Wednesday, June 30, 2010

1930 US Federal Census - Ole Alfred Knutson

I had posted the 1910 and 1920 US Federal Census for Ole and Mari Finnestad's grandson, Ole Alfred Knutson but had a difficult time locating the 1930 Census.





By the time of the 1930 Census, the Watertown State Hospital changed its name to East Moline State Hospital. The hospital also fell within two areas, Hampton township and a second in the city of East Moline. Alfred's fell within the Hampton township and I had been looking through the city of East Moline's census records.

Alfred was never released from the hospital but did work as a steamfitter, most likely at the hospital. Alfred passed away on January 8, 1934, just under four months from his 52nd birthday.

Alfred was the son of Elizabeth and Ole Andreas (Andrew) Knutson.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Elizabeth Olsdatter Finnestad Knutson

I had posted earlier that Ole and Mari Finnestad's eldest daughter, Elizabeth, was never really a Finnestad as she had not lived on the Finnestad farm prior to getting married.

I was wrong.

I was going through some of my documents and came across a confirmation from the Regional State Archives of Stavanger, that Ole Finnestad had purchased a lot of property (Merknad 387b, which is now property nr. 16) on the Finnestad farm in 1862.

Because Elizabeth did not marry Ole Andreas Knutson until 1864, it stand to reason she was most likely living with her parents on the Finnestad farm from 1862 through 1864.

I have updated the family tree (right hand column) and added "Finnestad" to Elizabeth's name.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Finnestad family: Ole, Mari and children - recap

Here is a summary of Ole and Mari Finnestad and their 11 children along with their final resting places:

Ole Oleson Finnestad
February 14, 1814 - November 22, 1906
Union Cemetery - Lee County, Illinois

Mari Iversdatter Skaar Finnestad
July 12, 1824 - November 1, 1905
Union Cemetery - Lee County, Illinois

Elizabeth Olsdatter Finnestad Knutson
April 10, 1844 - March 14, 1930
Lawnridge Cemetery - Rochelle, Illinois

Sarah (Serina) Olsdatter Finnestad
July 5, 1846 - August 21, 1923
Union Cemetery - Lee County, Illinois

Maria Olsdatter
March 7, 1848 - May 15, 1851
Fister, Norway

Dana (Iverdine) Olsdatter Finnestad Travland
December 2, 1850 - November 3, 1879
Union Cemetery - Lee County, Illinois

Bertha Olsdatter Finnestad Haaland
December 2, 1850 - April 29, 1929
Union Cemetery - Lee County, Illinois

Rachel (Rakkel) Marie Olsdatter Finnestad Vallem
December 2, 1853 - April 8, 1932
Lawnridge Cemetery - Rochelle, Illinois

Ole Oleson Finnestad
June 4, 1856 - July 7, 1928
Fairview Cemetery - DeKalb, Illinois

Mary Olsdatter Finnestad Bell
January 19, 1859 - August 21, 1937
Evergreen Cemetery - Everett, Washington

Berthel (Bert) Oleson Finnestad
July 18, 1861 - May 22, 1914
Saskatchewan River Church Cemetery - Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada

Rasmus Oleson Finnestad
November 20, 1863 - September 5, 1945
Evergreen Cemetery - Everett, Washington
Saskatchewan River Church Cemetery - Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada

Barnel Oluf Oleson Finnestad
July 8, 1866 - February 18, 1868
Hetland Church - Stavanger, Norway

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Barnel Oluf Oleson Finnestad - burial

Barnel Oluf Oleson was the 11th and final child born to Ole and Mari Finnestad.

Church records from the Hetland church in Stavanger, Norway document Barnel's birth and death.

Below is a photo* of the "Our Lady Church" or "Hetland Church"



Barnel was born July 8, 1866 and died February 18, 1868.

*Photo by Arne Toftøy-Anderson

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rachel Vallem - burial

Rachel was the 6th child born to Ole and Mari Finnestad.

Rachel is buried at the Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle, Illinois.




