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Norwegian Family - Karl Martin Petterson Muus Born 1884

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Re: Carl Peterson and Louise Brekke

Posted: 1352356968000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1352358250000
Surnames: Peterson, Brekke, Brokke, Gronseth, Uglum, Sortedahl, Lassesen

When your grandfather, Karl Martin Peterson Muus (AKA Carl M. Peterson in the US), immigrated to Minnesota in 1903, he was going to his sister Bergithe (Muus) Sortedahl's home in rural Kenyon, Goodhue County, MN. Bergithe and her husband Nicolai Sortedahl lived in Holden Township, just a few miles north of the village of Kenyon.

Here is the Sortedahl family in the 1905 census:
I believe some pages in this census transcription are out of order, and Nicolai and Bergithe had a son listed on a previous page, by the name of Clarence Sortedahl, age 7 months.

Holden Township is just west of Wanamingo Township, where one Louise M. Brekke/Brokke was born June 1888, MN (1900 census) to parents, Kari Olsdatter Uglum and Nils Lassesen (Nils Larsen) Brekke.

The following is just speculation, and still has to be proven, but I think your grandmother Louise (Brekke) Peterson was the daughter of the above-mentioned parents.
The closest match for "Louise Brekke" (using various spellings of her first and last name) in the 1900 census: (Items in brackets were added by me.)
1900 Wanamingo Twp., Goodhue County census:
Name: Louisa M Brekke
Age: 11
Birth Date: Jun 1888
Birthplace: Minnesota
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's name: Kavi O Brekke [Kari]
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Household Members:
Name Age
Kavi O Brekke 51 [Kari] Widow; 6 of 9 children living; children below were all born in MN, most likely in Wanamingo Twp., Goodhue County.
Lewis A Brekke 27 [born in Wanamingo Twp on Jan. 2, 1873]
Claus M Brekke 24 [Correction: Olaus, born Dec. 16, 1875 in Wanamingo Twp.]
Inger J Brekke 19 [born in Wanamingo Twp on March 6, 1881; later married Ludvig Gronseth on August 25, 1911 in Hennepin County, MN]
Sivert O Brekke 17
Andrea J Brekke 14
Louisa M Brekke 11 [your Louise M. Brekke?, married Carl Petterson in Hennepin County on August 30, 1914.] More MN marriages:

I THINK Louise's father was born in Lavik/Ladvik Kommune in Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway:
Last entry on the page, Nils Larsesen Brekke, born September 7, 1836.
Kildeinformasjon: Sogn og Fjordane fylke, Lavik, Ministerialbok nr. A 2I (1821-1842), Fødte og døpte 1836, side 119.

Nils Lassesen was a tjenestedreng (male servant) in the 1865 Norway census:

Although his transcribed burial record states he was born September 14, 1837, I think this is the above Nils Brekke:
BORN: 14/SEP/1837
DIED: 01/DEC/1891

Nils' wife's burial record:
BORN: 1849
DIED: 1916

I believe this is Louise's mother, Kari Olsdatter (Uglum) Brekke in the 1865 Sogndal, Sogn of Fjordane County, Norway census. Kari Olsdatter, age 17, daughter of Ole Lassesen and Ingeborg Nielsdatter:

In 1877, Nils L. Brekke owned land in section 18 of Wanamingo Twp., Goodhue County, MN. The 1894 plat map shows the land is still owned by "Nils Brekke estate."

Known siblings of Louise Nilsdatter Brekke:
Lewis Brekke b. Jan 22, 1873
Olaus Martin Brekke b. Dec. 3, 1874 - died in infancy
Olaus Brekke b. Dec. 16, 1875
Jens Albert Brekke b. July 17, 1878 (twin) - died in infancy
Syvert Olaus Brekke b. July 17, 1878 (twin) - died infancy
Inger Jensine Brekke b. March 6, 1881. See below for more info.
Syvert/Sivert Brekke b. about 1883
Andrea Brekke b. about 1886

Louise's sister, Inger Jensine (Brekke) Gronseth (1881-1961):
Inger married Ludvig Gronseth on August 25, 1911 in Hennepin County. In 1938, the Minneapolis directory lists Palmer Peterson (her nephew?) living with them.

You said that your mother Mildred (nee: Peterson) had 2 siblings, Palmer and Lorraine.

MN Birth Index:
Peterson, [No first name given]
Date of Birth: 03 Apr 1915
Mother Maiden Name: Brehke [sic]
certid# 1915-42709
County of Birth: Hennepin

MN Death Index:
Date of Birth: 03 Apr 1915
Place of Birth: MINNESOTA
Mother Maiden Name: BREKKE
certid# 1977-MN-021629
Date of Death: 07 Sep 1977
County of Death: HENNEPIN
MN Birth Index:
Peterson, Lorraine Constance
Date of Birth: 20 Nov 1925
Mother Maiden Name: Brekke
certid# 1925-46132
County of Birth: Hennepin

Check out this website for possible ancestors:

I think I'm on the right track for your ancestors and their descendants, but all of the above needs confirmation.

Vickie in MN

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