Source information: Oppland county, Nord-Aurdal, Parish register (official) nr. 1 (1808-1815), Birth and baptism records 1814, page 82-83. Right Page
(1) 1 Knud Pedersen Rye (Widower, not married to Ingeborg)
Birth: 12 Sep 1814, Nord Aurdal, Oppland, Norway
Death: 18 Aug 1861, Svennes, Nord Aurdal, Oppland, Norway
Father: Peder Andrissen Rye (1785-1867)
Mother: Kari Knutsdatter Ullsak (1788-1844)
Listed on Carl Johan's Confirmation record in Houston County of Minnesota record as his father and deceased at the time of his Confirmation.
but moved back to Nord Aurdal and was confirmed there.
There are two major valleys in Oppland: Gudbrandsdalen and Valdres, and farming there is focused primarily on raising cattle and sheep. The southern part of the fylke, on the other hand, is more flat, with larger farms that focus on growing crops.
In the southern part of the fylke, along the shore of Lake Mjøsa, lie the two cities of Lillehammer and Gjøvik. The former became known all over the world in 1992 when the winter olympics were held in Lillehammer.
Until 1756, Oppland was part of Akershus amt (the old word for fylke). In 1757, the area that is today Oppland fylke and Hedmark fylke was separated out and became Opplandenes amt. 24 years later, in 1781, this amt was divided in two, creating Kristians amt and Hedemarken amt. On 01 January 1918 Kristians amt was renamed Oppland fylke and Hedemarken amt was renamed Hedmark fylke.
Oppland county, Vardal, Parish register (official) nr. 4 (1814-1831), Birth and baptism records 1820-1821, page 33. #41 Right Page
Ingeborg "Isabel" Gulbrandsdatter "Gilbertsen" (Not married to Knud)
Birth: 4 Oct 1820, Vardal, Oppland, Norway
Christen: 15 Oct 1820, Vardal, Oppland, Norway
Death: 18 Sep 1896, Houston, Houston County, Minnesota
Confirmation: 4 Oct 1835, Svennes Oppland Norway
Oppland county, Vardal, Parish register (official) nr. 4 (1814-1831), Marriage records 1820, page 196. #14 Left Page
Father: Gulbrand Gulbrandsen Ridstie (1792-1857)
Mother: Johanne Pedersdatter (-1840)
Children: Carl John (1852-1933)
Spouse: Gjertrud Torkildsdatter Bo
(2) 1.1 Carl John Knutson
Birth: 11 Apr 1852, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Christen: 25 Apr 1852, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Death: 20 Feb 1933, Hawley, Clay County, Minnesota
Burial: Hegland Church Eglon Township Hawley Minnesota
Sometime in the late 1850's, Ingeborg and her son Carl Johan came to America and settled in Houston County of Minnesota. They lived in Looney Valley, next door to her brother Gulbrand (Gilbert) Gulbrandsen (Gilbertson). Gilbert married in Norway and came to America in 1862 with his wife Sidsel Helgesdatter who he married in 1859 in Nord Aurdal, Oppland, Norway.. She died in 1869 and left him with small children to take care of. Therefore his sister Ingeborg moved into his house and helped him take care of the small children. He remarried in 1872 to Elea Kittlesdatter and had more children with her. Someday I would like to find out what happened to all of the children. Every year I go on a Thelma & Louise trip with my good friend Kris from California. In 2006, we were in Houston County and took some pictures of the Looney Valley, which is a very beautiful place. There are no buildings left that I could find, after all, Carl Johan left Houston County about 1870.
It is where they were located in the 1860 census. After her husband died, she moved to town and her step son Andrew took over the farm until he killed himself. Her son Christian took over the farm until he moved with his family to Washington State. Her other son Martin, with Ole Hanson was killed while visiting his brother Carl Johan at Hawley, Minnesota. He opened a window during a thunderstorm and was struck by lightning.
(Glyndon) Red River Valley News
Friday, August 12, 1886
The most severe storm of thunder and lightning which we have ever witnessed passed over here on Monday last. For several days prior to the storm the heat was intense, especially on Sunday. During Monday afternoon heavy clouds appeared in the west and north, and shortly after four o’clock they divided, part going east and part south, seemingly following the courses of the Wild Rice and Buggalo rivers, and we thought we should not get very much of the storm here; but shortly after five o’clock the wind suddenly changed to southeast. When both parts of the storm came together, and the thunder and lightning in the vicinity of Hawley was most terrific. The lightning killed one man in Eglon by the name of Martin Hansen. He was in the act of opening a window to let some air in the room, when the lightning came through the room and struck him. Death was instantaneous, as parties who were in the room state that he never moved afterwards. One other man in the room was shocked pretty badly, but not hurt. The house was not damaged. Hansen was a married man about twenty-five years old, and leaves a wife and one child.
Spouse: ISABEL GILBERTSON
Marriage: 23 JUL 1859 , Houston, Minnesota
Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record. The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the marriage date.
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M530551 1885 1316885 Film NONE
Houston Valley Signal
September 18, 1896
A terrible accident, by which a human life was sacrificed, occurred last Friday afternoon. As the freight from the east into the yards at this place, the lower crossing was immediately cleared for passage. Mrs. Hanson, a lady seventy-four years of age, had been in the village buying some little necessaries and had started for her home, across the track. As she camee up to this crossing she saw the cars were slowly backing down but thinking she had ample time to get across before the crossing was closed, started. She had almost, but not quite, accomplished her design, when the corner of the car, struck her shoulder, staggering her, at the same time heer ddress was caught and twisted in such a manner that she could not free herself and she was slowly drawn under the cruel wheels. One of her limbs was severed and the other one crushed and mangled in a horrible manner. To make this awful thing worse, not a physician could be found, both being in the country, and in this condition she laid until a physician could be summoned which was done as expeditiously as possible. She lived until about ten o' clock that night and then her spirit took its flight. Mrs. H. was one of the oldest settlers in this valley having settled in this vicinity during the latter part of the fifties, coming here direct from Norway. One son, Chris, resides in this village. She was buried Monday fron the Presbyterian church, Rev. Jaastad of Rushford officiating.