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Emigration from each farm

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  • Gullbraa
  • Ekse
  • Trefall
  • Brakestad
  • Nesheim
  • Bergo
  • Bindingbø
  • Fosse
  • Yksendal
  • Fjellanger
  • Haugen (Lavikhaugen)
  • Lavik
  • Flatekval
  • Nese
  • Vetlejord
  • Hoevik
  • Eikemo
  • Eikefet

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The Nesheim Church
Photo Kaare Trefall
Introduction
[The numbers you will find here are not very accurate. They are found by a fast count of data from the local history books "Evanger Boka, Band I" and "Bygdebok fraa Modalen Herad, Band I". That is why Eikemo and Eikefet so far are not present. The numbers will be corrected when I have collected more data.]

Counting the number of emigrated persons from the upper most farm Gullbraa, down to the farm Hoevik, the number is about 190. The farm Bindingboe leads with 33, followed by Ekse with 22, Gullbraa and Flatekval with 19, Yksendal with 16, Lavik and Trefall with 11, and so on. In the other end of the list are the farms Vetlejord with 3 and Nese with 1.

The geographical area with most emigration are the three uppermost farms, Gullbraa, Ekse and Trefall with a total of 51 persons.
What we can read from this about the living conditions at the different farms is difficult to say.

So far you will only find stories told about some of the people who left from the two farms Trefall/Yksendal, and Yksendal bruk #1 and #2. Later on will stories about some of those who left the farm Ekse be added, one of them later to be killed.

I will add numbers for each farm, and I hope in the future to add more stories. And I hope to hear from you, dear reader, and maybe add your story!


Map of the farms in the valley of Eksingedalen.
Click here to enlarge the map (and scroll to right to see the upper part of the valley).

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Gullbraa

Introduction
[ Emigration date for Gullbrå will be added here ]

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Ekse

The 3 "bruks" at Ekse (1, 2, 4 and 5), + "bruk" 8 Kvannafossen.

Ekse bruk 1.

Ekse bruk 2.

Ekse bruk 4.

Ekse bruk 5.




Ekse bruk 8, Kvannafossen.


So fare only in Norwegian.


[1] The same farm but different "bruks". A Farm could be divided into parts, each called a "bruk".

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Trefall


The picture shows bruk #1, #2 and #3 at Trefall in about 1950.
Introduction

These emigration pages started out when I got in contact with a 2end cousin and his wife in Oregon, USA. They are descendants of my grandfather's sister who left with her husband for North Dakota in 1913.

From the three "bruks" at the farm Trefall about 13 adults + many children left (about these numbers, see the introduction page "Emigration from each farm").

Here about the name Trefall.


The emigration

Bruk #1
  • Brita Jakobsdotter Trefall b. 1804, emigrated: 1867
    She was married to Jakob Jonson Ekse b. 1806, left after a period as "husmann" (cotter) at the farm trefall from 1840. They left from Bergen 30th of April 1867 on the bark "Broedrene" and arrived Quebec 31th May. The went with theyer children Lars Jokobson 20 years and Brita Jakobsdotter 26 years.

  • Jakob Ingebrigtson Trefall b. 1841, emigrated: 1865
    He left two years earlier, in 1865. Brita Jakobsdotter who went in 1867 was Jakob's aunt.


Bruk #2

Bruk #2 occurs after a remarriage on bruk #1.
The first farmer, Knut Jakobsen Trefall f. 1788(9?) is first married to Gjertrud Simensdotter Bindingboe. After Gjertrud died, he married to Elisabeth Askjelsdsdotter Aarhus. Theyr oldest son left:
  • Askjel Knutson Trefall b. 1830, emigrated: 1866
    He was married to Ingeborg Torgilsdotter Nedre Oppheim b. 1829, they left with theyer two sons Knut b. 1961 and Sjur b. 1864. They left Bergen at 25th of April 1866 on the brigg Fido from Arendal, and arrived Quebeck 8th of June. First they setteld in Higwater, Cuttonwood county, Minnesot. In 1894 they moved to High Lake Township, Emmet county, Iowa. Both Askjel (Askel) and Ingeborg are burried at the High Lake-Jack Creek cemetery. Ingeborg died in 1911, Askjel in 1916. More to read about them here.
The next farmer at bruk #2 is Jakob Knutson Trefall b. 1816, the half brother of Askjel, and son of Knut Jakobson Trefall and his first whife Gjertrud Simensdotter.
Of the children of Jakob Knutson and his whife Johannesdotter Aldalen f. 1813, these siblings left:
  • Johannes Jakobson Trefall b. 1840, emigrated: 1871

