.
It includes a poem HERITAGE; "Look to the rock from which you are hewn."- Isaiah 51:1 ; The rock- yes., It is flesh, is blood and bone and marrow of bone. It is deeper than marrow of bone. Cliffs of spirit- memory climbs them. Looking back, I look up to a sheer, craggy bulwark- generations of granite whose stone roots reach down into fjord soil. Nadia Christensen
The Fox River Norwegian Settlement, by Carlton C. Qualey, On occasion of the Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the first permanent Norwegian Settlement in the United States at Norway and Ottawa, Illinois, June 22,23,and 24, 1934., Reprint from the July, 1934, Quarterly Journal of The Illinois State Historical Society, Reference Dept. Ottawa Illinois 61350 Chap. 9 and 12, map and two other pages from; A History of Norwegian immigration to the United States (from the earliest beginning down to the year 1848) by George T. Flom, Ph.D. (Columbia) prof. of Scandinavian language, Univ. of Iowa, privately printed Iowa City, Iowa 1909, on file at Wartburg College, 325.48 f65, D. Laube copier West of the Great Divide, by Bjork, 1958, at Wartburg College library. The Norse-American Centennial of Illinois, 1825-1925, Homecoming of the sloopers, Sept. 6-7, 1925, Ottawa, Illinois, Reddicks Library, Ottawa, Illinois printed by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, Minn.
The important one about Thomas is Norwegian Immigration, by Rasmus Anderson, 1896, the author was the son of an early Norwegian settler to the Fox River settlement of LaSalle Co., Illinois. The book is in reserve at Luther College library, Decorah, Iowa. There is a picture of Thomas and Kari and one of their sons. It says; "Among the emigrants of this year (1837) I find Thomas A. Thompson. He was born February 3, 1812, at Aareg, Skjold parish Norway, and died in Adams Co., Iowa, October 15, 1870. On April 1, 1848, he married Carrie J. Melland, from Etne, and she is still living at Strand, Adams Co., Iowa. Mr Thompson first settled at Norway, Illinois, where he bought a farm. In those early days the settlers broke up only small patches on their land and raised a little wheat and garden truck. When the time for marketing came, ten neighbors would sometimes club together, load one or two wagons, hitch two or three yoke of oxen to each wagon, and then start for Chicago to sell their produce and purchase as economically as possible the necessaries of life. On coming near Chicago they would sometimes have to hitch 5 or 6 yokes of oxen to a single wagon in order to pull it thru the mud, for which Chicago was noted. In the Fox River settlement that city was then known as " The Chicago mire." In course of time home markets were established and the overland trips to Chicago were abandoned. In 1877, Thomas A. Thompson moved to Adams Co., Iowa, where he died as stated above. He was a Lutheran when he emigrated, but joined the Methodist church in this country. Mrs. Malinda Nelson, (wife of Peter Nelson Ovrebo) now living in Strand, Adams County, Iowa came in the same ship, Enigheden (the 4th shipload of Norwegians to follow the "Sloopers" to the USA), with Thomas A. Thompson. (Since they came on the same ship, this is also how Thomas came) The Enigheden was 11 weeks and three days on the way from Stavanger to New York. They made their way up the Hudson River to Albany, thence by canal to Rochester, New York, where they stopped several days, thence to Buffalo, and then on by the lakes to Chicago. As soon as they arrived in Chicago, Malinda Nelson says they sent one man to the Fox River Settlement to engage some people to take the immigrants to Norway, Illinois. Two men engaged for that purpose were Helge Vatname and Samuel Peerson, who yoked their oxen to their "Hoosier wagon" and started for Chicago, and in about 10 days time these newcomers were thus brought to their destination, Norway, Illinois.
Genealogy Gleanings; In 1825- 150 years ago- the first organized group of Norwegians arrived in the United States. From their first settlements in the Fox River Valley, of Illinois they moved on to help develop our nation. To help commemorate this event an exhibition of photographs is being assembled which will be opened by Norwegian King Olav V on Oct. 16 this year. The exhibit will tour the U. S. and Norway. Readers are asked to please look in photo albums and old family trunks for historical photographs depicting early Norwegian activities in the new land; the photographs sought cover the periods of 1825 on. All pictures should be sent for copying; to Mr. Jon Thallaug, Exhibition Chairman, Marina City West, 300 N. State St., Chicago, Illinois 60610 . The pictures will be carefully handled and returned to you.
The book Norwegian Emigration 1821-1840, by Anderson above disagrees with family records as follows; All family records give the DOB of Thomas as 1/3/1812, not 2/3/1812. He died in 1890 not 1870 as Anderson says. After arriving in Norway he bought a few acres for $1.25 an acre. Note Anderson says he married Carrie J. Melland. The family records do not record Melland. They say Johnson, Johnsdaughter, or Johnsdatter.
In the master copy of the Thompson family history, I have included copies of the records of various family members who have records on the Thompson family. There is some disagreement on dates, I have used the most likely correct date in these cases. Warren Roe, 9/17/1994.
Infor. in file from records of Luella Thompson Feland. Other family records also compared. Thomas farmed in Mission Township for 29 years.

Spouse: Caroline (Kare Jonsdatter Maeland) JOHNSON. Caroline (Kare Jonsdatter Maeland) JOHNSON and Thomas A. Thompson Torbjørn Trondson AAREG7 were married on 1 April 1848 in Ottawa, LaSalle Co, IL. by G. Harigos Justice of the Peace. They lived in LaSalle Co, IL for 29 years. All their children were born there. She moved to Charleston, WA to the home of her daughter where she died. Children were: Anna E. THOMPSON, John A. THOMPSON, Thomas A. THOMPSON Jr., Andrew Thomas THOMPSON, Martha Caroline "Carina" THOMPSON, Betsy Serena THOMPSON, Carl Tobias THOMPSON, Amy THOMPSON.