Ole Andrias & Margaret Inger (Syvertsen) Knutson

She was born Inger Margrethe as per Churchbooks,
but when she came to the USA
she changed her name to Margaret Inger.
These pictures were taken before she left Norway.

Grandma Knutson, more then likely taken in California.
She use to take the bus out and stay with Helene.


Formerly called "Jarlsberg og Laurvig", Vestfold fylke (county) is located in southeastern Norway, along the western shore of Oslo fjord. In 1999 it had a population of 210,716 persons. The county is known for its prehistoric Bronze Age mounds and for its Viking ship burials, and has some of Norway's best farmland (dairying, grains, and fruits). Formerly headquarters for whaling fleets, the coastal towns of Vestfold now engage in fishing and shipbuilding. Vestfold includes such places as Sandefjord, Holmestrand, Lardal, Larvik, Notteroy, Tjome, and Tonsberg. The county administrative center, Tonsberg, is Norway's oldest city, founded in approximately AD 871.


Holmestrand Church

A short description of the Holmestrand Church:
After great gifts of money and strenuous volunteer work, the Holmestrand Church was dedicated on the 15th February 1674. Thereafter the people of Holmestrand could avoid the "long, difficult and rocky road up to Botne Church.The church is unique with its Y- form. There were 10 churches of this type raised in Norway, 5 of them have been torn down.

Living here in the 1900 census of Norway. The family listed above them was Andrine Syvertsen, Inger Margrethe's step grandmother on her father's side of the family. The two children living with Andrine are half brother and sister to Hans Jørgen, Inger Margrethe's father.

Data on domicile:
  • Census year: 1900
  • Municipality: Holmestrand
  • Municipality number: 0702
  • Street name: Snorrebæk Gade
  • Street number: 116
  • City district:
  • House owner:
  • Number of flats: 4
Number of persons in this domicile: 16 (I only have family members referenced here)

NameFamily statusMarital statusOccupationBirth yearPlace of birth
Andrine Syvertsenhme
1829Nøtterø JL
Elise Hendrikke Syvertsendug
1867Holmestrand JL
Kristoffer SyvertsensugStyrmand1873Holmestrand JL
Hans Jørgen SyvertsenhfgStyrmand1857Holmestrand JL
Maren Bredine Syvertsenhmg
1858Sandsvær Bu
Inger Margrethe Syvertsendug
1887Holmestrand JL
Sigurd Syvertsensug
1891Holmestrand JL
Morten Syvertsensug
1893Holmestrand JL

Coming to America from Norway:
Digitalarkivet: Emigrants sailing from Kristiania 1871-1930. [1589739/362]
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Record 158629-158634 of 283520 total in The database
Year Page no. Line no. New family gr. Exp. date Dep. date Given name Last name Marital st. Family st. Occupation Sex Age Residence Destination Money Ship line Ship Freight (spd/kr) Freight (sk/ore) Payment info. Purpose Desired occup. Permissions Remarks1
158629 1905 13 3 1 06.09.1905 08.09.1905 Inger Margrethe Syvers. ug hj. k 18 Holmestrand Minnesota 40 Alb. Raffel Montebello Prp tj. p. tj.

Wedding Picture of Maren Bredine & Hans Jørgen Syvertsen

Picture of Bredine and John Syvertsen in their later years

Mrs. Margaret Inger Knutson was born in Holmestrand, a town near Oslo, Norway September 21, 1887. Her parent's were John and Maren Syvertsen. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. She had studied both English and German in the school's of Norway. Soon after that the family moved to America. The parent's made their home in New York while Margaret went to Twin Valley to visit with her aunt, Mrs. John Ryding. She remained with her permanently until the family moved to Alexandria, Minn.

She attended High School in Twin Valley, and later the Moorhead State Normal School where she graduated in 1910. She taught rural school in Becker Co.. In 1915 she went back to school to take up Home Economic's. She graduated in 1917 and taught Home Economic's at Ulen.

Grandma Knutson is the teacher and is on the right

In 1919 she was married to O. A. Knutson who was then connected with the Monarch Elevator Co. at Ulen. To this union four children were born: Mrs. Helene Kilgore (Helene), Mrs. Harvey Bjerke (Harriet), Mrs. Arnt Nysetvold (Verna) and Harold Knutson. Ole had four children by a former marriage. Three of these brought up by her. They are Mrs. S. M. Graves (Mildred) and Orvile and Niles Knutson. The fourth was Kermit who was brought up by his grandmother.
Taken from handwritten notes in Grandma Knutson's Bible.