  • Knut Jakobson Trefall b. 1844, emigrated: 1869
    He was married to Brita Johnsdotter Ekse b. 1847, they left in 1869. The family back home in Norway never heard any thing from them anymore. So says the "bygdebok Evangerboka".
    But Knut Jakobson Trefall is on the passenger list on the bark "Broedrene" leaving two years earlyer, from Bergen 30th of April 1867. I can not find Brita Johnsdotter. left in 1869,
    It could be Knut found in the 1900 Census for Iowa, spelled Knut Traefald?

  • Gjertrud Jakobsdotter Trefall b. 1850, emigrated: 1874
    She left with her husband David Knutson Ekse b. 1840 on 9th of May 1874 with two children, Brita Davidsdotter b. 1866 and Gjertrud Davidsdotter b. 1873.

Bruk #2 was sold by the father, Jakob Knutson b. 1816, to his uncle, Lars Jakobson b. 1809.
  • Jakob Larson Trefall b. 1830, emigrated: 1856
    He was son of Lars Jakobson, took over bruk #2, first changed farm with Knut Larson Gullbraa (Nesheim) b. 1820, and then left for America with Brita Anderson Hanekom from Sogn in 1856 (14th og April?). He went to Cambridge, Wisconsin and married Brita in 1857. They moved to Dodge County, Minnesota in 1861, and in 1871 to Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota.

The other half of bruk #2 was sold by Lars Jakobson, bought by Knut Larson Gullbrå, and which now went to be bruk #3 (see bruk #3 about that family).
  • Lars Jakobsen Trefall f. 1809, emigrated: 1864
    Lars first went to Vik in Sogn in 1845, and left from there to America in 1864 with his wife number 2 Synnøve Olavsdotter Apeltun b. 1806, and a childe. They settled in Dodge County and Lars died in Kason in 1898.

In addition to Jakob Larson from the first marriage, one more of Las children left:
  • Gulleik Larson Trefall b. 1832, emigrated: 1860
    Evangerboka says he left as early as in 1845, this is wrong, the year is 1860.

Bruk #2 was bought back into the family from Knut Larson Gullbraa (Nesheim) by Kari Ingebrigtsdotter b.1827 from bruk #1 married to Jon Nilson Ekse b. 1822 (Knut Larson baught insted bruk #3). Of the children of Jon Nilson and Kari Ingebrigtsdotter, these left:
  • Ingeborg Jonsdotter Trefall b.1853, emigrated: 1876
    She went 4th April 1876. "Evangerboka" tells that she was married to Gulleik Johannesen Bergo b.1841

  • Begga johnsdotter Trefall b.1855, emigrated: 1888
    She went to Minnesota from Bergen 25th of May 1888.

The farm was now passed to Jon Nilson and Kari Ingebrigtsdotter's doughter Anna Jonsdotter b. 1867. Se married Nils Jonson Ekse, b. 1859. Of the childen of Anna Jonsdotter and Nils Jonsson, these left:
  • Kari Nilsdotter Trefall b. 1893, emigrated: 1913
    She married to Rasmus Nilsson Yksendal b. 1884. They left for Maddock, North Dakota, 28th August 1913.
    Theyer history could be found here.


Bruk 3

Bruk #3 was bought by Knut Larson Gullbrå (Nesheim) b. 1820 and Kari Knutsdotter Langeland b. 1818.
One son of the next farmer, Lars Knutson b. 1850 married to Guri Herlaugsdotter Yksendal b.1858, left:
  • Herlaug Larson Trefall b.1887, emigrated: 1906
    He left 17th of April 1906, and becoming later a farmer in Manitoba Canada, just north of North Dakota. In Canada Herlaug called himself Harry Larson.

