med/Emigrated on: "CLAUS THOMMESEN", departed from Skien May 25th to New
York. Arrived Aug 11, 1849 with 158 passengers.
Utreist til/Emigrated to: Cato Township, Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin
Rasmus Nielsen was born Aug 20, 1817 on Orekaasa under Oterholt in Gjerpen by parents Niels Eriksen and Kirsti Jansdatter, who married in
Gjerpen May 8, 1811. Niels Eriksen
lived at Orekaasa at the time of his marriage.
In 1835 the family lives in a house belonging to
Fossum Ironworks, where Niels Eriksen
worked as a hammersmith.
In addition to Rasmus, also his two brothers Erik
(age 15) and Jan (age 8) lives there.
6, 1842 Rasmus
gets married to Inger Gundersdatter,
age 26, from Siljan. Her parents were Gunder Aslaksen Afsøla, born 1792 on Søntvedt and
Ingeborg Andersdatter. They
married in 1815. Gunder’s father was Aslak Gundersen, (1768-1846) and
mother, Inger Knudsdatter Rød, married 1791. Aslak’s
parents were Gunder Aslaksen
Søntvedt, (1722-1801), married in 1766 the widow Marte Halvorsdatter.
In 1845 Rasmus Nielsen and wife Ingeborg
Gundersdatter lives on a place under Venstøp Anden.
They then have the son Niels, born Aug 8, 1842.
in his book “Manitowoc-skogen” writes the
following about Rasmus:
”Signed the letter of call 1852. Farmer in Cato 1860.” The son Niels
married April 7, 1866 Anne Østensdatter, daughter of Østen
Nielsen Dale and Ingeborg Johnsdatter.
Anne was born March 1, 1845 Østre Slidre.
2003 - Skien Genealogical page - by Jan Christensen