Karen Marie Helgesdatter Bøe*
Utreist med/Emigrated on:
"WALHALLA", departed from Skien to
Utreist til/Emigrated to: Ashippun township, Dodge Co.,
Karen Marie Helgesdatter was born
Helge Larsen and Mari Johannesdatter had the following children:
Lars, b. 4/4-1820 at Bøe, Karen Maria, b. 11/2-1824 at Bøe, Ingeborg, b. 14/10-1826 at Bøe, Johannes, b. 30/12-1829 at Foss Mellom, Helvig, b. 6/1-1834 at Foss Lille.
There is a lease dated
We find the family living on Foss Lille in 1835 and also in 1845.
Karen Marie emigrated to Ashippun where she according to Gerhard Naeseth, married Lars Østensen Tufte, who also emigrated in 1849.
* In the emigration list her age is given as 43.1/2 years. This is wrong.
From Clayton Swanton in
It looks as if the recorded age for Karen Marie Helgesdatter recorded on the emigration list is just a mistake. I believe the person before or after her was also recorded with the same age. Of course Karen and Caroline were considered the same name at that time. Her brother Erick Helgeson lived on the property next to
Karen Marie Helgeson was married on Christmas Day 1849 to Lars Ostenson at the home of the Rector Martin Sorenson. He was an Episcopal minister married to the daughter of Captain John Gasmann and rector of St. Olaf's at that time. Of course they were cousins. Lars' father Osten Larsen and Karens father Helge Larsen were brothers. Lars' parents settled near here and the name Tufte was recorded as their name when they were entered as a family in the church book.
Besides his parents, Lars Ostenson had one sister Karen Maria married to Aslak Pedersen Aas and a brother Engebret Ostenson who was married to Anna Olsdatter Otterholt a relative of mine. We associate the name Dyrkol with all the Ostensons not Tufte. The Ostensons and Aslak Peterson lived next to my grandmother Swanton when she was a girl. It is close to here and I know many stories etc. of those people and knew some of them.
Lars and Karen Marie had a son John and
a daughter Emma Maria (baptized Ingeborg Marie) die within three days of each
other while visiting in
Karen Ostenson had one son and two daughters die in infancy. One was named
Maren Helena born
Osten Larsen Dyrkold was born near Easter
time 1791. He worked with his father in the mines when a boy. Later he learned
the mason and carpenter trades. He was a large man with dark hair and blue
eyes. He had a keen wit, humor, and possessed good judgment. He married Anna
Margaret, daughter of Engebret R. Dyrkold, and lived on a small farm adjoining
that of his father-in-law, about a Norwegian mile north of Skien. He took great
pride in farming and received a prize of silver spoons from the Government for
his success. His son Engebret was born
Helge, the father of Karen Marie Helgeson was the son of Lars Helgeson. The family had
come from Tin to Gjerpen perhaps about 1750. Helge was a skilled builder and
blacksmith. He was highly honored at one time by being made foreman of a number
of carpenters hired by Ernst Lovensjold to build a residence called Holgenlyst
for his father, Statholder of Norway, as a summer resort, near Oslo. Lars
Ostenson and Aslak Peterson Aas also worked on this building. Helge was also
contractor and overseer for the building of highways; he constructed the
highway in Bamla and many others. His son Erick who lived here was born
Dec.9,1813. He was educated for a schoolmaster. At the age of 30, he and his
wife came to
A grandson of Engebret Ostenson and Anna
Otterholt wrote a family history in 1899 in
A son of Engebret, Lewis Ostenson,
A son of Aslak Peterson Ass ,James A, Peterson, wrote a fiction book entitled "Hjalmar or The Immigrants Son" in 1922. He uses our area for the location in the book and uses Peterson, Ostenson family members as possible characters.
Osten Dyrkold, Aslak Peterson Aas,
Karen Marie Helgeson, Engebret Ostenson families, eleven family members in all,
left Norway June 3,1849 on the ship Valhalla. It was a clean and healthful
ship, one of the best ships that sailed from
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