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Posted - 24/09/2004 :  18:55:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking for Weggeland family. Names I have for the family are Seaman, (father) b. unk., Norway, d. abt. 1889, New York. Wife's name Martha, no other information on her. Son Elias S., b. abt. 1860, Norway, d. March 1899, New York., wife Marie Henriksen, b. 30/5/1858 Holt, Aust-Agder, Norway, d. 29/6/1933 Phildelphia, PA. Elias and Marie emigrated to the US in 1881 with their daughter Martha, b. abt. 1881, Norway. They lived in the Cleveland area from 1882 until about 1892. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted - 24/09/2004 :  20:59:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What if his name was Simon not Seaman? In Vest Agder in the 1865 census see this family living on a farm called Veggeland.
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Posted - 25/09/2004 :  00:24:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is the right family in the 1865 census. The family is mentioned in Fjotland bygdebok (farm history book) page 58-60 and 77-78. The mother Gurine Marthea Eriksdatter is mentioned in Sør-Audnedal bygdebok page 503.
On Veggeland the family goes 7 generations back to Sigmund Oddson Veggeland (1623-1692)

Simon Asbjørnsen Veggeland (1819-1885) was son of Asbjørn Samuelsen Veggeland (1792-1884), 8 yrs. in 1801:

Gurine Marthea Eriksdatter, b. 1826, was daughter of Erik Olsen Steinsland (1793-1839) from Sør-Audnedal parish

Elias Simonsen Veggeland as emigrant in 1881. He has married in Dyvåg (Holt)

Harald S Storaker
4586 Korshamn, Norge
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Posted - 25/09/2004 :  02:50:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They arrived at the Port of New York on August 31, 1881 aboard the Thingvalla which left from Copenhagen and Norway.

Elias Simonsen, 21, Marie, 20, Infant, 3 months.

NARA microfilm #440, list #1066.

According to the information on this site, this would have been the Thingvalla of the Thingvalla Line. There is much information and pictures of the ship on Norway Heritage.
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Posted - 28/09/2004 :  16:39:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't thank you enough for all the help. I have been working on this brick wall for about three years. This is so exciting. Thank you, Thank you. I
I hope that I can be as helpful to someone else. Sandy
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Posted - 17/03/2006 :  20:00:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hope it's not too late to post on this thread and get some help. I am also looking for Weggeland family names, the father (Samuel Aanensen Veggeland) of Asbjiorn Samuelsen is my ancestor as well. I was wondering how to search in earlier farm books, or to find out exactly who the parents are of these individuals so I can trace them farther back.
Hasto: How did you find those seven generations back to Sigmund Oddson Veggeland (1623-1692) and where can I find that information?
Thanks in advance for any help!!
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Posted - 19/03/2006 :  13:48:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Look for bygdebøker (rural chronicles - usually contain regional history information, farm histories and/or genealogy of the families that lived on each farm) for the particular areas in Norway where your family lived. Early parish church records are also very frequently used to verify bygdebøker information and to add more detail to our family history research. For the areas which have had bygdebøker written about their history or which are being written now - we are usually very lucky.
Online library catalog information indicates the existence of more than one? book for the Fjotland area - "Fjotland", 2 volumes by Johan Jerstad; "Fjotland: lesebok", by Johan Jerstad. I found a note that there is also a book entitled "Sør-Audnedal: Bygdebok", 2 volumes by Nils P. Vigeland.
You can study an excellent group of articles about ways to obtain and how to use Norwegian bygdebøker in this collection -

The FIRST online library catalog that I check for information about Norwegian bygdebøker for any given area - is to do a 'Place search' in the LDS Family History Library catalog online at
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