Ingeborg Rasmusdatter Gromstul

Utreist med/Emigrated on: "SUPERB" to New York. Arrived July 2, 1849 with 121 passengers.

Utreist til/Emigrated to:

Ingeborg was born Febr 27, 1827 on Gromstulen farm in Gjerpen. Parents were Rasmus Jonsen Gromstul and Dorthe Nielsdatter Østre Bøe.
In the census 1835 we find the family on Gromstulen and 10 years later the family lives on the farm Bestul a little north-west of Gromstulen.
In 1845 the family consisted of the following:

Rasmus Johnsen, tenant-farmer, age 46
Dorthe Nielsdatter, age 43
John, age 21
Ingeborg, age 19
Niels, age 17
Jacob, age 10
Gunhild, age 7
Ole, age 4
Anne, age 1
John Torkildsen, his father, age 77
Gunhild Rasmusdatter, his mother, age 74
Maria Olsdatter, maid, age 19

Ingeborg married Anund Anundsen Brække from Sandsvær with whom she emigrated.

In the book “From the Indian Land” Malcolm Rosholt has written about the family on page 17.

Amund Amundsen Brekke (1822-1908) and wife Ingeborg (1827-1901), a daughterof Rasmus Bestul. The name Amund is variously spelled. Helgeson used Anund. It also appears as Anon, as Amon etc.
I am not certain when this family of Brekke came to America, but I have been able to establish that they first settled on land east of Ashippun Lake in Dodge County, no doubt part of the original settlement of Norwegians on Rock River.
Amund Brekke ran for side supervisor in the April election of 1956 and was defeated, but won out as an overseer of highways for district No. 3, which probably covered the northwest area of
Scandinavia township. On March 20, 1866, he got paid $6 for serving four days “on a committee for raising volunteers.” This obviously refers to a committee that served in the early months of 1865.
While he appears to have moved from
Rock River to Scandinavia in 1852, he had no account at Knoph’s, the only store within miles at the time. He may have been a cash customer. His personal property assessment in 1858 was $732, one of the highest in the township.
Two of his sons, Rasmus and Andrew, born in
Scandinavia, were pioneers to Alban township in Portage county in the 1870’s. Another son, Louie, remained on the home farm. Two sisters, Maren and Ida, also remained at home. The farm was taken over by the Federal Lnd Bank in Depression and later oassed to other hands. In 1953 it was farmed in part by Arthur Krueger and in part by Edwin Hoyord.
Amund Brekke was a master carpenteras well as cabinet maker and in his early years on the
Indian Land apparently spent much time away from home in construction work. The late Nils Quisla, who worked for Louie Brekke as a young man, remembered Amund Brekke, a man of big build and powerful hands. Recalling old times, Brekke once told Quisla that when he first came to Scandinavia he worked out as a carpenter during the day and did his field work at night. When he retired at night, he was usually so wringing wet that he did not bother to go to bed but slept on the kitchen floor.
Two examples of Brekke’s work as cabinet maker are on display in the
Rosholt Pioneer Museum. One piece is a standup desk, which was inherited by Mrs. Peter Brekke, a Danielson from Scandinavia, and the other piece is a four-poster bed which he made for his son Rasmus, probably as a wedding gift. The bed has rope “springs” covered with straw mattress. It is all finely tooled of hardwood although less than six feet long.
The Brekke name appears as a place name in a number of communities in southern
Norway. Amund Brekke was from Sandsvær near Kongsberg.
Amund and Ingeborg Brekke remained with the Missouri Synod after the split in the church in the late 1880’s, and both are buried at
Zion Lutheran cemetery in Iola.”

2001 - Skien Genealogical page - by Jan Christensen