Posted - 15/07/2012 : 03:06:06
| lyndal40: By Joves you may be right. I had taken my great great mother's birthdate from her tombstone, and double checked it against her age on her death certificate.
However I have now done an audit of other documents, based on the assumption that 14th of Oct was her birthday and that praps the year is wrong:
Noitce of Intention to Marry, dated 30th Oct 1875, states her age as 27 in which makes her approx year of birth 1848.
Birth certificate for her first born (name not stated on certificate) states her age as 27 in Feb of 1876, which makes her approx year of birth 1848.
Birth certificate for her son Brian states her age as 32 in Feb of 1880, which makes her approx year of birth 1847.
Birth certificate for her daughter Martha states her age as 32 in July of 1884, which makes her approx year of birth 1847.
I've done an audit of her name also. Both Oline and her husband James were illiterate, so there is a huge variation in how people heard her name. She signed her name on her will in her late 80s as O. O'Connor . All prior documentation is either marked with an 'x' by her husband or herself. When her husband reported her name, this is much higher accuracy than when she reported it as I imagine people struggled with the Norwegian accent. On the documents, James her husband is either James Connor or James O'Connor.
Oct 1875 Notice of Intention to Marry: Lena Wilson
Oct 1875 Marriage Certificate: Olene Nilsen (marked with an x by James)
Feb 1876 Birth Certificate (first child): Lena Connor, formerly Nilsen ((recorded by registrar H.M.Lee, reported by James)
Feb 1880 Birth certificate (Brian Connor) Selina Connor formerly Cuarrn (recorded by registrar H.M.Lee, reported by Oline)
July 1884 Birth Certificate (Martha) Lena Connor formerly Duorn (recorded to by registrar H.M.Lee, reported by Oline)
Aug 1884 Baptism Record (Martha) Eileen Wilson (celebrant Fr. Chervier)
Feb 1887 Baptism Record (Mary Ann) Lena Olsen (celebramt Fr. Chervier)
July 1895 Death Certificate (Martha) Lena O’Connor formerly Nilsen (reported by James)
July 1916 Will of James O’Connor: Olina O’Connor nee Olsen
Nov1934 Will of Oline O’Connor also known as Olina
Jan 1938 Death Certificate: Olive Olsen O’Connor, parents John and Martha Olsen
Jan 1938 Obituary: Olive Olsen O’Connor
Tombstone: Olive Connor
Notes written by my great Aunt (now deceased) Oline Olsdatter O’Connor, maiden name Olsen
Elverum, Norway is mentioned on Oline’s death certificate, tombstone and notes by my great aunt. The date of Oline's arrival in NZ, 1872, came from the notes of the great aunt also (grandaughter of Oline).
I have ordered 3 more birth certificates, so we'll see what comes of that. I hope this stuff is helpful rather than confusing!
Edited by - Shelley OConnor on 15/07/2012 03:12:31