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Petra Martina Pedersen

Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308019796000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pedersen, Olsen
I have been having trouble locating any information on my ancestor Petra Martina Pedersen (born 1870 in Oslo, according to Canadian census). She married Otto Hakon Olsen of Blegeberg farm, Eidsvold, but I'm not sure where or when. They emigrated to Canada shortly before or after, and I am led to believe that Otto was leaving a different wife behind in Norway. So...! Any help in finding out more about Petra, her parents, etc would be very much appreciated! I have checked everywhere I know (and am also having trouble finding the supposed first wife of Otto)
Thank you!

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308037109000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1308062107000
Otto Håkon Olsen b. 27 Nov, christened 21 Dec 1862:

Confirmation 7 Oct 1877:

Otto Håkon Olsen married Maren Olava Borgersdatter 13 July 1883:

1875 Census, Maren Olava Borgersdtr:

Maren Olava: Birth 23 Nov, christening 26 Dec 1864 (No 211)

I do not find any Petra Martina Pedersen in Oslo, but there is a Petra Martea Pedersd. b. 1870 living on the farm Hoel, Eidsvoll in 1875:

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308039909000
Classification: Query

The Petra in Eidsvoll is baptized Petra Martina and not Martea as in the census:


Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308040368000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1308044610000
You are right, here is the birth/christening record:

and Confirmation 18 Oct 1885 (No 100):

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308076314000
Classification: Query
Thank you so much! I've been trying to track her down for a very long time! And I'm thrilled to know the name of Otto's first wife, so thank you both :-)

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308168639000
Classification: Query
So- doing some more research and I came across this passenger list that fits the timing (nine years after Otto's marriage to Maren, fourteen years before they show up on the Canadian census and right around the time they started a family together. Both the names of Otto Olsen and Petra Pedersen (but not Pedersdatter...) are on the list, separated by only a few people. The problem- Petra is listed as male! Could this be a mistake or should I scrap this record and keep looking. I also wondered if Petra may have hidden her gender as they were running off together? It just seems like to much of a conicidence! Thank you again!

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308168798000
Classification: Query
Sorry- one last thing. The 1906 census lists them as having immigrated in 1892.

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308214263000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1308214748000
Found this Norwegian emigrant lists:

17 Sep 1892

No 93077
Otto Olsen,age 32, lumbejack, Residence: Amerika, Destination: Winnipeg

No 93094
Petra Pedersen, age 22, Residence: Christiania (Oslo), Destination Winnipeg

Otto and Petra are not married when leaving Oslo

So, did Otto emigrate earlier, perhaps with his first wife?
Was he a widower?

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308219432000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1308222481000
....some more

(Otto) Haakon Olsen and Maren Olava Borgersdtr. had a son Ole Bernhard b. 15 Oct 1883:

a daughter Minda Kristine b.8 Jan 1887:

and a daughter Helga Martine b. 8 Jan 1890:

So, Otto was not a widower when running off with Petra....

Otto's first wife Maren Olava, her parents, and her children were living on the farm Blegeberg in 1900.
(Maren) Olava registered as head of household:

1910 Census, Blegeberg (Bleikeberg)

Ole Haakonsen is head of household
(Maren) Olava and her parents still living on the farm:

Re: Petra Martina Pedersen

Posted: 1308232036000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1308232164000
Real estate register, Blegeberg:



7-90 (føderådskontrakt - written agreement between (Otto) Haakon Olsen and his mother, regarding support as she handed over the farm. dated 23 Feb 1889)

"..... I Haakon Olsen commit to support my mother Margaret Halvorsdatter in her life with adequate food, drink, shelter, clothing, bedding and all other necessities.
Provide loving and careful treatment and nursing, and in disease provide necessary medical assistance. After her death, an honorable funeral ...."
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