|Church Record of 1842 birth and 1843 baptism of Karen Marie Nilsdatter|
At the age of 15 she was confirmed in the local Norderhov Lutheran Church.
|Karen's daughter Louise Nelson Bardahl's |
comments and photograph of the Lucken, Honnefoss Church, 1969
On the third of July in 1866, Karen married Carl Johan Nelson in the church pictured above. Their daughter Gunhild was born 23 August and baptised there on 15 September. Newlyweds Karen and Carl and baby Gunhild soon packed up and headed to America. The church records in Norway kept track of people who moved out of the parish in their "Uttflyttede" records such as this 1867 record for the departure of Karen, Carl and Gunhild to Wisconsin, America, recorded in January of 1867. One must admire women like Karen who could take a young baby on this courageous voyage across the Atlantic to an unknown life in America, knowing that she would probably never again see close friends, family, and the community that had formed her entire life to that point.
|1867 moving out record for Carl, Karen and Gunhild (#6,7 and 8)|
Carl's half brother Engebret Nilsen and his family (#2,3,4 and 5) moved with them
They were in Wisconsin for only about 3 months before moving to Minnesota, first to Douglas County and later to Erdahl, Grant County, where they would remain for the rest of their lives. Census records show Carl and Karen and their growing family of 7 daughters and one son. Their youngest daughter, Louise, was my paternal grandmother.
In my grandmother Louise's "Fodselsdagbog" (day book) she recorded for 9 April (unknown year) "Mrs C.J. Nelson operated on for tumor". Both Carl and Karen were to ultimately die of stomach cancer. Carl went first, dying 4 December 1911. Karen survived him by nearly four years, dying 27 October 1915 in Erdahl, Grant County, Minnesota.
Her obituary was published in the Grant County Herald on 4 November 1915, page 5, part of which reads as follows:
"The death of Mrs. Carl Nelson at her home south of Erdahl Wednesday, October 27, after a lingering illness of about a year, marks the passing of one of Grant county's pioneers, and a woman loved and respected by all who knew her.
Mrs. Nelson shared with her husband all the hardships and trials of pioneer days, as well as the happiness of contentment and achievement.
The funeral was held Friday, October 29 from the home, and later at the Synod Church in Erdahl, of which the deceased was a member. Interment was made in the Pomme de Terre Lake Cemetery."
|Headstone for Carl and Karen Nelsen|
Erdahl Lutheran Cemetery (aka Pomme de Terre Lake Cemetery)
Grandson Kenneth Bardahl and his wife Elinor visited the area in 1992
- Website regarding Norway Parishes
- Norwegian church records for Norderhov, Buskerud, available on Norway's Digital Archives
- Minnesota Death certificates for Carl Nelson and Karen Nelson
- Ancestry.com, U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940
- Fodelsdagbog of Louise Nelson Bardahl in possession of author
- Ancestry.com, Minnesota Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1925