Re: Torkel TORKELSON + Margit / NORWAY > Wisconsin WI > Minnesota MN
Notes for TOBIAS TERKELSEN:
The last name in those days had no meaning other than the father's first name plus sen (son) or datter (daughter) added.As far back as we have traced, the original ancestor would have been Torkild's father Pedersen so interestingly enough our family name could just as easily have been Pedersen!It was not until the early 1900's that Norway began to adopt keeping the last name from generation to generation.
Throughout this paragraph you will find different spelling.I am leaving as I found and copied them from the ancestral books.They did not have scanning devices when we went to Norway.Very likely they have the ability now and all could be saved to a computer, allowing for finding the line even farther back as the records are there if one has the time.
We found our first clue from the family of Emma who was the oldest of the Tobias and Maren Terkelsen's children.Emma's family had her marriage certificate. Her husband also changed his name from Bakken to Gundersen, which also confused the issue. You must know the exact village in Norway or you cannot find information, so we relied upon the expertise of the gentleman at the StatsarkIV.We first found the census of 1875 from Hovag which is where Emma and her husband lived and after that were able to find the remainder of the family.
There are still cousins in the village of Venessla, Norway near Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norge.The dialect spoken in Venessla is quite different from what is spoken in Christian even though they are approximately 14 miles apart.Venessla is a lovely small village where the main commerce is a sawmill on a beautiful river.
Tobias Thorkildsen was listed as a Gaardbruger - which means a small farmer.Sofia Thrersa Eliassen, the youngest daughter of the family we did not find in Norway.Mary Margaret Swartz her daughter gave us what information we have. Sophia was 15 when she came over with Amanda.Sophia lived in Glendive, Mo, and Cammas, Washington.Children Thelma Helland lived in Yamhell, Oregon, Robert Helland lived in Helena Montana.
Sofia and Amanda emigrated to the United States the Spring of 1889.Amanda and Henry Cords or Cordz lived for a time in San Antonio, TX but she and her husband Henry Cords traveled to all of the sawmill towns in the Western United States.Henry Cordz worked with the sawmills and it was he who gave Papa Torvald Theodor Torkelson his first job.
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