Dorthe Olsdatter Orhus


Dorthe on 1801 Norway Census
Christen was born early 1790 at Dalen under Herland Farm in Svarstad in the Lardal parish of Vestfold. Christen's parents were Jon Andersen Dalen and Ingebor Olsdatter. His baptism occurred on the 11 Jul 1790 at Svarstad Church. Witnesses were Helene Pedersdatter Jerneland, Helvig Matthisdatter Dalen, Eric Kielsen Dalen and Peder Jensen Rennedalen.1


Dorthe's Confirmation (1804)
Christen's parents were peasant farmers, otherwise known as crofters, helping out on farms until their assistance wasn't needed and then moving to the next farm. This pattern can be seen throughout the first few years of Christen's life as each record for the family lists them under a new name or farm. They start in Herland farm in 17901 then at Kraakemo farm in 17912, working their way north to Hem farm in 17933 and then a major relocation to Hedensrud farm in Drammen in 1797.4

Drammen is split into two boroughs: Strømsø to the south of the river and Bragernes to the north. The family attended Tangen church in Strømsø, about 4 km directly north of the nearby town of Skoger.

Looking at the 1801 census, we find Christen with his family on the Hedensrud farm in Skoger. Father Jon is noted to be a laborer living with his wife Ingebor and their children Kristen, 11, Ole, 10, and Simen, 6.5 Christen also had another brother, Anders, who died just shy of 3 years old in 1800.6

Two years later in 1803, 6 days after Christen's 13th birthday to be exact, his father Jon dies at the age of 56 years old. The family is still living on the Hedensrud farm in Drammen.7


Dorthe Weds Christen (1824)
It appears this event forced Christen to grow up quick when he appears to have left home at this time seeking work. It's our next record that we finally find him living in Sande in Vestfold. Here Christen receives his confirmation on the 26 Jun 1808 under the name Christen Johnsen "Nandar Weeberg", now known as Veberg Farm. No parents or age is listed.8

Christen marries for the first time on 15 Dec 1811 in Sande to wife Aase Olsdatter.9 Interestingly enough, the following day Aase gives birth to their first child, daughter, Gurine Christensdatter at Bjerke farm.10

It appears Christen continued in the crofter lifestyle that his father lived. Christen and Aase would have two more children, Ingeborg in 1814 at Stranden Farm11, and Olia in 1817 at Nedre Simenstad farm.12 In between, the family is listed on the 1815 census at Østre Ruud farm in Sande.13

Aase would pass away at Braathen under Nedre Simenstad on 20 Jul 1817, four months after Olia's birth.14

Around this time Christen's brother Ole would relocate from Skoger to join his brother in Sande. Christen would be noted as a sponsor/godparent for the birth of Ole's son Anders in 1823. Christen was living under Stokke farm at the time.15

The two brothers would stay close and Christen is listed as a sponsor for each of the five children born to Ole. The same goes for Ole as he appeared as a sponsor for each of Christen's children (when listed).

It's while living at Stokke farm where the church book for Sande shows that Christen Johnsen Stokke-eiet and Dorthe Olsdatter were married 29 Oct 1824. The Best Men were Halvor Larsen Dyet and Lars Pedersen Dyet. Christen was listed a widower, born 1792, while Dorthe was listed as single and born 1790. Dorthe is described as coming from EikerA and that she had been living at Eikeberg farm since 1808.16

Christen and Dorthe had four children we know of:

JOHANNE MARIA , born 30 Jun 1825 at Gravningen Farm in Sande. SponsorsB: Dorthe Halvorsdatter Donnerrud, Birthe Andersdatter Hertzgården, Ole Johnsen Stokke-eiet, Anders Bertelsen Tangen and Thore Thoresen.17 Johanne was confirmed 1840.18 She has since had the farm Kvisle in Sande added to her name.