Rachel was born December 2, 1853 and died April 8, 1932. Coincidentally, her older twin sisters, Bertha and Iverdine were also born on December 2nd.

Rachel's husband, Lewis is buried in Norway; I do not have a photo or exact location but believe it is a cemetery in the village of Valheim.

Rachel's last name was spelled as 'Vallum' rather than the correct spelling of "Vallem" on the marker.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bertha Haaland - burial

Bertha was the twin sister of Iverdine, born to Ole and Mari Finnestad.

Bertha and her husband, Andrew Haaland are buried at the Union Cemetery in Lee County, Illinois.



Bertha was born December 2, 1850 and died April 29, 1929.

Unfortunately they spelled her name incorrectly as "Bartha" on her marker.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Iverdine Travland - burial

There was a tie for the 4th born child to Ole and Mari Finnestad; between Iverdine and Bertha, who were twins.




Iverdine (or Dana) is buried with her daughter, Ane Maria Travland at the Union Cemetery in Lee County, Illinois.

Iverdine was born December 2, 1850 and died November 3, 1879.
Ane Maria was born June 1, 1873 and died August 12, 1873.



If you look at Trish Hodgen's website, you can see how much of Iverdine's marker has worn away based upon these photos.

I am not sure when Trish took the photo on her web page; the two photos above were taken June 17, 2010.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Maria Oleson - burial

Church records from the village of Fister in Hjelemeland, Norway document the burial for Ole and Mari Finnestad's third child, Maria Olsdatter.

Maria Olsdatter was born March 7, 1848 and died May 15, 1851.

The photo* below is the Fister church, built in 1867, several years after Maria had died. I do not know whether this church replaced another or whether there is a second church in the village.



I have not come across any records that confirm exactly where she may have been buried, but considering the village of Fister is quite small, hopefully it will not be too difficult to locate when I eventually go to Norway.



*Photo: Arne Toftøy-Andersen

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ole Sr, Mari, Sarah and Josephine Finnestad burial revisted

Ole and Mari Finnestad, along with their daughter Sarah and granddaughter Josephine are buried at the Union Cemetery in Lee County, Illinois.

I had posted photos after the granite marker had been put in place last year, so here are photos in the summer, without snow. I still have no idea whether the plot had a previous marker; if it did, I do not know what became of it.



Sarah was the second child born to Ole and Mari Finnestad. She never married or had children, so that branch of the Finnestad family tree ends with her.




Josephine was Ole Jr and Caroline Finnestad's daughter.



Ole was born February 14, 1814 and died November 22, 1906.
Mari was born July 12, 1824 and died November 1, 1905.
Sarah was born July 5, 1846 and died August 21, 1923.
Josephine was born February 13, 1886 and died December 6, 1902.

Here is the archway to the cemetery with an arrow pointing out the location of the granite marker for Ole Finnestad, wife Mari, their daughter Sarah and granddaughter Josephine.



Here is the Union Cemetery sign facing Perry Road. I don't remember this sign when I was there a couple of years ago and didn't realize they considered it Steward. It's quite rural and the village of Steward is a few miles to the west. The Calvary Lutheran Church is located on the DeKalb County side, and the cemetery, just across County Line Road is on the Lee County side.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Elizabeth Knutson burial

Ole and Mari Finnestad's eldest daughter, Elizabeth was laid to rest at the Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle, Illinois.



Elizabeth was born April 10, 1844 and died March 14, 1930. Here is another photo of Elizabeth's marker.



I do not know when Elizabeth's husband Ole Andreas Knutson died, but it was sometime between 1910 and 1920. I also do not know the facts surrounding his death so I do not know why he wasn't buried next to Elizabeth or whether his burial place is even located in a cemetery in Illinois.


Here is a photo of the entrance to the Lawnridge Cemetery, Rochelle, Illinois.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Robert W Ludwig - WW II enlistment

Here is the WW II enlistment information for Ole and Mari Finnestad's great grandchild, Robert W Ludwig.


Yesterday, I posted the WW II enlistment information for his brother, Charles.

Robert enlisted May 16, 1942, probably in Rochelle, Illinois.