Grandma Knutson about 1912

Grandma Knutson about 1919

Margaret married Ole Knutson, who had been married before.
His wife Emma died and left him with 4 small children.

Picture taken at the funeral of Ole.
Front Row: Helene, Harriet, Margaret, Mildred & Verna
Back Row: Harold, Niles & Orville

Ole A. Knutson died Friday
Funeral services were held at the Bethlehem church for Ole Andreas Knutson Tuesday afternoon with Rev. L.C. Jacobson, of Ada officiating. The church was beautifully decorated with nice flowers and there were many memorial gifts. Mrs. Harry Hage sang “Flee as a Bird” accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Wm. Fevig.
The Pastor preached a very impressive sermon, told of the departed that he asked for communion before he was taken to the hospital and at the hospital before he lapsed into unconsciousness he asked that the Lord’s Prayer be prayed for him. The Pastor spoke of man’s span of life as a voyage or journey where one had the choice of two roads. On this journey the traveler lives in a tent. When the tent breaks down it did not mean that the traveler perishes. The tent is the body and the traveler the spirit. When the tent breaks down the Christian goes home to God. There is no cause for sorrow when a believer goes home to God.
Pall bearers were Henry Bakkum, Ed Christianson, H.A. Asleson, H. Herzog, Sebert Lien and Thos. McDonald.
Interment was made in the west cemetery.
Mr. Knutson was born in Eglon township December 29, 1884 and died September 10, 1943 at the age of 58 years, 8 months and eleven days. His parents were C.J. and Martina Knutson. He was baptized and confirmed in Hegland church.
In 1909 he married Miss Emma Bjerke who passed away in 1914. Four children were born to this union Mrs. S.M. Graves, Niles Knutson, both of Minneapolis; Orville and Kermit both in the U.S. Navy serving their country.
In 1919 he married Miss Margaret Syvertson, who survives him together with their four children, Miss Helene of Long Beach, Cal.,; Miss Harriet of Minneapolis; Miss Verna and Harold at home. Also one brother, Christ, of Minneapolis and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Crowley, of Hawley and Mrs. A.V. Swenson of Long Beach, Cal. There are four grand children, Jannard, Carol, David, and Kermit Knutson.
During his early years he farmed near Hawley, then moved to Ulen about thirty years ago where he bought grain for many years.

Rites Held For Mrs. Margaret Knutson
Funeral services were held Tuesday in Bethlehem Church for Mrs. Ole (Margaret) Knutson 72, who passed away Sunday at the Ada hospital after a long illness.
Rev. Alfred Gunderson officiated at the service. C.M. Bjerke was solosist and Mrs. Arnold Wold, organist. Pallbearers were Eldred Evanson, Henry Asleson, Carl Melbye, C.L. Bjerke, Olaus Bordalen and Henry Bakkum. Interment in West Cemetery.
Margaret Knutson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Syvertson was born in Norway September 21, 1887. Her youth was spent in Norway where she resided for 17 years and it was there she attended elementary school. She came to Ulen in 1904. Later she graduated from the Twin Valley High School and the Moorhead State Normal College.
In June of 1919 she was united in marriage to Ole A. Knutson of Ulen. She has resided in Ulen since her marriage but has often stayed and visited in the homes of her children. She taught Home Economics in Ulen and taught also in rural schools until 1950.
Mrs. Knutson was member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ulen and a life member of the Ladies Aid, in which she held several offices including president.
Mrs. Knutson leaves four sons, Harold of Hopkins; and Orville, Niles and Kermit all of St. Cloud; four daughters, Mrs. Sylvester (Mildred) Graves of Osseo; Mrs. Helene Kilgore of Lakewood, Calif.; Mrs. Harvey (Harriet) Bjerke of West Concord; and Mrs. Arnt (Verna) Nysetvold of Twin Valley; a brother, Morton Syvertson of Montauk, N.Y., and 22 grandchildren.