CHRISTOPHER , born 19 May 1828 at Orhus farm in Sande. Sponsors: Marthe Dyresdatter Oreberg, Birthe Hellene Hansdatter Stokke, Ole Johnsen Stokke-eiet, Ole Tollisen Stokke and Peder Andersen Oreberg.19

JOHN, born on 21 Jan 1830 at Orhus farm in Sande. There were complications with his birth and the baptism register notes that for whatever the reason, he passed away. No date of death is listed.20

KAREN OLAVA, born 21 Nov 1833C at Orhus farm in Sande. She was baptized at home, which normally occurred when there was a fear the child might not make it to and died before age of confirmation.21


Dorthe's Death in Sande (1851)
Christen died on 09 Apr 1833 at Orhus farm in Sande at the age of 42.22 All said and done, Christen's crofter lifestyle has documented him as living at 12 separate farms throughout his life... and I'm pretty sure there were more in the years not documented.

Dorthe would remarry on 28 Dec 1835 to Christen Jensen Orebsly in Sande23 and soon after, her and the children would move onto the Kvisle farm where the family would stay through at least 1843.24

Dorthe died on the 21 Dec 1851 at the age of 62 in Sande.25

The above is a modified and expanded translation from the book "Forfedrene Og Vi" by Sigfred L. Eier. Published in Svelvik, Norway in 1942. Sigfred was a freelance writer for the Svelviksposten local newspaper, a local historian for the towns of Svelvik & Strommen, a family historian, and cousin to Christoffer Christoffersen Lowe. Sigfred also established the town museum in Svelvik.

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FATHER:

Ole Christophersen Gunhildrud, 28 May 1752 - 28 Apr 1809

MOTHER:

Mari Olsdatter, 12 Feb 1749 - 23 Apr 1821

SPOUSE 1:

Christen Johnsen Stokke-eiet, 13 Jun 1790 - 09 Apr 1833

CHILDREN:

  1. Johanne Maria Christensdatter, 30 Jun 1825 – ?
  2. Christoffer Christensen, 19 May 1828 – 25 Oct 1878
  3. John Christensen, 21 Jan 1830 – 1830
  4. Karen Olava Christensdatter, 21 Nov 1833 – 11 Dec 1833

SPOUSE 2:

Christen Jensen Orebsly, abt 1790 - ?

Footnotes: 

A Øvre Eiker was originally a part of the traditional region of Eiker at the time of Dorthe's birth. It wasn't until 01 Jul 1885 when Eiker was split into the regions of Øvre Eiker and Nedre Eiker.

B Commonly translated as “Godparents” or “Mentors”, sponsors at this time served a similar purpose as they do today, however it was not common to see just 2 names listed. In this case there are 5.

C This date is not confirmed by the local parish register. The Church book says she was born 13 NOV 1833 however there is a lot of small writing scribbled in the margins that is illegible to me.

Locations / Farms

Sources:

1 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Christen Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8242&idx_id=8242&uid=ny&idx_side=-338); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Lardal, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1733-1815), Birth and baptism records 1790, page 669-670; Entry No.: 18.

2 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Ole Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8242&idx_id=8242&uid=ny&idx_side=-347); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Lardal, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1733-1815), Birth and baptism records 1791, page 687-688; Entry No.: 23.

3 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Simen Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8242&idx_id=8242&uid=ny&idx_side=-368); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Lardal, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1733-1815), Birth and baptism records 1794, page 729-730; Entry No.: 10.

4 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Anders Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8473&idx_id=8473&uid=ny&idx_side=-80); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Buskerud county, Tangen in Strømsø, Parish register (official) nr. II 2 (1739-1814), Birth and baptism records 1798, page 77.

5 1801 Norway Census about Christen Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives (Digitalarkivet); Oslo, Norway; (http://www.digitalarkivet.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&sidenr=1&filnamn=f18010712&gardpostnr=138&personpostnr=1235#nedre); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Buskerud county, Strømsø, Census of 0712 Strømsøe, Entry No.: 1235-1239; Family No.: 138.