I haven't been able to verify whether the Ludwig brothers had married and started their respective families following World War II, so at this point, their family tree appears at a dead end.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Charles A Ludwig - WW II enlistment

Here is the WW II enlistment information for Ole and Mari Finnestad's great grandchild, Charles A Ludwig.


Charles enlisted November 14, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. He was a machinist at the time of his enlistment.

Charles was the son of Edith (Knutson) and Charles E Ludwig. Charles' grandparents were Elizabeth and Ole Andreas Knutson.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Frances Finnestad and husband Peter Svetica

Here are a couple of photos* of Ole and Mari Finnestad's granddaughter, Frances (Finnestad) Svetica.




These photos were taken August 19, 1973, and what looks like in the background, a church, I believe, in DeKalb, Illinois. (Though it looks familiar, I can't recall which one).



Frances was the youngest daughter of Caroline (Quitno) and Ole (Jr) Finnestad.

Frances and Peter did not have any children, so Frances' branch ends with her. Frances and Peter were my great great aunt and uncle, though I never met them and did not know of their existence until I began this project.

* Photos provided by Ole and Mari Finnestad's great great granddaughter, Jill (McKay) Clinton.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ole Andreas Knutson - Immigration documents

I've discussed in previous posts Ole and Mari Finnestad's eldest daughter, Elizabeth Olsdatter, who had married Ole Andreas Knutson.

Here is an index card that led me to the immigration documents for Elizabeth's husband which had been filed at the Ogle County, Illinois clerk's office.



The original immigration document was signed September 5, 1890.

At the time, King Oscar II was the ruler of Norway and Sweden.



A second document was signed February 28, 1910, which provided more information, though unfortunately, Ole did not know which ship or have the correct date he had arrived in New York from Norway.

At the time of this second document, Norway had broken off from the rule of Sweden and King Haakon VII was king of Norway.



I do not know why a second immigration document was completed by Ole Knutson, but it did provide additional information that was not contained on the 1890 document.

What is interesting about this document is that:

- Ole had a tattoo "OAK" on his right hand
- The name indicates "Ole Andrew Knutson" on the document, though it looks as if he signed it "Ole Andreas Knutson"
- The date of immigration was listed as June 1870, yet his daughter Andrea Elizabeth was born in Norway in 1873 and daughter Olava Edvarda was born in Norway in 1878. Additionally, the 1900 US Census indicates he immigrated to the United States in 1880. Apparently, 30 years later it becomes difficult to remember facts about one's life. Either that or their was a communication problem between the government employee and Ole.

I believe I may have located the original ship's manifesto for the Knutson family, but I am waiting on some further documentation before I post it, due to the potential errors I have discovered on the document.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Oral Hall - WW I draft registration

Here is the WW I draft registration for Ole and Mari Finnestad's great grandson, Oral Irving Hall.



According to this document, Oral worked on a farm for his father, Ole Hall.

Oral was the son of Isabel (Vallem) Hall and grandson of Rachel (Finnestad) and husband Lewis Vallem.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Peter John Vallem - WW I draft registration

Here is the WW I draft registration for Ole and Mari Finnestad's grandson, Peter Vallem.


Peter was living in Rockford, Illinois and working as a machinist for Ingersoll Milling Machine company when this document was signed on September 12, 1918.

Peter was the eldest son of Rachel (Finnestad) and Lewis Vallem.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ole L Vallem - WW I draft registration

Here is a copy of the draft registration of Ole and Mari Finnestad's grandson, Ole L Vallem.



Ole was a farmer living in Rochelle, Illinois at the time this was completed on September 12, 1918. Also mentioned in the document was his wife, Sophia.

Ole was the son of Rachel (Finnestad) and Lewis Vallem.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Elmer Vallem - World War I draft registration

A couple of weeks ago I posted the World War II registration for Ole and Mari Finnestad's grandchild, Elmer Vallem.

I recently located his World War I draft registration.


He was living in Creston, Illinois at the time this document was completed on June 5, 1917. Note the incorrect year of birth (1883) even though it indicates he was 24 at the time.