Minnesota Death Certificate CertID# 1960-MN-012099

Actual Churchbook record of Inger Margrethe's Baptism
She is #27

Source information: Vestfold county, Holmestrand, Parish register copy nr. 4 (1874-1888), Birth and baptism records 1887, page 92.
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Verna, Helene & Harold

Grandma Knutson has the following for family, they all came to America and lived on Montauk, Long Island, New York and were Lobster fishermen.

Hans Jørgen & Maren Bredine (Mortensdatter Dybedahl) Syvertsen
Known as John and Bredine Syvertsen when they lived in New York.
They are Grandma Knutson's parents.

(1) 1 Hans Jorgen Syvertsen
Death: 1929, Montauk Suffolk County New York
Birth: 20 Sep 1857, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Christen: 1 Nov 1857, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Father: Syvert Kristoffersen (1826-1889)
Mother: Anne Margrethe Jorgensdatter (1822-1859)
Spouse: Maren Bredine Mortensen Dybedahl
Birth: 17 Feb 1858, Tuft Sandsvaer Buskerud Norway
Death: 1939, Montauk Suffolk County New York
Father: Morten Jonsen Fosseie-Ekneseie (1823-1871)
Mother: Inger Marie Haldorsdatter Finnerud (1825-1899)
Marriage: 5 Dec 1886, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway

Grandma Knutson, Helene & Mildred

Inger Margrethe (Margaret Inger) (1887-1960)
Sigurd (1889-1890)

Sigurd (1891-1954)

Morton (1893-1962)

Bergliot Jorgine (1899-1899)

Harold Vincent Knutson

Harriet & Verna Knutson

(2) 1.1 Inger Margrethe (Margaret Inger) Syvertsen
Birth: 21 Sep 1887, Holmestrand, Vestfold, Norway
Christen: 23 Oct 1887, Holmestrand, Vestfold, Norway
Death: 31 Jul 1960, Ada, Norman County, Minnesota

Ole Andrias Knutson in his later years

Spouse: Ole Andrias Knutson
Birth: 29 Dec 1884, Hawley, Clay County, Minnesota
Death: 10 Sep 1943, Ulen, Clay County, Minnesota
Father: Carl John Knutson (1852-1933)
Mother: Martine Olsdatter Mattisrud (1845-1932)
Marriage: 23 Jun 1919, Alexandria Minnesota

Harriet, Helene, Verna, Margaret & Harold
The picture was taken at St. Cloud at the yearly picnic.

Verna & Harriet Knutson


Helene graduating from High School?
Helene M. Bestenlehner
Corona, California
Funeral services for Helene Bestenlehner, 56, of Brae Burn Dr., Corona, who died Monday at Circle City Hospital, will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Westminster Memorial Park. Friends may call the Thomas Miller Mortuary today after 3 p.m.
Mrs. Bestenlehner was born April 1, 1920 in Minnesota and came to the Corona area 13 years ago from Lakewood.
She is survived by her husband, Casper of Corona; a daughter, Sherrie Kreiser of Corona; a stepson, Larry of Anaheim; two sisters, Mildred Hemmingsen and Verna Nysetvold of Minnesota; three brothers, Niles, Kermit and Harold Knutson of Minnesota and two grandchildren.
Helene Margaret (1920-1976)

Harriet Knutson

Mrs. Harvey Bjerke Dies Suddenly; Funeral at Ulen
Funeral services were held Friday, October 16, at 2 o’clock in Bethlehem church in Ulen for Mrs. Harvey Bjerke, 41, West Concord, who passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 13 while visiting her sister, Mrs. Mildred Graves, at Osseo.
Rev. R.W. Bergland officiated at the services. Miss Linda Amundson was the organist and Mrs. Art Andersen and Mrs. C.E. Pederson sand a duet. Pallbearers were Art Andersen, Milton Reirsgord, Ihlor Bjerke, C.E. Pederson, Arnold Mellum and Carl Herzog. Interment was in the West Cemetery.
Harriet Knutson Bjerke was born in Ulen May 12, 1923. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem church and graduated from the local high school. After graduation she worked in the local bank for awhile.
She was married to Harvey Bjerke August 17, 1946. They lived in Minneapolis until 1949, when they moved to West Concord.
Harriet was active in church work in both Ulen and West Concord, teaching Sunday School and also having served as president of the ALCW.
Besides her husband and sister named above, she is survived by three sons, Steven, Michael and Bruce at home; two sisters, Mrs. C.A. (Helene) Bestenlehner, Corona, CA and Mrs. Arnt (Verna) Nysetvold, Twin Valley; four brothers, Niles, Orville and Kermit Knutson, St. Cloud and Harold Knutson, Hopkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son.
Harriet Marie (1923-1964)