6 Norway Parish Registers, Death & Burial Records about Anders Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8473&idx_id=8473&uid=ny&idx_side=-154); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Buskerud county, Tangen in Strømsø, Parish register (official) nr. II 2 (1739-1814), Death and burial records 1800, page 175; Entry No.: 4.

7 Norway Parish Registers, Death & Burial Records about John Andersen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8473&idx_id=8473&uid=ny&idx_side=-122); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Buskerud county, Tangen in Strømsø, Parish register (official) nr. II 2 (1739-1814), Death and burial records 1803-1804, page 146.

8 Norway Parish Registers, Confirmation Records about Christen Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8127&idx_id=8127&uid=ny&idx_side=-60); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 2 (1804-1814), Confirmation records 1809, page 207-208.

9 Norway Parish Registers, Marriage Records about Christen Johnsen & Aase Olsdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8127&idx_id=8127&uid=ny&idx_side=-68); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Marriage records 1836, page 424-425.

10 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Gurine Christensdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8127&idx_id=8127&uid=ny&idx_side=-34); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 2 (1804-1814), Birth and baptism records 1812, page 60-61.

11 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Ingeborg Christensdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8127&idx_id=8127&uid=ny&idx_side=-44); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 2 (1804-1814), Birth and baptism records 1814, page 80.

12 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Olia Christensdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-19); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Birth and baptism records 1817, page 30-31; Entry No.: 8.

13 1815 Norway Census about Christen Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives (Digitalarkivet); Oslo, Norway; (http://digitalarkivet.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbase&sidenr=1&filnamn=Sande1815&gardpostnr=1673&merk=1673#ovre); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Census of Sande, Entry No.: 1673-1676.

14 Norway Parish Registers, Death & Burial Records about Aase Olsdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-111); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Death and burial records 1817, page 198-199; Record No.: 7.

15 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Olia Christensdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-51); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Birth and baptism records 1823, page 92; Entry No.: 24.

16 Norway Parish Registers, Marriage Records about Christen Johnsen & Dorthe Olsdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=8127&idx_id=8127&uid=ny&idx_side=-68); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Marriage records 1836, page 424-425; Record No.: 21.

17 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Johanne Marie Christensdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-62); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Birth and baptism records 1825, page 114-115; Entry No.: 34.

18 Norway Parish Registers, Confirmation Records about Johanne Marie Christensdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-271); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Confirmation records 1840, page 574-575; Entry No.: 17.

19 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Christopher Christensen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-76); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 2 (1804-1814), Marriage records 1811-1812, page 257-258; Entry No.: 27.

20 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about John Christensen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-81); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Birth and baptism records 1830, page 146-147; Entry No.: 5.

21 Norway Parish Registers, Baptism Records about Karen Olava Christensdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-93); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Birth and baptism records 1834, page 168-169; Entry No.: 2.

22 Norway Parish Registers, Death & Burial Records about Christen Johnsen; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-193); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Death and burial records 1833-1834, page 226-227; Entry No.: 15.

23 Norway Parish Registers, Marriage Records about Dorthe Olsdatter Orhus; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1264&idx_id=1264&uid=ny&idx_side=-193); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 3 (1814-1847), Marriage records 1836, page 424-425; Entry No.: 3.

24 Christen Jensen is listed as owning the Qvisle farm in Sande on the 1838 Land Register (Now known by Kvisle). Jarlsberg & Larvik, Jarlsberg, Sande, Sande; House No.: 136; Qvisle; No.: 280b-281.

25 Norway Parish Registers, Death & Burial Records about Dorthe Olsdatter; The National Archives of Norway: The Digital Archives; Oslo, Norway; (http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=1265&idx_id=1265&uid=ny&idx_side=-298); Visited:13 Jan 2014 ; Vestfold county, Sande, Parish register (official) nr. 4 (1847-1864), Death and burial records women 1851-1852, page 297; Entry No.: 23.