Baptism of Andreas Johnsen (1830)
Andreas Johnsen was born on 08 Mar 1830 in northern Svleivk, Vestfold, NorwayA, B to carpenter (and former sailor), John Nilssen and his wife, Ingaborg Karine Oudensdatter. At the time, the family was living at the northern end of Svelvik, in Slædevigen, an area now known as Sleavika. Andreas was baptized on 05 Sep 1830 at Strømm Church in Svelvik.1, C
On the 4 Sep 1841, when Andreas was just 11 years old, his father passed away from unknown causes. Over the next few years, mother Ingeborg would raise her children as a widow (likely with the help of her family). She would remarry in 1848 to Ole Halvorsen.
Andreas was confirmed on 05 Oct 1845 at Strømm church in Svelvik, Vestfold, Norway. Soon after he would take to the sea and join many of his fellow men of Svelvik in the shipping industry.2
Marriage of Andreas and Anne Marie (1855)On the 4 Aug 1862, Andreas bought farm house 11a in Svelvik from Ole Halvorsen for $108.4 Here Andreas and Anne would raise their six children. This is supported by their appearance on the 1865 census where they are listed as living in house 11a in Svelvik with 5 children (son Andreas would not be born for another 2 years).5
Anne died in Svelvik, Norway on 11 Aug 1867, just three days after the birth of son Andreas. Her death and burial record states that she died due to complications from childbirth. Anne was only 39 years old.6 While tragic in its own right, remember that Andreas was a sailor. In the middle of August he would have been out at sea and likely knew nothing of the fate of his wife until he'd returned home some 3 months later. His now 6 children would be motherless, likely under the care of family and neighbors helping during Andreas' absence.
After Anne's death Andreas left his life on the sea behind to become a carpenter at the shipyard. This kept him employed, but allowed him to be around on a daily basis for his children instead of the long stretches at sea that was the life of a sailor. Over the next 6 years it became the responsibility of eldest daughter's Birthe Marie & twin sister Julie (age 8) to take care of the family until life changed again in 1873.
Andreas' Death Record (1888)By 1871 Andreas had met a lady he called Laura, he had become enamored with her. They began seeing each other and soon found out in early 1872 that Laura was pregnant with their first child.7
It was not to last however, as Laura would pass away only 1 and 1/2 years later on 6 Sep 1874, again at the age of 39, oddly enough, from what was listed as heart disease.9
At the age of 55, Andreas worked as a carpenter and lived with his 6 children, 1 daughter-in-law, 5 grandchildren, and 2 currently unknown Johnsens (Johan A. & Gustava) in 1885.10
Andreas died on 01 Jul 1888 in Svelvik, Vestfold, Norway, at the age of 58, and was buried four days later on 05 Jul 1888. 11
John Nilssen Jordbrekke, 25 Jun 1797 - 04 Sep 1841
Ingeborg Karine Oudensdatter Helgerud, bef 1795 - 20 Sep 1865
Anne Marie Olsdatter Ruud, 07 Oct 1827 - 11 Aug 1867
- John Andreasen, 02 May 1856 – 07 Jan 1932
- Birthe Marie Andreasdatter, 01 Nov 1858 – 17 Sep 1933
- Julie Andreasdatter, 01 Nov 1858 – 19 Nov 1933
- Annette Andreasdatter, 30 Dec 1861 – 14 Jan 1937
- Ole Andreasen, 02 Sep 1864 – 28 Mar 1895
- Andreas Marinius Andreasen, 08 Aug 1867 – 31 Jan 1925
Olava Annette "Laura" Andersen, 1835 - 01 Sep 1874
- Oscar Albert Andreasen, 03 Nov 1872 – ?
A For most of Andreas' life, the Norway Parish Registers for the towns of Svelvik & Strømm were not located under their current county of Vestfold. At the time, Svelvik's Strømm church was a part of the Hurum parish in Buskerud County and this didn't change until Strømm became its own parish in 1861 following the opening of their new church.
B In the 1800's, Svelvik was separated into two ajoining towns along the Drammen Fjord. They were Svelvik and Strømmen (also refered to as Strømm). The town was frequently referred to as Svelvikstrommen. Strømmen was incorporated into Svelvik in the 1950s.
C Strømm Church was demolished in 1857 because its size no longer suited the now bustling shipping town. Svelvik Church was erected in its place in 1859.
D In Norway, it wasn't uncommon for a woman to get pregnant before the couple was married. Villages often accepted couples as married and in a way provided their blessing to them and allowed them to live together, before a ceremony was ever carried out in church. However, in Andreas and Olava's case, it was much less common for a couple to hold out on the wedding until after their child was born.