His brother Lars Larson Trefall, b.1891 left 29th August 1913 (first to Rugby, North Dakota??, later to his brother in Canada?). He came back to Norway 8 years later, in 1921. He then became a farmer at Ekse. The plans was to find a Norwegian wife and go back and take over brother Herlaug's farm.

Herlaug was missed some time after 1921, when his brother Las had contact with him before leaving back to Norway. It is said that Herlaug was leaving for Alaska to train the dogs to be used by the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen.


[1] The same farm but different "bruks". A Farm could be divided into parts, each called a "bruk".

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Brakestad


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Nesheim

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Bergo

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Bindingboe

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Fosse

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Yksendal

Introduction

From the farm Yksendalen about 16 persons left for America (about these numbers, see the introduction page "Emigration from each farm").


Bruk #1

(More about bruk #1 her.)
  • Lars Larson Yksendal b. 1852, went to Minnesota in America in 1875, 23 years and unmarried.
  • Ivar Larson Yksendal b. 1861, brother of Lars, went 6 years later. He left from Bergen 22nd of March 1882, 21 years and unmarried. He stayed first in Minnesota, where he educated, and then left for North Dakota, where he was working as a priest. More about Ivar, see here.
The eldest brother to these, Nils Larson Oksendal b. 1846, was farmer at bruk#1. Four of his children left:
  • Nils Nilson b. 1878, went 4th of April 1900, 22 years and unmarried, to his uncle Iver in North Dakota. More about him, see here.
  • Lars Nilson b. 1875 went after 4th of Mars 1902, 27 years and unmarried. More about him, see here.
  • Borghild Nilsdotter b. 1880, the sister, 19 years and unmarried, went with.
  • The brother Rasmus Nilson b. 1884, went autumn 1906, 22 years and unmarried. He went with his brother Nils when he returned after visiting Norway for some months. More about him, see here.
    Rasmus went back to Norway in 1909. Four years later he married to Kari Nilsdotter Trefall b. 1890, and return to North Dakota, America with his wife 22d of August 1913. More about them, see here.

"Husmann" (cotter) at bruk #1

Johannes Torbjørnson b. 1811 are the uncle to the two brothers who first left at bruk #1, Lars Larson og Ivar Larson. Two of his children left:
  • Brita Johannesdotter b. 1847(8?), left for Minnesota 31st of May 1875.
  • Anna Johannesdotter b. 1847, left for Minnesota 11th of Nowember 1879.

Bruk #2

(More about bruk #2 could be found here.)
  • Ragnhild Andersdotter b. 1836 married to Anders Gullbraa went in 1868. At the time of emigration they where living at Vik in Sogn
Brother of Ragnhild Andersdotter, Herlaug Anderson b. 1832, was farming at bruk #2. Six of his children left. Two from his first marriage to Ingebjørg Torbjørnsdotter Fjellanger b. 1830:
  • Torbjørn (Tom) Herlaugson b. 1862, went 20th of Mars 1883.
    More to read about him here.
  • Andears (Andrew) Herlaugson b. 1865, went together with his brother Torbjørn (Tom) in 1883.
    More to read about him here.
  • Johan Karl (Carl) Herlaugson b. 1867, went 24/4 1884. Evanger Bygdebok Band I tells us that he was later killed at Cuba. Another story tells that he drowned deserting from the Army.
    More to read about him here.
  • Dordei Herlaugsdotter b. 1872 30 years and unmarried, she went 4th of Mars 1902 together with three half sieblings (see later on this page).
    More to read about her here.
On the boat leaving Bergen 4th of Mars 1902 with Dordei, also Dordei's brother Torbjorn who left in 1883 was on the passenger list. Now he was an American citizon, and had been back in Norway to bring more of his siblings to America. Because on the boat where four children from Herlaugs second marriage to Sigrid Knutsdotter Trefall b. 1847: They left on the same boat as the siblings Lars Nilson and Borghild Nilsdatter from bruk #1.

One more son of Herlaug and Sigrid, went 3 years later:
  • Nils Herlaugsson b. 1886 went too, three years later, 11th of April 1905. More to read about him here.

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Fjellanger

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Haugen (Lavikhaugen)

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Lavik

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Flatekval

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Nese

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Vetlejord

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Hoevik

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