Saturday, March 7, 2009

My Paternal Great Grandmother's Ancestors Dating Back To The 1600's - Part Three

One of the earliest known ancestors of my great grandmother, Synneva (Susan), was Baard Torleivsen, owner of property at the farm "Hogi" in Hafslo. About 1670, he transferred property worth about nine measures of grain (about 16 liters) to a man named Lars Larsen, who had the property until he died in 1693. His widow, Dorte Larsdatter, married Baard Baardsen who took over the Hogi farm. He was born in 1641, and was the son of the original owner, Baard Torleivsen. He was a widower with a son, Lars Baardsen (born in 1688), when he married Dorte.

After his father retired, Lars Baardsen took over Hogi. At that time Lars was betrothed to Anna Persdatter Opheim, and as was the custom at that time, Anna moved to Hogi, and took with her the possessions that made up her "dowry". They intended to get married the following year, but before the marriage had taken place, Anna became ill and died. Anna's brother then summoned Lars to return the possessions that Anna had taken with her to Hogi. Since the marriage had not yet taken place, Anna's brother had the right to claim the dowry property and have it returned to her family.

Lars was successful in his second attempt to secure a wife for himself, and maried Helga Endresdatter Opheim. She was the daughter of Endre Bendiksen Opheim and Anna Larsdatter. With Helga, Lars had at least four children before she died in 1733. It is from this union that Synneva (my great grandmother) descends.

Lars was a corporal in the Luster Company, serving his military obligation at the same time as he operated the farm; but his military training did not prepare him for the conflict on the "homefront" after he married a second time. His second wife appears to be anything but a shrinking violet, judging from what is told about her in Laberg's book, Hafslo.

Sometime after Helga died in 1733, Lars married Gjertrud Andersdatter Molland. Gjertrud must have been a very headstrong and opinionated woman, and was not shy about expressing her feelings about a neighbor woman, Synneva Hogi. When Synneva heard what Gertrud had said about her, she asked that she meet with Lars and Gjertrud, so that Gjertrud could apologize. Synneva confronted Gjertrud and asked if it was true that Gjertrud had said that she was a sladdrebikkja (gossip monger, or more directly, a blabber bitch!), and that she should have been put in the pillory long ago. Yes, Gjertrud admitted having said that, and said that she would stand by the statement! Synneva accused Gjertrud of slander and took the case to court. Gjertrud refused to appear the first time the case was heard, so the case came up the next time the court of conciliation met. Still Gjertrude would not appear, but Lars showed up to say that his wife had no grounds for what she had said. Synneva was not satisfied with Lars' statement and demanded that Gjertrud appear in person. The third time court met, Gjertrud attended. She said that she had indeed said that Synneva was a sladdrebikkja, and furthermore it was true! In spite of the fact that Gjertrud never admitted to any guilt, the local authorities ordered her to pay court costs of three ort (about 60 cents).

In 1752 Lars Baardsen turned over the farm to his son, Lars Larsen, but continued to live at Hogi until he died in 1757.

The son, Lars Larsen (born in 1723), married Brita Larsdatter Kvam from Veitastrond in Hafslo. In 1770 they left Hogi in the Joranger sogn (congregation) and moved to "Ugulo", a farm located in Fet sogn.

There were four congregations in the Hafslo Parish. In addition to the "head church" in Hafslo, there were the annex churches at Solvorn, Fet, and Joranger, all served by the same pastor and deacon in the early days.

Lars Larsen died in 1789, leaving a wife and six children:
1. Lars went to La, a farm in outer Hafslo.
2. Lasse got a farm at Ugulo.
3. Johannes
4. Ola lived at Kjos.
5. Gjertrud married Ola Hermundsen Lunde and moved to Syrstrond.
6. Kari married Ole Arnesen Fet.

Lars (born 1759) married Durdei Endresdatter La in 1787, and bought the farm, "La", from his father-in-law. (Various spellings of the farm name, including Laas, Lah, Lahd, Lad, and Ladd, appear in records both in Norway and in the United States.) Little is known about Lars and Durdei except the names of their five children:
1. Lars, born in 1787.
2. Ola, born in 1790, married Kristi Einersdatter Kalhagen in 1815, and took over the La farm in 1828.
3. Endre was born March 8, 1792, and lived at Grot. He was the father of Synneva (my great grandmother), and immigrated to the United States in 1866.
4. Brita married Elling Bjornsen Holsete.
5. Margrete married Erik Olsen Kjodni and moved to Aaberge in Sogndal.
Ole Larsen, older brother of Endre became owner of the La farm. Endre Larsen La got a place at La (Lahd) called Grot, where he lived until he emigrated.
After Ole Larsen died, the farm went to Ole's daughter, who died childless. The farm was sold several times before 1848, when Margrete Endresdatter La, daughter of Endre Larsen La, and half sister to my great grandmother Synneva, exercised her odeslrett (right of inheritance) to the farm.


Diane said...

Penny, the information you have is phenominal! I LOVE reading all this! How exciting for you to have all this information handed down to you. I am enjoying this so much! Thanks for sharing!


lomsuzie said...

have you ever come across the surname skajem, skaim or gulrud in your genealogy? I see some similarities and figured I'd give it a shot.

Penny said...

Lomsuzie, I don't think I have come across those surnames. I would have to check again to know for sure.