Family history, pre-1869

Family tree back to 1600 - engberg/redning/lindquist for more information


I spent some time going through the National Archives of Norway searching emigration records (1865-1870), census records for the 1800s and church records from Hol in Hallingdal from 1870 back to about the year 1600. Sven 0. Redning was actually named SVEND OLSEN. Redning is an Americanization for RØDNINGEN; Rødningen was the name of the farm where Svend lived with his family, the Olsens (sons of Ole). Twelve people lived at the farm in 1865. Svend lived with his father (Ole), and his mother (Kristi) and his 6 brothers, Along with the wife and two children of his older brother Svend the elder, living with him at the farm in 1865, the census records show the farm as raising potatoes, grains, having one horse, 10 cows, 11 goats, and 17 sheep. Rødningen farm is located in the small village named HOL (pronounced HOLE) in Hallingdal Valley (pronounced- Hall-ing-doll) in South Central Norway near the city of Ål (01) in Buskerud county.Hallingdal is a land of high mountains, deep valleys, rivers, and lakes. One lake is named Rødnung, hence the name Rødningen.
The name Rødningen means “ a clearing”, as in “A pioneer” who rids the land to create a farm. Guro Foss was actually named GURO TORJESDOTTER: (pronounced Guru Tur-yes-daughter). The name FOSS is an Americanized form of last names coming from the custom of taking the name of ones farm as a last name after living in the United States. Synste Foss was a small farm near HOL where Guro lived with her brother Eirik, and her father Turjus Eiriksson (b. 1779 – a rich farmer and soldier in the war against Sweden in 1807 to 1814.) Guro had a son by a previous affair. The son was named Halvor Halvorson, who emigrated to Northwood, North Dakota in 1881, changed his name to Halvor H. Tufte married Kari Hansdtr. (Kari Hanson) from Helgerud and had ten children.

The farmhouse in Hol: Old Kitchen house to the far right... (See the map location at this link)

The names of Guro and Svend appear again in the records of the police EMIGRATION PROTOKOL for outbound ships On the 29th April of 1870 leaving from Kristiania (Oslo). Svend Olsen Rødningen, age 39, worker by trade, and Guro Torjesdtr., age 30, together with their son Ole, age 1 year.registered on the ship ANNE DELIUS (owned by ships agents SCHE and AAS) ready to leave Kristiania for transport to Quebec, Canada, with 40 spd. (Specie dollars—dollars in coin-form). The trip cost 52 spd. for the family of three. The voyage to Quebec would take about two months, (arrival Quebec 19 June) There were three hundred people on board the ship. Guro was pregnant with Denus when she boarded ship, his birth taking place only 8 weeks after arrival. Denus was the first child born on American soil. Once arriving in Quebec, they could get transport overland, perhaps via train, to St. Paul, Minn., or maybe by boat across the great lakes, arriving in Minnesota in July of 1870. SOURCES: 1. (Census) Folketellingen 1865, Bind 3, N0-841. GAARDSNAVN: Rodningen, lot 376, Sondre Haavets Skoledistrikt 2. (Emigration register) Emigrant protokol - Kristiania, April 1870, L 543 3. (Local history book from Hol) FOLK og FORTID i HOL, Bind 2, Aett og Eige, Reinton 1972, chapter on Myljo Nerol farm.

The History of the Rødningen Clan:

The Rødningen family comes from a little village called HOL, near the city of Ål in South Central Norway in the Hallingdal Valley. The records show the Rodningen Clan living at the same farm since the year 1700. (Hol village separated from the township of Ål in 1869) The Foss family farm where Guro lived was about 1 kilometer from HOL. One of these first patrons of the family was the local sheriff. He was fired from his job for excessive drunkenness but regained the position again. probably because he was the only guy around with a gun… True story from the records! But I don’t remember his name… Found in the local history book Folk og fortid I hol, Reinton 1972 chapter in Myljo Nerol farm

The bark Anna Delius The bark Anna Delius was built in 1854 at Bremen, Germany. Her burden was 337 Norwegian Commercial lasts. Her dimensions were: length 148 feet, beam 30,8 feet and depth 20,5 feet. The Anna Delius sailed from Norway to Quebec with emigrants during the years 1866 - 1871. She was owned by N.O.Young in Christiania. In 1870 the bark Anna Delius departed from Christiania on April 29th, and arrived at Quebec on June 19th. She was sailing in ballast and was carrying 298 steerage passengers. There was one birth on the voyage, on June 6th, son of Peder Pedersen Rüde. There was also one death, on June 16th, Kirstine Ellingsdatter (71) died from dysentery. Like the year before the ship was mastered by Capt. Capt. Neils Th. Iversen. She had a crew of 16.

Prestholseter: the mountain pastures.the Rødning farm has a long tradition of keeping goats for cheese, and sausage making. High above the ski town of Geilo in the nearest valley to the south is where the Rødning farm kept its goats etc during the summer for grazing.Summer mountain dairy farming has a long tradition in Norway. It began centuries ago because the pastures in the valleys do not provide enough grass to feed the livestock throughout the year. In the summer the cattle, sheep and goats traditionally graze alpine pastures, at 900-1200 metres above sea level. These mountainous pastures provide nutritious feed which adds to the quality of both the milk and meat produced. This traditional way of life is slowly diminishing as modern, efficient farming practices take over.

Prestholtseter atop the mountain where goats were led to graze, and still are...

A famous skiing and hiking location in Norway to this day.

homestead, hol
Stavkyrke (Viking church), Hol i Hallingdal
Gravestone, Sven Rødning
tombstone, hol, rødning
Prestholtseter, Prestholtstøl, Hol i Hallingdal
Prestholtseter, Prestholtstøl, Hol i Hallingdal
immigration ship advertizement