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Enger, Gjestvang, Simonstad

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Posted: 1182445324000
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Based on your update with dates I'm convinced we have a match. Her is Lisabet Syversdatter on the 1865 census in Næs, Hedmark on the Midtskog farm with her family.

Census year: 1865
Municipality: Næs
Municipality number: 0411
Name of domicile: Midtskog
Number of persons in this domicile: 4


Name Family status Marital status Occupation Birth year Place of birth Ethnicity

the parents:
Syver Johansen Husfader g Husmand med Jord 1820 Næs Prgj.
Beathe Larsdatter hans Kone g 1818 Næs Prgj.

The kids:
Johannes Syversen deres Søn ug 1852 Næs Prgj.
Lisabet Syversdatter deres Datter ug 1855 Næs Prgj.

Here is the whole family emigrating WITH Lisabet and the boys from Oslo. It's Grandpa Syver, Grandma Beathe, a married daughter-in-law, probably married to Johannes, and her two kids. Johannes must have gone earlier to prepare the way for them too., As did Wilhelm. Maybe the guys went together.

51036 1882 481 8 4776a 1 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Syver Johns. g Arb m 70 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

51037 1882 481 9 4776b 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Beathe Johns. g k 60 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

51038 1882 481 10 4776c 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Eli Johns. g Datter k 24 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

51039 1882 481 11 4776d 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Emma Johns. Barn k 3 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

51040 1882 481 12 4776e 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Scharlotte Johns. Barn k 0,75 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

51041 1882 481 13 4777a 1 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Lisabet Syverts. g k 24 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

51042 1882 481 14 4777b 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Lauritz Syverts. Barn m 4 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

51043 1882 481 15 4777c 04.05.1882 05.05.1882 Syvert Syverts. Barn m 0,75 Næs Hedemarken Whitehall Blichfeldt Rollo Betalt

It shows that they all registered at the ship on May 4, left on May 5, 1882, then their name, family position, gender, age, from Næs, Hedemarken, going to Whitehall which I think is in Wisconsin?

Here is an obit from a website I found, about Scandinavian obituaries in western Wisconsin. The brother Ludvig Larsen, who was on the 1865 census with the family, also emigrated to Wisconsin, taking the name Gjestvang.
From I find:
Ludvig Larsen,
Christened 16 MAY 1864 Nes, Hedmark, Norway
His parents are Lars Olsen and Anne Marie Larsdtr.

Here is his obituary, which verifies it.

Ludvig L. Gjestvang was born in Ness, Hedemarken, Norway, January 18, 1864, of the parents, Lars and Anne Marie Lindrud. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 18 years and landed in the port of Philadelphia. He spent most of his life in LaCrosse county working at logging on the river, prior to the last 12 years, when he lived with his nephew, Leonard Gjestvang, of the town of Hale. After a very short illness, he passed away quietly Thursday, October 13, at 5:00 o’clock. Mr.Gjestvang never married, but is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Oline Johnson of Osseo and Miss Olive Gjestvang of Boston, Mass., and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters and four brothers preceded her in death. Mr. Gjestvang was of a quiet, good-natured disposition and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held Monday, October 17, at 1:00 o’clock from the home of Leonard Gjestvang and at the Pleasantville N.L. church. Rev. Hjemboe officiating. Burial was made in the N.L. cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews of the departed, namely, Leonard, Alex and Bonnie Gjestvang, Sever Williamson, Ludvig and Obert Johnson. Flower bearers were great-nephews; namely, Selmer Williamson and Armand Gjestvang. Rhode & Rhode, undertakers were in charge. THE WHITEHALL TIMES, OCTOBER 27, 1932

Here is the emigration of Ludvig, going to Whitehall Wisconsin.

58900 1882 208 7 9107 1 17.08.1882 18.08.1882 Ludvig Lars. Arb m 18 Næs Hedem Whitehall 20 Blichfeldt Angelo Ppd R

registering in Oslo, Aug. 17, 1882, leaving Aug. 18, 1882, Ludvig Larsen, worker, male, age 18, from Næs, Hedemarken Hedmark, going to Whitehall, with 20 in cash, on the ship Angelo.

Here is another Wisconsin obit naming your relatives, but the obit is for the sister-in-law who came over with Lisabet.

Here's just the part where your family is mentioned.

In 1876 she was joined in marriage to Andrew Hilstad at the same church and by the same pastor who confirmed her. She and her husband resided on a farm. In 1881 he came to America and the next year she followed, accompanied by two daughters, ages four and 1 ½ years old, her parents-in-law, Sever and Bratha Johnson, and the latter’s daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Gjestvang and sons, Lewis and Sever. They arrived in Whitehall on June 2, 1882 and were met here by Ed and Gilbert Hulberg and Bernt Enger, now deceased. Mrs. Hilstad and daughters were taken into the Hulberg home in Hale Township, the present John Mork place, where they resided until fall. They then moved in with Mrs. Wilhem Gjestvang, where the two women kept house together while their husbands went to the pineries.

There is a Hedemarken Lag, a "club" of sorts of people with roots in Hedemarken, which Næs is. Hedemarken is a smaller area within the present day Norwegian county of Hedmark.

The Hedemarken Lag has genealogy help, research materials and farm and family history books available. It's cheap to join, and you can use their resources. They will be having an annual opportunity for this

Wednesday, August 1 - Saturday, August 4, 2007
LaCrosse, Wisconsin area
Stoney Creek Inn in Onalaska, WI

With that one sister and grandma still in Norway at 1900, did they stay? And do they have descendants? Do you have relatives? Those are all questions that might be answered.


2. GJESTVANG, AGNES S. 1898 – 1980 (US flag & AM AUX Legion marker)
4. GJESTVANG, WILHELM 1854 – 1924
5. GJESTVANG, BERNHARD W. 03 OCT 1886 – 30 JUL 1970

GJESTVANG, Agnes S, 1898, 1980, (US flag & American Legion Auxillary marker)
GJESTVANG, Bernhard W, 03 Oct 1886, 30 Jul 1970, Pvt, US Army, WWI
GJESTVANG, Bertha, 1892, 1983, Mother
[GJESTVANG], Elizabeth, 1856, 1944
GJESTVANG, Hilma J, [private]
GJESTVANG, Leonard, 1890, 1873, Father
GJESTVANG, Lester B, [private]
GJESTVANG, Ludwig, 1864, 1932, Uncle - OSSW Leonard & Bertha
[GJESTVANG], Wilhelm, 1854, 1924
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