Knudson Family History
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By Ed Knudson - 2/13/2013
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The "K-Family" includes hundreds of descendants related to the ancestors and progeny of Clarence and Ina Knudson who lived their lives mostly in North Dakota and Minnesota. They were my parents, so I may refer to them as my mother and father, mom and dad, or also in the third person with their common names, so things are less confusing. Here are the sections of this page:
Clarence and Ina had four children, Jean Marianne, born 1932, Ina Diane, born 1934, Lyle Edward (myself), born 1941, and Curtis Lee, born 1944 and died on July 20, 2011 (see his obituary here). For more about the progeny of Clarence and Ina go to Knudson Family Tree. They are buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks.
Clarence traces his ancestors back to the Setesdal valley in Norway, west of Oslo on the map. Ina's forbears came from the Hallingdal valley in Norway, northwest of Oslo. Norway is one of the Nordic or Scandinavia countries in northern Europe along with Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.
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I am working on this page partly because of my own interest in my family history, for my children, Sonja, Thanh, and Rachel, my grandchildren, Brayden, Sofia, Jakob, and Mickie, and for everyone else related in any way to Clarence and Ina, for their enjoyment and the pleasure of knowing more about one's roots.
See the Ancestors page for another presentation of the data presented here.
The following are from notes I took of conversations with my mother, Ina E. Knudson, about her family history. Her maiden name was Quammen. (this was originally an email to the K-Family mailing list on June 12, 1997.)
She was the only child of Lars Quammen (1885-1959, the fifth of eight children) and Margit Hegland. I have nothing in my notes about my grandmother's ( Margit Hegland) geneology, but we have a picture of her mother outside the front of her pioneer sod house near the Red River just a mile east of the farm on which my mother grew up (the woods of which are still owned by Curt). In fact, when Linda and I visited that farm near the Red River, we went back closer to the river and there was an old abandoned farmhouse there. We found a table leg laying in one of the rooms and took it and made a candle stand of it which has been a symbol of that part of our history. I know very little about the Hegland's, but Grandma Quammen told me that her father had been kicked by a cow or horse and was "never right" after that. Her mother lived to be very old, as did grandma.
Lars's parents were Sven Quammen (1851-1920), the eighth of ten children, and Ingeborg Larsgaard. They left Hol, Hallingdal, Norway, on their wedding day, April 1, 1872. Linda and I visited the stave church in which they were married when we were in Norway. There are several gravestones there with the Quammen name.
Sven Quammen's parents are Ole Syverson Quammen (1818-1869), the first of eight children, and Kari Svensdatter Rodning (1816-1908), the seventh of 10 children. Kari's parents are Sven O. Rodning, born 1872, and Kristi Larsdatter Nastegaard, born 1776 (year of the Declaration of Independence in the US).
Sven O. Rodning's geneology can be traced back to Knut Hallingstad, born in 1580, who lived on the farm called "Hallingstad" high up the hillside in Hol, Hallingdal. My parents, Clarence and Ina, visited that farm in 1972. A Hallingstad was still there at that time; Hawkin Hallingstad who lived on the farm. We have a big picture of that farm on our bedroom wall, a copy of one my parents brought back from that trip. When Linda and I were in Norway we visited that farm, no one was home, but a neighbor pointed out the farm to us and said that Hawkin had died. An ealier relation of Knut Hallingstad is Thor Willard, who lived in the year 1528.
Ole Syverson Quammen's parents were Syver Olson Groven Quammen, born 1785, and Tarand Olsdatter Heinton. The name change to Quammen, referring to a place in Holl, Hallingdal, took place somehow with Syver. His father was Ole Syverson Groven, born 1755. His mother was Elf Olsdatter, born 1755 in Skurdalen, probably not a "Halling".
When Linda and I returned from our trip to Norway, we visited with a woman who had been born and raised in Norway. When we said we had been to Hallingdal, she said, "Oh, those Hallings!!!" She went on to explain the Hallings had a reputation for being very feisty, to put it nicely. They would come to weddings with knives ready to fight with anyone for any reason. We had a big laugh about that.
