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MStrahm487
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Posted - 13/03/2008 :  23:43:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My gr-great grandmother's foster son (I'm pretty certain that his name was Hilvardin Andreassen) was stranded on an ice floe for awhile in the early to mid 1900's. They were from the Donnes area of Nordland. My mother was told this story many times and believes that it occured in the 1930's. It made interational headlines for several days at the time. I was hoping for some help in getting more information. I have googled it every way that I can thing of.
Thanks,
MStrahm487

Kåarto
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Posted - 14/03/2008 :  00:14:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Perhaps his name was Halvard?

They must be from Dønna in Nordland county, a 40 miles long island west of Sandnessjøen town in the southern part of the county.

The northern part of Dønna is called Dønnes, named after former Dønnes manor and the old Dønnes church. Nordland county


Kåre

Edited by - Kåarto on 14/03/2008 00:14:48
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Kåarto
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Posted - 14/03/2008 :  14:20:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Only two Hilvardin in Norway in 1900 and you were right and I was wrong.

Hilvardin Andreassen was born 1885 on Dønna, fosterson to fisherman, leasholder and farmer Ole Andreassen and Konstanse Jonsdatter.
They lived on farm Aakvik in 1900 Click here

The farm Aakvik is named after a small bay/vik not fare from Dønnes manor and Dønnes church.

Hilvardin was born July 9. 1885, he was bap. Hilvardin Johan Dahl.
His parents were renter Andreas Mattias Davidsen and Oleanna Jacobsdatter Aakvik #19

Ole Andreassen who became his fosterfather was his Godfather

Hilvardin was likely sealing in the arctic when he was stranded on an ice floe.

Kåre

Edited by - Kåarto on 14/03/2008 14:39:13
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MStrahm487
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Posted - 14/03/2008 :  16:31:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ole and Ellerine, my gr. gr. grandparents took in several foster children over the years, Hilvardin and Oline Larsdatter are the only two that I have names for. I don't know for sure that Hilvardin was the one on the ice floe, I just know that it was a foster son and that it made international headlines at the time due to the length of time that he was stranded. My gr. grandmother talked about the event several times over the years with several different people.
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eibache
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Posted - 14/03/2008 :  17:38:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry, I don't understand which one is your gr. gr. grandparent, Ole Andreassen or Eilerine Kristiansdatter - they are son and mother.
Eilerine was married to Andreas Herman Olsen, Oles father, see #1
Eilerine was born Febr 4 1834, her baptismal record is #1
Andreas Herman was born May 28 same year, see #17

Einar

Edited by - eibache on 14/03/2008 19:20:59
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Kåarto
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Posted - 14/03/2008 :  20:08:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder if you could get som help from Helgeland historian assosiation named Helgeland historielag

Norway lister Lookups in Dønnes Bygdebok could have some information, perhaps Sheryl Strahm could help you.

The libraries on the Uneversity of Minnesota also have Dønnes bygdebook.

My grandfather Aksel likely knew this familys since he was born on Dønna 1897 not fare from Aakvik .
I have spend several summers on vaccation visiting Dønna, but has no living relatives there to ask now.

The reason I think Hilvardin was fastened on an ice floe when he was sealing is because sealing has been an important income for fisherman from Dønna since the Viking age.

Kåre

Edited by - Kåarto on 14/03/2008 22:44:32
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emsaj79
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Posted - 13/08/2019 :  07:51:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all. I know this is an old post but I thought it was worth replying in case any of you are still on here, as I think we are probably distant relatives #128578;. My great great grandparents were Ole and Julia Konstance. My great grandmother was their daughter Emma Olsdatter. Although I have the details of the names/ dates of my Norwegian ancestors, I know very little of their life before they left for the States. Does anyone know what they farmed? Or why they left? I’m assuming life was tough there at the time. Also I didn’t know they fostered. Was this common or unusual at the time? I don’t think any of the foster children went with them to America but I’m not certain. Any help anyone could give would be fab. Thanks in anticipation. Emma

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jkmarler
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Posted - 13/08/2019 :  14:56:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hilvardin was living with his parents in 1891:
https://www.digitalarkivet.no/en/census/person/pf01053152000553

but not in 1900 when he was listed as a pleieson:
https://www.digitalarkivet.no/en/census/person/pf01037513000563

probably his mother in 1900 listed as widow:
https://www.digitalarkivet.no/en/census/person/pf01037513000845

Here in 1910 employed in fishing:
https://www.digitalarkivet.no/en/census/person/pf01036908000315

And a possible duplicate listing from 1910 at his job:
https://www.digitalarkivet.no/en/census/person/pf01036909005479

Edited by - jkmarler on 13/08/2019 15:07:16
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Kåarto
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Posted - 13/08/2019 :  16:14:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by emsaj79

Hi all. I know very little of their life before they left for the States. Does anyone know what they farmed? Or why they left? I’m assuming life was tough there at the time. Emma



People on the Island Dønna lived of Fishing and farming. This was gras-land that could feed cattle and cheeps, mostly cheeps. Even so far North the snow is very seldon. The farms were owned by Dønnes Manor and the farmers were Cottagers-Lease-holders. Dønnes Manor went bankrupt 1911 and the owner em to America. The manor was bought by 11 leaseholders, the rest of the leaseholders because of new and better times were now able to buy the farm the family for generations had leased from the Manor. Todays Dønnes Farm

Edited by - Kåarto on 13/08/2019 16:16:51
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ToreL
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Posted - 13/08/2019 :  19:30:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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jkmarler
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Posted - 13/08/2019 :  20:51:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by ToreL

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Addresses are fugitive at DIS gravminner so search for Hilvardin....
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ToreL
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Posted - 13/08/2019 :  20:59:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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emsaj79
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Posted - 14/08/2019 :  17:42:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for the information! It’s great to know a bit more about the history of the area. If they were leaseholders, would you assume the family left because they hoped to own their own land in America? I know the family left for America twice. Once in 1903 and again in 1908. I think they returned in between as Ole wasn’t sure about life in America.

Emma Hollings
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