Verna graduating from High School

Verna Ruth (1926-2009)
Verna Nysetvold
Feb. 12, 1926-May 4, 2009
Verna R. Nysetvold, 83, of Twin Valley, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Palliative Care Unit in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.
Verna Ruth Knutson was born the daughter of Ole and Margaret (Syvertsen) Knutson on Feb. 12, 1926, in Ulen, where she grew up and attended school.
As a young woman, Verna graduated from Moorhead Teacher’s School. She taught at a rural school near Sebeka before marrying Arnt Nysetvold on April 10, 1949 in Ulen. The couple made their home in Twin Valley, where they raised seven children. After their children were grown, Verna was a teacher for the Title 1 program in the Twin Valley School. She also served as a substitute teacher for area schools for several years before retiring.
Verna was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed ladies aid. She was a member of the Modern Study Club and the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as president and secretary over the years.
Verna was often the hostess for extended family gatherings. She enjoyed making meals for her family, and was especially renowned for her impossibly thin lefse, flavorful roasted meats and gravies, and hearty baked beans. She loved to participate in American Legion bingo, playing cards, and traveling. In her younger years, she liked to go camping and bowling. She loved spending time with her family and treasured the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
While she was a young mother, Verna was an apt seamstress, sewing holiday and special occasion garments for her children. In later life, she sewed welcome flannel blankets for her grandchildren. She and Arnt were often right-on-the-spot with the birth of a new grandchild, eager to help with the cooking and laundry, so mom and dad could focus on the new baby.
Verna was a devoted caregiver for her husband, Arnt, for several years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and before he moved to the Twin Valley Living Center. After 50 years of marriage, Arnt died on Nov. 4, 1999. Verna continued to live at home until moving into the Twin Valley Living Center in 2003, where she enjoyed wonderful care from staff and volunteers until the time of her death.
Surviving Verna are two sons, Joel (Lynelle) Nysetvold of Twin Valley and Paul (Janet) Nysetvold of Fargo; three daughters, Margit (Lyle) Bakke of Flom, Minn., Maren (James) McGowan of St. Paul and Marcia (William) Garberg of Hutchinson, Minn.; 14 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Verna in death were her parents, Ole and Margaret; husband, Arnt; two sons, David and Brian; four brothers, Orville, Niles, Harold and Kermit; and three sisters; Helene, Harriet and Mildred.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 8 at Zion Lutheran Church in Twin Valley, with the Rev. Charles Bade officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons: Mark Nysetvold, Kilty McGowan, John Nysetvold, Zachary Garberg, Erik Bakke and Matthew Nysetvold. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters, Sonja Roy, Caitlin McGowan, Sarah Kjono, Ashley Garberg, Jessica Garberg, Gretchen Garberg, Mara Nysetvold and Kya Nysetvold.
Burial took place in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Twin Valley. Arrangements were entrusted to the
Anderson Funeral Home in Twin Valley.

Harold Vincent (1928-1989)

Harold & Helene Knutson

Harold & Verna Knutson

(2) 1.2 Sigurd Syvertsen
Birth: 29 Sep 1889, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Christen: 13 Oct 1889, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Death: 28 Nov 1890, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway

Maren Bredine, Inger Margrethe, Sigurd & Morton Syvertsen
Picture was taken about 1897

(2) 1.3 Sigurd Syvertsen
Birth: 15 Oct 1891, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Christen: 8 Nov 1891, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Death: 14 Nov 1954, Montauk Suffolk County New York

Living here in the 1930 census:
1930 U.S. Federal Census > New York > Suffolk > East Hampton > District 51
Occupation: Fisherman

Spouse: Bertha
Birth: 27 Dec 1893
Death: 6 Jun 1978, Montauk Suffolk County New York

