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The Stanersons - Telemark Co. Norway to Iowa USA 1860s

Updated September 11, 2007

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"Our ancestor, Stener Anundsen Fonneli b. Lognvik Farm, Fonnli, Telemark, Norway and wife Rannei Hoiesdatter/Hojisdaughter of Flatdal Farm, to our knowledge there were seven children. Anund, Eivind, Hoeije, Halvor, Hoie, Berget, Hoeije Stenersen. Anund started the buildings on Fonnli Farm at age 19 years, Stener and Rannei's initials were still over the granary door in 1976 when family friends visited the farm that was occupied by descendants of Stener's nephew who purchased the Fonnli Farm years later. Asalog, the only and eldest brother of Stener Stenersen had the main Farm at Lognvik, which is now a museum according to what we were told in 1976.

My Gt. Grandfather, Halvor Stenersen, b. 1841, Fonneli Farm, Raulands Annex, Telemark County m. Aosne (Anna) Halvorsdatter of Eilefskjon, Wiig, in 1873. Anna b. 1844, Odefield, Norway. daughter of Halvor Olsen and Thrivi Oldsdatter. Halvor came to USA in the 1860s, returned to Norway and married Anna. They came to USA about 1874 and settled in LaSalle, Illionis where the oldest three sons, Staner, Halvor and Harry were born. Alex was born after they moved to Hilton Township, Iowa County, Iowa. The descendants of these four brothers still reside in the area of Conroy, Iowa. In 1997 I compiled a Family History after researching the Norwegian Small Pox Vaccination Receipts with Baptismal/Birth records used for immigration procedures that were in the possession of Staner Stanerson's family.

Also contacted was one of the seven siblings of Anund and Rannei, Anund Stenerson 1825-1899, who settled in Lakeville, Minnesota USA. Their family descendants are included.

The only address in Norway we have for a distant relative is Anna Vaalhavd, Rauland Annex, Amotsdal, Norway Europe...she introduced our USA friends visiting from Conroy, Iowa, in 1996 to friends and distant relatives of our Iowa Stanersons .... sorry to say I have never written to her. If anyone would like to correspond with me or have any knowledge of the above information, I would appreciate the opportunity to get to know more of our Norwegian heritage.

My Stanerson relatives here in USA worked mostly in agricultural occupations the first three generations, in one form or another. My husband and I live on a farm near Williamsburg, Iowa County, Iowa. He has also worked the last 10 years in a local factory that manufactures farm equipment.

We raised five children, one is involved in farming on a part-time basis. I am retired, but have a home business quilting for others, using a longarm industrial quilt machine on a 12 foot table. We have 10 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, two gt. grandchild, two step-gt-grandchildren, most living close and few living in other states. Family, quilting and genealogy are my passions. The genealogy I started when my first child was small around 1963. I am Norwegian on three sides and little English, with one side German. So Norwegian takes the lead.

We held Stanerson Reunions in August until 2003 when we decided that the interest was no longer there with the younger families, but there is an interest in reviving my Grandfather Harry Stanerson's family this fall in 2007.

Karen Stanerson Joseph, 2587 L Avenue, Williamsburg IA 52361 USA or

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