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Ole (Andreas) HANSEN


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Ole (Andreas) HANSEN

  • Born: 1817, Lesja, Oppland, Norway
  • Marriage: Marit (Mary) HANSDATTAR on 6 Aug 1843 in Dovre, Lesja, Opland, Norway

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Lesja is highly mountainous, and lies on the east-west watershed, with Lesjaskogsvatnet lake draining both west to the Rauma river and east to the Gudbrandsdalslågen river. The largest part (82%) of the community area is over 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level, with the highest mountain peaks reaching above an elevation of 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) in the northeast. The most populated areas lie between 500 and 650 metres (1,640 and 2,130 ft) along the Gudbrandsdalslågen river and highway E136. Abundant summer farms (seter or sæter) are situated close to the treeline, both in the main valley and its tributaries. The summer farms were of major importance for farming until recently, but today only few are used in the traditional way, and mainly as grounds for grazing dairy cattle and sheep. More than 400 lakes are situated within the municipality, mainly above treeline. The Norwegian trout is common both in lakes and rivers, even in lakes above 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level. The landscape is hummocky in general, and owes its appearance mainly to erosion by the Scandinavian Ice Sheet during the last glacial period.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Research:,. Names of Andreas and Mary taken from Hans O Hillerud death certificate in Washington State.

Why did Norwegians head North?
In the late 1700's it was a standing Laplander/Sammi tradition to herd their reindeer from the north-eastern Sweden/Norway areas to the western shores on the 1st of May each year when the snows had subsided. Then on August 1st they would begin a return journey back to the eastern areas, before the September/October snows would begin.
The king of Denmark knew of this life of the Laplanders and sent a "kings leader" to research how
people could live in what would normally be known as uninhabitable northern weather extremes.
The Kings Leader went north to Tromso in search of farming land, due to over-crowding in the south. He arrived in the Tromso area in 1781 and later progressed south to the Målselv and Bardu valleys where he discovered mild summer climate with the potential for farming. The warm gulf streams, circling clockwise from the eastern north American coast, created warmer than normal climate for latitudes north of the Arctic circle. He sent word to the King of these prospects, and the word spread to farmers who were familiar with short farming seasons. People began migrating north and settling in these bountiful valleys. In 1784 the Kings Leader sent word south for a forestry specialist to come and examine the possibilities of developing a logging industry in the/Bardu areas. His research led to the beginning of sawmill construction.

• He appeared on the census in 1865 in Ibestad, Troms, Norway. District no. 8 School distr. Roldoens sondre Local parish Ibestads Parish Ibestads Farm Vik*
Cattle 1Sheep 1Barley 3/8 Potatoes 2
Ole Hansen Husmand uden jord. Maler. Skrædder g 49 m Lesø Præstegjeld
Marit Hansdatter Hans kone g 44 k Lesø Præstegjeld
Hans Olsen Deres søn ug 18 m Dovre Præstegjeld
Guri Olsdatter datter ug 14 k Dovre Præstegjeld
Soffie Olsdatter Deres datter ug 7 k Ibestad
Ingeborg Olsdatter Deres datter ug 5 k Ibestad

The census states that Ole is 'Uden Jord' meaning that he does not own the land. He is a Skraeder which is a Tailor. A Maler translates as Templates?
The municipality of Ibestad was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt ). Initially, Ibestad municipality covered a large area from the Vågsfjorden to the border with Sweden (the old Astafjord church parish). In 1854, the rural eastern half of the municipality (population: 757) was separated from Ibestad to form the new municipality of Bardu . This left Ibestad with 4,741 residents.

• He appeared on the census in 1875 in Ibestad, Troms, Norway. Kretsnr 9 Herad Ibestad Bustad nr.91 Bustad Vik Merknad Fælles udmark af opsidderne i Vik
Kyr 1 Sauer 5 Poteter 2
Ole Hansen m hf g Maler og husmand 1816 Dovre Præstegjeld
Marit Hansdatter k hm g 1821 Lesje Præstegjeld
Hans Olsen m s ug Malersvend, omreisende 1844 Dovre Præstegjeld
Ingeborg Olsdatter k d ug 1861 Ibestad b
Ingebrigt Adolfsen m Fostersøn 1871 Ibestad b


Ole married Marit (Mary) HANSDATTAR on 6 Aug 1843 in Dovre, Lesja, Opland, Norway. (Marit (Mary) HANSDATTAR was born in 1822 in Lesja, Oppland, Norway, died on 11 Aug 1882 in Bardu, Troms, Norway and was buried on 19 Aug 1882 in Malhus.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

• Ole and Marit were married. Information from viewing Kirkbokker

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