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Gurine Abelone Kristoffersdtr, Sletten
Female 1818 - 1908

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  • Suffix  Sletten 
    Birth  01 Feb 1818 
    Gender  Female 
    Emigration  1867  [1
    Reference Number  10574 
    Died  1908  Kandiyohi, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I10574  Arenson Tree
    Last Modified  15 Feb 2020 

    Father  Kristoffer Kristofferson, Sletten,   b. 31 Aug 1781, Sletten, Rana, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1852 
    Mother  Anne Bang Jørnsdtr, Øverdal,   b. 12 Mar 1783 
    Married  1805 
    Family ID  F436  Group Sheet

    Family  Johannes Holgerson, Steinbekkhaugen,   b. 12 Apr 1821,   d. 1907, Kandiyohi, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  07 Jul 1844  Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
     1. Kristense Johannesdtr, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 20 Jul 1843
     2. Holger Holgerson, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 01 Feb 1845
     3. Kristoffer Holgerson, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 20 Apr 1847,   d. 1928
     4. Johannes Holgerson, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 13 Apr 1849
     5. Abel Andreas Holgerson, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 16 Jun 1851,   d. 25 Dec 1924
     6. Gjertrud Holgerson, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 02 Jun 1853,   d. 1937
     7. Peder Holgerson, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 08 Jun 1857,   d. 1933
     8. Ole Edvard Holgerson, Lapplavollen-Sjånes,   b. 01 Jun 1859,   d. 1937
    Family ID  F528  Group Sheet

  • Notes 

    • In 1867, the family (except for Kristense) emigrated to America, settling in Section 8 of Irving Township in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. Kristense had an illegitimate son with Jakob Lindgren in 1870. The child, Carl Peter Lindgren and his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1873. Carl Peter Lindgren evidently lived near his Holgerson relatives in Irving. The Township of Irving was overwhelmingly settled by people from the Helgeland region of Nordland and was a very quiet and relatively uneventful area. It was not quiet and uneventful for the children of Johannes and Abelone Holgerson, however.
      On January 3, 1889, Peder Holgerson was arrested for fathering an illegitimate child with Maren Gurine Anderson, a servant that had lived in the Holgerson home for about a year. The child had been born dead on December 22, 1888. (State of Minnesota v. Peter Holgerson, Kandiyohi County Criminal File No. 22)
      A few years later Kristoffer Holgerson had his own problem with the justice system. On September 3, 1891, Kristoffer, who was 44 years old, accosted a 9-year old neighbor girl named Christine Jacobsen who had tarried in the cow pasture to collect some leaves. Kristoffer molested the child, then gave her 10 cents to keep still. The girl promptly told her stepmother, and Kristoffer was convicted of "Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child" on December 12, 1891. (State of Minnesota v. Kristoffer Holgerson, Kandiyohi County Criminal File No. 37)
      Peter Holgerson again found himself under suspicion in 1894. A Coroner's Inquest was held at the District 24 School to investigate the death of 27-year old Maren Nelson, who was a servant at the Holgerson farm. The young woman had died in their home on April 4, 1894. There seems to have been a suspicion that she was pregnant and had been poisoned. Some of the witnesses alleged Peter Holgerson had been having an affair with her. Peter Holgerson testified that it was not him, but rather his sister Gjertrud's husband, Peter A. Olson, who had been having the affair with Maren. The Inquest could not determine if anyone had caused the death. (Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Coroner's Inquest, 1894)
      In 1901 Peter and his wife, Ellen, moved out of Minnesota to Seattle, Washington. However, that area was not to their liking and after only a year or two they came back to Minnesota. They relocated to Scott County, Minnesota. Peter worked as a blacksmith in later years. Ellen died in 1922. Peter moved to Minneapolis and toward the end of his life was placed in the Anoka State Mental Asylum, where he died in 1933. His body was sent to the University of Minnesota for use by medical students there.
      Ole Holgerson married Gina Gabrielson in 1914 and had two children. The family was very poor and when Ole died in 1937, he was buried at county expense.
      Christopher Holgerson never married. He lived with his nephew Charles Lindgren's in-laws and died in 1928.
      Little is known about the life of the oldest brother, Holger Holgerson, other than a note in the Nordland Church book that he died in Stillwater (MN). He is most likely the same Holger Holgerson who was living in the Washington County Poor Farm in 1870. Given his young age, he probably had some physical or mental handicap that caused him to be a Poor Farm Inmate.
      Abel Andreas Holgerson bought a farm in Sections 25 and 26 of Green Lake Township. He never married and amassed a considerable amount of wealth. He nevertheless lived very simply in a shack. Abel was described as "eccentric", but friendly. A few days before Christmas in 1924, a neighbor found Abel lying on the floor of his hut with no fire in the stove. His hands and feet were frozen. Abel was taken to the hospital in Litchfield, but died from frostbite on December 25.
      Johannes (Jr.) Holgerson's fate is unknown. He evidently moved away from the rest of the family and his whereabouts were unknown to the family for years. He was not even around to claim his share of his inheritance from brother Abel. He was thought to be living near Lester, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania in 1928. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S43] Rana Bygdebok, Anders Frøholm.

    2. [S124] Liedman, Jay, Jay Liedman, (Fall, 2006).

    3. [S151] Ancestry.com.