Dahl, Johansen, Johanssen, Olsdatter from Norway Updated January 27, 2003
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Looking for ancestors & descendents of my "Dahl" line. Johan Johanssen (my Great-Grandfather) & Johans Johansen (my Grandfather) emigrated from Norway to the US through England and New York in the early 1900's. I've been unable to locate those two on Ellis Island, ship, or emigration records so far. Johan's wife, Marte Olsdatter and three younger children followed from Gjerstad to the US in 1907.
Marte (Martha Dahl) & the 2 younger boys are listed in the 1920 US Census in Calhoun Co., Iowa. The father had left the family. Went back to Norway? Remarried? That's the mystery I've been unable to solve.
The whole family is listed on the 1900 Norway census (thank you, Taryn): Municipality: Vegarshei #0912; Name of domicile: Sprengsmyr. The following is the 1900 census information:
Johan Johanssen (1853) - my Great-Grandfather - where did he go? Marte Olsdatter (1864)- changed to Martha Dahl in US (remarried?) Johans Johansen (1890-1978) - changed to Joseph J. Dahl in US Olaf Johansen (1892-1968) - changed to Olaf J. Dahl in US Valborg Johansdatter (1893-1972) - Valberg Dahl (Dreesen)in US Einar Johanssen (1899-1964)-changed to Ernest J. Dahl, or Earnest
I've also found Johan Johanssen on the 1865 census in Norderhov with his parents and siblings, and I have death records for all four children - but not Johan or Marte. I know from death records that at least 3 of the four children were born in Tvedestrand, Norway.
I'd appreciate any leads or tips to find out what happened to Johan (John?) and Martha Dahl in the US. I'd also like to correspond with any possible descendents. My Father, Joseph D. Dahl, Jr., was the only child of Joseph J. Dahl (1890-1978) and Mary Rebecca Garwood (1893-1965).