Henrik Henriksen Fossum
Utreist med/Emigrated on: "CLAUS
THOMMESEN", departed from Skien May 25th to
Utreist til/Emigrated to: Benona, Oceana Co,
The family had migrated from Hørte to Gjerpen in 1831 as Henrik Christophersen was hammersmith and got work at Fossum Ironworks. Their attestation from the pastor of Bøe is dated
In 1835 they live at Justeplassen under Fossum
Henrik Christophersen, hammersmith, age 48
Anne Marie Torkildsdatter, age 44
Tollef Henriksen, hammersmith, age 23
Sara Henriksdatter, age 22
Johannes Henriksen, age 19
Elisabeth Dorthea Henriksdatter, age 14
Henrik Henriksen, age 13
Hans Henriksen, age 9
Tollef Henriksen, age 7
Dorthea Henriksdatter, age 4
In 1845 they still lived on Justeplassen, and according to the census, both the father Henrik and the sons Henrik, hans, Tollef and Johannes were hammersmiths.
The son Johannes had now married Trina Gundersdatter, and they lived on the same place as the rest of the family with their children, Henrik age 4 and Gunder age 2.
A posting in GenForum by Sharon Compton gives us more info about Henrik:
This photo is found on thewebsite: http://rogercschultz.tripod.com/oldcopic.html
HENRICH married MARTHA K. THOMPSON born December 4,
1826 died April 16, 1917 in Benona, Oceana County, Michigan, burried in
In 1859 Henrich Christophersen died on Kulleplassen under Fossum in Gjerpen. The probate was held June 15th, and heirs were the widow Anne Marie Tollefsdatter and children from his 2 marriages. In his first marriage with Dorthe Tollevsdatter:
1. Christopher Henrichssen in Larvik, age ca 50.
2. Tollef Henrichssen, in
3. Johannes Henrichssen Fossum. Present.
4. Sara Henrichsdatter, dead, but had the following children in her marriage with Niels Jenssen:
a: Henrich Nielssen, age 19
b: Jens Nielssen, age 17
c: Dorthea Nielsdatter, age 14
In marriage no 2 with Anne Marie Tollefsdatter:
5: Henrich Henrichsen, age 34, in
6: Tollef Henrichssen, age 30, in
7: Elisabeth Dorthea Henrichsdatter, in
8: Dorthea Henrichsdatter, married to Zacharias Anderssen Fossum. Present.
The belongings were sold by auction at 84 speciedaler 61 skilling. The debts amounted to 62 – 14, so 22 speciedaler 47 skilling were divided between the heirs.
Among the movables can be mentioned: A silver pocket-watch, a silver-fitted pipe, some paintings (??). The livestock consisted of: 2 cows, 1 sheep and 2 lambs.
The daughter Dorthea requested a salary for 10 years of nursing her parents, but her brother Johannes and brother-in-law Niels Jenssen objected to this, so she received nothing. The widow was sickly and could not be present at the proceedings.
2003 - Skien Genealogical page - by Jan Christensen