Elmer was the youngest child born to Rachel (Finnestad) Vallem; his father was Jacob Johnson who apparently never married Rachel after the death of her first husband, Lewis.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Orville Olson - World War I registration

Here is a copy of the World War I registration for Ole and Mari Finnestad's great grandson, Orville Olson. The document was completed June 5, 1917.



Orville had married and started a family by the time of this document and was living in McIntosh, Minnesota.

Orville was the eldest son of Mary Olson (and husband Stephen), the daughter of Elizabeth, who married Ole Andreas Knutson.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

1910 US Census - Elabata (Ella) Bertina Vallem

In 1910, Ole and Mari Finnestad's granddaughter, Ella was living (line #79) with husband George Olson and their first son, George Jr in Milan township, DeKalb County, Illinois.




Ella was the daughter of Rachel (Finnestad) and Lewis Vallem.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Children of Lillian Finnestad & Evelyn Finnestad

Here is a photo* of three of Ole and Mari Finnestad's great grandchildren.

Wanda (Risetter) Dearth, her brother Rodney Risetter, and cousin Norraine (Richardson) Carlson.



This photo looks like it may have been taken in the late 1930's or early 1940's, before Wanda married Leo and Norraine married William.

Wanda and Rodney were two of Lillian (Finnestad) and George Risetter's three children. Norraine was the daughter of Evelyn (Finnestad) and Charles Richardson.

*Photo provided by Roxanne (Dearth) Hamilton.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ole, Bert and Rasmus Finnestad Immigration documentation

I came across a few immigration documentation index cards the other day for three of Ole and Mari Finnestad's sons.

This index card references eldest brother Ole Finnestad's immigration document.


Andrew Arent and Lewis Travland were listed as witnesses.

When I originally obtained the complete immigration document a few years ago, I did not know that Andrew was the husband of Linnie Vallem (Ole's niece), if it refers to Andrew Jr. I also wasn't aware at the time, that Lewis was the husband of Ole's sister, Iverdine.



This card references Bert Finnestad's immigration document.



This card references Rasmus Finnestad's immigration document.



Witnesses for both Bert and Rasmus were Edmond Aske and Asa Dixon. I'm guessing they were neighbors or friends of Bert as I've not found any other connection.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Evelyn and Frances Finnestad

Here is a photo* of sisters, Evelyn (Finnestad) Richardson and Frances (Finnestad) Svetica - December 24, 1960.


* Photos provided by Ole and Mari Finnestad's great great granddaughter, Jill (McKay) Clinton.

Friday, June 4, 2010

1930 US Federal Census - Lillian Finnestad

In 1930, Ole and Mari Finnestad's granddaughter Lillian (Finnestad) Risetter was living with husband George, son Rodney and daughters Betty Lou and Wanda. They were living on State Street in DeKalb, Illinois.


Lillian was the daughter of Ole Jr and Caroline Finnestad

Thursday, June 3, 2010

1930 US Federal Census - Lettie Finnestad

In 1930, Ole and Mari Finnestad's granddaughter, Lettie (Clara Olette Finnestad) was living with husband Christopher, son Hamilton and daughter Verdell in Willow Creek Township, Lee County, Illinois.



Lettie was the daughter of Ole Jr and Caroline Finnestad.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lillian Finnestad & descendants

Another photo* below of Ole and Mari Finnestad's great grandchildren, granddaughter and great great granddaughter.

Left to right:

Betty (Risetter) Shipman, Lillian (Finnestad) Risetter, Deborah (Dearth) Craig and Wanda (Risetter) Dearth.



I'm guessing this photo was taken probably in early to mid 1960's.

*Photo provided by Roxanne (Dearth) Hamilton

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

1930 US Federal Census - Alice Finnestad

In 1930, Ole and Mari Finnestad's granddaughter, Alice Marie (Finnestad) Gittleson was living with husband Selmer on East Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, Illinois.



Alice was the daughter of Ole and Caroline Finnestad.

Alice and Selmer did not have any children, so their family tree ends with them.