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Harold and Esther Hagness

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Re: Harold and Esther Hagness

Posted: 1122326133000
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Think I got it figured out - Harold was the son of Christian Oscar Hagness, who was the son of C. T. Hagness, who was the brother of my Mons Torger "Mills" Hagness. Mons and C. T. were both born in Norway and came to Buffalo County, Wisconsin, as did their parents and siblings. Some stayed in Wisconsin - and assumed the surname "Torgerson" - C. T. and Mons came to North Dakota and assumed the surname "Hagness" after the farm that they were raised on in Norway.

Christopher - C. T. - emigrated to America in 1867 (at the time, there was a King of Norway and Sweden). C. T.'s Declaration of Intention, dated June 7, 1881, says that he landed at the port of Detroit in June of 1867.

C. T. came to Dakota Territory from the Thompson Valley area of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Keri, homesteaded in 1882 (or 1880) in Section 1, Elkmount Township, Grand Forks County.

Later they bought land from the estate of Thomas Chambers in Section 6, where their son Idolph continued his residence after marrying Clara Hedalen. A 1893 Plat Book shows C. T. owning 160 acres in Section 1 and 80 plus 80 acres in Section 6 of Elkmount Township, Grand Forks County, North Dakota.

C. T. and Keri later bought more land, and also were prominent in the building of the village of Fordville in Medford Township, Walsh County, North Dakota. This town is located just north of their Section 6 land.

C. T. for some time served as postmaster in the star route office of Bellville. He belonged to the Norwegian Lutheran Church. From 1890 to 1898, he was Treasurer of the Dahlen Church in Dahlen, North Dakota. C. T. and his wife, Caroline, owned a hotel and livery stable in Fordville, North Dakota.

In a 1923 plat map, he is shown owning 80 + 80 acres in Elkmount Township -154 North, Range 56 West, Section 6. In a 1927 plat map he is shown as owning 160 acres in Section 1, 260 acres in Section 6, 80 acres in section 7 and 160 acres in Section 8. His son, Torger, owned 160 acres in Section 5. When C. T. died, the farm land he owned was divided up between his children.
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khagness 1110314973000 
Robert G. Allen 1121467278000 
Katherine Hagness 1122070241000 
Robert G. Allen 1122192032000 
cnagby1 1402371619000 
thoraway 1404501208000 
Robert G. Allen 1122324068000 
Bob Allen 1122326133000 
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