Anyway, I have always thought of my mother as a rather feisty woman. It was part of her history.
Another personal note: I remember as a boy going to the Pioneer Picnics held at a park near the Rosendal church. The land for this church, and maybe the park, was donated by Sven Quammen, my great grandfather, who lived nearby. Curt was at the closing of this church just a couple years ago. My grandparents, Lars and Margit, are buried in the cemetary next to that church. I have a book about these Pioneer Picnics.
There is more information about the Quammen ancesters in a book compiled by Tina Quammen, who I remember visiting as a boy in Fisher, Minnesota.
Slides of Norway TripOn June 12, 1997, I sent the following message to the K-Family mailing list and reproduce it here just to get it into the record, so to speak. In the future I hope to get many of these slides onto a web page along with all the descriptions.
In 1972 my parents went on a trip to Norway and took slide pictures. I have the slides as well as a list of comments on each slide written by my mother. There are some names of people and places which can be very helpful to others who want to visit Norway. I wish I had this list when we went. I will just type some of her comments:
45 - summer cottage in ski slide area where Gudmund Kvammen (note spelling)
works with brother Torgne.
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Setesdal Relatives (Clarence)(from an email message to the K-Family mailing list on June 12, 1997. Some of the following may need editing and correcting!)
Let me start with notes I took from a conversation with my brother, Curt Knudson, about when he was there. Curt stayed with Tarkjal Langerak for a couple months in 1966. He is a relative off mother's side, Grandma Quammen's side, whose maiden name was Hegland. He was president of a bank in Byglansfjord in the Setesdal valley. He has died, I believe, but Curt said his son and daughter should still be there.
My notes include the name of Daniel Tvidt, with the note that he is dead, but I'm not sure of the connection right now.
Valle, Setesdal, is where dad's side of the family is from, the Kvasager's. In my notes Curt recommends stopping in a restaurant and ask questions there about the Kvasager's. (In Norway Kvasager is spelled Kvasaker).
Linda and I stopped in Valle during our Norway bus tour. We were going east-west across the mountains so didn't see the whole valley, which runs north-south. It is an incredibly beautiful place. I walked around the main part of town, but didn't have any time to talk with anyone.
One time I asked dad (Clarence) about family history and wrote down a brief family tree. Here is some of the information from that. The names here are clues for future research.
On dad's paternal side, the folks that actually made the trip to the United States were his great grandparents, Knut Knutson Kvasaker, born 1826 and died 1876, who was married to Torbjor Knutsdotter Akre, born 9-20-1825 and died 8-6-1909. They left Valle, Setesdal, Norway in 1861 with six children, aged 1-15 years old, and came to Harmony, Minnesota, and later moved to Walle township, North Dakota, 10 miles south of Grand Forks, though dad said he was uncertain about this. The one year old, Tone, died at sea.
One of these childen had the same name as his father, Knut Knutson Kvasker (born 2-19-1846, died 2-24-1878) who married Ingeborg Trydahl (born 12-1-1850, died 4-10-1945). These are Clarence's grandparents. Clarence's father, my grandpa, Edward Knudson was born 5-2-1876 and died 3-19-1958. He was the fifth of six children.
On dad's maternal side, his mother was Julia (Jorand) Vigen, born 5-15-1879, the fifth of six children, died 11-10-1936 (cancer). Her parents were Anne Anundsdotter Moi, born in 1846, died 1-3-1881, and Thor O. Vigen (Tor Viki) born 1847 and died 1928. It was Anne and Thor, Clarence's grandparents, who were born in Setesdal and came to the United States in 1875 with two children. It would be most interesting to know more about them and how they fared in this country in the early years. Note that Anne died just six years after coming to this country; is it her grave which we visited on the Minnesota side of the Red River? We have a picture of that grave.
Thor Vigen's parents in Setesdal were Olav Anison Viki, born 1815, died 1887, who was a blacksmith. He was married to Joronn Torsdotter, born 1824. Olav was the son of Olav Anison Vollen and ? Torsdotter.
The above information is from my notes in a conversation with dad. There is much more information in his book.
Others can add more here as they are able.
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