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NancyC
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Norway
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Posted - 03/08/2022 :  11:28:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am writing an article about a family from Sand, Suldal, Rogaland, Norway, who emigrated in 1881 and two years later, settled in Republic County, Kansas. They used the surname Mickelson in the USA. In Norway they were known as:
Tarald "Terral" Mikkelsen Østabø (name of their farm in Sand, but they did not use this name in the USA) (1842-1915)
Margreta Torgersdotter Fattland (name of farm where she was born) (1838-1923)
Martha Taraldsdotter Østabø (1867-1951), married in 1887 to Lars A. Melby, lived in Scandia
Margaret Taraldsdotter Østabø (1872-1966)
Mina "Minnie" Taraldsdotter Østabø (1875-1949)
Thea Johanna Taraldsdotter Østabø (1877-1944)
Taletta Margrete Taraldsdotter Østabø (1880-1971)

A post by jwiborg in 2010 http://www.norwayheritage.com/snitz/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4838 indicates that there are histories of Republic, Cloud and Jewell counties, but I have not been able to turn up any relevant titles. If Jan Peter or someone else knows these titles and can provide refernces, I would be very grateful!

From the US censuses for 1900 and 1910, it looks like this family lived in community with a good many Swedish immigrants, but I see no other Norwegian families in their vacinity. There were, however, Norwegian communities (like the hamlet Norway) nearby. Daughter Thea Johanna Mickelson married a Swede, John Höglund (Hoaglund or Hoagland in USA), but they met in Colorado.

Several Mickelsons are buried in Jewell County. Here is a link to Tarald's monument, with further links to family members https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42275791/terral-mikkelson

The family farm in Beaver, Republic, Kansas was sold many years ago, and the many descendants are now mostly living in other states.

If necessary, I can provide further references in Norwegian sources. It is their story in Kansas that I am trying to put together!

Thanks for any help!

NancyC
Medium member

Norway
198 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  11:30:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, dear, I see my post has redone the Norwegian letter for "oe" in the farm name Oestaboe. Some family members used Ostebee in the USA.
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AntonH
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
8756 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  17:45:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see about 60 or so Family Trees on Ancestry.com for this family. Most of the documents referenced in the trees are ones you probably already have seen since they are the standard documents, census records etc. I do not se any County histories listed. However here is a newspaper obit.

Tarald Mikkelson
in the U.S., Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current

Name: Tarald Mikkelson
Gender: Male
Death Age: 73
Birth Date: 12 Mar 1842
Birth Place: Sands Sogan, Stavanger, Norway
Marriage Date: 1865
Residence Place: Republic county
Death Date: 25 Oct 1915
Death Place: Jamestown
Burial Date: 28 Oct
Obituary Date: 11 Nov 1915
Obituary Place: Jamestown, Kansas, USA
Newspaper Title: The Kansas Optimist
Spouse:
Margrethe Fatland
Child:
Martha Melby
Margrethe Pickrel
Minnie Johnson
Johanna Hoagland
Taletta Johnson

https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/563519650:61843?tid=4375420&pid=380080075404&queryId=3b253f2ac04efb908f10b6ce8b0a611a&_phsrc=Pzc7&_phstart=successSource
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AntonH
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
8756 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  17:50:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do not have a subscription to the "Newspapers by Ancestry.com" site but if you or some other poster does and can post the content of the articles that would be nice. Here is another one.

Margaret Mikkelson
in the U.S., Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current
Name: Margaret Mikkelson
Maiden Name: Fatland
Gender: Female
Death Age: 85
Birth Date: 14 Apr 1838
Birth Place: Sanda Sogn, Stavanger, Norway
Marriage Date: 24 Jun 1865
Residence Place: America
Death Date: Abt 1923
Obituary Date: 26 Jul 1923
Obituary Place: Courtland, Kansas, USA
Newspaper Title: Courtland Journal
Spouse:
Tarel Mikkel-son
Child:
Charlie Johnson
Martha Melby
Margaret Pickrel
Minnie Johnson
Johana Hoagland
Taletta Johnson

https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/563935244:61843

Margaret Mikkelson
in the U.S., Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current
Name: Margaret Mikkelson
Gender: Female
Death Age: 85
Birth Date: 14 Apr 1838
Birth Place: Sands Sogn, Stavanger, Norway
Marriage Date: 24 Jun 1865
Residence Place: America
Death Date: Abt 1923
Obituary Date: 26 Jul 1923
Obituary Place: Jamestown, Kansas, USA
Newspaper Title: The Kansas Optimist
Spouse:
Tarel Mikkelson
Child:
Charlie Johnson
Martha Melby
Minnie Johnson
Johana Hoagland
Taletta Johnson

https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/572672711:61843


Edited by - AntonH on 03/08/2022 17:54:31
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NancyC
Medium member

Norway
198 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  19:03:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you! I have a subscription to Ancestry and Newspapers.com, so I have these obituaries. If someone can remind me how to insert a photo, I can post these obits!

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AntonH
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
8756 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  20:41:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
History of Jewell County, Kansas: With a Full Account of It's Early Settlements, and the Indian Atrocities Committed Within Its Borders

Front Cover
M. Winsor, James A. Scarbrough
2007 - Jewell County (Kan.) - 76 pages

https://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_Jewell_County_Kansas.html?id=vBvSjwEACAAJ&source=kp_book_description
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AntonH
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
8756 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  20:45:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Biographical History of Cloud County, Kansas
Biographies of Representative Citizens. Illustrated with Portraits of Prominent People, Cuts of Homes, Stock, Etc

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Biographical_History_of_Cloud_County_Kan/a3YUAAAAYAAJ?hl=en

Seems to be a free read ?

Edited by - AntonH on 03/08/2022 20:47:04
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AntonH
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
8756 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  20:51:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A History of Republic County

https://www.google.com/books/edition/A_History_of_Republic_County_Kansas/mP80AQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover
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NancyC
Medium member

Norway
198 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  21:38:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found a free version of A History of Republic County

https://archive.org/details/historyofrepubli00sava/page/290/mode/2up
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jwiborg
Norway Heritage Veteran

Norway
4961 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2022 :  23:51:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

From the book: History of the Norwegian people in America
Olaf Morgan Norlie (1925)


Newspaper: Decorah-posten, Friday 05 June 1925
The article is likely based on the book
Nordmændene i Amerika : deres Historie og Rekord : Bidrag til og Bindeled mellem Norges Historie og Nord-Amerika - De Forenede Staters i Særdeleshed. 1:1-2
Martin Ulvestad (1907)
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jwiborg
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Norway
4961 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2022 :  00:16:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by NancyC

Oh, dear, I see my post has redone the Norwegian letter for "oe" in the farm name Oestaboe. Some family members used Ostebee in the USA.


Characters looking good on my screen...


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