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From: "Becky Dolan" <>
Subject: Re: Oveson - Marriage Record Lookup
Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 11:51:26 -0700
References: <> <002901c32154$093b8150$0302a8c0@BECKY> <>

Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't thought of looking there for a marriage. It was pretty rugged country when they got there; Ove was one of the founders of the township according to the papers we've gotten on the county history.
On his membership paperwork that he filled out for Valdres Samband in 1904, he states that after living in Decorah they moved to Hastings, MN. That's in Dakota Co. which is on the eastern border of the state then moved to Chippewa in western Minnesota. He gives the years that they were in each place, but we have easily proven that his time frame is completely off.
Just so I have this straight - you think it's possible (or likely for customs of the time) that Kari became pregnant while living with her family in Decorah, moved to Hastings and then to Benson where they were finally married?
We have a picture we are unable to identify - one cousin thinks it may be Ove & Kari, but Carol and I have been very doubtful of that because it looks like a wedding photo that was taken in North Dakota. Ove & Kari weren't in North Dakota until about 1880. They look pretty young, but how possible do you think that would be that they would have waited for 17 years and 9 or 10 kids before getting married? Or what about just skipping it altogether? If you've been together that long and haven't had a problem with it, then why bother?
The last land transaction Carol was able to find for Ove & Kari was selling their land in North Dakota in 1889. In 1895 Ove and all his children but they oldest few were living in Roseau County, MN. Kari was not with him, and I believe he indicated he was a widower (though I'm not positive of this). We've found Ove in all the available censuses up until his death in 1923. We've not been able to find Kari at all until her obituary in 1909 - she died at the home of her daughter, Julia, in East Grand Forks, MN, but their is no mention of Ove or her other children. Maybe no marriage and no divorce at all??????
----- Original Message -----
From: Hans Myhre
To: Becky Dolan
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2003 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: Oveson - Marriage Record Lookup

Hi Becky,
I think you should look for the marriage in Benson, maybe Isabelle/Ingeborg was born out of wedlock since Kari was so young and that they married right after the first child was born.

Becky Dolan wrote:

In the 1870 census the oldest child, Isabelle/Ingeborg, is 16, born in
Minnesota. According to her confirmation record at Zion Lutheran in Hoople,
ND she was born 24 July 1863. The information you found on Kari from the
Gran churchbooks say she was born 30 Nov 1845, so she would have been just
17 when Isabelle/Ingeborg was born.
We have some other documentation from local history books that puts Ove in
Benson/Big Bend Twsp, Chippewa Co., MN as early as 1867. The next child of
Ove & Kari's (that we can document) is Emma. She was age 2 in the 1870
census, and her Zion Lutheran confirmation record gives her d.o.b. as 21 Aug
1867. It looks like she and the next 7 children were born in this area
before they moved to Walsh Co., ND.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hans Myhre" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2003 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: Oveson - Marriage Record Lookup

Hi Becky,
in 1870 Census Kari and Ove are living in Benson Twn, Chippewa co,
MN. What are the age on their children? Does the Census tell where they
were born?

Becky Dolan wrote:

Thank you for taking the time to look into this. Is there any more info
can provide to help? It seems extremely likely to me that Ove and Kari
married in Winneshiek Co. somewhere, but it has just been a brick wall.
Kari's father was Iver Johansen Kjoseie. He's been located in the 1850
1860 censuses. There was a death of an Even Johannes Tommerhol that's
found in the Washington Prairie books - death 6 Sep 1868, age 55. Our
was born in 1818, so it's in the ballpark. Don't know where 'Tommerhol'
comes from as I've only found records of Iver living at Kjos and Blegen.
But by 1870, Kari & Ove (and children) are living in Benson Twp, Chippewa
Co, MN. Kari's siblings are also living there with her brother, John, as
the head of that household. I have been unable to locate mother, Gubjor,
the 1870 census. She does turn up there for 1880, but then all but her
youngest son, Alexander, have moved on to other parts - mostly unknown.
Now if Kari & Ove were married in Minnesota (possibly Hastings) in 1861 -
1863, she would only have been 15-18 yrs old. Do you know if that would
have been likely or appropriate for them to run off together to wed? Is
possible that she may have had some other family there that would make it
more acceptable? OR . . . . ?
Please excuse me if I am rambling or repeating information. I just keep
reworking the pieces. This one has really got me stumped!
Thanks again for your help!!!
:) Becky

----- Original Message -----
From: "Travis & Becky Cleveland" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: Oveson - Marriage Record Lookup


Report back. I did some checking today and can rule out that Ove and
were married at Washington Prairie in those years, 1860-1864. I was not
able to find the Springfield church book dealing with marriages, this


a likely facility for the event, so shall wait until the main man

----- Original Message -----
From: "Becky Dolan" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 4:09 PM
Subject: Oveson - Marriage Record Lookup


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