Sara 1922-2008
Sara R. Handrup Obituary
When Sara R. Handrup lived in Montauk, she was known as the person who cut 90 percent of the community’s hair and made cakes for people’s birthdays, her daughter Dale Bolton said.
Ms. Handrup, who grew up in Montauk and raised a family there, died on May 31 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, Fla. She was 86 and had fallen two weeks earlier at a nursing home in North Palm Beach, Fla.
An East Hampton High School graduate of 1940, she married Einar Handrup a year later. Her husband, who died before her, worked as a charter boat captain. Ms. Handrup worked in real estate and later in banking.
She moved from Montauk to North Palm Beach 37 years ago. In the years since, she would occasionally return to the South Fork in the summer, sometimes to see a granddaughter, Tracy Grossman, who lives in East Hampton.
Ms. Handrup was born in New London, Conn., on March 21, 1922, to Siguard Syvertsen and the former Bertha Traver.
In addition to Ms. Bolton, who lives in Hobe Sound, Fla., she is survived by two other children, Einar C. Handrup of North Palm Beach and Janis Gadarian of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. A brother, Robert Syvertsen, predeceased her.
Ms. Handrup requested that her ashes be scattered over Culloden Point in Montauk, the same place where her husband’s ashes were scattered, so that she could “meet Dad out by the buoy,” Ms. Bolton said.
Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 Southeast Indian Street, Stuart, Fla. 34997.

Robert A. (1920-1987)

Sigurd & Morton Syvertsen

(2) 1.4 Morton Syvertsen
Birth: 10 Aug 1893, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Christen: 10 Sep 1893, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Death: 3 Oct 1962, New York New York

Lobster Fisherman
Digitalarkivet: Vigde i sjomannskyrkja i New York 1878-1925. [12721/1199]
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Record 789 of 903/5398 total in The database
Lopenummer Vigd dato År
789 08 0412 1920
Rolle Stiling/stand Forenamn Etternamn Bustad Fodestad Alder
4718 Brudgom Fisker Morten Syvertsen Montasck, Long Island, New York Holmestrand 1893
4719 Brur Magna Pauline Pettersen Long Island, New York Kristiania 1895
4720 Brugdom far Fisker Jorgen Syvertsen
4721 Brur far Tommermand Karl Johan Pedersen
4722 Forlovar fru Gurine Hansen
4723 Forlovar Harald Marinius Hansen 622-92nd Str.
Rolle Stiling/stand Forenamn Etternamn Bustad Fodestad Alder
(Marriage Record at the Norwegian Seaman's Church in New York)

Spouse: Magna Pauline Petersen
Birth: 1 May 1895
Death: 1981
Marriage: 4 Dec 1920, New York New York

Morton (1921-2003)
I am in contact with Morton's daughter, Patricia in New York
Millicent (1921-1994)

(2) 1.5 Bergliot Jorgine Syvertsen
Birth: 7 Jun 1899, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Christen: 9 Jun 1899, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway
Death: 1899, Holmestrand Vestfold Norway

Margaret (Syvertsen) Knutson, Helene, Anne Margrethe (Syvertsdatter) Ryding with Harriet sitting on her lap. Anne Margrethe is a sister to Grandma Knutson's father. She married John Ryding who was born in Sweden and they had no children. Grandma lived with them when she came to Minnesota.

Anne Margrethe Ryding's Obituary

Mrs. John Ryding
Mrs. John Ryding passed away at her home here Monday, October 12th, of heart trouble. She had been in failing health for some time and was confined to her bed for two weeks before her death.
Mrs. Ryding, whose maiden name was Anne Margarthe Syvertsen, was born Dec. 9, 1851, in Holmestrand, Norway. She grew to womanhood and was married there to John Ryding. They came to America in June 1901 settling at Twin Valley where they lived for several years before coming to Alexandria. She is survived by her husband.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 at the residence and 2 o’clock from the First English Lutheran church. Rev. C.E. Hanson will have charge of the services. The pallbearers will be R.S. Rekedal, D.J. Antonsen, Ole Knutson, Ole Bottner, Christian Peterson and E.M. Nelson.

Grandma Knutson's Chow Chow Relish Recipe
I found this recipe in an old cookbook of hers from Norway,
in that recipe they used green tomatoes instead of cucumbers.
After boiling, put in hot sterilized jars and seal. Then hot water bath
for 20 minutes, remove and let the jars cool, date and put away.

Verna Ruth & Niles Jannard Knutson
about 1928

Verna Ruth Knutson

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