Yes I know something of Brit's father Elling Halverson.Elling was born in 1829 of Halvor Eliason and Malene Olsdatter on the farm Nordhus in the Fjeldberg church parish and the Etne civil district in western Norway.Elling was the fourth child.He married Ranveig Ingebritsdatter Kjellesvig April 21, 1854 and they had one daughter Malene Ellingsdatter, who died as an infant, and one son, Ingebrit Ellingsson, b:March 17, 1856.I assume that they were living on the farm Kjellesvig because Ranveig was a part owner of the Kjellesvig farm although they might have been living at Nordhus at the time.
In 1856 both Elling's father, Halvor Eliasson Nordhus and Ranveig's father Ingebrit Hanson Kjellesvig, were dead.So, in 1857, a large group of people decided to emmigrate to America and many of the Halverson clan joined with maybe 100 people to make the trip.They landed in Wisconsin and stayed there for about 11 years.Three addditiional children were born there, Malenda, Rachel, and Halvor E.In 1868 or thereabouts Elling and four of his siblings in America moved to Iowa and to Story and Polk Counties.There two additional children were born, Lissie, my grandmother, and Thomas.
Elling turned the farm over to Brit and Helga and I believe that Elling's wife died about then. Later Elling opened a grocery store in Sheldahl, Iowa.He married again and the second wife left him before many years had passed.
I haven't recorded the date of Elling's death but I believe it was about 1908.He died at the home of his son Halvor Ellingsson Halverson, known mostly as "H. E."Elling is buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery of Slater, Iowa.I'll have to dig up the date of Elliing's death.Paul J. Hermann.